From Abilene Police spokesman George Spindler:
At 12:20 a.m. Wednesday, Officer Damien Hutchinson was traveling east bound on Ambler Avenue when a car traveling westbound crossed the center lane and went head-on towards Officer Hutchinson’s patrol vehicle. Officer Hutchinson was quick to avoid the crash. He activated his emergency lights and contacted the motorist in the 2200 block of Ambler Avenue only after the motorist drove several blocks further before pulling over. Officer Hutchinson contacted the male driver and smelled the odor of alcohol coming from the driver. During this investigation, Officer Hutchinson detected signs of intoxication shown by the driver and learned that the driver had consumed several bottles of beer. The driver was given field sobriety tests, which he failed. Officer Hutchinson arrested the driver for driving while intoxicated (DWI). The driver refused to provide breath samples. A blood sample was taken from the driver at a local hospital. The driver was charged with an enhanced charge of felony DWI because a records check confirmed the driver had previous convictions for DWI. This investigation continues.
At about 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, Officer Michael Janusz responded to a forgery in progress call at a business in the 1200 block of Grape Street. APD Dispatch received notification from the business that a male subject had showed up to cash a check that they determined was stolen that morning from the victim. Abilene City Marshall Tristan Parnell was nearby and assisted with the call. He detained the male subject and learned that the man was wanted on a parole violation. Officer Janusz’ investigation revealed the check the subject was attempting to cash was stolen out of a vehicle for which Abilene Christian University Police officer’s had taken a report. The subject was arrested for the outstanding warrant and for the charge of forgery.
At about 5:20 a.m. Wednesday, Officers Gabe Thompson and Rusty Antilley responded to a disturbance call at a residence in the 2800 block of South 6th Street. APD Dispatch received notification from a female victim that her husband was causing problems at the home and that she had been assaulted. Officer Thompson’s investigation revealed that the husband had pushed his wife and caused his wife to sustain a back injury for which she refused medical treatment. Evidence of the assault were visible on the victim. The husband was arrested for assault family violence.