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Driver in bicycle crash arrested

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Roads near the UT campus all the way to downtown Austin were shut down after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a cyclist and dragged the bicycle for blocks.

Austin police say 25-year-old Truett Jones was driving south on Guadalupe when he crashed into another vehicle and cyclist. Driving on three wheels, Jones finally came to a stop eight blocks later at 15th Street and West, dragging the victim's bicycle.

The cyclist, who has not been identified, is at UMC Brackenridge in serious condition.

"We're constantly crunching the numbers looking at the data, you see the real time data behind us, always when are the DWI's happening," said APD Chief Art Acevedo.

It's incidents like these Chief Acevedo says he is cracking down on. So far this year there have been 57 traffic fatalities, 24 of them involving pedestrians and two were cyclists.

One of those victims was 30-year-old Robert Ramirez who was hit by a car on Congress Avenue. He was riding his bike home from work two Sundays ago when a black ford mustang who was speeding hit Ramirez. He died at the scene. The driver was charged with intoxication manslaughter and failing to stop and render air.

"I'm a cyclist so it worries me. It's really dangerous, people get killed," said Chanler Wayne, a friend of Ramirez.

He says two similar cases in the last two weeks have him and his co-workers concerned.

"We heard about it around 10 a.m. this morning and everyone was kind of freaked out," said Wayne.

Jones was arrested and with charged intoxication assault and failure to stop and render aid.

It's trend Acevedo says he wants to break and wants the state to impose higher penalties on drivers who leave the scene of an accident. In the meantime he says he will continue several initiatives to curb the problem.

"That's why we have no refusal weekends. That's why we tell people if you get arrested on no refusal weekend we're going to do testing. And that's why we are tough as nails," said Acevedo.

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