Suspected intoxicated driver runs over Rollingwood officer's foot

Rollingwood Police Chief Dayne Pryor says Sunday night, Travis County dispatch took a call from a concerned citizen.

"He's just all over the road. He looks drunk," the caller said.

Dispatch had the caller put on his hazards and follow the swerving SUV.

Rollingwood P.D. caught up with the vehicle in the 4700 block of RM 2244 but it didn't stop until the 4400 block.

"It did take the vehicle a while to stop. At first it looked like they were gonna run. Once it pulled over and the officers made the approach, things went downhill pretty fast," he said.

Inside the car were 22-year-old driver John Phillip Devine III and his brother, 17-year-old Josiah Devine.

Chief Pryor says there was evidence the young men had been doing 'whip-its.'

"That's where you spray into the balloon, breath it in, the Nitrous Oxide. There was also pills found that they had stuffed in their socks," Pryor said.

Pryor says the young men weren't being cooperative. He says that's when one of his officers, Aaron Howe got hurt.

"He was trying to remove the driver from the vehicle. And as you can see he's hands on...they got the door open, they're trying to remove him from the vehicle and then at this point, he lunges forward and starts trying to drive away and that's when his foot got caught in there," Pryor said.

Chief Pryor says after falling to the ground in pain, officer Howe got back up and tasered the driver.

After the 2 men were in custody, Howe was taken to the hospital and was surprisingly back on the job later that night.

Pryor says he's proud of his officers.

On Tuesday night, FOX 7 brought you disturbing video from an Austin Police Department dash cam.

An officer was using his patrol car to help block a stranded driver when a drunk driver crashed into it.

"It's one of those things that you put us out there that time of night looking for drunk drivers on the major highways and where they're known to be found...a lot of times the flashing lights...it's one of the things that with intoxication you're kind of drawn to that," said Corporal Ryan Lillie with APD.

"It's one of the many hazards of the job that you have. And it's just that these guys don't know what's going to be in front of them 10 minutes from now," he said.

Driver John Devine was taken into custody by Travis County Deputies. So far he's charged with aggravated assault against a peace officer and resisting arrest. Bail is set at $250,000. His brother was also taken into custody.

Blood tests were done on the driver, so police say DWI charges are on the way.

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