On 3/21/23 around 4:52pm, Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Bell and Beacon in reference to a Major Motor Vehicle Accident. Officers arrived on scene and located an unoccupied 18 wheeler (with a dump trailer) rolled over onto its side. Officers learned that the dump bed of the trailer had been extended while being operated on the roadway and that multiple traffic control devices and utility poles were struck before the 18 Wheeler rolled onto its side.
Witnesses were able to inform officers that the driver of the 18 Wheeler had fled the scene on foot and was possibly hiding in a residence in the 1600blk of Beacon. Officers were then able to locate the driver (David Conklin 42yoa) inside of the mentioned residence and he was ultimately taken into custody.
SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division assisted with this incident as it was learned that the 18 Wheeler (that was involved in the crash) had been recently reported stolen near the intersection of Veck and Bell Street.
At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Conklin was charged with Theft of Property >=$30k<$150k and he was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Additional charges may be forthcoming as the investigation continues.
The SAPD would like to thank the public’s assistance with providing information to our Officers which ultimately resulted in Conklin’s arrest.