An Illinois man was in custody Sunday accused of being intoxicated when he hit an off-duty Denton County deputy directing traffic at a rodeo near Krum, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper said.
The suspect was identified as Jaime Fabela of Seneca, Ill.
Fabela is accused of driving a pickup that struck the deputy Saturday evening near Krum in Denton County. Krum is about 42 miles north of Fort Worth.
The deputy, whom authorities had not identified, was taken by helicopter ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. She was in stable condition Sunday, and she was in good spirits, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Brackeen said in an email Sunday.
The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday on Farm Road 2450.
The deputy was directing traffic when she was hit by a green pickup driven by Fabela. The Illinois man was taken into custody, and he now faces charges of driving while intoxicated and intoxication assault, DPS Sgt. Lonny Haschel said in a Sunday email.
Fabela was in the Denton County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.
Troopers continued to investigate the incident Sunday.