Po­lice re­port 24 DWI ar­rests

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

Austin po­lice said they made 24 ar­rests for drunken driv­ing over the Fourth of July week­end.

The ar­rests came dur­ing one of the depart­ment’s “no-re­fusal” pe­ri­ods, when of­fi­cers can ob­tain search war­rants from judges and then draw blood from driv­ers sus­pected of be­ing in­tox­i­cated if they refuse to take a breath al­co­hol test or to vol­un­tar­ily give a blood sam­ple. Be­tween 9 p.m. Satur­day and 5 a.m. Sun­day, po­lice said they ad­min­is­tered 13 breath tests, served 10 blood search war­rants and, in a case where state law au­tho­rizes it with­out a war­rant, took a manda­tory blood draw. Half of all traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties last year were al­co­hol-re­lated, po­lice said.

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