NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department arrested a 40-year-old man after he allegedly left his 2-year-old son at home, took his wife's car, and got into an alcohol-related accident early Wednesday morning.
Terrance Michael Hayter, of Nacogdoches is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a third-degree felony driving while intoxicated third conviction or more charge and a state-jail felony abandoning a child charge. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $30,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, NPD officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Linda Lane in reference to a major accident. When the officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with Hayter, the driver of the vehicle, and he allegedly told them that he had been traveling home to his residence on Linda Lane when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a utility pole.
One of the officers noticed the smell of alcohol on Hayter's breath, the affidavit stated. Hayter told the NPD officers that he had drunk a 12-ounce Milwaukee Best beer before he left his friend's house.
Hayter was arrested after he did poorly on several field-sobriety tests, the affidavit stated.
While the officers were still at the scene, Hayter's wife arrived and told them that she had just gotten home from work and found that her husband and her vehicle were both gone, the affidavit stated. She also told the NP officers that Hayter left their 2-year-old son home alone without any supervision.
The woman told police that Hayter had been responsible for taking care of the child since 4 p.m. Tuesday and that she hadn't been able to contact her husband for about four hours, the affidavit stated.
Hayter refused to give a breath sample, and the NPD officers obtained a blood search warrant.