Drunk Driving

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    November 26, 2014

    High Court: Warrantless DWI Blood Draws Are Unconstitutional

    Just in time for the holiday weekend, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a lower court's ruling that warrantless blood-drawing in DWI cases is unconstitutional. In a split 5-4 decision Wednesday, the majority justices disagreed with prosecutors' argument that driving on Texas roads is a ... More >>

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    July 15, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Jimmy Smith Makes It Five Ravens Arrested

    We've seen this Harbaugh Brothers movie before. One Harbaugh has a team that jumps out to a huge lead, only to see the other brother's charges come storming back to make it a contest. We saw it in Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, John's Ravens taking a huge lead in the third quarter only to see Jim ... More >>

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    July 7, 2014

    Fantasy Crime League Update: Browns WR Josh Gordon Needs Help Badly

    Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are less surprising than others. Some of my NFL Fantasy Crime League updates are sadder than others, too. Then there are Fantasy Crime League updates involving Browns wide receiver and native Houstonian Josh Gordon, which are sadly not very surprising (a ... More >>

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    November 22, 2013

    Zapruder Analysis Of A Drunk Chick Wearing Just A Shaq Jersey

    Today is the 50th anniversary of one of the most famous dates in American history, the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The quintessential date where anyone alive at that time "remembers where they were," the nation was indelibly changed that day, and in an eerie way a star crossed (at times, morbi ... More >>

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    March 19, 2013

    Diana Quinn: You're Once, Twice, Three Times Convicted (of DWI)

    This past weekend was St. Patrick's Day, one of the drink-iest "holidays" of the year. And while we did not drink green beer, we did celebrate with green-ish margaritas because there is no better place to be on St. Patrick's Day than a Tex-Mex joint, just as there is no better place to be on Cinco d ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    Ex-NFLer Scott Turner, Now A State Rep, Wants Tougher Penalities For First-Time DWI Offenders

    New Rep. Scott Turner, R-Rockwall, lent a certain amount of star power to a bill Rep. Bill Callegari, R-Katy, continues to push each session: mandatory interlock devices for first-time driving while intoxicated offenders. Turner, who played nine years as a defensive back in the National Football Le ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Lots of DWI Arrests in Harris County Over the Christmas and New Year's Eve Holiday

    People like to get their drink on during the holidays. There are parties and gatherings with family, which oft require drinking just to survive. New Year's Eve is the most drunkiest time of the year! And, honestly, there's nothing wrong with partying so long as you don't drive after you do it. Yet ... More >>

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    December 28, 2012

    One More Reason Not to Drive Drunk on New Year's Eve

    Earlier today, I gave you five not so great reasons to avoid drunk driving this New Year's. They were superficial and unimportant, but they were meant to underscore the fact that driving under the influence is reckless and stupid, particularly on the drunkest night of the year. This doesn't mean you ... More >>

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    October 10, 2012

    Does Over-Serving at Restaurants Go Under-Investigated?

    A few weeks ago, I endured a rather unpleasant dinner at The Rouxpour -- the subject of this week's cafe review -- which had nothing to do with the food itself and everything to do with two very drunk patrons. After being harassed by the two men throughout the evening, I finally retrieved a manager ... More >>

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    June 7, 2012

    Robert Pemelton: The Smiling-est Damn (Alleged) DWI Mugshot Ever

    Robert Pemelton decided to show off in his black Jaguar on a Harlingen street about 1:30 yesterday; unfortunately for him, a cop saw it all and stopped him. Pemelton failed field sobriety tests, but apparently he doesn't feel too bad about -- his mugshots show him all smiles, like he's having the f ... More >>

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    June 4, 2012

    Adventures in DUI: Jacksonville Jags WR Justin Blackmon (w/ Mugshot!)

    While the new NFL collective bargaining agreement has brought rookie salaries, particularly first round rookie salaries, more in line with their true value, there is no denying that NFL teams are still investing significant chunks of change in a bunch of unproven commodities. Along those lines, it's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    MADD Says 85 Percent of Texas Parents Say Their Kids "Are Not Interested in Drinking"

    Texas parents are a deluded group, if a new survey for Mothers Against Drunk Driving is any indication. The survey says 85 percent of Texas parents feel their children "are not interested in drinking." At least some of those 85 percent have kids in high school, one would think. But apparently they ... More >>

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    October 28, 2011

    Michael Lund: Cop Arrested For DWI After Driving Through Accident Scene

    Michael Lund, 27-year vet​A veteran Sugar land police captain was arrested for DWI early this morning after cops say he drove through a blocked-off accident scene. Michael Lund was arrested shortly after midnight near the scene of a large accident at Dairy Ashford and Highway 90A. The Staffo ... More >>

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    June 30, 2011

    No-Refusal Programs, Increased Anti-DWI Patrols: It Must Be the Fourth of July Weekend

    HPDDon't be this guy.​Just about every government jurisdiction with a pulse is putting out reminders that they are going to be looking hard for DWI cases this coming long weekend. The state Department of Public Safety is upping patrols in areas where there have been alcohol-related crashes; H ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    Conroe Man Gets 99 Years for 16th DWI

    Bottle blond, literally.​When a person gets a DWI, most assume it serves as a lesson that perhaps he should not drink and drive. A second DWI might suggest this person should consider counseling for an alcohol addiction. But, when a man gets 16 DWIs, that man goes to prison. Such is the case ... More >>

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    March 11, 2011

    Tonight Is No-Refusal Night: Behind The Scenes of a DWI

    Tonight is no-refusal night.​Happy Friday! It's the joyous start to the weekend, that grateful lapse between the freshly dead work week and the one that looms next. It's also the kickoff to no-refusal weekend, HPD's drunk driving initiatve. If you're pulled over on suspicion of being drunk and ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Miguel Cabrera's DUI Handbook

    Miguel Cabrera lights up a mugshot like Tom DeLay​One of the businesses I speak for on my radio show is longtime Texas DWI defense attorney Gary Trichter. Among the talking points that I continually hammer home for listeners is the fact that Gary Trichter co-authored the textbook for DWI defen ... More >>

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    February 16, 2011

    HPD with New Anti-DWI Initiative: You've Been Warned

    HPDAnother anti-DWI crackdown is under way​Law enforcement agencies like the DA's office always like to tout new anti-DWI drives, usually tied to a holiday. The Houston Police Department got in on the game today, holding a press conference with MADD to let the public know they'll be cracking ... More >>

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    December 31, 2010

    DWI Crackdown Begins -- With Arrests Of Two Galveston County Law-Enforcement Officers

    Prosecutor and sheriff's deputy arrested​Police departments, sheriff's offices and district attorneys have been loudly getting the word out about DWI crackdowns at the end of the year. Maybe some of their employees should have paid attention. Fox 26 reports that two law-enforcement officials ... More >>

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    December 9, 2010

    Mario Elie, Former Rocket, Still Part-Time Houstonian, Busted For Drunk Driving

    Mario Elie, celebrating​Mario Elie, the popular former Houston Rocket who's married to KTRK news anchor Gina Gaston, got busted early this morning for suspicion of drunk driving, the Associated Press reports. Elie, now an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings, was picked up in downtown Sac ... More >>

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    November 24, 2010

    Worse Week? The Texans Or This Dude Who Got THREE DWI's

    There are bad weeks and really bad weeks​As part of my radio job, I speak for a handful of sponsors. When identifying products or services for me to endorse, the sales staff at our station starts with the question "Is this something Sean would use?" Naturally, my suite of endorsees is heavy ... More >>

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    October 28, 2010

    DWI: Getting Away With It Is Getting Tougher In Harris County

    Blood tests for drunk drivers will be the norm now that Harris County got a fat chunk of federal cash. ​Drinking and driving is serious business in Harris County, and to prove it, the District Attorney's office held a press conference this morning to promote some changes they've made. "A lot of dr ... More >>

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    October 26, 2010

    One Toke Of K2 Over The Line: Real High From Fake Weed Lands Bryan Man In Jail

    Not in Bryan​An unidentified 24-year-old Bryan man faces Class B misdemeanor DWI charges after allegedly admitting to police that he smoked K2, a marijuana-like substance sold legally in Houston stores as incense.According to the Bryan-College Station Eagle, a Brazos County sheriff's deputy spotte ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    No Refusal DWI Crackdowns: Every Weekend For The Next Three Years

    Because you're mine, you walk the line​Every holiday weekend, it seems, the Harris County District Attorney's office puts out a release touting a "No Refusal Weekend," where law-enforcement sets up locations targeting drunk drivers.Normally, DWI suspects who refuse to take a Breathalyzer (as attor ... More >>

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    August 18, 2010

    Rio Grande Mud: Cops, Mayors and Judges Busted For Corruption, DWI And Whoring All Over Valley

    Froget it, Jake. It's just the Valley​On moving to Miami during that city's Cocaine Cowboy heyday, a friend once described the place thusly: "You are nobody here until you are under indictment."As the frontline for the drug war has shifted from Colombia and South Florida to Mexico and South Texas, ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Summertime Blues: MADD And Cops Gather To Threaten Drunk Drivers

    Photo by John Nova LomaxHave props, will travel​In what is now a time-honored pre-Labor Day Weekend/dog days of summer ritual, police and members of several anti-drunk driving advocacy groups gathered yesterday to stress what they claim is a multitude of alternative modes of transport for nocturn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2010

    DWI: They're Coming For You This Weekend By Land And By Sea

    Photo by meltedplastic​As you make your long-weekend plans, one thing to keep in mind: Harris County is having another one of those "No Refusal" campaigns designed to nab drunk drivers...and drunk boaters."If you plan to be driving a motor vehicle or at the helm of a boat, we ask that you act sens ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Ted Poe Decides He Likes Drunk Drivers After All

    ​Congressman Ted Poe was, for a long time, a Harris County district judge. And he displayed special venom for people convicted of DWI.Once he went to Washington things didn't change. Here's part of a floor speech he gave two years ago about a police chief killed by a drunken driver: He took th ... More >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Your DWI Arrest Shall Be Tweeted About

    ​Do you like to be tweeted about? Do you like driving drunk? If you answered "yes" (or just gave a drunken head-nod) to both, then you're in for a treat: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is tweeting the names of folks charged with DWI this holiday season."The number one crime -- mos ... More >>

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    December 22, 2009

    Business Is Booming In The DWI-Arrest Industry

    ​It might not be as helpful as a huge increase in retail sales, but the Harris County DA's office is reporting a big spike in DWI arrests last weekend. (We guess it could be considered "helpful" if you were driving on the same road as some of those arrested.)The second weekend of the joint "No Ref ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    Widow Of Drunk Driver Denied Insurance Benefits, Sues

    ​Everyone knows that drinking and driving is a recipe for disaster. But if you're injured while driving drunk, does that mean your injuries are intentionally self-inflicted?It does if you ask the global insurance giant Cigna, according to a recent lawsuit filed in Houston federal court.Deborah ... More >>

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    November 25, 2009

    Warning: It's A No-Refusal DWI Weekend In Harris County

    ​Be warned if you plan on using some blessed liquor to get you through the horror of your in-laws this Thanksgiving -- Harris County is making this a "no-refusal" weekend when it comes to DWIs.The District Attorney's office has announced they'll be setting up the usual mobile labs, compete with nu ... More >>

  • News

    November 19, 2009

    MasterMind Awards

    The Houston Press will once again recognize outstanding local artists.

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    November 5, 2009

    Getting Off

    Attorney Tyler Flood says he wins 80 percent of his clients' DWI trials, even if they were 100 percent drunk as a skunk.

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    November 2, 2009

    The Halloween Drunk Tank

    Photos by Mike Giglio​Beneath an almost full moon on Halloween night the (probably) drunk man tried to follow the tip of the officer's pen with his eyes. Behind him a parade of costumed yuppies shuffled between Washington Avenue's trendy bars: sexy school girls, sexy devils, mobsters, Facebook. ... More >>

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    March 31, 2009

    Sobriety-Checkpoint Bill Advances; Some Legislators Should Start Worrying

    The American Beverage Institute is still keeping up its noble fight to stop the Texas legislature from passing a bill that would allow sobriety checkpoints on the roads.SB298 has been passed by the Senate and now goes to the House."By calling for sobriety checkpoints, this proposal ignores the root ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Coming To The Defense Of The Harassed Light Drinker

    In times like these, when police are cracking down on drunk drivers everywhere, who is willing to stand up and defend the impaired motorist?The American Beverage Institute, that's who. They have gone on the record today opposing bills in the Texas legislature that call for breathalyzer ignitions for ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008

    Refusing To Blow In The Breathalyzer May Not Save You This Weekend

    If you plan on driving drunk this Halloween weekend -- Great idea!! Kids running around in the dark!! -- you should be aware that the old "Never give a breath test" ploy might not work. The DAs office announced this morning that it's teaming up with HPD to fund a mobile DWI lab. They're also setti ... More >>

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    October 28, 2008

    Teacher Of The Year And Hero To Drunk Drivers

    We wondered yesterday if the woman who may set hundreds of drunk drivers free because she failed to test breathalyzer equipment could possibly be the same woman who won a Teacher of the Year award in 2007 for her work at Sharpstown Middle School. No way, we thought, although how many Deetrice Walla ... More >>

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    October 27, 2008

    Drunk Drivers: Here's The Person Who's Giving You Hope

    The Texas Department of Public Safety announced great, terrific news for Houston-area drunk drivers Friday: as many as 2,600 DUI cases may be jeopardized because an independent contractor had not done the tests on Breathalyzer machines that she claimed to have done. Today Harris County DA Kenneth M ... More >>

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    August 29, 2008
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    August 22, 2008

    MADD Reneges On Offer To Get Us Drunk

    We at the Houston Press are all about serving the public’s interest – especially when it involves consuming massive amounts of alcohol. Which is why we were excited and honored to be part of MADD’s “Wet Lab” demonstration; a partnership between MADD and the Houston Police Department. Sche ... More >>

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    September 13, 2007
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    October 7, 2004

    After Oprah

    Ted Poe got the spotlight for a shame-based sentencing -- the victim says it was a sham

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    October 4, 2001

    Driving Miss D.A.-isy

    A ride-along girlfriend and erroneous testimony taint a DWI squad case

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    March 29, 2001

    Hotze's Blue Angels

    Not-so-divine DWI help arrives for a conservative kingmaker

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    November 11, 1999
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    July 28, 1994

    Rudy T Drives the Lane

    In Clutch City, nothing's too good for our champions

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