Deputies: Man arrested for driving past barricades on flooded road

Ryan Billerbeck

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — A 25-year-old man was arrested by a sheriff’s deputy Saturday evening after he allegedly drove around barricade signs for a flooded road near Manor. 

Ryan Billerbeck was taken into custody on a misdemeanor charge of disobeying warning signs/barricades over roads, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

Just after 6 p.m. Saturday, a deputy saw a pickup truck drive around the “road closed” barricades at Gregg Lane and Fuchs Gove Road, just north of Manor. 

Sheriff’s deputies were parked near the crossing because there was standing water across the road, but were unable to follow the driver after he sped through the flooded road.

Another deputy came across the pickup truck driver heading east on Gregg Lane toward Farm to Market Road 973. The deputy says the truck drove around another set of barricades and turned right onto FM 973, before coming to a stop.

When the deputy pulled up, Billerbeck was checking his truck for damage. Water was seen dripping off the body of the truck and Billerbeck’s clothes were noticeably wet, the deputy said, noting the driver’s side window was partially rolled down.

Billerbeck admitted to seeing the barricades and claimed to have never driven around them before but said when he drove on the road earlier there wasn’t water behind the barricades, according to an arrest affidavit.

The sheriff’s deputy said Billerbeck acknowledged seeing the two patrol units but said he didn’t notice one was trying to catch up with him.

Billerbeck estimated he was going 50-55 mph when he hit the water, the affidavit states.

He has since been released from jail on a $2,000 bond.

Earlier the same day, a woman who drove into a flooded portion of Gregg Lane had to be rescued by Austin and Manor firefighters. 

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