Driftwood man indicted in fatal 2016 wreck

A Driftwood-area teen faces a felony burglary charge after authorities suspect he broke into a Wimberley residence Feb. 26 and stole a safe containing multiple electronic devices. 

Following his arrest for burglary of a habitation, authorities also served Derek Dienst, 19, of Driftwood, with three total indictments, one for intoxication manslaughter, stemming from his role in a fatal 2016 wreck on FM 150. 

According to the affidavit, Hays County Sheriff’s deputies received an offense report Feb. 26 from a Wimberley couple who said their residence was burglarized. Items taken were a safe containing two gaming systems and an Apple laptop. The safe also contained more than $1,000 in cash and jewelry.

According to the affidavit, authorities determined the point of entry was a sliding glass door on the patio in the back of the home; three latent fingerprints were recovered from the door. 

On May 6, authorities determined the fingerprints found on the door was the right little finger of Dienst. In early November, HCSO officials interviewed the homeowners, who said they did not know Dienst and that he had no “legitimate” reason to be at their home that day. 

Wes Mau, Hays County District Attorney, said county officials also served Dienst with the indictments during his burglary arrest. 

A Hays County Grand Jury in August indicted Diesnt on one count of intoxication manslaughter. a second-degree felony, and two counts of intoxication assault, both third-degree felonies, relating to a 2016 single-vehicle wreck near Driftwood. 

The News-Dispatch reported Dienst as the driver of a Ford Explorer that was traveling at high speed along FM 150 near Onion Creek August 2016 when it crashed into a tree on the east side of the highway. 

Devin Dienst, 16, was killed in the accident, while two others were injured. 

According to the indictments, Derek Dienst allegedly operated a motor vehicle in a public place “while intoxicated,” that led to the death of Devin Dienst. 

Derek Dienst was released from the Hays County Jail on $55,000 bond.

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