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Limo driver carrying students to prom guilty of DUI

Oswego, IL – Daily Herald A limousine driver pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk while busing 23 high school students to their prom near Glen Ellyn. The blood alcohol content was twice the legal threshold for Richard L. Madison, 55, of Palos Heights. He was arrested May 11, 2013 after delivering a group of Oswego East High School teens to Abbington Banquets in a party bus. Madison, an admitted alcoholic, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years of ... Read More »

Kansas bill could change DUI penalties

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) – Currently in Kansas there is a 10-year wait to appeal to the court to have a DUI conviction expunged from a person’s record. What’s upsetting many people is that wait could be cut in half. House Bill 2662, introduced by Rep. Jack Thimesch, a Republican representing the 114th District, would knock the wait down to five years. He said it’s only fair in the long run. Read More »

Bus Driver Had Previous DUI

White River Junction, VT – Valley News The Butler’s Bus Service driver who has been charged with operating a bus full of schoolchildren while having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit had a prior DUI conviction in 2006, and Butler’s knew about it when he was hired. Carl H. Lupton, 57, of Bethel, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Windsor Superior Court to a charge of driving under the influence and a misdemeanor charge of child cruelty — ... Read More »

Cops: Volusia fire lieutenant ‘was just playing around’ before DUI arrest

Daytona, FL – The Orlando Sentinel South Daytona Police struggled to catch up with a speeding Volusia County Fire Services lieutenant before they pulled him over for drunk driving late Monday, authorities said. Lt. Thomas McDonough, 50, was driving 70 mph on Beville Road — a 45 mph zone — after having a few drinks “a short while ago” at the Roadside Tavern in Port Orange, an arrest report said. “I was just playing around,” McDonough said to officers when asked ... Read More »

Suspected DUI driver charged with murder in Aurora teen’s death

Denver, CO – The Denver Post Ever Olivos-Gutierrez, 40, who has been living in the U.S. illegally, is accused of running a red light and slamming his Ford Expedition into the Chevrolet Camaro driven by Dominguez-Palomino a week ago. At a court hearing on Monday, Olivos-Gutierrez was formally charged with first-degree murder (extreme indifference), vehicular homicide (DUI), vehicular homicide (reckless), and driving under the influence for a third or subsequent offense, among other charges. Read More »

Woman Charged With DUI in Conn. Storefront Crash

FAIRFIELD, Conn. April 1, 2014 (AP) A Connecticut woman accused of plowing her car into a convenience store at a speed of up to 70 mph and injuring four people has been charged with drunken driving and other crimes. Thirty-one-year-old Rosa Blanca Chavarria-Medina of Bridgeport was charged Monday with driving under the influence and reckless driving, among other things. Read More »

‘Affluenza’ drunk driving victim refuses to settle civil lawsuit

KENS5 – BURLESON, TX The McConnell family made one thing clear Wednesday: they want a jury trial to reach a verdict in their civil lawsuit against Ethan Couch and his parents. Attorneys for the McConnells say they expect depositions to begin next month. They will seek a trail date soon after, although it’s likely that process could drag out for months. Read More »

Jury takes minutes to convict woman of ninth DWI

Brownwood Bulletin – Brownwood, TX A 35th District Court jury deliberated for just minutes Wednesday morning before convicting Brenda Kay Holland, 61, of DWI — her ninth conviction for drunken driving since the 1980s. Jurors heard punishment phase testimony for the rest of the day Wednesday but had not started to deliberate punishment as of late Wednesday afternoon. Holland testified during the punishment phase and asked jurors to show her mercy. Read More »

Can DUI Blood Draw Decision Impact Past Cases?

KELOLAND TV VERMILLION, SD – The highest court in South Dakota is being asked if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling can impact past drunk driving arrests. Donovan Siers was arrested for his third DUI in 2008 and his blood alcohol level was nearly three times the limit. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a case called Missouri v. McNeely that officers need the suspect’s consent or a warrant to draw blood. Read More »