Crime

July 1, 2014

DWI suspects face no-refusal rules for July Fourth

Drivers who refuse breath tests must submit to blood tests, and those arrested will have their names published on the district attorney’s website.

Law officers countywide will be out looking for impaired drivers over the holiday weekend, according to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

When motorists suspected of driving while intoxicated refuse breath tests, police will use search warrants to obtain blood samples. The no-refusal weekend lasts from 9:30 p.m. Friday until 5:30 a.m. Monday.

During the no-refusal operation last July Fourth weekend, officers arrested 97 motorists on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor DWI. Of those, 77 were found guilty. Twenty cases are pending, said Melody McDonald, a spokeswoman with the district attorney’s office.

Those who are arrested and charged have their names and ages published on the Tarrant County district attorney’s website, www.tarrantda.com.

“We continue to support ‘no refusal’ because we believe the citizens of Tarrant County should be able to travel our roadways without putting their lives at risk,” Assistant District Attorney Richard Alpert said. “Ending up dead or in jail is a poor way to celebrate our country’s independence.”

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