Police in Texas say that a 21-year-old man was driving a truck loaded with 38 cattle while under the influence of drugs on Oct. 9. The man was taken into custody following a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 84 according to a Littlefield Police Department press release. After being booked, the man was turned over to the custody of the Lamb County Jail. Initial reports do not indicate if the man’s bail has been set, but they do reveal that a sample of his blood was drawn for toxicology testing.
LPD officers say that they pulled over the cattle truck after receiving reports that it was being driven erratically. A caller is said to have told emergency operators that the vehicle was crossing the roadway from shoulder to shoulder. Officers claim that they took the man into custody after noticing clear signs of impairment, but the LPD press release does not reveal what those signs may have been. The truck and cattle were towed to a feed lot in Lubbock.
The man has also been charged with possessing a controlled substance. Police say that the narcotics charge was added after drugs were found during an inventory search of the truck. However, they have not revealed what type of illegal substance was discovered.
The consequences of a DWI conviction can be especially severe for those who drive vehicles for a living. Experienced criminal defense attorneys may point this out to prosecutors during plea talks as they encourage them to consider dropping the charges or reducing the penalties. Attorneys might also raise mitigating factors such as a previously unblemished criminal record, a good job, a supportive family and sincere regret.
Source: Everything Lubbock, Man with 38 cattle in a truck arrested for DWI, Staff report, Oct. 10, 2018