Citizen calls in reckless driver resulting in 4th DWI arrest
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Media Relations Information for 04/24/2018

Public Relations Officer – Sgt. Bennie Boles


Citizen calls in reckless driver resulting in 4th DWI arrest




Antonio Santana


A traffic stop on a reckless driver along La Porte’s 100 block of West Fairmont Parkway resulted in the encounter and arrest of 42 year-old Antonio Santana, of Diboll, Texas for the offense of Driving While Intoxicated.  However, while DWI represents a serious offense, the arrest and charge may have led to much more.

The event began just after 10:00 p.m. late in the evening of Sunday April 22, 2018 whereupon Santana was driving south bound along State Highway 146. He was spotted by a citizen who was alarmed by Santana’s reckless driving. The citizen called 911 and a LPPD Patrol Unit was quickly dispatched and located Santana in the 100 block of W. Fairmont Parkway. In addition to the reckless driving the officer observed a traffic offense and subsequently conducted a traffic stop on Santana. Once stopped the officer quickly observed not only the odor of an alcoholic beverage emitting from the cab of Santana’s vehicle, but several other signs of intoxication, supported by various clues displayed by Santana during a subsequent series of field sobriety tests.  Santana was eventually placed in custody for suspicion of DWI, and later refused to provide a specimen of his breath or blood as requested by the officer. The refusal to provide a specimen as required by law, lead to the officer obtaining a specimen of Santana’s blood by search warrant.

Based on the totality of the circumstances, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office accepted felony DWI charges against Santana.  If convicted, Santana’s felony-level DWI charge, represents the 4th time he would have been arrested and convicted for the same infraction. 

The LPPD would like to remind the motoring public that, according to the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration, driving while intoxicated is the number one cause of fatal crashes in the U.S.  In fact, each and every day, an average of 29 people in the U.S. die in motor vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver.

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