The Odessa Law enforcement Office detailed in a push launch that nearby law enforcement companies made a whole of 49 arrests via its joint New Year’s Eve DWI Enforcement Operation.

The four legislation enforcement organizations that created these arrests contain the Odessa Police Office, Texas Division of Public Safety, College of Texas Permian Basin Law enforcement and Ector County Sheriff’s Workplace.

The operation resulted in a whole of 49 arrests, which integrated 26 driving though intoxicated arrests and 23 arrests for added offenses. The additional arrests were for manufacture or supply of a controlled material and felon in possession of a firearm.

“It’s quite significant to occur together,” OPD spokesperson Cpl. Steve LeSueur said all through a phone interview on Monday morning. “We’ve labored with each other numerous periods in the previous. It’s so significant, specifically all through the holiday break weekend, mainly because if we can prevent a person really serious accident or a single fatal crash then it is nicely well worth it.”

A 12 months back, Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis told the Odessa American that OPD, ECSO and DPS charged 23 folks with driving when intoxicated and 9 with general public intoxication. Griffis explained he felt that quantity was lower.

OPD thorough in the information launch that a initially-time DWI arrest can cost up to $20,000 in fines, court docket charges, other penalties and consequence in the suspension of your driver’s license.

LeSueur mentioned it’s important for folks to system ahead, whether or not it is a ride from close friends or family members, rideshare or community transportation choices. He also in depth in addition to driving while intoxicated, legislation enforcement agencies also experienced to offer with winter temperature, which involved icy roads and snow.

“This yr was a minimal trickier, due to the fact the vacation weekend started off on Thursday evening,” LeSueur reported. “We not only experienced to deal with DWIs, but it merged with wintertime climate … It’s just one thing dealing with people today who are intoxicated in the course of the nighttime hrs, but it’s an additional point if they are driving close to on icy roadways. It provides a total new ingredient to it.”

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