Updated at 7 a.m. Vanessa Quilantan contributed reporting. Two people were killed and 23 injured early this morning when a suspected drunk driver, speeding away from police after an attempted DWI stop, plowed through an Austin street crowded with SXSW partygoers.
On Friday afternoon, Kim Cope was driving along Beach Street in North Fort Worth on her lunch break when she was stopped at a police roadblock. After being ushered into a nearby parking lot, she was given a menu of options. "They were asking for cheek swabs," she told NBC 5. "They would give $10 fo ... More >>
Carrollton police Officer Don Patin was pretty sure Jason Geils was drunk when he pulled him over on December 10, 2009, for speeding down Stemmons Freeway and driving in the HOV lane without a passenger. Patin said he could smell alcohol on Geils' breath and, according to Dallas County court records ... More >>
There's no argument that Richard Lee Barrett has a drinking problem. When Grand Prairie police picked him up for drunken driving in July 2007, he already had one DWI offense on his record. A second conviction brought with it a year-long probation, which he proceeded to violate after three days by dr ... More >>
The fight against drunk driving in Texas underwent a sea change in 1987. That's when the Texas Supreme Court ruled that El Chico was liable for overserving a customer who subsequently caused a fatal car crash and when the legislature codified the decision in the Dram Shop Act, which allowed establis ... More >>
It's a long drive to the Omni Hotel downtown from the nearest Waffle House, which is three-fourths of the way to Farmers Branch. It's a sleepy one, too, when made at the typical Waffle House hour of 4 a.m. Nevertheless, an unidentified gentleman driving a 2004 Lexus SUV decided to undertake that vo ... More >>
Officer Jennifer Bell and Corporal D.J. Lusty remember the night of April 9, 2011 quite clearly. The Fort Worth cops were working off-duty traffic jobs at Texas Motor Speedway following the Samsung Mobile 500 when Bell spotted a golf cart driving on the grass. She watched as the cart laden with thre ... More >>
Richard Railey is definitely not an idiotic, racist troll. Nope, he's just your average 56-year-old community college student, pursuing an associates degree in IT security while trying to form a White Student Union at Tarrant County College. Burnt Orange Report wrote about Railey's quest this morni ... More >>
In the early morning hours of March 17, 2011, 23-year-old Kasey McKenzie was walking through the parking lot of Spearmint Rhino when she was struck and killed by a Ford F-250 with enormous wheels and a monster lift kit as it left a parking space. The driver, 27-year-old Eric Crutchfield, had spent ... More >>
After surviving the drunken-driving accident that killed his girlfriend, a local sports-talker takes his pain on the air.
The best way to prevent drunken driving deaths, as we were repeatedly reminded in the wake of Jerry Brown's death last month, is for drunk people to stop driving. The obvious problem is that the people who are deciding whether to drive are drunk and, while per capita drunken driving deaths in the U ... More >>
The Associated Press is reporting that Jerry Brown, the Cowboys practice player who died in a drunk-driving accident last month, was sober at the time of the crash. Brown's teammate, Josh Brent, had a blood-alcohol level twice the legal limit when the car he was driving crashed. The two had been par ... More >>
Hey, by any chance did you catch Dale Hansen last night on Channel 8 talking about that poor kid at TCU who got kicked off the football team for misbehavior? Man, I'm telling you: sometimes Hansen is my mullah. He was talking about somebody who had written him saying we should pass a law that any k ... More >>
It wasn't long ago that we found country singer Randy Travis drinking wine in front of the First Baptist Church in Sanger. But the man has topped himself. Pretty much everyone is now reporting that Travis walked naked into a Grayson County convenience store to buy cigarettes last night, crashed his ... More >>
NBC 5 anchor Jane McGarry is gone effective today, the station announced in a statement released a while ago. Long-time NBC 5 news anchor Jane McGarry announced that she will leave effective today, Tuesday, July 10, 2012. Tom Ehlmann, NBC 5 president and general manager said, "We support Jane's de ... More >>
Longtime NBC 5 anchor Jane McGarry got popped for DUI over the weekend. She was stopped early Sunday morning in a 2007 Porsche, WFAA reported, after failing to use her signal on the tollway. She refused to take a breathalyzer and was booked into Dallas County jail, where they apparently let her fres ... More >>
Surprise! And by that we mean in a development that's no surprise at all to anyone, DPD just sent out a news release announcing that they'll be conducting another No Refusal DWI Initiative this weekend: This initiative will begin at 6:00 P.M., Friday, March 16, 2012 and will end at 6:00 A.M., Sunday ... More >>
Google the phrase "SponsorMonsters," and the first thing that pops up is an item from the Mothers Against Drunk Driving website touting the John Carpenter Freeway-based organization's partnership with it. As in: "For 2011, Sponsor Monsters donated their lead sponsorship position to MADD and will ... More >>
If your New Year's weekend plans include a destination in Tarrant County and you have a nasty and terribly irresponsible habit of driving drunk, your boozebaggery and bad decisions can make you famous -- which is to say, infamous. The Tarrant County District Attorey's Office will publish the names o ... More >>
We close out the holiday with a look at the Dallas Police Department's look at how Dallas spent the New Year's weekend, per a series of stats-filled missives sent out by Senior Corporal Kevin Janse. First, for those wondering whether the threat of a mandatory blood draw works, there were 27 DWI a ... More >>
If it's a major holiday likely to involve a drink or two or 12, it's time for ... you guessed it: the Dallas Police Department's No-Refusal DWI Initiative! Let's not waste time recapping the what-the-whats. Release the release!The No-Refusal Initiative will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December ... More >>
On Thursday we gave you the no-surprise-there heads-up that, yet again, the Dallas Police Department would be drawing blood from long-weekend drunken drivers who refused to voluntarily turn over a blood or breath sample. Well, the numbers are in: DPD just sent word that 54 people were arrested fo ... More >>
Back in June 2009, then-Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle told then-Dallas Observer-er Kimberly Thorpe why he was (and, no doubt, remains) a big fan of the department's so-called No-Refusal DWI Initiative, which allows officers who pull over suspected drunk drivers to take and test two vials' wort ... More >>
No doubt you caught at least some of The Dallas Morning News's recently wrapped three-part series on Texas's trouble with properly punishing drunken drivers. Probation instead of prison; back behind the wheel instead of behind bars. Says Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in a missive ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Tuesday, June 29, 2010...It's not Ollie Campesinos!, it's the band.Vince Neil was arrested for DUI in Las Vegas... at least he didn't kill a best friend this time.Method Man pleads guilty to tax evasion, not very gangsta sir.
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Police DepartmentYasmine VillasanaThe first person I called yesterday after receiving that video in which the drunk driver of a Chevy Impala flew outta Dallas-Fort Worth Airport the wrong way was David Magaña, DFW's manager of public affairs. And he confir ... More >>
If your name is Newy Scruggs, Laura Dean-Mooney or Jesus H. Christ, you have permission to stop reading. The rest of you, I'd like you to think back to the last time you were driving while drunk, schnockered, intoxicated, tipsy, under the influence or, if you prefer, merely buzzed. Last week ... More >>
Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle tells Unfair Park he expects to launch the so-called no-refusal program full-time in September after key legislation passed Sunday that makes obtaining a blood search warrant easier."That was the hold up," says Kunkle, who explains that the old law stipulated that on ... More >>
Dallas Police VideoA woman arrested for DWI during a so-called No-Refusal Weekend has her blood drawn inside Lew Sterrett. In her left hand? A search warrant that orders her to give up her blood.The Texas Senate yesterday refused to send to Governor Rick Perry a bill that included an amendment that ... More >>
Kimberly ThorpeMADD director Mary Kardell and Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle at this morning's press conferenceA word of caution before you head out for the long Memorial Day weekend: It's also No-Refusal Weekend. Which means? Well, if Dallas police pull suspect you're drinking and driving, you'll ... More >>
DWI attorney David BurrowsSeveral hundred defense attorneys are attending an all-day conference at the Belo Mansion today to learn about the next wave of DWI defense work: the blood alcohol test about which we wrote last month. In recent years, police departments across the state have moved away fro ... More >>
On Monday the Texas Senate passed two bills related to drunken driving. The first would mandate statewide sobriety checkpoints; the second would allow police officers to draw blood from DWI suspects. The other sexually oriented newspaper in town focused on the sobriety checkpoints and mentioned that ... More >>
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