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Note: I’m trying something a little different for this tweetalong. More of an article type than the usual “transcript” I’ve done in the past.
We rode along with Officer Banks with the DWI division starting at about 1900 hours (that’s 7pm) Central Time.
The evening began with Officer Banks getting briefed before heading out onto the streets http://t.co/QG33HErCYq “Welcome to our #tweetalong tonight” As Officer Banks and the Social Media Team headed out, the Social Media Team had to ask, “What’s up with the water jug?” Officer Banks answer? “Getting healthy = No soda” http://t.co/kAJmXPu934
The first order of business was for Officer Banks to do his pre-vehicle inspection & log into the MDC (Mobile Data Computer) before going in-service: http://t.co/W8uCwzM0sj
A little DWI info before getting started:
DWI officers are part of Traffic Unit & are responsible for safety laws on freeways (speeding, intoxication) http://t.co/LYFEQkcPWb
Q: Are DUI enforcement units the only officers allowed to conduct field sobriety test? Or can any officer do them?
A: All Officers are trained.
A couple of the DWI calls that Officer Banks responded to were a possible Public Intoxication call on the West Side (turned out subject was not intoxicated – author note: this is a good thing) and a possible Intoxicated Driver inNorth Arlington (This time the suspect was intoxicated – and thankfully, for him and everyone else on the road, was caught and arrested.
As officers attempted to stop driver he began driving wrong way on Mesquite at Division. http://t.co/pzhESgIufZ
Officers are administering field sobriety tests in field to driver. http://t.co/emf6tUqyDL
Driver is being arrested for DWI. Witness began following since Loop 820 and Northeast Mall in Fort Worth. http://t.co/GvA5UDlXJh
Officer Banks also assisted in a foot pursuit on the South Side. K9 Mojo (who has been featured in a number of tweetalongs) was called in to help search for the subject, who fled from officers and threw gun down. http://t.co/rHCwTGo1gp
“You can run but not hide!” Suspect had a good reason to run. Wanted for parole violation for previous homicide.
There were also a couple traffic stops. One for excessive speeding on Westbound IH20 “Please Drive Safe & Slow” http://t.co/IHI1s7hIeL and another where the suspect was arrested for an assault warrant after the traffic stop. http://t.co/QzKW5jZ1Io
During the evening, K9 Mojo wanted to say hi to all of our Twitter followers! http://t.co/t4AG6OWhES and was so excited about all the retweets he received that he wanted to pose again http://t.co/8jqiVJBiUz
Towards the end of the evening, Officer Banks performed a “Bar Check” at a West Side bar. He was specifically looking for “people who show signs of intoxication” as well as any TABC (Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission) violations. http://t.co/dQ2u31Vvi5
Around 01:30 Arlington PD decided it was time to “Time to call it a night” – “We thank everyone for following the #tweetalong and please remember not to drink and drive. Our DWI unit thanks you!” http://t.co/F2Lx9HHrYM.
Again, T hank you to the Arlington PD Social Media team and Officer Banks for taking us along on this virtual ride-along. You can follow the APD 24/7/365:
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Remember Stay Safe out there