Mr. David Hunter


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,, 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

Texas Airs Others’ Dirty Laundry on Billboards

Missing children have graced the sides of milk cartons in years passed.  Wanted posters have been on display at post offices since time immemorial.  Texas has made the use of wanted signs even more public than these other examples. Billboards threaten drivers in Texas with the assertion “Drink. Drive. Go to Jail,” but now digital billboards in the San Antonio area will feature the names and photos of suspected drunken drivers who are pending arrest.  Any calls to the tip Read More

Texas State Students Night Life Problems

The cancellation of Texas State’s Students with Alternative Transportation (S.W.A.T.) program in 2009 has left a gap in the city’s efforts to encourage safety on the roads. It has been shown that young Texas die at a much greater rate from injuries sustained in alcohol-related auto crashes than the rest of the population. There were 25,032 alcohol-related crashes that resulted in 1,057 deaths in 2010. Those crashes resulted in 16,877 injuries. The 20- to 25-year-old group in Texas accounts for Read More

Houston Police Department Scandal

The Houston Police Department has a history of problems.  In 2003, the entire laboratory staff was found to be severely deficient in the training and requisite knowledge to work in a DNA lab.   They are again subject to another probe concerning their laboratory work.   After a decade of such scrutiny, the Houston Police Department is experiencing a renewed interest in its testing practices.  So much so, that thousands of cases from the Houston Police Department in the last 25 Read More