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Girl, 9, killed in suspected DUI crash in downtown Aurora

An Aurora man may have been intoxicated when he drove into oncoming traffic in downtown Aurora Friday night and struck a minivan, killing a 9-year-old girl and injuring two others, police said. The 25-year-old man was driving a 2003 Cadillac DeVille southbound on Broadway Avenue, just south of Pierce Avenue, at about 9:10 p.m. when he went into the northbound lane and into the path of a 2009 Toyota Sienna, according to a news release from the Aurora Police Department. Read More »

RAPID DEPLOYMENT OF AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES

It was a busy week in the nascent era of autonomous vehicles. 9/14: Mayor Marty Walsh announced that the City of Boston was selected by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum as a focus city to participate in a 1-year study of autonomous vehicles in an urban environment. The City is now trying to coordinate with the state Department of Transportation and with the legislature to ensure state regulations keep up with the new technologies and to determine if at this ... Read More »

Arrested for DUI, Browns’ Alvin Bailey told police he was drinking on the team plane

An NFL player getting nabbed for DUI is hardly newsworthy these days, and so normally we wouldn’t be writing about how Cleveland Browns starting right guard Alvin Bailey was arrested for that very charge early Monday morning. What’s so different about Bailey’s arrest is that he told the arresting officers in North Royalton, Ohio, a Cleveland suburb, that he had been drinking on the team plane as the Browns flew back from Sunday’s game in Miami. In 2007, the NFL ... Read More »

1. What should I say if a cop asks me if I have been drinking?

When you have been pulled over by a police officer you may feel nervous.  The officer is already on a mission.  Although you have been seized and are unable to leave freely, the officer need not give you Miranda warnings.  He will use this to his advantage.  The officer is conducting an investigation and he wants to arrest you for DUI.  He already thinks you are drunk and he wants you to provide him with the evidence to seal your ... Read More »

Tennessee Repeals New Underage DWI Law

July 1, 2016 was a highly anticipated day for many in Tennessee: for the very first time, wine was available for purchase in grocery stores. Gliding in under the radar, perhaps because of all the hype surrounding the grocery store wine revolution, were many other changes to Tennessee’s alcohol-related criminal laws. One such legislative update changed the way that Tennessee handled a small and categorically difficult class of individuals: underage DUI defendants. These are people ages 18 to 20, who ... Read More »

Woman charged with DUI-manslaughter after motorcycle crash

A 25-year-old Key West woman was jailed Friday after state troopers said she drunkenly crashed into a pair of motorcycle riders Aug. 1 near Sugarloaf Key and kept driving for another half-mile before stopping. Mary Elizabeth Bailey turned herself in on an arrest warrant charging her with driving under the influence-manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, DUI causing serious injury and two counts of DUI causing property damage. Bailey’s bond was set at $310,000. At 8:43 p.m. ... Read More »

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 »

BODY CAMERAS IN BOSTON

The Boston Police Department has been considering the use of body cameras. Police Commissioner William Evans and the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, the department’s largest union, had proposed that a voluntary pilot program begin September 2. That pilot program was to include 100 volunteers to wear the cameras for six months to determine the effectiveness of the cameras and the impact on privacy concerns for both officers and civilians. That pilot program, however, immediately faced a troubled start as not ... Read More »

DRAEGER ALCOTEST LITIGATION IN MASSACHUSETTS

The Massachusetts defense bar is challenging the scientific reliability of the Draeger Alcotest 9510. The 9510 is currently the only breath test machine used in Massachusetts to determine the alleged blood alcohol content of driver’s arrested for operating under the influence (“OUI”). This litigation had been proceeding simultaneously in the two separate district court departments of Massachusetts: Boston Municipal Court (consisting of 8 district courts in Boston) and the District Court Department (61 district courts outside of Boston). One judge ... Read More »