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Blotter: Intoxicated man tries to ram vehicle out of impound lot

Damion HumeDenton Police Department
Damion Hume
Denton Police Department

A 28-year-old man was arrested on drug and alcohol charges Sunday after attempting to drive his car out of the impound lot by ramming the vehicle into the gate, according to police. 

Damion Hume was booked into Denton City Jail on charges of public intoxication and possession of a controlled substance.  

Police said the incident occurred about 4 a.m. at Texas Impound Services in the 600 block of South Mayhill Road. The suspect arrived at the location hoping to get his car back, but he didn't have any money, the police report said. 

The man, police said, then jumped the gate into the impound lot and tried to ram his vehicle out. He assaulted a tow truck driver in the process, according to the report. 

Minivan occupants hospitalized after crashing into Ponder fire engine 

At least four people were hospitalized Sunday morning after a minivan hit the back of a Ponder fire engine, which was parked at the scene of another crash at U.S. Highway 380 and Smith Road, according to authorities. 

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Denton County Emergency Services Director Jody Gonzalez said icy conditions caused the minivan to lose control and hit the back of the fire truck about 10:30 a.m. Gonzalez did not have any identifying information for the  four minivan occupants, and their current condition is unknown.

He said at least two occupants suffered serious injuries. Ponder Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charles Williams said another occupant was transported with minor injuries, and all four people needed to be extricated from the minivan. The engine driver also was taken to a hospital for whiplash. 

Meanwhile, the engine will be out of service until it gets repaired, Williams said. It was the department's only engine, and they'll now have to use a tanker that holds up to 2,500 gallons of water as a backup. 

Other reports 

1500 block of South Loop 288 — A man stole a vehicle on Sunday after the 54-year-old owner left it running and unattended in a Walmart parking lot, according to a police report. 

The suspect, whose description was not included in the report, fled in an unknown direction. No arrests were made. The investigation is ongoing. 

2100 block of Glenwood Lane — Multiple items were taken from a north Denton home after the suspect or suspects entered through an unlocked garage door early Sunday morning, police said. 

The residents were sleeping at the time, the report said. Denton police responded to the scene about 10 a.m. and took a report. No arrests were made. 

1400 block of Teasley Lane — An unidentified suspect used a tool to break open the master door of a mailbox Sunday at Woodhill Apartments, a police report said. 

Denton police received the call about 5 a.m. The report did not specify whether anything was taken, and no arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Monday:

  • 18 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

  • Denton police handled 128 calls for service and made 12 arrests.