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Memorial Day roundup leads to 22 arrests
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — A multi-agency task force targeting intoxicated drivers and boaters over the Memorial Day weekend made a total of 22 arrests between 5 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Sunday, according to District Attorney Lee Hon. Of those arrests, six were for driving while intoxicated, two for boating while intoxicated and seven for public intoxication. Law enforcement officers arrested seven people for outstanding warrants during the coordinated effort to combat DWI and BWI offenses in Polk County. Commonly referred to as a "no refusal" effort, the agencies led by the Polk County District Attorney's Office met at the Polk County Sheriff's Office where they planned their approach and disbursed resources throughout the county and Lake Livingston. Other participating agencies included the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife, Livingston Police Department and Pct. 1 Constable. District Judges Elizabeth Coker and Kaycee Jones were on-hand at peak periods during the weekend to issue search warrants for blood tests when needed. The no-refusal effort is a law enforcement initiative designed to saturate the streets, highways, lakes and rivers with law enforcement personnel in an effort to stop DWI and BWI drivers or boaters before innocent civilians become victims, Hon said. Drivers and operators of boats suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or other substances are asked for a sample of their breath or blood to determine the concentration of alcohol or type of substance the driver may have in their body. Those who refuse would be compelled to provide a blood specimen pursuant to a search warrant issued by a judge. "I would like to thank all of the agencies and dedicated officers who participated in this effort," Hon said. "The statistic that I'm most proud of is the fact that there were no alcohol-related traffic accidents in Polk County over Memorial Day Weekend. This is due in large part to the effort of law enforcement in Polk County. In addition, I think it is important to note that officers found that in many of their contacts, motorists and boaters were using designated drivers. To me, that means that the people of Polk County are being responsible and safe in their holiday activities. That's a great sign." As of press time, other law enforcement agencies in the county are continuing to investigate some personal injuries that occurred over the weekend in which alcohol was involved.