Stephenville police arrest 5 for DWI over the holiday weekend.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The Stephenville Police Department made its first DWI arrest of the year less than two hours into 2021.


“The first arrest was made at 1:45 a.m. on January 1,” Lt. James Gresham told Beneath the Surface News. “There was a total of five over the holiday weekend, including one arrest involving two child passengers.”


In that case, Gresham said an officer observed a man violating traffic laws in the downtown area on Jan. 2.


He was arrested on scene for DWI and the two child passengers – ages nine and 12 – were released to their mother.


Because children were involved, the charge is enhanced to a felony.


“There were certainly more arrests than we would like during a holiday weekend, especially one with inclement weather and horrible road conditions,” Gresham said.