September 4, 2018
HOUSTON- Hundreds of individuals were arrested Labor Day weekend in a Harris County joint agency anti-DWI initiative. Law enforcement agencies combined manpower and resources to target individuals suspected of driving while intoxicated and establishments selling alcohol to minors.
A total of 271 drivers were arrested for drunk driving. Of those drivers, 54 refused to voluntarily submit to a blood draw. Those individuals were taken into custody, warrants were executed, and blood tests were then administered.
Area agencies also charged and arrested 16 individuals for the sale of alcohol to minors. The arrests were made at north Harris County convenience stores and restaurants. They were all charged with the Class A misdemeanor of selling alcohol to minors.
“We plan on doing this as often as we can, for as long as we must—until Harris County becomes the safest county in Texas,” Vehicular Crimes Division Chief Sean Teare said. “We can’t do that if we continuously lead the country in DWI deaths.”
One fatal accident was reported over the holiday weekend; an investigation is ongoing to determine if alcohol was a factor.
This initiative was made possible by the efforts of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, Texas Department of Transportation, and all eight area constables’ offices.
Driving While Intoxicated Arrests: 217
No Refusal Arrests: 54
DWI Total: 271
Sale to minors: 16