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Man accused of killing teen in DUI crash returns to court

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A man accused of driving drunk and killing a teen one month shy of high school graduation could move forward to trial Monday. Or Michael Fay may enter a plea deal instead. Fay, 53, returns to court for an arraignment Monday, near four months after the April 14 crash that killed Michael Finley. Finley was on his way to meet friends on a Friday night when State Patrol says Fay made an abrupt left and collided with the ... Read More »

Drivers beware: New ‘E-DUI’ law takes effect

It can be so tempting. You’re behind the wheel, stopped at a red light; you’ve got about 30 seconds to kill. Next to you, often just inches away, your cellphone beckons. Your car isn’t moving, so what the harm in firing off a quick text or checking your email, right? In fact, it could cost you plenty. Starting today, drivers caught holding a cellphone or any other electronic device while stopped at a red light or intersection will be subject ... Read More »

“Electronic Driving While Impaired”…?

State’s legislatures started salivating over the new E-DUI laws going into effect in the state of Washington this week. Driving under the influence took on an expanded definition by adding electronic devices to the already established “under the influence” substances like beer, wine, other alcoholic drinks, certain medical prescriptions, illegal drugs, and common household/over the counter medicines. “Put the cell phone down, preserve life,” Governor Jay Inslee said on the steps of the capitol in Olympia, Washington, according to Fox ... Read More »

To Blow or Not to Blow: Tennessee’s 2017 Implied Consent Law – Part 2

This is the second in a series of blog posts about recent changes to Tennessee’s Implied Consent Law.  If you missed Part 1, you may read it here: “To Blow or Not to Blow: Tennessee’s 2017 Implied Consent Law –  Part 1.” As discussed in Part 1, effective July 1, 2017, Tennessee made sweeping changes to its Implied Consent Law in an apparent attempt to comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Birchfield v. North Dakota, 136 S.Ct. 2160 ... Read More »

PBSO captain accused of DUI in crash involving motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries

ROYAL PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Palm Beach County sheriff’s captain was arrested on charges of driving under the influence in a Royal Palm Beach crash Saturday night. A PBSO corporal spotted a blue Mustang and a motorcycle speeding down Southern Boulevard at 11 p.m, according to an arrest report. The two vehicles collided near the intersection of Cypress Head Avenue, causing the motorcycle to go airborne, the report states. PBSO Capt. David Smith, who was driving the Mustang, came out of ... Read More »

To Blow or Not To Blow: Tennessee’s 2017 Implied Consent Law – Part 1

Effective July 1, 2017, Tennessee is making sweeping changes to its Implied Consent Law[1] in an apparent attempt to comply with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Birchfield v. North Dakota, 136 S.Ct. 2160 (2016).  The Implied Consent Law and the Birchfield decision both address legal issues surrounding chemical tests to determine the alcohol and/or drug content in a person’s system. Specifically, they deal with the question of when and under what circumstances a blood or breath test may be ... Read More »

Driver arrested for DUI in deadly Gibraltar Road crash

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol released additional details on Monday night’s deadly crash on Gibraltar Road in Santa Barbara County on their collision report. CHP said they arrested the driver of the 2005 Volkswagen involved in the crash for driving while under the influence of alcohol. He has been identified as 19-year-old Ventura resident Brandon S. Woodward. Investigators said Woodward suffered major injuries along with a 16-year-old teenage girl who was riding in the same car ... Read More »

Vestavia Hills woman charged in wrong-way DUI crash that critically injured 24-year-old man

A Vestavia Hills woman has been charged with a felony crime in connection with a March DUI crash that critically injured a 24-year-old man. Karen Pridgen Stafford, 50, was arrested Thursday, according to court and jail records. She was booked into the Jefferson County Jail at 1:30 p.m. and released 27 minutes later after posting $15,000 bond. Stafford is charged with first-degree assault in the March 4 head-on crash on U.S. 31 in Homewood that injured Hoover resident Steven Edmondson. ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE PREPARING MARIJUANA BILL FOR GOVERNOR BAKER

One day after the Massachusetts House voted to raise the proposed tax on retail marijuana sales to 28 percent, the Senate overwhelmingly voted (30-5) to preserve the 12 percent maximum endorsed by voters in a ballot question last November. The proposed legislation is now headed to a conference committee with hopes that a final bill will be sent to the Governor by next Friday, June 30. The selling of marijuana for recreational purposes is currently illegal in Massachusetts but the ... Read More »

Derek Fisher Arrested for DUI After Car Crash, Girlfriend Gloria Govan Uninjured

Former NBA player and head coach Derek Fisher was arrested on suspicion of DUI early on Sunday morning after an accident that resulted in his vehicle being overturned, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Former Basketball Wives reality star Gloria Govan was in the vehicle with Fisher, though both were uninjured. According to the Daily News report, Fisher veered into the paved right shoulder before hitting a raised concrete curb and a guardrail. That caused the vehicle to flip onto its back ... Read More »