DWI arrests increase over New Year's Eve
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
MCLENNAN CO. -- McLennan County had their share of DWIs this New Year's weekend. Some of the cases even surprised police.
DWI numbers were still going strong over the holiday with 30 arrests. Despite the city's effort to give free safe rides to anyone.
"If you're dealing with an individual that's behind the wheel of a vehicle, they basically have a 300,000 pound missile, and they don't have total control over it because they're not really sure what they're doing. So, it is pretty scary," explained Chief Deputy Randy Plemons.
Our numbers count those arrested New Year's Eve into the early morning New Year's Day.
Four of those arrested were for outstanding DWI warrants so they may have not been drinking at the time.
18 were first time offenders, and five were the 2nd offense.
Law officials say there's no way to know how many drivers on the road were drinking on New Year's but say some details on the one's they caught were shocking.
"We had individuals that were arrested for DWI with children in the vehicle. that is a little disturbing to have a number like that," said Chief Deputy Randy Plemons.
DWIs with children in the car account for three of the arrests.
Other than DWIs, police say, overall, the new year wasn't brought in with too much crime.
890 arrests were made by Waco Police which they say is a typical number for the holiday.