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I-30 Traffic Stops By DPS Net 3 Misdemeanor Arrests

Three interstate traffic stops conducted by Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol troopers in Hopkins County over the weekend resulted in three misdemeanor arrests, according to arrest reports.

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A 27-year-old Texarkana Arkansas woman stopped for equipment violation on a Hyundai Sonata at 10:13 p.m. Jan. 5 at mile marker 132 was found to be wanted on a Dallas County warrant. However, it wasn’t the warrant, which troopers noted was for a “non-extraditable misdemeanor,” but because she wasn’t truthful with the highway patrol who stopped her, according to arrest reports.

The woman initially identified herself by a first name and date of birth, and claimed to have an Arkansas driver’s license, troopers alleged in arrest reports. However, a records check showed no driver’s license for anyone by that name and date of birth. After talking further with the woman, the trooper alleged she gave a different first name and date of birth two years younger that she’d originally told the highway patrol.

A records check using that information showed the Dallas County warrant, for which she would not have been arrested. The DPS trooper did take the Texarkana, Arkansas woman into custody and to jail for failure to identify as a fugitive by giving false information, according to arrest reports.

The 27-year-old Arkansas woman remained in the county jail late Monday morning, Jan. 6; bond on the failure to identify charge was set at $2,000, according to jail reports.

An expired registration resulted in an Arlington man being stopped at 11:45 p.m. Jan. 4, at mile marker 126 by troopers, but was arrested for having drug paraphernalia and four warrants for his arrest.

On contact, the highway patrol trooper alleged he could smell a strong odor of burned marijuana upon contact with the occupant of the Chrysler 300. A records check using the Texas ID card the 38-year-old presented revealed Dallas County warrants for his arrest on driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content over 0.15, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, driving while intoxicated with an open container and possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

A probable cause search of the car allegedly revealed two marijuana “roaches,” resulting in an additional charge for possession of drug paraphernalia, according to arrest reports.

The 38-year-old Arlington man was released from Hopkins County Sunday, Jan. 5, on the paraphernalia charge. Bond on the four Dallas County warrants was set at $1,500 each, according to jail reports.

A 55-year-old Dallas woman was stopped at 3:12 p.m. Jan. 4, at mile marker 130 on I-30 for speeding Saturday afternoon, but ended up in jail on marijuana and weapon charges, according to arrest reports.

Troopers alleged they could smell a marijuana odor in the Chevrolet Camaro while talking with the woman. The woman allegedly admitted someone had smoked marijuana inside the car on Jan. 4 and that there was a joint remained in the vehicle. Troopers alleged they found the joint along with a handgun in the vehicle. A probable cause search, the trooper alleged in arrest reports, resulted in location two bags of suspected marijuana were found, along with rolling paper in the trunk.

Consequently, the Dallas woman was arrested and taken to Hopkins County jail for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

The Dallas woman was released from Hopkins County jail Sunday, Jan. 5; bond was set at $1,000 on the marijuana charge and $2,000 on the weapon charge, according to jail reports.

Author: Faith Huffman

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