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Tom Bean Council member arrested after collision

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A Tom Bean City Council member who was stopped last weekend for suspected drinking and driving is in trouble with the law again.

Texas state troopers say Ben Vincent was involved in a head-on crash Thursday morning with a pickup truck owned by the Tom Bean Independent School District.

Both Vincent and the driver of the pickup, Elmer Stuckey, were treated at a Sherman hospital.

Vincent was released and then promptly arrested by state troopers and charged with intoxicated assault.

Tom Bean police Chief Tim Green said because of Vincent's ties with the city, the decision was made to turn the case over a higher authority.

"Intoxication or something along those lines, being a culprit or being involved, we decided to recuse ourselves and the the Texas Department of Public Safety to come in to have an non-biased investigator handling the situation," Green said.

Vincent is currently in the Grayson County Jail. No bond has been established.

"This has become a very upsetting and sad day for us," Tom Bean Mayor Sherry Howard said in a statement, adding that students in the school district are reminded every year about the consequences of drunk driving. She added:

It is no longer "business as usual” in the City of Tom Bean. We will get what we allow and we have to hold firm to all our city officials to a higher standard and be accountable for their actions whether it be in active service or in the after hours.

You may remember seeing Vincent in a Whitewright police video taken last Saturday, when he was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

The police officer in that case -- who failed to arrest Vincent -- is no longer working for the force.

Ben Vincent pulled over in Whitewright
A Whitewright police video shows Tom Bean City Council member Ben Vincent, left, being questioned after he was pulled over on suspicion of driving while intoxicated on July 22, 2017. (Whitewright PD)

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