Austin police officer accused of drunken driving down Sixth Street at 65 mph, affidavit says


An Austin police officer was arrested early Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated after a fellow officer spotted him doing 65 mph on West Sixth Street, according to an arrest affidavit.

Shawnn Williams, 34, was pulled over around 1:36 a.m. Austin police confirmed Williams is an officer with the Police Department. 

The document says an officer was parking in a garage in the 1200 block of West Sixth Street when he heard a loud car approaching. The officer saw a red Corvette speeding by and rolled out on the street to catch up.

The affidavit says the officer first clocked the car with front-moving radar at 65 mph on West Sixth Street between Lamar Boulevard and Mopac Boulevard (Loop 1).

The report says Williams’ eyes were bloodshot and glassy, his speech was slurred and confused and he smelled of alcohol.

Williams refused to take a field sobriety test, and declined to take a breath test, the affidavit says.

“Williams said he couldn’t remember how much alcohol he had to drink, nor could he remember where he was coming from on 6th Street,” the affidavit says.

Williams is a corporal and works in Central East Austin, the Austin Police Department confirmed. He is currently on restricted duty. 

Williams was suspended for six days in 2013 after failing to write an offense report or ticket a minor who admitted to drinking and driving, according to a disciplinary memo. He served the suspension from Aug. 15 through Aug. 20, the memo says.


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