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Rejected CDL applicant crashes stolen semi into Texas DPS office

A man who was denied a CDL crashed a stolen flatbed semi through the Texas Department of Public Safety office in Brenham, leading to one death and multiple injuries on April 12th.

The incident: Clenard Parker, 42, drove into the building after authorities denied his license renewal the previous day. The crash resulted in critical injuries to three individuals and stable conditions for three others.

  • Law enforcement apprehended Parker when he attempted to ram the building a second time, as he pulled the truck out of the damaged structure.
  • Authorities charged Parker with unauthorized use of a vehicle and evading arrest, causing serious bodily injury.

Community impact: Brenham Mayor Atwood Kenjura expressed gratitude for the quick response of first responders. Texas Senator Lois Kolkhorst called the event "a reminder of the dangerous work" of licensing agencies and law enforcement according to the Texas Tribune.

The building was at risk of collapse if the truck had veered slightly differently on its second collision attempt.

In total, 16 people suffered injuries, but no DPS staff were harmed. The Texas Rangers are investigating the crash, and authorities stated there is no further threat to the community from the suspect.

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