Driver sentenced to seven years probation for fleeing crash

Published 6:11 am Friday, June 4, 2010

A 23-year-old Austin man arrested in late April after fleeing the scene of an accident and eventually being found by authorities hiding in a nearby garage was sentenced Thursday in Mower County court.

Deven Ellsworth Walker will serve 180 days in jail for his felony DWI conviction. He will also be on probation for seven years and will serve 80 hours of community service.

According to a sheriff’s department report, the accident occurred on April 23 at around 3 p.m. near 2507 Fourth Drive SW. The report indicates that Walker drove the car into a ditch, clipped a mailbox and ended up slamming into a tree. From there, he reportedly took off running.

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Authorities spoke with a 29-year-old passenger, who said Walker ran because he had been drinking before driving. The passenger was later treated at Austin Medical Center for his injuries.

Authorities then initiated what Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi described as an “intense” search in the area. At around 4:13 p.m., they received a call from nearby residents who thought someone was in their home’s garage. Deputies went to the residence, located in the 2400 block of Fourth Drive SW, and noticed blood on the garage floor and a few disturbed boxes. They then found Walker in the garage’s upper level, and he turned himself in without incident at around 4:30 p.m., the report states.

While being taken in, Walker stumbled a few times and indicated that he was the car’s passenger, not driver. He also seemed confused about the reason for his arrest. Walker later registered a 0.147 blood-alcohol content, according to court records, which is nearly twice the legal limit.

Walker was taken to AMC to have his right hand, which appeared broken, looked at. However, Walker refused treatment at the hospital. He was then taken to jail.

According to records, Walker has had his license revoked several times due to DWI cases, the most recent revocation coming within a few weeks of this incident. His driving status is also listed as “canceled.”