Around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, a Montgomery County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable responded to a call at the Porter Walmart regarding a welfare concern. The reportee said a white man was asleep in his pickup truck, with the vehicle running and in reverse. The caller had tried unsuccessfully to wake the man, later identified as 20-year-old Christopher Shirley of Conroe.
Montgomery County Hospital District medics also responded, and were already on scene when the deputy arrived.
As the deputy approached the scene, he saw a silver pickup had backed into the rear of a Honda sedan. By then, Shirley was out of the truck and according to medics, said he was “high.”
The deputy made contact with Shirley and noticed he was squinting and his speech was very slurred. Shirley also had difficulty walking. The deputy administered the Standardized Field Sobriety Test, which Shirley failed. He admitted he was already impaired when he drove to Walmart.
The deputy had EMS check Shirley for health concerns before transporting him to the Precinct 4 office to begin the booking process. Shirley was so impaired, he appeared to be dozing off while standing when the deputy took his photograph as part of the office booking process. The on-duty supervisor then transported Shirley to Kingwood ER for a blood draw and then to the Montgomery County Jail in Conroe.
Christopher Jordan Shirley is charged with Driving While Intoxicated.
Citizens are urged to contact law enforcement as someone did in the situation, which prevented an extremely impaired driver from leaving the parking lot and may have saved a life or lives.