A Harris County Sheriff Deputy is on civilian status pending the outcome of a criminal charge against him in Liberty County.
Travis Tanner Fullbright was charged with hindering apprehension and prosecution after he allegedly picked up his girlfriend after a single-vehicle accident July 20, allowing her to avoid being tested for intoxication.
DPS Sgt. Erik Burse said the incident started when the woman reportedly ran off the road in the vehicle she was driving about 7:20 a.m. July 20 near the intersection of County Road 6026 and County Road 602 (Wolfe Island Road), just east of the Harris/Liberty County line north of Crosby. Her car hit a utility pole.
“She was seen by witnesses standing outside talking on the phone. She appeared to be intoxicated at the time,” he said.
Someone picked her up before the DPS arrived, but witnesses got cell phone video of the vehicle and person that picked her up.
“A check on the vehicle led [the investigating trooper] to an address. When the trooper went there to try to make contact with the individuals, the person that drove the car was unavailable.”
Investigation led DPS to Fullbright, Burse said.
Since Fullbright was a Harris County deputy, DPS notified the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and its Internal Affairs Division.
“There was a warrant drawn up for the individual for hindering apprehension or prosecution,” Burse said.
Fullbright was arrested and taken to the Liberty County Jail, where he later posted bail and was released. Since the accident happened in Liberty County, the case will be prosecuted there. However, Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader said the case is being handled by the DPS, which initially responded to the accident.
Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Thomas Gilliland said, “Deputy Fullbright is on civilian status pending the outcome of his out-of-county investigation. He is currently assigned to our phone-in report desk.”
Burse said no charges were filed against the woman.