ORANGE, Texas — The driver who hit a Little Cypress firefighter head-on Saturday night had previous charges for driving under the influence, according to a crash report obtained by 12News.
A background check showed that the two previous DWIs were in Angelina County in 1993 and Jasper County in 2011.
The driver, Kenneth Frank Bartlett Jr., was arrested after he hit a Little Cypress Fire Department SUV in his Chevrolet pickup truck, according to Orange Police. The accident happened around 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 on Highway 87 in Orange near West Bluff Road.
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Witnesses told police the driver of the pickup was headed southbound on Highway 87 when he crossed the center line, smashing into the fire department SUV traveling northbound.
The firefighter, 19-year- old Victor Davila was taken by ambulance to a hospital. Stephanie Davila, Victor's mother, said he was lucky to walk away with only minor injuries.
"My first reaction was, I thought that I lost my child, once I found out that he was okay my next thought went to the person who hit him, what, if anything, would be done?" said Davila.
Davila said her son has dreamed of becoming a firefighter since he was just a kid. His dad was a professional career firefighter with the city of Orange for nearly 32 years.
Little Cypress Fire Chief Matt Manshack said Victor was driving back to the fire station when the accident happened.
"It could of been a whole lot worse, had it not been him it could of been somebody else, and that's the problem with drunk driving, you just never know," said Manshack.
Orange Police performed a field sobriety test on the driver of the pickup, which led to his arrest.
The driver is not currently listed on the Orange County Jail Roster. Orange County Detective Janois Grizzaffi told 12News he posted bond of $15,000 on Feb. 17.
Stephanie Davila is frustrated Bartlett is out of jail.
"I just couldn't understand how someone who has repetitive behavior of drinking and driving and accidents could be out so quickly, and could be out on, what I feel, was a small amount of bond. I mean, I feel my child's life is worth way more than what his bond was set at," said Davila.
12News has reached out to Bartlett to learn his side of the story. We will update when we learn more.