Man charged with felony DWI after hitting pedestrian, other driver

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver has been charged with a felony DWI after injuring a pedestrian and another driver and then crashing into a fence in northeast Austin early Thursday morning, according to documents filed in court.

The alleged incident started at about 6:45 a.m., a block away from Reagan High School, at the corner of Reagan Hill Drive and Cameron Road. Callers reported to police that they saw a silver car hit pedestrian Loraine Smith, as she crossed Reagan Hill Dr. and the driver was trying to turn. 

The driver, later identified as 47-year-old Jonathan Berry, allegedly tried to keep going on Reagan Hill Dr. but was blocked by several school buses so he turned around and headed south on Cameron Rd.  Police report that Berry then rear-ended a car being driven by Amanda Mars who was injured. 

Berry allegedly kept driving erratically, swerving across all lanes of Cameron Rd. and eventually crashing into a fence along the perimeter of Reagan High School campus. 

By that point, police had arrived at the scene and Berry would not cooperate with them. They had to drag him out of the car and he fought with the officers until they handcuff him. The officers wrote in the court affidavit that he was showing obvious signs of being intoxicated. 

Officials couldn’t conduct field sobriety tests because Berry was not cooperating. However, the did find a pipe in his car that was similar to ones used to smoke methamphetamines. They also found what they believe to be K2, a form of synthetic marijuana. 

Smith and Mars were transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Berry was also transported to the hospital to be administered a blood test. While he was being transported, he allegedly spit on one of the medical personnel in the ambulance. 

Berry, who had a previous record of driving while intoxicated, was charged with a third-degree felony DWI and third-degree felony harassment of a public servant. 

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