By James Clark | email
HOCKLEY COUNTY, TX (KCBD) – Officials released the name of a man that they say crashed a stolen truck into a church Sunday night. Officers responded to the Fairview Baptist Church between Levelland and Sundown just before 7:30 PM. When Deputies arrived, an eyewitness said the driver ran away. Due to his injuries, he didn't get far.
DPS says Nicholas Hernandez, 31, of Sundown was found face down in field near the crash site about 40 minutes after the crash. Hernandez was taken by ambulance to the Covenant Hospital in Levelland, where hospital officials confirm that he was treated and released.
DPS says charges are pending for "unauthorized use of a motor vehicle" and depending on the results of a blood test, Hernandez might also face a charge of "driving while intoxicated." Hernandez was not arrested Sunday or Monday but instead DPS Troopers will file paperwork with prosecutors after they finish their investigation.
DPS says the church did not sustain much damage but a church sign, and a road sign were destroyed. Video shows extensive damage to the truck.
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