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Longview man crashes into officer's home

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) – A suspected drunk driver crashed into an East Texas Police Officer's house just an hour after he was pulled over.

Longview Police say the crash happened Saturday in the 700 block of Noel drive, near South 12th street.

Police Office Tony Means can't understand how a driver was allowed to get back behind a wheel and crash into his home, "Why wasn't this guy cited for no insurance, later on, I learned he was drunk, there were beer cans lying out in the yard from his truck."

Saturday, Police say 44-year-old Anthony Woods was released to a family member after a traffic stop.

"I learned he'd just got stopped by an officer an hour earlier, and then his insurance was invalid," says Means.

Kristie Brian explains, "Officer discretion comes into play in many cases and it's up to that officer to decide what to do in each and every traffic stop."

Less than an hour later, he was behind the wheel again.

Investigators say Woods clipped a car, then came down12th Street before flipping his truck into the side of Mean's house.

Means, a full-time Kilgore College Police Officer, was astounded, "If you'd have made it further down the street here, where people were out and about—children and stuff riding their bicycles, and people walking around, I feel something much more tragic than him just running into my house."

"At this point, it's under investigation, obviously, and it's been sent to Assistant Chief for review," Kristie says.

Woods was arrested at the hospital after the wreck, failing a field sobriety test in which he couldn't say the alphabet forward.

"I don't want to see that fellow back on the streets anytime soon," Means exclaimed.

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