Holiday weekend passes with few incidents
Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor

Jan. 2, 2007 - Aside from a handful of drunk driving and a few controlled substance arrests, the New Year’s holiday passed rather quietly, according to city and county law enforcement officials.

Both city and county officials over the weekend did field a few calls of individuals firing off what were thought to be restricted fireworks. City Police investigated a few reports of loud popping in the city as the New Year dawned. In the county, deputies received two complaints of aerial fireworks being shot off in Martin Springs Sunday evening, including one which landed on a resident’s FM 2560 house at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday. No damages were reported to have resulted from the incident.

An 18-year-old man also had to be flown to a Tyler trauma center Monday after his head became pinned “beneath an RTV.” Hopkins County and Brinker firefighters were at the crash scene on State Highway 11 east  with EMS and deputies from 11:40 a.m. to 12:34 p.m. Monday. The young man was reported to be conscious and alert when officials arrived, but could not move  because his head was pinned under the vehicle. He was extricated from the vehicle and due to the type of injury and trauma, he was flown from the crash scene at 12:26 p.m. in a medical helicopter, according to reports. Alcohol was not noted as a contributing actor on the sheriff’s report.

Perhaps the most notable DWI arrest  was one which began on FM 69 north with two vehicles racing backward down the roadway and ended in a collision in front of Dike Baptist Church at the corner of County Road 3523 Monday at 1:06 a.m. 

Dike and North Hopkins firefighters were at the location from 1:06 a.m. to 2:16 a.m., as were ambulance crews. One person involved in the crash reportedly sustained facial injuries as a result of the collision.

� � � At 1:43 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brandon Stribling arrested the 19-year-old who was driving the Green Mustang involved in the crash for driving while intoxicated. The trooper detected alcohol on the Balch Springs teen. The teen driver failed field sobriety tests, and tested 0.102 and 0.103 on breath tests, which is well above the legal limit of 0.08.

Trooper Stribling was also credited with arresting a Harlingen woman and two Austin men on drug and marijuana charges following a routine traffic stop just before 11 p.m. Saturday.

Monique J. Ainsworth, 31, of Harlingen, and Nicholas Justin Ro, 19, and Christopher Alan Szerdi, 28, both of Austin, were charged with possession of marijuana, possession of a dangerous drug and possession of a controlled substance. Ro was also  held on a Kleberg warrant for possession of marijuana, while Szerdi was also charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Stribling stopped the Corolla, driven by Szerdi but owned by Ainsworth, Saturday night for speeding. The front passenger, Ro, was found to have the warrant. All three occupants were noted to be very nervous. The trooper was given permission to search the car. He found a Christmas package with six bundles of marijuana. He also found seven bottles containing 92.6 grams of xanex, including two prescription bottles that matched other bottles in Ainsworth’s purse. The trio denied any knowledge of the drugs, and were arrested. Szerdi added the misdemeanor possession to his list of charges after surrendering a bag of marijuana he had in his sweater, according to arrest reports.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Winn and Cumby Police Officer Charlie Walker were also noted to make drug arrests over the weekend. They charged Sarah Rene Martinez, 22, of Little Elm and William Corey Goodwin, 29, of Lancaster at 3:11 a.m. Monday with possession of the controlled substance crystal methamphetamine found under their seats in the Mitsubishi the officers stopped at the 114 mile marker on Interstate 30 east for a traffic violation. The officers requested permission to search after getting conflicting stories from the pair, and noting the woman to be nervous. The narcotics weighed 6.8 grams.

�� � The two officers also arrested Robin Gail Munoz, 24, of Mount Pleasant at 3:19 a.m. Sunday on FM 275 south for possession of crack cocaine and possession of hydrocodone. Munoz was stopped for a traffic violation. Upon approach it became apparent the man was �obviously under the influence of believed narcotics.� Commerce Police Department�s canine was called for a search. The dog gave a positive alert. The officers then searched the Oldsmobile, finding 1.4 grams of crack cocaine and 3.7 grams of hydrocodone under the front driver�s seat.�

A 32-year-old Sulphur Springs man, 32, was arrested at 1:40 a.m. New Year’s Day on Weaver Street for possession of drug paraphernalia, no driver’s license and no liability insurance. He was observed driving a car slowly in the area. As he complied with officers request to step out of the car, he kept putting his hands in his pocket several times after the officer asked him to cease doing so. He was patted down for officer safety, at which time the drug paraphernalia was found in his pants pocket.

A Dallas woman, 22, was arrested at 8:13 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 30 at the 135 mile marker by troopers for possession of marijuana and on a Titus County warrant for not appearing in court on a failure to identify as a fugitive from justice by giving false information to officials charge. She was stopped for no license plate light. A check turned up the warrant. While inventorying the vehicle the trooper found an ounce of marijuana under the seat.

Cumby police arrested a McKinney man, 33, at 6:51 a.m. Saturday at I-30 Fast Mart at the north service road for possession of drug paraphernalia and public intoxication. He was noted to have been very rude to the employees at the store. After speaking with him, officer determined him to be a danger to himself and other due to alcohol and methamphetamine use. A search to the vehicle turned up a small metal pipe with a brillo pad in the end believed to have been used to smoke meth, according to police reports.

A Sulphur Springs man, 33, was arrested at 3:44 a.m. Sunday on Main Street for driving while intoxicated. He failed field sobriety tests and breath tests.

A Sulphur Springs man, 37, was arrested at 8:45 p.m. New Year’s Day on Teer Street for public intoxication. He was involved in a disturbance. Alcohol was detected on him. He was offered a ride home by city police. He declined, saying he’d walk to his Alabama Street residence. When he stepped into the street he was arrested.

A Cooper man, 25, was arrested at 2:13 a.m. Sunday on County Road 4778 at State Highway 19 for driving while intoxicated, marking the second time he had been charged with the offense. He sitting in the vehicle. Officers stopped to check on him. He exhibited classic signs of intoxication. He had to put the vehicle in park, then turn it off before getting out of the pickup. He failed all field sobriety tests and tested 0.221 and 0.234 on breath tests, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Troopers arrested a Sulphur Springs man, 27, at 7:59 p.m. Sunday on State Highway 19 north for driving while intoxicated. He was stopped for speeding. He didn’t perform field sobriety tests as instructed and tested 0.132 twice on breath tests administered at the jail.

A Sulphur Springs man, 21, was arrested at 3:43 a.m. Monday on Gilmer Street at Tennessee Street for driving while intoxicated. He tested 0.151 and 0.145 on breath tests, well above the legal limit of 0.08.

A Mount Pleasant man, 18, was arrested at 2:55 a.m. Monday by deputies on East Industrial Drive for driving while intoxicated. The passenger, also an 18-year-old Mount Pleasant man, was arrested for public intoxication.

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