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Several Controlled Substance, Alcohol Arrests

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Local authorities have reported several controlled substance and alcohol arrests over the last week, including a DWI crash, a man accused of possession of a controlled substance in a correctional facility and at least three others on controlled substance charges and four on DWI charges, according to sheriff’s reports.

DWI Crash On College Street

A 51-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was arrested on a second driving while intoxicated offense following a two-vehicle crash just before midnight Sunday.

The woman was reported to have been driving a red Ford Focus that collided with another vehicle at 11:25 p.m. Dec. 20, 2020, in the 1400 block of College Street. Upon contact, Sulphur Springs Police Department officers alleged the woman swayed back and forth and had slurred speech when talking with officers. An alcoholic beverage odor emitted from her as well. She refused to cooperate with police when they attempted to administer standard field sobriety testing.

She was taken to jail, where she further refused to submit to a blood test for analysis. A search warrant was obtained requiring the blood draw, which was taken at the hospital. She was then transported to jail and booked on the second offense DWI charge, according to arrest reports.

The 50-year-old Sulphur Springs woman was released from Hopkins County jail Dec. 21 on a $2,000 bond on the misdemeanor DWI charge. Hopkins County jail reports show she’s been booked into Hopkins County jail on two other occasions: on Sept. 13, 2019 for public intoxication and June 8, 2019 on a possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance in a drug-free zone charge.

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol vehicle

DWI Arrest At Delta County Line

A 27-year-old Cooper man reportedly caught deputies’ attention on State Highway 19 north at the Delta County line at 10:18 p.m. Dec. 21 by failing to maintain a single lane in the silver Nissan Sentra he was driving, crossing the fog line multiple times.

The Cooper resident allegedly admitted to consuming 4-5 beers approximately 30 minutes before the traffic stop. He displayed 6 out of 6 clues on horizontal gaze nystagmus tests and 7 of 8 clues of intoxication on standard field sobriety tests.

When he refused to submit to a breath test at the jail, deputies sought and obtained a search warrant signed by the county court-at-law judge requiring a blood draw for analysis. The sample was take from the 27-year-old Sulphur Springs man at the hospital, then he was booked into Hopkins County jail at 1:19 a.m. Dec. 22 on a DWI charge, Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies alleged in arrest reports.

The Cooper man was released from Hopkins County jail later Dec. 22 on a $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor DWI charge, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

I-30 West DWI Arrest

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers stopped a Ford Fusion at mile marker 117 on Interstate 30 west at 10:25 p.m. Dec. 20 for following too closely to another vehicle and failure to drive in a single lone on I-30.

The 24-year-old Hugo, Oklahoma woman driving showed indicators of intoxication during a roadside interview and admitted to consuming Xanax and marijuana earlier in the day, the highway patrol alleged in arrest reports.

The trooper arrested the Oklahoma woman at for driving while intoxicated. She agreed to a blood draw, taken at the hospital, then was transported to jail and booked at 12:27 a.m. Dec. 21 on a misdemeanor DWI charge, according to arrest reports.

The 24-year-old was released from Hopkins County jail later Dec. 21 on a $1,000 bond, according to jail reports.

Texas Department of Public Safety highway patrol vehicle

I-30 East Controlled Substance Arrest

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Elijah Fite stopped a 20-year-old Little Rock, Arkansas man at 1:54 a.m. Dec. 21, on Interstate 30 east at mile marker 130 for a traffic offense. Upon contact with the driver, Fite alleged smelling a strong marijuana odor emitting from the Honda Civic and observed a marijuana cigarette in the console.

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for Roderick Bryan Shelby

During a pat down, Fite alleged a vape pen with a vial of suspected THC oil was found in Roderick Bryan Shelby’s pocket. Shelby also admitted there was more marijuana in the car and a handgun under his seat. Deputies discovered Shelby told the truth; marijuana was found in the console and a handgun under the driver’s seat.

The car was impounded and Shelby was transported to jail. The suspected THC oil tested positive for the substance using a field test kid and weighed 9.48 grams, resulting in Shelby being booked into Hopkins County jail at 4 a.m. Dec. 21, 2020, on possession of 4 grams or more but less than 400 grams of a Penalty Group 2 controlled substance and unlawful carrying of a weapon charge, Fite and HCSO Sgt. Scott Davis alleged in arrest reports.

Shelby was released from Hopkins County jail later Monday, Dec. 21, on a $35,000 bond on the second-degree felony controlled substance charge and a $2,000 bond on the Class A misdemeanor weapon charge, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Truck
Hopkins County Sheriff Office

State Highway 11 East DWI Arrest

A Pickton man, 25, was arrested at 7:32 p.m. Dec. 19 on State Highway 11 east at FM 69 for driving while intoxicated, possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana nd possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was stopped by a state trooper for a defective license plate and failing to drive a Nissan Frontier in a single lane on SH 11 east. Upon contact with the driver, the trooper reported smelling a fresh marijuana odor in the vehicle. The Pickton resident allegedly admitted to possessing marijuana and handed over an Altoids container with several rolled marijuana cigarettes. Additional drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.

The 25-year-old allegedly also admitted to smoking marijuana a couple of hours before the stop, displayed indicators of intoxication during a roadside interview and showed clues of intoxication on standard field sobriety tests. He was arrested and his vehicle was released to his mother at his request. He was taken to the hospital for a blood draw, then transported to the county jail, according to arrest reports.

The Pickton man was released from Hopkins County jail Dec. 20 on $2,000 bond each on the marijuana and DWI charges, according to jail reports.

Texas Department of Public Safety

SH 19 North Road Side Park Controlled Substance Arrest

HCSO Deputy Jason Lavender responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle and request for a welfare check on State Highway 19 north at the road side park. The deputy at 10:40 a.m. Dec. 19 contacted a woman in a silver Pontiac Grand Prix, which fit the description given in reports.

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for Stacy Lyn Rash

After explaining the reason for contacting her and brief investigation, Lavender said he learned the woman had been dishonest with him about her criminal history. A marijuana odor emitted from the car. A probable cause search revealed contraband in the passenger’s area of the car. A presumptive test of one item of contraband had a positive result for methamphetamine.

Upon arrival at the jail, she allegedly admitted to having a bag with other “stuff” in it. A female jailer removed a bag with a crystal-like white substance also suspected to be methamphetamine that weighed 1.32 grams including packaging and also tested positive for meth, Lavender alleged in arrest reports.

Consequently, 47-year-old Stacy Lynn Rash of Canton was booked at 1:23 p.m. Dec. 19 into Hopkins County jail on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance. Rash was released from Hopkins County jail Dec. 20, 2020, on a $5,000 bond on the third-degree felony controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Truck
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol trucks

Warrant Service At The County Jail

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HCSO Deputy Dan Turrentine served 27-year-old Joshua Terry Ford of Cumby at 7 a.m. Dec. 19 with a warrant for prohibited substance in a correctional facility.

No additional information about the charge charge was available.

Ford has been in custody since his arrest Oct. 6 on tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle charges and a warrant for violation probation-abandoning or endangering a child/criminal negligence warrant, according to jail reports. He remained in the county jail Wednesday, Dec. 23.

FM 2297 Controlled Substance Arrest

Kelly Wayne Gathright, 49, of Mabank was arrested at 11:41 p.m. Dec. 19 for possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance, according to arrest reports.

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for Kelly Wayne Gathright

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Aaron Chaney reported stopping a Dodge Ram 1500 for driving over the white lane marker into the grass on the side of the road. Upon contact, the deputy alleged the man’s hands were shaking and he displayed signs of nervous behavior.

A pat down yielded a bag containing a crystal-like substance the deputy believed to be methamphetamine in his sweatshirt pocket. Two digital scales with suspected meth residue and tow burned glass pipes of the type commonly used to smoke meth were found in the truck, Chaney alleged in arrest reports.

Deputy Nick Marney arrived to assist in inventorying the truck prior to impound while Chaney transported Gathright to jail. The suspected meth field tested positive for meth and weighted 2.2 grams. Consequently, Gathright was charged with possession of 1 gram or more but less than 2 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Gathright remained in Hopkins County jail Wednesday, Dec. 23, in lieu of a $30,000 bond on the charge, according to jail reports.

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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.

Author: Faith Huffman

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