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DPS DWI NO REFUSAL TAKES 43 OFF OUR ROADS

On Friday and Saturday night, Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers coordinated by Sgt. T. Barnhill conducted a DWI enforcement effort on the Interstate 45 corridor in Montgomery County, including area roadways where significant DWI incidents have occurred. District Attorney and Texas Department of Transportation No Refusal staff assisted in the operation by staffing the event with investigators to assist the officers with booking paperwork, prosecutors and judges to prepare and review warrants for arrestees who refused to comply with the law regarding voluntary samples of blood after arrest, and medical professionals to draw scientific samples for use as evidence in prosecutions. The effort was organized by DPS, but other local agencies also assisted by enforcing DWI laws during the same period. During No Refusal efforts, police officers conduct increased DWI patrols while No Refusal staff assist in warrant preparation, judges volunteer for warrant review, and medical staff assist by obtaining scientific samples for use in court. When a person arrested for DWI refuses to provide a sample, prosecutors review the case for a search warrant under the Code of Criminal Procedure. Montgomery County is a national role model for this program and this effort further validates the lifesaving work of area law enforcement.

Organizers are pleased to announce that there were no DWI related fatalities or serious crashes reported during this effort. This pattern continues a trend in significant reductions of DWI fatality charges in the county. Montgomery County District Attorney, Brett Ligon, attributes this trend to local law enforcement and the No Refusal program by deterring impaired driving in general but also by collecting strong evidence. Ligon states that scientific evidence is preferred by Texas statutes and the United States Constitution and that the No Refusal effort plays a significant role in ensuring full compliance with the law. Ligon also states that scientific evidence is critical to ensure that the guilty are punished and the innocent go free.

This weekend’s efforts, including charges from other agencies, resulted in 43 DWI charges (including 30 first offender arrests and 13 repeat or serious offender charges) and 14 search warrants being reviewed and signed by volunteer judges. The refusal rate for the event was approximately 33% which represents a continuing trend of refusal reductions in the county. DWI cases with scientific evidence are about 100 times less likely to result in trial settings thereby saving tax payer time and dollars. Of the 43 charges, DPS troopers arrested 23 individuals, MCSO deputies arrested 11 individuals, and CPD officers arrested 7 individuals (2 agencies not listed). The breath test results from the weekend ranged from 0.15 to 0.22 while blood test results should be available in 2-4 weeks. No Refusal prosecutors Tyler Dunman and Mike Holley assisted with these efforts. Sergeant T. Barnhill coordinated the effort for DPS. In addition, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents conducted undercover operations in some local establishments that have been the subject of over serving complaints.

Public Information Spokesperson for DPS, Eric Burse, stated that the county has made significant gains in ensuring public safety, but the fact that 43 people were arrested for DWI shows that these efforts will need to continue. Burse stated that DWI is the most frequently committed crime in the county and thanked area law enforcement for their dedication to protecting the public from the dangers created by impaired drivers. Burse further stated that a DWI arrest can cost more than $15,000 including lawyer’s fees, thereby making a designated driver a much cheaper and safer option than risking an arrest.

Individuals charged with DWI pursuant to a No Refusal warrant are listed as:

 

 

KEATTS,JAMESGRIFFIN

JAMES KEATTS

 

Shaw, Bobbi Jo

BOBBI SHAW

 

 

 

Hill, Deanna Norwood

DEANNA HILL

 

Depauw, Mark Richard

MARK DEPAUW

 

 

Nava, Ismael Garcia

ISMEAL NAVA

 

Squires, Vikki Lynn

VIKKI WAFER AKASQUIRES

 

Kincannon, Gary Brooks

GARY KINCANNON

 

 

Wooten, Jim Bodie

JIM WOOTEN

 

 

MUGS NOT AVAILABLE

STEVEN RUGGIERO

 

 

Lowe, Joanna Robin

JOANNA LOWE

 

 

Casby, Timothy Dwayne

TIMOTHY CASBY

 

 

Gomez, Oscar Lee, Jr

OSCAR GOMEZ JR.

 

 

 

 

MUGS NOT AVAILABLE

JOSE ALVAREZ

 

 

Espinosa, Miguel Raymundo

MIGUEL ESPINOSA

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10 Comments

  1. faye

    jsho1972, I totally agree with you. Illegal search and seizure. It’s unconstitutional. I don’t like drunk drivers and I don’t drink. Know your rights.

  2. OverUnderSidewaysDown

    @scott1554 an accused drunk driver still has their constitutional rights which includes (5th amendment) the right to remain silent and is only one of those rights. A defendant also has (6th amendment) the right to counsel.
    a lawyer that defends an accused drunk driver should be dismembered? you’re condoning the murder of an attorney that defends someone who is innocent until proven guilty and you’re also OK with our constitutional rights being taken away. scott1554 you have the right to get a clue so exercise that right.
    I am by no means ok with drunk driving or siding with drunk drivers but I’m not for the taking away of my constitutional rights like you are. You and people like you are the cause of those rights slowly disappearing. Your claim that drunk driver are more dangerous than ANY loaded gun or even a child predator is subjective and cant be proven and its about par for your level

  3. scott1554

    Once you drink and drive; the only right you have is to remain silent! ALL drunk drivers are scumbags and are more dangerous than ANY loaded gun or even a child predator. They should ALL be charged with attempted murder and locked away for years. ANY lawyer that stands up and defends these scumbags needs to be disbarred and dismembered! Way to go MCSO and DPS. Keep pulling these scumbags off of our roads.

  4. spk

    I’d like to read jsho1972’s comment if his wife, kids, or someone close to him is killed by a huge auto driven by a drunk person. Funny when there’s one standard for your family and another much harsher one for others.

  5. Craven

    I agree with JHSO, you shouldn’t necessarily be compelled to give evidence against yourself, but I think, and I’m not sure, one of the mechanisms used in a “no refusal” weekend is a hot phone to a judge, who issues a search warrant? isn’t that correct? Anything that takes drunks off the streets is a good idea. Of course, innocent people will arrested. What price is that to pay if these round ups save lives, perhaps the life of a loved one? It is a difficult question.

  6. LocalDrifter

    Someone needs to inform Deanna that she no longer has a cocktail straw in her mouth and stop trying to suck up a drink that’s been long taken away.

  7. jsho1972

    As much as drunk drivers are a bad thing, Im appalled at the fact that MCS is so proud of their policy of violating peoples constitutional rights against illegal search and seizure. And before you try to bash me, It has nothing to do with me siding with drunk drivers. It has to do with what is right. There is however a way around “no refusal” ..Simply don’t refuse,,,Tell the officer that you will perform any and all QUESTIONING ( blood work is questioning) as soon as your lawyer is present, DONE,,what are you going to do MOCO,,,violate my right to have my lawyer present too? Government has pushed to far with what we allow them to get away with..Whats next? If we continue to allow them to trash ANY of our rights we wont have any at all…Think about it

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