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UPDATE ON THE CONTINUING CHALLENGE TO THE DRÄGER 9510 BREATH TEST MACHINE IN MASSACHUSETTS

The latest hearing regarding the Massachusetts defense bar’s challenge to the Dräger 9510 breath test machine was held by Judge Brennan in Concord on Thursday, February 15, 2018. At that hearing, both Brennan and the defense bar, represented by Joseph Bernard, expressed their dismay that discovery previously withheld by the government continued to trickle out or had even been lost “due to dysfunction at the OAT [Office of Alcohol Testing].” The government pressed Brennan for a schedule that would give ... Read More »

Mom charged in DUI peed on an officer and kicked another in groin, police say

A Florida woman who police said was driving under the influence Monday was taken into custody after rear-ending another vehicle and kicking and peeing on an officer — all while her child was in the back seat of her car, according to reports. Nichole Nespolini, 40, was driving erratically, screaming and cursing at another vehicle before rear-ending the car, police report. The driver of the vehicle was able to motion Nespolini to pull over, after which Nespolini continued screaming at the woman and ... Read More »

Man charged in fatal DUI on Southwest Side that killed his younger brother

A 28-year-old man is facing felony charges after he crashed into a guard rail on a Stevenson Expressway exit ramp and killed his younger brother, prosecutors said. Johnathan Rios was driving a Toyota Highlander with five occupants seated in the front passenger seat, back seat and hatchback area. His brother, Christian Barajas, 22, was in the hatchback area, which did not have a seat, prosecutors said. Read More »

Man charged in drunken-driving crash that killed Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson

INDIANAPOLIS — Prosecutors filed felony charges on Wednesday against an immigrant illegally living in the U.S. who is suspected in a drunken-driving crash that killed Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver. Manuel Orrego-Savala, who is from Guatemala and has twice been deported from the U.S., is charged with causing death while driving intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. The 37-year-old said little during his initial court hearing, responding through an interpreter as the judge explained ... Read More »

Delhi man arrested for murder, DUI for killing teen in crash released from charges

A driver with multiple past DUI convictions who allegedly drank alcohol and was behind the wheel during a fatal crash will not be charged with felonies. Delhi resident Michael Lindo, 33, pleaded no contest Friday to a misdemeanor charge and was released, according to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office. He originally was arrested after being arrested on charges of murder and driving under the influence Lindo was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe east on August Avenue at about 30 ... Read More »

Police: DUI driver hits Rohnert Park police car, bites paramedic

Driving drunk, a Rohnert Park woman Monday night crashed into two vehicles, including a police car, kicked at officers and bit a paramedic, according to a police official. Officers arrested Andromeda Hartwell, 22, suspecting she was intoxicated at the time of the late‑night collisions. The first collision was at 10:25 p.m. in the intersection of Commerce Boulevard and Golf Course Drive. A woman called police to say her car had been struck by a gray Honda Odyssey whose driver began ... Read More »

University of Alabama SGA president arrested for DUI

The president of the University of Alabama Student Government Association was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. A database of inmates showed that Jarod Zakiya Hunter was arrested Sunday by Tuscaloosa police for driving under the influence. The SGA president spells his name Jared Hunter, but he has the same middle name. Lt. Teena Richardson said Tuscaloosa Police on Sunday responded to a head-on collision involving two people suffering minor ... Read More »

JEREMY LANE DUI Arrest Report: ‘I WAS MORE HIGH THAN ANYTHING’

Seattle Seahawks star Jeremy Lane was being completely blunt during his DUI arrest over the weekend … straight-up admitting “I was more high than anything” while talking to cops. TMZ Sports has obtained the report … which reveals the CB was initially stopped for driving 80 mph in a 60 mph zone. When cops pulled Lane over, his eyes were allegedly bloodshot and watery, and his speech was slurred. Cops also say they could smell weed coming from Lane’s 2006 Dodge Charger … ... Read More »

MASSACHUSETTS SUPREME COURT LIMITS EVIDENCE OF MARIJUANA USE IN PROSECUTION OF DRIVERS

In September 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously ruled that police cannot give testimony that, in the officer’s opinion, a driver was under the influence of marijuana based on their on-scene observations, including sobriety tests. The court found that there is no consensus in the scientific community that roadside sobriety tests prove someone is under the influence of marijuana. The judges noted that the effects of marijuana “vary greatly from one individual to another, and those effects are as ... Read More »

Woman Admits to Deadly DUI in Wayne County

HONESDALE — The woman accused of hitting and killing a man while driving drunk in Wayne County pleaded guilty on Thursday. April Porreca of Greentown pleaded guilty to DUI and involuntary manslaughter. Investigators say Porreca was drunk when she hit Daniel Gregorsky on Spudeno Road in Salem Township, near Hamlin, in June of 2017. The woman initially told police she didn’t stop because she thought she hit a deer. Porreca is scheduled to be sentenced next month. Read More »