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 setting it up so that cops can get a quick court order sent to them to get a blood test on anyone who refuses to blow.
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"This will enable us to take the legal process to the drunken drivers, instead of having the drunks brought to us," says Warren Diepraam, head of the DA's vehicular-crimes section.
On the actual Halloween night, blood testing will be done as usual. But come November 1-- which, we guess, could still include some Halloween revelry -- the mobile units go into effect at undisclosed locations on the north side.
So here's a thought -- don't drive drunk.
-- Richard Connelly