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More than 200 DWI arrests during Labor Day No Refusal, police say

The number of arrests during the 2017 Labor Day No Refusal Initiative were close to that of the 2016 No Refusal over the same period.

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AUSTIN – 216 people were arrested on DWI charges during the two-week ‘No Refusal’ initiative that included Labor Day weekend, police said Wednesday.

APD said the initiative, which ran 24/7 between 10 p.m. Aug. 18 and 5 a.m. Sept. 5, included 97 blood search warrants. Eighty-five of those arrests consented to provide a breath sample and 34 others consented to giving a blood sample.

Police said 78 of the arrests had enhanced charges. Sixteen suspects are facing felonies: One DWI suspect allegedly had a child passenger and police said 15 suspects had two or more prior convictions. The other 62 were misdemeanors, with suspects either having a breath sample over .15 or a prior conviction.

In 2016, police said they arrested 196 DWI suspects during a No Refusal initiative that only ran 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. each day, and 22 others outside the initiative hours.