Wanted fugitive charged with fifth DWI

A felon with a warrant for his arrest was caught by police after being charged with his fifth DWI and with being found holding more than a gram of cocaine.

Police first stopped the man, 58-year-old Fernando Gonzales, around 2:05 a.m. Monday as he was reportedly speeding in a brown 1995 Buick Regal in the 300 block of South Grant Avenue, an Odessa Police Department news release said.

During the traffic stop, the release stated, officers could smell alcohol on Gonzales’ breath, and he was placed into custody after failing field sobriety tests. He was also found to be in possession of more than a gram of cocaine, and was found to have a felony probation warrant, and four prior convictions for driving while intoxicated.

Gonzales was charged with driving while intoxicated a third time or more, a third-degree felony, possession of cocaine, a third-degree felony, and false identification — fugitive from justice, a class A misdemeanor, and for a felony probation warrant.

Jail records show Gonzales was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Tuesday and has three bonds of $31,000.