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Bastrop County Commissioner arrested for DWI

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A Bastrop County Commissioner was arrested for driving while intoxicated Tuesday night.

It sounded like a train wreck, that's one way Torry Lail describes it.

Lail said, "He must have gone about 300 feet...and he was probably doing every bit of 60 miles per hour."

A Bastrop County Sheriff's report states, Precinct 3 County Commissioner, John Klaus, was driving while intoxicated Tuesday night.

Lail said, "He came in through this ditch right here and then hit and jumped over that fence line right over here...and he went right in between the tree and the burn pile over here…right there, he pretty much went through and knocked a few more trees down and came all the way over here and finally rested on this barrel."

Lail, who lives on the property, says the front end of Klaus's pickup was stuck on these barrels.

"There's pieces of the headlight and blinker," said Lail. "Beyond that tree I know we picked up a headlight and a mirror over here and we're still looking for the front license plate."

People have driven off the road and onto their property before, but this is the first time alcohol seems to be involved.

Lail said, "There used to be a whole row of trees here, but each year they'd come and knock one after another out...that one was missed by a hair."

According to the arrest affidavit, Klaus admits to having "one beer," but the deputy on scene reports seeing two 12 ounce cans of beer inside the Commissioner's truck.

"This is one of the stumps he just, completely, ripped it out of the ground and this is the other one right here," said Lail.

The sheriff's report also states Klaus was stumbling and slurring his speech.

Lail said, "Whenever I went to open up the driver's door, he was about to get out and then he just said, 'ugh' and then closed the door real fast after he pushed me out of the way and threw it in gear and then turned the wheel toward me."

Lail says he jumped out of the way just as quickly as he'd hopped over the fence.

Lail said, "He got pulled up on this log right here...and he couldn't go nowhere and his trailer hitch hit the tree right there...I had enough time to jump in the backseat, throw it in park and grab the keys."

The fences are all fixed now.

"He did apologize."

Lail says there are no hard feelings.

FOX 7 called Bastrop County Commissioner, John Klaus's office for a response and even stopped by his house, but so far, no statements are being released about his DWI arrest.

Bastrop County Commissioner John Klaus was released from jail Wednesday morning on bond.

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