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Man charged with DWI after striking Lumberton Police officer, K9 in patrol car

It happened near Highway 96 at Walton Road in Lumberton’s north end Friday night.

LUMBERTON, Texas — A Lumberton man is charged with driving while intoxicated after officials said he struck a police cruiser with an officer and a K-9 unit inside.

The Lumberton Police Department is thankful both of its officers left the scene of the Friday night crash with minor injuries.

It happened near Highway 96 at Walton Road in Lumberton’s north end around 10:30 p.m.

Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety said a 2021 Dodge Ram pickup struck a patrol unit with Sgt. Chad Ainsworth and K-9 unit Leroy inside.

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Troopers believe the driver of the pickup, later identified as Bradley Herrington, 37, of Lumberton, was driving along the west side of Walton Road while Ainsworth was traveling east.

Credit: Hardin County Sheriff's Office
Bradley Nelson Herrington

After the crash, Herrington was unharmed but Troopers said they saw signs of alcohol consumption and conducted a field sobriety test.

Herrington was later taken to the Hardin County Jail and charged with driving while intoxicated, DPS said.

Herrington bailed out Saturday morning after posting a $2,500 bond, according to the Hardin County Jail.

Ainsworth was taken to a nearby hospital after the crash and was released early Saturday morning, Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins said.

Police said Leroy was limping after the crash, but he's expected to be OK. The K-9 officer went home with Ainsworth’s family after the crash, Sullins said.

Sullins said the two officers will be able to go back to work once medically released.

This is an ongoing investigation with DPS.

Credit: Lumberton Police Department

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