By CLINT FOSTER
The Mineral Wells Police Department dealt with multiple accidents over the icy, winter weekend, but one not only stood out from the rest, it ended in an arrest.
According to an MWPD case narrative, two officers responded to a single-vehicle accident in the 800 block of SW 15th Avenue just before 4 p.m., Dec. 7.
The two officers met a sergeant on the scene and observed a red Ford pickup, wrecked into a mailbox with part of the vehicle on the roadway and the other part in the bar ditch.
Police speculated the accident was caused, at least partially, by the extremely icy, hazardous road conditions that plagued North Texas all weekend.
As the police moved closer to the truck, they noticed a man unconscious in the driver’s seat.
According to the narrative, police opened the car door and woke the man, who identified himself as Troy Allen Butler.
Police said they asked Butler, 25, if he needed medical attention, which he declined, and questioned him about the accident.
However, MWPD said Butler was unable to communicate clearly because of how much he was shivering from the extreme cold.
The officers told Butler he could sit in the back of their patrol car to relax and warm himself.
They further offered Butler a ride home and that they would have his truck towed.
But after Butler sat down in the back seat of the police car, one officer noticed something sticking out of the bottom of Butler’s jacket, according to the narrative.
Police said they removed Butler from the vehicle and found a .22 caliber Berretta pistol inside a holster around his waist.
MWPD said, having found Butler did not have a Concealed Handgun License, they arrested Butler for unlawful carrying of a firearm.
Rather than giving him a ride home, police instead took him to Mineral Wells City Jail where police said he was booked in per policy and procedure.
While another officer, still at the scene, was searching Butler’s truck and waiting for the tow service to arrive, he found some suspected methamphetamine behind one of the front seats.
It was enough to add possession of a controlled substance under 1 gram to Butler’s list of offenses.