San Angelo Man Arrested for Multiple Charges after DWI Traffic Stop
A 44-year-old San Angelo man was arrested on multiple charges after a concerned caller reported a possible drunk driver in a College Hills neighborhood late Saturday night.
At approximately 10:50 p.m. on January 21, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Cumberland Drive for the report of a possible drunk driver. While enroute, responding Officers learned a witness was following a tan colored Chevrolet Suburban, and that the driver of the Suburban was now on College Hills Boulevard traveling towards Avenue N.
An Officer located a vehicle matching the description of the Suburban traveling in the 1900 block of College Hills Blvd and observed the vehicle fail to maintain a single lane and swerve into oncoming traffic. The Officer activated his patrol vehicle’s lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle’s driver did not stop and drove into oncoming traffic to access the communal Tres Amigos and HEB parking lot. The Officer notified dispatch of the vehicle pursuit and additional Officers were dispatched to assist. Once inside the parking lot, the driver failed to stop and made several attempts to exit the parking lot. Once backup Officers arrived, the units activated their lights and sirens but the vehicle’s driver continued to attempt to flee the Officers until the Officers used their vehicles to prevent the driver’s escape.
Officers made contact with the driver and ordered him to exit the vehicle. The driver smelled of an alcoholic beverage and had difficulty maintaining his balance. The man became uncooperative, refused to identify himself, disregarded multiple commands, and attempted to walk away several times. When Officers attempted to place the man in handcuffs, he resisted. When Officers attempted to place the man inside a patrol vehicle, he refused the Officers’ commands and physically resisted entering the patrol vehicle. Officers warned the man that a Taser would be utilized if he continued to resist, but the man continued to disregard their commands and warnings and was subsequently Tasered. After the Taser deployment, the man continued to resist but was eventually placed inside the patrol vehicle.
As standard protocol, Officers called an ambulance to assess the man’s welfare after the Taser deployment but the man refused medical treatment. The man was eventually identified by his driver’s license as Christopher Alan Morrow of San Angelo.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Officers located an opened glass bottle of vodka with that was only partially full. Morrow was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Driving While Intoxicated, Fleeing Police Officer, and Resist Arrest Search or Transport.