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Drunk driving suspect says she should have called an Uber

A 31-year-old Texas woman was charged with intoxication assault in the early morning hours of May 11 after her vehicle was involved in a serious accident in Uptown Dallas. The collision took place at the intersection of McKinney Avenue and Boll Street at approximately 12:30 a.m. according to a Dallas Police Department report. After being taken into custody at the scene, the woman was taken by officers to the Dallas County Jail. She was later released after posting a bond of $5,000.

Police say that the woman's Mercedes sedan struck the passenger side of an SUV as it proceeded southbound on McKinney Avenue. A female passenger in the SUV was rushed by paramedics to the Parkland Memorial Hospital with multiple skull fractures and cranial bleeding. Initial reports do not reveal what led police to believe that the woman was intoxicated, but they do state that she refused to take a field sobriety test.

Low-carb diets could lead to false breath test results

Texas residents who are trying to lose weight often turn to diets low in carbohydrates because they cause the body to go into a metabolic condition known as ketosis. Without carbohydrates, stores of glucose are depleted quickly and the liver begins to burn fat to provide the body with energy. While this may be good news for those hoping to shed a few pounds, some experts say that it could also lead them into trouble if they are pulled over by police and asked to submit to a breath test.

This is because acetone is produced when fat is burned by the liver, which can lead to a buildup of isopropyl alcohol in the breath. The companies who make portable breath-testing equipment for police departments deny that ketogenic diets can trigger the devices, and they point out that the results of roadside tests are not generally used as evidence in drunk driving cases.

Twin brothers face drunk driving charges

A pair of Texas twin brothers are facing charges of drunk driving after a car accident on Sunday, Apr. 21. Two deputies were attending to a crash on Beltway 8 at Galveston Road when they faced another crash. In the original accident, a 19-year-old woman was killed after her car was hit by a toll road authority vehicle. Her vehicle was already stopped or moving very slowly at the time of the initial crash; the woman was in the passenger seat at the time. The 21-year-old man driving the car and the baby in the car's backseat were taken to the hospital.

Meanwhile, as they investigated the initial crash and blocked traffic, the deputies were hit in a second crash by two vehicles driven by twin brothers. The 37-year-old men were driving a pickup truck and a passenger car. Police say that the two drivers caused a crash that led to the pickup truck slamming into the patrol vehicle at the scene of the original incident. They also said that both drivers were intoxicated at the time of the accident. The two men were charged with drunk driving, while one of the brothers was also accused of illegally carrying a weapon.

Lack of rules could lead to abuse of facial ID technology

Most shoppers in Texas are accustomed to the use of surveillance cameras in stores. However, some businesses are going a step further and creating digital records based on collected facial recognition data. Many stores are using this technology for security purposes to deter shoplifting and share accumulated data. This means someone perceived to be a security threat at one location could be barred from shopping at other businesses in that same data network.

While shop owners generally welcome facial recognition technology, privacy advocates are concerned about the potential for overreach and abuse of data. The American Civil Liberties Union stresses the need to rein in this technology with appropriate regulations. Revenue from facial recognition is anticipated to reach approximately $10 billion. However, gaps in standards allow businesses to capture customers' images without their knowledge.

Is graffiti a minor charge?

The ongoing debate over whether graffiti should be considered art has not made any strides in making the act any less illegal. According to Texas law, defacing a property owner's land without their permission is a crime.

Many people believe that these charges are minor. However, that's not always the case.

Is it better or worse to remain silent?

The first police officer phrase to come to your mind is probably, "You have the right to remain silent." But, in reality, should that right really be taken?

If you find yourself being arrested, you'll probably be inclined to explain your side of the story. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn't.

What is a drug free zone in Texas?

Texas and other states around the country establish drug free zones for a sole purpose: Protect children from exposure to drug distribution and drug use. While the intentions are good in nature, many individuals suffer harsher penalties after an arrest. Additionally, many people are unaware of what a drug free zone signifies. 

Young people are arrested more than older adults

A new study from the RAND Corporation shows that young adults under the age of 26 are far more likely to be arrested than people in older generations. These alarming arrest rates are accompanied by lower rates of employment, lower income and less of a chance of being married. These findings come from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, a long-running survey that gathers information from more than 5,000 families and 35,000 individuals in Texas and other states.

Arrest and conviction rates rose significantly for young people in all ethnic groups as well as for both men and women. Only 1 in 100 women over the age of 66 had been arrested before the age of 26, but 1 in 7 women age 26 to 35 were arrested before turning 26. While black men are still more likely to be arrested than white men of the same age group, the rates have been converging over time.

Texas school superintendent charged with drug possession

A routine traffic stop on March 6 led to a major Texas school superintendent being detained. The man, who has been superintendent of the Waco Independent School District since April 2017, was charged with misdemeanor possession of drugs. He was booked into Robertson County Jail, which is located in Franklin.

According to a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson, the man was stopped by a trooper while traveling approximately 55 miles southeast of Waco on U.S. 190. The man was driving in a passing lane but was not passing other vehicles. A trooper pulled the man over for the alleged lane violation. Once the trooper approached the vehicle, he allegedly smelled marijuana. Upon searching the vehicle, less than 2 ounces of marijuana was found.

Can you get a DUI in a self-driving car?

It’s been just over a year since was charged with a DUI while intoxicated behind the wheel of his self-driving Tesla. As more vehicles have adopted self-driving safety assist features as standard, the realty of many Americans owning self-driving cars is getting closer.

However, some are questioning whether the technology will lead to inattentive or impaired drivers. But, if the car is self-driving will that even matter anymore?

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