Two Texas men were taken into custody by Sherman police after both of their cars ended up submerged up to their roofs in a pond. One of the men was charged with leaving the scene while the other was taken into custody for allegedly driving while intoxicated. The incident took place on April 6 at about 3 a.m.
Following the incident, police reportedly received a call from a resident of Crimsonwood Drive telling them that an injured man was on their porch saying that he had been involved in an automobile accident. He also told the resident that his friend was still at the scene and that he believed that he had perished. He told responding police officers that he had been following his friend home from Denilson before the two vehicles had ended up in a pond. He then told them that he had tried unsuccessfully to get his unconscious friend out of his vehicle. Officers proceeded to locate the two submerged vehicles, but they found no trace of the man’s friend.
After police discovered the man’s friend sleeping at home, they pieced together what they believe happened. The man was unable to keep up with his friend after leaving Denilson, and he ended up following the wrong car. The driver being followed became alarmed, and he attempted to flee at a high speed. After he came to a dead end, he attempted to escape by entering a field. The two cars then drove across the field and over a pond dam, which sent them careening airborne into the pond.
Penalties for driving under the influence in Texas can be severe. A criminal defense attorney could help motorists facing DWI charges by entering into plea negotiations and pointing out mitigating factors to prosecutors. They may also dispute the validity of the evidence being relied upon to substantiate the charge. The results of breath or blood tests used to establish a driver’s blood alcohol level are not always reliable, and some individuals can perform poorly during field sobriety tests even when they are sober.