Deputy Dustin Lowery with the Polk County Sheriff's Office holds up an open can of beer found in Winn Kittell's vehicle. (Open containers of alcohol are illegal to have in a vehicle when driving).
Deputy Catches Intoxicated Driver, LIVINGSTON, February 5, 2012 - At approximately 8:40 pm on February 4, 2012, a call was placed to the Polk County Sheriff's Office to report a possible drunk driver north-bound on US-59 coming through the area of Goodrich. Deputy Dustin Lowery with the Polk County Sheriff's Office was dispatched and caught up with the vehicle and followed. Lowery observed that the vehicle was severely weaving. The white GMC Safari minivan took the Business 59 exit onto Pan American Driver. Lowery pulled the vehicle over just south of Pan American Plaza (north-bound side). Lowery could sense that the driver, Winn Allen Kittell, 54, of Colmesneil, was intoxicated. Lowery was soon backed up by Officer Dallas Early with the Livingston Police Department and Deputy Jacob Chapman. Trooper Joe Cole with the Texas Highway Patrol was dispatched to conduct a field sobriety test. Cole stated that Kittell smelled of alcohol. Kittell admitted to Lowery, Chapman, and Trooper Cole that he had been drinking prior to driving. Trooper Cole initiated the test and placed Kittell under arrest for driving while intoxicated. Additionally, Kittell is facing charges of driving with open container of alcohol (Deputy Lowery found 3 open cans of beer in Kittell's vehicle). Records show that Kittell has one prior conviction of DWI. A rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing recovered Kittell's vehicle and it will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston. The scene was cleared by 10 pm.