DUI

Austin Traffic Deaths Down in 2017

On Austin roads last year the number of traffic deaths in 2017 fell to 76.  This was the second consecutive year in which there was a decrease, from 79 in 2016, following a record-setting spike in 2015, when 102 people died. Although several of the crashes in 2017 had multiple victims, the total number of... Read More »

4th of July Deadliest Holiday

As Americans toast to Independence Day this Fourth of July, there’s another side to the celebrations they may want to avoid: death by drunk drivers. The Fourth of July is among the deadliest days for drunk driving every year, thanks to people both drinking and driving more. According to an analysis by the Insurance Institute... Read More »

Fleeing drunk driver kills traveler

Robert Benn, who had just flown into Austin after the birth of his third grandchild, was heading from the airport to his hotel about 10 p.m. Monday when police said he neared Airport Boulevard and Bolm Road in East Austin. Just then, investigators said, a motorist in a Lincoln Navigator suspected of drunken driving began... Read More »

News Anchor Charged with DWI

David Michael Torbi, who goes by David Scott on the newscasts for KXAN was arrested on Friday evening for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated.  His car was found in a drainage ditch near the 500 block of Lakeway Drive and when the police found him, he smelled of alcohol and was cursing and uncooperative.  They also... Read More »

Former House Speaker Arrested for DUI

Former Texas House Speaker Gibson Lewis, 72, was arrested last Thursday night on charges of drunken driving, Austin police said. Lewis was driving west on Fourth Street, at the intersection with Lavaca Street, in the turn-only lane about 11 p.m. when a mounted officer saw him continue straight on Fourth Street instead of turning, an... Read More »

Man Charged with 4th DWI

A New Braunfels man was arrested Sunday in connection with what police say is his fourth charge of driving while intoxicated, according to an arrest affidavit. Austin police say a witness reported a gold pickup on northbound Interstate 35 swerving between lanes and cutting off other drivers.  According to the affidavit, officers saw the truck... Read More »

DWI suspect drove flaming car

Police arrested an Austin woman and charged her with driving while intoxicated after she was seen driving a Ford Explorer which was in flames on Interstate 35 early Saturday, according to an arrest affidavit. An officer stopped Kelsi Hatch, 25, as she drove south in the 800 block if I-35.  Hatch has two previous DWI... Read More »

Williamson County Man gets 25 years for 10th DWI

Wesley Ray Marek, arrested August 11th, 2006, after a Round Rock officer stopped him over a possible traffic violation on Sam Bass Road, was sentenced in Williamson County recently to 25 years in prison after his 10th conviction on driving while intoxicated charges. The officer found that Marek was wanted in Brown County, almost 100... Read More »

Police in Austin Tracking Where Drunk Drivers Drank

Austin police released an annual ranking of bars where motorists who were stopped on suspicion of drunken driving reported having their most recent drinks. Several bars in downtown topped the list including Rain, Oilcan Harry’s, and The Ranch.  Police are using the list to help target enforcement efforts. The rankings are based on information drivers... Read More »

Judge Arrested in Drunk Driving Case

State District Judge Elizabeth Berry was booked into the Johnson County Jail on Saturday, November 8th on a probable cause warrant by Alvarado police after being arrested on Interstate 35W south of Fort Worth on suspicion of drunken driving. Over the summer, Berry presided over the trial of Samuel Lee Hilburn, who was convicted of... Read More »