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Posted on: February 3, 2017

1/1/2017 - DWI "No Refusal" Arrests for December 2016

San Antonio, Texas: During the No Refusal program this past month, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on 12/1/2016 through 11:59 p.m. on 12/31/2016 there were 420 persons arrested for driving while intoxicated offenses and 217 blood draws. Below is a breakdown of the arrests by offense:

Driving While Intoxicated 1st: 156

Driving While Intoxicated w/BAC 0.15 or higher: 144

Driving While Intoxicated-Open Container: 16

Driving While Intoxicated-2nd: 53

Driving While Intoxicated-3rd or More: 43

Driving While Intoxicated-with Child Under 15 yrs. old: 8

Intoxication Assault: 0
Intoxication Manslaughter: 0

*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.

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