A minor crash on Interstate 30 near the 122nd mile marker at approximately 7:45 pm on August 20, 2023, led to the arrest of Michael House for DWI, his third offense.
Officers from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) were dispatched to the scene and engaged with the driver, identified as Michael House. During the interaction, the officers detected a strong odor of alcohol emanating from House's person. Additionally, House's eyes were observed to be red, glossy, and bloodshot.
House openly admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the collision. To ascertain his level of intoxication, Standard Field Sobriety Tests were administered. These tests revealed various signs consistent with impairment. Consequently, House was taken into custody without incident.
After being placed under arrest, House was transported to the Hopkins County Jail. He was read his DIC-24 warning, outlining the consequences of refusing sobriety testing. Despite the warning, House declined to provide a breath specimen.
To proceed with collecting evidence, the DPS trooper obtained a blood warrant, duly approved by Judge Harrison. House was subsequently transported to the Sulphur Springs hospital, where the warrant was executed. A blood sample was drawn for testing.
Subsequent records checks revealed that House had previously been convicted of DWI twice. The first conviction was in 1998 in Missouri, followed by another in Washington in 2002.
Michael House, 50, a resident of Valleymines, Missouri, has been booked into the Hopkins County Jail on charges of DWI 3rd or more, classified as a felony of the third degree.