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MASSACHUSETTS PROSECUTORS AND DEFENSE BAR CONTINUE BREATH TEST NEGOTIATIONS

District Attorney offices throughout the Commonwealth continue negotiations with representatives of the defense bar regarding the admissibility of breath test results at trial. Some possibilities include expanding the time of presumptively excluded breath tests to include all tests performed since the Dräger 9510 machines were put into service in 2012 through at least 2017. Another potential outcome is to give both prosecutors and defense counsel online access to all maintenance and service records for each machine. We expect that all ... Read More »

Is breath testing based on flawed science?

  Testing blood alcohol concentration (BAC) based on breath samples has been a staple of roadside law enforcement since the late 1930s, when Prof. Rolla H. Harger of Indiana University developed a device called the “drunkometer.” Drivers who fail the tests face prosecutions  for violating laws that prohibit driving with a certain BAC, which are referred to as “per se” statutes. Per se DWI statutes do not require proof that the motorist’s ability to drive was affected by alcohol: simply ... Read More »

Roseville man killed in head-on, DUI crash

A motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon after getting hit head-on by a drunken driver in Sutter County, the California Highway Patrol said. Officers arrested 33-year-old Zachary Becker, of Rio Linda. CHP said he was booked into Sutter County Jail on charges of DUI, vehicular manslaughter and two counts of child endangerment. The crash happened around 4:40 p.m. on Riego Road, west of Highway 99. Becker was going west when the vehicle drifted into Ayala’s path and crashed head-on, CHP said. ... Read More »

Razorback Freshman Wide Receiver Charged With DUI

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — Fayetteville police arrest Arkansas Razorbacks freshman wide receiver Michael Woods Saturday.  Washington County court records shows him  charged with driving under the influence, minor in possession of alcohol, and improper U-turn. Court records show he was released shortly after posting an $1,100 bond. Woods is scheduled to appear at a hearing on Monday. Woods enrolled early at Arkansas after committing to the Razorbacks over multiple other schools including Washington State, Texas Tech and Virginia. ESPN and 247Sports ranked him as ... Read More »

Man arrested for DUI says he wasn’t drinking while driving, just at ‘stop signs’

VERO BEACH, Fla. – A man arrested on suspicion of DUI in Florida had an ineffective defense. During the June 27 arrest, 69-year-old Earle Stevens told officers he hadn’t been drinking and driving – he’d only been drinking at “stop signs,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by Treasure Coast News. Police received a 911 call after a McDonald’s drive-thru customer in Vero Beach complained of a driver behind her repeatedly bumping her car. Indian River County sheriff’s deputies found Stevens ... Read More »

No Refusal DWI Counties Expose Untrained Officers

Since January of 2014 the City of St. Louis has practiced a policy of “No Refusals” when requesting a breath test for a DWI suspect. Franklin County, Missouri, has adopted the same policy. This policy of no refusal to breath tests can help the defendant in many cases. If a driver is suspected of DWI, the police officer making the arrest will apply for a search warrant to authorize an involuntary blood draw if the driver refuses to submit to ... Read More »

Former LAPD sergeant imprisoned for Rodney King beating charged with DUI

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A former Los Angeles police sergeant who went to prison for his role in the Rodney King beating has been charged with driving under the influence. Stacey Koon, 67, faces two misdemeanor counts for a car crash in May near Castaic. Police said Koon hit a parked car but was not hurt. Koon and three other Los Angeles Police Department officers were charged with excessive force for the 1991 beating of King. The acquittal of the officers ... Read More »

Driving Under the Influence of Smartphones

Binge watching Netflix.  FaceTiming a friend. Scrolling through your Spotify playlist. All of these seem like harmless activities–until you try to do them while driving. Due to the rise in distracted driving, lawmakers across America are rethinking their laws on smartphones in vehicles. A study completed by AAA showed that 88% of millennial aged drivers acknowledge their dangerous driving habits, however, some of the drivers think that this behavior is acceptable. For example, the study showed that 78.2% of drivers ... Read More »

UPDATE | Driver involved in DUI crash arrested and charged for DUI drugs and other violations

UPDATE | Georgia State Patrol tells News 12 NBC 26 the driver who hit three children on an off-road vehicle was driving too fast for conditions and was arrested and charged for several charges including a DUI of Drugs. GSP said 29-year-old Amanda Holsomback was traveling north on Boll Weevil Road approaching a left curve. State Patrol said Holsomback rounded the curve just as a group of three children in a Polaris off-road vehicle were turning around in a driveway. ... Read More »