POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrested a 31-year-old Livingston man in Sunday in connection to allegations that he used his pickup to ram a vehicle that contained his estranged wife and their three children.
John Patrick Baudat is still being held in the Polk County Jail on four second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges and two felony criminal mischief between $2,500 and $30,000. Collectively, Baudat's bond amount has been set at $130,000.
According to the complaint, a Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched out to a home in the 12000 block of FM 350 North back in June in to check out a report of disorderly conduct.
When the PCSO deputy got to the scene, two women told him that Baudat was intoxicated and passed out in the house before the alleged incident occurred. One of them, Baudat's estranged wife, said that she came to the house to pick up their three children.
"She woke John up, and he started arguing with her and became aggressive toward her," the complaint stated.
Baudat's estranged wife put the children in her vehicle and tried to leave with them. At that point, Baudat allegedly got into his black Toyota Tundra and started ramming her vehicle.
The woman tried to get away before Baudat could hit her vehicle with his truck, but she wasn't able to do so, the complaint stated.
Eventually, Baudat's estranged wife managed to get away from him, and she took their children to a safe location.
"Due to John's state of mind, [the victim] was afraid he was going to seriously harm her and the kids," the complaint stated.
The PCSO deputy also spoke to the second woman who witnessed the alleged incident. She told him that after Baudat's estranged wife and their kids managed to get away, Baudat returned to her home on FM 350 and started ramming both of her vehicles, the complaint stated.
Baudat then allegedly took off in his truck toward a nearby wooded area, the complaint stated.