Man accused in crashes arraigned
Taylor — A 27-year-old Taylor man was arraigned Thursday morning on myriad charges stemming from a series of hit-and-run crashes that culminated with him allegedly stealing a police car.
Derek Michael Wiginton was arraigned in 23rd District Court before Judge Joseph Slaven on charges of unlawful driving away an automobile, malicious destruction of police property, two counts of resisting arrest, obstructing police officers and second-degree operation while under the influence.
More charges include: failing to stop at a personal injury accident, possession of marijuana, failure to stop at a property damage accident and open intoxicants in a vehicle.
The incident began at about 8:10 p.m. Monday when police were dispatched to the scene of a hit-and-run crash in the 23700 block of Mary Street where Wiginton allegedly crashed his truck into a car.
The driver of the car was uninjured but the car was no longer driveable. Police soon discovered the suspect had also crashed his truck into another car at Telegraph and Mary Street.
In this crash, the other driver was injured and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.
According to police, Wiginton then crashed his truck into a telephone pole on Pine Street after which he allegedly fled the scene, only to return and jump into a Taylor police car.
Wiginton then allegedly ran the squad car into a fire hydrant at the intersection of Pine and Mary. He was then arrested by police but only after allegedly resisting arrest.
Wiginton’s bond was set at $150,000 cash. His next court date will be Feb. 2 in 23rd District Court.