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71 people arrested for DUI over Labor Day Weekend

SAN DIEGO — Seventy-one people, the same as a year ago, were arrested in San Diego County on suspicion of driving under the influence from the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend at 6 p.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Monday, the California Highway Patrol reported. There was one fatality in the county reported by the CHP thus far this year, the same as in 2018. Statewide, there were 980 arrests made for suspicion of DUI, 11 more than the ... Read More »

A New Breath Test Prototype For Detecting THC

According to an article published in Prosperous, a team from the University of Pittsburgh, including Dr. Ervin Sejdic, has created a breath testing device that can trace levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in a person’s breath. THC is the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. These researchers developed it through the use of carbon nanotubes, which are miniscule tubes of carbon 100,000x tinier than a human hair. According to this news article, the cannabinoid THC as well as other ... Read More »

Councilman charged with 4th DUI, attorney said it will be treated as a first

WASHINGTON — Washington City Councilman, Matthew Staniszewski, is being charged with his 4th DUI, according to police. According to the police report, the councilman was parked on an angle in the middle of East Wheeling Street, just after 1 p.m. on Monday. The report says that he was confused, his eyes were glassy and the officer didn’t conduct field sobriety tests for fear he would fall. Staniszewski was charged with DUI in 2004, 2006 and 2007 . His attorney, Sean ... Read More »

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 »