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Ex-Richland mayor says DUI evidence should be tossed because his arrest was illegal

Richland’s former mayor wants any statements he made to a trooper after his DUI arrest tossed out before his trial. But there may be some disagreement on just when the arrest was official. Bob Thompson, 64, believes he was under arrest at the point he was forced to step out of his SUV against his will one night last summer, according to his attorney Kevin Holt. Read More »

NY Legislator Writes Anti-DUI Op-Ed, Gets a DUI Days Later

On Christmas Eve, the Republican minority leader of New York’s State Assembly wrote a 415-word editorial, wishing a safe and happy holiday to his constituents, while reminding them to drink responsibly and to find a safe way home instead of driving under the influence. “Drunk driving is not only dangerous to the driver, but to vehicle passengers, bystanders and other drivers. Please consider the ramifications of impaired driving, especially as we prepare to close out 2019 and welcome in a ... Read More »

Man Faces DUI Charges After Crash With Plow Truck: Roundup

CONCORD, NH — A Chichester man was arrested on his second drunken driving charge Saturday after a head-on crash on Route 4 with a New Hampshire Department of Transportation plow truck, according to New Hampshire State Police. Troopers from Troop D were sent to the highway after receiving a report of a two-vehicle accident around 1:30 a.m. When they arrived, investigators learned the crash involved the department of transportation truck and another vehicle. “An investigation revealed that a NHDOT pickup ... Read More »

SCDPS: Trooper arrested for DUI in Spartanburg County

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) — A South Carolina Highway Patrolman has been arrested while off duty, according to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. SCDPS officials say on December 15, they were notified of Trooper Tyler West’s arrest for driving under the influence. According to officials, he was placed on suspension without pay, while the department’s Office of Professional Responsibility investigates the incident. West was reportedly driving his own personal vehicle, SCDPS officials say. According to the Spartanburg ... Read More »

Cop busted for wrong-way DUI in police cruiser told officer he was ‘f—ked up’

A Florida police officer was busted for DUI after allegedly driving his police cruiser the wrong way down a highway with the emergency lights on — then telling cops he was “f—ked up,” reports said. Sergeant James Stephen McVay, who works for the North Bay Village department, was spotted driving north in the southbound lanes of US 27 on Wednesday night, CBS Miami reported. McVay was swerving in the lane and had the emergency lights of his police car blaring, according ... Read More »

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 »