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Student charged with felony criminal mischief

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, June 22, 2013

{{{*}}}A Decatur High School student has been charged with a felony stemming from an apparent incident of parking lot rage in the school parking lot last month.

Joshua Thomas Cummings

Joshua Thomas Cummings, 17, of Decatur was arrested Tuesday and charged with criminal mischief $1,500-$20,000. According to information on the Wise County Jail website, he posted $10,000 bond the same day and was released. The charge is a state jail felony, punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Because he is 17, he is considered an adult under state law.

The incident occurred around midday May 9. According to the arrest warrant affidavit obtained through an open records request, a witness who was in Cummings’ pickup said Cummings stopped behind a car that had just pulled into a parking space, backed up his truck, started revving his engine and then drove forward, hitting the car and pushing it forward. The witness said Cummings “appeared to be extremely upset” before driving his truck forward.

The collision caused extensive damage to the back of the car, which was pushed over a curb and into a small tree. Neither of the two students in the car were seriously injured.

According to the affidavit, Cummings told Police Chief Rex Hoskins he came up behind the car and “attempted to stop and instead of hitting his brake he hit the gas pedal.”

The affidavit states that Hoskins spoke to numerous witnesses who said it appeared Cummings intentionally rammed the other vehicle. Tire mark impressions were found at the scene “that appeared to be made by Cummings’ vehicle that would show he accelerated rapidly from a stop position into the other vehicle,” according to the affidavit.

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