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Sulphur Springs Man Arrested For DWI After A Crash

2 Reckless Driving Complaints Result In 2 Misdemeanor Arrests

Two reckless driving complaints resulted in misdemeanor arrests, including a second offense driving while intoxicated charge. A Sulphur Springs man was arrested for DWI after a crash while a sick person complaint lead to a public intoxication arrest, according to reports.

PI Arrest

Sulphur Springs Police officers responded at 2:27 p.m. May 9 Hillcrest Drive truck stop, where a person was reported to be sick. Upon arrival, the patrolman found a 37-year-old California woman slumped over the steering wheel of a yellow Freightliner box truck in the parking lot, police alleged in arrest reports. On contact, the officer alleged smelling alcohol on her.

When asked what was going on, the woman allegedly admitted she’d had six beers in one hour. Emergency medical services were requested to check the woman’s well being. She allegedly refused treatment. After failing standard field sobriety tests, the woman was taken into custody for PI, according to arrest reports. She spent the night in jail and was released from custody Sunday, May 10, according to jail reports.

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DWI On Prescription Medication

A 38-year-old Abilene woman allegedly called in for recklessly driving a Honda Civic, caught a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper’s attention by traveling slower than the other traffic and not passing other vehicles while driving in the outside lane and not passing any other vehicles on Interstate 30. The highway patrol initiated a traffic stop just before 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9. The car stopped near mile marker 131.

When asked for her driver’s license and insurance, she allegedly fumbled in her wallet and purse in an attempt to locate her ID, and admitted she didn’t have a driver’s license. The trooper instructed the Abilene woman to exit the car while she ran a check using her information, but the the woman continued to fumbling, looking for her ID, according to arrest reports. Whent he woman opened the console, the trooper alleged seeing a small opened, partially empty bottle of wine and a Crown Royale bag.

The woman handed over the bag as instructed; it allegedly contained “suboxone strips” the woman claimed were prescribed to her for used in Opioid replacement therapy. The woman had slurred speech, but claimed she hadn’t had any alcohol, and continued to fumble while stepping out of the car,the trooper alleged in arrest reports.

A probable cause search of the car allegedly yielded another open, partially empty container on the front seat. When the woman struggled while walking to the highway patrol vehicle, she claimed she’d just had surgery on her stomach, the trooper alleged in reports. The highway patrol allegedly asked if the procedure affected her ability to walk or balance, the woman claimed it only hurt.

The Abilene woman reportedly had trouble balancing on the side of the road, and allegedly admitted to taking suboxone, a controlled substance used to treat pain as well as addiction to narcotic pain relievers, but nothing else. The trooper administered standard field sobriety tests to see if it was safe for the woman to continue to drive in her condition. The woman exhibited indicators of intoxication and was arrested for DWI on prescription medication, according to arrest reports. She was taken to the hospital, where a blood sample was taken for analysis, then transported to jail for DWI, according to arrest reports.

The 37-year-old Abilene woman was released from the county jail Sunday morning, May 10. Bond was set at $1,0000, according to jail reports.

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Reckless Driving Arrest

Police arrested a 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man accused of almost colliding with two different vehicles, including that of an off-duty police officer who allegedly witnessed the man’s reckless driving from Wildcat Way to Helm Lane.

The off-duty officer said the the black Chevrolet pickup first caught his attention around 8 p.m. May 9. The truck was behind him on Wildcat Way at the Arbala Road intersection. The truck accelerated rapidly, causing its tires to spin, as it passed multiple vehicles after the signal turned green and almost struck an oncoming vehicle, the off-duty officer alleged.

The pickup was reported to be behind the off-duty officer as he entered the South Broadway Street-Posey Lane intersection. The truck allegedly passed the officer in the intersection, almost striking the off-duty officer’s vehicle as he did so, according to arrest reports.

The off-duty officer allegedly followed the truck as it turned onto Mockingbird lane. The truck then reportedly continued on Mockingbird Lane to Shannon Road, where it passed another vehicle in the ditch, then merged onto Interstate 30. The pickup then allegedly traveled at a high rate of speed on I-30, then onto College Street and Helm Lane, where it finally stopped at a residence, officers note din arrest reports.

The off-duty officer reportedly detained the driver of the pickup, who he learned did not possess a driver’s license. An on-duty policeman responded and took the man to jail at 8:27 p.m. May 9 for reckless driving and driving without a driver’s license, according to police reports.

The 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man remained in Hopkins County jail on the charges until Monday, May 11, according to jail reports.

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DWI Crash

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper arrested a 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man for DWI following a crash on FM 2297 Sunday night.

The trooper, while working a crash involving a white Dodge Dakota on FM 2297 at County Road 1176 around 9:40 p.m. May 10, reported finding several cold, sweating cans of beer among the debris. The 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man allegedly admitted to driving the truck at the time of the crash and to consuming one beer of the brand found amid the wreck debris, the trooper alleged in arrest reports.

The man also allegedly had slow speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and attempted to use the front of the highway patrolman’s vehicle to steady himself and maintain balance while talking with the trooper. The man allegedly refused to perform standard field sobriety tests and or to provide a breath sample for a portable breath test.

The trooper alleged in arrest reports that the explanation the man gave of the crash events were not consistent with evidence present at the crash site. Based on his observations of the man, the crash scene, the man’s speech and admission of alcohol consumption prior to driving, the trooper believed the man did not have normal use of his faculties, he noted in arrest reports. Thus, the man was arrested for DWI and taken to jail.

Upon arrival at the jail, arrest reports note, the 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man again refused to provide a breath sample. A review of the man’s criminal history revealed a prior DWI conviction on Feb. 11, 2009 in Franklin County, and was subsequently charged with second offense DWI. The trooper obtained a warrant, requiring a blood draw from the 36-year-old Sulphur Springs man, the sample was taken and the man was then booked into Hopkins County jail for DWI, second offense, according to arrest reports. He was released from jail Monday; bond on the charge was set at $2,000, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County jail records show the man to have been booked into Hopkins County jail on Dec. 19, 2009, on a second DWI offense, for violation of probation on the Franklin County DWI charge on Jan. 19, 2010, and surety off bond on the second DWI offense on Nov. 23, 2010.

Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol vehicle 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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