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Arizona Mom Arrested on DUI Charges After Allegedly Running Over Her Teenage Daughter

One 15-year-old Arizona girl is accusing her mother of running her over while driving drunk. Jennifer Coppedge, 38, was arrested earlier this week on charges of reckless child abuse and driving under the influence, according to the Associated Press. Authorities say the Wickenburg woman is also being held for possible endangerment and aggravated DUI with an interlock device charges. Wickenburg police did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment. A lawyer for Coppedge could not be immediately identified. The teenaged ... Read More »

Grandmother killed, three teens seriously injured in Johnston County crash

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (WTVD) — An impaired driver is being blamed for a crash in Johnston County over the weekend that left a grandmother dead and three teens injured. The newly-crowned Miss Garner Outstanding Teen — Haliey Wagner — was one of the teens who was injured, as was her 14-year-old brother. Another 15-year-old suffered a brain injury. Hailey Wagner and her brother both have severe neck and spinal injuries. According to arrest warrants, alcohol and speed caused Felix Antonio Juarez-Antunez, ... Read More »

DUI defense attorney arrested for 3rd DUI

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — A Las Vegas DUI defense attorney was arrested in an alleged DUI crash Friday, the third time he has faced a DUI charge, according to court records and Nevada Highway Patrol. Garrett Ogata, 54, was arrested Aug. 30 after a crash involving his Aston Martin and a Toyota SUV on eastbound 215 just past the Eastern Avenue exit, according to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Smaka. Toyota SUV involved in alleged DUI crash. (Courtesy: Jose Vazquez) ... Read More »

Man charged with DUI after car ends up in Colonial Lake

CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) — Charleston Police have charged a man with driving under the influence of alcohol after a vehicle police say he was driving wound up in Colonial Lake on Halloween night. Cristian Abreu-Hidalgo, 21, of Charleston, is charged with DUI, first offense, following the incident Thursday around 11:30 p.m. at the corner of Queen Street at Rutledge Avenue. Police say they found Abreu-Hidalgo along the bank of Colonial Lake, with a white sedan partially submerged in the water about ... Read More »

N.C. Man Stopped for DUI Said He Hadn’t Been Drinking; Researchers Found His Body Produced Alcohol

When a man in North Carolina was pulled over on suspicion of driving drunk, police didn’t believe him when he said he hadn’t had any alcohol. The man, in his late 40’s at the time, refused to take a breathalyzer test and was taken to a hospital, where his initial blood alcohol level was found to be 0.2% — about 2.5 times the legal limit and the equivalent of consuming 10 drinks an hour. Despite the man swearing up and ... Read More »

O.C. Woman Convicted in DUI Crash That Killed 3 Teens on Spring Break in Huntington Beach

A woman was found guilty Tuesday of murder in a drunken driving crash that left three Las Vegas teens dead last spring in Huntington Beach, officials said. A jury convicted 29-year-old Bani Duarte on three counts of murder and one count of driving under the influence with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury in the March 29, 2018, incident, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. The crash killed 17-year-olds Brooke Hawley and Albert Rossi and 18-year-old ... Read More »

Video shows school bus driver accused of DUI rambling, screaming at students

A video of a Washington school bus driver accused of driving “drunk” showed the woman screaming at students and telling them that she is “totally crazy.” The driver, Catherine Maccarone, 48, resigned from her job last week after being charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment in the Sept. 12 incident, authorities said. The video, which was obtained by NBC affiliate KGW, showed Maccarone completing routes in the Longview School District with elementary and high school students. The video begins with Maccarone talking ... Read More »

‘She was drunk:’ Bus driver facing DUI charges after child calls 911 to report her

A bus driver in Washington is facing charges of driving under the influence and reckless endangerment after a young passenger called 911 to report that she was intoxicated. Catherine Maccarone, 48, was arrested after a child who had just gotten off the bus told police her breath smelled of alcohol, according to audio from the 911 call obtained by several media outlets. The caller told dispatchers he’d tried to get his friends to get off the bus with him but Maccarone wouldn’t let them. “The bus driver, ... Read More »

Bryan teen accused of hitting woman with car after drinking and doing cocaine: “I don’t deal with the laws”

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — A Bryan teen is in jail after police said he was driving drunk, hit a woman with his vehicle and drove away without stopping to help. Pedro Puga, 17, is charged with intoxication assault, evading arrest and accident involving serious bodily injury. It happened just after 2 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of University Drive and South Texas Avenue.  Puga was driving northbound when he hit the woman and continued driving, according to court documents.  A ... Read More »

10-year-old girl films mom driving drunk, police say

PHOENIX – A 10-year-old girl recorded video of her mother driving while intoxicated Saturday before calling the police, according to Maricopa County court documents. Stephanie Davis, 31, was arrested Sept. 7 at around 4:15 p.m. in Glendale on suspicion of aggravated DUI, records say. The 10-year-old showed Glendale police the video in which three children under the age of 15 yell at Davis to stop before she gets into an accident, court documents show. Officers said Davis was staggering around outside the car ... Read More »