In the program, warrants are sought to draw blood from individuals who are suspected of driving while intoxicated and refuse to provide a breath or blood sample.
Efforts have been coordinated on a number of fronts. The District Attorney’s Office bought 50 blood draw kits from the Department of Public Safety for participating agencies to use during the program. Lake Pointe Medical Center and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall provide trained phlebotomists to draw blood at the hospital. Area judges agreed to work in shifts to review and consider the approval of the blood draw warrants. The Rockwall County Commissioner’s Court reimburses the cities for the judges’ overtime costs.
Appearing at a press conference to announce the event this week were, left to right, Rowlett Police Officer Charles Hoff, Rockwall Police Assistant Chief Kirk Riggs, Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson, Royse City Police Lt. Jeff Stapleton, Rockwall County Criminal District Attorney Kenda Culpepper, Heath Department of Public Safety Chief Terry Garrett, Rockwall Police Chief Mark Moeller, and Rockwall County Constable Randy Parks.