A recent joint enforcement project aimed at preventing residents from driving while intoxicated was a success, officials said.
Last weekend, The University of North Texas and Denton Police Departments had plainclothes officers working the bar district in and around Fry Street and Avenue A watching for people leaving bars and headed toward their parked vehicles.
According to a news release issued by Denton police, uniformed officers intercepted people at their vehicle. If they were found to be intoxicated, they were placed under arrest.
After the bars closed, all officers participated in patrols looking for intoxicated drivers along the major thoroughfares in the city.
In addition, officials said the Texas Alcoholic Beverages Commission participated in the operation, which allowed officers to provide information and data to the commission for follow-up investigations against the licensed premises, if applicable.
Ryan Grelle, spokesman for Denton police, said the evening netted 11 arrests with public intoxication charges, five arrests on driving while intoxicated charges, four arrests on charges of riding in a vehicle with an impaired driver, one arrest on the charge of a minor driving under the influence and two arrests on possible warrants.
He said the agencies plan on working together again to dissuade people from becoming a DWI statistic and to encourage businesses in the area to take more control to prevent intoxicated people from leaving their place of business.
From 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday:
*Fifty-one people were booked into the Denton County Jail.
*Denton police posted eight reports online.
From Sunday, Nov. 17 to Saturday:
*Texas Woman’s University responded to 72 calls for service, four reports, five escorts, 25 moving violations and no arrests.
From Sunday Nov. 17 to Thursday:
*University of North Texas police responded to five public intoxication arrests, one livestock call, two outside agency warrant arrests, issued a municipal citation for driving while license invalid, one possession of marijuana, fireworks in city limits, possession of dangerous drug arrest, three medical calls, two reports of theft of more than $50 and less than $500, one coin-operated machine burglary, issued one citation for consumption of alcoholic beverage (minor), one criminal trespass referral and assisted one agency with K9.
— Megan Gray