San Antonio, Texas: During the No Refusal program this past month, beginning at 12:01 a.m. on 4/1/2017 through 11:59 p.m. on 4/30/2017 there were 585 persons arrested for driving while intoxicated offenses and 246 blood draws. Below is a breakdown of the arrests by offense:
Driving While Intoxicated 1st: 243
Driving While Intoxicated w/BAC 0.15 or higher 178
Driving While Intoxicated-Open Container: 32
Driving While Intoxicated-2nd: 65
Driving While Intoxicated-3rd or More: 46
Driving While Intoxicated-with Child Under 15 yrs. old: 16
Intoxication Assault: 4
Intoxication Manslaughter: 2
*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.