Drunk driver hits two police cars on island

At approximately 7:35 p.m. last night Galveston police was dispatched to the intersection of 51st St. and Ave. J in reference to a major accident that had just occurred. Arriving officers used their police vehicles to block both the left and middle lanes of traffic in order to divert vehicles into the right lane and away from the accident. While officers were on scene investigating the accident, a red 1992 BMW who was traveling eastbound on Ave J, disregarded an officer who was wearing a reflective vest and directing traffic in the intersection of 51st St and Ave J, nearly hitting the officer. The red BMW then proceeded directly toward the scene of the accident and struck the first police unit blocking the scene, causing it to spin and travel down Ave J, striking the second police unit.


The driver of the red BMW was identified as 66-year-old Raymond Oakley, and after EMS assured he had sustained no injuries from the crash, officers detained him while they began investigating the details of this collision. Officers were able to determine on scene that Oakley was under the influence of alcohol or narcotics, and after searching Oakley’s vehicle, officers discovered several prescription narcotics not belonging to Oakley and also discovered that Oakley’s driver’s license was invalid.

Raymond Oakley was arrested for the offenses of: Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a bond set at $5,000, Driving While License Invalid (DWLI) – Enhanced with a bond set at $5,000, and two counts of Possession of a Dangerous Drug with a bond set at $7,500 for each. In sum, Oakley’s bond totaled $25,000. The DWLI charge was enhanced because of a previous conviction for the same offense.

No injuries were sustained in either accident.