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Dec 14, 2013 2:41 AM by bbedsole@kristv.com

Crash Involving Suspected Drunk Driver Shuts Down Staples

CORPUS CHRISTI - The intersection of Staples and Curtis Clark was shut down for about two hours late Friday evening after a pursuit involving a suspect drunk driver that ended with a wreck involving three vehicles.

CCPD Commander John Houston says it began around 11:30pm when several off-duty officers from another jurisdiction spotted a car driving erratically in the area of Weber and Holly.

The called CCPD while following the vehicle, which eventually pulled over in the area of the Treyway Terrace Apartments near Airline and Williams.

At that point, the off-duty officers flagged down a CCPD officer who was in the area, prompting the suspect to get back in his vehicle and speed off.

There was a brief chase, before the pursuit was called off by a police supervisor in the area.

In his attempt to flee the scene, police say the suspect drove through a city park and took out a large section of fence before crashing into two cars at the intersection Curtis Clark and Staples.

Although the suspect was ejected from his own vehicle, neither he nor the other two drivers suffered life-threatening injuries.

The suspect faces charges that could include DWI, Intoxication Assault, Evading Arrest, Reckless Driving, or Criminal Mischief when released from the hospital.

Commander Houston says he doesn't believe the off duty officers from outside Corpus Christi did anything they were not legally allowed to do.

He believes they acted as any ordinary citizen would have, by reporting the suspected drunk driver to CCPD and not taking action themselves to pull him over or arrest him in their personal vehicle.

Houston also didn't know what criminal history the suspect might have that could have lead him to flee the scene.

The man's name is not yet being released.

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