Texas: Trooper Joe Don Abernathy charged with DWI after wrecking patrol car on way to work; booked into Smith County Jail

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SMITH COUNTY, TX (Nov. 20, 2012) – A DPS trooper, who wrecked his patrol unit on the way to work, has now been arrested for DWI.
Trooper Joe Don Abernathy was booked into the Smith County Jail on Monday afternoon. He was released on bond a short time later.
On November 5, Abernathy ran off the roadway near Old Bascom Road and Old Omen Road, not far from University Drive, where the DPS office is. The accident happened just before 8 a.m.
Abernathy was taken to a Tyler hospital, but was not seriously injured.
District Attorney Matt Bingham said that Abernathy arranged with authorities for him to turn himself in on Monday ….MORE