New Boston Man Arrested for Driving Into a Swimming Pool

    Bowie County Sheriff's Office responded to a 911 call Monday evening at a residence on FM 44 East of Dekalb where it was reported that someone had driven into an in-ground pool.

    The Dekalb Police Department responded along with BCSO and arrived to find the suspect already detained. Witnesses stated that they had observed an unknown male driving erratically and screaming out the windows of his truck. He drove the vehicle into the back yard of a residence before speeding up and submerging the truck in the homeowner's pool. The driver then ran from the pool towards the residence where he was held at gunpoint until law enforcement arrived. The suspect was identified as 28 year old Erik Scott Shirley of New Boston. Shirley was booked into the Bi State Jail for the offense of Criminal Mischief over $2,500 and Under $30,000.

    The swimming pool was significantly damaged by the suspect's actions, requiring it to be drained before a local towing company could remove the vehicle. The suspect was not known nor did he have any connection to the owners of the residence.

    His interactions with law enforcement were non-sensical and illogical, indicating he may have been impaired on an unknown substance.  

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