BLOTTER: More than 200 arrested in Labor Day no-refusal effort


AUSTIN

More than 200 arrested in Labor Day no-refusal effort

More than 200 people were arrested during a “no refusal” effort that targeted drunken drivers over the Labor Day weekend, Austin police said Tuesday.

The no refusal period ran from 3 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day from Aug. 17 through Sept. 3, and resulted in a total of 210 arrests.

During a no-refusal period, officers have more resources available to legally obtain a breath or blood sample from drivers who refuse to take a blood alcohol test.

Officers obtained 110 blood search warrants during the period, along with 63 voluntary breath samples and 37 voluntary blood samples.

A total of 71 people received enhanced charges:

  • 34 people provided breath samples with blood alcohol levels above 0.15, nearly twice the legal limit of 0.08.
  • 14 people had a previous conviction, resulting in a Class A misdemeanor charge.
  • 15 people had two or more convictions, resulting in a felony charge.
  • Eight people were arrested while driving with a child passenger, resulting in a felony charge.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman

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BURNET COUNTY

Cedar Park man ID’d as glider pilot who crashed

A glider pilot who was injured in a crash in Burnet County on Saturday has been identified as 81-year-old James Morris Carter of Cedar Park, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Carter’s Schweizer SGS 1-35 single-seat glider landed in a field near County Road 108 around 3:44 p.m. and slammed into a fence.

Authorities said Carter received minor facial injuries in the crash.

Officials said the aircraft went down after the pilot was unable to find a thermal, a pocket of warm air that moves upward that light aircraft can use to gain altitude.

Carter refused treatment by emergency medical personnel at the scene, DPS officials said.

— Mark D. Wilson, American-Statesman



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