On Tuesday, February 17, 2015, at approximately 12:58am, a Beaumont Police Patrol Officer was blocking east bound traffic on Delaware. Officers were in the 3700 block of Delaware working a major auto-pedestrian / hit and run accident and the officer was providing scene security for the traffic officers. A vehicle was traveling east bound on Delaware and quickly approached the accident scene, failing to heed the numerous officers on scene blocking the roadway. The blue in color, Dodge P/U struck the marked patrol vehicle with the officer still inside. The patrol unit sustained significant damage to the rear quarter panel. The officer was transported to Baptist ER where he was treated and released for lower back injuries. The suspect was identified as Anthony Thornton, 21 year old Beaumont man. He was arrested for suspicion of DWI, possession of marijuana, and Codeine possession.
Officer Carol Riley