Drunk driving is a terrible idea. Drunk driving with kids in the car is even worse. Leave it to an East Texan from the Lufkin-area village of Huntington to invent an even worse variation on this potentially deadly theme.
On Monday, concerned citizens phoned in a tip to police about a Toyota SUV driving through Huntington with two young girls sitting on the roof. Huntington cop James Hight pulled over 64-year-old William Chambliss, whose two 13-year-old granddaughters admitted that they had been riding atop the SUV with their legs dangling in the sunroof.
Chambliss told the cop he had consumed two ounces of vodka that day and admitted he had an open container of alcohol in the car. Hight found not one but two bottles of Gatorade adulterated with what smelled to him like alcohol, an arrest affidavit states. The cop also reported that Chambliss seemed "confused" and "agitated" and was being "verbally aggressive," so much so that he threatened to "whoop" Hight.
Before being taken to Angelina County Jail, Chambliss had his blood tested at an area hospital. At some point before or after he threatened to whoop Hight, he told police he had driven with the girls atop his car at speeds never exceeding 35 miles per hour from a place called Hanks Creek on the shores of Lake Sam Rayburn a little more than ten miles to where he was stopped.
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Bond for all three charges -- DWI with a child (a felony), retaliation (for threatening to kick the cop's ass) and endangering a child -- has been set at a collective $6,000.