San Antonio, Texas: During the No Refusal program this past month, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on 10/1/2016 through 11:59 p.m. on 10/31/2016 there were 490 persons arrested for driving while intoxicated offenses and 234 blood draws. Below is a breakdown of the arrests by offense:
Driving While Intoxicated 1st: 219
Driving While Intoxicated w/BAC 0.15 or higher: 137
Driving While Intoxicated-Open Container: 21
Driving While Intoxicated-2nd: 61
Driving While Intoxicated-3rd or More: 39
Driving While Intoxicated-with Child Under 15 yrs. old: 9
Intoxication Assault: 4
Intoxication Manslaughter: 1
*The data complied reflects arrests only. It does not reflect the disposition of the cases.
No Refusal Policy: Since October of 2011, Bexar County has had a “No Refusal” policy for individuals suspected of driving while intoxicated. Whenever a driver is arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated, the driver will be asked to voluntarily provide a specimen of the driver’s breath or blood for forensic testing to determine its alcohol concentration. If the arrested person refuses to provide a voluntary specimen, the arresting officer will obtain a search warrant from a judge to obtain a blood specimen for forensic testing. This Policy applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year.