A man and woman from Wichita Falls were arrested late Thursday night after their car became stuck on the railroad tracks along Hwy. 287, then burst into flames.
At about 10 p.m. Thursday, a passerby reported a car stuck on the railroad track just east of Stephens Ranch Road, near the Wichita County line. The caller said there appeared to be two people attempting dislodge the car by rocking it back and fourth.
At about 10:10 p.m., the car was reported to be on fire. When Jolly volunteer fire fighters arrived, a man fled the scene, running across the access road toward Hwy. 287. He then returned and was apprehended by a Clay County deputy.
Deputy Jason McGuire said it appeared that Joseph Sorrell, 34, and Amber Sullivan, 31, were traveling south on Hwy. 287 and made an attempt to turn back toward Wichita Falls by exiting onto the access road before reaching Wilson Overpass. Instead of following the road under the overpass to reach the northbound lanes of Hwy. 287, they turned right onto a dirt path between the main line and a sidetrack.
Sorrell and Sullivan were under the influence of alcohol, according to law enforcement officials on scene. Both appeared to be heavily intoxicated. Both are charged with public intoxication. Sorrell also faces a charge of evading arrest and detention.
Sorrell lodged his car, a 1991 Lexus four-door sedan, on the railroad at the point where the sidetrack ties in to the main line approximately 200 yards east of the Stephens Ranch Road crossing.
DPS troopers and the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office assisted the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. A Burlington Northern Santa Fe crew was on hand to inspect the tracks.