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Gilmer Man Arrested In Sulphur Springs On Felony DWI Charge

Kevin Michael Harris

A 40-year-old Gilmer man was arrested early Sunday morning in Sulphur Springs on a felony driving while intoxicated charge, marking at least the second time he’s been arrested in Hopkins County for DWI, according to police and jail reports.

Officers reported stopping a Honda Accord at 12:09 a.m. Dec. 12 for a traffic violation in the 1200 block of South Broadway Street. Upon contact with the driver, identified in arrest reports as Kevin Michael Harris, officers alleged an alcohol odor could be smelled on Harris’ breath as he spoke with slurred speech. Harris was also alleged to be unsteady on his feet and to have glassy eyes.

Harris allegedly failed the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and refused to perform any further standard field sobriety tests, Sulphur Springs Police Patrol Office Zach Brown and Lt. Eddie Moon alleged in arrest reports. Consequently, the man was taken to the county jail for further investigation of DWI. The car was released to a passenger.

Upon arrival at the jail, Harris allegedly refused to provide a breath sample so a warrant was obtained from a judge requiring a blood draw. A blood specimen was taken for analysis at a lab, then the man was transported back to the county jail, where he was booked for DWI, third or more offense.

Jan. 12 marked at least the second time Harris has been jailed in Hopkins County for DWI, according to jail reports. He was also arrested Dec. 11, 2008 on a second offense DWI charge.

Harris was released from Hopkins County jail Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, on $10,000 bond on the felony DWI charge, according to jail reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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