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Four Arrested On Intoxication Charges

Four were arrested on intoxication charges in just over 12 hours. A Richardson man allegedly tested more than twice the legal limit on breath tests after being contacted by officials for vehicle problems on Interstate 30 Thursday afternoon. A Commerce woman and Sulphur Springs man contacted following early morning disturbances Friday, and a Sulphur Springs man found unconscious behind the wheel of an improperly parked vehicle were all charged with public intoxication, according to arrest reports.


DWI Arrest

A 39-year-old Richardson man ended up in Hopkins County jail Thursday afternoon, following a vehicle issues.

Hopkins County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched about 1:40 p.m. April 23 to mile marker 13 on I-30 east where a vehicle appeared to be disabled in the middle of the highway. A deputy reported finding a Nissan Sentra on the shoulder of the left lane facing the east on I-30. A trooper arrived as well. The deputy provided traffic control for the trooper, who went to talk to the man in the silver car.

As the trooper cleared the scene to go to another priority call, he advised the man had run out of gas. On on-call wrecker was dispatched to provide fuel for the motorist. The deputy opted to remain at the site to provide traffic control until the wrecker service arrived.

However, prior to the service’s arrival, the man got the car started and began traveling east on I-30 again. The deputy reported traveling behind the car to make sure the driver was able to get it to an area with a gas station. The car allegedly swerved several times between the right shoulder and center of the highway, before appearing to run out of gas and stopping on the shoulder of I-30 near mile marker 141. The deputy stopped to lend assistance.

Upon contact, the deputy reported difficulty communicating with the man, who didn’t speak English. Using Google Translate to communicate the deputy reported receiving verbal permission to search the car. The man allegedly displayed nervous behavior during the interaction, and wouldn’t speak in the officer’s direction. The man also allegedly swayed while standing, had slight difficulty walking and an alcohol odor emitted from him, the deputy noted in arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

The deputy reported that, when asked, the man initially indicated he had not consumed any alcoholic beverages, but later admitted he had consumed two alcoholic beverages, according to arrest reports.

Using Google Translate, the deputy conducted horizontal gaze nystagmus tests on the man. The man showed six out of six clues of intoxication, resulting in the 40-year-old being taken into custody at 2:22 p.m. for suspicion of DWI, a deputy alleged in a arrest reports.

Upon arrival at Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, a jailer assisted in translating during a field interview. The Richardson man allegedly exhibited multiple clues of intoxication during standard field sobriety tests. The patrol lieutenant administered an intoxilyzer test. The Richardson man allegedly tested 0.218 and 0.198, more than twice the legal 0.08 limit on breath tests.

Consequently, the 40-year-old was escorted into Hopkins County jail on a DWI charge, according to arrest reports. He remained in Hopkins County jail Friday, April 24, 2020. Bond was set at $1,000 on the Class B misdemeanor charge, according to jail reports.

Behind The Wheel

A 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man was allegedly found unconscious behind the steering wheel of a Ford Ranger parked across two parking spaces at a South Broadway Street convenience store around 1:15 a.m. Friday.

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol vehicle

Upon contacting the man, Sulphur Springs police alleged he exhibited signs and indicators of intoxication on substances other than alcohol. He allegedly spoke with slurred speech, was very unsteady on his feet, requiring support to stand. The Sulphur Springs man allegedly failed horizontal gaze nystagmus tests and other tests.

Believing the man to represent a danger to himself and others, police took the man into custody just before 1:30 a.m. April 24, for public intoxication, according to arrest reports. He was released from the county jail later Friday, according to jail reports.

The arrest marked the second time this year and third time in the last 8 months he has been in Hopkins County jail. He spent Aug. 14-15, 2019 and Jan. 6-8, 2020 in custody on possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana charges, according to jail reports.

PI Disturbances

Two people were arrested by police for public intoxication following two separate disturbance reports early Friday morning, according to arrest reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol vehicle

Sulphur Springs responded first to a complaint of a disturbance just before 2 a.m. April 24. A policeman located a 35-year-old Commerce woman walking south in the 600 block of South Davis Street.

Officers, in arrest reports, alleged she “was speaking ‘out of her head’ and very rapidly.” The Commerce woman also exhibited signs and indicators of intoxication of substances other than alcohol, police reports allege. The woman allegedly admitted to using methamphetamine during the night.

Based on those findings, the officer believed the woman to present a potential danger to herself. Thus, they took her into custody at 2:19 a.m. April 24 and escorted her to Hopkins County jail, where the 35-year-old was booked on a public intoxication charge, according to arrest reports.

The Commerce woman remained in Hopkins County jail later Friday on the PI charge, according to jail reports.

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol cars

The second disturbance was reported after 2 a.m. April 24 at a residence.

The occupants of the house alleged a 20-year-old Sulphur Springs man, who did not live at the address, was “under the influence of an unknown substance and he was out of his mind,” Sulphur Springs police alleged in arrest reports. The individual was alleged to have run barefooted from the house.

Sulphur Springs police searched the area, finding a 22-year-old on Gilmer Street at Linda Drive at 2:20 a.m. Friday. On contact, police alleged the man “was not making sense when answering questions.” He also failed horitalzontal gaze nystagmus tests, officers alleged in arrest reports.

Believing the 20-year-old to be a potential danger to himself or others, officers took him to jail for public intoxication, according to arrest reports.

He was released from the county jail later April 24. The arrest marked the fourth time he’s been booked into Hopkins County jail for PI, according to jail reports.

The Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is located at 298 Rosemont St., Sulphur Springs, TX 75482. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 438-4040. publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

If you have an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.

Author: Faith Huffman

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