4

DWI No Refusal: Houston, Montgomery County Make The Today Show

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

New Year's Eve is coming up, and that means local law enforcement agencies are putting out tons of press releases warning drivers about DWI.

Harris and Montgomery counties, two of the more aggressive players in that game, scored a jackpot today with a segment on NBC's Today show.

The piece featured a Houston cop pulling over a (barely dressed) female on suspicion of DWI, and when she refused a breathlayzer -- wham! It's No Refusal time.

The reporter talked to Montgomery County assistant DA Warren Diepraam about the process, and we saw a bored judge rubber-stamping a search-warrant request for a blood test.

The rest of the country should follow the local policy and implement such procedures, was clearly the tone of the piece.

So remember: Don't drink and drive.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.