Toys for Tots Drive Interrupted by Suspected Drunk Driver

Steven Pickering
December 04, 2018 - 5:28 pm
Patrick George Yadauga

Southlake Police


SOUTHLAKE (KRLD) - Police in Southlake arrested a man on suspicion of DWI on Monday after they say he tried to drive through an area set up as a donation spot for "Toys for Tots."

The toy drive was set up outside the Southlake Town Hall on Main Street. "We made the flow of traffic so that if you were generous enough to donate toys, all you had to do was drive through...and we had pedestrians and volunteers who would come over and take it from your car," said Officer Brad Uptmore with the Southlake Police Department. "We had one man who drove up and insisted on driving through the drop-off zone, which was not allowed."

He says the suspect became belligerent. "As officers were talking to him at his window, they could smell the scent of an alcoholic beverage. They told him to stop, but he ended up accelerating." When the suspect was stopped, Officer Uptmore says, "he ended up being Maced (pepper-sprayed) and also Tased because he was violently resisting arrest."

In addition to a charge of DWI, 62-year-old Patrick George Yadauga has been charged with resisting arrest and assault on a public servant.