Austin police nets 229 DWI arrests during holiday no refusal

DWI Blood Sample
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AUSTIN (KXAN) — In the span of 17 days, the Austin Police Department arrested 229 people for driving while intoxicated as part of its holiday no refusal program. Austin police conducted the No Refusal from Dec. 18-Jan. 3.

Of the 229 arrests, 89 of the drivers consented to a breathalyzer, 18 consented to blood samples and 119 warrants were issued for blood samples. Three of the arrested were under the legal drinking age.

During No Refusal, if a driver doesn’t want to provide a breath or blood sample, the officer can ask a judge to issue a warrant for a blood sample. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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