Deputy Terry Valka stands between the road and 42 year old Rachel Combs of Houston. Valka is keeping the allegedly intoxicated woman safe from oncoming vehicles.
Houston Woman Charged with Felony DWI, LIVINGSTON, May 19, 2012 - Shortly before 12 noon on May 19, 2012, Captain Ricky Childers with the Polk County Sheriff's Office observed a black Toyota pickup passing cars on the shoulder of US-190 West (west-bound). Childers initiated a traffic stop in front of Aaron's Rental. Childers was quickly joined by Corporal Terry White and Deputy Terry Valka (both with the Sheriff's Office). The truck was being driven by Rachel Marie Combs, 42, of Houston. When speaking to Combs, the deputies detected that Combs was possibly intoxicated and summoned Trooper Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Burman arrived and conducted a field sobriety test on Combs. Burman placed Combs under arrest for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Additionally, Combs was charged with open container as there was an open can of Budweiser in her truck. Combs has 3 prior convictions for DWI, making this potentially her fourth DWI. Three or more DWIs are a felony which requires a mandatory blood withdrawal. Burman drove Combs to Livingston Memorial Hospital for a mandatory blood withdrawal, then to Polk County Jail where she was booked in. Combs' vehicle was recovered by a rollback wrecker from Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
Trooper Kevin Burman demonstrated the proper ways of a field sobriety test (note: hands by your side). Burman clearly stated this to Combs, and demonstrated it for her.
Combs couldn't keep her hands by her side and struggled to do any of the tasks correctly.
Burman placed Combs under arrest.
Burman and the Deputies conducted a vehicle inventory...
Trooper Burman pours out an open can of Budweiser that was found in Combs' vehicle.
Combs' vehicle was recovered by Ken's Towing (Houdini pictured).
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