Between March 4-19, the Van Alstyne Police Department had 344 calls for service and 14 incidents, reported Police Chief Tim Barnes.


March 4, police took a report of terroristic threat. The suspect, from Dallas, threatened his girlfriend, age 24 and from Van Alstyne with bodily harm. Barnes said the threat was made through social media.


March 5, police arrested a 55-year-old McKinney woman on a first-offense charge of driving while intoxicated. Barnes said police were notified of a reckless driving going on U.S. Highway 75 and the officer located the described vehicle at 5:05 p.m. Barnes said, too, that the suspect failed a field sobriety test, thus the arrest. She posted bail set at $1,500 the next day for her release.


March 12, police jailed a 40-year-old Sherman man on a charge of driving while intoxicated. This also came to police through a call about a reckless driver. And again, the driver failed a field sobriety test administered. He posted $1,500 bail in surety bonds the next day and was released.


March 17, police from both Howe and Van Alstyne were working a multi-vehicle wreck on U.S. 75 when an approaching car, driven by a 50-year-old Burleson, Texas, man, crashed into a Howe patrol car, causing heavy damage.


Howe PD Sgt. Keith Milks said the marked patrol car was blocking traffic with its emergency overhead lights flashing. The suspect kept going northward on the highway. Van Alstyne Police Officer Nathan Wilson caught up with the suspect’s GMC vehicle and stopped it. He put the suspect through a field sobriety test, which the suspect failed, and Wilson booked him into the Grayson County Jail on several charges. Those charges are accident involving damage to a vehicle, driving while intoxicated with an open alcohol container, and deadly conduct. The suspect posted bail totaling $7,000 the following day for his release, and faces the possibility of other charges being filed against him, Barnes said.


March 17, police again received a call about a reckless driver on U.S. 75. Barnes said the officer located the described vehicle about 8:50 pm, on U.S. 75 and jailed the driver on a charge of driving while intoxicated with an open alcohol container.


March 19, police jailed a 33-year-old Sherman woman on a charge of possession of controlled substance. Barnes said that the suspect’s vehicle had a flat tire and she pulled over to the side of the road. The officer arrived, and during the course of the evening’s activities, believed there was a reason to believe she might have drugs in her possession. He asked for and received permission to search and found with less than one gram in her possession. Barnes said they believe the drug is methamphetamine and are having it test to confirm. Police also charged the suspect with failure to maintain financial responsibility. As of Tuesday evening, she remained incarcerated.