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Chicago police DUI checkpoints still concentrated in minority neighborhoods

Months after revealing the Chicago Police Department set up sobriety checkpoints almost exclusively in African-American and Latino communities, the Tribune has found that the pattern continues. Between March and August, Chicago police scheduled 14 roadside checks, pulling over drivers randomly to check for drunken driving and other violations. Nine of the checks were in majority black police districts. Four checkpoints occurred in a predominantly Latino districts. There was one in a majority white area. That’s despite the fact that the ... Read More »

KCOY News Anchor Paula Lopez Arrested on Charges of DUI, Assaulting Officers

A well-known local television news anchor was arrested in Goleta on Sunday night on charges of DUI and assaulting an officer after a wrong-way driving incident on Highway 101, according to the California Highway Patrol. Paula Lopez Ochoa, 50, of Santa Barbara, was taken into custody at about 9 p.m. Lopez, who has worked for local station KEYT News for decades and currently anchors the news for sister station KCOY, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, CHP Officer Jonathan ... Read More »


NORTHEAST PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Vehicular homicide and DUI charges have been filed against a 59-year-old Philadelphia man who police say struck and killed an off-duty Philadelphia officer then fled the scene. Louis Vogwill, 59, of the 6100 block of Loretto Street, is charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Homicide by Vehicle, Homicide by Vehicle-DUI, DUI- Alcohol or Drugs, and related offenses. Read More »

Assistant state’s attorney in Kane County charged with DUI in DuPage

A Kane County prosecutor is due in court in September after her arrest this month in DuPage County on charges of driving under the influence, speeding and improper lane usage, according to court and police records. Kathleen Doyen, 30, of Chicago, a Kane County assistant state’s attorney since 2011, was charged Aug. 15 after she was stopped by Carol Stream police, according to reports. Police say her blood alcohol level was 0.168 — twice the legal limit. Read More »

Deputies arrest wrong-way driver for DUI in Palm Harbor

PALM HARBOR —  A wrong-way driver was arrested for DUI early Sunday morning in Palm Harbor. Jan Lee Witherite, 48, of Pennsylvania, was arrested for DUI after a K-9 deputy observed the suspect driving on the wrong side of the road, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office. According to deputies, K-9 Corporal Michael Kilian was on Alderman Road when he observed a 2016 Pontiac SUV traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Alderman Road from Belcher Road. Corporal Kilian ... Read More »

Woman Pleads Guilty To DUI Crash That Killed OU Student

TULSA, Oklahoma – A Tulsa woman has pleaded guilty on Thursday to a crash that killed a University of Oklahoma student last summer. A judge will sentence Myiasha Brown next month on charges of manslaughter and DUI. Court records show Brown crashed into two cars near the 71st Street bridge in July 2014. Five people were taken to the hospital, including Taylor Witcher, who later died from her injuries. Read More »


CHICAGO (WLS) — Bond was set at $100,000 for a Chicago police officer charged with a felony DUI in a crash that critically injured a pedestrian in Belmont Heights. Officer Erin Mowry, 40, was off-duty when he crashed his 1997 Mercedes near Belmont and Olcott avenues around 1:20 a.m. on July 18, prosecutors said. His vehicle struck a woman, identified by relatives as Courtney Still, who was crossing the street. Read More »

Fourth Person Dies After Wrong-Way DUI Crash On Highway 75

TULSA, Oklahoma – A fourth person has died following a wrong-way crash on Highway 75 last weekend. Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Zachary Cole Fuller of Bartlesville died during the night Sunday at St. John Hospital. Christian Loiler, the driver of the car that was going the wrong way, is in Tulsa County Jail charged with manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. Read More »

Beck case falls in gray area of DUI law

A video that runs more than 90 minutes captures state Rep. Carson “Bill” Beck’s DUI arrest, but a judge has ruled the crucial piece happens in the first seconds. That’s the time when, according to police and the video, Beck’s pickup crosses partly into the center turn lane of Woodland Street in the early hours of April 17. On Tuesday, Cheatham County Judge Phillip Maxey dismissed the case, finding that the single line-crossing was not enough for Metro Officer Bradley ... Read More »