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Maxine Comeaux of Fannett and Marcus Deshotel (inset)

Two years probation, 30 days in jail, a $2,000 fine and 200 hours of community service were handed down as punishment in a DWI misdemeanor case that resulted in the death of 19-year-old Jefferson County teen Maxine Comeaux on

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William Blankenship

A 13-year veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office was arrested under suspicion of driving while intoxicated after reportedly driving his vehicle into a ditch in Nederland on Feb. 7, the sheriff's office confirmed in a news release.

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Police in Orange arrested one man they say was asleep at the wheel Jan. 2, but he wasn't on the road; according to the investigating officer, he was apparently passed out drunk in the drive-thru of a local McDonalds.

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Dane Dennison (left) with his attorney James Makin

A Jefferson County jury took less than 30 minutes to return a guilty verdict in the DWI trial of local attorney Dane Dennison on Tuesday, Nov. 24.

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With the arrival of the holiday season, law enforcement officials are ramping up efforts statewide to combat drinking and driving. In Jefferson County, battling drunk driving is an everyday priority, with initiatives such as the county’s “No Refusal” program letting motorists know that officials are steadfast in their resolve.

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Kyle Dawkins (left) and William Fred Scott II

A Nederland man is facing intoxication manslaughter charges related to an April 10 accident that resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Houston man.

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A woman arrested for driving while intoxicated in the wee hours of Friday, Nov. 7, probably should have skipped the McDonald's drive-thru or at least hitched a ride with a sober friend, according to information within an Orange Police Department incident report.

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Officers arrested an Orange resident for evading police and for driving while intoxicated after the man led police on a high-speed chase across state lines, the Orange Police Department reports.

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In 2013, Spring Break DUI-alcohol related fatalities in Texas were up over 23 percent compared to Texas Spring Break 2012. So with the 2014 Spring Break on the horizon, it's more important than ever for motorists to be aware of roadway safety. That's why the Beaumont Police Department is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies across Texas and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to eliminate drunk driving. The associated media campaign will kick off this week and run through the end of March.

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In 2013, Spring Break DUI-alcohol related fatalities in Texas were up over 23 percent compared to Texas Spring Break 2012. So with the 2014 Spring Break on the horizon, it's more important than ever for motorists to be aware of roadway safety. That's why the Beaumont Police Department is joining forces with other law enforcement agencies across Texas and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to eliminate drunk driving. The associated media campaign will kick off this week and run through the end of March.

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