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Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:51 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

HARKER HEIGHTS - A 62-year-old man who police said repeatedly rammed his truck into a pawn shop while drunk was arrested Thursday.

Wesley Alan Simons is charged with driving while intoxicated subsequent. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke arraigned Simons Friday, setting his bail at $5,000. Police Chief Mike Gentry said Simons already posted bond.

Police arrested Simons in the parking lot of the 19th Hole Pawn Shop in the 500 block of West Veterans Memorial Boulevard. Police went to the scene about 7:45 p.m., Gentry said.

Police found Simons' blue truck parked with a flat tire. Simons had driven his truck into the building, causing damage to a window, according to an arrest affidavit.

Simons told police he accidentally drove into the building because his transmission stuck. However, police detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from him, the affidavit states.

Gentry said Simons was trying to leave when he accidentally drove the truck forward instead of backward.

In the affidavit, an officer said Simons was swaying as he stood in place. When asked if he had been drinking, Simons told police he had two shots of whiskey.

Simons was unable to complete an eye test used to determine sobriety and failed a finger dexterity test. When asked to recite the alphabet, Simons skipped from the letter O to Z, the affidavit states.

A representative from the 19th Hole Pawn Shop said business was not interrupted by the incident. The store was open Friday.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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