CENTRAL TEXAS DIGEST
25 charged in no-refusal push
Austin Police Department officials announced that during the Fourth of July no-refusal initiative, which began at 9 p.m. July 3 and ended at 5 a.m. July 4, officers charged 25 of 27 drivers tested with driving while intoxicated.
In 2008, police began conducting no-refusal operations on some holidays, including New Year’s Eve and Mardi Gras, during which officers traditionally arrest a higher number of drunken driving suspects. Officers obtain search warrants for suspects who decline to take breath tests. The practice has withstood court challenges.
Police Department officials said that over the July Fourth weekend this year, 52 percent of those arrested consented to blood or breath tests. About 40 percent of those arrested tested at least twice the legal limit, officials said.