A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was hailed as heroic last year has been arrested for assault/family violence.
According to trooper Jean Dark, the Tyler District public information officer, Jeremy Fountain, a trooper stationed in Henderson since 2003, was taken into custody by Texas Rangers Wednesday on the third-degree felony charge of assault/family violence.
Dark said Fountain posted a $10,000 bond and was released from the Rusk County Jail later Wednesday.
“He has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation,” she said.
Fountain was highlighted in the news last October when he was dragged down the highway at speeds topping 50 mph after attempting to arrest an individual.
Despite the harrowing ordeal, Fountain was able to hang onto the fleeing vehicle and pull his gun forcing the man to pull over.
Once the vehicle was stopped, Fountain learned the person driving was wanted on felony warrants and the car was stolen.
A Rusk County jury found Gabriel Dewayne Lewis, 22, of a first-degree felony aggravated assault of a peace officer for the incident and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.