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4 Connecticut cops in Las Vegas crash; 1 dead, 1 facing DUI charge: reports

Source: foxnews.com A Connecticut police officer was being held on $100,000 bail Saturday, accused of being an impaired driver following a Las Vegas crash that left a fellow officer dead, according to reports. New Haven police Officer Robert Ferraro, 34, a six-year member of the force, was at the wheel of a 2020 Rolls Royce with three other police officers and two women as passengers when the crash occurred around 4 a.m. Friday, FOX 5 of Las Vegas reported. The vehicle went out ... Read More »

Alabama’s 2021 Law Now Allows Criminal Convictions to be Expunged

The Alabama legislature, in a 2021 legislative session, passed into law an act that will allow many criminal convictions to be expunged. When criminal arrests and now convictions are “expunged” the result is supposed to remove these sensitive records from public access. This new law which went into effect August 1, 2021, even includes many felony convictions. This means that felony convictions that did not include a violent crime can be removed from access by most everyone. The expungement law, ... Read More »

Couple arrested for DUI and possessing prohibited paraphernalia

Source: wboy.com CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — A Salem couple was arrested after the driver was found to be under the influence and the passenger was in the possession of illegal materials. Their vehicle was pulled over in the early morning of Aug. 14 after Maryland State Troopers from the McHenry Barrack pursued them for a possible DUI. The vehicle was stopped on Pig’s Ear Road on Interstate 68. After the driver, Lisa Bonnell, 31, failed to pass the field sobriety test, ... Read More »

Are gas stations liable for selling fuel to a drunk driver?

The answer, as usual, depends.  According to a decision released July 19, 2021, Tennessee and New Mexico are the only two states in the country recognizing a “duty of care” for businesses to withhold fuel from drunk drivers due to the dangers associated with driving under the influence.  The legal doctrine creating this duty is called “negligent entrustment.” In the 2021 New Mexico case of Morris v. Giant Four Corners, Inc., No. S-1-SC-37997, a man walked up to a gas ... Read More »

Missouri DWI Lab Testing is Weak on Standards

In Missouri driving while intoxicated (DWI) cases, police officers are required to follow certain standards. Standards are in place in an attempt to bring some degree of scientific certainty to testing procedures. Breath testing machines have been subject to weak oversight regarding testing standards. The result can be wrongful convictions. The Missouri Code of State Regulations (19 CSR 25-30) specifies the standards that should be followed when testing the accuracy of breath testing devices. If the standards are not followed, ... Read More »

Raleigh police arrest, charge 24-year-old in fatal hit and run that left one dead

Source: newsobserver.com Raleigh police have arrested a 24-year-old man and charged him in a hit-and-run early Sunday morning that left one dead. Juan Alejandro Sandoval has been charged with felony death by vehicle, felony hit and run and driving while impaired, the Raleigh Police Department said in a news release Tuesday. Rony Kevin Velasquez, 22, was struck and killed by a pick-up truck just before 2:45 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Sego Court, The News & Observer previously ... Read More »

To-Go Alcohol Law in Tennessee is Extended

Tennesseans may recall that  Governor Lee signed an executive order during the COVID-19 pandemic allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for take-out.  Apparently, this order was so popular that the Tennessee legislature extended the law to allow “To-Go” purchases of alcohol to continue. However, the extension of the “To-Go” law is only for two years. The bill summary for Tennessee House Bill 0241 states, “Generally under present law, the holder of a license to sell alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption ... Read More »

Woman pleads not guilty to DUI crash that killed 5-year-old daughter

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune Prosecutors allege Kapri Raven Coleman’s blood-alcohol content measured .16 percent — twice the legal driving limit in California A 27-year-old woman who allegedly drove while intoxicated and crashed her car off Interstate 15 near Bonsall, killing her 5-year-old daughter and critically injuring her two toddlers, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that include murder. Kapri Raven Coleman is accused in last Wednesday’s crash, in which the California Highway Patrol said her 2009 Hyundai Genesis veered off northbound ... Read More »

Tennessee Boating Under the Influence Penalties Increased

As of July 1, 2021, the penalties for boating under the influence in Tennessee will be substantially increased.  A number of Tennessee statutes will be amended by Senate Bill 0246 in the Tennessee 112th General Assembly to accomplish these changes.  In essence, the change in the law adjusts the penalties for boating under the influence (BUI, BWI) to align with the current driving under the influence (DUI) penalties. The Bill summary states: “This bill clarifies that the offenses of vehicular ... Read More »

Police Discover 2-Year-Old Underneath Truck’s Litter After Grandmother Arrested for DUI

Source: Newsweek.com Police in Memphis, Tennessee, arrested a 51-year-old grandmother on Sunday night for driving under the influence with her 2-year-old grandson unbuckled inside her truck. The arresting officer initially did not notice the presence of the young boy. After the officer placed the woman, identified as Claudia Patterson, in his squad car, he then discovered the 2-year-old in the backseat of the truck. The young boy was undetected at first because Patterson’s truck was reportedly in a state of disarray with items ... Read More »