An alleged drunk driver sparked a vehicle chase with police when he apparently refused to pull over for a traffic stop. Texas authorities claim that the man was intoxicated at the time, and have since charged him with drunk driving. He is also facing charges for aggravated assault.
It is not clear why police first tried to initiate the traffic stop, but the driver of the 18-wheeler would not pull over, and instead continued trying to evade police by sometimes driving at speeds of upwards of 80 mph. The chase went on for about an hour, during which time they traveled about 38 miles and crossed multiple county lines. Police say the only reason the driver stopped was because the truck's front bumper fell off.
Police claim the driver was traveling with his wife and two children during the chase, and that they found an open container of alcohol in the vehicle. A mini-fridge also contained more alcohol. He submitted a field sobriety test, which he apparently failed. Authorities say they also discovered that his license was expired.
The assault charge stems from his actions during the chase, during which police claim he tried to run deputies who were in pursuit off of the road. This combined with his drunk driving charges could lead to severe consequences that, in addition to possible jail time, limit his employability and educational opportunities. Most Texas defendants prefer not to leave things up to chance when faced with similar situations, and instead choose to begin actively working on their criminal defense plans in as timely a manner as possible.