Over 75 drivers arrested during holiday crackdown by Constable’s, Sheriff’s Office
As 2018 came to an end, local deputies ensured drivers on the road were able to see the next year.
Over the course of their two phase anti-drunk driving initiative, local law enforcement officers from Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office and Harris County Sheriff’s Office arrested 77 drunk drivers, including a driver driving the wrong way on Tomball Pkwy.
Precinct 4 deputies and Sheriff’s Office deputies began the initiative in December on an unspecified date to avoid compromising the plan, focusing on stopping drunk drivers and reckless driving. Both law enforcement entities received a grant from Texas Department of Transportation to pay deputies for overtime, according to officials.
Constable Mark Herman said 77 total arrests were made since the initiative began.
“It started a couple of days before Christmas all the way through the new year,” Herman said. “Us, the Sheriff’s Office and the (Texas) Department of Public Safety collaborated and made those 77 arrests.”
One of the last arrests made in 2018 was of Mulangaliro Ruvunira, 34, who was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of the 16200 block of TX-249 with four children and an adult female, according to Precinct 4 Constable’s Office documents. Ruvunira was arrested after failing a standardized sobriety test during a traffic stop and Child Protective Services was contacted.
During a press conference held by Harris County Sheriff’s Office an Precinct 4 Constable’ Office in December 2018, Herman said more than 100 arrests were made during the 2017 initiative. Officers from the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office also conducted an anti-street racing initiative where 45 drivers received citations.
“The problems and issues related drinking and driving are at the forefront of our concern as it should be,” said Edison Toquica, chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Office. “Drinking and driving is one of the most dangerous situations you could place yourself in, your passengers and the innocent bystanders that are on the roadway.”
Herman said the initiative was a success and looks forward to working with other local law enforcement entities to stop crime.
“No doubt have we saved some lives and it was a great team effort,” Herman said. “There was great teamwork between us and Ed Gonzalez’s office and we have more initiatives planned for the new year also.”