A routine day for Van Alstyne Police Department Sergeant Chuck Milner took a turn for the unusual on Wednesday as a speeding BMW resulted in the closing of an overpass, thousands of dollars in damage and a doctor arrested on a felony charge.
Shortly before noon, Milner observed a beige BMW sedan traveling at a high rate of speed on southbound Highway 75. Milner took off in pursuit and the driver of the BMW who had begun passing traffic on the shoulder of the highway in the process.
The BMW exited at County Line Road but failed to navigate the curve in the road and hit the side of the bridge embankment at a high rate of speed. The car took flight, tearing and dragging 50 feet of guardrail with it, and cleared the overpass and the slope of the embankment on the other side, eventually coming to a stop 200-300 feet later on the south side of the bridge.
Milner and backup arrived on scene and handcuffed the driver, identified as Kamalsingh Rathod, of Sherman. Rathod, a cardiologist at Texas Presbyterian Health Hospital-WNJ in Sherman, identified himself on scene as a doctor. He appeared to have avoided serious injury as transport by ambulance was refused. However, after being issued a field sobriety test, he was arrested on a felony charge of evading arrest. Rathod was taken by Milner to Texas Presbyterian to be checked out and have blood drawn for toxicology testing.
What Rathod left behind was pure carnage. Texas Department of Transportation was notified and the County Line Road bridge was shut down for repairs. The 50 feet of guard rail was left mangled and stretched out over the road along with pounds of debris from both the car and the wood and steel guard rail posts.
In other police activity, VAPD made a pair of DWI arrests. On March 15, Shannon Steele, 42, of Sherman, was arrested for a misdemeanor B DWI offense near Northridge at 11:49 p.m. The charge was the result of a two-car motor vehicle accident in which Steele rear-ended another driver. Just a few hours later, at 2:43 a.m. on March 16, police arrested 43-year-old Shannon Modesitt, of Anna, on a DWI charge traveling northbound Highway 75.
On March 19, VAPD officers arrested 43-year-old Princeton resident Vanessa Rodriguez-Parks, of Princeton. She was arrested for an outstanding probation violation warrant and for giving false or fictitious information to a police officer, a misdemeanor B offense.