On Sunday, April 30 around 3:30 a.m., Lumberton Police Officer Matthew Neal approached a vehicle at the Whataburger on Main Street. Officer Neal reported that he spoke with the occupants and found them to be intoxicated. According to the report, the officer observed a baby in the back seat of the vehicle.
The report states that the driver failed the field sobriety tests and then refused the blood test. Police requested a search warrant that was issued by Justice of the Peace Melissa Minton.
Joye Walker Blaylock, 49 years old of Lumberton, was identified as the driver and arrested for DWI with a Child Passenger which is a State Jail Felony. A blood sample was obtained at Altus Emergency Center and the suspect was booked into Hardin County Jail.
The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Gary Lee Walker 41 years old of Orange. Walker was arrested for Public Intoxication.
Lumberton Police Chief Danny Sullins said that the DWI was bumped up from a Class B Misdemeanor to a State Jail Felony because a child under the age of 15 was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the DWI arrest.