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Cuero police officer arrested, accused of assaulting wife

By Bianca Montes
April 25, 2014 at 4:02 p.m.
Updated April 25, 2014 at 11:26 p.m.


Cuero police officer Corey Tolbert was arrested Friday on a warrant charging him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, family violence, a first-degree felony.

The arrest follows an investigation by the Texas Rangers into how his wife, Elizabeth Tolbert, a Department of Public Safety trooper, was run over April 17 by a vehicle and severely injured.

Corey Tolbert was arraigned on the charge by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Peggy Mayer in Cuero, and his bond was set at $200,000, according to a Department of Public Safety press release.

Tolbert was placed on paid administrative leave after the incident, said Cuero City Manager Raymie Zella.

As of Friday afternoon, Cuero Police Chief Jay Lewis said Tolbert was still on paid leave.

Lewis previously told The Cuero Record that Corey Tolbert was moving a truck with a trailer and that his wife either slipped or fell, and the trailer wheels rolled over her, describing the incident as an accident.

"At the time, I gave them the information because that was the information that I had," Lewis said Friday. "At that point in time, it appeared that it was an accident."

Tolbert is suspected of striking his wife physically and with the trailer attached to his pickup while he was driving, the press release states. The injury occurred at the Tolberts' DeWitt County residence.

Court documents show the couple owns a home in the 300 block of Heinie Bade Road, between Cuero and Goliad, off Five Mile Road.

After she was injured, Elizabeth Tolbert was taken to Cuero Community Hospital in a private vehicle and then flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center. She was released Wednesday afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

The Texas Rangers were called to investigate at the request of DeWitt County Sheriff Jode Zavesky. The Texas Rangers is a division of the Department of Public Safety that investigates major crime.

Corey Tolbert was booked into the DeWitt County Jail and released after posting a bond, the DPS press release said.

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