DPD's New Year By the Numbers

Categories: Crime
We close out the holiday with a look at the Dallas Police Department's look at how Dallas spent the New Year's weekend, per a series of stats-filled missives sent out by Senior Corporal Kevin Janse. First, for those wondering whether the threat of a mandatory blood draw works, there were 27 DWI arrests between 6 p.m. Friday, the beginning of the No-Refusal Initiative, and 8 p.m. last night -- six of which resulted in search warrants following refusals to submit to breath or blood tests. Four other stops involved no-choice blood draws for the following reasons: One drunk driver was stopped with a child in the car; one was stopped for driving while intoxicated for a third time; one was charged with intoxicated assault with a vehicle; and another resulted in the charge of intoxicated manslaughter.

And for those who heard things going boom in the New Year's night -- and in Northwest Dallas, at midnight and well beyond both Friday and last night, it sounded like the Fourth of July in Fallujah -- Janse notes: "Dallas Police responded to 39 disturbances regarding illegal fireworks and 140 calls regarding random gunfire.  There were no injuries reported in any of these calls."

I also see that at 3:50 this morning, officers were called to the American Airlines Center, where someone tied a chain around the ATM in order to "uproot it from the ground." For the second time since New Year's Eve morning.

And then, of course, there was that attempt to turn the Best Buy on N. Central and Park Lane into a drive-thru Saturday morning, details of which follow for those who haven't heard.

From Janse, following the noontime crash Saturday:
Officers responded to the Best Buy at 9378 N. Central Expressway regarding a vehicle that drove into the business. An elderly white female believed to be in her 70s was trying to park her 2000 Lexus SUV in the handicap parking spots right in front of the store. She told accident investigators that there was a malfunction with the vehicle and it accelerated forward over a concrete pillar through the front doors.

There were two customers, a male and a female, standing just inside the doors who where brushed by the vehicle as it continued through the store. The vehicle drove up onto a row of shopping carts and came to rest on the exchange counter. An adult male was at the counter and was pinned to the counter by the vehicle. He was transported to Baylor with possible broken ribs and a broken arm. The female customer that was brushed by the vehicle at the entrance was also taken to Baylor with minor injuries.

Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help

Some companies offer discounts to motorists who drive a lower than average number of miles a year. Low mileage discounts can also apply to drivers who car pool to work. "Clearance Auto Insurance" is the place you should be if you need auto insurance at the best price


It sounded like WW11 in my neighborhood with all the fools firing guns. But heck, I am still waiting for them to respond to my calls for illegal gunfire that I called in 30 years ago, so I don't even bother anymore. That's why the numbers are low -- there is no response, so there is no point in calling. And a few months back, I had to fix a hole in my roof from one of those bullets that have to come down after they go up.


What are the odds that there were actually only 27 people driving while intoxicated on NYE?


Funny, there were cops EVERYWHERE by the gay bars on Cedar Springs harassing people just trying to get cabs,like, it was literary about 20 seconds between one or more cop cards driving by, hardly any on McKinney Ave. 27 arrests? That's a shockingly small number if enforcement was anything like it was on Cedar Springs at other entertainment districts.


27 DWI arrests on New Year's weekend in a city of over a million people.

If I were the DPD, I would be too embarrassed to release such a pitiful statistic to the public.

Now Trending

Dallas Concert Tickets

From the Vault