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Abilene Police: Driver arrested after being involved in separate accidents

Published On: Jul 29 2013 12:06:01 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2013 01:15:59 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Officers John Lopez and Dan Henning responded to a crash involving two vehicles in the 1300 block of Park Avenue. APD dispatch had been notified about the crash from a concerned citizen who reported that a male subject, possibly drunk, drove a reddish Ford Mustang into his neighbor’s parked vehicle. The citizen went on to report that the citizen was in his home and heard the crash occur. The alleged driver of the involved vehicle was seen on foot walking away from the crash. The parked vehicle was unoccupied. Another calling party notified APD that the involved driver in the crash had returned to the scene. While officers responded to this crash, another vehicle crash incident that occurred in the 2200 block of North 14th Street had just also been reported to APD dispatch by a concerned citizen. That report indicated that a red Mustang had struck a white Chrysler, occupied with children, and fled the scene. Officers contacted a male subject lying next to the red Mustang whom appeared intoxicated. The preliminary investigation revealed that a witness identified the male driver of the Mustang. The investigation revealed that this driver was responsible for striking both involved vehicles in these two separate incidents. The driver was not able to perform standard field sobriety tests due to his suspected level of intoxication. A blood sample was taken from the driver during the investigation and the driver was arrested for misdemeanor DWI. The first crash occurred on N. 14th when the red 1998 Ford Mustang, traveling westbound, disobeyed a stop sign and struck a white 2008 Chrysler 300 that had the right of way while traveling northbound in the 1400 block of Kirkwood. The Mustang’s front end struck the right rear quarter panel of Chrysler, causing minor damage to both vehicles. The Chrysler was occupied with four persons, two adults and two children age 9 and 10. All four occupants reported non-incapacitating injuries and refused medical transport. The Mustang fled from this first crash and continued traveling westbound before turning southbound onto the 1300 block of Park Avenue. The Mustang crossed the center of the street and struck a white 1995 Ford pickup truck parked on the east side of the street. The Mustang’s front end struck the front end of the pickup truck that was unoccupied. The pickup truck suffered minor damage. In addition to being arrested, the driver was cited with four violations: Disobeyed Stop Sign, Failure to Drive in Single Lane and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility (two violations). This investigation continues.

At about 12:25 a.m. Saturday, Officer Chris Hall contacted a motorist in the 900 block of Ross Avenue for a traffic violation. Officer Hall was assisted by Officer Josh New and his K-9 partner Thor. During the preliminary investigation Officer Hall contacted the female driver. Thor alerted on the vehicle for the presence of narcotics. A search of the vehicle revealed a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Approximately 0.7 grams of cocaine was confiscated. The driver was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).

At about 11:55 p.m. Sunday, Officer Paul Martinez responded to a suspicious event call. A concerned citizen in the 1300 block of South 7th Street had notified APD about hearing someone breaking into a house and believed that suspects were at Rose Park. The concerned citizen provided a description of two suspects that were characterized as teens and that both were seen headed to the park. Officer Martinez contacted two male subjects that were on a bicycle in the 800 block of Barrow Street. The bicycle did not have a required front light. Officer Martinez recognized one of the subjects that was carrying a backpack; he was the passenger on the bicycle. Officer Martinez was assisted by other officers including a K-9. The preliminary investigation revealed that the operator of the bicycle, subject # 1, lied about his true identity because he knew he had an active probation arrest warrant. Subject #1 was arrested for his warrant and for misdemeanor Failure to Identify. The passenger, subject #2, had his backpack searched after the K-9 alerted on the pack for the presence of narcotics. The search revealed a bag containing a white substance that tested positive for methamphetamine. Subject #2 was arrested for felony Possession of a Controlled Substance (methamphetamine). Approximately 0.6 grams of methamphetamine was confiscated. No burglary report was taken.