A man who allegedly caused an officer to crash into a vehicle while conducting a funeral escort in November 2020 has been arrested.
Jelani James, 36, was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with aggravated assault for his involvement in the collision.
On Nov. 25, 2020, a Waco officer was conducting a police funeral escort at approximately 11 a.m. when he was involved in an accident at the intersection of Corporation Parkway and Crosslake Drive.
According to department spokesperson Cierra Shipley, James had pulled up to the intersection and saw an opening in the procession, attempting to cut through. The police officer was traveling through the intersection on a police motorcycle when he crashed into the car that James was driving.
A second police officer, called to respond to the accident involving the funeral procession, was involved in a separate collision at the intersection of South 18th Street and Clay Avenue.
Both officers were transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, as well as both drivers of the vehicles involved in the accidents.
The incident remained under investigation and the aggravated assault indictment against James was issued in May.