Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

September 4, 2012

Alto man charged with DWI, driving wrong way down highway

Faith Harper
Jacksonville Daily Progress

DIALVILLE — An Alto man remains in jail after allegedly driving nearly two miles in the wrong lane on Sunday.

According to reports, Jacksonville Police Department officers responded to a traffic complaint of a minivan driving in the south bound lane of Bolton Street, headed north around 9 p.m. Sunday.

The vehicle, driven by Donato Solis, approximately 54, of Alto, allegedly traveled from the intersection of Bolton and U.S. 175 to roughly the intersection of Tena Street in the wrong lane, a distance of approximately two miles, Sgt. Jason Price, with the police department, said.

Price said Solis allegedly hit a gold SUV with four people inside. He said no crash report has been filed as of press time, but both vehicles were still drivable.

“He hit a gold SUV in the 900 block of North Bolton,” Price said. “The person called us because he drove off from that accident ... He turned around and followed him, and he probably saved someone's life, honestly.”

According to reports, Solis was unsteady on his feet, unable to keep his balance and had to steady himself with side of his minivan. He allegedly claimed he did not speak English.

Price said Solis was brought to the Jacksonville municipal jail where he was read his rights in Spanish, before he was taken to a hospital to get a blood sample as required by law for a felony DWI.

Solis was arraigned by Municipal Judge Pete Menefee and charged with third degree felony DWI, third or more, as well as a list of traffic citations including no driver's license, no insurance, wrong or obscured license plate and failure to stop and exchange information during an accident. His bond amount was not available by press time.

“His criminal history indicated he had been deported on a previous occasion,” Price said. “Officers are attempting to contact ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement).”