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EPPD: 31 cases of DWI and DWI-related offenses over Valentine's weekend

EPPD: 31 cases of DWI and DWI-related offenses over Valentine's weekend
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POSTED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 11:15am

UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 6:44pm

It was a busy holiday weekend for the El Paso Police Department with close to three dozen people stopped on suspicion of driving drunk.

The El Paso Police Department says that they had 31 cases of Driving While Intoxicated and DWI-related offenses over the Valentine's Day weekend. The cases were from 1:24 a.m. Friday morning through 2:22 a.m. Monday morning.

Friday, February 14:

  • 4 - DWI
  • 3 - DWI with Blood Alcohol Content above .15
  • 1 - DWI 3rd or more
  • 1 - DWI with Child Passenger Under 15
  • TOTAL - 9 cases

Saturday, February 15:

  • 7 - DWI
  • 5 - DWI with Blood Alcohol Content above .15
  • 2 - DWI 2nd
  • 1 - DWI 3rd or more
  • 1 - DWI Minor
  • 1 - Minor Detectable
  • TOTAL - 17 cases

Sunday, February 16:

  • 2 - DWI with Blood Alcohol Content above .15

Monday, February 17:

  • 3  - DWI

EPPD says there wasn't a single part of town where a driver wasn't pulled over on suspicion of DWI.

"When we have these types of holiday weekends or when holidays fall on a weekend, that coupled with the normal activity that we see, there's obviously the possibility for an increase," said Detective Mike Baranyay, spokesperson for EPPD.

Police say they made their most significant arrest early Monday morning, just past 2 a.m., when a driver crashed their car after going 128 mph in a 40 mph zone.

Nobody was injured but the driver is facing DWI charges.

In addition to having a full DWI task force, Det. Baranyay said EPPD policy also allows them to re-assign officers on patrol to DWI so they can aggressively target drunk drivers on the road.

"About 50 percent of our fatals every year involve alcohol," said Det. Baranyay.

Baranyay said DWI is a crime that is entirely preventable.

"When they go out drinking, they understand that they're going to be driving home intoxicated because they know they drove themselves to the bar, they know they went with the intent to drink, and they know that they need to drive themselves home. So it's 100 percent preventable," said Baranyay.

El Paso County is a 'No Refusal County,' meaning if you are pulled over on suspicion of DWI and refuse to blow into the breathalizer, the officer or deputy can get a search warrant to draw your blood.

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