A man died early Sunday morning when he fell out of a moving car and a woman was arrested for driving while intoxicated and unlawfully carrying a weapon, police said.

The man was a passenger in a car that Christine Hernandez, 37, was driving, police spokesman Sgt. Derek Gaspard said.

The car was traveling on Broadway near 77th Street about 2 a.m. Sunday, he said. 

Police believe some kind of domestic argument occurred between Hernandez and the passenger but aren’t sure how the passenger fell out of the car, Gaspard said.

The passenger was declared dead at the scene, he said. Police hadn't released his name as of Sunday afternoon. 

Police also found a handgun in the car, he said.

Hernandez was charged with driving while intoxicated and with unlawful carrying of a weapon, with bond set at $10,000, Gaspard said. 

Keri Heath: 409-683-5241; or on Twitter @HeathKeri. 


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(8) comments

C. Patterson

Sad, tragic and avoidable

Susan Fennewald

i didn't even know that there was such a thing as "unlawful carrying of a weapon" anymore. Is the new law not in effect yet? After its in effect, will there be such a thing as unlawful carrying of a weapon?

Bailey Jones

I had the same question. There are still a few people who can't carry a gun - felons, people under a court order for assault, crazy people, etc.

Russell Rac

AND Intoxicated people who are over the legal limit.

David Blumentritt

Its a tricky law that if your ARRESTED for a DWI,, regardless if your later convicted or not you get an unlawful carry charge if you have a gun in the vehicle. You are charged with unlawful carry whether you have a concealed carry or not. I don't think this is very well known and I don't know how it can be justified.

Jim Casey

It's illegal to carry a firearm while intoxicated—even if you have a CHL.

Bailey Jones

What? In Texas???

Jim Forsythe

Read 46.02, and it outlines why someone can be arrested for carrying a gun The new laws in Texas does not say, do what ever you want..


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