Category Archives for DWI and DNA Test

Family in Critical Condition from Mom’s Mistake

In the morning of November 11th, six family members were driving on the highway in Katy, TX.  While it is not known where they were headed, the hour was early as Lourdes Lopez ran a red light at the intersection of Fry Rd and Katy Freeway.  The 22 year old was suspected of DWI after her car was T-boned by a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck.  The accident occurred around 3 o’clock in the morning. While no one in the Read More


Former Texas State Representative Accused of DWI

Jack Stick was a former state representative for the state of Texas in Austin.  He also spent time as municipal judge in the city of Bee Cave in Travis County.  His most recent position is as the deputy inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.  He had seen a lot of success in that position, overseeing an increase in Medicaid fraud cases.  Unfortunately for Stick, he was arrested in September under suspicion of DWI.  And now, much Read More


Harris County District Attorney Wants to Destroy Evidence

In DWI and other criminal trails, DNA evidence is often integral to the final ruling of innocence or guilt.  DNA has also been important evidence in exoneration and appeal cases for the wrongly accused.  Yet, in a much criticized effort to clean up space for other DNA samples, Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos wants to destroy thousands of vials of blood. “These blood vials simply sit, unused and unwanted, in secure refrigeration units, taking up valuable space and requiring 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


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


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


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


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