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Man charged with DWI, evading arrest after allegedly approaching children in Beaumont neighborhood

Police said he was seen drinking from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag while driving.

BEAUMONT, Texas — A Beaumont man accused of drinking while driving was arrested Thursday night after a police chase, according to the Beaumont Police Department.

It started in the 5000 block of Helbig Road around 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Beaumont Police received a call about a suspicious driver in a silver Buick who was approaching children in the area and trying to talk to them.

Officers found the vehicle and tried to pull over the driver later identified as Robert Strout, 45, of Beaumont, but he refused to stop.

After a brief pursuit, Strout stopped the Buick in the parking lot of Walmart on Dowlen Road.

Police said Strout was seen drinking from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag while driving.

Strout was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Facility. He is charged with driving while intoxicated and evading detention with a motor vehicle.

His bond is set at $10,000 for evading arrest and $1,000 for driving while intoxicated, jail records show.

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From a Beaumont Police news release...

On Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 6:29 P.M. Officers responded to 5080 Helbig Rd in reference to a suspicious driver of a silver Buick, approaching children in the area and trying to talk to them.  Upon arrival the Officers located the vehicle and tried to stop the driver.  

The driver continued driving and refusing to stop. He was observed drinking from a bottle wrapped in a paper bag while driving.  After a brief pursuit, the driver stopped the vehicle in the parking lot of Wal-Mart, 4145 Dowlen Rd.  He refused to obey verbal commands but Officers were able to take him into custody.  

The driver was identified as Robert Lee Strout, a 45 year old Beaumont man.
He was transported to Jefferson County Correctional Facility and booked in for Driving While Intoxicated and Evading Detention with a Motor Vehicle.

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