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  • My "Crash" Course in Grief

    09/05/2015 9:54:14 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 7 replies ^ | 9/4/15 | Michelle Thomas
    Pun intended. It’s been four months today since my dad was killed in a hit-and-run crash. He was cycling near his home on May 4 and was hit from behind by an intoxicated motorist (who was later apprehended). Dad was killed instantly. As I wrote a month after the crash, my dad was my rock, and our whole family is trying to pick up the pieces of our lives and figure out how to go on without him.
  • Aldon Smith released by 49ers after four seasons

    08/08/2015 7:35:50 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 13 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 8/7/2015 | Cam Inman
    Aldon Smith’s turbulent career with the 49ers ended Friday morning, shortly after his fifth arrest since 2012 and third instance of alleged drunk driving. The 49ers announced Smith’s release three hours after he posted bail, following Thursday night’s arrest by Santa Clara police for drunken driving, hit-and-run and vandalism. “This organization has tried very hard to help Aldon fight his issues,” an unattributed statement from the 49ers said. “Although he is no longer a member of this team, our support and concern for him will continue.”
  • Minnesota mom drives drunk to liquor store as daughter clings to car, trying to stop her: cops

    08/03/2015 8:54:20 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | Monday, August 3, 2015, 11:23 PM | Jason Silverstein
    The little girl got dragged through her neighborhood in Farmington as she gripped onto the driver’s side running board, screaming and banging on the car window, KARE reported. She eventually jumped off the car and fell into the road as her mom, 46-year-old Rena Mae Giancherio, drove away last Monday. “I went over to check on (the girl) and her knees are all cut up,” neighbor Terry Heller told the station. “She’s on the curb just crying and the mom is already gone, just drove off, she didn’t stop or look down.” The girl injured her foot from the fall,...
  • CHP: Santa Rosa girl, 15, found driving suspected drunken father

    07/13/2015 10:24:18 AM PDT · by rey · 27 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 13 July 2015 | JAMIE HANSEN
    A Santa Rosa man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of child endangerment and other charges after he allowed his 15-year-old daughter to drive his Dodge Ram while he sat by as a drunken passenger, the CHP said. An officer stopped the truck Sunday night around 7:30 p.m. after noticing it going about 20 mph in a 35 mph zone on Llano Road with expired registration, said Officer Jon Sloat in a news release. He stopped the truck after it pulled into a private driveway and found that a 15-year-old was driving along with passenger Grasifedo Chavez, 35. Chavez told the...
  • Man caught in garbage can charged in hit-and-run, car fire in Midtown

    06/12/2015 8:57:54 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 14 replies
    Alaska Dispatch News ^ | June 12, 2015 | Alaska Dispatch News
    A 29-year-old man found hiding in a garbage can was charged with felony DUI and multiple other charges after a series of hit-and-run collisions in Midtown Anchorage on Thursday night, police said.
  • Lawyers Behaving Badly: 3 Accused Of Luring Rival Into DUI With 'Flirtatious' Paralegal

    05/16/2015 9:43:14 AM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 51 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | May 15, 2015, 2:36 PM EDT | Tamara Lush
    CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Four lawyers. Two shock jocks. One flirtatious paralegal. A Florida judge will soon decide if three well-known Tampa attorneys tricked a rival lawyer into getting a DUI in an attempt to derail opposing counsel on a defamation case. The ethics trial began this week and it has riveted Tampa's legal community with its salacious details of scheming and flirtation, of prior drunk driving arrests and extramarital affairs. On one side is the Florida Bar, which supports the version of events told by lawyer Phil Campbell. He was charged with DUI two years ago. The Bar alleges...
  • Which is worse, booze or pot? A doctor weighs in

    03/20/2015 10:51:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 216 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2015
    Worrying about teen drinking and drug use has kept many a parent up at night. With marijuana becoming increasingly available and legal in some parts of the country, the question has taken on new urgency: If teens are going to experiment, which is safer, booze or pot? "The first answer always has to be neither," Dr. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, told CBS News. But then he acknowledges they're not exactly equivalent -- and he considers alcohol much more dangerous. Carroll wrote a provocative piece for the New York Times exploring what's known...
  • 2 Secret Service agents crashed into White House barricades after attending party, report says

    03/11/2015 4:14:00 PM PDT · by barmag25 · 71 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/11/15 | Fox News
    Two senior Secret Service agents -- one of whom is a top member of President Obama's protective detail -- reportedly drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week. The Washington Post, citing a current and a former government official familiar with the incident, reported Wednesday afternoon that the officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said the sources, who spoke to the...
  • (Maryland) Lawmaker Proposes Lower Military Drinking Age

    03/04/2015 4:40:50 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 17 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | March 3, 2015 | Melita Kiely
    Lawmaker proposes lower military drinking age • A Maryland senator has proposed a new bill to allow 18-year-old members of the US military to drink alcohol, despite the legal drinking age in the country being 21. Senator Ron Young, D-Frederick proposed a reduction in the legal drinking age for military members to the Senate Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee on Friday. The bill would permit service members under the age of 21 to drink beer and wine at a bar or restaurant by showing valid military identification, however spirits and off-premise purchases would still be prohibited. “Is someone can...
  • Nevada assemblyman arrested on DUI charge

    CARSON CITY — A Nevada assemblyman was arrested early Friday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Carson City deputy found him asleep in a car outside a bar with a gun in his pocket, authorities said.
  • Lawyer’s Controversial Flyer Helps Drivers Pass Through DUI Checkpoints

    02/18/2015 8:50:31 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Feb 18 2015 10:04 am
    A controversial new flyer is helping some people dodge DUI checkpoints, without even speaking a word to the police. Motorists who pull up to sobriety checkpoints are holding up the “Fair DUI Flyer.” The flyer reads “I remain silent, no searches and I want my lawyer,” along with a short list of state laws. Drivers who are passing through DUI checkpoints don't roll down the window, but instead display the flyer with their driver’s license, insurance and registration. …
  • Administration memo tells border agents they can release drunk drivers (Calling MADD)

    02/18/2015 6:07:41 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/18/2015 | staff
    The Obama administration is telling Customs and Border Protection agents in a busy stretch of the U.S.-Mexico crossing that they don’t have to arrest intoxicated drivers, sparking backlash from advocacy groups and others. The Department of Homeland Security issued the advisory, which informs agents in the Tucson, Ariz., sector that they have three options if they encounter suspected drunk drivers -- detain them at the request of local law enforcement, detain them without the involvement of another agency or let them go. In stark terms, the bulletin explains which options put the officers at greatest risk of being sued. The...
  • Amnesty ‘Loophole’ May Allow Illegals to Vote [semi-satire]

    02/14/2015 9:26:50 AM PST · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 14 Feb 2015 | John Semmens
    Secretaries of state from Ohio and Kansas say that the documents—driver’s licenses and Social Security numbers—being provided to the illegal immigrants granted amnesty by President Obama open a “loophole” that will make it easy for these non-citizens to vote in our elections. Presidential Press Secretary Josh Earnest questioned the characterization of potential voting by these persons as a “loophole. I would say it would be more accurately described as a ‘feature’ of the President’s executive action regarding the ‘dreamers’ he is trying to aid.” Earnest also took issue with the premise that the “dreamers” being granted these privileges are “non-citizens....
  • Minnesota Supreme Court finds implied-consent law for drunken drivers constitutional

    02/11/2015 8:05:17 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 11 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 2-11-15 | David Chanen
    Despite national court decisions limiting police in obtaining a blood-alcohol sample without a warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that doing so doesn’t violate the state and U.S. Constitutions. As a result, in Minnesota, a suspected drunken driver can still be charged with refusing a breath or blood test if arresting officers believe there’s enough evidence to get a search warrant to require the test — even if they don’t obtain the warrant. Only a few states have a similar implied-consent law. The issue, which reached the state Supreme Court in a case involving William Bernard Jr., has been...
  • Fewer Americans Drinking And Driving; More Using Drugs [Alcohol, Marijuana, Pot]

    02/11/2015 1:56:21 AM PST · by CutePuppy · 25 replies
    RTT News ^ | 2015 February 09 | RTT Staff Writer
    The number of people driving under the influence of alcohol on U.S. roads continues to decline, but the number of drivers using marijuana and prescription drugs that can affect road safety is climbing, according to two studies released by the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. One study found that the number of inebriated drivers has declined by nearly one-third since 2007, but that same survey found a large increase in the number of drivers using marijuana or other illegal drugs. In the 2014 survey, nearly one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that...
  • Feds: No link between pot and car crashes

    02/09/2015 3:35:55 PM PST · by Ken H · 59 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 07, 2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Marijuana use has not been found to increase the risk of car crashes, according to a new federal report. Studying car accidents in Virginia Beach, Va., during a 20-month period ending in 2012, researchers randomly sampled 3,000 accident-involved drivers and found no evidence suggesting those with marijuana in their system were more prone to accidents, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report released Friday. When researchers controlled for factors such as age and gender, they found no evidence marijuana use increases accident risks. This was despite the fact that, in the study, drivers who tested positive for marijuana...
  • Harry Reid’s brother accused of DUI, battery on an officer

    02/04/2015 4:35:23 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2015 7:01 PM EST
    The 73-year-old brother of Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid was arrested Monday after he was found in a parked vehicle in the dirt median of a state highway in southern Nevada. A Nevada Highway Patrol officer, believing a car had broken down, found Larry Reid sitting inside the Lexus SUV shortly after noon Monday. Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Loy Hixson said Larry Reid was arrested and released after spending a night at the Clark County jail. He faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and battery on an officer, for driving across a median and not wearing a seatbelt,...
  • Police: Zamboni driver’s blood-alcohol level was over three times legal limit

    02/03/2015 2:52:20 PM PST · by skeptoid · 16 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | Feb 2, 2015 at 10:11 p.m. | Archie Ingersoll
    FARGO – A 27-year-old man accused of driving a Zamboni while drunk at a high school hockey game had a blood-alcohol level of over three times the legal limit, police said. A preliminary breath test showed that Steven James Anderson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 percent on Friday night, said Lt. Joel Vettel, a Fargo police spokesman. The limit in North Dakota is 0.08 percent.
  • New (Written) Breathalyzer Test:

    02/03/2015 9:23:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 4 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 03 February 2015 | Reaganite Republican
  • Mother of teen killed by alleged driver pleads for his capture after he bails out, disappears

    01/29/2015 3:52:22 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 33 replies ^ | January 28, 2015 | Stuart Dyson
    Mother of teen killed by alleged impaired driver pleads for his capture after he bails out, disappears Updated: 01/28/2015 6:48 PM | Created: 01/28/2015 6:35 PM By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4 A local [Albuquerque, New Mexico] woman is dealing with the unthinkable after losing her teenage son to an alleged hit-and-run drunk driver. Her grief is real, and so is the fight to get the man accused of killing her son back behind bars. "He was almost home – a hundred yards," said Penny Brown-Meira, Jonathan Brown's mother, of just how close her son was to being home...
  • Hope Solo reportedly let her husband drive a USWNT team car while drunk

    01/22/2015 4:05:41 PM PST · by Perdogg · 10 replies
    Hope Solo has been caught up in lots of legal issues recently, including being charged with domestic violence before her case was dropped. On Monday morning, she was in the car when her husband Jerramy Stevens was arrested for DUI. She wasn't suspended for either of these things, presumably because she wasn't convicted of a crime and didn't violate any specific team rules.
  • Officer Gets Hit By DUI Suspect While The Officer's Daughter Just Happens To Be Driving By (NSFW)

    01/10/2015 6:14:10 PM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    KTRH ^ | January 7th 2015 | Michael Berry
    Officer Gets Hit By DUI Suspect While The Officer's Daughter Just Happens To Be Driving By (NSFW LANGUAGE) VIDEO ONLY ON LINK
  • Minnesota man with record 27 DWIs completes prison sentence

    01/08/2015 8:51:48 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-6-15 | Emily Welker
    A man convicted in 27 drunken driving-related cases in Minnesota has been released to residential placement in Clay County. Danny Lee Bettcher, 61, was released Dec. 29 after serving about five years in prison for his latest drunken driving-related conviction, said Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Latuseck. Prosecutors said he blew through a stop sign on his motorcycle in Otter Tail County while his blood-alcohol level was twice the legal limit. Bettcher reportedly holds the state record for the most drunken driving-related convictions at 27. His criminal drunken driving-related record goes back to the 1980s. Bettcher was released under...
  • Oklahoma bill would bar those with DUI conviction from buying alcohol

    01/05/2015 7:45:39 AM PST · by redreno · 73 replies ^ | 01/05/2014 | unknown
    A new proposal in Oklahoma would bar drunk drivers from buying or consuming alcohol -- and already is raising concerns over how it would be enforced. Fox 25 in Oklahoma City reports that state Sen. Patrick Anderson is proposing a bill that would allow a judge to enforce the alcohol restrictions on anyone with a DUI charge for a set period of time.
  • The ABSOLUTE Most Incredible Way to go Through a Police Checkpoint

    01/03/2015 10:39:13 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 105 replies
    Sure News ^ | December 29, 2014
    I am 100% getting mine today
  • Pedestrian and dog hit and killed by car

    01/01/2015 9:41:35 AM PST · by eastforker · 42 replies
    click2houston ^ | 1/1/15 | : John Brannen
    The driver waited for police and was tested for alcohol. He was found to be intoxicated and arrested for driving while intoxicated. He will not be charged in the accident.
  • Buzzed birds slur their songs, researchers find [Well, DUH!]

    12/30/2014 9:06:55 AM PST · by Red Badger · 14 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 12/30/2014 | Amina Khan
    You know how that guy at the karaoke bar singing Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " sounds a little off after he's had a few drinks? The same goes for buzzed birds, according to a team led by researchers from Oregon Health & Science University. For a study published in PLoS ONE, scientists found that when they got some unsuspecting zebra finches drunk, the birds slurred their songs. The findings could help scientists study the neural processes underlying birdsong - and shed light on human speech. While many scientists want to understand alcohol's effects on such a complex system as speech,...
  • Police may soon be armed with marijuana breath test

    12/12/2014 12:12:06 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 28 replies
    Riverhead News-Review [NY] ^ | 12/12/2014 | Carrie Miller
    The hand-held breath test, which is expected to become available in February, can detect a presence of THC on the breath for up to two hours after use. (Credit: courtesy photo)Six months after New York State lawmakers voted to legalize marijuana use for medicinal purposes — and as pot laws become more relaxed across the U.S. — the availability of a breath analysis test to help determine if drivers are under the influence is that much closer. Researchers with a Canadian company called Cannabix Technologies Inc. say they have the technology for a THC detection test that’s similar to an alcohol...
  • Police release video Texas judge stumbling through sobriety test after court drops DUI

    12/09/2014 7:32:11 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 27 replies, ^ | Dec-6-2014 | unknown
    Court of Appeals Judge Nora Longoria was allegedly begged for leniency during her DUI arrest in July. Last month, the District Attorney’s office said it lacked enough evidence to prosecute and another judge threw out the case. The DA said it never got the dashcam video, which showed Longoria stumble through her failed sobriety test. Could this be the evidence they never got? A month after a Texas court threw out a DUI case against a judge because it lacked strong evidence, police released dashcam video of her arrest that showed her stumble through a sobriety test.The new video, recorded...
  • A Marijuana Breathalyzer?

    12/04/2014 5:37:59 AM PST · by DBCJR · 28 replies
    With marijuana legal in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington; decriminalized in 13 more states; and available by prescription in 6 more; there is a growing concern about driving and other activities while under the influence. Several companies are rushing to provide a breathalyzer to accommodate these concerns. The device is timely, since there is currently no way to verify recent marijuana use without taking spit or urine samples – a practice that would involve the collection of DNA and potentially run afoul of sections 7 and 8 of the 4th Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.
  • Pot-Positive Traffic Fatalities Up 100% in Colorado

    11/30/2014 6:03:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 293 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 26, 2014 - 9:48 AM | Cully Stimson
    … The data coming out of Colorado is exhibit A on why voters should reject legalization efforts. Even the Democratic governor of Colorado, John Hickenlooper, said that legalizing marijuana in Colorado was “reckless.” As I have written at Heritage, pot-positive traffic fatalities have gone up 100 percent since voters legalized pot in Colorado. This is true despite the fact that overall traffic fatalities in Colorado have gone down since 2007. A report by a federal grant-funded agency in Colorado found seven specific negative side effects that pot legalization has caused in Colorado: the majority of DUI drug arrests involve marijuana;youth...
  • Santa Rosa ice cream man arrested, allegedly drunk

    11/03/2014 4:01:20 PM PST · by rey · 6 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | November 3, 2014 | RANDI ROSSMANN
    An allegedly drunken and unlicensed ice cream truck driver went to jail Halloween evening after he was seen stumbling out of his truck, according to the CHP Monday. The Santa Rosa driver’s blood-alcohol level was at least four times the legal amount, CHP Officer Kerri Post said. The man had pulled into a Sebastopol Road business across from Roseland Elementary at about 4:30 p.m. A nearby worker saw him struggling as he walked from the truck and called 911 to report a possibly drunken driver. Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies responded and detained the man. CHP officers ran him through sobriety...
  • Man arrested on suspicion of Halloween hit-and-run that killed 3 girls

    11/03/2014 3:23:55 PM PST · by jeannineinsd · 17 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/3/14 | ALYSSA DURANTY, SCOTT SCHWEBKE and SALVADOR HERNANDEZ
    SANTA ANA – Police today identified the suspected driver in the Halloween hit-and-run that killed three teenagers as a 31-year-old Orange County man with a history of traffic offenses. Jaquinn Ramone Bell has a previous conviction for driving under the influence and hit and run charges in August, court records show. Bell was arrested around 11:30 a.m. Sunday near a Stanton motel, where he was staying with his two children, on suspicion of felony hit-and-run causing death, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said during a news conference. - snip- Bell has a history of reckless driving in Orange County,...
  • Woman in costume, makeup for 'zombie prom' is charged with drunken driving twice in 3 hours

    10/30/2014 9:50:28 AM PDT · by dware · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10.29.2014 | AP via Fox News
    GATES, N.Y. – Police say a woman wearing a zombie costume and makeup was charged with drunken driving twice within three hours after attending an upstate New York bar's "zombie prom" party.
  • ‘No Refusal’ Police Blood Test Checkpoint Protested by Concerned Citizens

    10/27/2014 10:02:35 AM PDT · by relictele · 71 replies
    Counter Current News ^ | 25 Oct 2014 | Jackson Marciana
    The Springfield Police Department, along with the Clark County Sheriff’s Department and Ohio State Highway Patrol were in for a big surprise last night when members of a local “Cop Block” chapter turned up to warn drivers about the disturbing “sobriety” checkpoint that was set up. The Clark County OVI Task Force said that their sobriety checkpoint was a “no refusal” inspection of drivers, to “make sure no one’s out drinking and driving,” an officer with the Springfield Police told us. The checkpoint was conducted at State Route 40 and State Route 68 in Clark County and began at 8:00...
  • Murrieta Mayor Arrested for DUI Crash that Injured HS Cheerleaders, Apologizes & Seeks Re-Election

    10/18/2014 12:01:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Press-Enterprise ^ | October 17, 2014 | SARAH BURGE AND DAVE DOWNEY
    MURRIETA: Mayor, arrested in suspected DUI crash that injured four, apologizes Murrieta Mayor Alan Long was arrested on suspicion of DUI on Thursday after a crash left four Murrieta Valley High School cheerleaders with injuries ranging from moderate to major, authorities said. Long, 44, was booked into the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley and later released on $50,000 bail. He did not respond to requests for comment. About 8:15 p.m., Long was driving south on Jefferson Avenue when his full-size pickup truck crashed into the back of a car waiting to make a left turn at Lily Avenue, Murrieta...
  • Michael Phelps Arrested For DUI In Baltimore City

    09/30/2014 12:03:17 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 37 replies
    CBS Baltimore ^ | September 30, 2014 | Unspecified
    BALTIMORE (WJZ/CBS NEWS)—The Baltimore bullet has been arrested for driving under the influence in Baltimore City early Tuesday morning. Michael Phelps was arrested around 1:40 a.m. in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 by Maryland Transportation Authority police. Follow CBS Baltimore on Twitter for the latest. MDTA released the following statement: “A MDTA police officer was operating stationary radar on southbound I-395 leaving Baltimore City when a White 2014 Land Rover entered the radar’s area of influence at excessive speed (84 mph in a 45 mph zone). The officer followed the vehicle onto northbound I-95, through the tunnel and initiated...
  • Wow! Democrat Landrieu Helps Supporter Conduct Keg Stand

    09/21/2014 8:56:00 AM PDT · by ncalburt · 11 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | Saturday, September 20, 2014, 11:45 PM | Jim Hoft
  • McCrum faces contempt of court charges.Prosecutor in Perry case has legal troubles

    09/19/2014 8:43:58 AM PDT · by redreno · 12 replies ^ | 09/18/2014 | By: Will Weissert
    AUSTIN — The special prosecutor who secured two felony abuse of power indictments against Gov. Rick Perry is facing his own legal problems after a decision by Texas’ highest criminal court to renew a contempt of court case against him. Prosecutors filed a contempt of court motion against San Antonio-based attorney Michael McCrum in January, after a separate case the previous fall. In it, one of McCrum’s clients was convicted of manslaughter for driving his car the wrong-way down an interstate with a blood-alcohol level three times the legal limit, and sparking a head-on crash that killed two men.
  • Missing driver says he woke up in field of donkeys

    09/18/2014 4:23:21 AM PDT · by aomagrat · 27 replies
    WIS TV ^ | 17 September 2014 | AP
    ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) - A driver who went missing after a one-car rollover in New Mexico says he later woke up in a field of donkeys.
  • Huffington Post under fire for hiring 9/11 truther who killed a guy to cover National Security

    09/04/2014 12:00:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/04/2014 | Noah Rothman
    It’s hard to think of a worse candidate for a reporter covering national security issues than a once-committed 9/11 truther, but The Huffington Post apparently could. “The Huffington Post’s Washington bureau has hired professional football player and 9/11 truther Donte Stallworth as a fellow, covering national security,” Politico’s Dylan Byers wrote in a lede that would not seem out of place in The Onion. The Huffington Post was apparently not deterred by either Stallworth’s controversial views on the September 11 attacks, or his concern that the swine flu vaccine was part of an elaborate plot, or his criminal record....
  • Court documents: Suspect in deadly Eastern Shore crash had BAC nearly four times legal limit

    Accomack County, Va. – The suspect in a deadly car crash on the Eastern Shore, Bonifilio Velazquez, has previously been found guilty of driving without a license in Accomack County three times, according to online court records. Court documents also provide more details about the night of the crash, which killed three people: Diann Jones, 55, Arnette Chandler, 58, and A’Janae Jones, 12. They had been attending a family reunion when their car was hit head-on in the Keller area on Rt. 13 Saturday, Aug. 30. Police say Velazquez, the driver of the car that hit them, had been drinking....
  • Since marijuana legalization, highway fatalities in Colorado are at near-historic lows

    08/08/2014 1:36:04 PM PDT · by Mariner · 153 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8th, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Since Colorado voters legalized pot in 2012, prohibition supporters have warned that recreational marijuana will lead to a scourge of “drugged divers” on the state’s roads. They often point out that when the state legalized medical marijuana in 2001, there was a surge in drivers found to have smoked pot. They also point to studies showing that in other states that have legalized pot for medical purposes, we’ve seen an increase in the number of drivers testing positive for the drug who were involved in fatal car accidents. The anti-pot group SAM recently pointed out that even before the first...
  • Driver who killed teen posts his totaled car online with smiley face

    07/31/2014 3:00:18 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 22 replies ^ | 7/31/14 | Paul Walsh
    A 16-year-old Brooklyn Center boy clung to life for days before dying after a suspected drunken driver, without a valid license, fled one crash on a north-metro highway and ran into the teen’s car down the road moments later, authorities said. SNIP On the Saturday before McCarthy died, Vanwagner posted photos of what was left of his vehicle on his Facebook page and wrote, “That’s her front end after I got done with her lol.” He signed that message with a smiley face.
  • Chronic Drunk Driver Kills Child After 150 Arrests, Gets Five Years

    06/18/2014 11:47:25 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 24 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 6/17/2014 | Inquisitr
    Drunk driver Ricky Weeden was sentenced for his involvement in the death of a 4-year-old child, whom he reportedly struck with his car in October 2012. The sentence understandably has people outraged, since it was the 56-year-old man’s 150th arrest and the sixth of his multiple DUI arrests. According to, the deceased’s 10-year-old brother was also injured in the hit-and-run accident. Still, despite the damage and the long history of disorderly conduct, Ricky Weeden was able to reach a plea deal with prosecutors, pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter, leaving the scene of a crash, and driving with a revoked...
  • Substance abuse counselor weeps after getting 55-to-life for fatal DUI

    06/12/2014 3:08:59 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | Juen 12, 2014 | Natalie O'Neill
    A drug abuse counselor who drove drunk and struck a pedestrian — then drove around with the dying man on her windshield — bawled her eyes out in court as she was sentenced to 55 years to life in prison on Thursday. A teary-eyed Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 53, was convicted of second-degree murder, drunken driving and a hit-and-run — after killing Phillip Moreno in an LA suburb in 2012. After plowing into him, Wilkins drove for two miles with Moreno on her windshield, until other motorists swarmed her car at a traffic light and called the cops, prosecutors said. Her...
  • Outcry as businessman gets work-release after 7 DUIs, car crash

    06/01/2014 10:40:46 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    CNN ^ | 01 June 2014 | Michael Martinez and Dan Simon
    Joseph Shaun Goodman's seventh arrest for DUI was as sensational as it gets. Police chased him in his Ferrari at more than 90 mph in downtown Olympia, Washington. A passenger, whom Goodman had just met at a bar, begged to leave the car, and his wish was granted while the car slowed. Goodman crashed his sports car, a 2000 model worth $70,000, into a house and two cars. The tall, tan businessman was finally arrested behind the wheel in a church parking lot with police drawing their guns on him just before midnight December 29. Cops noted his watery, bloodshot...
  • ‘Affluenza’ teen’s family to pay victim $2M

    05/06/2014 11:18:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 6, 2014 1:29 PM EDT
    The family of a Texas teenager who killed four people in a drunken-driving wreck has agreed to pay more than $2 million to the family of a boy left paralyzed by the accident. Tarrant County court documents show that the liability insurer of Ethan Couch’s parents agreed to pay more than $1 million in cash and the rest in two annuities to a trust established for Sergio Molina. …
  • California rep sued over DUI death, questions raised about ties to driver [suspended license]

    04/24/2014 1:24:15 PM PDT · by topher · 14 replies ^ | 24-April-2014 |
    California Rep. Lois Capps is being sued by the family of a young woman who was killed in a drunk-driving accident by one of her staffers, amid allegations her office initially tried to help the aide -- before abruptly cutting him off when the victim was taken off life support. Raymond Victor Morua III, an Iraq war veteran, was employed as a district representative for the Democratic congresswoman when he struck 27-year-old Mallory Rae Dies in a crosswalk on Dec. 6. Morua pleaded guilty on April 15 to hitting Dies with his Dodge Caliber and fleeing the scene after attending...
  • Rep. Eagle on DUI Arrest: Not 'Complete and Accurate Picture' (Drunken Taco Bell Run)

    04/22/2014 3:13:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Naples News ^ | April 22, 2014
    A Southwest Florida lawmaker who advocated for a new state law to drug test all elected officials was arrested early Monday and accused of drunken driving, Tallahassee Police Department officials say. State Rep. Dane Eagle, 30, R-Cape Coral, was arrested around 2 a.m. after hitting a curb and running a red light near the campus of Florida State University, police say. Tallahassee police say Eagle’s vehicle was first noticed after leaving a Taco Bell near the university campus. “When the defendant exited, he stumbled to his left and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle,” the police report...