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 arrests between 6 p.m. Friday, the beginning of the No-Refusal Initiative, and 8 p.m. last night -- six of which resulted in search warrants following refusals to submit to breath or blood tests. Four other stops involved no-choice blood draws for the following reasons: One drunk driver was stopped with a child in the car; one was stopped for driving while intoxicated for a third time; one was charged with intoxicated assault with a vehicle; and another resulted in the charge of intoxicated manslaughter.
And for those who heard things going boom in the New Year's night -- and in Northwest Dallas, at midnight and well beyond both Friday and last night, it sounded like the Fourth of July in Fallujah -- Janse notes: "Dallas Police responded to 39 disturbances regarding illegal fireworks and 140 calls regarding random gunfire. There were no injuries reported in any of these calls."
I also see that at 3:50 this morning, officers were called to the American Airlines Center, where someone tied a chain around the ATM in order to "uproot it from the ground." For the second time since New Year's Eve morning.
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And then, of course, there was that attempt to turn the Best Buy on N. Central and Park Lane into a drive-thru Saturday morning, details of which follow for those who haven't heard.
From Janse, following the noontime crash Saturday:
Officers responded to the Best Buy at 9378 N. Central Expressway regarding a vehicle that drove into the business. An elderly white female believed to be in her 70s was trying to park her 2000 Lexus SUV in the handicap parking spots right in front of the store. She told accident investigators that there was a malfunction with the vehicle and it accelerated forward over a concrete pillar through the front doors.
There were two customers, a male and a female, standing just inside the doors who where brushed by the vehicle as it continued through the store. The vehicle drove up onto a row of shopping carts and came to rest on the exchange counter. An adult male was at the counter and was pinned to the counter by the vehicle. He was transported to Baylor with possible broken ribs and a broken arm. The female customer that was brushed by the vehicle at the entrance was also taken to Baylor with minor injuries.