DWI

Austin
3:16 pm
Thu December 26, 2013

APD Stepping Up Drunk Driving Enforcement for New Year's

Lt. Robert Richman of the Austin Police Department said "... we want to have consistency throughout Central Texas for people to understand police are out there, we're watching and want to make sure that they're safe."
Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Several law enforcement agencies across Central Texas will be on patrol looking for drunk drivers during the upcoming holiday. The Austin Police Department will start the third phase of its safety initiative next week.

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Commissoners Court
8:53 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Despite Perry Veto, Travis County Bills State for Public Integrity Work

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg in 2008.
KUT News

Travis County is going to bill the State of Texas for some work done on the Public Integrity Unit. Travis County commissioners approved the plan Tuesday.

The Public Integrity Unit deals with white-collar crimes from across the state. It had been paid for with state funds, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed that money when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign after pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated.

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Austin
9:05 am
Mon September 2, 2013

2013 Labor Day Lowdown: Water Rules, Road Closures, No Refusal & More

Get out your paddles: Kayaks are cool on Austin waterways this Labor Day, but not motorized vehicles.
KUT News

Another Labor Day is here in Austin. Here’s a rundown of street closures, holiday schedules, rules for the road and more:

Road Closures:

Several downtown and South Austin streets are closed or partially-closed this morning for a triathlon.

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Crime
3:44 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

55 Blood Warrants Issued Over Austin's 'No Refusal' Weekend

APD made 99 arrests over this Fourth of July weekend.
flickruser/duluoz cats

It was a long holiday weekend for Austin Police:  APD made 99 arrests in an increased effort against drunk driving.

July 4 through the morning of July 7 marked a no-refusal enforcement for ​Austin Police. DWI suspects who refused a breath or blood test had to submit a blood sample under a search warrant. There were 55 warrants issued for blood samples over the weekend.

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Austin
4:07 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

No-Refusal Weekend on Austin Streets and Waters

Another DWI crackdown is in store this weekend in Austin.
KUT News

Austin police have a no-refusal period Memorial Day weekend targeting drunken driving and boating.

During no-refusal actions, officers can obtain blood search warrants on suspects who refuse to willingly provide a breath sample or cooperate with a blood test.

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Health
7:16 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Should Legal Blood Alcohol Limit Be Lowered?

Mock DWI Crash
Flickr/Shanana Rain Golden-Bear http://www.flickr.com/photos/52283904@N04/7630626680/

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling on states to toughen drunk driving laws, but Mothers Against Drunk Driving says there are better ways to fight drinking and driving.

The NTSB recommends lowering the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.05 percent from the current 0.08 percent.

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Austin
6:12 am
Tue May 14, 2013

DA Lehmberg Seeking Treatment Following DWI Jail Release

Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.
Austin Criminal Law Journal

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she is attending treatment for a brief time to “deal with the behavior” that led to her drunk driving arrest.

Lehmberg served half of a 45-day jail sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.

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Austin
5:19 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Another DWI Case: DPS Official Held

Austin is seeing a run of high-profile drunken-driving arrests.
Nathan Bernier, KUT News

Austin has had another high-profile DWI arrest.

Texas Department of Public Safety official Richard Hooks was arrested early this morning and booked into the Travis County Jail.

Hooks is the Capital-area regional coordinator for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg is serving a 45-day sentence after pleading guilty to a DWI charge last month.

In March, state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez was arrested for DWI after a collision.

Austin
7:24 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Travis County DA Lehmberg Issues Public Apology for Drunk Driving

Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving April 12.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg released a public apology on her website over the weekend.

She offers her "deepest regret and most sincere apology" for the April 12 drunk driving incident which led to her arrest and subsequent guilty plea. Lehmberg announced on her Facebook page that she had posted the letter, calling it the "only form of communication available to [her] at this time."

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Politics
5:19 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

State Lawmaker Wants Travis County DA to Resign

The House chamber below a mostly empty gallery during the final days of the special session on June 27, 2011.
Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

A state lawmaker is calling for the resignation of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, who’s serving a 45-day sentence in the county jail after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated.

State Representative Phil King, R-Weatherford, says if Lehmberg doesn’t resign, the state’s Public Integrity Unit should be moved from her office to the Texas Attorney General’s. The unit investigates corruption by lawmakers.

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Austin
11:03 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Travis County DA Lehmberg Pleads Guilty, Gets 45 Jail Days

Travis County Sheriff's Office

David Sheppard is Rosemary Lehmberg's attorney.

Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg pleaded guilty this morning to a Class A misdemeanor for drunk driving.

She was arrested last Friday night after she was reportedly driving erratically. Travis County Sheriff’s officers say they found an open bottle of vodka in her car.

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Austin
7:04 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

APD Announces End to Warrantless Blood Draws

Steve Rhode/Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/steverhode/

The Austin Police Chief is ordering  officers to stop getting warrantless blood draws from drunk driving suspects. The policy change comes after a ruling Wednesday from the U.S. Supreme Court that police in most cases must try to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests.

Texas Law allows a warrantless blood draws in certain cases, but Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is calling on his officers to stop doing that, at least for the time being.

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Austin
12:25 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Report: Suit Seeks to Sink Travis Co. DA Over 'Intoxication'

The booking photo for Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

An Austin citizen has filed a lawsuit seeking to remove Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office, arguing that her recent DWI arrest provides grounds for removal.

The Austin Chronicle reports that the lawsuit, brought by local attorney Kerry O'Brien, seeks to have Lehmberg temporarily removed from office until a verdict is reached in her DWI arrest. That verdict should come easily, as Lehmberg has penned a letter pleading guilty “without any request for leniency or consideration of any type.”

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Austin
11:21 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Travis County DA Arrested for Drunk Driving (Update)

The booking photo for Travis County D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg.
Travis County Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg says she will plead guilty to a DWI charge and will accept whatever punishment is handed down.

Lehmberg sent the following letter to County Attorney David Escamilla over the weekend:

To: Mr. David  Escamilla and the Judge of any Court of Jurisdiction

From: Rosemary Lehmberg

Date: April 14, 2013 

Please accept this as my Plea of Guilt to the Charge of Driving While Intoxicated, arising from my arrest on 4/12/13, for whatever level of offense is determined to be justified by the facts.

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Texas
7:39 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Getting Tougher on Failure to Stop After Accident

Lawmakers support tougher penalties for leaving scenes of crashes
KUT News

Texas lawmakers are looking to take away the incentive for a driver leaving the scene of a crash when that driver is intoxicated.

Under current Texas Law, there’s an incentive to run away and sober up, because there’s a stiffer penalty for intoxication manslaughter than for failure to stop and render aid, even when the victim dies.

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