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Driver charged with DWI after fire destroys car
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TRINITY — A 59-year-old Carlisle man was charged with felony driving while intoxicated last week after an incident in the Peach Island subdivision. David Coots was arrested Thursday, Aug. 15 by Trinity County Deputy Sheriff Jeremy Alexander after the 2001 Toyota Corolla he was diving caught fire and burned in the subdivision. The car had apparently been driven for a distance after its front passenger tire had been destroyed and friction from the wheel rim riding on the paved streets set the vehicle on fire. According to reports, a bicyclist first spotted the man laying under his car off FM 3188. He appeared to have fallen asleep while changing the front passenger-side tire. That tire had been flattened and a portion of the front passenger side of the car had been damaged when the vehicle had struck a guardrail. The cyclist stopped and helped change the flat tire but was unable to stop the man from driving away. The car was traveling toward Highway 94 when it veered into the oncoming lane of traffic and narrowly missed hitting another vehicle before turning into the Peach Island subdivision. The spare tire mounted on the car minutes earlier apparently failed and the car was driving on its wheel rim. Coots is reported to have later told firefighters he knew the car would eventually catch on fire and was looking for a boat ramp. He planned to drive into Lake Livingston to cool off the front of the car.