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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Hot Springs Police Officer Sampson reports that he was dispatched to Hawthorn Street to investigate a traffic crash last week around 11:30PM.
Off. Sampson arrived quickly and made contact with the driver involved, Fermin Martinez, 52, of Brenda Street in Hot Springs. Mr. Martinez said that he was pulling into the parking lot and attempting to park next to an SUV when he struck the SUV. The owner of the SUV was in the parking lot and saw the crash.
Off. Sampson noticed that Mr. Martinez smelled strongly of intoxicants, had bloodshot/watery eyes and was unsteady on his feet. He asked Mr. Martinez if he had been drinking and Mr. Martinez replied “half a pint of scotch…since 10AM”.
Noted in the report: This is Mr. Martinez’s 4th DWI. He is court ordered to operate only vehicles with an alcohol ignition interlock device. The vehicle he was operating during this episode did not have an alcohol interlock device.
Mr. Martinez cooperated with the Standardized Field Sobriety Testing. Upon completion of the testing, he was arrested and transported to the Garland County Detention Center for processing.
During the booking process, Mr. Martinez provided a breath sample that equalled a Blood Alcohol Content of .211%. He is charged with Felony DWI #4 and Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device Violation with a bond amount totaling $3,500.