Let's start this off with some good news and say thank you Lord for the wonderful rain. I don't know about the rest of you, but I had to go outside and stand in it just to make sure I wasn't dreaming. When I went outside and was standing there, it started slowing down so my neighbor Kim Tinny yelled at me to get back inside before I scared it off. I ran back inside and man did it really pore down, so just to be safe I stayed inside the rest of the night. Thank you Lord for the rain and if it be your will bring on some more.
I was going to say that it has been busy but that would not begin to describe what has been going on over the past week. Just in calls for service between the San Saba Sheriff's Office, Police Department and EMS there were 57 calls for service from Thursday the 15th till today the 20th. There were also four arrests made during that time as well. The jail has been holding at seven on a steady number and dispatch has been going nuts with a very high number of calls. We have seen a slowdown in the number of out of county transports and we have only had one mental transport so far this month.
San Saba dispatch is probably as busy as I have ever seen it. We dispatch for the Sheriff's Office, Texas DPS Troopers, Texas Parks and Wildlife, TABC, San Saba Police Department, San Saba City Utilities and Animal Control, four different electric co-ops, San Saba EMS, all four fire departments, and probably a few that I can't think of right now. Those dispatchers handle a ton of information coming into and going out of that office and it is quite stressful at times. So when you call dispatch and they are busy and they seem a little short or quick to the point, please understand that you may not know what is going on inside that bee hive on the other end of the phone.
On Wallace Creek Road we had a one vehicle rollover accident occur on Saturday morning. The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital and if not for alcohol and illegal narcotics that should have been the end of the story. Well it's not and it's nowhere close to the actions that occurred on that scene. I and Officer Hill had a accident scene with no victim when we arrived. We located the victim only to find her out of control and combative. EMS arrived on the scene and joined in the fray and due to the extreme damage to the vehicle and the combative nature of the driver, the decision was made to transport the driver to Llano ER. Well now we have to take security on the ride over due to the fact of a combative patient, and I do mean combative. Additional units have to be called to the scene, and you now have an incident that stretches from the crash site, to the residence, and then all the way to the Llano hospital. I want to thank Jimmy Hill and Ray Riggs for their assistance in this situation and also again the Texas DPS troopers involved. Say what you want about the troopers, but without their assistance in this county our law enforcement bill would be much higher. The just of this is that the irresponsible and criminal actions of one individual cause lots of chaos and large bills for our county every time someone chooses to drink and drive. Please once again, if you drink then don't drive, it's that simple.
There was a fatal accident in our county this week. Barco Melquicedes, a 42 year old male from Mexico lost his life when he was struck by a motor vehicle on HWY 190 east at county road 104. The Texas DPS were working the accident and were assisted by all of our local first responders. The accident scene was horrible as you might imagine, and our prayers go out to the family for their loss. Yet the actions of those first on scene are what always catch my attention. The lady who was in the vehicle who struck the victim and the car following who saw it, both went directly to the victim and began to render aid. Dana Wells, of San Saba was on her porch and saw the accident happen. She ran to the scene, began to render aid, and then stayed by the side of the lady driving the vehicle through the entire incident. These actions are a prime example of individuals all across our county who step up and step forward when bad things happen and get involved. It's from those who like Dana who jump into the hot seat, to those who provide food and water to the firemen or those who are hurt. It's all of you who get involved that make San Saba County a great place to live.
Once again thank you for all your assistance and your information. Please call in if you need assistance or have any information to report. Please contact us at 325-372-5551 or 5432 or in an emergency then 911. Thank you for all you