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Tennessee Joins Interstate Driver License Compact

As of July 1, 2020, Tennessee joins 42 other states in the Interstate Driver License Compact. According to the National Center for Interstate Compacts,  The Driver License Compact is an interstate compact used by States of the United States to exchange information concerning license suspensions and traffic violations of non-residents and forward them to the state where they [the offenders] are licensed—known as the home state. Its theme is “One Driver, One License, One Record.” The home state would treat ... Read More »

Pedestrian killed in suspected DUI crash on Highway 273 in Redding

An Anderson man was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after the boat he was towing on Highway 273 struck a man who later died at the hospital Wednesday night, Redding police said. Investigators said Stewart Helmer, 63, was driving his SUV and pulling a boat south on Highway 273 near Breslauer Way around 10:45 p.m. Helmer was in the right lane when he saw a person on the west side of the road near the fog line ... Read More »

Saliva Testing Drivers For Marijuana/THC

Regular readers of this blog know that I try to keep them informed about new methods of detecting marijuana (THC) in the body of drivers.  For instance, you may wish to review my 2019 post here and my 2015 post here.  In addition to breath tests, a saliva test has now been studied.  If perfected, this method will likely be used by law-enforcement officers as part of their investigatory procedures to determine if someone is driving under the influence of ... Read More »

Man accused of killing teen in northeast Fresno DUI crash faces judge

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — James Anderson, the man accused of running a red light last Sunday at Chestnut and Nees in northeast Fresno, killing a teen, faced a judge on Wednesday via video conference. He is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence. 19-year-old Carson Gates was killed, and his 17-year-old girlfriend was injured in the crash. “In this case, the defendant was under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana. He was observed going ... Read More »

Are There Drive-Thru Bars During The Corona-Virus Pandemic?

Apparently drive-through bars are for real and being used more frequently during this pandemic!  For instance, Johnny’s Bar and Casino became the first drive-through bar in Great Falls, Montana. Fortunately, the business already had a drive through window through which it was previously selling food. However, once receiving approval from the State of Montana, Johnny’s Bar and Casino began selling growlers, bar drinks, and beer through the window complete with drive-through bartenders. One may learn more about this drive-through bar ... Read More »

Auto-Brewery Syndrome Update 2020

Readers of this news blog may recall an interesting post about “Auto Brewery Syndrome” (ABS) posted by one of our California contributors, Lawrence Taylor.  This syndrome occurs when bowel abnormalities affect patients by creating a yeast overgrowth, usually candida, in the G.I. tract.  This causes fermentation of ingested carbohydrates, producing enough alcohol to result in drunkeness.[1]  Interestingly, in 2020 a distinction from traditional ABS was made in a case study published in the peer-reviewed Annals of Internal Medicine.  The treating ... Read More »

News anchor charged with DUI had trouble maintaining balance, police say

SALT LAKE CITY — New court documents explain what led police officers to stop and cite KUTV news anchor Shauna Lake with DUI last month at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Lake, who is listed in court documents as Shauna Lake Marshall, 49, of Holladay, is charged in Salt Lake City Justice Court with driving under the influence of alcohol, a class B misdemeanor. Her attorney, Scott Williams, entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client on ... Read More »

COVID-19, Violent Offender Release

The News reports that jails are releasing inmates due to COVID-19.  Is this true?   Yes. It has been reported and confirmed that inmates in Harris County, Dallas County, some Texas prisons and a juvenile detention center have COVID-19.  This is a problem due to increased community spread in the jail environment; which outside of putting inmates’ health in danger, endangers the lives of the jail and prison staff and adds more pressure to the hospital community.   Are jails ... Read More »

Dodge County Attorney arrested for DUI

DODGE COUNTY, Neb. — On Monday, the Dodge County Attorney was arrested for first offense driving under the influence. According to a press release from the Dodge County Attorney’s Office, Oliver Glass was arrested in Dodge County and was processed by law enforcement “consistently with similar cases. He was released from custody upon posting the scheduled bond amount.” Read More »