By Andrew Ganz
Drivers who test officers of the law by leading them on police chases aren’t generally known for their smarts, but one Houston man did his best to stand out from the crowd earlier today.
Houstonian David Wheaton took off from a traffic light on the city’s west side earlier today after a Texas State Trooper approached his car. According to the officer, Wheaton, 49, “reeked of alcohol” and had a “blank stare.” The Trooper hopped into his police cruiser and followed in hot pursuit – or at least as hot as a pursuit can be when the assailant is behind the wheel of a Smart Fortwo convertible. With its 1.0-liter three-cylinder gas engine sending power to the wheels through a motorcycle-style automated manual transmission, the Fortwo is not known for its performance. Not surprisingly, the officer caught up to Wheaton. Wheaton led the State Trooper a few miles north to his home on Kinley Lane on the city’s northwest side, where he surrendered peacefully in his driveway. After refusing a breathalyzer, Wheaton’s blood was drawn. According to Houston’s Fox 26, Wheaton was charged with his third DWI, as well as a felony for evading arrest.
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