A 17-year-old driver was charged with DUI after a one-vehicle rollover accident Thursday night in Early, and a passenger was charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, police said. Two children who were in the vehicle were released to a family member, who drove them to the hospital.
Monica Salazar of Early, who was driving the 2000 Dodge Neon, was booked into the Brown County Jail on the DUI charge and is free on $1,000 bond, jail records state. She was also cited for not having a driver’s license or insurance.
The passenger who was arrested, Tamara New, 22, of Brownwood, is free on $1,500 bond.
Patrolmen Johnny Brown and Nathan Land responded to the 8 p.m. accident, which happened on Northline Drive at Canal Street, Police Chief David Mercer said. Early and Brownwood firefighters and Guardian EMS also responded due to reported injuries.
Police said the driver lost control of the car, which slid on the gravel and rolled over. Police administered a breath test to the driver.
Another passenger fled from the scene on foot, Mercer said. Police located the 17-year-old Brownwood girl and questioned her. The girl, who had been drinking, said she ran to get help but did not return because she “freaked out,” Mercer said.
A CPS referral was made regarding the children, who are ages 2 and 3.
In an unrelated incident, the Early Police Department’s drug dog, Tessa, located a bag of marijuana in some bushes after two juveniles walked away from Brown, the dog’s handler, and tossed an item aside.
Both juveniles will be charged with possession of marijuana through the juvenile probation office and were issued citations for minor in possession of alcohol and possession of drug paraphernalia, Mercer said.
A third person who was present, Joshua Moore, 17, of Early, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana under 2 ounces, possession of drug paraphernalia and minor in possession of alcohol, Brown County Jail records state.
Brown stopped to investigate three people in a parked vehicle in the 1300 block of Virginia at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday, Mercer said. Two of the occupants got out and walked quickly toward a house. After he told them a second time to return, they appeared to toss something in or near another vehicle and walked toward him.
Brown saw beer in the vehicle they had occupied and smelled alcohol on the three, and deployed Tessa to search the area.
In ohter incidents:
• Brownwood officer Chandra Geis arrested Christopher McNeal, 27, on charges of possession of a controlled substance and aggravated assault after responding to a domestic disturbance in the 600 block of Sharp.
A woman told police a man hit her with a cane, and police found a pipe with a substance believed to be methamphetamine, Geis’ report states.
• Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commision agent Paul Morgan arrsted Joseph Priester, 44, of Zephyr, on a DWI charge. Details of the arrest were unavailable.