Alleged drunk driver rear ends Abilene police car at accident scene

ABILENE, Texas - One driver and two passengers face criminal charges after rear-ending an Abilene police patrol car Saturday night.

According to police, the accident happened while officers were securing two other accident scenes at the intersection of Buffalo Gap Road and Beltway South.

The string of accidents began around 10:30 p.m. when a car ran a red light and hit an SUV in the intersection. The driver of the car was issued a citation for running the red light. Minutes later, a truck hit the car that ran the red light. 

While police were working on scene, 28-year-old Stephen Hays allegedly rear-ended a patrol car in his truck. He allegedly refused breath and blood tests; however, because of two prior convictions driving while intoxicated, police conducted a mandatory blood draw. 

As of Monday, Hays is in the Taylor County Jail on $5,000 bond for DWI. His two passengers, 25-year-old Ashlee Sutton and 28-year-old Colter Elkins, are charged with public intoxication. 

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