Grimes County Sheriff's Deputy Reed Edelman was fortunate to survive a fiery crash during a pursuit Monday night.
SHIRO, Texas -- A Grimes County Sheriff's deputy was fortunate to survive a fiery crash during a pursuit Monday night.
Deputies were dispatched to a residence in 7500 Block of CR. 232 within the Shiro Community on Jan. 28 at 6:45 p.m. in
regards to an individual who had began making threats towards his
estranged before leaving the the residence on a Yamaha Motorcycle,
according to a news release.
While enroute, Deputy Reed Edelman spotted
the motorcycle on State Highway 30 near Tenaska west of Shiro and
proceeded to turn around to purse the motorcycle, at that time the
driver of the motorcycle proceeded to accelerate away from him rapidly.
deputy then observed the motorcycle turn onto FM 2562 and attempted to
stop the vehicle by means of activating his overhead lights and sirens
signaling for the driver to stop and as a result the driver proceeded to
This pursuit continued throughout many Farm Market Roads
and State Highways in northern Grimes County which at many points the
driver proceeded to disregard the safety for himself and others by
driving erratically at speeds exceeding 130 MPH.
During this time,
the weather became inclement and began to rain heavily causing the
roads to become slick. Edelman lost control of his vehicle as a
result of hydroplaning and going off of the roadway, going airborne,
overturning multiple times, striking a tree and then catching fire. The
deputy was able to climb out of the vehicle and get to safety.
motorcycle was located approximately one mile north of the accident
scene of the Sheriff’s Deputy by DPS Troopers and subsequently the
driver was taken into custody.
Steven Benefield, 34 of Shiro was
later booked into the Grimes County Jail and was charged with the
offense of Evading Arrest w/ Vehicle causing Serious Bodily Injury a 3rd
Degree Felony punishable by 2 to 20 years confinement in the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Benefield remains incarcerated in the Grimes County Jail with bond set
As a result of this incident, Edelman sustained injuries to include but are not limited to fractures of the vertebrae.
He was released on Tuesday from the Scott & White Hospital in College Station and is recovering at home.
Information provided by the Grimes County Sheriff's Office