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1 day after pleading guilty to third DUI, California man killed by drunk driver, police say

DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County man recently released from rehab after three drunken driving convictions died when authorities say a 19-year-old man who had been drinking struck him, a newspaper reported. Haitham Gamal, 38, was bicycling in Dana Point when a 2001 Acura hit him on April 29, the Orange County Register reported Friday. Gamal was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred a day after Gamal pleaded guilty to a January 2013 DUI in Orange County ... Read More »

Dad charged with DUI in son’s death reflects national trend

If, as authorities allege, a Romeoville man was driving drunk when he struck a median on Interstate 55 and contributed to the death of his 4-year-old son, the incident is an example of an unsettling characteristic in impaired driving deaths nationwide. Sixty-five percent of children killed in crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver ride with the impaired driver, according to a decadelong study published Monday. Overall, about 1 in 5 child passenger deaths in the U.S. involve an alcohol-impaired driver, the ... Read More »

Cinco de Mayo weekend DUI task force reports fewer arrests

Arizona law-enforcement agencies over the Cinco de Mayo weekend made fewer impaired-driving arrests but stopped more motorists than they did during the same period in 2013. Police made 500 arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence out of more than 11,000 traffic stops from Thursday through Monday, according to the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. Read More »

Measure to create felony DUI in Colorado rejected by Senate Democrats

Denver, CO – The Denver Post Democrats in a state Senate committee on Tuesday quashed a bipartisan proposal to make repeat DUI offenses a felony in Colorado — a move that angered some lawmakers and victim-rights advocates. Under the proposal, sponsored by Sens. Steve King, R-Grand Junction, and Mike Johnston, D-Denver, anyone who gets a third DUI in a seven-year span or is charged with a fourth DUI would be charged with a class 4 felony. That charge carries a sentence ... Read More »

Sober driver arrested for OWI when deputy crashes into her car

MILWAUKEE (WITI) — Tanya Weyker was hurt so badly, she couldn’t blow into a breath-testing device or perform field sobriety tests.  But a Sheriff’s deputy arrested her for drunk driving anyway.  And the County hung those charges over her head for nearly a year, even long after blood tests proved she was perfectly sober. Tanya Weyker remembers it clearly. Not just the crash that broke her neck in four places, but the false accusations that followed. Read More »

Corrections officer facing DUI, child neglect charges

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. – A Treasure Coast correctional officer is accused of driving drunk with his two young kids in the car.  Douglas Schultz was pulled over in Port St. Lucie on Monday after he yelled at a police officer from his car. An officer reports that the two children inside Schultz’s car appeared frightened. Schultz is charged with child neglect and driving under the influence. He is a sergeant at the Martin Correctional Institution. Read More »

Applebee’s Cleared in Deadly New Mexico DUI Crash

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A federal jury has decided an Applebee’s restaurant in New Mexico broke no laws when it served a man whose drunken-driving crash killed two young women. The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://goo.gl/KX8c94) the jury returned its verdict Wednesday. It says the Santa Fe restaurant didn’t violate the state Liquor Control Act when it served James Ruiz and his friend Gilbert Mendoza in 2010. Read More »

Ocala mom arrested for DUI crash with 2-year-old autistic child in lap, 6-year old in back

OCALA —  A 28-year-old Marion County woman has been charged with DUI and child neglect after crashing into a tree with her two young children inside her car, including an autistic 2-year-old boy who was sitting on her lap. Ocala police arrived late Saturday at the intersection of Southwest 10th Street and Southwest 27th Avenue to find Erica Peluso, 28, trying to remove her 6-year-old child from the back seat of her Chevy Malibu, which was severely damaged after hitting the tree. ... Read More »