DE KALB, Texas (KTAL/KSHV) – The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a strange case after a person drove a truck into an in-ground swimming pool Monday.
Erik Scott Shirley of New Boston is facing charges for criminal mischief over $2,500 and under $30,000. Authorities are still investigating exactly how the truck ended up in the homeowner’s pool.
Police received a call around 6:24 p.m. to the home on Farm to Market Road 44 East outside of De Kalb. Witnesses told officers they saw a man driving erratically and screaming out of the truck window before entering the home’s backyard and speeding up, ending up submerged in the pool.
The driver reportedly ran towards the home, where the owner held him at gunpoint until law enforcement could take him into custody. Police say he does not know the homeowner or have any connection with them.
Officials say Shirley was non-sensical and illogical when speaking with them, and they believe an unknown substance may have impaired him. He was booked into the Bi-State Jail.
The pool sustained severe cracks and needed to be drained while MotorTow Wrecker and Recovery worked to remove the truck.