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1 Injured, 1 Arrested Following SH19 Motorcycle-Pickup Collision

Emory Man Arrested For DWI Following East Industrial Drive Crash

One motorcyclist was injured and one man arrested following a State Highway 19 motorcycle-pickup collision Sunday evening. A major one-vehicle crash on Industrial Drive late Saturday night resulted in an Emory man’s arrest as well.

SH 19 Motorcycle-Pickup Collision

Hopkins County officials were contacted at 7:08 p.m. June 6, 2021, regarding a vehicle crash on State Highway 19 north at FM 1537. Upon arrival, officials began investigating the motorcycle-pickup collision.

It was determined that an east bound 57-year-old Sulphur Springs man turned his Chevrolet C1500 pickup from the center turn lane in front of an oncoming northbound motorcycle. The motorcyclist was reportedly unable to take evasive maneuvers. The biker hit the passenger’s door of the pickup. The crash resulted in severe injuries to the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist was reportedly flown to an area trauma center for treatment, and at last report to authorities was still in the hospital.

A records check showed the pickup driver’s license had expired and he could not produce proof of liability insurance for the truck. The officers recognized the pickup driver as a man known to them to use illegal narcotics. A search of the truck revealed a cut plastic straw with suspected methamphetamine residue inside of it. On closer inspection, officers learned the license plate displayed on the truck did not match the pickup the man was driving. The 57-year-old Sulphur Springs man was taken into custody on three misdemeanor charges. The truck was towed from the scene.

The man was taken into custody for expired driver’s license; displaying a fictitious, altered or obscured license plate or registration; and no liability insurance. He was released from the county jail on the misdemeanor charges Monday, according to jail reports.

The arrest marked the third time since March that the man has been booked into Hopkins County jail. He was arrested on a controlled substance charge on March 13, then released later that day on a $10,000 bond. He was also arrested May 14 and released the next day on an an expired driver’s license charge.

East Industrial Drive Crash

Sulphur Springs Police responded at 11:54 p.m. Saturday, June 5, 2021, in the 400 block of East Industrial Drive, to what was reported as a major one-vehicle accident.

Upon arrival, the officer contacted a 45-year-old Emory man, who appeared to be the lone occupant of a gray Mercury sedan involved at the location. Not only was alcohol detected on him, but the man also was alleged to be unsteady on his feet and used his vehicle to balance himself, to have glassy, red bloodshot eyes, slurred speech. He too stated he’d consumed alcoholic beverages and operated a vehicle, police alleged in arrest reports.

Officers began administering standard field sobriety tests, but halted shy of all tests out of concern for his safety, according to arrest reports. The car was towed and the Emory man was taken into custody at 12:14 a.m. June 6 and transported to jail, where her agreed to a breath tests.

The 45-year-old was booked into Hopkins County jail for driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol level greater than or equal to 0.15, according to arrest reports. He was released from Hopkins County jail later Sunday, June 6, 2021, on a $2,000 bond on the Class A misdemeanor DWI charge, 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. publishes Sulphur Springs Police Department reports and news. The Police Department is located at 125 Davis St., Sulphur Springs, Texas. Non-emergency calls can be made to (903) 885-7602.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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