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Abilene Police: Drunk driver strikes parked vehicle, then traffic signal pole

Published On: Jun 21 2013 11:13:54 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 21 2013 03:41:12 PM CDT
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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about midnight Friday, APD dispatch was notified by a witness that a vehicle had just struck a parked vehicle and that the motorist responsible for the collision had took off but was now stopped at the intersection of Butternut and South 20th streets, blocking traffic and with several people gathered at the scene. The calling party stated nobody was injured but thought the occupants in the vehicle were intoxicated. Another concerned citizen reported this same incident and advised the call-taker that a female driver had struck a pole with her vehicle. Officers Chris Hall and Michael Garcia responded to this incident. Officer Hall contacted the involved female driver and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which she performed poorly. The driver was arrested and taken to county jail where she provided specimens of her breath. Specimens taken show a BAC of 0.157 and 0.166. The driver was arrested for the enhanced misdemeanor offense of (Class A) DWI based on a BAC specimen being above 0.15. The investigation revealed that the arrestee was traveling northbound in the 2100 block of Butternut while driving a white 2001 Chevy Malibu. The Chevy struck the driver-side of a lawfully parked blue 1997 Isuzu Rodeo that was unoccupied. The Isuzu was pushed into the curb by the Chevy, causing further damage to the front right wheel assembly. The Chevy continued traveling northbound, through the intersection, and into a traffic signal pole located in the northwest corner of Butternut and South 20th. No injuries were reported. Both vehicles sustained minor damage. The completed crash report is pending.

At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Lt. Craig Jordan observed a motorist driving westbound and further observed the vehicle spin its tires in an exhibition of speed as it left the intersection at South 11th and Butternut Street. Lt. Jordan turned his vehicle around and tried catching up to the vehicle. Lt. Jordan caught up to the motorist as the vehicle turned south onto Sayles Boulevard, but observed the motorist fail to yield to oncoming traffic during the turn. Officer Mark Thomas assisted with this traffic incident. Lt. Jordan contacted the male driver at Sayles Blvd and Hunt Street. Lt. Jordan smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The driver also displayed indicators of intoxication. The investigation revealed that the driver had consumed alcohol but refused to conduct standard field sobriety tests. The driver also refused to provide a specimen for BAC analysis. The driver was arrested for the enhanced misdemeanor offense of (Class A) DWI based on a prior DWI conviction.

At about 11:45 p.m. Thursday, Sgt. Eric Katona observed a motorist driving recklessly and exceeding the posted speed limit. Sgt. Katano observed the vehicle traveling at a very high rate of speed on South Danville Drive. Officer Clinton Coapland responded to assist. The motorist was stopped in the 1400 block of South Danville. Officer Coapland contacted the female driver and smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The driver also displayed indicators of intoxication. The investigation revealed that the driver had consumed alcohol. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which she performed poorly. The driver refused to provide a specimen for BAC analysis. The driver could not produce proof of insurance. The driver was arrested for two misdemeanor offenses: DWI and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility.