A 24-year-old professional boxer has been charged with three counts of intoxicated manslaughter following a car crash in El Paso on Dec. 19. He was previously arrested for DWI with a blood alcohol content level equal to or greater than .15 percent in April.
The highest court in Texas ruled on Nov. 25 that police officers must get a warrant or obtain consent before drawing blood. While there are certain situations when an officer may be able to draw blood without doing so, those situations are thought to be rare. In the past, a police officer could get away without getting a warrant in the event that a DWI accident resulted in bodily injury.
A 61-year-old bus driver in Texas is now under investigation after she was detained for drunk driving. Officers claim the woman admitted to taking up to nine medications on a daily basis. However, the school district claims to have no knowledge of her prescription medications on record. Someone who gave the keys to the driver on the day of the crash stated that the woman appeared to be focused and coherent during the time before the incident.
A 17-year-old male allegedly struck a Chevrolet Impala off Expressway 83 and Victoria Road in Donna on Aug. 8. The collision with the man's Chevy pickup caused the Impala to roll, which caused the death of a 62-year-old woman inside of the car. Three other people in the car were also hurt, and one of the injured passengers was a child.
A 37-year-old Texas man was taken into police custody on March 16 after he was accused of driving the wrong way on Interstate 45 while under the influence of alcohol. According to the report, the incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. near Texas 242.
A traffic accident led to an overturned tanker truck and chemical spill in Harris County on Sept. 3. In relation to the accident, one man from Cypress is facing charges for driving while intoxicated after being believed to have caused the wreck.
A 54-year-old Texas man was taken into custody in Midland after a police investigation allegedly revealed the presence of crack cocaine. Authorities report that the Burnet resident was injured after the arresting officer tackled him to the ground to prevent him from destroying narcotics evidence said to have been hidden in his mouth. He was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital, where his BAC was tested, and he was charged with third-degree felony driving while intoxicated and third-degree felony tampering or fabricating physical evidence.
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.
The death of a 24-year-old motorcyclist in 2009 resulted in intoxicated manslaughter charges against the 27-year-old law student whose vehicle ran over her. The case against the now-graduated law student ended Jan. 25 with his no contest plea to misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. Sentencing is slated for February. Evidence showed that both the motorcyclist and the 27-year-old were intoxicated. The driver had a blood alcohol content level of 0.13, according to a blood test performed after his arrest. The prosecutor handling the case told the judge that it would have been difficult proving intoxicated manslaughter because police officers at the scene were not convinced of the link between the man's intoxication and the accident. The defense attorney was prepared to argue that the motorcyclist might have been able to control her motorcycle had she not been intoxicated.
Getting pulled over and asked to submit to field sobriety testing can be extremely embarrassing. Now, those who conduct DWI testing in Houston are under investigation themselves, which could affect some previous drunk driving charges. A grand jury is investigating the use of BAT vans by the Houston Police Department and the Harris County District Attorney.