Lufkin man arrested for allegedly driving drunk with two kids

Rodrick Taylor (Source: Angelina County Jail)
Rodrick Taylor (Source: Angelina County Jail)

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested a 32-year-old Lufkin on a felony driving while intoxicated charge when he showed up in court Wednesday morning for an unrelated charge.

The DWI with a child under the age of 15 charge stems from a one-vehicle rollover accident that occurred on Oct. 17. Rodrick Lynn Taylor was the driver, and he had 6- and 9-year-old boys in the vehicle with him.

Taylor is still being held in the Angelina County Jail on a DWI with a child under the age of 15 charge, which is a state-jail felony. No bond has been set at this time.

According to an arrest warrant, a Diboll police officer responded to a call in regard to a one-vehicle accident in the 1400 block of N. Temple. When he got to the scene, he saw that a red Ford Explorer that had left the road and rolled over.

The DPD officer, L. Robles, learned that Taylor was the driver of the SUV. He also had two boys in the Explorer with him.

The affidavit stated that Robles smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from Taylor In addition, Taylor allegedly had red, bloodshot eyes, and his speech was slurred. Reportedly, Taylor also failed field sobriety tests administered by Robles

"The defendant stated to Officer Robles that he had been drinking earlier," the affidavit stated. "Officer Robles observed a can of Bud Light beer that was cold to his touch."

Detective Norman Williams of the Diboll Police Department said that, initially, Taylor was transported to Memorial Medical Center of Lufkin. He was arrested on charges from another county after he was treated for his injuries. However, he was released from jail before the lab results came back.

According to the arrest affidavit, Taylor's blood alcohol content was .27 - more than three times the legal limit. In the state of Texas, a person with a blood alcohol level of .08 is considered to be legally intoxicated.

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