Police: Father worried about possible DWI arrest makes young son drive

Hector Villarreal, mugshot from 2008 arrest. (Williamson County Sheriff's Office)
Hector Villarreal, mugshot from 2008 arrest. (Williamson County Sheriff's Office)

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — A father is accused of making his 15-year-old son take over in the driver’s seat after he realized police were following him for a potential DWI, according to an arrest affidavit.

Leander police say Hector Villarreal, 53, was driving along US 183 around 5:30 p.m. on Friday in a silver Dodge pickup truck when another driver called 911 stating the truck driver wasn’t able to stay in his lane or maintain a speed. Officers were able to catch up to the driver when he pulled into a gas station off the highway.

According to court documents, the officer waited for the driver to leave the gas station before he pulled him over. In the driver’s seat was a “small child” according to the affidavit. The child told the officer his father was driving from Round Rock to the gas station and while at the gas station his father saw the police car and asked him to switch seats with him, continued in the affidavit.

The officer noted there was an open container of beer in the center console; Villarreal admitted to the officer he had taken medications prior to driving and had an almost empty bottle of liquor in his jacket.

Villarreal is currently in the Williamson County Jail charged with felony driving while intoxicated-3rd or more. His driving history shows he has three prior DWI convictions dating back to 1986.