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Austin Police Commander arrested for DWI

The Austin American Statesman reported that an Austin police commander was arrested and charged with drunken driving Sunday night after he crashed his car into a ditch at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Cmdr. James O’Leary, 61, who supervises the department’s training division, was arrested about 8:30 p.m. Sunday and booked into the Travis County Jail about 90 minutes later, authorities said. He was released on bail Monday afternoon.

Assistant Police Chief David Carter said O’Leary has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of the criminal and internal investigations into the accident. O’Leary could not be reached for comment Monday.

Airport spokeswoman Leslie Schneiweiss said O’Leary crashed his white 1995 Lincoln Town Car into a ditch near a parking lot on Presidential Boulevard. Read the rest of this entry »

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Diet mixers make people drunk faster

The Scotsman News just reported that DIET mixers in alcoholic drinks get people drunk quicker than full-sugar alternatives, scientists have found.

Taking a drink with sugar-free versions of mixers, such as tonic water, cola, bitter lemon and lemonade, produces higher blood-alcohol levels.

The findings were revealed by Dr Chris Rayner, of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia, at a conference in the United States. Dr Rayner, the lead author of the study, found that combining alcohol with a mixer containing artificial sweeteners resulted in significantly higher levels of blood-alcohol than the same drink taken with an ordinary mixer. Read the rest of this entry »

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