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Abilene Police: Woman irked at ex-husband involved in two collisions

Published On: Jun 12 2013 12:22:38 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 12 2013 03:17:38 PM CDT
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ABILENE, Texas -

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Officer James Craft responded to a disturbance call in the 900 block of South 19th Street. APD dispatch had been contacted by a concerned citizen who reported seeing a female subject yelling at people in a car. Another caller notified APD dispatch that a female driver had intentionally collided with another car. The involved subject had fled the scene in her vehicle before police arrival. Officer Craft’s preliminary investigation revealed that a female subject drove her vehicle and chased her ex-husband who was driving another vehicle. The other vehicle was also occupied by a female passenger. During the chase, the subject was involved in a minor crash with another vehicle. The subject then fled the scene. As the subject caught up to her ex-husband, the subject pulled in front and turned to get him to stop his vehicle; a collision resulted. The subject then fled the secondary scene after a reported verbal altercation. The subject was located hours later and contacted. No injuries were reported in either incident. A crash report regarding the initial collision was taken and the female subject was cited for two traffic offenses: turned right from wrong land and leaving scene of accident. A report for Aggravated Assault (with Family Violence) was also taken and this investigation continues.

At about 8:35 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Patrick Sumrall was contacted by a concerned citizen at a business in the 1000 block of North Clack Street. The citizen reported their concern that a male subject was driving while intoxicated. Officer Sumrall pulled in behind the involved vehicle in the business parking lot and contacted the male subject. Officer Sumrall reported that the subject was in control of the vehicle and that the ignition keys to the vehicle were in the ignition. Officer Sumrall observed that the subject displayed indicators of intoxication. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which he performed poorly. The driver was arrested and taken to county jail where he provided breath specimens. Specimens taken showed a BAC of 0.174 and 0.169. The driver was arrested for an enhanced charge of misdemeanor (Class A) DWI based on a specimen showing a BAC greater than 0.15.

At about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, Officer Jonathan Merrick responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 1800 block of North 19th Street. APD dispatch received a call from a unknown person who did not or could not initially identify themselves. The call-taker heard what sounded like a female and male in the background. Based on what was heard, the male subject was verbally upset at the female. Officers arrived to the scene to find a male subject on top of the female subject. The preliminary investigation revealed that the male subject was the female’s husband and that he had allegedly head-butted her and struck her on the left side of her head. Injuries to the victim were visible. The investigation revealed that the male subject had thrown his wife to the ground during the altercation. The husband was arrested for misdemeanor Assault (with Family Violence) and an emergency protective order was requested.