House struck; driver ar­rested

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

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.

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