Nacogdoches officer in serious condition after accident

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:21am

Nacogdoches, TX — A Nacogdoches police officer is in serious condition at a Tyler hospital after police say he was hit by a drunk driver early Monday morning.

NPD Sgt. Keith Hawkins was on his way to a non-emergency call when his 2008 Ford Police Interceptor was hit by a Ford pickup at 12:19 a.m. at the intersection of South and Seale streets, Nacogdoches Police Sgt. Greg Sowell said.

Tarcisio Chan-Ramirez, 31, is charged with intoxicated assault with a vehicle and remained in the Nacogdoches County Jail Monday morning on an Immigration and Customs Enforcement hold. Bond on the third-degree felony charge had not been set as of 8:30 a.m., according to jail records.

Hawkins was taken to Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and then taken by ambulance to a Tyler hospital, Sowell said.

"Right now he has serious injuries to his jaw and to his pelvis," he said. "We have some people up at the hospital now, but last I heard, his condition was still serious."

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