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Law enforcement report low number of intoxication arrests during holidays

By KBell
Jan. 9, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 8, 2011 at 7:09 p.m.


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Source: Victoria Police Department news release

Victoria law enforcement had a mostly quiet holiday season when it came to intoxication offenses.

The Victoria Police Department made 14 alcohol-related arrests during the last week of December. Five were for driving while impaired, and nine were for public intoxication, according to a news release from the city.

"Victoria did not experience any alcohol-related fatalities during this period. This is great news," Sgt. Julian Huerta said in the release.

The police worked with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety to reduce impaired driving during the typically busy season.

Capt. Herb Tucker, with the sheriff's office, said exact numbers were not immediately available, but that arrests for public intoxication, DWI and family violence involving alcohol were about the same as last year.

"I would say it's just about normal," he said. "There was no upswing indicated in the reports of alcohol-related incidents."

Meanwhile, the DPS had an abnormally quiet holiday season when it came to alcohol.

"New Year's Eve night, here in Victoria, it was really quiet," Trooper Gerald Bryant said. "I think we arrested one DWI, so it was really great here locally."

Across the state, troopers arrested 1,106 people on suspicion of driving while intoxicated during the last week of December, according to a DPS news release. Just less than half of those were made by troopers whose patrols were funded by a grant targeting impaired driving at high-risk locations.

That grant will allow the same DWI targeting during spring break, Independence Day and Labor Day.

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