25 charged in no-re­fusal push

Austin American-Statesman - - LOCALBRIEFING -

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.

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