SAN ANGELO – A scary situation turned out positive Sunday morning after a drunk driver was caught driving on the wrong side of the Houston-Harte Expressway.
According to information from the San Angelo Police Department, on May 15, 2022 at around 1:16 a.m., a sergeant with the San Angelo Police Department was performing driving while intoxicated enforcement.
During his patrol, the officers observed a white Honda that was traveling the wrong direction on the 2000 W. Houston Harte Expressway at a high rate of speed. Google Maps show that the 2000 block of Houston-Harte is near the Glenna intersection.
After seeing this, the officer alerted dispatch, activated his emergency lights and sirens, and then attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver disregarded the officer and proceeded eastbound in the westbound lanes on Houston-Harte Expressway.
An SAPD K9 unit was able to get in front of the suspect vehicle near the 4100 block of US Highway 67 which ultimately resulted in the suspect vehicle turning around on the highway and stopping a short distance later.
Officers were then able to take the suspect, Angelo Garcia, 32, into custody without further incident.
Garcia was charged with evading arrest with a vehicle, driving while intoxicated with a BAC over .15, possession of marijuana, two county warrants, two city warrants, and one out of county warrant.
"We are thankful that no officers/civilians were injured during the course of this incident and we believe that this is a direct result of the officer’s communication/actions while trying to stop Garcia," stated Officer Espinoza.