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Omaha Man Jailed On DWI, Controlled Substance Charges

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A 35-year-old Omaha, Texas man was jailed on DWI and controlled substance charges Monday night, the second time in three months he’s been jailed on the charges, according to arrest reports. Another man were jailed on a warrants for violating probation on a controlled substance charge, according to arrest and jail reports.

Interstate 30 Traffic Stop

Tyler Marcus Hightower (HCSO jail photo)

A Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office detective stopped Tyler Marcus Hightower around 8:30 p.m. Jan. 11 for failure to drive a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup in a single lane of travel on Interstate 30 at mile marker 112. Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Chris Sorley responded at the location.

Authorities reported an alcohol odor could be smelled on Hightower’s breath. Hightower was arrested for driving while intoxicated following standard field sobriety tests and agreed to a blood test, Sorley alleged in arrest reports.

Later, Hightower was found to have 19 Alprazolam pills in his shirt pocket sans prescription bottle. A records checks also showed the 35-year-old Morris County resident to be wanted in Titus County on a possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance.

Hightower was booked into and remained Jan. 12 in Hopkins County jail for driving while intoxicated, possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance and the Titus County controlled substance warrant, according to jail reports.

Jan. 11, 2021 was the second time Hightower has been booked into Hopkins County jail in less than 3 months. He was spent the night Nov. 2, 2020 in Hopkins County jail on a possession of less than 28 grams of a Penalty Group 3 controlled substance and DWI charges, according to jail reports.

On Nov. 2, Cumby police reported finding Hightower asleep behind the wheel of a truck stopped sideways, blocking both lanes of traffic just west of County Road 4722. Upon waking, Hightower allegedly had a difficult time waking up. He agreed to field sobriety testing but was unable to follow directions when the officer administered three different tests. He reportedly had trouble keeping his balance and falling asleep while standing, CPD Officer Armondo Gonzalez noted in arrest reports.

Hightower allegedly admitted to taking five pills during lunch time. The officer found Alprazolam in two different pill bottles, one with an illegible label and another written to his wife. Hightower was unable during the Nov. 2, 2020, traffic stop to tell officer what time he had lunch or even what the current time was. Consequently, Hightower was jailed Nov. 2 for DWI and possession of less than 28 grams of the controlled substance Alprazolam prescribed to someone else. He was released from Hopkins County jail on Nov. 3 on a $2,000 bond on the DWI charge and a $1,000 bond on the controlled substance charge, according to jail reports.

Warrant Arrests

Ricky Lee Wayne Liebel (HCSO jail photo)

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Richard Brantley located Ricky Lee Wayne Liebel at 12:40 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, on Main Street and served him with a warrant for violation of probation, which the 40-year-old Sulphur Springs man was on for a July 2017 possession of 1 gram or more but less than 4 grams of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, according to arrest reports.

The arrest is the second time in less than a year that Liebel has been in Hopkins County jail. He was also arrested Feb. 10, 2020, on a Van Zandt County warrant for violation of probation on a family violence assault causing bodily injury charge, as well as two warrants for not paying fines.

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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