Sexagenarian Indicted for Driving Drunk and High with Child in the Pickup
SAN ANGELO, TX – A San Angelo man was indicted in June after prosecutors claim he drove on the wrong side of the highway, intoxicated, with a 4-year-old in the backseat.
According to the indictment, on June 14, 2019, a trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety was patrolling US Highway 87 near mile marker 458 when he spotted a Black 2015 GMC Sierra Pickup driving on the wrong side of the road.
The trooper was able to get the driver to pull into the median after turning on his emergency lights.
When the trooper spoke with the driver, 64-year-old Robert Massingill, he observed several signs of intoxication including alcohol on his breath, delayed responses, and confusion. He also found a 4-year-old boy in the backseat.
Massingill was then given a field sobriety test which he failed. He later admitted to the trooper that he had taken muscle relaxers prior to driving.
Massingill's wife was then called to the scene and the child as well as the pickup was left with her. As for Massingill he was taken to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Under the Age of 15 and Endangering a Child by Criminal Negligence. He was released the following day after posting a $15,000 bond.
Then on June 16 he was given a disposition slip on the DWI charge. Two days later he was indicted for Endangering a Child by Criminal Negligence. His initial pre-trial is set for August 4 at 2 p.m.
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