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Abilene Police:: DWI, theft, evading arrest cases reported

Published On: Oct 21 2013 12:11:14 PM CDT
Updated On: Oct 21 2013 04:05:38 PM CDT
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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 1:25 p.m. Friday, Officer Adrian Slaymaker responded to a collision in the 100 block of South Treadaway Boulevard. APD dispatch had been notified by Taylor County Sheriff’s Office that a collision occurred and that a U.S. Marshal was at the scene with a drunk driver. Officer Slaymaker contacted the involved parties and learned that a 1999 Dodge pickup truck driven by a male subject had rear-ended a 2010 GMC Terrain SUV. Officer Slaymaker also learned from the U.S. Marshal on scene that the marshal observed the collision. Both involved vehicles were stopped at a red traffic signal and the driver of the pickup pressed on the accelerator, causing the vehicle to strike the rear of the SUV. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and no injuries were reported. Officer Slaymaker confirmed the marshal’s suspicions about alcohol being a factor in the collision when he contacted the driver. Officer Slaymaker smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver’s breath. The driver refused to perform standard field sobriety tests but agreed to provide breath specimens. The investigation also revealed that an open container of cold beer was open and located in the vehicle’s cup holder. The driver was taken to county jail. Breath specimens taken revealed the driver’s BAC to be 0.103 and 0.105. A records check also revealed that the driver had one previous conviction for DWI and that he had no valid driver’s license, vehicle registration or current insurance. The driver was arrested for enhanced misdemeanor (Class A) DWI with Open Container/Accident. The driver was also issued several traffic citations.

At about 4:05 p.m. Sunday, Officer Martin Walker responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 1600 block of Hwy 351. APD dispatch had been contacted by an asset protection employee concerning an alleged male suspect who was in the process of fraudulently returning non-purchased items selected in the store. Officer Martin contacted the involved parties and learned that the suspect had already been detained by asset protection personnel. Officer Martin’s investigation revealed that the suspect had been observed selecting merchandise and removing said merchandise from packaging. The suspect had been observed concealing merchandise in his clothing. The suspect was also observed taking off-the-shelf items to the customer service area where he requested a refund for said items. The suspect was contacted after exiting the store without rendering payment for the merchandise. Approximately $144 of stolen merchandise was recovered including a gift card that was provided during the fraudulent refund process. The suspect was arrested for misdemeanor Theft.

At about 1:15 a.m. Monday, Officer Andrew Valdez detected suspicious activity while patrolling the area of South 16th and Sayles Boulevard. Officer Valdez reported the activity and called out while in an alley in the 1500 block of Sayles. A male subject he spotted walking away from a home began running. Officer Valdez reported the activity and advised the subject that he was a police officer. The subject looked towards Officer Valdez but continued running. A foot pursuit ensued and the subject was soon located in a business parking lot in the 2100 block of South 14th Street. The investigation revealed that Officer Valdez had initially seen the subject walking between houses, and in and out of alleyways. Then the subject was seen walking, and then running away from a home after Officer Valdez heard a loud and suspicious noise. The subject was spotted running down an alley and that led to Officer Valdez’ investigation and subsequent pursuit. A records check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for misdemeanor possession of marijuana. The subject was arrested on the warrant and for misdemeanor Evading Detention.