More than 200 suspected drunken drivers arrested in Austin during holidays


Austin police arrested more than 200 people on charges of driving while intoxicated during a no-refusal initiative covering both Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

According to police, a total 210 people were arrested from Dec. 15 through Jan. 2.

Authorities obtained 95 blood search warrants, 71 consent breath samples and 44 consent blood samples during the roughly two-week window.

Nearly 50 people who were arrested face Class A misdemeanor charges for having a previous conviction or a breath sample of 0.15 or higher, and 26 face felony charges, including three who were driving with a child passenger.

The legal limit in Texas for blood alcohol content is 0.08.

“The Austin Police Department continues to focus on preventing deaths on our streets, highways and waterways,” police said. “The Department is dedicated to making the roadways and waterways of Austin safe for residents and visitors through education and enforcement.” 

Here’s a breakdown of the enhanced charges:

  • Class A Misdemeanor DWI (with previous conviction): 21
  •  Class A Misdemeanor DWI (breath sample over 0.15): 26
  • Felony DWI (two or more previous convictions): 21
  • Felony DWI (with child passenger): 3


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