A 56-year-old Sulphur Springs man’s arrest by a state trooper Friday night turned out to be hat least his 8th DWI charge; a criminal history check also showed five prior DWI convictions on his record, the highway patrol trooper noted in arrest reports.
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Arturo Ugalde stopped Terry Ray Born on State Highway 19, just off of Interstate 30, for failing to drive a Kia Optima in a single lane and failing to signal a turn. On contact, Ugalde reported smelling a strong alcoholic beverage odor on Born.
When he stepped out of the car, Born was alleged to be unsteady on his feet and had slurred speed. The Sulphur Springs man’s eyes were also constricted and were slow to respond to light, and he showed clues of intoxication during the standard field sobriety tests conducted at the roadside, the trooper alleged in arrest reports. The trooper did not ask Born to perform the walk-and-turn and one-legged stand sobriety tests out of concern Born would fall due to his already extreme unsteadiness on his feet, according Ugalde alleged in arrest reports.
Born reportedly agreed to provide a blood sample for analysis, so he was transported to the hospital, where the sample was taken. The 56-year-old Sulphur Springs man was then transported to the county jail for booking on what turned out to be his 8th DWI arrest, according to arrest and jail reports.
Ugalde, in arrest reports, noted that a criminal history check showed Born had seven previous arrests for DWI, with five DWI convictions, Ugalde stated in arrest reports. Jail records show Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, was the first time Terry Ray born has been booked into Hopkins County jail, an indication the prior charges occurred in another county.
Born was released from Hopkins County Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022 on a $10,000 bond on the third-degree felony third or more 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.