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Precinct 2 Constable’s Office shares update on Deputy Injury

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The Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office is providing an update regarding the injury of Investigator Toby McLaughlin, who was struck by a vehicle while directing traffic during the Memorial Hermann Ironman race on Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Following the incident, based on initial information, Mr. David Wargetz of Houston was charged with the felony offense of Failure to Stop and Render Aid resulting in bodily injury under Texas Transportation Code § 550.021.

Upon further investigation, which included reviewing video footage of the incident and Deputy McLaughlin’s statement after surgery, the Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office have determined that the initial charge should be dismissed.

Mr. Wargetz will now be charged with the Class C misdemeanor offense of Obedience Required to Police Officers, School Crossing Guards, and Escort Flaggers under Texas Transportation Code § 542.401.

The Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office remains committed to a thorough investigation and will conduct an internal administrative review to determine if any further action is necessary.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with Investigator McLaughlin as he recovers from his injuries, and we wish him a speedy and full recovery.

Read the first update of the story here.

Source: Chief Deputy David Eason, Montgomery County Precinct 2 Constable’s Office