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Man arrested for DUI says he wasn’t drinking while driving, just at ‘stop signs’

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had an ineffective defense. During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News. Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car. Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens ... Read More »

No Refusal DWI Counties Expose Untrained Officers

Since January of 2014 the City of St. Louis has practiced a policy of “No Refusals” when requesting a breath test for a DWI suspect. Franklin County, Missouri, has adopted the same policy. This policy of no refusal to breath tests can help the defendant in many cases. If a driver is suspected of DWI, the police officer making the arrest will apply for a search warrant to authorize an involuntary blood draw if the driver refuses to submit to ... Read More »

Former LAPD sergeant imprisoned for Rodney King beating charged with DUI

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A former Los Angeles police sergeant who went to prison for his role in the Rodney King beating has been charged with driving under the influence. Stacey Koon, 67, faces two misdemeanor counts for a car crash in May near Castaic. Police said Koon hit a parked car but was not hurt. Koon and three other Los Angeles Police Department officers were charged with excessive force for the 1991 beating of King. The acquittal of the officers ... Read More »

Driving Under the Influence of Smartphones

Binge watching Netflix.  FaceTiming a friend. Scrolling through your Spotify playlist. All of these seem like harmless activities–until you try to do them while driving. Due to the rise in distracted driving, lawmakers across America are rethinking their laws on smartphones in vehicles. A study completed by AAA showed that 88% of millennial aged drivers acknowledge their dangerous driving habits, however, some of the drivers think that this behavior is acceptable. For example, the study showed that 78.2% of drivers ... Read More »

UPDATE | Driver involved in DUI crash arrested and charged for DUI drugs and other violations

UPDATE | Georgia State Patrol tells News 12 NBC 26 the driver who hit three children on an off-road vehicle was driving too fast for conditions and was arrested and charged for several charges including a DUI of Drugs. GSP said 29-year-old Amanda Holsomback was traveling north on Boll Weevil Road approaching a left curve. State Patrol said Holsomback rounded the curve just as a group of three children in a Polaris off-road vehicle were turning around in a driveway. ... Read More »

Man Convicted in Placentia DUI Crash That Killed Mother, 2 Young Daughters Walking Home From Party

A man was convicted Friday in a drunken driving crash that claimed the lives of a mother and her two young daughters who were crossing a street in Placentia, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced. Nicholas Stephen Muñoz, 28, of Placentia, pleaded guilty to three counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated, with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury, according to a news release. Read More »

Drugged Driving Now More Dangerous than Alcohol

The crime of Driving Under the Influence (DUI, DWI, OWI, etc.) may be committed by driving while impaired due to any intoxicant or combination of intoxicants.  These include, among other intoxicants, alcohol, prescribed medication or illegal drugs.   A 2016 study by the Governors Highway Safety Association (“GHSA”) shows a trend in fatal drug related crashes surpassing deadly accidents involving alcohol. Experts say this trend derives from states legalizing marijuana combined with the current opioid epidemic in America. According to ... Read More »

Vince Vaughn Grins in Mugshot Released After DUI Arrest in California

Vince Vaughn‘s mugshot has been released after the actor was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning for a DUI and resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer. The 48-year-old Wedding Crashers star — whose male passenger was also reportedly booked for obstruction and public intoxication — is seen grinning in the photo. A rep for Vaughn did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. Vaughn was pulled over between Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach after midnight at a DUI checkpoint, police previously confirmed to PEOPLE. ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT CLARIFIES PENALTIES FOR DRIVING ON LICENSE SUSPENDED FOR BREATH TEST FAILURE OR REFUSAL

In Commonwealth v. Nascimento, SJC-12442 (June 5, 2018) the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently corrected a long-standing practice of the lower courts sentencing drivers operating on a license suspended for administrative reasons related to OUI (such as breath test failure or refusal) to the same mandatory jail time required for someone operating on a license suspended for an OUI conviction. The statute mandates a minimum sixty-day sentence for anyone convicted of operating on a license that has been suspended on ... Read More »

Police: Santa Rosa DUI suspect hits two cars

A suspected drunken driver crashed into two parked vehicles early Monday and then walked away from the wreck, Santa Rosa police said. Officers called to the 3:10 a.m. crash on Leo Drive in Roseland found an unoccupied Honda Civic on a sidewalk and two damaged vehicles parked along the road. They spotted a man with a bloody hand walking a few blocks from the crash and determined he was the Honda’s driver, police said in a statement. Severiano Gabriel Alcantra, ... Read More »