Friday night was to start out with a 9pm briefing at the Montgomery County Precinct 4 office for the no refusal weekend. Nine-o-clock came and went and still Assistant District Attorney’s Tyler Dunman and Andrew James had not arrived. A short time later DPS was dispatched to go meet them on SH242 between Old Houston and FM 1314. Moments Sgt. Barnhill was also sent to the scene.
Close to 10pm both Tyler and Andrew pulled up to the annex followed by the Troopers. As they exited their vehicles Trooper Oelsner escorted a young lady from his vehicle and right behind was Sgt. Barnhill escorting a male from his vehicle.
As it turned out the two were on their way to the meeting when, as they drove down SH242 they spotted a Jeep in the ditch. Calling one another on the cell phone they decided to turn around and go back. Being a dark road they said they wanted to make sure everything was ok as they only saw a dome light.
Pulling up to the scene they found a young female and after identifying themselves as prosecutors she explained she ran off the road and had help on the way but she was uninjured. Detecting alcohol on her breath and by her actions the pair contacted DPS. As they waited for DPS to arrive the young ladies friend who she had called to assist her arrived at the scene.
As they approached him once again alcohol was detected and the second call to DPS was placed. Both vehicles were towed and the male and female were arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
Once at the annex the mail submitted to a breath test and was determined to be over the legal limit. The female refused a breath test and a warrant was drawn up by Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam and signed by the judge.
A Phlebotomist who was part of the “No Refusal Night” then drew her blood.
Both were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on the charge of Driving While Intoxicated.
The remainder of the night seemed to never end in East County as DPS, Constables, Sheriff’s Deputies and even Houston Police Officers arrived with intoxicated drivers. At one point there was an actual waiting line at the HPD BAT Mobile which was parked at the Porter Fire Station.
One woman was so intoxicated that she kicked the back window out of the Houston Police car. Another cried as she explained she had never even had a speeding ticket. Yet another gave officers instructions on how to remove her handcuffs.
As the the checkpoint continued one man had the right idea as he rode by on his horse complete with a red tail light.
The NO REFUSAL continues through Monday night. Beside East County units were at Lake Conroe, West County and in The Woodlands.
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