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Abilene Police: Man arrested after driving into large hole filled with water

Published On: Aug 02 2013 11:02:34 AM CDT
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 02:49:41 PM CDT
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From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 12:10 a.m. Friday, Officers Brady Broyles and Joshua Davis responded to a crash in the 200 block of Ross Avenue. APD dispatch had been contacted by a city of Abilene employee concerning a possible drunk driver that had driven through safety cones. The preliminary investigation revealed that a white 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck had traveled on a public road and through an area demarcated with safety cones that employees had used to block – off a work area – they were working on a water-main break. The male driver of the vehicle was identified to police by witnesses and the Chevy had driven into a large hole filled with water. The area was lighted with portable lighting equipment. The truck was occupied by the driver, age 49, and one male occupant, age 46. Officer Broyles contacted the driver and smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. The driver also displayed indicators of intoxication and refused to complete standard field sobriety tests. The driver was arrested. A records check revealed that the driver had three prior convictions for DWI. A mandatory blood specimen was taken from the driver and he was arrested for the enhanced offense of 3rd Degree Felony DWI. The investigation also revealed that neither occupant reported any injuries. The truck had no apparent damage but had possible undercarriage and water-related damage. No other property or persons were struck by the vehicle. This investigation continues.

At about 10:05 p.m. Thursday, Officer Cory Davis attempted to contact a male subject in area of North 9th and Congress streets. Officer Davis reported that when the subject saw his vehicle, the subject turned, dropped his phone and a beer bottle and fled on foot. Officer Davis chased after the subject on-foot and notified APD dispatch. Other officers began converging to the area as Officer Davis continued his pursuit. Officer Davis caught and arrested the subject in the intersection of Congress and Plaza Streets. A search of the subject revealed he possessed approximately 3.1 grams of crack cocaine and approximately 2.1 grams of prescription medication. A records check revealed the subject had a previous conviction for evading. The subject was arrested for two felony offenses: Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine) and Evading Arrest. The subject was also arrested for misdemeanor Possession of a Controlled Substance (hydrocodone).

At about 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Officers Chris Milliorn and Jessica Watkins contacted several persons at a residence in the 1700 block of State Street. The officers had gone to the address looking for a wanted subject. When the door to the residence was opened by an occupant, officers smelled the odor of burning marijuana coming from inside the residence. Three adult subjects, two males and one female, were detained and one of the subjects told Officer Watkins that they had been smoking marijuana. Officers observed marijuana on a table in a common area. One of the subject’s told an officer where more marijuana was located. A consent to search the residence was granted. Marijuana was located in the common area and in a bedroom. The investigation revealed that all three subjects had been in possession of marijuana. During the investigation, one of the subjects, the female, lied about her identity by identifying herself as her sister. The female subject eventually revealed her true identity and a records check revealed that she had two outstanding municipal arrest warrants. A records check also revealed that one of the male subject’s had two outstanding municipal arrest warrants. Subject #1 (male) was arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and for two warrants. Subject #2 (male) was arrested for misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. Subject #3 (female) was arrested for two warrants and for two misdemeanor offenses: Failure to Identify and Possession of Marijuana.