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Pike County teacher arrested on DUI charges

PIKE COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) – One Pike County teacher was arrested Friday morning on DUI charges. An officer with Kentucky State Police Post 9 said he noticed Joshua Preece was not wearing a seatbelt and pulled him over. It happened on US 119 in the Zebulon community of Pike County around 10 A.M. Officials with KSP say after stopping the vehicle and talking to Preece, the officer could smell a strong odor of marijuana coming from the car. Preece is a ... Read More »

2 Harley riders are dead — and 2 separate drivers are charged with DUI, police say

Two Harley-Davidson riders are dead, their passengers have been hospitalized and two other drivers are facing multiple charges, including DUI, after a multi-vehicle collision in South Carolina. John Wilson Ruley Jr., 45, and Thomas Edward Burdette, 57, were the motorcycle drivers who were killed in the crash Saturday, according to Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox, indexjournal.com reported. Both Ruley, who was riding a 2015 Harley-Davidson, and Burdette, who was driving a 2005 Harley, had female passenger, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol ... Read More »

Driver accused of killing 3 teenagers in DUI crash pleads not guilty to murder

A woman charged with murder and driving under the influence in a March 29 crash that killed three Las Vegas teenagers in Huntington Beach pleaded not guilty Monday in Orange County Superior Court. Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente was charged Friday with three counts of murder and one count of driving under the influence causing injury. She also faces a possible sentencing enhancement on allegations of inflicting great bodily injury, according to Orange County Superior Court records. If convicted, ... Read More »

Young mother killed ‘after drunk driver speeds down Texas interstate in wrong direction

A man faces intoxicated manslaughter charges after he allegedly drove the wrong way on an interstate before crashing into several vehicles, leaving a young mother dead. Dramatic cell phone footage of the moments leading up to and after the crash show a dark SUV driving the wrong way on Interstate near Duncanville, Texas, Sunday. The footage, captured by a separate driver, shows the moment of the crash, then the desperate efforts to get someone out of a mangled car. Read More »

New DUI policy: Refuse breath test, cop will seek instant warrant for blood test

Police in McHenry County will be out for blood with drivers who refuse to take breath tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And the practice of officers immediately seeking blood draws from those who won’t submit to a breath screen appears to be spreading, with Lake County also planning to adopt a similar policy. Read More »

Deputies: Collier County teacher arrested for DUI

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Collier County Deputies arrested a teacher with Collier County schools for DUI on Friday night. Deputies said they found April Jones drunk behind the wheel on Immokalee Road near Wildwood Boulevard. According to the arrest report, deputies name Jones as a teacher in the Collier County School District. Jones was going 68 in a 50 mile per hour zone, deputies said. After pulling her over, deputies smelled a stench of alcohol in the car. In the ... Read More »

Florida officer charged with DUI, fired after she’s spotted driving backward

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s lieutenant is charged with driving under the influence after she was spotted driving backward and honking her horn in the middle of the night. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Lt. Christi Ruhtz also was fired from the department where she had worked for 19 years. A deputy reported finding Ruhtz driving in reverse and honking her horn just before 2 a.m. Sunday in Largo. The sheriff’s office said Ruhtz performed poorly on a field sobriety test ... Read More »

Bride driving to her wedding arrested for DUI

A bride-to-be in Arizona was arrested en route to her wedding on Monday for allegedly driving under the influence. Amber Young, 32, was arrested and charged around 10:30 a.m. in Marana after officers responded to calls of a three-car accident, Marana Police Sgt. Chriswell Scott tweeted. A driver was arrested for DUI this AM while driving to her wedding. @MaranaPD officers arrived at OG/Thornydale at approx 1030 reference a three vehicle collision. One person was transported with minor injuries. Don’t drive impaired, till ... Read More »

Suspected DUI Driver Taken Into Custody After Chase Standoff in Palmdale Area By Heather Navarro

A suspected DUI driver lead a very slow-speed chase in the Palmdale area Friday afternoon before an hourslong standoff was taken into custody. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported deputies were following a suspected DUI driver in the Palmdale area around 3:30 p.m. The car, with flat tires, was hobbling along at a slow speed, sometimes only accelerating to 2 mph. The driver began traveling west along Pearblossom Highway, likely to the bemusement of commuters, at one point tossing white ... Read More »

Steve Wilkos Asks the Court for Leniency After Being Charged with DUI Following Scary Car Crash

Steve Wilkos made his first court appearance since he was arrested on charges of operating under the influence in connection with a car crash. The former Jerry Springer Show security guard, 53, appeared before Judge Richard Comerford in Stamford Courthouse in Connecticut six weeks after his one-vehicle accident on Jan. 21. Wilkos was accompanied by his wife Rachelle and his attorney Eugene Riccio. Riccio and a rep for Wilkos did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment. Read More »