Howe Police Sgt. Keith Milks reported on the following incidents.
March 6, Officer Oscar Martinez arrested a 31-year-old Sherman man on an outstanding Harris County warrant charging him with criminal mischief. Milks said the arrest came after Martinez stopped the suspect on U.S. Highway 75 for speeding. The suspect posted $2,000 bail the following day for his release.
March 9, Milks arrested a 41-year-old Anna man on a charge of driving while intoxicated with a previous conviction. This arrested came because the suspect was seen committing a traffic violation in the 1500 block of South Collins Freeway.
March 10, Officer Brandon Ozuna and Milks responded to a 9-1-1- call about a domestic disturbance in the Westwood Manor apartments. The resulting investigation led to the arrest of two people: a 23-year-old man on a charge of assault causing bodily injury-family violence, and a 34-year old woman on a charge of possession of marijuana less than two ounces. The man posted bail of $2,500 in surety bonds the same day and was released, and the female posted her bail of $1,500 in surety bonds, also, that same 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 an 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, Van Alstyne PD Chief Tim Barnes said.
Howe Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a driver who failed to stop last weekend at the scene of a U.S. Highway 75 motorcycle crash that ultimately proved fatal.
In an emailed press release distributed Friday, Howe Police said the motorcyclist, Benny Watkins, 76, of Farmersville was traveling south on the freeway at approximately 7:30 p.m. last Saturday when he struck a mattress lying in the roadway near West Farmington Road. Watkins was thrown from the motorcycle and sustained “severe head trauma” in the crash. The Vietnam War veteran was flown from the scene by air ambulance and transported to a Dallas-area hospital, where he ultimately died from his injuries Thursday.
Witnesses told police the mattress fell from the back of pickup traveling ahead of Watkins. The driver did not stop and continued south.