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Police: Man concerned about DWI makes 15-year-old son drive

Police say the man has three prior convictions for DWI. (Courtesy: Williamson County Sheriffs Office)

Leander Police have arrested a man who drove while intoxicated and then asked his 15-year-old son to get behind the wheel to prevent being charged for DWI.

On December 9th, officers responded to reports of a reckless driver near the 700 block of N. Hwy. 183. Te caller stated a Dodge truck was changing lanes and was unable to maintain speed. The truck then pulled into a gas station at the 651 block of Hwy. 183., according to the witness.

Police responded to the scene and saw the silver Dodge truck in the parking lot. Officers then observed the truck leave after an unusually long time and then park into a different spot in the parking lot.

After conducting a traffic stop, police noticed the driver was a 15-year-old boy. According to an affidavit, the teenager told the police his father was driving from Round Rock when he saw the patrol car and ask him to get behind the wheel and start driving. The man was later identified as Hector Villarreal, age 53.

When questioned, Villarreal admitted to taking a list of medications prior to driving. Court documents say the man had an almost empty bottle of Jim Beam liquor in his jacket pocket.

Officers also found an open container of Coors Light beer inside the vehicle.

The man was taken into custody and is currently booked into the Williamson County Jail. He was charged with felony driving while intoxicated-3rd or more.

Police say the man has three prior convictions for DWI.

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