Police: Man shatters store freezer door, demands tequila during third DWI arrest


Police say a man accused of drunken driving on Wednesday “loudly and repeatedly” told them that he wanted a tequila shot during his arrest.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, officers received reports of a man who had fallen and shattered the door of a glass freezer at a convenience store in the 12300 block of Harris Branch Parkway around 7:40 p.m.

Witnesses told police the man left the store and was trying to drive away in a green Toyota.

When officers arrived, they found the man, who police identified as 58-year-old Valda Garner, sitting in the driver’s seat of the running vehicle, drinking from a bottle of Smirnoff Ice Screwdriver.

After police got Garner out of the vehicle, he told them he wanted a shot of tequila, and his behavior shifted from “deliriously happy to aggressive.”

“The odor of alcohol was strong on Garner’s breath,” the affidavit said. “Garner had blood running down his face and small pieces of glass on his head. His speech was so slurred as to be almost incomprehensible. Garner’s balance was very poor while walking and he had to be supported by officers several times to prevent his falling down.”

Police said he vomited several times as officers tried to gather evidence, and started touching himself three separate times after he was taken to University Medical Center Brackenridge.

The affidavit said a preliminary breath test showed his blood-alcohol content at 0.245, more than three times the legal limit of 0.08.

The document also said he had been convicted of DWI twice before: once in 1995 and again in 2005.

Garner was booked into the Travis County Jail, where he was being held Friday, on charges of public intoxication and driving while intoxicated. His bail for the charges has been set at a total of $20,000.


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