Precinct 1 constable’s office reports 60 DWI arrests
Harris Constable Precinct 1 Alan Rosen’s office reported that during a five-day period from the end of 2018 to Jan. 1, 2019, a multi-agency DWI blitz resulted in 60 arrests.
Rosen hosted the multi-agency “No Refusal” DWI Initiative during the New Year’s weekend. The initiative began on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. According a news release, during the no-refusal weekend, “law enforcement officers from various jurisdictions secured search warrants for blood samples on all persons arrested for DWI, who refused to voluntarily provide a breath and/or blood sample.”
The Precinct One Annex served as a “one-stop shop” for processing DWI offenders.
During the final week of 2018, three Houston Police Department vehicles were hit by drunk drivers. In one of those accidents, two HPD officers were badly burned when they were hit head-on by a drunk driver, who they say allegedly tried to flee the scene of the crash.
The officer who suffered the worst injury, John Daily, has undergone numerous surgeries following a fiery crash on Dec. 23 in the 10100 block of Telephone Road in south Houston. Daily was dragged from his overturned vehicle by his partner and civilian.
The alleged drunken driver, 23-year-old Cesar Collazo, is currently in jail under $250,000 bond for intoxication assault on a peace officer, among other charges.
In other crashes involving HPD officers in late December, around 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 23, a female drunken-driving suspect reportedly backed into responding officers’ police car at a Walmart at 111 Yale. Then, after the crash on Telephone Road, another drunken driver struck a police car early on Monday, Dec. 24, in the 200 block of West Little York and fled the scene. None of the officers in those incidents were injured.