Sherman Police arrest driver for DWI after two separate pileups

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SHERMAN, Tex, (KXII) - A man was arrested on suspicion of DWI Thursday afternoon after the SUV he was driving crashed into eight other vehicles in two separate incidents in downtown Sherman.

The driver, Thomas Burke, 66, posted bond and was released from the Grayson County Jail. He could not be reached for comment.

Police said around 2 p.m., Burke was driving east on Lamar when he crashed into several cars under the U.S. Highway 75 overpass. One woman was injured.

Shane Hargis took video with his cell phone of Burke fleeing the scene of those crashes.

ā€œIā€™m watching it, and I saw him start circling back out through the Shell station and just hauling butt up toward downtown Sherman,ā€ Hargis said.

Police said Burke kept driving the white SUV at what witnesses said was a high rate of speed, and crashed into several parked cars near the Grayson County Courthouse before coming to a stop.

Thomas Carter witnesses those crashes.

"When he hit that utility truck, it was like a bomb went off. Parts were flying off the vehicles," Carter said. "It could have been a very serious accident."

A Touch of Class antique store on the square suffered damage because a vehicle was pushed into it. Store owner Ivert Mayhugh was inside his business when it happened.

"I heard a noise. It sounded like a display cabinet fell over. i said 'What was that?,' and they said a car just hit our store," Mayhugh said.

Engineers said Thursday the shop doesn't have any structural damage, so they are still open for business.

Hargis also witnessed the aftermath of the crashes downtown when first responders got to Burke.

"The guy was trying to get out. He was like, 'No I am fine, and I can go'," Hargis said.

Officials said no one was seriously hurt in any of the crashes.

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