TX appeals court’s rulings limit warrantless blood draws
February 18, 2016 — Austin Statesman – The Texas 3rd Court of Appeals delivered three rulings Wednesday that essentially gutted a portion of the state law that allowed police in certain circumstances to draw blood from suspected drunken drivers without a warrant.
The court ruled that police can no longer rely on portions of the Texas Transportation Code that say they don’t need a warrant if a driver has two previous convictions for driving while intoxicated or if the driver had caused a serious injury. One case reviewed by the court involved a suspected drunken driver who was involved in a 2011 crash that sent two people to the hospital. The driver, Gina Roop, refused sobriety tests and didn’t consent to police taking a blood sample.
South Texan with 8 DWI convictions get 70 years
May 2, 2014 — CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man with eight driving while intoxicated convictions has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for his latest DWI case. Jurors in Corpus Christi sentenced 58-year-old Richard Vollick over a December traffic accident. Investigators say Vollick crashed his vehicle while exiting the Harbor Ferry. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports another driver and a ferry worker saw Vollick’s vehicle hit some metal sign posts that punctured the gasoline tank. Both tried to assist and found Vollick smoking a cigarette in a puddle of gasoline. Vollick, who was also fined $10,000 on Wednesday, has DWI convictions in Nueces, Aransas and San Patricio counties.