LINDALE — The 911 call into Smith County Sheriff's Office today was to report a dead man in the roadway on a county road north of Lindale, but as law enforcement sped to the location, the so-called deceased got up and ran away.
Smith County deputies, deputy constables, Lindale police and Texas Department of Public Safety troopers converged on County Road 4122, where a female caller reported the man, covered in blood, was in the middle of the road and not breathing.
Moments later, the dispatcher said the woman called back and said the man jumped up, sprinted down a long driveway and waved goodbye to her as he thanked her for stopping to help.
Law enforcement searched the location but could not find the man for several moments. But a short time later, two troopers radioed that they had the man at the scene where he wrecked a car. The troopers added the man drove back to the location in another vehicle.
After being administered a field sobriety test by DPS trooper Robert Johnson, the man, identified as 47-year-old Donald Camp, was arrested, handcuffed and transported to the Smith County Jail. DPS troopers said they did not know if they would charge the man with one or two counts of driving while intoxicated.
“This might be the first time I have seen a DWI where the person drove back with another vehicle to tow the one they wrecked earlier while they were still intoxicated,” Deputy constable Tommy Goodman said looking on as Camp was arrested.
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