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El Paso police arrest driver accused of repeatedly ramming patrol car outside bar

Members of the Clovis, N.M., Police Department's Special Weapons and Tactics team handcuff a U.S. airman during a hostile threat exercise at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., June 20, 2012. (Airman 1st Class Eboni Reece/U.S. Air Force)
November 01, 2020

El Paso police arrested a driver accused of nearly hitting an officer and repeatedly ramming a patrol car outside an East Side bar last week.

Patrick Von Ballester, 26, was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault on a public servant, evading arrest with a vehicle and on three traffic warrants, police said.

The alleged vehicular assault occurred at 11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, in the parking lot of the El Paso Draft House, 1798 George Dieter Drive by Trawood Drive, police said.

Police had been dispatched on a call of a disturbance when an officer tried to stop Ballester in the parking lot.

Ballester allegedly drove his vehicle at a high speed in reverse “narrowly missing the officer,” a police news release stated.

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Ballester then allegedly rammed a patrol car, hit another vehicle and then struck the patrol car a second time before driving away, police said.

Ballester was allegedly identified as the driver and was taken into custody Thursday by the EPPD Gang Unit along with the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Ballester was jailed under total bond of $45,306, police said.

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