Fort Bend County has successful no Refusal Operation

Six law enforcement agencies worked together seamlessly during the no refusal operation this past weekend. The operation was a success due to the increased law enforcement efforts coupled with increased public awareness that was possible through partnerships with nonprofits and the media.

“We were pleased to process only nine DWI arrests through our operation this weekend,” said Sgt. Brian Dasher of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. “Nine was not the number that made this operation successful. Instead, the number one was the number that truly made this weekend a success. During the operational period of our no refusal, we had only one DWI accident total, which fortunately did not result in injury or death.”

The no refusal operation was a cooperative venture between the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office, the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Sugar Land Police Department, the Missouri City Police Department and the local judiciary. Operations were logistically supported by the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Associations of Fort Bend County and Sugar Land.

Warrants were signed by both County Court-at-Law No. 5 Judge Toni Wallace and Judge Maggie Jaramillo of the 400th District Court. Sgt. Dasher expressed a special appreciation for District Judge Jaramillo, who stayed with agencies until early Sunday morning in order to sign warrants.

While special emphasis was placed on the holiday weekend, DWI enforcement continues 24/7 throughout the year, Dasher said.

“The excellent teamwork highlighted this weekend is exhibited daily as various agencies work together towards a common goal,” he said.

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