The Texas State Trooper had reasonable suspicion to stop the defendant for DWI, even though the trooper did not personally observe any signs of intoxication, where citizen called 911 and reported that the defendant was intoxicated, caused a disturbance at a bar, and had departed the bar in the vehicle. The information provided by the 911 caller was sufficiently corroborated by the trooper, including the vehicle's description, license plate number, and travel route. Importantly, the "trooper inquired into the reliability of the 911 caller and confirmed that the 911 caller, by giving his name and address, had put himself in a position to be held accountable for his intervention."
The Texas Transportation Code requires that before an officer can take a blood sample from the defendant suspected of an intoxication offense, three requirements must be met:
Intoxication in an involuntary manslaughter or intoxication manslaughter prosecution has the same definition as in a DWI prosecution. However, an involuntary manslaughter prosecution was not simply a DWI case resulting in death. First, DWi is a strict liability offense, whereas involuntary manslaughter required legal recklessness.