A commercial truck driver has been charged after police said he hit two Cleveland High School students walking near campus.

The driver, the 32-year-old Dillon Lamb, has been charged with intoxication assault with a motor vehicle.

Cleveland police smelled alcohol on Lamb’s breath the night of the crash on East Houston Avenue.

“There was a field sobriety test given to Mr. Lamb. There was a detection of what we believe to be some form of an alcoholic beverage on his breath,” Cleveland Police Chief Darrel Broussard said.

On Monday night, investigators said the ninth and 10th-grade boys were walking back to Cleveland High School and crossing the street when a commercial truck hit them, breaking their bones.

The company that owns the truck, Hunton Trane, would not confirm Lamb’s employment.

He had his first court appearance Wednesday morning.

“We’re looking at a felony of third degree. So that could be five years plus,” Broussard said.

Before Monday’s crash, the community had been asking the state to look at ways to make the area safer for students.

“I strongly would recommend lighting as far as streetlights are concerned, some different type of painting and directions on the road as far as the crosswalks are concerned,” Broussard said.

Broussard said he’s noticed changes on East Houston Avenue this week.

“There have been a few additional signs even added since the incident occurred. So, that is something that is working really well and TxDOT is listening to us as we talk to them about this particular area,” he said.

Broussard told ABC13 that as they work with the state to make changes, drivers should not take risks this holiday season.

“Don’t take a chance. If you’ve had anything to consume: an alcoholic beverage, anything that would impair you, such as drugs or anything else — my advice to you is you will go to jail,” he said.

Lamb is in jail with a $25,000 bond.

The 14-and 16-year-old students are now in stable condition.

ORIGINAL STORY
At 6:30 pm, Monday, calls began to come to the Cleveland Police Department reporting a crash in which two teens had been struck on SH 105 Business in front of the Cleveland High School. The first units arrived on the scene to find a male age 14 and another male, age 16 lying in the roadway next to the crosswalk. A commercial pickup truck was parked a short distance away. A crowd had also started to gather near the driver and began to get unruly until officers were able to control the situation. Medics began working on the pair of teens who suffered critical leg and back injuries. Cleveland Police detained the driver of the truck on suspicion of intoxication. Air Medical was requested and the teens were flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Texas Medical Center. According to Cleveland Police, the teens left the campus while attending a basketball game. They walked across SH 105 to Fish Tales for a take-out dinner. They were returning to the basketball game and believed to have been in the crosswalk when the crash occurred. Several witnesses said the same. Since the driver refused a request for a blood draw a warrant was issued. He was taken to a medical facility for a blood draw. Police determined that he struck them on the left side of the truck. There was a dash cam in the truck owned by Hunton Trane.  Cleveland Police requested DPS to the scene to assist in the investigation. In addition, Jennifer Bergman with the Liberty County District Attorney’s Office responded to the scene to assist as did the Liberty County Precinct 6 Constables Office. Cleveland ISD Police assisted with traffic control. Cleveland ISD Superintendant Stephen W. McCanless was on the scene through the investigation. He was upset not just about his students being injured but the fact TXDOT has the crosswalk poorly marked. The sign telling motorists of the crosswalk ahead is 10 feet from the crosswalk. In addition no caution lights.  Student has no sidewalk along the busy highway and with a new subdivision just down the road fears students walking on their shoulders as vehicle speed by at highway speed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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