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Multiple DWI offender facing murder charges after deadly drunk driving accident

The Fort Bend County, Texas, Grand Jury recently indicted a 24-year-old man on multiple charges based on a December 2011 drunk driving accident that killed  Nancy Krenek, a mother of six. According to an article from abc 13, Sean Michael Adams is facing charges including intoxicated assault and murder. Although it’s relatively uncommon for a drunk driver to face a murder charge in Texas, prosecutors say they chose to proceed with the murder charge because the defendant had three prior Read More


Harsher Penalties for Texas Police Officers Charged with DWI

On Monday December 26th, a Fort Worth Police Officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated and for providing a firearm to a felon.  The incidents preceding this arrest occurred at 4:40 in the morning when Officer Daniel Gonzalez and ex-con, Bobby Joe Newton drove around.  They took turns shooting at street lamps and traffic signs.   Gonzales joined the Police department in January 2002 and was assigned to the Central Patrol Division.  He has since been placed on restricted duty Read More


To test Intoxilyzer 8000, Florida Law Enforcement paid employees to get drunk

Facing the possibility of losing its key weapon against drunk drivers, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement decided it would pay some of its employees to — what else? — get drunk. So, one day in October, the state’s version of the FBI shelled out $330 on Jim Beam whiskey and other booze, along with mixers and some Doritos, and invited 15 employees to headquarters to imbibe on work time. With a video camera recording, the FDLE crime analysts, staff Read More


Christmas and New Year’s Eve News in Texas

The winter holidays are always dangerous when it comes to drinking and driving.  Police officers are often on patrol during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.  The Department of Public Safety is always looking for speeders, possibly intoxicated drivers and people not wearing seat belts but much more so during the holidays. DPS troopers during the past Christmas holidays arrested 651 drivers for DWI and issued 15,400 speeding tickets and 2,580 safety restraint violations. The New Year’s holiday period resulted in Read More


Sunday Morning DWI Mayhem in Texas

During the morning of November 13th, two accidents occurred around the same time and in the same place.  At 1:30 am on Sunday just outside of Palestine, Texas two crashes occurred that left one dead, four injured and three in jail for drinking related charges.   At that time a Chevy Tahoe driven by Erik Shawn Green drifted past the center lane of highway 287 and crashed into a Nissan Xterra.  Betsey Salazar was pronounced dead on the scene by Read More


Plea Deal for Honor Student in DWI Trial

Bethany Leigh Denman was by all counts a very intelligent girl.  She was a Sam Houston State University honors student.  She was a biological science major there and made the dean’s list and had taken the MCAT test to go to medical school.  Despite all of her accomplishments she made a stupid decision to drink and drive in February 2010. Authorities reported that Denman left a San Antonio Chili’s restaurant after consuming too much alcohol and decided to drive herself Read More


‘Tis the Season to Have a Safe Holiday in Texas

Holidays are always a nice time.  Visions of carolers, gingerbread houses, family visits and holiday parties dance in our heads when we think of the holidays.  Texas Department of Transportation is making an effort to advertise the benefits of keeping these holidays safe for people on the road.  Throughout the month of December, office break rooms, convenience stores, bars and restaurants, gas stations and movie theaters will use advertisements from TxDOT, urging Texans to celebrate responsibly. “The holidays can mean Read More


Texas Extreme DWI Law May Have You Think Twice About Drunk Driving

With the holiday season in full swing, Austin, Texas police will be sure to enforce the new “Extreme DWI Law”, that went into effect on September 1st, 2011. Before the new DWI law was passed, motorists that were caught driving under the influence of alcohol with a .08 BAC level and above were only charged with a Class B misdemeanor, facing 6 months maximum jail time. Now if you are charged and arrested for being “extremely drunk”, meaning your blood Read More


Houston Police Officer Arrested for DWI

  A Houston police officer, Roy Alexander Marquez, was involved in an accident in Pasadena early Sunday morning and has been charged with drunken driving and unlawful carrying of a weapon.  Vance Mitchell, public information officer for the Pasadena Police Department, said blood test results showed that HPD Sgt. Roy Alexander Marquez, 37, was intoxicated at the time of an accident he had on Red Bluff and Beltway 8 Sunday October 16th at 1 a.m.   According to the crash Read More


DWI Dangers During Halloween

According to MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving), Halloween is indeed one of the most dangerous holidays for road accidents all across the nation because of drunk driving. Four times more children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old die on Halloween night than on any other night of the year. Much of the increased fatality rate can be blamed on the adults who drive drunk on Halloween night. Just as one would use caution and escort children on their trick-or-treat Read More


Statistics Rank Fort Bend County as Drunk Driving Capitol in the United States

According to a recent article that was published by online news source, fortbendstar.com, agencies like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have considered Fort Bend County, Texas “the drunk driving capitol of the United States”. Nowhere else have there been more injuries, deaths, and arrests than in the Southeast Texas region. The article states that in 2009, Fort Bend had 16 fatalities, which accounted for 37 percent of all traffic fatalities in the surrounding areas. The Texas Department of Transportation reported Read More


Texas DWI Suspects Appear on Social Media Websites

Texas DWI Suspects Appear on Social Media Websites Being arrested for suspicion of DWI is bad enough.  Names are released in newspapers and in some cases on billboards in Texas.  Relatively untapped were the social media websites such as Facebook, Google+, and Twitter Texas District Attorney Brett Ligon raised eyebrows when he decided to Tweet all DWI arrests through his public Twitter account. Former County Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor and current Assistant District Attorney Warren Diepraam thought of doing this as Read More


DNA Test Closes 17 Year Old DWI Case

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) testing, also referred to as genetic fingerprinting, is a powerful technology used by prosecutors to identify criminal suspects and may be used in robbery, attempted murder and homicide cases.  Every person, with the exception of an identical twin, possesses a unique DNA structure which scientists use for identification. The probability of two individuals sharing the same DNA pattern is less than one in 30 billion under ideal testing conditions.  DNA testing thus provides a virtually certain positive Read More


New Contract for Breath-Alcohol Testing in Houston, Texas

New Contract for Breath-Alcohol Testing in Houston Harris County Commissioners Court on Tuesday dropped a two-decade-old breath-alcohol testing contract with a private laboratory, in spite of claims that the district attorney’s office had pushed for the change in retaliation against a former police lab supervisor’s court testimony. The court unanimously voted to hire the Texas Department of Public Safety for all the Harris County Sheriff’s Office breath-testing needs, choosing to not renew a contract with Lone Star College. Court members deferred responsibility for the Read More


Radio Host Jeff Ward DWI Case Dropped

Famous people are not above committing crimes or being caught in compromising positions.  The problem often arises when these people are treated differently than normal people.  This might be the case after popular drive-time radio host Jeff Ward’s DWI charges were dropped. On June 9, Jeff Ward was pulled over for excessively speeding around 11 PM.  There is no clear evidence whether he submitted to a field sobriety test or he declined.  The arrest affidavit claims that he did not, Read More