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DWI suspect leads police chase from Austin to Buda

When an off-duty Austin Police Department lieutenant spotted a man, who has yet to be identified, driving in a reckless manner and crashing into curbs in East Austin, Texas on Tuesday, November 24, he called for officers to come right away and apprehend the suspected drunk driver.

While the driver did stop his vehicle upon seeing the officers’ lights behind him, he apparently changed his mind as they were walking towards his vehicle and proceeded to speed away as they approached.  This began a chase that took the driver and the officers all the way from Austin to Buda, where the APD were eventually able to deploy spikes in order to stop the driver by puncturing three of his four tires, flattening them to the rim.

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Austin reports a 16% decrease in DWI arrests

The Austin Police Department in Texas has reported that there are a significantly decreasing number of people who drink and drive in the area, a welcome development on the heels of the South by Southwest.

Police officers have stated that they have put measures in place such as “no refusal” and “Arrive Alive” programs to ensure that this year’s SXSW celebrations are far safer than last year’s had been. Representatives also state that ride-sharing programs like Uber and Lyft may have also contributed to the drop in incidents. According to APD DWI enforcement chief Lieutenant Keith Walker, the number of DWI arrests dropped by 16% in 2014 from 2013 levels, while the number of DWI crashes dropped by 23%.

While it is great news that incidences of DUI and DWI are decreasing in Austin, criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis understands that mistakes do still happen. If you have been charged with DWI in Austin, our team can fight to defend your rights and your freedom. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950.

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals mandates warrant to test blood

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ruled November 26 that taking without permission or warrant the blood of a person suspected of intoxication is unconstitutional and violates that person’s right to the Fourth Amendment, which protects people from unwarranted searches and seizures, the Austin-American Statesman reported.

The decision came after the state appealed an earlier decision by a Texas trial court that ordered the suppression of a blood sample obtained from David Villareal when he was charged with a DWI and taken into police custody in Nueces County in 2013. Villareal was stopped for a traffic violation, but the police officer who asked him to pull over suspected he was intoxicated, performed sobriety tests on him, and drew his blood without Villareal’s consent.

A criminal conviction can pose long-lasting affects on your personal and professional life. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Austin, seek the legal services of criminal defense attorney Ian Inglis Attorney at Law by calling his offices today at (512) 472-1950.

DWI chase ended in west Austin

An unidentified DWI suspect initiated a police chase through West Austin and into West Lake Hills Sunday, September 28.

Authorities said they signaled for the driver to pull over at around 11:23 p.m. at the 13500 block of U.S. Route 183, but instead, the individual sped off. The officer chased the driver through the neighborhoods at Bee Caves at 360. The chase finally ended at 1300 Circle Ridge in West Lake Hills where the suspect was apprehended.

The driver was taken into custody for driving while intoxicated and evading arrest.

Being charged with DWI can carry stiff penalties in Texas, including jail time, license suspension, and steep fines. These consequences could affect everything from your reputation to your livelihood. Facing this alone can be intemidating. Let the experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis review your case today by calling 512-472-1950.

Drunk driver convicted of intoxicated manslaughter awaits sentence

Forty-three-year-old North Texas resident Benjamin Todd Stewart, who caused a fatal drunk driving accident in Arlington in 2013, was found guilty of intoxication manslaughter by a jury on September 4, The Brownsville Herald reported.

The Tarrant County jury deliberated over the case for two days in Fort Worth before ruling that Stewart guilty was guilty of one count of failure to stop and render aid and three counts of intoxication manslaughter.

Stewart’s sentencing is to be presided over by Texas District Judge Scott Wisch, who ordered an investigation prior to better inform the sentencing.

Driving while intoxicated is a serious offense in Texas and should not be taken lightly. The effects of an alcohol-related crime like this can affect both your personal and private life, and it is critical to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney as early on in the process as possible. If you find yourself facing a DWI or related charge in Texas, the legal team at Ian Inglis Attorney at Law may advocate for your interests. Call our offices today at (512) 472-1950 to learn more.

Austin man indicted for DWI in fatal pedestrian accident

A grand jury indicted 40-year-old Austin resident Wade Atwood for a driving while impaired (DWI) charge instead of an intoxication manslaughter charge for the incident that resulted in the death of 32-year-old Kelly Noel, Radio NB reported on July 30.

According to reports, Atwood drove out of a Wendy’s parking lot onto the northbound frontage road of I-35 near 7th Street and did not notice Noel walking near his vehicle. He hit her, resulting in her death. Atwood had a BAC of .102 percent, not far over the legal limit of .08. Noel, however, was found to have a BAC three times over the legal limit.

Enlisting the assistance of a criminal defense attorney could be critical to getting your charges reduced or altogether dismissed. If you have been charged with a DWI or another alcohol-related crime in the Austin area, criminal defense lawyer Ian Inglis Attorney at Law may aid in your defense. Call him today at (512) 472-1950 to confidentially discuss your case.

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