Angry Man Attempts to Run Over Two People in Giddings
Last Thursday, August 13, Giddings Police Officers Shane Ray and Sgt. Farah Ramsey were dispatched to Bernie's Bar, located at 2110 E. Hempstead, to investigate a report of a subject using his vehicle to ram other vehicles and the side of the building.
When the officers arrived, they found Thomas Kieschnick, 59 from Lincoln, in a 1998 Maroon Ford F- 150 with its front bumper touching the back wall of Bernie's Bar. The vehicle had obvious damage to the front of it and the engine was still running. The officers observed both the driver and passenger side airbags had deployed.
Ray approached the vehicle and asked Kieschnick to get out. Kieschnick revved the engine and attempted to drive forward, but the vehicle couldn't move any farther. Ray again ordered the driver to get out of the vehicle, but Kieschnick took the keys from the ignition and threw them towards the passenger side window, remaining in the truck. Ray ordered him, for the third time, to get out of the vehicle. Remaining in the vehicle, Kieschnick asked for the officer to identify himself and to show identification. Officer Ray identified himself as an officer with the Giddings Police Department and told Kieschnick once again to get out of the vehicle. Kieschnick still refused to exit the vehicle, even after being given a final chance, so Ray grabbed the driver's left wrist and eventually removed him from the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.
As Ray was speaking to the subject, he detected a strong odor of alcohol on his person and observed that Kieschnick had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Outside the vehicle, Kieschnick was observed to be unsteady on his feet so the officer proceeded to administer standardized field sobriety tests, which indicated Kieschnick was intoxicated.
The officers learned that Kieschnick was kicked out of the bar and was escorted out by two subjects, who were not there when the police arrived. Witnesses said Kieschnick was very angry and got into his vehicle and attempted to run over the two people who had escorted him out. They said he rammed a vehicle parked in the parking lot and then rammed his vehicle into the back of Bernie's establishment. The vehicle Kieschnick hit, a 2202 Dodge Dakota, was owned by Randell Tobola. The owner of Bernie's, Amy James, advised that an undetermined amount of damage was done to the building and both she and Tobola wished to press charges and gave written statements to Sgt. Ramsey.
Kieschnick was transported to the Lee County Sheriff's Office without incident. He was charged with Criminal Mischief and Driving While Intoxicated.