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Sulphur Springs Man Allegedly Arrested For DWI After Nearly Striking Police Patrol Vehicle

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol vehicle

Two Sulphur Springs men were arrested overnight Saturday on second offense driving while intoxicated charges. One driver nearly hit a police patrol vehicle.

A 57-year-old Sulphur Springs man allegedly caught a police officer’s attention after nearly striking the officer’s patrol vehicle on Fisher Street at Parkins Street at 10:52 p.m. Dec. 28. The high beam lights on the maroon Chevrolet 1500 also were reported to be on when it met other vehicles. Thus, the officers stopped the truck, according to arrest reports.

On contact, the driver was alleged to exhibit observable signs and indicators of alcohol intoxication. An alcohol odor also allegedly emitted from his breath. The man was accused in arrest reports of being unsteady on his feet and speaking with slurred speech. He was taken into custody after allegedly failing all standard field sobriety tests.

The 57-year-old man allegedly refused to take a breath test so a blood search warrant was sought. The county court-at-law judge signed the warrant, which was executed at 12:11 a.m. Dec. 29, according to arrest reports. Two blood samples were taken for analysis.

The 57-year-old Sulphur Springs man was booked into the jail for driving while intoxicated, second offense. He was released from jail later Sunday, Dec. 29, on a $2,000 bond on the Class A misdemeanor offense, according to jail reports.

A 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man was also jailed on a second offense DWI charge Dec. 29, according to arrest and jail reports.

Officers first noticed a Chevrolet Trailblazer being driven on the wrong side of Fisher Street, so they stopped him at the Lee Street intersection at 1:11 a.m. Dec. 29, Sulphur Springs police alleged in arrest reports.

After contacting the driver of the sport utility vehicle, the officer alleged he detected a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the driver’s breath. The man was alleged to speak with slurred speech, to be unsteady on his feet and display glassy, bloodshot eyes. The man failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and refused to perform any other tests, police alleged in arrest reports.

Thus, the man was taken into custody and transported to jail, where he allegedly tested 0.162 and 0.159 on breath tests, about twice the legal blood-alcohol content limit.

The 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man was booked into the county jail Dec. 29 for DWI, marking the second time he had been jailed in Hopkins County for DWI. He was previously arrested for DWI on April 26, 2017. He was released from jail later Dec. 29 on a $2,000 bond on the Class A misdemeanor DWI charge, according to jail reports.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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