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Five Arrested Within 3 Hours Following Traffic Stops On FM 1537 And CR 3511

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County and state law enforcement made five arrests, all except one on misdemeanor charges, within three hours Saturday following traffic stops in the area of FM 1537 and CR 3511.

A Hopkins County sheriff’s deputy conducted a traffic stop just before 9 p.m. on FM 1537 at County Road 3511. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a small amount of marijuana, resulting in a 19-year-old Paris man’s arrest on a possession of drug paraphernalia charge.

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper stopped a Dodge Ram pickup at 9:23 p.m. Jan. 23 on County Road 3511 for failing to signal within 100 feet of a turn from FM 1537 onto County Road 3511. The highway patrol conducted a probable cause search of the pickup after detecting an “extremely strong” marijuana odor emitting from the truck upon contact with the driver. Less than 2 ounces of marijuana was allegedly found in the toolbox inside a section of exhaust pipe. The 21-year-old Cooper man driving was arrested for possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, according to arrest reports. He was released from jail on Jan. 24 on a $1,000 bond on the misdemeanor charge.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputies stopped the driver of an orange Ford Mustang at 9:36 p.m. Jan. 23 for failure to yield right of way of an emergency vehicle at the FM 1537 and CR 3511 intersection. The driver was found to have an expired driver’s license, resulting in his arrest for expired driver’s license. The 20-year-old Clarksville man driving was booked into Hopkins County jail around 2:25 a.m. Jan. 24, and released from jail Sunday on the charge, according to jail and arrest reports.

No HCSO jail photo available for China Bradley

HCSO Deputy Jason Lavender stopped a silver Chevrolet Impala just before 10:30 p.m. Jan. 23 for failing to stop at the stop sign when turning from County Road 3511 onto FM 1537. While talking to the occupants of the vehicle, Lavender reported smelling a strong marijuana odor coming from inside the car. A records check showed occupant 19-year-old China Bradley of Wills Point to be wanted in Van Zandt County on a Jan. 27, 2020 possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge. Bradley was jailed on the felony warrant. She was released from jail Sunday on a $5,000 bond.

A deputy reported stopping the driver of a silver Infiniti FX at 11:19 p.m. Jan. 23 on FM 1537 at County Road 3633 for failure to drive in a single lane. Upon contact with the driver, the deputy reported smelling an alcohol odor emitting from inside. The 40-year-old Ludington, Michigan man was requested to perform field sobriety tests, then taken into custody for driving while intoxicated. The Michigan man agreed to a breath test, which was administered by a state trooper. The man was jailed after testing 0.106 and 0.1 on the intoxilyzer test, deputies alleged in arrest reports. He was released from Hopkins County jail Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, on a $1,00 bond on the Class B misdemeanor DWI charge.


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.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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