Occurred on 12/11/12, 12:25am Driving While Intoxicated 15000 block of S.P.I.D.
Senior Officers C. Williams and M. Garanzuay were called to the 15000 block of S. Padre Island Drive for a traffic accident involving a drunk driver. Upon their arrival, they found the driver who was attempting to move a manhole cover from the road way.
Further investigation revealed the driver was traveling eastbound when he lost control of silver Ford F150 lost control and left the roadway, striking a manhole. The impact deployed the truck's airbags and caused the manhole cover to come off and land on the North side of the street.
Branden Siegfried, 41, appeared to be intoxicated as he staggered back to his truck. Siegfried became combative when Officers attempted to stop from walking onto the roadway. A struggle ensued in which Siegfried was pepper sprayed. The pepper spray had little effect on him and Siefried continued to be combative. Off-duty Corpus Christi Police Officer E. Garza who was passing by rushed over to help the Officers. Officers were able to handcuff and detain Siegfried.
While Officers were conducting their investigation the owner of the truck arrived at the accident site. He was visibly upset and told Officers that Siegfried who was an employee had stolen the company truck. The truck was released to the victim.
Siegfried was taken to a local hospital where he was medically cleared. A blood warrant was also obtained for a blood draw. He was arrested and booked at the City Detention Center. Siegfried was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Driving While Intoxicated~2nd Offense, and Resisting Arrest.