Whip It Bad

Austin man accused of running over police officer's foot during DWI stop

Austin man accused of running over officer's foot during DWI stop

KVUE — Austin Police have arrested a man accused of running over a police officer's foot during a suspected DWI stop, according to court documents.

According to an arrest affidavit, police received a call about a reckless driver swerving "all over the road" on MoPac Expressway near RM 2244 on Sunday. Police were able to find the vehicle and the officer said he saw the car drift into the shoulder as well as into other lanes of the road.

The officer said the vehicle continued driving for about half a mile after he turned his [police] lights on, then finally stopped on RM 2244 near Buckeye Trail. The affidavit states the driver, 22-year-old John Phillip Devine, was drooling, his eyes were bloodshot and that his speech was slurred. When the officer asked Devine to open the door, he said "no" at least 10 times — even after the officer pointed his Taser at him.

According to the affidavit, the officer's partner got out of the car and joined him. Then the officer reached in the window and opened the door while his partner grabbed Devine's arm, but Devine drove away, running over his partner's right foot. Police said the first officer pulled Devine out of the car while his partner used his Taser on him three times after he continued to resist.

According to police, Devine had about 30 containers of "whip its" [also known as whippets, whipits or whippits], small canisters of nitrous oxide usually used for cooking but can also be used to get high if inhaled.

After police subdued Devine, officers said the 17-year-old passenger attempted to get out of the car and "reached into his waistband." The officer said he was in fear of his life and that of his partner, so he took the teen to the ground.

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Austin Police Department police car
According to an arrest affidavit, a man pulled over on a suspected DWI ran over a police officer's foot after refusing to get out of the car. Courtesy of Austin Police Department/Facebook