Suspected drunk driver hits cyclist, says he tried to call a cab during ACL

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — A suspected drunk driver who hit a cyclist Friday night and is charged with leaving the scene told police he tried to get a cab first.

According to his arrest warrant, Zachary Davis, 39, told Austin police he should have never gotten behind the wheel and that he tried to call a cab, but the company told him because of the Austin City Limits Music Festival going on it was going to be a two-hour wait.

Police say Davis hit Edward Hudek on South 1st Street near Gibson Street in south Austin around 9:30 p.m. Friday night and kept going. Hudek tells KXAN he was bicycling home from ACL when he was hit.

Edward Hudek was bicyling when a suspected DWI driver ran into him and fled the scene. (Courtesy: Hudek Family)

Another driver who saw it happen followed the pickup truck, and called 911 to relay the license plate number. Police were able to look up the address tied to the license plate and sent an officer who was already in the area to the man’s house.

An officer was waiting at Davis’ house when he pulled up. Police could see damage to the front of the truck, and said Davis had trouble getting out of the truck. At first, he told officers he had not been drinking even though they could smell alcohol, and then later changed his story, the arrest warrant stated. Davis told police he drank three beers in a 30-minute time span and proceeded to fail a field sobriety test.

Hudek was taken to the hospital where he is currently being treated for three broken ribs and various cuts and bruises. Hudek says he is in good spirits and is thankful for all those who came to his aid.

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