By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Police Department arrested multiple individuals for public intoxication over the icy weekend, some of which were in connection with car accidents.
One notable incident saw a MWPD officer respond to a motor assist call and end up cuffing an individual for public intoxication and resisting arrest, search or transport.
Just before 4 p.m. on Dec. 7, police said officer Brad Chane drove to the 1000 block of North Oak Avenue to help a man whose car had broken down in the frigid weather. According to the MWPD case narrative, Chane met Donny Ray Smith upon arrival, who was standing by the edge of the street next to a gold BMW that was not running.
Police said Smith’s speech was slurred and he struggled to keep his balance as Chane asked him some general questions.
MWPD said Smith began to get aggressive, leading police to believe he was a danger to himself and others, so Chane arrested him for public intoxication and put him in the back seat of his patrol car.
While in the back seat, police said Smith managed to move his cuffed hands from behind his back to the front of his body and then started banging on the plexiglass in the back of the car. Police said he also was kicking the side windows, but did not cause any damage.
Chane and another officer took Smith out of the car and redid his handcuffs, but once back in the patrol car, Smith did the same thing again, leading the officers to wrestle him to the ground and reapply the cuffs a second time before transporting him to the police department.
Although Smith was arrested for public intoxication, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is something law enforcement officer are always on the lookout for, especially with potentially icy road conditions during the Holiday season, to protect both drivers and everyone else on the road. As such, the Texas Department of Public Safety has announced it will increase state-wide patrols for a 21-day period from today until Jan. 2, looking specifically for individuals who are driving while intoxicated.