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Butte man driving wrong way on I-90 arrested for DUI in Missoula County

Missoula, MT A Butte man was arrested by Missoula County sheriff’s deputies late Sunday after authorities said he drove drunk the wrong way on Interstate 90 for nearly 20 miles. John Braunreiter, 46, was stopped by deputies near the border of Missoula and Granite counties at mile marker 134, said sheriff’s department spokeswoman Paige Pavalone. He was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of travel. Braunreiter pulled over in the median of the interstate and told deputies he didn’t know ... Read More »

Police: Drunk man in Johns Creek court on probation violation flees authorities, faces DUI charge

Atlanta, GA A man facing more than a month in jail for violating his probation now faces more time behind bars because authorities say he was drunk when he ran out of a Johns Creek courtroom and led police on a chase Tuesday morning. James Earl Johnson, 44, was given probation after a conviction on DUI and driving without a license charges last year, according to Channel 2 Action News. But he owed more than $2,000 in fines and hadn’t ... Read More »

Suspected DUI driver hits woman’s car in Orlando, drives away, FHP says

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man was arrested in Orlando early Monday on DUI charges after, according to troopers, he struck a woman’s car and drove away. Fabian Sanchez, 21, of Orlando, was arrested in the hit-and-run crash, which happened on Lake Underhill near State Road 408. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a trooper witnessed the crash and called for help after the driver fled the scene. Read More »

Bar in Ogden held accountable for role in fatal DUI

Ogden, UT – Fox 13 News A bar has been fined and its liquor license suspended after they served a woman who allegedly caused another person’s death while driving under the influence of alcohol. Chelsey Raffield was charged with automobile homicide last year after allegedly causing an accident shortly after leaving Mi Tenampa early in the morning on September 1 of 2013. Police said Raffield was going 80 mph in a 30 mph zone and a had a blood alcohol content of ... Read More »

Limo driver carrying students to prom guilty of DUI

Oswego, IL – Daily Herald A limousine driver pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk while busing 23 high school students to their prom near Glen Ellyn. The blood alcohol content was twice the legal threshold for Richard L. Madison, 55, of Palos Heights. He was arrested May 11, 2013 after delivering a group of Oswego East High School teens to Abbington Banquets in a party bus. Madison, an admitted alcoholic, was sentenced to 60 days in jail, two years of ... Read More »

Kansas bill could change DUI penalties

TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) – Currently in Kansas there is a 10-year wait to appeal to the court to have a DUI conviction expunged from a person’s record. What’s upsetting many people is that wait could be cut in half. House Bill 2662, introduced by Rep. Jack Thimesch, a Republican representing the 114th District, would knock the wait down to five years. He said it’s only fair in the long run. Read More »

Bus Driver Had Previous DUI

White River Junction, VT – Valley News The Butler’s Bus Service driver who has been charged with operating a bus full of schoolchildren while having a blood alcohol level above the legal limit had a prior DUI conviction in 2006, and Butler’s knew about it when he was hired. Carl H. Lupton, 57, of Bethel, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in Windsor Superior Court to a charge of driving under the influence and a misdemeanor charge of child cruelty — ... Read More »

Cops: Volusia fire lieutenant ‘was just playing around’ before DUI arrest

Daytona, FL – The Orlando Sentinel South Daytona Police struggled to catch up with a speeding Volusia County Fire Services lieutenant before they pulled him over for drunk driving late Monday, authorities said. Lt. Thomas McDonough, 50, was driving 70 mph on Beville Road — a 45 mph zone — after having a few drinks “a short while ago” at the Roadside Tavern in Port Orange, an arrest report said. “I was just playing around,” McDonough said to officers when asked ... Read More »