Abilene Police: Man arrested for DWI with screaming child in vehicle

From Abilene Police Department spokesman George Spindler:

At about 6:55 p.m. Thursday, Officers Cody Brown and David Humber responded to a disturbance in the 1600 block of Hwy 351. APD dispatch received notification from a concerned citizen who reported observing a man involved in an altercation with a female in a car. The description of the vehicle and the involved parties were provided and relayed to Patrol Division. The reporting party was also concerned about hearing a child screaming inside the vehicle. Another concerned citizen also notified dispatch of the in-progress disturbance. Officer Brown arrived to the area of the disturbance and observed the involved vehicle traveling on Overland Trail. Officer Brown caught up to the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 1000 block of Overland Trail. Upon contact with the driver, Officer Brown immediately smelled the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the driver. Officer Brown also observed a small child in the vehicle's back seat. During the investigation the driver displayed indicators of intoxication. The driver refused to conduct standard field sobriety tests and was arrested. The investigation revealed that the child in the vehicle was eight years old and the driver had an active arrest warrant for misdemeanor Interference with Public Duties. A mandatory blood specimen was taken from the driver and the driver was booked at the jail for the warrant and for felony DWI with Child Passenger. This investigation continues.

At about 10:40 a.m. Thursday, Officer Danny Blankenship responded to a shoplifter call at a business in the 4500 block of South 1st Street. APD dispatch had been contacted by store loss prevention personnel concerning a male suspect detained for alleged theft. Officer Blankenship contacted the involved parties and learned that the male suspect had been observed by loss prevention selecting clothing items and then left the store without rendering payment for said items. Approximately $55 in stolen property was recovered. The suspect was searched and found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana. The suspect was arrested for two misdemeanor offenses: Theft and Possession of Marijuana.

At about 10:45 p.m. Thursday, Officer Brady Broyles contacted a motorist in the 200 block of North Mockingbird Lane concerning an active arrest warrant for a subject affiliated with the involved vehicle. K-9 Officer Josh New assisted with the investigation. Officer Broyles contacted the male driver of the vehicle and confirmed the driver was the subject wanted on a municipal traffic warrant. While placing the driver in custody, Officer Broyles observed a small baggie fall onto the door jamb as the driver exited the vehicle. The baggie contained a powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. A search of the vehicle revealed three more baggies of cocaine. Approximately 2.2 grams of cocaine was seized. The driver was arrested for the warrant and for felony Manufacturing/Delivery of a Controlled Substance (cocaine).

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