Close call for police in brush with alleged drunk driver

(AUSTIN, Texas)-- The apparent drunken driver of a pickup truck tried to run over two police officers on foot patrol about a block from the governor's mansion, police said.

The Capitol Police officers shot at the driver five times early on Nov. 18 as he drove on Capitol property before he tried to escape. The officers belong to a detachment of the Texas Department of Public Safety responsible for guarding the Capitol.

Todd Nathaniel Woerner, 25, was later was found in the truck a few blocks away from where, police say, he had passed out.

No injuries were reported. DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said authorities planned to file two counts of attempted capital murder against Woerner.

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