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In 2008, NBPD built a youth alcohol awareness and underage drinking education program that we call Operation Intervention. This program is in memory of 18 year old Anna Marie Hernandez who was killed by a drunk driver who was driving the wrong way on IH35 in New Braunfels December 6, 2003. Anna was the 2003 Valedictorian of South San High School in San Antonio and was attending college at UT-Austin with plans to enter the medical field to help others. The night she was killed she was driving home to San Antonio to see surprise her family a few days before of her 19th birthday. 

The drunk driver, Anthony Ruiz, that struck Anna's car head on was 19 years old on the date of the accident. His blood alcohol level was almost two times the legal limit and he was driving the wrong way on IH35. He is currently serving a 15 year sentence in prison for Intoxication Manslaughter and 10 a year sentence for Intoxication Assault (served concurrently). Anthony Ruiz was denied his first attempt at parole in June 2013.

To date Operation Intervention has traveled all across the State of Texas and has been seen by thousands of teenagers and young adults. Participation in this program by our police department employees is not a full time job and is an additional duty over and above their daily roles as police department employees which shows how important the message this program conveys. 

Operation Intervention uses current technology to relay an important message to the young people in our community, Don’t Drink and Drive! The program involves a public speaking/PowerPoint presentation education program that tells Anna’s story and the consequences of drunk driving. The presentation program can be offered in a school auditorium or meeting room with Audio/Video capabilities and has been seen by thousands of high school students in New Braunfels and all over Texas. The most popular part of our program is our Operation Intervention DWI Simulator. This state of the art trailer was built specifically for Operation Intervention and incorporates an interactive video game system that allows participants to actually see, hear, and feel how dangerous and difficult it is to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. A few minutes in the Operation Intervention Simulator has proven to be an eye opening experience for many youth and adults alike. For more information or to request a visit from our Operation Intervention team at your next event, please contact Community Relations Officer Lucas Crawford at (830) 221-4166.