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Blotter: Police suspect driver involved in Lake Dallas ISD bus crash fell asleep at the wheel

The man who drove into a bus carrying the Lake Dallas Middle School football team Tuesday in Denton is suspected of falling asleep at the wheel, according to Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose. 

The 22-year-old Denton man, who has not been identified, was driving a Ford Focus westbound on U.S. Highway 380 when the vehicle crossed the center lanes of traffic near North Mayhill Road, Cose said. He struck the eastbound bus head on, police said. 

The man was taken to Medical City Denton and released later that night, Cose said.

Only one student on the bus complained of neck pain, and his parents were notified. Cose said it's still unclear whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash. 

No charges have been filed. 

Other reports 

700 block of Bolivar Street — The Denton Fire Department responded to a gas leak Wednesday morning near the Cupboard Natural Foods, where a small group of nearby residents were forced to evacuate their homes, department spokesman Kenneth Hedges said. 

Hedges said a service repair company damaged an Atmos Energy gas line before the gas leaked into the sewer line. That led to the evacuations of nine nearby homes. 

"Only a small group of residents were actually at home," he said. 

Atmos, Hedges said, was on the scene when firefighters responded about 11:30 a.m. Firefighters cleared the scene at 1:06 p.m. 

No one was injured, he said. 

2700 block of Colorado Boulevard — A 21-year-old woman said Tuesday her ex-boyfriend was harassing her by "constantly" texting her and her parents, according to a Denton police report. 

Police took the report at 3 p.m., but no arrests have been made. 

1000 block of Dallas Drive — A 27-year-old woman was calling for help from the back of a vehicle Tuesday after she said her ex assaulted her in the back seat, according to a police report. 

The report did not specify whether the woman was referring to her ex-husband or ex-boyfriend. The pair was riding in a shared vehicle, such as Uber or Lyft. 

The suspect was not found when police arrived, and no arrests were made. 


From 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Wednesday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 948 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 35 people were booked into Denton County Jail.

Denton police handled 129 calls for service and made six arrests.

Denton firefighters responded to 20 medical calls, five vehicle crashes and one building fire.