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Driver faces DWI charge

Police find vehicle’s bumper lying in road
Receiving word that a possible drunk driver was on W. Ennis Avenue Friday night, local police were able to locate the suspect in question and place the man under arrest.
Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said at 11:13 p.m. officer Jason McCurdy and other officers were dispatched to All Star Bowl in reference to the intoxicated driver. Police spoke with a witness, who was able to give the driver’s license plate number to police.
While searching the roadways in the area of Ennis Avenue and Clay Street, officers found a black bumper lying in the road with the same license plate as the one identified, according to Hopson.
While speaking with a witness in the parking lot of the bowling alley, officer Brad Sherrard saw a man who he knew to be Derrick Johnson, 28, of Ennis. During this time, Sherrard noticed a jeep in the parking lot missing the front bumper. Hopson said Sherrard asked Johnson if he was the driver of the jeep, which Johnson said “sort of.” Witnesses later identified Johnson to be the driver of the jeep.
While speaking with Johnson, Sherrard noticed an odor of alcohol on the suspect’s breath, slurred speech and Johnson being unable to keep his balance. A field sobriety test was issued for Johnson, which he failed.
Hopson said alcohol was found inside the jeep.
Johnson was taken into custody and charged with driving while intoxicated.

Detectives thwart
burglary in progress
Ennis police arrested a man Thursday caught in the act of attempting to break into a home in the 700 block of W. Milam Street, according to Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson.
Receiving a call from a neighbor in the area who claimed a man could be seen trying to gain access through a window in the house next door, Det. Sgts. Dorinda Clark and Jason York were dispatched to the residence. Clark and York rounded the house from opposite directions and observed the suspect prying open a window with a crowbar.
The man was taken into custody and transported to Ennis police department without further incident.
Roy Blair Jr., 47, of Ennis was charged with burglary of a habitation.

Girlfriend attacks man, accuses of infidelity
In the early hours on Saturday, Ennis police responded to a domestic disturbance call at 603 S. Dallas St. and arrested a woman on assault charges.
Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson said at 3:07 a.m. Corporal Julia Pillow and officer Jeff Aaron were dispatched to the Dallas Street residence where they spoke with a male subject at the scene. Police discovered the complainant and his girlfriend had been arguing about her accusation that he was cheating on her, which led her to slap and hit him on the head and face. The man said he pushed his girlfriend away to keep her from hitting him, but she started attacking again. At this point he said he defended himself against her attacks. At that point, the girlfriend called police to report the boyfriend’s assault.
Police spoke with a witness, who claimed the female was the aggressor. The woman was arrested and transported to Ennis police department without further incident.
April Benavidez, 24, of Ennis was charged with assault.

Argument about money leads to arrest
At 6:09 p.m. Corporal Julia Pillow and officer Jeff Aaron responded to a call of a fight in progress, according to Det. Sgt. Mike Hopson.
The officers spoke with a man outside the residence, who claimed he had been arguing with his wife about money, which led to a physical altercation.
Police met with the wife, who had red marks on her face and neck. She also had redness in her eyes. The woman told police she had an eye infection, which caused the redness, and that her husband had not hit her. Hopson said the officers reported the woman’s story didn’t comply with her injuries.
A witness told police the husband had hit and pushed his wife down during the argument.
Police said the husband then changed his story and claimed he had never hit his wife.
Police determined the husband had attacked the woman and placed him under arrest.
Vance Knight, 38, of Ennis was charged with assault.

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