A Texas man was arrested Wednesday morning for drunk driving and going armed when drunk after an Iowa State Patrol Trooper saw him tearing up the grounds of a Waukee car wash with his pickup truck.
Matthew Brandon Shay, 32, of 6730 Heaven’s Gate Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas, was charged with first-offense OWI, possession or carrying of dangerous weapons while intoxicated, fifth-degree criminal mischief, reckless driving, careless driving, failure to respond to steady red signal and failure to provide proof of financial liability coverage.
The incident began Wednesday about 11:45 a.m. in the 400 block of Hickman Road in Waukee, where an Iowa State Patrol Trooper observed a 2018 Ram 2500, driven by Shay, “leave a grassy area” at the Clean Works Auto Wash “at a high rate of speed,” according to court records.
“The truck went sideways onto the roadway,” according to court records, “its tires breaking contact with the roadway, with the back end fishtailing on the roadway, throwing grass and mud. The truck accelerated and ran a red light.”
The trooper activated the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and siren, but Shay failed to stop right away and kept driving, finally stopping in a parking lot in the 100 block of Hickman Road.
The trooper made contact with Shay, who “appeared lethargic, had slurred speech and looked confused,” according to court records. Shay “stepped out his truck” and “walked slowly to maintain his balance due to his swaying and failed to obey simple verbal commands.”
According to court records, the trooper observed that Shay “had watery eyes and the odor of an alcoholic beverage emanated from his person” and when Shay “failed to listen to simple verbal commands and attempted to leave” the troopers patrol vehicle “several times,” he was “placed in handcuffs.’
A search of the Shay’s truck disclosed “an empty bottle of vodka on the front passenger seat and a half-full bottle of vodka in the center console” along with “a black 9 mm handgun with a loaded magazine in the center console arm rest inside of a soft, open-top holster.”
Shay continued to be restive in custody and “Despite being in handcuffs,” he still attempted to leave the patrol, “requiring him to be placed in a caged patrol car.”
The Waukee Police Department assisted in the investigation. Damage to the car wash landscaping was estimated at $300.
Shay was held in the Dallas County Jail in advance of an initial appearance in Dallas County District Court.
*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.