The man charged with felony DWI and failure to stop and render aid was caught on dash cam hitting two pedestrians in downtown Austin Sunday night, police said.
The arrest affidavit for James Albert Arnett, 54, states an APD detective was driving north on Red River Street near East Sixth Street around 9:40 p.m. Sunday. The detective said he saw a 1998 Isuzu Rodeo SUV turn left onto Red River from East Sixth and strike two men walking in the crosswalk. The affidavit adds the pedestrians had the right of way at the intersection at the time of the crash, and that both sustained injuries.
The detective said he activated his vehicles emergency lights and yelled for Arnett to stop. Arnett allegedly pulled into a nearby parking lot, but did not stop. According to the affidavit, Arnett passed by several parking areas before stopping along the 600 block of East Fifth Street.
The affidavit states police were unable to conduct a field sobriety test because Arnett claimed to have glaucoma and a cyst on his left ankle that makes it difficult to stand without a cane. Police noted that Arnett’s speech was slurred and that he refused to answer questions about if he had consumed any alcohol that evening. Officers also found a small amount of marijuana in Arnett’s pocket.
Arnett has previous DWI convictions from Washington State in 1995, 2005 and 2006, the affidavit stated. He was booked into the Travis County Jail, and is being held on combined $62,500 bond.