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Arizona Court Overturns Marijuana DUI Ruling

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities can’t prosecute Arizona motorists for driving under the influence of marijuana unless the person is impaired at the time of the stop, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in the latest opinion on an issue that several states have grappled with across the nation. The ruling overturned a state Court of Appeals decision last year that upheld the right of authorities to prosecute pot smokers for DUI even when there is no evidence of impairment. Read More »

Repeat DUI driver gets 40-year sentence in fatal crash

Tulsa, OK – A Tulsa woman with a prior record for driving under the influence of alcohol was sentenced Monday to 40 years in prison for a “felony murder” conviction tied to a fatal traffic collision. In accordance with jury verdicts, a judge sentenced Marquita Littlebear to consecutive prison terms totaling 54 years, connected to a Feb. 12, 2012, crash that police categorized as a hit-and-run collision that claimed the life of Susan Mamary, a teacher at Marquette Catholic School. Read More »

Palmdale girl killed after suspected DUI driver slams into apartment

PALMDALE, Calif. (KABC) —  A 16-year-old girl asleep in her bedroom was killed when a suspected drunk driver slammed his Nissan Pathfinder into her apartment complex in Palmdale early Sunday. Family members identified the girl as Giselle Mendoza, a sophomore at Palmdale High School. Investigators said the driver, 20-year-old Roberto Rodriguez, lost control when he turned the corner on the 1000 block of Avenue R around 3:50 a.m. Read More »

Mom found asleep in car faces neglect, DUI charges

Nashville, TN – Police arrested a woman on Sunday after officers said they found her asleep in a broken-down car with her two young children. Officers where called to Cliff Drive in Nashville after the car ran out of gas. When they arrived, they found Andrea Sweeney asleep in the back seat, according to her arrest warrant. Sweeney’s 9-year-old son was sitting in the driver’s seat, the warrant said. Her 7-year-old daughter also was in the back seat. The children ... Read More »

California lawmaker, aide sued in fatal DUI case

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. —  The parents of a Santa Barbara woman who was fatally struck by a congresswoman’s aide filed a federal lawsuit against the driver, U.S. Rep. Lois Capps and the U.S. government. The wrongful death suit filed by Matt and Raeona Dies’ attorney claims the Democratic congresswoman hired the aide despite being aware of his two DUI convictions and failed to monitor him, KEYT-TV reported Saturday. The suit said Raymond Morua’s job as a field representative required driving. Court ... Read More »

Breath Tests Get Support In DUI Wars

TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — Judges may have another way to help repeat DUI offenders sober up for good. Instead of blowing into a machine which keep their cars from starting, they may have to get their breath tested twice a day. The proposal, approved by a House committee last week, would allow judges to place repeat DUI offenders into a new program, known elsewhere as “24/7 Sobriety,” instead of having ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. Read More »

Bellevue cop fired for mishandling colleague’s alleged DUI

Bellevue, WA – The Seattle Times A Bellevue police officer who did not cite a colleague for drunken driving, conduct field sobriety tests or make an effort to obtain the officer’s blood-alcohol level before letting him leave with his wife, has been fired. Officer Doug Brennan, who has been on administrative leave since February, was  fired Wednesday. Chief Linda Pillo found that Brennan had violated department ethics, arrest and false-information policies when handling the Nov. 20 incident. Read More »

Wrong Way Driver Charged With DUI

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Officers used spike strips to stop a wrong way driver and arrest her on DUI charges overnight. Around 1:30 a.m. Thursday, officers spotted Jacqueline Connor driving southbound in the northbound lanes of Briley Parkway near County Hospital Road. She was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed and refused to stop when officers tried to pull her over. Read More »

Bartender on trial for fatal DUI wreck

Helena, MT – Independent Record A jury deliberated for more than two hours without coming to a verdict Tuesday in the trial of a Helena bartender accused of over-serving alcohol to a woman who later killed two people in a drunk driving crash. William Gleed was on trial Tuesday for the charges of obstructing a police officer and two counts of serving alcohol to an intoxicated person. Read More »