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Two Motorcyclists Arrested for DWI in Hopkins County

Shannon Wayne Morris and Karl Ewert Jansson III

On the evening of October 21, 2023, at approximately 9 p.m., a State Trooper observed two motorcycles traveling at a speed of 83 mph in a 70 mph posted area on SH 154. The Trooper took action by requesting assistance from Hopkins County deputies to conduct a traffic stop on both motorcycles.

The Trooper successfully conducted a traffic stop on the leading motorcycle, and the driver was identified as Shannon Morris. While interacting with Morris, the Trooper noticed signs of possible intoxication. Morris admitted to consuming three beers before their encounter. Standardized Field Sobriety Tests were administered, and, based on the observed clues of intoxication and Morris' statement, the decision was made to take Morris into custody. It was revealed that Morris had three prior convictions for Driving While Intoxicated.

Shannon Wayne Morris, 52, hailing from Brashear, Texas, was subsequently booked into the Hopkins County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated - 3rd or More (F3).

The second motorcycle was stopped by a Hopkins County Deputy. While engaging with the driver, identified as Karl Jansson, the Deputy noticed indications of intoxication. Despite the Deputy's request to perform Standardized Field Sobriety tests, Jansson declined consent. As a result, Jansson was taken into custody. A warrant for a blood specimen was obtained, and a blood sample was retrieved before Jansson was transported to the Hopkins County Jail.

Karl Ewert Jansson III, 54, from Emory, Texas, was booked into the Hopkins County Jail for Driving While Intoxicated - 3rd or More (F3).

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