Constable Justin Johnston (Photo: LinkedIn profile)

Constable Justin Johnston (Photo: LinkedIn profile)

Liberty County (TX) Pct. 1 Constable Justin Johnston was struck by a vehicle and critically injured early Wednesday and remained in the hospital Friday but is now off the ventilator and is breathing on his own, a county spokesman says.

Constable Johnston underwent brain surgery Wednesday and was placed in ICU after he was hurt while directing traffic on Highway 146. Deputies said a driver ignored barricades and hit him. Johnston was taken from the scene by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann Hospital, KHOU TV reports.

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