Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.
Sherman Police arrested a man for driving while intoxicated after he struck eight different vehicles on Lamar Street in Sherman Thursday afternoon.
Sgt. Brett Mullen said Thomas Burke, 66, was traveling east on Lamar Street in a white SUV, when he struck three vehicles at the intersection with U.S. Highway 75. Witness Shane Hargis said he was picking up parts for a lawnmower near the intersection when he heard the sound of squealing tires.
“I thought somebody was doing doughnuts in the intersection, and, by the time I got out there, he was going in reverse and slammed into a white suburban,” Hargis said.
Hargis shot video of the driver at the intersection, which he posted to social media and provided to the Herald Democrat. He said he continued to take video until the man left the scene at a high rate of speed.
“At that point, I got in my car and followed him headed eastbound up to the square,” Hargis said. “And everybody was pulling over to the side.”
Mullen said he did not know how fast the driver was traveling, but said he was well above the speed limit when he passed through the intersection with South Crockett Street and collided with multiple other vehicles.
“He then continued on up into the 100 block of West Lamar, struck five more vehicles and (traveled) to where his vehicle was ultimately disabled and stopped,” Mullen said.
One of the vehicles struck near the Grayson County County Courthouse was forced off the roadway, and onto the sidewalk, where it damaged a window at A Touch of Class Antiques. A work truck was also struck in the crash, scattering tools, equipment and its bumper along Lamar Street.
The Sherman Police sergeant said one person whose vehicle was struck at the intersection with U.S. 75 was taken to the hospital with injuries he said were not serious. Another driver was injured at the second crash scene, but was not hospitalized.
Mullen said he was thankful that more people were not injured.
“Definitely a very dangerous situation,” Mullen said. “We’re glad that no one was seriously injured.”
Officers were still working Thursday afternoon to notify the owners of the vehicles that were parked along Lamar Street and damaged in the crash. Mullen said those who were in the area and find damage to their vehicles should contact the Sherman Police Department.
Herald Democrat Criminal Justice Editor Jerrie Whiteley contributed to this report.