On Balance, It Was A Quiet Night In Central Texas

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(January 1, 2014) Law enforcement agencies around Central Texas reported Wednesday there were no major traffic accidents over the New Year's Eve holiday, but jail logs in three counties showed more than 20 were arrested for either driving while intoxicated or public intoxication.

The Bell County Jail roster Wednesday morning listed eight arrests for drunkenness between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

In Coryell County the jail log showed one DWI arrest.

In McLennan County 12 were arrested for either DWI or public intoxication.

The actual tally likely won't be known until mid-day Wednesday because both Bell and McLennan County jails reported that several people were still awaiting booking as late as 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Erin Venable, at the Waco Transit Authority, said she received back-to-back calls for free rides home beginning at about 10 p.m. Tuesday into the early morning hours on Wednesday.

Total numbers for the free ride service have not yet been tabulated, but Venable said an average year would produce about 350 calls.