HOUSTON – The Harris County Sheriff's Office announced Monday that 192 people were arrested on suspicion of driving drunk during the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Additionally, the HCSO’s Traffic Enforcement Division investigated three fatal car accidents during the same time period.
Shortly after midnight on Friday, deputies responded to a major car accident in the 10900 block of West Compaq Center Drive, the sheriff said.
An unidentified male driver in a blue 2008 Chevrolet Avalanche was heading east when he lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree, deputies said. The vehicle rolled over and caught fire, killing the driver.
On that same day, Omar Lopez was driving a 1995 Lincoln Town Car southbound in the 2200 block of Sheldon Road around 10 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a utility pole, deputies said.
Lopez was ejected from the car and died at the scene.
Later that night, deputies were dispatched to another major car accident in the 29000 block of FM 2920.
During the investigation it was determined that an unidentified male was walking in the roadway when he was hit by a blue 2002 Chevrolet Silverado heading east.
The truck’s driver, Adam Zepeda, was attempting to pass a vehicle when he fatally hit the pedestrian, deputies said.
Deputies said toxicology results are pending in all three of these accidents.
Other agencies that took part in the traffic initiative to crack down on drunken drivers included the Baytown, Pasadena, La Porte, Jersey Village, Tomball, Galena Park, Bellaire, and Jacinto City police departments, and all eight Constable Precinct Offices.