LONGVIEW/GREGG COUNTY (KYTX) - Despite warnings from the Texas Department of Public Safety and other law enforcement agencies about increased patrols to curb drunk driving, officers logged more than a half dozen DWI and other alcohol-related arrests in Gregg County this weekend.
Two offenders had juvenile passengers, police said.
Twenty-five-year-old Freddie Roland Wilbarger, of Longview, was caught Saturday by Longview police for drunk driving with a child passenger under 15 years of age. He was released from jail Saturday on $10,000 bond. Wilbarger has a previous drunk driving conviction in Gregg County.
Early this morning, DPS troopers arrested 23-year-old Johnny Luke Morrison, of Longview, also for DWI with a child passenger under 15 years of age. He posted $5,000 and was released from jail later this morning.
Among the other weekend arrests, according to the Gregg County Jail, were:
Juan Olvera-Monzon, 19, of Marshall, arrested Saturday for open container and minor in possession of a alcoholic beverage, by DPS troopers, released on payment plan for $370 in fines Saturday;
Edgar Miniz Zuniga, 18, of Longview, arrested Saturday by DPS troopers for DWI, and released Saturday on $1,000 bond;
Jose Andrade-Cortes, 36, of Marshall, arrested Saturday by DPS for open container, having no driver's license, failure to maintain financial responsibility and failing to signal a lane change, and released Saturday on payment plans for $720 in fines;
Quincy Lamond Williams, who turns 36 today, of Lakeport, arrested Saturday by Longview police for drunk driving and a traffic warrant, released Saturday on $1,000 bond;
Glyn Sheppard Crane, Jr., 55, of Longview, arrested Friday by Longview police for public intoxication, released Saturday on a payment plan;
Leandro Rodriguez, 47, of Longview, arrested Friday by Longview police for public intoxication, released Saturday on a payment plan;
Luis Alberto Alvarez, 39, of Longview, arrested today by DPS troopers for DWI, released today on $1,000 bond;
Jose Roldan-Monreal, 37, of Tyler, arrested Saturday by DPS troopers for DWI with at least two previous convictions of the same charge and possession of marijuana, remains jailed on $10,500 bond;
Juan Carolos Ocon, 28, of New Orleans, arrested Sunday by DPS troopers for DWI with at least two previous convictions of the same charge and open container, released from jail today on $10,500 bond;
Jairo Rodriguez, 35, of Longview, arrested today by DPS troopers for DWI, remains jailed on $2,500 bond; and,
Samuel Rodriguez Vasquez, 25, of Ore City, arrested Sunday by DPS troopers for DWI and a warrant on a motion to revoke his Upshur County probation for a previous DWI conviction, remains jailed on $6,500 bond and an immigration detainer.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, drunk driver-related crashes in 2011 resulted in 1,039 deaths.
The Labor Day "No Refusal Weekend" for DWI-related offenses continues through Tuesday morning. In the past two weeks, DPS and local police departments have said that, upon the arrest of a suspected drunk driver, he or she will be asked if they would submit to blow into a breath-test instrument or take a blood test.
If the driver refuses and says "No" to a test, officers will obtain an immediate search warrant signed by an on-call judge to have blood drawn by a certified nurse on staff at the Smith County Jail. The blood will then be analyzed to determine whether the driver's blood-alcohol concentration is 0.08 or higher, the legal limit for driving in Texas.