Man gets multiple charges after allegedly driving drunk

Published on Thursday, 7 August 2014 22:48 - Written by Kenneth Dean kdean@tylerpaper.com

A Tyler man is out on bond after he allegedly crashed into multiple vehicles and fled from police at high speeds through busy intersections, barely missing other vehicles before crashing into a tree. 

Tyler police spokesman Don Martin said Alonzo Robinson, 62, of Tyler, was arrested Tuesday and charged with driving while intoxicated, felony failure to stop and render aid and felony evading in a vehicle. 

Robinson bonded out of the Smith County Jail Wednesday on bonds totaling $8,500.

Martin said a Tyler motorcycle supervisor was traveling south on Vine Street just north of Bruno’s Pizza when he noticed a northbound 2014 Chevrolet Cruze almost hit a vehicle in the center lane.

"He also noticed the guy was driving with one tire completely off the rim, meaning there was no tire on that wheel," he said.

Martin said the officer initiated a traffic stop and radioed for help. 

Robinson drove through a red light at Houston Street and Palace Avenue and through Palace and Front Street where he collided with three vehicles. 

"He turned around and didn't stop where people were injured and turned back south and went back down Palace in the direction he had just come from," he said.

Martin said Robinson then made a right turn onto Rusk Street and accelerated down the neighborhood street, leaving the officer who was pursuing him.

"Officers were trying to get him pulled over, but he just floored it and blew through the intersection at Glenwood before he finally crashed into a tree," he said. 

Martin said he didn't believe anyone was seriously hurt in the crashes, and Robinson was taken into custody at the scene. Two tires were off of the vehicle when it crashed. 

"It could have been really bad especially with the amount of traffic that uses Glenwood Avenue. Thank God he didn't T-bone anyone when he went through that intersection because he could have easily seriously injured them or killed them,"  he said.