Bonham High assistant football coach arrested, head football coach given citation

An earlier version of this article misstated the reason Ector police could not be reached for comment. Ector officers were not in the office when repeated calls were made seeking comment.

ECTOR — A Bonham High School assistant football coach was arrested Sunday on a driving while intoxicated charge, and the head football coach received a citation, according to published reports.

Local news outlets have reported that Joshua Lehde, assistant football coach, was arrested in Ector on a driving while intoxicated charge early Sunday morning. Also in the car was head football coach Cody Bounds, who received a citation for having an open container of alcohol.

Lehde was released Sunday from the Fannin County Jail after his $500 bond was posted.

“I am aware a member of our staff was detained by law enforcement over the weekend,” said Bonham ISD Superintendent Marvin Beaty in a written statement, “however, being a personnel matter, I cannot disclose details. We are in the process of investigating the matter and will take whatever action is in the best interest of our District.”

When asked if Lehde and Bounds have been put on leave, Beaty said, “The District takes these kinds of incidents very seriously. I have concluded my investigation and taken all necessary action to address the situation.”

The Herald Democrat called the city of Ector Tuesday and Wednesday, and each time were told that no police officer was in the office. Attempts to contact Lehde and Bounds on Wednesday were unsuccessful.


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