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Garrett officer hit by motorist

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ERIC CORNELISON
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ENNIS - Garrett reserve officer Steven Olson was hit by a passing motorist while making a routine traffic stop and air ambulanced to Parkland Hospital in Dallas Thursday, March 1.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Olson made a routine stop for a nonfunctioning license plate light on the 2700 Block of N. Kaufman in Ennis.

While standing by the vehicle, a Dodge pickup truck drove by and struck Olson in the side of face as it passed.

The impact was so hard it knocked Olson approximately seven feet from the stopped vehicle.

The pick-up continued down Kaufman without stopping.

Paramedics arrived at the scene and then called for the air ambulance service to take Olson to Dallas.

According to the police report, an Ellis County Deputy spotted the Dodge pick-up parked on South Dallas Street.

The owner of the truck was then determined and Detective Sgt. John Erisman located the suspected driver.

The suspect was identified as Jimmy Daniels, 52, of Ennis and when questioned said he had been sideswiped on Kaufman Street, according to police reports.

Erisman reported Daniels was showing signs of intoxication including his speech, a strong smell of alcohol on his breath and could not walk steady.

Daniels was taken to Ennis Regional Medical Center where a blood test was administered and then he was placed under arrest.

Daniels was charged with one count of intoxication assault and one count of failure to stop and render aid.

'Olson has been released from Parkland with several bruises and a hole in his eardrum, but is doing fine,' said Garrett City Secretary Julie Featherston.

Daniels was being held in the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on a $10,000 bond.

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