House struck; driver arrested
Police arrested a man early Monday after he drove into another vehicle and then crashed into a North Austin house, busting its gas line, according to an affidavit filed by the Travis County sheriff’s office.
Police pulled over Charles Darwin Sonnier Jr. on West Anderson Lane after noticing that he was driving slowly and changed lanes without signaling, the affidavit said. When officers approached his vehicle, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol, the affidavit said. A passenger put the car in park after Sonnier, 28, failed to do so, as instructed by police, the affidavit said. Sonnier then revved the engine and sped off, turning on to Burrell Drive, the affidavit said.
Police followed him and saw Sonnier lose control, hit a parked vehicle in front of a residence and then crash into a home, the affidavit said.
Sonnier was arrested after a sobriety test, the affidavit said.
The Austin Fire Department evacuated the residents of the home and shut off the gas for about two hours until it was safe. No injuries were reported.
Sonnier is charged with driving while intoxicated and evading with vehicle, both third-degree felonies. His bail is set at $25,000, the affidavit said. Public records show that he has been charged previously with DWI twice and evading with vehicle once.