On Thursday, August 29, the Huntsville Police Department, in conjunction with Troopers from the Texas Department of Public Safety, attorneys with the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, Walker County Sheriff’s Office personnel and Judge John Gaines with the Huntsville Municipal Court, participated in a “No Refusal” initiative enforcing laws pertaining to Driving While Intoxicated and other related laws.
Over ten arrests were made by officers with the Huntsville Police Department and Department of Public Safety. Of those arrests, several warrants for blood specimens were issued by Judge Gaines as some of those arrested did not provide specimens voluntarily.
“Although we were successful in removing a number of intoxicated drivers from the streets, we are disappointed that more people didn’t take advantage of designated drivers or other alternative means of travel after drinking,” said Chief Kevin Lunsford. “Our goal is to make travel safer for our citizens, and we would rather people not drink and drive instead of having to arrest those that choose to drive after drinking.”