Wichita County Deputy Josh Brown pulled over a man for speeding in around 1am on December 28th. The stop, in the 500 block of Holliday, was nothing out of the ordinary -- but the driver's record was.
Behind the wheel was James Joel Enriquez, 38. According to Deputy Melvin Joyner, when Brown ran the license… "He found that the individual driving the vehicle had a lengthy history. He had 12 previous convictions for driving while license invalid in addition to that he had 5 active warrants for his arrest, so he was placed under arrest and charged with driving while license invalid-enhanced."
Enrique may have been in handcuffs – but his record kept going. "On his driver's license they found 37 active suspensions and they were ranging from no insurance surcharges to mandatory suspension for driving while license invalid. So apparently he's been driving for quite a while and has been stopped many times and charged," Joyner said.
In addition to the driving violation, Enriquez had outstanding warrants for Capias Pro Fine-Registration Violation, Capias Pro Fine-No Drivers License in possession, Capias Pro Fine-Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility, Capias Pro Fine-Public Intoxication and Capias Pro Fine-Open Container, according to the Wichita County Sheriff's Office.
Turns out, Enriquez is not alone. Just 24 hours after the stop that jailed him, the same deputy pulled over a woman on suspicion of DWI. During the stop on Seymour Hwy near Kemp, records showed that she had 16 active suspensions on her license. She was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Driving while License Invalid and two outstanding warrants for No Drivers License and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility.
The arrests are not surprising to Joyner "Were starting to see more and more of them now I just don't know if it's people not paying attention or caring about paying their fines or making sure that whatever the court orders are not following those orders," he said.
With the problem growing, Deputies are stepping-up to enforce the law. "The best thing we can do is we can put them in jail and let the court system handle it," said Joyner. Its all to put the brakes on illegal drivers.