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June 2013 Archives

Texas has little tolerance for DUIs

Police have charged a 22-year-old man in connection with a June 15 accident that left one man dead and another in critical condition in the Houston metropolitan region. The man was driving a Dodge Charger northbound on State Highway 6 when he rear-ended a Chevrolet 2500 pickup truck. The Chevrolet truck lurched and entered the southbound lanes where it collided head-on with a Dodge Ram. The driver of the Chevrolet pickup sustained fatal injuries; the driver and passengers of the Dodge Ram were hospitalized.

Study shows Texas designated drivers may be drinking

A group of researchers from the University of Florida, Gainsville, has shown that having a designated driver does not necessarily mean that you will make it home safely. The study was conducted in a college town among mostly white bar patrons. They did not reveal the location of the study was not revealed. However, the results are relevant to any city or college town in Texas.

Supreme Court rules for routine DNA sample collection

Texas residents suspected of serious crimes may find themselves linked to another criminal charge by their DNA. The Supreme Court has ruled that the state can collect DNA samples from those who have been detained under the suspicion of a serious crime. The Supreme Court justices were divided on the issue and passed it with a vote of five to four. This ruling will benefit the police but may raise some privacy law concerns. This ruling has reinstated a conviction in a case where a man was convicted for a sexual assault that occurred in 2003 based on DNA evidence that was collected by police during an arrest for an assault charge six years later.

Motorist denies intoxication after fatal wreck

A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to intoxicated manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident after he allegedly killed an off-duty police officer on July 21. However, on May 31, he informed jurors that he didn't believe he was guilty of drunk driving when the accident happened. The accused man allegedly rammed into the 25-year-old law enforcement officer after he left a bar. He could receive a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison for both crimes if the court decides to run the sentences consecutively, 20 years for the manslaughter and 10 years for leaving the scene of an accident.

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