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GOP marks St. Patrick’s Day by doctoring ‘noted Irishman’ Beto O’Rourke’s old DUI mug shot

Presumably, this tweet from the Republican Party’s official Twitter account is trying to make the point that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke is Irish-American and was arrested two decades ago for driving under the influence of alcohol, for anyone who paid no attention to O’Rourke’s high-profile, ultimately unsuccessful run for Senate last year. And maybe the people who wrote and approved this tweet aren’t aware that Irish-American’s aren’t typically thrilled with the stereotype that the Irish are drunks or … ... Read More »

Longmont middle school teacher arrested, accused of hit-and-run, DUI during school hours

LONGMONT, Colo. — An Altona Middle School teacher was arrested by Longmont police on Thursday following a suspected hit-and-run crash. The police report alleges that Jessica Lynn Brady, 32, was possibly under the influence of alcohol when she fled the scene of a crash while going from her home to Altona Middle School. The alleged incident occurred at about 11:36 a.m. on Thursday. Brady was arrested in the school’s parking lot. According to the Probable Cause Affidavit, Brady admitted she ... Read More »

Jussie Smollett once lied to cops during DUI arrest

Jussie Smollett — who is suspected of faking a hate crime against himself — pleaded no contest in 2007 to providing false information to police during a DUI stop in LA, according to a report. The misdemeanor complaint filed in Los Angeles Superior Court in September that year says that Smollett gave the name of his brother, Jake, when he was asked by an officer. He also signed a false name on the promise to appear in court. Smollett also was ... Read More »

Fullerton DUI crash: Family says suspect was fleeing gang assault

FULLERTON, Calif. (KABC) — Family members of the driver in a suspected DUI crash that left 10 people injured in Fullerton are expressing sympathy for the victims and saying the suspect was fleeing from gang members when the collision happened. Police say the suspect, 22-year-old Christopher Solis of Anaheim, was under the influence of drugs when he allegedly plowed his Toyota Tacoma into a group of people on the sidewalk in downtown Fullerton early Sunday morning. The crash left nine pedestrians plus ... Read More »

Aretha Franklin’s Son Kecalf Jailed for DUI Arrest Following the Queen of Soul’s Death: Report

Aretha Franklin‘s youngest son has reportedly been imprisoned since October after being arrested for driving under the influence. The Blast reports that Kecalf Franklin was pulled over by law enforcement in Michigan on Oct. 27, 2018 — two months after his famous mother died of advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type at age 76. RELATED: Inside the Amazing, Private Life of Aretha Franklin At a court date held on Dec. 19, the 48-year-old reportedly pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle under the ... Read More »

Norwich officer charged with DUI by Farmington police

FARMINGTON, CT (WFSB) – An officer from the Norwich Police Department was arrested by Farmington police for DUI. According to Norwich police, 32-year-old Chase Chiangi was off duty at the time and driving a personal vehicle. Norwich police said he was stopped at New Britain Avenue and Red Oak Hill on Jan. 22 around 8:15 p.m. as part of a routine traffic stop. Read More »

Kentucky mom drove drunk to ‘teach her son a lesson,’ police say

A mother in Kentucky was arrested Sunday after allegedly driving drunk with her son in the car as some sort of “lesson,” police said — though it was not clear exactly what the supposed lesson was. Sunita Jairam, 48, was arrested around 12:51 a.m. and told police at the time she  “drank a bunch of beer and got in her car to drive to teach her son a lesson,” according to the arrest citation obtained by the Lexington Herald-Leader. Read More »

DUI suspect pleads not guilty in Garden Grove crash that killed 9-year-old and her mother

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) — The man accused of driving drunk and causing a New Year’s Day pile-up on the 22 Freeway that killed a 9-year-old girl and her mother has pleaded not guilty in the case. Melvin Branch, 30, appeared in front of a judge for the first time on Monday, facing vehicular manslaughter charges. He is accused of driving while intoxicated and causing a four-car crash east of Valley View. Payton Castillo and her mother, 33-year-old Jolene Gardner, and ... Read More »

DUI suspect gets foot stuck in steering wheel after New Year’s Eve crash

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. (WPVI) — The California Highway Patrol shared a funny picture with a serious message on New Year’s Eve: don’t drink and drive! The CHP posted a picture on Instagram, where they said a DUI suspect was involved in a hit-and-run and took off. When he tried to lean over to a gate keypad, he fell out of his window, and his foot got stuck in the steering wheel. Cathedral City police arrived and helped him out — ... Read More »