A Big Sandy man was convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in a Smith County court and sentenced to 20 years in prison on Thursday for trying to run over his ex-girlfriend with a pickup he stole from his mother. 

Clinton Ryan Ward, 41, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on Aug. 16, 2018.

The jury heard testimony about Ward consuming methamphetamine and alcohol prior to stealing his mother's pickup and driving it to his ex-girlfriend's house in Tyler, according to a news release from the Smith County District Attorney's Office. 

Authorities were able to get surveillance camera footage from Tyler Junior College near the victim's house that showed Ward driving the stolen vehicle dangerously through intersections and running red lights before intentionally ramming it into another vehicle at the victim's house, according to the DA's office. 

The DA's office said the footage also captures Ward turning the pickup into the direction of his ex-girlfriend and trying twice to run her over before hitting a retaining wall.

Ward is then seen being tackled and held down by the victim's oldest son after picking up a large stone knocked loose from the retaining wall and holding it over his head in another attempt to hurt the victim, according to the news release. 

The jury heard evidence of Ward’s past abuse of the victim and his criminal history, including a felony conviction for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in 2015 and criminal trespassing on the victim's property in 2013.

Assistant District Attorney Noah Coltman prosecuted the case in the 114th District Court. 

Crime and Breaking News Reporter

I started working at the Tyler Morning Telegraph in June 2016. I am a retired U.S. Air Force Sr. Master Sergeant. After a 21-year military career, in Security Forces, the military police of the Air Force, I went back to college and studied journalism.

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