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71 people arrested for DUI over Labor Day Weekend

SAN DIEGO — Seventy-one people, the same as a year ago, were arrested in San Diego County on suspicion of driving under the influence from the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend at 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, the California Highway Patrol reported. There was one fatality in the county reported by the CHP thus far this year, the same as in 2018. Statewide, there were 980 arrests made for suspicion of DUI, 11 more than the ... Read More »

Councilman charged with 4th DUI, attorney said it will be treated as a first

WASHINGTON — Washington City Councilman, Matthew Staniszewski, is being charged with his 4th DUI, according to police. According to the police report, the councilman was parked on an angle in the middle of East Wheeling Street, just after 1 p.m. on Monday. The report says that he was confused, his eyes were glassy and the officer didn’t conduct field sobriety tests for fear he would fall. Staniszewski was charged with DUI in 2004, 2006 and 2007 . His attorney, Sean ... Read More »

Two cops from New Jersey department charged with DUI on same day

Two cops from the same New Jersey police department were busted separately for drunk driving on the same day, according to a new report. Gloucester Township police officer Steven Lenker, 29, allegedly hit a pedestrian and a parked car while under the influence on July 18, while fellow officer James Ryan, 28, was allegedly three times over the legal booze limit, NJ.com reports. Lenker — a six-year veteran of the force who earns $95,536 — allegedly hit a pedestrian in Atlantic ... Read More »

Man charged with killing two pedestrians in Duplin County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a Duplin County man faces felony charges after he allegedly hit and killed two pedestrians with his truck on Saturday. According to investigators at NCSHP Troop B in Duplin County, at 8:36 p.m. Saturday on Tram Road, Jeanie Johnson Jenkins, age 44 of Mt. Olive, and Horace Wayne Pittman Jr., age 49 of Mount Olive, were struck by a vehicle and died.o Investigators say, Alfonso Santos, age 37 of Albertson, was driving his ... Read More »

Illegal immigrant convicted in death of Jemison nurse

The saga surrounding the criminal case in the 2018 death of a Jemison woman is nearing its end. It took only about 50 minutes of deliberation for a jury to reach a guilty verdict in the case against 20-year-old Jorge Ruiz on July 24. Ruiz was on trial in Autauga County for the death of 29-year-old Marlena Hayes of Jemison. The jury found Ruiz, an illegal immigrant, guilty of reckless murder for his role in Hayes’s death. According to 19th ... Read More »

Father of 5 killed by suspected DUI driver in Fresno, other victim critical, police say

Fresno Police identified the man they believe is responsible for causing a fatal crash in southeast Fresno Saturday night. Gustavo Blanco, 21, was found to be under the influence and has been booked into the Fresno County jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence causing death, both felonies, according to Lt. Bill Dooley. Police said Blanco was the driver of a blue Chevrolet Cruz that blew through a red light and crashed into gray Toyota Tercel traveling southbound ... Read More »

Does Marijuana Usage Impair One’s Ability to Drive?

Substantiating British research from many years ago, a car crash study reported on May 20, 2019 in the online version of the journal Addiction, found no statistically significant relationship between drivers testing positive for Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other drugs and those who did not in contributing to a motor vehicle collisions. The study was based on 3005 injured drivers and police reports on 2318.  In particular, the findings found no statistically significant relationship between testing positive for THC and the risk ... Read More »

Alabama assistant strength coach arrested for second DUI in last 2 ½ years

TUSCALOOSA — Former Alabama standout and current assistant strength coach Josh Chapman was arrested Saturday morning for driving under the influence, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office online jail database. This is Chapman’s second DUI charge in the last 2 ½ years after previously being arrested for the same offence on Jan. 29, 2017. Chapman, a former nose guard at Alabama from 2007-11 who was an integral part of the Crimson Tide’s defensive line during its 2009 and 2011 national ... Read More »

New Haven man gets 4 years in hit-and-run death

NEW HAVEN — One year after the car he was driving struck and killed a motorcyclist, a city man has been sentenced to serve four years in prison. Luis Lala, 28, of Ellsworth Avenue, had pleaded guilty to evading responsibility involving the death of a person: Bobby Sunshine Pinkston, 37, of West Haven. After Lala entered into the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the other charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating under ... Read More »

L.A. County Coroner’s van caught nearly getting into wreck before DUI arrest

LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) – Shocking video caught on a cell phone shows a Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office supervisor drunk driving and nearly causing multiple head-on collisions while behind the wheel of her county-owned Coroner’s van. One family says her arrest resulted in a gap in leadership and played a part in the wrongful cremation of their son. That family is now suing Los Angeles County for negligence. CONTINUE READING BELOW It happened on June 1, 2016 in the 14 ... Read More »