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KJAS, Jasper Used with permission from Mike Lout

KJAS in Jasper, TX, is reporting that the Texas Department of Public Safety and Jasper Police are investigating a motorcycle crash in Newton County late Tuesday evening followed a short time later by another accident in Jasper.

Shortly before 9:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Texas DPS troopers responded to an accident on Highway 63 at Farm to Market Road 1408 in Newton County.

A 2017 Harley Davidson Motorcycle, operated by 27-year-old David Grogan, of Leesville, LA, was traveling eastbound on Highway 63 when a 1991 Jeep SUV, driven by 69-year-old Harold Reed, of Jasper, TX, traveling southbound on FM 1408, pulled out in front of the motorcycle which struck the Jeep.

Grogan was thrown over the hood.  Sergeant Stephanie Davis of the Texas Department of Public Safety said Grogan was wearing a helmet and suffered only minor injuries.

A short time later, Jasper Police responded to a report of an overturned vehicle on Hopkins Drive in the southeast side of town shortly after 9:00 p.m.

Officers arrived to find Reed inside the overturned 1991 Jeep. He was transported by ambulance to Jasper Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Sergeant Davis said that a blood specimen was collected from Reed at the hospital and investigating troopers are waiting for the results of tests to determine if alcohol or some other substance was in his system.

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