A Deer Park man was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for multiple criminal charges arising from a drunken driving arrest.

Justin Wayne Wales, 37, pleaded guilty to a third driving while intoxicated charge and one count of attempting to take a police officer’s weapon, court records show.

Kemah police responded to a report of a drunken driver in April 2017 and found a car turning east onto Eighth Street before stopping and reversing to avoid running over a curb, according to a written statement made by the arresting officer.

The vehicle then drove on the wrong side of the street before police stopped it, according to the statement.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Wales, then resisted officers and was arrested, according to the statement.

While police were speaking with Wales, a dog in the car bit an officer, according to the statement.

Police then obtained a search warrant to draw Wales’ blood, according to the statement.

Police transported Wales to the hospital later that day for a blood draw, but he said he wouldn’t give blood, according to the statement.

Officers then struggled to contain Wales so that a nurse could draw his blood, according to the statement.

During the exchange, Wales tried to grab an officer’s gun from its holster, according to the statement.

Wales was sentenced to three years in prison for his third driving while intoxicated conviction and nine months in state jail for attempting to take an officer’s weapon, Assistant District Attorney Anthony Smith said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com


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