Accused drunk driver headbutts deputy in N. Harris County

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Friday, February 12, 2016
Matthew Weismantel

HARRIS COUNTY, TX (KTRK) -- An alleged drunk driver is accused of headbutting a deputy after he injured a construction worker in north Harris County.

Matthew Weismantel, 37, is charged with driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction, failure to stop and render aid, and for an assault on a police officer.

Deputies with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office responded to a call for an accident around 2am on Wednesday in the 3300 block of the North Beltway 8 frontage road.

At the accident scene, deputies learned a construction worker was injured after a black truck had struck several construction barrels, sending them airborne.

The driver of the truck fled the scene, but was followed by a witness who called 911.

Deputies caught up with the Weismantel after finding his truck stopped on the toll road.

Officers say he had a strong smell of alcohol on his breath. When deputies attempted to conduct a field sobriety test, Weismantel resisted and became aggressive.

A deputy was allegedly assaulted when Weismantel headbutt him as they placed him inside a patrol car.

Wesimantel was booked in the Harris County jail, with bond set at $9,000.