LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin Police officer arrested a 23-year-old woman after she allegedly drove drunk with three small children and passed out behind the wheel at the intersection of West Frank Avenue and Gaslight Boulevard early Sunday morning.
Brenda Mabel Velasquez, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Angelina County jail on a state-jail felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a child under the age of 15 in the car and two misdemeanor traffic charges. Collectively, bail was set at $1,000 for the two misdemeanor charges. No bail has been set for the DWI with a child charge.
According to the narrative of a of the police report, an LPD officer was patrolling the area of West Frank Avenue and Gaslight Boulevard at approximately 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning when he noticed a black Nissan Xterra sitting in the turn lane at the intersection of West Frank Avenue and Gaslight Boulevard.
About 10 to 15 minutes later the officer came back through the area, and saw the same car with its brake lights on sitting in the intersection.
When the officer approached the vehicle, he observed that the driver, who was later identified as Velasquez was passed out behind the wheel, the police report stated. He also noticed vomit on the ground and down the side of the driver's side door.
Another officer in the area came to the scene to assist, and parked his patrol unit in front of the Xterra with its grill guard ready to stop Velasquez if she woke up and panicked. The report said that the SUV was still running and in drive gear. The only thing that kept the Xterra from moving was the fact that Velasquez had her foot on the brake pedal.
Three small children were asleep in the back seat, according to the police report.
"There was an open Bud Light beer bottle in the driver cup holder," the police report stated. "The driver was covered in vomit."
After opening the passenger's side door, the first LPD officer on the scene managed to put the SUV in park. The second officer reached through the driver's side door and removed the keys from the Xterra's ignition.
According to the police report, Velasquez still hadn't woken up at that point. One of the officers shouted at Velasquez in an effort to wake her up, but she didn't start to wake up until he shook her.
The police report stated that Velasquez was so intoxicated that she had trouble releasing the lap and shoulder straps of her safety belt. Velasquez allegedly failed several field sobriety tests.
The police report stated that Velasquez vomited again in the back of the of the patrol unit.