Three vehicle mishaps which landed two cars and a truck in the ditch resulted in two misdemeanor charges and one DWI arrest over the weekend.
SH 11 East Crash
A Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office deputy just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday reported seeing what appeared to be a vehicle crash while patrolling. One side of the Dodge Ram pickup was halfway in the ditch on the wrong side of the County Road 2321-State Highway 11 east intersection near a stop sign. The truck’s rear wheels were still on the pavement. A tow strap connected to another pickup on scene was being used to try to pull the red Ram out of the ditch while the driver of the red truck tried to reverse it out.
The driver of the silver truck advised he saw the red truck off the road and stopped to try to help pull it out of the ditch. The driver of the red Ram got out and approached the deputy while he talked to the man in the silver truck. The deputy alleged the man in the Dodge was unsteady on his feet as he approached, and spoke with “severely slurred” speech when he tried to explained what had occurred. He also appeared to be mumbling, was hard to understand and talked as if his tongue was thick. The 26-year-old Sulphur Springs man also appeared to the deputy to have bloodshot, glassy eyes and a strong alcoholic beverage odor emitted from is breath and on him. The deputy further alleged the man walked as if his feet were heavy.
When asked how many alcoholic beverages he’d consumed, he was unable to provide an answer. He allegedly became argumentative when the deputy talked to him about his observations and denied driving the red Ram. He refused to submit to standard field sobriety tests, so the deputy detained him for further investigation of DWI. He was put in a patrol vehicle while the deputy inventoried the truck prior to having it impounded.
Sulphur Springs police then contacted the deputy to report the truck was believed to be one that had been used in a hit and run crash at an East Shannon Road food business and asked the deputy to take photos of the truck so the police officer could add them to the city crash report.
The 26-year-old Sulphur Springs man was taken to jail, where he refused to submit to a blood test. The deputy obtained a blood search warrant requiring the blood draw, took the man to the hospital where a sample was drawn, the back to jail, where he was booked at 5:43 a.m. May 23, 2021, on a DWI charge, the deputy alleged in arrest reports.
The Sulphur Springs man was released from the county jail later May 23, 2021, on a Class B misdemeanor DWI charge.
I-30 West Crash
Sheriff’s deputies responded around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 23, to what was reported as a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 30 west at mile marker 130. Deputies contacted the occupants of a Toyota Corolla in the ditch in the center median.
A records check using the passenger’s identifying information revealed a warrant for the 27-year-old Fort Worth man’s arrest. Deputies took the passenger into custody on the misdemeanor Tarrant County warrant. The vehicle was towed to a nearby gas station and released to the driver.
The Fort Worth man remained in Hopkins County jail Monday, May 24, 2021, on the Tarrant County criminal mischief resulting in $2750-$2,5000 in a damage. Bond was set at $1,500 on the misdemeanor charge.
CR 3520 Mishap
Deputies responded at 12:50 a.m. Monday, May 24, on County Road 2520, where a vehicle was reportedly stuck in the ditch and a suspected intoxicated male lying in the road.
Upon arrival, sheriff’s officers contacted a 39-year-old Dike man and, upon determining him to be intoxicated, search his vehicle for open containers. An open container was found in the Mazda 3. He was then taken into custody for public intoxication. He was also charged with failure to maintain financial responsibility and driving while license invalid.
He had been released from Hopkins County jail on all three misdemeanor charges by 2:20 p.m. May 24, 2021, according to jail reports.
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.