Bond increased to $4 million for driver in Brenham DPS office big rig crash after new charges filed

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Monday, April 22, 2024
Bond increased to $4M for driver charged in deadly Brenham DPS crash
Additional charges were filed last week -- including a murder charge -- prompting the judge to increase the 42-year-old's bond from $2 million to $4 million.

BRENHAM, Texas (KTRK) -- A judge doubled the bond amount for a trucker accused of stealing an 18-wheeler and intentionally crashing into the Department of Public Safety Driver License Office in Brenham, killing one person.

Clenard Parker, 42, remains in jail and now faces a $4 million bond for nine charges -- murder, criminal mischief, evading arrest, unauthorized use of a vehicle, four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault against a public servant.

ORIGINAL REPORT: 1 dead, several injured after driver in stolen 18-wheeler crashes into TX DPS office in Brenham: DPS

Texas DPS officials are reporting one death and several injuries after a driver in a stolen 18-wheeler crashed into their Brenham office Friday.

Several people were injured when Parker allegedly drove the stolen big rig into the DPS office on April 12. Bobby Huff, 78, later died at the hospital.

Investigators said Parker crashed into the DPS office one day after he was denied a renewal for his commercial driver's license.

SEE ALSO: Man accused of crashing stolen 18-wheeler into TX DPS office was 'traumatized', family says

A family member of the 42-year-old Parker, who is accused of crashing into the Brenham DPS office on Friday, said that he was usually silent in the aftermath of a car crash. "If he ever gets upset, you never know that," Parker's sister told ABC13.

Parker initially faced five charges, but last week, four new charges were filed. That's what prompted the judge to increase his bond, which was initially set at $2 million.

He allegedly stole the 18-wheeler used in the crash from a gas station in Chappell Hill. Law enforcement caught up with Parker in Brenham and briefly pursued him on Highway 290 before they say he intentionally turned the big rig into the DPS office.

According to DPS, the Brenham Driver License Office will remain closed for an undetermined amount of time. Alternative offices are located in Bryan, Hempstead, and Caldwell.