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Fort Worth officer sheds light on DWI, marijuana arrest

Here’s betting this woman wishes she’d done a better job of organizing her purse.

A police officer who used his flash light to try to help a DWI suspect find her drivers license inside her purse ended up shedding light on something else — marijuana.

According to a police report, the officer was dispatched Sunday to a minor wreck outside The Live Oak Music Hall at 1311 Lipscomb Ave.

A witness told police that he had run outside after hearing a crash to find a woman in a 1991 Ford that had struck two trucks in the parking lot. The man said he helped the woman out of her vehicle because she was having trouble opening her door and noticed she appeared to be intoxicated.

The woman told police she was pulling out of the parking lot when she hit a truck. When the officer asked for the woman’s drivers license, she began looking inside her purse.

“The female said that she couldn’t see in her purse to find it so I used my flashlight to illuminate the purse,” the officer wrote in his report. “I immediately noticed a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana.”

The woman told the officer that it wasn’t hers, then gave up looking for her drivers license, the report states.

The woman, later identified as 25-year-old Evelyn Sparks, was arrested on suspicion of DWI and possession of marijuana.

Officials acknowledge that the pot would have been found anyway upon the officer searching the woman and her purse during her DWI arrest. Her inability to find her drivers license, they say, just helped the officer see the light a little faster. - Deanna Boyd

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