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Stroger executive gets 100-day sentence for DUI, fatality of bicyclist

A Stroger Hospital executive who was driving home drunk from an office Christmas party in 2013 was sentenced to 100 days in prison Tuesday for striking and killing an aspiring chef who was biking home from work. During an emotional hearing, Robert Vais, the hospital’s director of cost reimbursement, tearfully apologized for the death of Hector Avalos, 28, who had served five years in the Marines. “I am so sorry,” he said as members of Avalos’ family began to weep. ... Read More »


Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett tried to go the Reese Witherspoon route during his drunk driving arrest — asking the officer for special treatment because, “I’m the quarterback of Ohio State!” TMZ Sports obtained the dash cam footage from the October 31 incident — in which you can clearly see Barrett’s SUV pull out of a line for an upcoming DUI checkpoint … catching the attention of an officer who pulled him over. During the stop, the officer says he could ... Read More »

Driver charged with vehicular homicide, DUI after deadly crash in Bear, Delaware

Sunday, November 08, 2015 12:25PM BEAR, Del. (WPVI) — A Wilmington, Delaware man has been charged with DUI and vehicular homicide after a crash that killed a 69-year-old woman and left a 76-year-old man critically injured. It happened at 10:22 p.m. Saturday on westbound Route 40 at the on-ramp to Route 1 in Bear. Delaware State Police say a 2005 Ford Expedition, driven by 30-year-old Cristobal Guzman-Martinez of Wilmington, ran a red light and hit a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Alhambra DUI Crash That Injured More Than a Dozen People

A 29-year-old Los Angeles man was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in state prison for a drunken collision that injured multiple people looking at holiday lights in Alhambra. Ismael Soto had previously entered a no contest plea in connection with Dec. 14, 2014, crash. He was speeding and had a blood-alcohol content at least 2 1/2 times the legal limit, he admitted. Soto was drunk when he crashed his pickup truck into multiple parked cars, which in turn struck bystanders ... Read More »

J.T. Barrett loses academic aid at Ohio State after DUI arrest but can play football in a week

Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer announced on Monday that Buckeyes starting quarterback J.T. Barrett would be stripped of money for summer classes and will be forced to sit out one week after a DUI arrest over the weekend. The nature of the punishment led to a variety of criticism on social media. Athletes, particularly those who help rake in money for football powers like Ohio State, already receive limited compensation for their efforts (a scholarship and cost-of-attendance stipends) and ... Read More »

DSU crash: Driver’s blood alcohol past DUI level

In Delaware on Saturday, as in Oklahoma, a suspected drunken driver plowed into a crowd gathered for homecoming, plunging the campus into shock. In Dover, seven people were injured Saturday night at Delaware State University, city police said Sunday. One woman was critically injured, visitors were directed to leave the campus and remaining homecoming activities were canceled, Master Cpl. Mark Hoffman said. Read More »

Lander soccer player charged with felony DUI in deadly crash, troopers say

SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. —A 22-year-old woman has been charged with felony DUI after a passenger in her car died in a crash, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Troopers said Courtney Hagedorn was eastbound on Interstate 26 at 6:54 p.m. Sunday when she drove into the back of a tractor-trailer. Lander University officials say Hagedorn is a junior at the school and a member of the women’s soccer team. Read More »

Alleged DUI Driver Arrested After Car Goes Airborne, Crashes, Sparks Fire at Rolling Hills Estates Construction Site

A 21-year-old driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a Ford Mustang went airborne and crashed into an under-construction building in Rolling Hills Estates early Sunday, igniting a blaze that severely damaged the structure, authorities said. Three people were injured in the fiery collision, which occurred around 3:25 a.m. near the intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard and Indian Peak Road. The newer-version Mustang was headed down Hawthorne when it went airborne over a block wall, through a construction site parking ... Read More »

‘Affluenza’ DUI Case: Never-Before-Seen Deposition Tapes Reveal New Details of Fatal Crash, Teen’s Upbringing

Never-before-seen deposition tapes reveal new details of how Texas teen Ethan Couch and his parents viewed his privileged upbringing that became the core of his defense in the so-called “Affluenza” DUI case. The deposition tapes, which were obtained by ABC News, are from a 2013 civil suit brought against Couch, his parents Tonya and Fred Couch, and the family’s multimillion-dollar sheet metal company Cleburne Sheet Metal after the teenager killed four people and paralyzed another in a fatal DUI car ... Read More »

Khloé Kardashian’s Friend Malika Haqq Makes a Public Apology After Being Arrested for DUI

Malika Haqq, best friend of Khloé Kardashian and current star ofKeeping Up with the Kardashiansspinoff Dash Dolls, tweeted a public apology Saturday following her DUI arrest earlier this week. “My bruises don’t meet my shame. Learn from the error in my ways,” Haqq, 32, wrote in a note attached to a blank Tweet. “Save others, save yourself.” Read More »