Woman charged with DWI had unrestrained infant in vehicle, police say


NORTHEAST AUSTIN

Police: Woman charged with DWI had child in car

Police say a woman charged with driving while intoxicated had an unrestrained 4-month-old infant in the back seat when she was pulled over by authorities in Northeast Austin on Tuesday.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Lakeshia Bryson, 33, was pulled over at Johnny Morris Road and FM 969 just before 10 p.m. after her mother called police to report that she was doing drugs in her vehicle.

The affidavit said Bryson’s mother told police Bryson was supposed to pick her up from work that night but never showed up.

“Bryson’s mother said that she then called all of the recent numbers from Bryson’s cell phone history and was told that Bryson was in the Lakeside area ‘getting high,’” the document said.

The mother tracked down Bryson and followed her until police pulled her over.

According to the affidavit, Bryson’s pants were covered in what appeared to be loose tobacco when she stepped out of her vehicle, and a 4-month-old boy was lying unrestrained in a car seat in the back seat.

“While sitting in the parking lot speaking with officers, Bryson urinated on herself twice,” the affidavit said.

The document also said that Bryson appeared to be confused during a walk and turn test, and was unable to follow simple instructions.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

EAST AUSTIN

Fugitive in vehicular homicide case caught

The Lone Star Fugitive Task Force arrested Wednesday evening a man wanted for failing to appear in court hearings related to his alleged involvement in a woman’s 2014 traffic death, officials with the task force said.

Hector Garcia, 49, was arrested without incident in the 1400 block of Meander Drive, officials said. He was wanted by the Victoria County sheriff’s office on bail jumping and failure to appear charges.

Garcia was indicted in 2014 for neglected homicide after he allegedly struck 22-year-old Natalie Luna with a vehicle. Luna later died from her injuries, officials said.

Garcia was acquitted of criminally negligent homicide in 2015. Last year, an appeals court reversed certain appellate claims. Garcia received a new indictment and was scheduled for trial. The arrest warrants against him were issued after he failed to appear to his hearings, officials said.

Garcia was being held at Travis County Jail Thursday on bail set at a combined $200,000. He is pending extradition to Victoria County.

— Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera, American-Statesman



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