Truck rolls over leg in road rage in­ci­dent

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Rachel Rice rrice@ac­n­news­pa­ Con­tact Rachel Rice at 512-445-3809. Con­tact Mark Wil­son at 512-445-3636.

A man was charged with ag­gra­vated as­sault with se­ri­ous bod­ily in­jury on Fri­day evening af­ter at­tack­ing the driver of a dump truck and push­ing him out of the truck’s cab while they were in traf­fic, ac­cord­ing to a po­lice af­fi­davit.

Po­lice re­sponded just be­fore 8 p.m. to the scene of the crash in the 3300 block of E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boule­vard, where it nar­rows from two lanes to one due to road con­struc­tion.

Po­lice met with Des­mond Gos­ton, 23, who told offi- cers he was driv­ing his pickup truck west­bound and at­tempt­ing to merge with thick, slow traf­fic when a dump truck sideswiped his truck. Gos­ton said he stepped out and climbed into the pas­sen­ger side of the cab of the dump truck to con­front the driver.

Gos­ton and the driver both told po­lice they ex­changed blows. When the dump truck driver opened the door to exit the cab, Gos­ton pushed him onto the street, ac­cord­ing to the ar­rest af­fi­davit.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, the dump truck, in neu­tral, rolled back­wards over the driver’s leg. The driver was taken to the hos­pi­tal and treated for a dis­lo­cated knee and a bro­ken an­kle.

Gos­ton’s bail was set at $15,000. Jail records in­di­cate he had been re­leased by Sun­day af­ter­noon. fa­mil­iar with Mus­lim cul­ture but ap­pre­ci­ated see­ing his fel­low cadets learn.

A few hours ear­lier, Adeli had vol­un­teered to rake small stones in a Zen gar­den at the Asian Amer­i­can Re­source Cen­ter on Cameron Road. Cadets on Fri­day also vis­ited the Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Carver Mu­seum and Cul­tural Cen­ter and watched pre­sen­ta­tions from Psy­chi­atric Emer­gency Ser­vices and the Mex­i­can Con­sulate.

Cadet train­ing Sgt. Manuel Jimenez said the im­mer­sion pro­gram be­gan about a year and a half ago to give cadets a glimpse of the many com- mu­ni­ties they’ll be re­spon- sible for pa­trolling.

“Some of th­ese folks have never been around peo­ple that might not look like them be­fore,” Jimenez said.

Be­fore the pro­gram, Austin po­lice would send cadets out to con­duct in­ter­views with dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups, then have them pres- ent what they had learned to the class. But train­ers found this ap­proach could be im­per­sonal, and it had lim- ited im­pact on cadets since only a few of them would go into each com­mu­nity.

“What we found was that th­ese pre­sen­ta­tions were more like book re­ports, and not very in­for­ma­tive,” Jimenez said.

Now all cadets visit with dif­fer­ent groups and get a chance to ask ques­tions. Jimenez said the vis­its fo­cus on the city’s largest mi­nor­ity groups, but other stake­hold- ers are also brought into the mix each year, in­clud­ing ad­vo­cates for men­tal health and home­less peo­ple.

“The more pos­i­tive in­ter­ac­tion we as po­lice of­fi­cers have with the com­mu­nity mem­bers, the more those fears get dis­missed, and the more bridge build­ing we can ac­com­plish,” Jimenez said.

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