An Arkansas man stopped for speeding Thursday morning on Interstate 30 claimed he needed to use the restroom, according to arrest reports.
The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, who stopped the man for traveling 100 miles per hour in the 75 mph speed zone near the 128 mile marker on I-30 west at shortly before noon Sept. 3, allowed the man to use the restroom in an adjacent motel before conversing further with him.
While waiting for the man to return from the restroom, the trooper alleged seeing open beer containers in a 12-pack beer carton in the front floorboard of the Chevrolet Silverado pickup. When the man returned, the trooper also reported smelling an alcoholic beverage odor on the man’s breath. The motorist allegedly admitted he’d been drinking, the trooper alleged in arrest reports.
The man showed signs of intoxication and blew 0.247 on a portable breath test, which is three times the legal 0.08 limit, the trooper wrote in arrest reports. The trooper transported the Arkansas man to Hopkins County jail, where he twice had a result of 0.18 on intoxilyzer tests. The pickup was impounded and noted to have two opened empty beer bottles in an opened beer carton.
A records check for criminal history showed the 25-year-old Mayflower resident had two prior DWI convictions in Arkansas, however, the second DWI showed a conviction for first DWI, thus he was only charged with second offense DWI instead of third, the trooper alleged in arrest reports.
The Arkansas man spent the night in Hopkins County jail, then was released Sept. 4, on a $2,000 bond on the Class A misdemeanor second offense DWI charge, according to jail reports.