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Does .18% Compel One to Mow a Lawn? Apparently Yes

An Indiana man was arrested for driving his lawn mower while intoxicated.  As reported in USA Today, Barry Ridge drove his riding lawnmower onto someone else’s lawn and started mowing the grass.  He then headed down the road.  Once stopped by the police, they observed his eyes to be “glassy” and gave him a breath test.  He registered .189%. The truly amazing fact is that this is the second time Ridge has been arrested for driving his lawnmower while under ... Read More »

Driver accused of killing 3 teenagers in DUI crash pleads not guilty to murder

A woman charged with murder and driving under the influence in a March 29 crash that killed three Las Vegas teenagers in Huntington Beach pleaded not guilty Monday in Orange County Superior Court. Bani Duarte, 27, of San Clemente was charged Friday with three counts of murder and one count of driving under the influence causing injury. She also faces a possible sentencing enhancement on allegations of inflicting great bodily injury, according to Orange County Superior Court records. If convicted, ... Read More »

Young mother killed ‘after drunk driver speeds down Texas interstate in wrong direction

A man faces intoxicated manslaughter charges after he allegedly drove the wrong way on an interstate before crashing into several vehicles, leaving a young mother dead. Dramatic cell phone footage of the moments leading up to and after the crash show a dark SUV driving the wrong way on Interstate near Duncanville, Texas, Sunday. The footage, captured by a separate driver, shows the moment of the crash, then the desperate efforts to get someone out of a mangled car. Read More »

Have or Need a Commercial Driver’s License?

If you have, or if you are planning on getting, a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), you need to know a little bit about how and why prosecutors take such a hard stance on traffic and other related violations when they involve drivers with a CDL. One way to get a good overview is to review, “Commercial Drivers Licenses: A Prosecutor’s Guide to the Basics of Commercial Motor Vehicle Licensing and Violations (Second Edition).” This guide was funded, at least in ... Read More »

New DUI policy: Refuse breath test, cop will seek instant warrant for blood test

Police in McHenry County will be out for blood with drivers who refuse to take breath tests for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And the practice of officers immediately seeking blood draws from those who won’t submit to a breath screen appears to be spreading, with Lake County also planning to adopt a similar policy. Read More »

Deputies: Collier County teacher arrested for DUI

COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – Collier County Deputies arrested a teacher with Collier County schools for DUI on Friday night. Deputies said they found April Jones drunk behind the wheel on Immokalee Road near Wildwood Boulevard. According to the arrest report, deputies name Jones as a teacher in the Collier County School District. Jones was going 68 in a 50 mile per hour zone, deputies said. After pulling her over, deputies smelled a stench of alcohol in the car. In the ... Read More »

How Drunk is Your State?

In an USA Today article by Cheyenne Buckingham, excessive alcohol consumption is discussed and ranked from the least-to-most excessive alcohol consumers (by State) in the United States. According to the article, excessive alcohol drinking includes “binge” drinking and “heavy” drinking. The article explains that according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “binge” drinking is consuming four or five alcohol drinks (depending on the gender of the consumer) during a single occasion. The CDC further states that “heavy” drinking is ... Read More »

DUI Conviction? No Booze for You!

On March 21, 2018, a bill sponsored by Tennessee State Representative Bud Hulsey and Senator Frank Niceley allowing judges to prohibit those convicted of driving under the influence from purchasing alcohol made its way to the House Criminal Justice Committee.  According to the Tennessean newspaper, various drafts of the bill (HB 1698), before being finalized, sought a lifetime ban for a third conviction and discretion for judges to prohibit the purchase of alcohol for various lengths of time depending on  ... Read More »

Florida officer charged with DUI, fired after she’s spotted driving backward

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A Florida sheriff’s lieutenant is charged with driving under the influence after she was spotted driving backward and honking her horn in the middle of the night. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Lt. Christi Ruhtz also was fired from the department where she had worked for 19 years. A deputy reported finding Ruhtz driving in reverse and honking her horn just before 2 a.m. Sunday in Largo. The sheriff’s office said Ruhtz performed poorly on a field sobriety test ... Read More »

Blood and Breath Tests Disallowed in Many Tennessee DUI Cases

On February 6, 2018, the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals issued an opinion ruling that Tennessee Code Annotated section 55-10-413(f), which gives the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation a fee of $250 for each DUI conviction that is obtained using a blood or breath test, is unconstitutional. The TBI does not receive this fee in the event of an acquittal. This landmark decision is considered to be limited only used to the persons who were actually parties to this case (over ... Read More »