Abilene Police: Knife-swinging man knocked to ground, arrested

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 8:50 p.m. Sunday, Officers Mary Guitar and Jake Weise responded to an injured subject call at a residence in the 2500 block of Nonesuch Road. A concerned citizen notified APD dispatch that a fight was occurring at an apartment and then advised that a male subject had a knife in his hand. Another calling party informed APD dispatch that a male subject was lying on the ground and that the man had been chasing another male. Officers arrived and contacted the involved parties. A male victim alleged that he went to the apartment where he met the male subject who lived at the residence. The subject displayed a knife and began swinging the knife in an attempt to strike or stab the victim. The investigation revealed that the subject was very intoxicated and related to the victim. The victim struck the subject during the altercation, knocking the subject down to the ground. A knife was seized and the victim was not injured. The subject was arrested for Aggravated Assault Family Violence.

At about 11:50 p.m. Saturday, Officer Steven Risinger contacted a motorist after the driver failed to stop at a stop sign in the 500 block of South Clack Street. Officer Risinger contacted the male driver who identified himself by name and date of birth after explaining he did not have an ID card with him. Attempts to confirm the driver's identity by conducting records checks were unsuccessful. Officer Risinger recontacted the driver and asked the driver to retrieve his ID card number telephonically and one was provided. Officer Risinger went back to his vehicle and the driver then fled by running. Officer Risinger gave chase and caught the driver as he was getting into another vehicle at Laguna and Presidio. The subject was arrested and transported to county jail where his real identity remained unknown after a subsequent records check. The driver provided his real name and a records check confirmed the driver to have an outstanding parole warrant. The driver was arrested for his warrant and for two misdemeanor offenses: Failure to Identify and Evading Arrest.

At about 10:30 p.m. Sunday, Officers Adam Richardson and Andrew Valdez responded to a vehicular crash in the 2300 block of N. 10th Street. A concerned citizen had notified APD dispatch of a loud noise and then observed only one vehicle involved in a crash. Officer Valdez arrived and contacted the male driver of a red 2013 Dodge Charger. The driver was standing outside this vehicle and Officer Valdez observed that the vehicle's engine was still running. The driver advised Officer Valdez that he was the operator of the vehicle. The investigation revealed that the crash was witnessed and that the driver was driving too fast, driving westbound and the wrong way on a curved portion of a one-way street. The driver struck a curb and then a street sign before coming to a stop in Cobb Park. Officer Valdez smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver and noted that the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. The driver conducted standard field sobriety tests which he performed poorly. The driver did not report any injuries and there were no other occupants in this one-vehicle crash incident. The driver was arrested and taken to county jail where he provided samples of his breath. Breath samples taken showed the driver's BAC to be 0.152 and 0.153. The driver was arrested for an enhanced misdemeanor, Class A DWI, based on a specimen showing a BAC greater than 0.15.


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