‘No Refusal Weekend’ results in 36 Fort Bend County arrests
During the Labor Day Weekend, law enforcement agencies in Fort Bend County made 36 arrests of persons who were impaired by alcohol or other substances in a “No Refusal Weekend.”
The objective of the weekend was to enhance patrols on Fort Bend County roadways in search of criminals and intoxicated drivers.
When intoxicated drivers were encountered and refused a breath test or to give a blood sample, Assistant District Attorneys with the Fort Bend DA’s Office were on standby to handle the paperwork necessary to allow local judges to issue search warrants for blood from drivers who had shown sufficient evidence of their intoxication.
Of the 36 arrests, 29 people consented and seven required search warrants.
The breakdown by agency was: Department of Public Safety, 13 consented, two warrants obtained; Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, six consented, two warrants obtained; Sugar Land Police Department, six consented, one warrant obtained; Fulshear Police Department, two arrests, two warrants obtained; Rosenberg Police Department, two arrests, two warrants obtained; Needville Police Department, one arrest, one warrant obtained; and Precinct 4 Constable, one arrest.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office hosted the Command Post and the Precinct 1 Constable’s Office provided aid by locating at least two of the arrest suspects, turning them over to Task Force units.
“This is yet another example of a successful collaborative effort among Fort Bend County’s many police agencies, citizen volunteers, nurses and the District Attorney’s Office,” said Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey. “Even some kind-hearted defense attorneys helped pay for refreshments. We must also be thankful for the Municipal Judges and Justices of the Peace who, prior to the weekend, agreed to volunteer their time to review the sufficiency of the search warrant affidavits.”
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