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Man accused of driving drunk with 2 kids in the vehicle

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Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 4:30 am

A 33-year-old man is facing felony charges after police say he caused an accident when he was intoxicated and driving a vehicle with his wife and two young children inside.

Radames Diaz Jr. was arraigned Monday on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set Diaz’s bond at $20,000.

Killeen police were called to the scene of a vehicle accident at a residence in the 5500 block of Birmingham Circle on Saturday night. Upon arrival, the officer noticed the vehicle involved in the accident was gone. The vehicle appeared to have jumped the curb before damaging a privacy fence and apparently hitting a tree, an arrest affidavit stated.

The officers were directed to another home on Birmingham, where they found a damaged 2009 Honda Accord in the driveway. The driver, identified as Diaz, was sitting unconscious in the driver’s seat.

Diaz had a hard time staying awake and smelled of alcohol, the affidavit stated.

Diaz’s wife told police she and her two daughters, ages 1 and 9, were in the vehicle while Diaz was driving. She also told police Diaz had three beers at dinner and told her that he had taken a Xanax pill.

Cooke also arraigned Katisha Mona Johnson, 38, on an unrelated felony charge of possession of cocaine in the amount of more than 4 grams, but less than 200 grams. Johnson’s bond was set at $50,000.

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