An individual who is charged with drunk or impaired driving may have several defenses that are available. In some cases, although rare, the defendant can argue that getting behind the wheel while drunk was necessary to prevent something worse from happening. Those who are charged with impaired driving may also claim that they drove under threat of force or some other credible treat to their safety.
A Texas man suspected of drunk driving was taken into custody in El Paso on Dec. 3. According to the El Paso Police Department, officers responded to a 3 p.m. report concerning an alleged drunk driver. Police purportedly found the man asleep in his car in a gas-station parking lot on Gateway South. Officials charged the man with driving while intoxicated third or more.
A female bus driver in Texas was arrested for driving while intoxicated on Oct. 17. The incident occurred around 4 p.m. at the intersection of South Quinlan Park Road and Merlene Drive in Austin. The arrest happened after a homeowner in Steiner Ranch reported the 61-year-old woman for running over a mailbox, crashing into multiple tree branches and erratic driving. The woman had been employed as a Leander ISD school bus driver for five years.
Houston police say that four people lost their lives in a crash that was likely caused by a driver suspected of driving while intoxicated on June 22. The accident was still being investigated by authorities by June 23.
A Harris County police chase ended once authorities took a man into custody late in the evening on June 3 for alleged speeding and erratic driving, according to officials. Authorities previously attempted to stop him when he drove through a red light, but the motorist reportedly did not comply with their request. Instead, he began a 25-minute chase throughout Houston on Interstate 45.
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 Texas car accident has left one woman dead and another facing criminal charges. The accident happened at the intersection of Loop 410 and IH 10 East at approximately 2:30 a.m. on March 15. According to police, the 25-year-old woman was allegedly driving while intoxicated and veered her SUV to the right. That maneuver caused the SUV to roll over.
A 48-year-old man was struck and killed by a man who police believe was driving while intoxicated in a late-evening auto-pedestrian crash in Southwest Houston. The 71-year-old driver has been charged with driving while intoxicated/second offense, and the case is still under investigation.
In Texas, a three-vehicle accident that has claimed the life of an elderly Crowley woman remains under investigation, according to media sources. The woman was ejected from the vehicle when it was struck by car that had been hit by a pickup truck. The driver of the pickup was allegedly driving while intoxicated. The elderly woman died at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth less than six hours after the accident occurred. The driver who instigated the accident was not injured in the crash.
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.