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VPSO make arrest in hit-and-run

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VERNON PARISH, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Sheriff Sam Craft of the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office announces the arrest of Tully D. Thornton, 49, of Hornbeck.

The Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office was contacted on May 31, 2014 at approximately 5:35 a.m. regarding a possible incident of hit and run driving.

The caller advised that a man had been located in the Hornbeck area and they believed that the man had been run over sometime during the night time hours, according to VPSO.

Deputies arrived on the scene and located, Richard Burke, 46, of Anacoco.  Burke sustained serious injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Hospital in Alexandria, where he is currently listed in Stable Condition after undergoing surgery.

Burke was able to indicate to deputies that Tully Thornton had given him a ride earlier in the day.  Burke indicated that he and Thornton did consume alcohol and subsequently engaged in a physical altercation.

VPSO reported Burke indicated that he left the vehicle and upon walking away he witnessed Thornton’s minivan speed toward him at which time the vehicle struck him.

Burke indicated that Thornton then put the vehicle into reverse and struck him a second time.

During the course of this investigation the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office received a telephone call indicating that Tully Thornton was at a residence in the Anacoco area. 

Deputies arrived at the location and the residents advised that Thornton had driven his minivan into their air conditioning unit before traveling a short distance away and crashing the vehicle into a utility pole.

Deputies and Detectives were able to take Thornton into custody without incident a short time later.

Thornton was transported to Byrd E.R. where a toxicology kit was collected.

Thornton was arrested and charged with one count of Attempted Second Degree Murder, one count of Hit and Run Driving, and one count of Simple Criminal Damage to Property.  Bond was set at $ 125,500.00 and Thornton remains in the Vernon Parish Jail at the time of this release. 


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