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DWI continues to be a community issue

The Eagle Pass Police Department arrested four individuals over the weekend on Driving While Intoxicated charges.

Information provided by the Eagle Pass Police Department shows that the individuals were charged and will now go through the legal process for driving while intoxicated.

Eagle Pass Police Chief Albert Guajardo warns the community that there is zero tolerance for such crimes.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is a serious offense that endangers not only the driver but other people as well.

The Texas Department of Transportation reports that about every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is hurt or killed in a crash involving alcohol.

Informational reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety(TXDPS) show that there was one DWI arrest every two days in Maverick County during 2017.

During 2017 the TXDPS reported 156 DWI arrests with the Eagle Pass Police Department conducting 104 of those arrests while the Maverick County Sheriff Department reported 52 DWI arrests. Of those arrests, 19 of them were released with no charges and 2 were later dismissed.

During 2016 TXDPS reported 139 DWI arrests in Maverick County with EPPD conducting 102 arrests and the MCSD had 37 arrests. 11 of those were released with no charges and 6 were later dismissed in the court system.

2018 totals are yet not available.

Driving While Intoxicated is a serious problem that occurs way too often in our community.

Before you get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol consider these statistics and reports from the Texas Department of Public Safety. TXDOT Texas Department of Transportation Crash (CR3) reports has reported that from 2005 to 2016, there have been 464 DUI related accidents in Maverick County.

“We urge you to not drink and drive,” states Chief Guajardo.

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