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Man charged with killing two pedestrians in Duplin County

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says a Duplin County man faces felony charges after he allegedly hit and killed two pedestrians with his truck on Saturday. According to investigators at NCSHP Troop B in Duplin County, at 8:36 p.m. Saturday on Tram Road, Jeanie Johnson Jenkins, age 44 of Mt. Olive, and Horace Wayne Pittman Jr., age 49 of Mount Olive, were struck by a vehicle and died.o Investigators say, Alfonso Santos, age 37 of Albertson, was driving his ... Read More »

Illegal immigrant convicted in death of Jemison nurse

The saga surrounding the criminal case in the 2018 death of a Jemison woman is nearing its end. It took only about 50 minutes of deliberation for a jury to reach a guilty verdict in the case against 20-year-old Jorge Ruiz on July 24. Ruiz was on trial in Autauga County for the death of 29-year-old Marlena Hayes of Jemison. The jury found Ruiz, an illegal immigrant, guilty of reckless murder for his role in Hayes’s death. According to 19th ... Read More »

Does Marijuana Usage Impair One’s Ability to Drive?

Substantiating British research from many years ago, a car crash study reported on May 20, 2019 in the online version of the journal Addiction, found no statistically significant relationship between drivers testing positive for Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or other drugs and those who did not in contributing to a motor vehicle collisions. The study was based on 3005 injured drivers and police reports on 2318.  In particular, the findings found no statistically significant relationship between testing positive for THC and the risk ... Read More »

Unconscious Consent

Our right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures just moved a step closer to extinction. The most recent U.S. Supreme court case to carve deeper into the Bill of Rights was Mitchell v. Wisconsin. DUI laws in most states allow a person to refuse a chemical test of their breath or blood although there is typically a civil penalty (ie. potential loss of driving privileges). On June 27th the United States Supreme Court ruled that Gerard Mitchell’s blood ... Read More »

Alabama assistant strength coach arrested for second DUI in last 2 ½ years

TUSCALOOSA — Former Alabama standout and current assistant strength coach Josh Chapman was arrested Saturday morning for driving under the influence, according to the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office online jail database. This is Chapman’s second DUI charge in the last 2 ½ years after previously being arrested for the same offence on Jan. 29, 2017. Chapman, a former nose guard at Alabama from 2007-11 who was an integral part of the Crimson Tide’s defensive line during its 2009 and 2011 national ... Read More »

Do Police Have to Get a Search Warrant to Obtain the Blood of an Unconscious Driver?

Have you ever wondered whether a police officer needs to request a search warrant when attempting to obtain a blood sample from an unconscious suspected drunk driver?  The United States Supreme Court recently answered that question.  The Court agreed that there is no question that our Fourth Amendment constitutional right against unreasonable searches and seizures applies when blood is taken from the body of a person suspected of driving under the influence (DUI, DWI, or OUI). However, the Court was ... Read More »

NM state senator shocked by DWI arrest: ‘Are you serious?’

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A New Mexico state senator expressed surprise when he learned he was being arrested on a drunken driving charge, slurring his speech as he lay in an emergency room and saying to an officer, “Are you serious? Jesus Christ.” The comments from Sen. Richard Martinez, D-Espanola, appeared in police lapel video released Monday. Police said he crashed his Mercedes SUV on Friday night into the back of a vehicle that had two people inside stopped at a ... Read More »

New Haven man gets 4 years in hit-and-run death

NEW HAVEN — One year after the car he was driving struck and killed a motorcyclist, a city man has been sentenced to serve four years in prison. Luis Lala, 28, of Ellsworth Avenue, had pleaded guilty to evading responsibility involving the death of a person: Bobby Sunshine Pinkston, 37, of West Haven. After Lala entered into the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the other charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating under ... Read More »

“End Drunk Driving Act” And Others Introduced In Congress

As reported by Patch.com, on May 30, 2019, Long Island, NY Congresswoman Kathleen Rice introduced a package of three bills that would combat impaired and distracted driving.  The End Drunk Driving Act will require that within 10 years, all new cars sold in the U.S. come equipped with advanced DWI-prevention technology.  According to the Garden City Democrat, “… nearly 15,000 were killed in 2018 because of an impaired or distracted driver – these are deadly and tragic epidemics that have ... Read More »

L.A. County Coroner’s van caught nearly getting into wreck before DUI arrest

LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) – Shocking video caught on a cell phone shows a Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office supervisor drunk driving and nearly causing multiple head-on collisions while behind the wheel of her county-owned Coroner’s van. One family says her arrest resulted in a gap in leadership and played a part in the wrongful cremation of their son. That family is now suing Los Angeles County for negligence. CONTINUE READING BELOW It happened on June 1, 2016 in the 14 ... Read More »