|2nd Lt. D.V. Ferreira (right) the leader of the FCPD's new DWI squad, briefs his officers at the Operations Support Bureau.|
The new squad was introduced to reporters Dec. 1 at the FCPD Operations Support Bureau in Annandale. It consists of a supervisor and eight patrol officers who have demonstrated a strong commitment to DWI enforcement. The officers had an average of 241 DWI arrests a year.
|DWI enforcement squad cars don't have flashing lights on top.|
- Beauregard Street at Little River Turnpike – There were 24 DWI arrests and six crashes within 500 feet of that intersection since Jan. 1, 2016.
- Leesburg Pike at Glen Carlyn Drive – 15 DWI arrests and four crashes.
- Arlington Boulevard at Patrick Henry Drive – 38 DWI arrests and four crashes.
Meanwhile, he said, there has been an uptick in DWI incidents involving drivers intoxicated on drugs, which he attributes to the rise in opioid abuse nationwide.
|Members of the DWI squad include (from the left): officers N. Pyzowski, S.A. Khan, and G. Roberts.|
When police stop a driver thought to be intoxicated, they could administer a preliminary breathalyzer test; a “horizontal gaze nystagmus” sobriety test, which involves observing the driver’s eye to see if the pupil follows a moving object smoothly; and a “nine-step walking test,” involving counting steps while walking heel to tow and turning around.
Drivers who are arrested are brought to a county magistrate, given an official breathalyzer test, and held in the Adult Detention Center until they sober up. A DWI conviction could mean 60 days in jail plus $5,000 in fees and fines.