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Mayor accused of drunk driving

On Aug. 31, the mayor of a Texas town was taken into custody after he was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. The traffic stop occurred at about 11:25 p.m. on State Highway 107 in Edcouch after the mayor was observed committing a traffic violation.

The mayor, who also acts as the human resources director for a local school district, was stopped during a campaign that the county was running. During this campaign, which was being called the "No Refusal" weekend, all individuals who were pulled over would be required to take a blood test if they refused to take a breath test.

During the traffic stop, the trooper said that the mayor stated that he had consumed three or four beers. There was also a strong smell of alcohol emitting from the man. He reportedly refused to submit to a breath sample. However, the trooper who conducted the traffic stop was unable to secure a search warrant to get a blood sample, so the mayor was taken into custody. He was taken to the Hidalgo County Detention Center where he was booked early Sept. 1. He posted $5,000 bond and was released.

A conviction on a drunk driving charge can result in a number of consequences that could include jail time, massive fines, a criminal record and a suspension of the person's driver's license. However, before a person can be convicted on a DWI charge, the prosecutor has to prove that the person was driving under the influence and that the police had the requisite reasonable suspicion to pull the vehicle over in the first place. An attorney may challenge the charges in many cases on the latter basis.

Source: The Monitor, "Edcouch mayor arrested for DWI", Molly Smith, Sept. 1, 2017

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