by Emily Waldrep
On July 25, a Tyler County Sheriff's deputy was traveling west on Lakewood Drive in Ivanhoe in a marked unit and observed a dark colored minivan travelling east in the westbound lane. The deputy was almost hit by the vehicle, but was able to maneveur around it, turn around, and activate the emergency lights and initiate a traffic stop.
According to Chief Deputy Phil Ryan, the vehicle pulled over and the deputy made contact with the driver, who was identified as Kenneth Evans, age 57 of Woodville. When she spoke with Evans she could smell an alcoholic beverage on his breath. Evans told her he had a few drinks with a friend.
The deputy asked Evans if he realized how close he came to a major accident and Evans laughed and said, "It was close, wasn't it."
Ryan says that the deputy detained Evans until a Trooper could arrive to perform the standard field sobriety test.
"Trooper Greg Evans arrived and administered a field sobriety test, and Evans was placed under arrest at that time," Ryan said. "He had a red solo cup in his vehicle with an alcoholic beverage in it and an open container of whiskey."
Evans was arrested on charges of Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More, which is a State Jail Felony.