HOUSTON (CBS Houston) A former Houston police officer, suspected of crashing into a northwest Harris County store and then driving away, made a court appearance on Monday for another case.

Fifty-nine-year-old Harold Clayton appeared in court alongside his attorney to face a charge of drinking and driving that was filed earlier this year. Clayton is also a suspect in a case filed last week.

According to Harris County sheriff’s deputies, the former law enforcement officer lost control of his car and crashed into the Lighting Gallery on F.M. 1960 near Shiloh Church Road about 7:30 a.m. on Friday; he then drove home.

An eyewitness saw the entire accident and was able to relay information to police. Officials eventually tracked Clayton to his apartment and arrested him. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to stop and give information.

In terms of Clayton’s previous case, a judge ruled that Clayton must blow into a breath testing device at least four times per day. The judge wanted him to have the device installed in his vehicle but Clayton told the judge that he does not own a car.

Additional reports indicate that Clayton was once a Houston police officer and served from 1982 to 2009.


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