DUI Repeat Offenders: A DUI Arrest Every Day

By Mary Ann

Some people are slow learners. Cases in point: This week we have two examples of people being arrested for DUI on consecutive days.

In Brownsville, Texas a man ran  a vehicle off the road at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday. He was arrested, charged with his first DUI and released about 11:20 a.m. on $3,000 bond.

A mere six hours later he was picked up again after he hit another vehicle. He was charged, once again, with DUI – and a host of other vehicular charges – and placed in prison under $40,000 bond.

Two days, two DUIs.

But in Wisconsin, a woman topped the Texas mark, picking up three DUI arrests in three days. Her first arrest came as she tried to drive out of a ditch near a state park. She was wearing only one shoe and registered a BAC of .21.

Not 24-hours later her car was stuck in a snow bank and she was arrested for DUI again.

“I am still finishing up the box of wine in my car from yesterday,” authorities reported she told the officer.

She spent 12 hours in jail, but was picked up not long after her release. She was reported to be driving erratically and was found, once again, with a box of wine in her car. She will now spend 30 days in jail.



Texas Joins Growing List of States Obtaining Blood Sample Warrants in Suspected DUI Cases

By Mary Ann

Over the past several months, states have begun instituting programs–usually on a small scale, starting in a few counties–to obtain warrants for blood samples in breathalyzer refusal cases.

We previously reported such programs in South Carolina and Delaware. A Texas Court of Appeals upheld the issuance of warrants for blood samples in 2002, but the state hasn’t regularly used the procedure.

That seems to be changing, with several reported cases of blood-draw warrants over the past two months.