Peace officer intoxicated at time of accident

A former reserve sheriff’s deputy who was traveling to pick up a prisoner was apparently intoxicated when he rolled his pickup truck early this month near Bryan.

Tracy Lee Rodgers, 55, of Levelland suffered a gash to the head in the accident. He was taken to a hospital in Bryan where he was treated and released.

Rodgers, a reserve deputy with the Hockley County Sheriff’s Office, was driving to Huntsville to pick up a prisoner when he lost control of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup Aug. 4 in Robertston County.

The accident occurred shortly after 9:30 p.m. on State Highway 7.

Rodgers was driving southeast when he crossed the roadway and hit a guardrail. He traveled back across the road, struck another guardrail and spun counterclockwise. The truck came to a stop on its wheels and in the northwest lane, a report said.

The investigating trooper conducted a field sobriety test and found Rodgers to be intoxicated. He was transported from the scene to Bryan for treatment of his injuries. A blood sample was also obtained at that time.

Rodgers admitted that he had been drinking alcoholic beverages and ‘had signs of intoxication.’ Alcoholic beverages were found inside his truck, according to a report filed by Department of Public Safety Trooper Erik J. Domanski.

Rodgers, who had done numerous prisoner transports for the county in the past, turned in his badge and uniform about a week after the incident.

The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of giving him a discharge from the agency, said Chief Deputy Jim Warren.

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