Drunk drivers keep officers busy
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

January 2, 2004 -- Local law enforcement officers were kept busy Friday night following up on calls about suspected drunk drivers and working accidents.

Dispatchers received a call from a motorist at 8:23 p.m. Friday, who reported the driver of a small maroon Chevrolet car for first driving into his lane, nearly causing a head-on collision with his vehicle when passing on State Highway 154 south. The southbound vehicle was then said to have run the motorist off the road to avoid collision. The vehicle continued south on SH 154 toward Wood County. Local officials notified Wood County authorities so they could be on the lookout for the suspected intoxicated driver, who had crossed into their area.

At 10:05 p.m. Brinker firefighters responded to a reported vehicle fire on County Road 2336. Carlos Humberto Flores, 33, of Sulphur Springs reportedly ran his vehicle into the ditch, then flooded the vehicle which eventually caught fire during his attempts to get the vehicle unstuck. Flores had to be physically restrained until state troopers arrived to keep him from reentering his burning vehicle.

He was noted to be combative and intoxicated and failed an intoxilizer test, according to State Trooper George Harris's reports.

Harris charged Flores with felony driving while intoxicated, as the offense is at least the third time he has been charged with drunk driving.

At 11:42 p.m. Friday Hopkins County Sheriff's Sgt. Lewis Tatum and Reserve Deputy Glynda Chester brought in a second man for drunk driving after the 24-year-old Winnsboro man ran his vehicle through a stop sign on State Highway 11 in Thermo, then drove through a fence before wrecking out in a pasture.

The man was noted by sheriff's officers to become belligerent and combative in the intoxilizer room at the county jail, where he was taken for further investigation of intoxication and drunk driving, and had to be placed in a "violent cell" until he calmed down to prevent him from harming himself or others.

State troopers charged a 46-year-old Weatherford man at 1:40 a.m. Saturday with drunk driving. He was stopped on Interstate 30 at the 110 mile post early Saturday morning for speeding and was determined by troopers to be intoxicated.

Another man, although not charged with drunk driving, was stopped at 1:50 p.m. Friday after state troopers observed him driving down the wrong side of FM 1870. The 24-year-old Como man said he had moved in November, and said he could produce no identification because all of his paper work was at home. He was arrested for not having a valid driver's license and for not having insurance, a charge enhanced because of four previous no insurance convictions on his record, according to troopers' reports.

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