A New Braunfels man at Saturday’s Wein and Saengerfest wound up jailed for allegedly assaulting a cop, driving drunk and other offenses, a New Braunfels Police Department Spokesman said.
Police arrested David Ben Shefman, 45, on charges of assaulting a public servant, unlawful carrying of a weapon, driving while intoxicated and possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, NBPD Capt. John McDonald said. Shefman’s actions led to a police officer going to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital-New Braunfels for treatment of minor injuries.
About 10:40 p.m. Saturday, an NBPD officer working traffic detail for Wein and Saengerfest in the 300 block of West San Antonio Street saw Shefman speeding in a vehicle toward her while she sat in a patrol car, McDonald said. Shefman nearly rear-ended the officer’s patrol car, so she got out and tried to talk to him.
Shefman threw his car in reverse and nearly crashed into two parked vehicles, McDonald said. He said Shefman tried to make a U-turn and nearly hit two more parked cars and some pedestrians.
“The officer felt those people were in danger so the officer reached into the vehicle trying to direct the steering wheel away from those people,” McDonald said. “The officer also tried to turn off the ignition but was unable to.”
Shefman began to speed away with the officer still in the window. She eventually got free of the car and hurt her arm, McDonald said.
“The officer was able to push herself away from the vehicle and fell to the ground as the driver sped off,” he said.
Other officers working traffic detail in the area found Shefman and stopped him in the 500 block of West Bridge Street. Police said Shefman reeked of alcohol and appeared to be drunk.
Officers placed Shefman under arrest and upon searching him found a small handgun in his pants and a small amount of marijuana. They took Shefman to the Comal County Jail, McDonald said.
A jail spokeswoman said Shefman left the jail Sunday after paying a $14,500 bond.