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New Boston man in hot water after vehicle lands in swimming pool of De Kalb, Texas homeowner

May 17, 2022

A man got into some hot water on Monday evening as the Bowie County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call at a residence on Farm to Market Road 44 East outside of Dekalb, TX, at around 6:24 pm. 

It was reported that a truck had driven into an in-ground swimming pool behind a residence. 

The De Kalb Police Department responded along with the Bowie County Sheriff's Office. They arrived to find the suspect already detained. 

Witnesses stated that they had observed an unknown male allegedly driving erratically and screaming out the windows of his truck. 

He allegedly drove the vehicle into the backyard of a residence before speeding up and submerging the truck in the homeowner's pool. 

Then, the driver allegedly ran from the pool towards the residence, where he was held at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived. 

The suspect was identified as Erik Scott Shirley, age 28 years, from New Boston, Texas.  Shirley was booked into the Bi-State Jail for the offense of Criminal Mischief over $2,500 and under $30,000. 

The swimming pool allegedly sustained significant damage from the suspect's actions, requiring it to be drained before a local towing company could remove the vehicle. 

The suspect allegedly was not known, nor did he have any connection to the residence owners. In addition, law enforcement alleged that the suspect was acting "non-sensical and illogical," which they said indicated he may have been impaired on an unknown substance.

Editor's note: Any person suspected, accused, arrested, or charged with a crime is presumed innocent if and until they are convicted in a court of law.

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