NEW INFO: Charges Brought After Deputy Slams Into Cotton Picker

A Jones County farm worker has been charged after a deputy sheriff slammed into the back of his cotton picker Wednesday night. That same deputy was injured the night before in a police chase.

Marcial Chavez charged with violation of moving farm equipment outside the legal size limit after dark. State troopers say farm equipment can not be on state highways after sunset. The accident happened at 8:26 p.m.

Deputy Kevin Lundsford was injured after his patrol car crashed into the back of the cotton picker. That farm equipment was headed west on Highway 41 near Alonza Mills Road.

The night before the same deputy was injured during a chase and subsequent arrest of a drug suspect. In that case Lundsford was injured by another deputy's tactical baton.

In Wednesday night's mishap, the deputy suffered cuts to the head, but he is now at home resting.

The owner says there was $12,000 damage to the John Deere cotton picker while the deputy's cruiser sustained heavy damage in the crash.


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Highway Patrol in Jones County say a Jones County Deputy was injured when his patrol car crashed into the back of a combine, which is a large piece of farm equipment.

Sergeant Tim Sinclair with the Highway Patrol says the combine was headed west on Highway 41 near Alonza Mills Road. The deputy was driving behind him when he crashed into the back of the combine.

The deputy, who's name has not been released yet suffered cuts to the head, but Sergeant Sinclair says his injuries are not life-threatening.

Sergeant Sinclair says the driver of the combine will face charges because the equipment should not have been on the road after sunset.

This is the second high profile crash with farm equipment in the East in recent months. Matthew Hales died on Highway 264, just west of Greenville, when he rear-ended a slow-moving tractor. The 27-year-old father of two was going about 70 miles per hour, which is the posted speed limit in the area, but the tractor was going 25 miles per hour. Troopers said the tractor was on the highway illegally, but no charges were filed.


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