Just after 1 a.m. Sunday morning Michael Paul Ward, 28, of 17225 FM 1485 was southbound on FM 1485 just south of Whispering Pines and north of SH 242. It was there he lost control and struck not one but both guardrails on each side of the road. Extensive damage was done not just to the guardrail but to his vehicle. He then, driving on three good tires continued south two and one-half miles to his home. Once at home he parked his vehicle and locked the driveway gate.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported major accident along with MCHD and both New Caney and Caney Creek Fire Departments. Not finding anything a vehicle a witness told them a vehicle had passed them southbound on FM 1485 at the Firetower curve with a shower of sparks.
It was then the gouge in the road was noticed and it was like , “Following the yellow brick road”. The gouge in the road continued from the crash site south and at times going into the oncoming lane of traffic. It ended with a big curve directly into Ward’s driveway.
Ward was arrested for duty in striking a highway fixture with damage over $200.
The law states”
550.025. DUTY ON STRIKING FIXTURE OR HIGHWAY LANDSCAPING. (a) The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a fixture or landscaping legally on or adjacent to a highway shall: (1) take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property of the accident and of the operator’s name and address and the registration number of the vehicle the operator was driving; (2) if requested and available, show the operator’s driver’s license to the owner or person in charge of the property; and (3) report the accident if required by Section 550.061. (b) A person commits an offense if the person violates Subsection (a). An offense under this section is: (1) a Class C misdemeanor, if the damage to all fixtures and landscaping is less than $200; or (2) a Class B misdemeanor, if the damage to all fixtures and landscaping is $200 or more.