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Fruitvale Man Jailed On Felony DWI Charge

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4 Others Booked On Misdemeanor Intoxication Charges

A 38-year-old Fruitvale man was jailed on a felony DWI charge and four others were booked in on misdemeanor intoxication charges over the Nov. 11-13 weekend.

SH 19 DWI Arrest

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputies Drew Fisher and Isaac Foley reported stopping a silver Chevrolet sedan at 11:42 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, for reckless driving, after first observing the vehicle tires spun at a four-way stop sign, then seeing the car continue at a speed of10% or more above the posted speed limit on State Highway 19 north of Sulphur Springs.

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Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

Upon contact with the driver, the deputies alleged the 38-year-old Fruitvale man displayed clues of intoxication. He agreed to attempt standard field sobriety tests. Justin Scott Tanner was taken into custody at 11:57 p.m. Friday for further investigation of DWI, according to arrest reports.

Tanner initially agreed, then refused to perform a blood draw to check blood content. The deputies obtained and executed a blood search warrant requiring the blood draw. The man was booked into Hopkins County jail at 1:43 a.m. Nov. 12, 2022, for third or more driving while intoxicated. He was released from the county jail later Nov. 12, 2022 on the felony charge, according to jail and sheriff’s reports.

Birthright Intoxication Arrest

HCSO deputies responded at 8:31 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 2022, to a complaint of a disturbance at Joe Bob’s in Birthright. After speaking with both parties reported to have been involved, the deputies determined a 41-year-old man to be the aggressor in the disturbance, deputies noted in arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office patrol vehicle

Deputies reported the man was belligerent and intoxicated in a public place, making him a danger to himself and others. Thus the Sulphur Springs man was taken into custody at 8:42 p.m. Friday and transported to jail. He was booked in at 9:20 p.m. Nov. 11 on a public intoxication charge. He was released from jail the next day on the misdemeanor charge, according to jail and arrest reports.

Weaver Drive DWI Arrest

The driver of a Jeep Wrangler was contacted at 9:54 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, on Weaver Drive by Sulphur Springs Police, who asked him to perform field sobriety tests.

Sulphur Springs Police Department patrol vehicle

When the 30-year-old Sulphur Springs man refused, but stated he’d had several intoxicating beverages. He was also alleged to be unsteady on his feet, was thick tongued, had bloodshot, glassy eyes and alcohol emitted from him. The Sulphur Springs man was reported to have vomited several times, SSPD officers noted in arrest reports.

The 30-year-old was taken into custody at 10:19 p.m. Saturday. He agreed to a blood draw. Afterward, he was transported to the county jail, where he was booked in at 3:52 a.m. Nov. 13, on a DWI charge. He was released from jail later Sunday on the Class B misdemeanor drunk driving charge, according to jail and sheriff’s reports.

I-30 DWI Arrest

Cumby Police responded to a reckless driver complaint on Interstate 30 east. The officer spotted what he believed to be the vehicle in question, a red Nissan Titan, near mile marker 111 and followed it. Near mile marker 112, the Cumby policeman alleged the driver failed to maintain a single lane of traffic, almost striking an 18-wheeler.

Cumby Police Department vehicles

The officer initiated a traffic stop at 9:50 p.m. .Nov. 12, 2022. The pickup stopped near mile marker 114. While speaking with the driver, the Cumby policeman reported smelling a strong alcohol odor that increased as the 28-year-old Irving man spoke. He tested all six possible clues on standard field sobriety tests administered, and had no vertical nystagmus on horizontal gaze nystagmus tests. A walk and turn and one-legged stand tests were not administered due to the man’s health conditions, which were not specified in the affidavit for probable cause on the arrest reports.

As a result, the Irving man was taken into custody at 10:07 p.m. Nov. 12, and transported to the county jail, where the 28-year-old was booked in at 11:39 p.m. Saturday on a DWI charge. He was released from the county jail on the misdemeanor charge Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, according to jail reports.

SH 11 East DWI Arrest

HCSO deputies reported seeing a Ford van at 11:52 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022, on State Highway 11 east near FM 1870 fail to maintain a single lane of travel. The van pulled onto the shoulder prior to the deputy activating the emergency lights on his patrol vehicle.

Hopkins County Sheriff's Truck
Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office vehicle

Upon contact with the driver, a deputy alleged the man spoke with a thick tongue and admitted he’d consumed alcohol. He was was taken into custody at 12:10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14, 2022 for suspicion of drunk driving, after refusing to complete field sobriety tests. He did, however, agreed to a blood draw, when was taken at the hospital at 12:37 a.m. The 25-year-old Sulphur Springs man was booked into Hopkins County jail at 2:22 a.m. Nov. 14, 2022, on a DWI charge.

He remained in the county jai later Monday, Nov. 14, 2022, on the misdemeanor DWI charge, according to arrest and jail reports.


KSST does not publish the names of people charged with misdemeanor crimes in staff-generated reports, only those accused of felony offenses.


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The Sulphur Springs Police Department continues to serve its citizens with pride in its overall mission and will strive to provide the best possible police force in the 21st century.


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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