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An Alleged Drunk Driver Kills Deputy By Plowing Into the Back of His Patrol Car: Cops

A veteran deputy died Sunday in a fiery crash after a suspected drunken driver slammed into his stopped patrol car, authorities said. Master Deputy Brandon Collins, 45, was conducting a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. when a pickup truck barreled into his cruiser, engulfing both vehicles in flames, The Kansas City Star reported. Read More »

Trial begins for cop accused of DUI after squad car crashes into pole

A police officer accused of being under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his squad car told another officer that “those glasses of eggnog must have been bigger than I thought,” according to a prosecutor at the start of the man’s trial Wednesday. Oscar Baez, who resigned from the Prairie Grove Police Department the day after the Nov. 29 crash, is charged with felony official misconduct and misdemeanor DUI. He was also cited for allegedly running a stop sign ... Read More »

Cordova 19-year-old charged with DUI, manslaughter in crash that killed passenger

A driver faces manslaughter and DUI charges after a wreck Tuesday night in Cordova that fatally injured his passenger. Court records show John David Stimson, 19, has been charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and DUI as well as misconduct involving weapons. Cordova Police Chief Mike Hicks said in an email that the victim in the crash, 18-year-old Enrique Zamudio, was a friend of Stimson’s who had attended Cordova Jr./Sr. High School with him. The two were headed from a boat moored at Cordova’s Small ... Read More »

Police: DUI driver caused crash that killed woman, 21, on Penn Avenue

PITTSBURGH —A man who police say was drunk when he crashed his car, killing a young Penn Hills woman, turned himself in Tuesday. Court records show Tyrone Stephen Jackson, 30, of Pittsburgh, faces charges that include felony homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence. A warrant was issued for his arrest Monday in connection with the March 13 crash. Pittsburgh police said Briauna Slaughter, 21, was ejected from the vehicle when it crashed in the 6800 block of Penn ... Read More »

Dak Prescott found not guilty of DUI

Before quarterback Dak Prescott was selected by the Cowboys in the fourth round of the draft, he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence in March. The arrest in Starkville, Mississippi may have affected Prescott’s landing spot in the draft, but he won’t have the charges hanging over his head at Cowboys camp this summer. Prescott was found not guilty of DUI and speeding in Starkville, where he attended Mississippi State, on Wednesday. Read More »

$275K bail set for motorist charged with reckless homicide, DUI

A judge Monday set bail at $275,000 for a Logan Square man charged with reckless homicide and aggravated DUI after he ran a light and struck a postal truck, killing a passenger in his Jeep, prosecutors said. Jimmy Payton, 27, was behind the wheel of a Jeep Cherokee in the 3800 block of West Congress Parkway around 3:20 a.m. Saturday when he failed to stop at a red light and collided with the truck being driven by a 55-year-old postal ... Read More »

DUI charges under review in fatal car-motorcycle crash in Champaign

URBANA — Prosecutors are reviewing criminal charges filed Tuesday against a Champaign man accused of drunk driving in the wake of the victim’s death. Chad Berry, 31, of the 600 block of West White Street, was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with a collision with a motorcyclist at the intersection of White and State streets in Champaign. Champaign police Lt. Robert Rea said Berry was driving west on White Street at 3:35 p.m. and either stopped for the stop sign ... Read More »

3 Ways to Help a Loved One Through Addiction

When a loved one has fallen into a habit of addiction, regardless of the substances, it is stressful for all involved. You’re concerned about their health, about their rate of recovery, and you might be worried about legal repercussions. Helping your loved one through the recovery process is a long road but certainly one the person needs. Support is a key component in recovery. Here are some ways you can help your loved one through addiction and treatment. Collect Resources ... Read More »

Airman arrested for possible DUI on Okinawa

OKINAWA CITY, Okinawa — A U.S. airman was taken into custody after being pulled over for driving erratically around 4:30 a.m. Monday and then failing a Breathalyzer test, according to a police spokesman in Okinawa City. Staff Sgt. Christopher Aaron Platte, 27, assigned to Kadena Air Base, was driving in the Chatan area near the Jagaru highway intersection when police spotted a car moving in a zigzag manner, the spokesman said. Read More »