Man involved in crash ends up facing 7 misdemeanor charges
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Sept. 8, 2005 -- Things went from bad to worse for a Sulphur Springs man involved in a wreck Tuesday night when the man tried to run from officers, resisted arrest and then pretending to be someone else.

Ultimately, he earned a trip to the county jail on seven misdemeanor charges.

State troopers responded on County Road 2301 at 7 p.m. to take an accident report. They found the driver of a red Dodge sport utility vehicle involved in the crash at the roadside. It soon became apparent that the 35-year-old Sulphur Springs man was likely drunk.

According to reports, he attempted to run away from the trooper, who quickly apprehended the man and placed him on the ground. At that point, he continued to struggle, resisting officers’ attempts to arrest him. He was eventually subdued, however, and placed in handcuffs, according to arrest reports.

He faced a charge of resisting arrest at the county jail, where he was subjected to a breath test which determines blood alcohol content. He tested 0.16, twice the legal limit of 0.08, resulting in a driving while intoxicated charge.

While at the county jail, officials learned the man was not who he told the trooper he was at the scene, resulting in a failure to identify charge for the false name. To add insult to injury, the man was found to have been driving without benefit of insurance while his license was suspended. He was also charged with driving at an unsafe speed and no seat belt.

The man was taken to the hospital to be checked for injuries sustained in the crash before being taken back to the county jail on the seven charges.

In other news, a 23-year-old Dallas man was also taken in custody by troopers just after 2:20 p.m. on three misdemeanor charges. The man was stopped for not having a front license plate, determined to have neither a driver’s license nor liability insurance — but did have 18 illegal immigrants in the Chevrolet van he was driving.

About an hour later, Sulphur Springs Police received a report of a stolen vehicle. About 30 minutes later, before officials could finish entering the complainant’s information into the state data bank for the stolen car, they receive a report that the vehicle had been spotted.

Officer Mark Estes found the car at about 3:50 p.m. in the 700 block of League Street where a woman was unloading personal items from the front seat of the black Honda Civic in question. The Sulphur Springs woman, 19, advised the property in the car belonged to her. She also said she had only borrowed the car and intended to give it back. She was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a felony offense, at 4:19 p.m.

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