|Dike man arrested after running into state trooper’s patrol car|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 26, 2006 -- A 60-year-old Dike man struck a state trooper's patrol vehicle while driving drunk Tuesday night, according to authorities.
To make matters worse, a records check showed Barry Burnett McFarland to be wanted by Denton County on an outstanding drunk driving charge as well as by the parole board on a felony warrant for violating the terms of his parole.
The incident occured about 9:45 last night on FM 69 north at Cross Timber Creek in Dike, where Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ken Adams was assisting sheriff's deputies on another call. McFarland was driving a Honda Accord that struck Adams' patrol car from behind, the trooper noted on the arrest report. No one was injured in the collision, according to sheriff's reports.
When the man got out of his vehicle, reports stated, a very strong alcoholic beverage odor was detected both on his breath and body, and he exhibited very slurred speech and had bloodshot eyes and was very unsteady on his feet. Adams also noted on arrest reports that McFarland was unable to perform any field sobriety tests, as doing so would likely result in McFarland injuring himself.
McFarland, who is also known by the alias Barry Bernett Jacobson, was transported by sheriff's Cpl. Cliff Gloar to the county jail, where he was booked for driving while intoxicated after refusing to perform breath tests.
McFarland remained in the county jail awaiting arraignment Wednesday morning. The Denton County charge has a preset $750 bond, but even if McFarland were to make bond on that and the other charge, he will still be held for Texas Pardons & Parole Division, according to jail reports.