|Alcohol-related incidents keep officers busy|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
July 3, 2006 - A number of people discovered the hard way this weekend that while Independence Day celebrations can be fun, drunken driving has consequences. Police arrested one following a brief early morning car chase Sunday for driving drunk and evading arrest. Officers also arrested at least three others this weekend for drunken driving involving accidents, while others were charged with public intoxication by local law enforcement officers.
When Sulphur Springs Police Officer Chris Rosamond attempted to stop a man for driving a truck recklessly on Industrial Drive at 2:15 a.m. Sunday, the driver failed to yield to the officer.
Police followed him from the League Street access road, across League Street overpass to Shannon Road, with him missing stop signs, weaving in his lane and at one point nearly losing control of the vehicle. He continued to a field entrance on Shannon Road, got out of the truck, climbed the gate and ran east through the field. Officers caught him about 40 yards from the his vehicle.
Antonio Ramirez Garcia, 40, of Sulphur Springs was arrested by Rosamond for driving while intoxicated and felony evading arrest in a vehicle, and taken to jail by officer Rogelio Reyes Jr. Garcia remained in the county jail Monday morning, according to jail reports.
A Brashear man, 25, was arrested Saturday evening on State Highway 19 for drunk driving, no license and no insurance. He ran off the road and rolled his Explorer, according to arrest reports.
Troopers arrested a Cumby man, 18, at just after midnight Sunday morning on FM 69 for minor driving under the influence, minor in possession of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to report an accident and unsafe speed. He was found seven miles up the road froman accident scene, which he reportedly fled, according to arrest reports.
A Richardson man, 23, was also arrested by troopers at early Sunday on Interstate 30 east for drunken driving. The man fled the scene of an accident and was found hiding nearby under a tree and exhibited signs of intoxication, was noted to be extremely combative and was treated at the hospital before going to jail.
Troopers arrested a Brashear man, 28, late Sunday evening on FM 2297 for driving while intoxicated. The man was stopped for impeding traffic by driving 35 miles per hour in a 55 mile per hour speed zone, as well as weaving from his lane across the center line. When stopped, the man exhibited the classic signs of intoxication and failed field sobriety testing. An open beer was also found in the console.
Trooper Joseph Hogue arrested Jose David Gomez, 27, of Carrollton Sunday on Interstate 30 for no driver’s license, no insurance, open container and possession of a controlled substance. His passenger, 17-year-old Joseph Francisco of Mount Pleasant, was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.
The trooper stopped the Carrollton man for a traffic violation, noting Gomez to appear to be under the influence of drugs, and had neither a driver' s license nor insurance. Gomez agreed to let Hogue search his vehicle.
As Francisco got out of the truck, a bag of cocaine fell to the ground, resulting in his arrest. The trooper also found 2.5 grams of cocaine and an open beer in the truck, resulting in the open container and controlled substance charge.
A welfare check resulted in another arrest by deputies for public intoxication. Concerned motorists contacted officials after checking on a man in vehicle, parked in the roadway, and failing to awaken the man. They indicated to dispatchers they were concerned that the man might be unconscious or worse.
Deputies arrived on State Highway 19 at County Road 1100, the man appeared to be asleep. However, officers determined he was not unconscious after a few attempts resulted in the man waking up. As he did, they detected alcohol on him. He was arrested for public intoxication and parking illegally in the roadway.