10 People Jailed On Intoxication Offenses In Hopkins County In 6 Days

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Over the past 6 days, 10 people were jailed on intoxication offenses in Hopkins County. Four people were jailed for drunk driving offenses, four for being intoxicated in public, and two on warrants related to intoxication offenses from Dec. 4 to Dec. 9, 2022, according to arrest reports.

CR 1196 Arrest

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Drew Fisher and Zack Horne responded at 8:33 p.m. Dec. 6, 2022, to a report of a vehicle crash on County Road 1196 east.

Upon contact with the driver, deputies began to suspect the 41-year-old Quitman resident, who’d been driving the Silverado pickup in question, to possibly be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. Deputies conducted a probable cause search of the truck.

After the man handed the deputies a burnt marijuana cigarettes, the sheriff’s officers administered standard field sobriety tests, Michael Lee Watts III was taken into custody at 9:12 p.m. Tuesday. The man agreed to submit to a blood draw, which was taken at the hospital in Sulphur Springs, according to sheriff’s reports.

The Quitman resident was then transported to jail, where a plastic bag with suspected crystal methamphetamine weighing 0.195 gram was found recovered from the man, the deputies alleged in arrest reports. Watts was booked into the county jail Dec. 6, 2022, on a possession of less than 1 gram of a Penalty Group 1 controlled substance charge, a third or more DWI charge, and a failure to control speed charge, according to arrest reports.

Warrant Arrest

Rita Roberts Rose (HCSO file photo)

Rita Roberts Rose was scheduled to appear in the 8th Judicial District Court for a pretrial hearing on a third or more DWI charge at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022.

HCSO Deputy Zach Steward was notified to take the 55-year-old into custody. At 2:32 p.m., Steward escorted the Sulphur Springs woman from the courtroom to the county jail, where she was booked in at 3:25 p.m. on the outstanding DWI-third or more offense charge, according to arrest reports.

Prior to that, Rose was more recently arrested on the felony DWI charge following a single-vehicle crash reported on Plano Street at 11:16 p.m. June 17, 2022. Police at that time reported alcohol could be smelled on her breath. They alleged she swayed, was unable to stand on her own and held onto the car for balance. Rose admitted to drinking five glasses of wine. Officers reported seeing an open Corona beer in the car, along with other unopened containers of the same, according to arrest reports. She showed signs of being impaired based on indicators observed during sobriety testing, police alleged in arrest reports. When Rose refused to submit to a blood draw for analysis of blood-alcohol content, a blood search warrant was obtained from District Judge Eddie Northcutt, requiring the blood draw. The sample was taken at the hospital, then Rose was jailed at 3:08 a.m. Saturday, June 18, 2022, on a third or more driving while intoxicated offense, according to arrest reports. She was released later June 18, 2022, on a $10,000 bond on the felony DWI charge, according to jail reports.

2 SH 19 South Arrests

A HCSO deputy reported stopping a southbound Chevrolet Corvette at 8:36 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, 2022, on State Highway 19 south of Sulphur Springs for traveling 102 miles per hour. The blue 2022 model stopped at the edge of the road, but appeared to halt slower than usually seen on traffic stops, the deputy noted in arrest reports.

As he contacted the occupants of the car, the deputy detected an alcohol odor emitting from inside. He had the driver step out of the car. He reported alcohol could then be smelled on the 50-year-old Brashear woman, who he noted was unsteady on her feet, and swayed while standing in place. She also admitted to drinking two alcoholic beverages while at dinner, the deputy alleged. The woman failed field sobriety testing, including being unable to recite even a portion of the alphabet backwards. As a result, the driver was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated at 8:50 p.m. Dec. 9, 2022, according to arrest reports.

An alcohol odor also emitted from the passenger of the ‘Vette, a 52-year-old Yantis man, deputies alleged. The man was asked to exit the car. He failed all standard field sobriety tests administered by the sheriff’s officer and was placed into custody at 8:55 p.m. Friday for being intoxication, the sheriff’s officer noted in arrest reports.

Both the driver and passenger from the car were transported to the county jail; the car was impounded. The 50-year-old Brashear woman refused breath testing and refused to sign a refusal statement, so the deputy sought and obtained a blood search warrant requiring a blood draw for analysis of blood-alcohol content. The sample was taken at the hospital, then she was transported back to jail, where she was booked in at 11:09 p.m. for DWI, according to arrest reports. The 52-year-old Yantis man was booked into jail at 11:38 p.m. Dec. 9, 2022, for public intoxication, according to reports.

East Shannon Road Arrest

Sulphur Springs Police officers responded at 11:39 p.m. Dec. 7, 2022, on East Shannon Road, where they reported encountering a man from whom a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitted. The man also was reported to have slurred speech when talking to them and bloodshot, glassy eyes.

Determining the 25-year-old to be in a public place, a restaurant, while intoxicated to the degree he was a potential danger to himself and others, police took the Sulphur Springs man into custody at 11:48 p.m., the police officers noted in arrest reports. The man was transported to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked in at 12:33 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, on a public intoxication charge, according to arrest reports.

Mockingbird Lane Arrest

Sulphur Springs Police officers reported stopping a Medina, Texas man at 11:54 p.m. Dec. 7, 2022, on Mockingbird Lane for a violation.

While talking to the driver, the officer noted the 44-year-old to show signs of intoxication. The Medina, Texas man allegedly admitted he’d been drinking. The officer had him step out of the Toyota Tacoma and walk in front of the police vehicle. As he did, the policeman reported the Medina man was unsteady on his feet and detected an alcoholic beverage odor emitting from the man’s breath. The officer claimed multiple clues of intoxication were observed in the man during standard field sobriety tests.

The man was taken into custody and the pickup was impounded. The 44-year-old agreed to provide a blood sample for analysis of potential intoxicants in his system. The blood specimen was taken at Sulphur Springs hospital. The Medina man was then transported to Hopkins County jail, where he was booked in at 1:52 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022, on a Class B misdemeanor driving while intoxicated charge, according to arrest reports.

FM 2285 Arrest

At 2:41 a.m. Dec. 8, 2022, Sulphur Springs Police reported contacting a 22-year-old Sulphur Springs man on FM 2285. The officers reported smelling a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage emitting from him. The man also was alleged to have slurred speech and bloodshot eyes.

Determining the man was in a public place, the south boat ramp, and while intoxicated to the point he was a potential danger to himself and others, the 22-year-old was taken into custody at 3:11 a.m. Thursday. He was transported to the county jail and booked in at 3:59 a.m. Dec. 8, 2022, on the Class C misdemeanor public intoxication charge, officers wrote in arrest reports.

Gilmer Street Arrest

A SSPD officer conducted a traffic stop on a Chrysler Pacifica at 8:40 p.m. Dec. 6, 2022, on Gilmer Street. A records check using the driver’s identifying information showed the 26-year-old Quitman resident to be wanted by Wood County authorities. After confirming the warrant is active, police took the woman into custody, according to arrest reports.

The Quitman woman was booked into Hopkins County jail at 9:19 p.m. Tuesday, on the Wood County driving while intoxicated-second offense, release of surety charge. Bond was recommended to be set at $20,000 on the charge.

Helm Lane Arrest

Officers reported contacting a 42-year-old Sulphur Springs man outside of a Helm Lane apartment complex, walking in a public place with an alcoholic beverage in his hand at 3:44 p.m. Dec. 6, 2022. While talking to him, officers detected an alcoholic beverage odor on him, and noted he had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. Field sobriety tests were administered, according to police reports.

Officers determined the Sulphur Springs man was intoxicated in a public place (not his residence) and took him into custody at 4:06 p.m. Dec. 6. He was booked into the county jail at 4:54 p.m. Tuesday for public intoxication, according to arrest reports.

I-30 West Arrest

HCSO deputies contacted a 19-year-old Mount Pleasant man on Interstate 30 west at mile marker 136 at 8:03 p.m. Dec. 4, 2022. The teen was alleged to have been consuming alcohol while driving a Chevrolet pickup involved in a single-vehicle crash. The Mount Pleasant teen admitted to the deputy that he had been consuming alcohol, deputies alleged in arrest reports.

The teen was taken into custody at 8:29 p.m. Sunday and the truck was towed from the location. Deputies transported the young man to jail, where he was booked in at 9:05 p.m. on a charge of minor (under 21) driving under the influence, according to arrest reports.


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Author: Faith Huffman

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