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Man suspected in Sunday night's crash has history of DWI offenses

Jerald Hart, the man Odessa Police suspect crashed his truck into a home Sunday night has been arrested multiple times in the past on impaired driving charges. (Source: KWES) Jerald Hart, the man Odessa Police suspect crashed his truck into a home Sunday night has been arrested multiple times in the past on impaired driving charges. (Source: KWES)
ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

We're learning more about the man who crashed his truck into a home in Odessa Sunday night.

Corporal Steve LeSueur of the Odessa Police Department said, "Once someone gets arrested their third time and the investigation reveals they have two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated, then the third time they get arrested then it does get enhanced to a third degree felony."

Jerald Hart the man Odessa Police believe was under the influence when he drove his truck into a home in Odessa Sunday night has had a few run ins with the law.

Going back to 1989 Hart's rap sheet involved instances in the Dallas and Fort Worth area where law enforcement arrested Hart on multiple DWI offenses. Back home in Odessa, police said they do the best they can to stop impaired drivers from being on the road.

"We know that taking them off  can prevent someone else from being seriously hurt or killed as a result of their intoxicated state," said LeSueur.

Odessa Police dealt with Hart almost two years ago. His mug shot was taken right after police arrested when Hart caused a crash on 42nd and Tanglewood then fled. He later hit a tree and fence and had to be detained by citizens before police showed up.

"We do make several DWI arrests every week including multiple felony DWI arrests. We see them all the time and unfortunately some of those are repeats," said LeSueur.

The investigation into Sunday's crash is still ongoing but police have an idea on what they will do next.

"It's so important to know that although we do make the arrests, everyone is innocent until proven guilty," said LeSueur.

No arrests in the case have been made.

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