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Odessa Police Arrest 16 Drunk Drivers Over The Weekend

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - David Morin, the suspect in the death of Jonel Olivas of Andrews, who was run over and killed Tuesday night, was intoxicated behind the wheel.

According to Odessa Police, they had quite the busy weekend arresting drunk drivers. Just like alcohol was a factor in Tuesday night's intoxication manslaughter, it also played a factor in 16 arrests this past weekend.

“Due to the recent influx of people that have moved here within the last few years, the streets are extremely crowded. the last thing we need are intoxicated drivers driving around risking other people's lives,” Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer with the Odessa Police Department, said.

Out of 16 DWI arrests this past weekend, three were felonies. That's because those individuals were caught driving drunk behind the wheel more than twice before.

“On top of all that, we had two marked units which were struck by intoxicated drivers,” LeSueur said.

Odessa Police also conducted close to 20 felony arrests this past weekend. They all ranged from assault on a public servant, driving while intoxicated, possession of illegal drugs, aggravated assault against a family member and even organized gambling.

In short, Odessa Police saw it all.

Although arrests involving alcohol were especially present this weekend, police warn, if you're showing any signs of driving drunk, you will be sent to jail before any more innocent lives are taken.

“The bottom line is, if somebody is driving while intoxicated on the streets, action will be taken,” LeSueur said.

Remember, friends don't let friends drive drunk. Police say if you're out and about and decide to have a drink, catch a ride or call a cab.

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