Intoxicated driver suspected of damaging railroad crossing

Intoxicated driver suspected of damaging railroad crossing

A report of a reckless driver in Vidor led police to the arrest of a man they believe to be responsible for damaging a pole at a railroad crossing there.

A caller contacted the Vidor Police Department at approximately 1:57 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, and reported seeing a white Chevrolet truck being driven erratically on Main Street in Vidor, then pulling into the In and Out convenience store in the 100 block of West Freeway. Upon arrival at the store, police reported they observed the driver of the truck near the suspect vehicle. When questioning the driver, police stated, the man was emitting the odor of an alcoholic beverage and had apparently urinated on himself. Police arrested 37-year-old Jorge Torres for public intoxication.

While doing an inventory of the vehicle, the officer received a call from dispatch indicating Torres had struck a pole at a railroad crossing nearby. After observing damage to the front of the suspect's truck, the officer drove to the railroad crossing where he reportedly saw the pole supporting the flashing red railroad traffic signal lights had been knocked to the ground. The caller who had reported Torres' reckless driving confirmed he had seen the suspect vehicle strike the pole and cause damage, but he could not identify Torres as the driver. He was able to provide police with a license plate number, which they said matched that on Torres' truck.

The incident is still under investigation, and the total damages to the railroad crossing are being assessed.