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Drunken driving July 4 puts Woodville man in jail

by Emily Waldrep

A Woodville man was arrested on Independence Day for drinking and driving, a huge problem on a holiday weekend and one local law enforcement has no tolerance for.

According to Phil Ryan with the Tyler County Sheriff's Department, deputies were on routine patrol in the Dam-B area when they observed a small red pickup truck traveling north on Highway 92 near the fire station. The vehicle was clocked at 10 miles over the speed limit, and the deputy turned around to make a traffic stop.

After turning around, the deputy observed the vehicle make a premature right turn onto County Road 4130 and veered onto the grass and up a hill before getting back on the pavement.

According to Ryan, the deputy activated his emergency lights and the driver attempted to evade, but after the deputy activated his siren, the driver brought the vehicle to a stop.
The driver, identified as Robert Ferguson, age 24, of Woodville, claimed to have insurance but no drivers license.

"The deputy detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the vehicle so he asked Ferguson to exit the vehicle for further questioning," Ryan said. "Ferguson was not steady on his feet and told deputies that he had drank 3 or 4 beers."

Deputies confirmed that Ferguson's license was suspended. He was placed under arrest for Driving while License Invalid.

Upon arrival at the Tyler County Jail state troopers conducted tests on the subject. A breath sample was taken and it was determined that he was intoxicated.

Ferguson was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While License Invalid.