SAN ANGELO — Months after a UPS truck was hit and a bomb threat shut down part of U.S. Highway 67 near San Angelo, a judge has deemed the defendant incompetent for trial.
About 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, Richard Taylor Hill, 55, of San Antonio, attended a competency hearing through Zoom in the 340th District Court. He has been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after deliberately crashing into a UPS truck and telling deputies he had a bomb on July 29, 2021.
Hill was examined in November by a doctor, who believed he was incompetent to stand trial at this time. 340th District Judge Jay Weatherby agreed with the doctor's report.
Weatherby then signed Hill over to a Big Spring hospital. A new court date for reexamination has not been set as of 11:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Bomb threat, UPS truck crash near San Angelo ends in arrest
About 10:07 a.m. on July 29, 2021, dispatch received a call involving a crash on U.S. Highway 67, north of San Angelo. The caller reported a black SUV drove south in the northbound lane and struck a UPS truck "head on," according to an arrest affidavit.
The truck rolled multiple times, resulting in the 38-year-old driver's hands and chest to be injured. When deputies found Hill with the 1998 Dodge Durango SUV, he said he "had a bomb" and was "attempting to make it detonate," records state.
This prompted a request for the Explosive Ordinance Disposal detachment from Dyess Air Force Base and the Abilene Police Department bomb squad to respond. No explosives were found, and the highway reopened around 3:46 p.m.
Hill told investigators he "intentionally steered the Dodge SUV into the UPS truck," after looking for a "large vehicle or 18-wheeler to drive into," according to court documents.
He was arrested later that day on suspicion of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In August, he was indicted on the same charge, which enhanced to a first-degree felony. This is punishable by 5-99 years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. It was enhanced due to a forgery conviction from Harris County in 1987.
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July 29, 2021: Vehicle crash shuts down US Highway 67 outside San Angelo
Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at email@example.com.
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