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Brazoria County..Cont. from pg 1

Pearland rushed to the scene but Wal- lace was dead.

Buckner told Brazoria County Sheriff’s Investigator Ruben Aguilar that as he turned to his right to look, he saw a gun flash, shattering the window beside him.

He ducked instinctively, Buckner said, adding that as he was lying down in the seat with his head in Wallace’s lap, he heard a sequence of bullets hit the car.

Although Buckner did not estimate the number of shots fired, he said there were several.

Once the shooter’s car sped past them, Buckner said, he realized that Wallace had been hit by at least two rounds.

Either Wallace or Buckner man- aged to step on the brake. When the car stopped, Buckner got out and pulled Wallace from the driver’s seat, laying him out on the ground.

Realizing that Wallace was not re- sponding, Buckner put him in the pas- senger seat and drove the car to a Chev- ron service station on CR-59 and CR-94 seeking help.

Emergency Medical Service from

Brazoria County Justice of the Peace John Vasut conducted the inquest, and Wallace’s body was taken to the Galves- ton County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy revealed that he had re- ceived bullet wounds to both his head and shoulder.

Aguilar said the investigation has found no indication the shots may have been meant for Buckner, and no reason for Wallace’s murder.

“Wallace was known as a very nice person who spent his time working, and so far as we’ve been able to determine, he had no enemies,” Aguilar said.

“Investigator Stephen Buchanan and I have done numerous interviews, but have no good leads at this time.”

Buckner agreed to undergo hypnosis in the hope that he would be able to re- member more details about the incident, Aguilar said. A Texas Ranger came to Brazoria County to hypnotize Buckner, but this effort revealing nothing.

“We have recovered the bullets and shell casings, but have no matching gun,” Aguilar said.

Driver! Step Out Of Your Car With Your Sleeves Rolled Up!

By Breck Porter / The Police News

The modern day police officer is equipped with so many crime fighting devices today that it’s not unusual for their pistol belts to weigh 80 pounds or more. If you don’t believe it, ask a chi- ropractor.

There is a pistol, one or two pair of handcuffs, a can of mace, a Taser, an ex- tra ammo clip, a walkie-talkie, a baton, a flashlight, a cell phone and some of- ficers carry a buck knife, just in case. So why not a syringe and a few test tubes, surgical gloves and a face shield?

And now some Texas police officers are being trained to take blood directly from a suspected DUI offender at the scene of the arrest in an effort to crack down on drunk driving.

Officers in both Idaho and Texas re- cently received this training to draw blood to test for both alcohol and drugs in the system of an accused driver. The training is part of a federal program sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to deter- mine if this can be used as a prosecution and prevention tool.

The NHTSA will test the results over a one to two year period, then they will perhaps encourage the training in other states or nationwide. The reason for the blood tests is the increase in breath test refusals among defendants.

Even in states with “implied consent” laws, many refuse breath tests on the field. Breath tests have also beennotori- ously inaccurate. Idaho saw as much as 20% refusal, and nationally about 22% of defendants refused breath tests.

Blood tests, on the other hand, are gen- erally accurate in testing for both drugs and alcohol. Some states have issued legislation that allows for the drawing of blood by force if an accused driver is uncooperative. Idaho is one such state.

The Supreme Court ruled in 1966 that forced blood tests were constitutional given there was reasonable suspicion. The test, however, must be carried out in a medically-approved manner by a person who is trained in the practice. Officers often had to transport accused defendants to hospitals in order to ac- complish this.

Arizona first implemented the training program to allow officers to draw blood in the field. Immediately, questions re- garding the safety of this practice de- terred many states from proceeding. Many claim officers do not receive the full training that nurses and other medi- cal practitioners receive. The procedure is also carried out in an unsanitary envi- ronment.

Phoenix officers currently draw blood from 300 to 400 suspected individuals each month. According to sources, the

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