What not to do when stopped for DWI

While many factors affect the outcome of DWI cases, a driver's interactions with police can make things much worse. Last week, a Dallas DWI suspect attacked a state trooper instead of cooperating with the arrest. The suspect now faces more charges and much higher criminal consequences

This arrest provided a good example of what not to do when drivers are stopped and charged with DWI.

A Texas state trooper spotted a Nissan driving on Dallas North Tollway last Thursday at around 2:30 a.m. The trooper thought the driver might have been intoxicated and flipped on the patrol car's lights to stop the Nissan. After the driver pulled over, the trooper asked him to get out of the car. 

Surprisingly, the driver responded by attacking the trooper. The trooper tried to protect himself by using a Taser device and pepper spray-neither worked to keep the driver away. Instead, the driver grabbed the officer's flashlight and hit him several times in the head before jumping back in his car and trying to drive away. Before he could get far, the trooper shot out two tires. Police arrested him several blocks away.

On top of DWI accusations, the driver is now facing charges for aggravated assault of a police officer and evading arrest.

When law enforcement officers stop drivers on DWI suspicions, every aspect of the interaction is potentially important. Trying to escape and attacking an officer will probably never improve a driver's chances of contesting DWI charges.

Source: Dallas Morning News, "Man accused of assaulting state trooper during traffic stop charged with DWI," Christina Rosales, Oct. 18, 2012

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