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Can a Person Be Arrested for DUI if Caught Driving While Under the Influence of Marijuana?

According to California Vehicle Code 23152(e) VC, it is against the law for any person to drive while under the influence of marijuana. However, because it is much more difficult to determine impairment by the amount of THC in a person’s bloodstream than it is to determine impairment by the amount of alcohol in a person’s body, it can be difficult for law enforcement officers to prove a person was actually impaired by marijuana while driving. Before a person is ... Read More »

Former Soccer Star Abby Wambach Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charge

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a DUI charge she received over the weekend. Wambach’s lawyer, Ben Eder, entered the plea on her behalf in a Portland, Oregon, courtroom and confirmed the judge’s order allowing Wambach to travel out of the state for work. He did not offer additional comment outside the courtroom. Wambach was not required to appear in court on the charge. Wambach was arrested Saturday night after she was pulled over for allegedly ... Read More »

Cross the Fog Line 1 Time, Expect to be Stopped

Issued on the same day (February 11, 2016) as State v. Davis, (See, Cross the Center Line 1 Time, Expect to be Stopped), the Tennessee Supreme Court decided whether crossing the fog line is sufficient reason for an officer to stop the driver and investigate further.  The facts of State v. Linzey Danielle Smith were that the Trooper observed the Defendant crossing over the fog line with the two right wheels of her car and then twice touching it with ... Read More »

SUSPECTED DUI DRIVER KILLS GIRL AND GRANDMOTHER IN TULARE CO CRASH

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) — A 10-year-old girl and her grandmother died when an alleged drunk driver crashed into them south of Tulare. It happened Saturday night near Avenue 200 and Spacer Drive. George and Charlotte Espinosa survived the crash, but their ten-year-old daughter and her grandmother did not. The California Highway Patrol says the family from Las Vegas was on their way from Yosemite to Porterville when their Honda Pilot was t-boned by an SUV driven by 25-year-old Cheyenne ... Read More »

Woman Arrested for DUI After Driving to ‘Coffee With a Cop’

A Montana woman who police said was stumbling and smelled of alcohol was arrested after driving to a cafe hosting a “Coffee with a Cop” event. Great Falls Lt. Doug Mahlum says 66-year-old Charlene Kranitz walked by more than a dozen uniformed officers in Schulte’s Coffeehouse on Wednesday to get to a frozen yogurt machine. The Great Falls Tribune reports (http://gftrib.com/1UHCshn) Mahlum followed the woman to the parking lot, where he saw her vehicle resting against a light pole. He ... Read More »

Cross the Center Line 1 Time, Expect to be Stopped

In February 2016, the Tennessee Supreme Court in two separate opinions ruled that, “It is well established that a traffic violation—however minor—creates probable cause to stop the driver of a vehicle.”  See also, Cross the Fog Line 1 Time, Expect to be Stopped. In State of Tennessee v. William Whitlow Davis, Jr., the officer turned on his blue lights and pulled the Defendant over after witnessing the Defendant cross over the double yellow center lane lines of a curvy road with ... Read More »

ROSELLE COPS STOP ALLEGED DUI DRIVER WITH 15-FOOT TREE WEDGED IN GRILLE

ROSELLE, Ill. (WLS) — Police in the northwest suburbs stopped a woman they say was driving down the road with a 15-foot tree wedged into the grille of her car. Police say a few weeks ago the car was headed southbound on Roselle Road with the tree wedged into the front. After stopping the driver near Irving Park Road, the officer also noticed the airbags had been deployed, apparently from hitting the tree. Video of the January traffic stop was ... Read More »

Uber Driver Suspected of DUI After Slamming Into Party Bus in San Diego

An Uber driver was facing DUI and resisting arrest charges Thursday after driving through a red light and slamming into a party bus in downtown San Diego, police said.   The crash took place just before midnight Wednesday near the intersection of Sixth Avenue and F Street, said Lt. Dan Smyth with the San Diego Police Department. The Uber driver was traveling south on Sixth Avenue when he ran a red light at F Street and rear ended the back of a ... Read More »

Don’t Count On The Minimum DUI Penalties

Richard Manley Floyd, a Knoxville Tennessee resident, learned the hard way that you don’t always get the minimum penalty.  With no aggravating factors such as an automobile wreck or injuries to anyone, Mr. Floyd received a jail sentence of 45 days instead of the minimum 48 hours for a first offense DUI conviction. The arresting Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper stopped Mr. Floyd for traveling 20 mph over the speed limit. Mr. Floyd refused all field sobriety tests and declined to ... Read More »