Keyword: dwi

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Rochester judge keeps $174K salary after DWI conviction, being stripped of duties

    11/29/2016 7:43:58 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 40 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 11/29/16 | Teri Weaver
    First, Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio was convicted of drunken driving. Then she tried to drink and drive again - a violation of her conviction discharge... This week, she was finally stripped of all remaining judicial duties by a state administrative judge. She was also ordered not to go into any non-public areas of Rochester's city court building... And photos posted on Facebook appear to show Astacio drinking during the Thanksgiving holiday.... Through it all, Astacio is still collecting her $174,000 a year salary
  • Cops To Drunk Drivers: Weíll Make You Listen To One†Direction

    11/26/2016 5:02:08 PM PST · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 20 replies
    WCCO.com ^ | 11/26/16 | WCCO.com
    A small Minnesota police departmentís tweet went viral this week after it threatened to subject drunk drivers to the music of One Direction. Just before the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, police in Wyoming, a city 30 miles north of the Twin Cities, tweeted the warning, which went on to garner, as of Saturday afternoon, more than 5,000 retweets and 9,000 likes. In the tweet, police warned that drunk drivers will be caught, arrested and made to listen to ďOne Direction cover bands on the way to jail.Ē There was no mention of the Eighth Amendment, which protects citizens from ďcruel and...
  • Police: Suspected Drunk Driver Opens Beer In Front Of Officers

    08/17/2016 6:27:51 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 30 replies
    CBS MINNESOTA ^ | 17 AUGUST 2017 | AP
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) ó Madison police say a suspected drunken driver disobeyed an order to get out of her car and instead cracked open a beer in front of the officer who stopped her. Police say an officer on foot spotted an SUV driving fast early Wednesday on State Street near downtown Madison, where regular traffic is not allowed. The officer jumped into her car and pulled the driver over.
  • Clinton aide to plead guilty in DWI case. [2008]

    07/05/2016 8:01:58 AM PDT · by Revolutionary · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 3/24/2008
    A senior adviser to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has agreed to plead guilty to drunken driving after the arresting officer was ordered to Iraq, making a trial on a more serious charge impossible, police said Monday. Under the plea, Sidney Blumenthal, a journalist and former White House adviser to ex-President Bill Clinton, will lose his right to drive for 16 months.
  • Michigan Teen Challenging Warrantless Breathalyzer Law

    06/08/2016 1:29:44 PM PDT · by Theoria · 51 replies
    NBC News ^ | 08 June 2016 | Corky Siemaszko
    A Michigan teen who was ticketed ó as a passenger ó for balking at taking a Breathalyzer test says that she refused because the detective did not have a warrant. Now 17-year-old Casey Guthrie has filed a federal lawsuit against the cop who slapped her with the $100 citation last month. The honor student is also challenging the constitutionality of a Michigan law that makes it a civil infraction for anybody under age 21 to refuse a police officer's request to blow into the device ó and does not require the cop to produce a warrant. "No adequate remedy exists...
  • Drunk-driving illegal immigrant who killed straight-A college student was let go...

    04/07/2016 5:36:59 PM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 35 replies
    His blood alcohol content level at the time was .241, which is four times the legal limit to drive, WOWT reported. In addition, Mejia was driving on a suspended license and faces a motor vehicle homicide charge. Douglas County Judge Jeff Marcuzzo set Mejia's bail at 10 per cent of $50,000, which means he only had to post $5,000 cash to be released.
  • Hawaii lawmakers ask how much marijuana is OK while driving

    03/28/2016 7:04:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 28, 2016 10:00 PM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Hawaii lawmakers are asking how much marijuana a driver can safely consume before getting behind the wheel of a car. Itís an issue they want to tackle now that Hawaii is setting up medical marijuana dispensaries. So Rep. Cindy Evans and 15 other lawmakers introduced a resolution asking the state Department of Health to study whether a person can safely drive while under the influence. Marijuana is the illicit drug most frequently found in the blood of drivers who have been involved in accidents, including fatal ones, but the role marijuana plays in those accidents is often unclear because it...
  • Mother of teen paralyzed by Ethan Couch speaks out: ‚ÄėWe‚Äôve been in hell‚Äô

    02/22/2016 7:26:20 AM PST · by bgill · 17 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | Feb. 20, 2016 | Sarah Mervosh
    Maria Lemus‚Äô teenage son used to love soccer. He used to have friends. He used to be a normal kid.But since he became a victim of Ethan Couch‚Äôs drunken driving, 18-year-old Sergio Molina has been paralyzed and requires around-the-clock care. He can communicate only by blinking. ‚ÄúPeople say we have to die to go to hell,‚ÄĚ his mother said. ‚ÄúTo me, I‚Äôve already been there.‚ÄĚ Lemus spoke briefly about her family‚Äôs experience from her front door step Saturday, a day after attending a court hearing where a judge transferred Couch‚Äôs case to adult court.
  • Feds Want to Lower Legal Driving Limit to One Drink

    01/15/2016 7:23:11 AM PST · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | January 15, 2016 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The National Transportation Safety Board wants to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content to 0.05 ‚Äúor even lower.‚ÄĚ The agency released its ‚Äúmost wanted list‚ÄĚ on Wednesday, a laundry list of policies it would like implemented nationally. The list includes recommendations to reduce the current 0.08 blood alcohol content limit and outlaw all cell phone use while driving, even hands-free technology.
  • Feds Want to Lower Legal Driving Limit to One Drink

    01/16/2016 6:56:26 AM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 37 replies
    WASHINGTON FREE BEACON ^ | 15 JANUARY 2016 | ELIZABETH HARRINGTON
    The National Transportation Safety Board wants to decrease the legal driving limit to one drink, lowering the legal limit on blood-alcohol content to 0.05 "or even lower." The agency released its "most wanted list" on Wednesday, a laundry list of policies it would like implemented nationally. The list includes recommendations to reduce the current 0.08 blood alcohol content limit and outlaw all cell phone use while driving, even hands-free technology. "When it comes to alcohol use, we know that impairment begins before a person's BAC reaches 0.08 percent, the current legal limit in the United States," the agency said. "In...
  • ("Auto-Brewery Syndrome") ... Woman Proves Her Body Brews Alcohol To Beat DUI Charges

    01/05/2016 11:09:21 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    The Spirits Business ^ | 5th January, 2016 | Annie Hayes
    Woman Proves Her Body Brews Alcohol To Beat DUI Charges Drink driving charges against a woman in New York have been dismissed after it was revealed she suffers from auto-brewery syndrome - a rare digestive condition that turns food into alcohol. The 35-year-old teacher was pulled over in New York last October after police received reports her Toyota Carolla was "weaving all over" the road. When pulled over and tested, she recorded a blood-alcohol level of more than four times the legal limit at 0.33%. Police alleged that she failed several field sobriety tests, including standing on one foot and...
  • 'Affluenza' teen sought after probation officer lost contact

    12/15/2015 5:52:51 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2015 7:17 PM EST
    A juvenile-court equivalent of an arrest warrant has been issued for a teenager who killed four people in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck near Fort Worth, then claimed as part of his defense that he suffered from "affluenza." [...] (Ethan) Couch was 16 when he drunkenly rammed a pickup truck into a crowd of people, killing four. ...
  • San Francisco's 'Hot Cop of Castro' was on medical leave during hit-and-run crash

    11/30/2015 5:21:40 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 26 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 30, 2015 | Veronica Rocha and Matt Hamilton
    San Francisco police officer whose good looks earned him the nickname "Hot Cop of Castro" was on medical leave when he allegedly hit two pedestrians with his Dodge Charger, then abandoned his vehicle and ran away, police said. Officer Christopher Kohrs turned himself in to fellow officers at police headquarters Sunday, according to the San Francisco Police Department. He was arrested and later booked on suspicion of two felony counts of hit-and-run. Kohrs, a 7-year San Francisco police veteran, was off-duty at the time of the crash and on medical leave for an unrelated medical condition, police said. If Kohrs...
  • (Felony Stupid) ... Florida Drunk Driving Suspect Claims His Dog Was Driving the Car

    10/14/2015 1:25:26 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    The Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | 13 October 2015 | Mark Molloy
    ē Drunk driving suspect claims his dog was driving the car The dog was nowhere to be seen, but that didnít stop one drunk driving suspect from blaming his pet. Florida resident Reliford Cooper III was arrested after crashing his car and promptly gave police a rather unbelievable 'excuse'. "Who was chasing me?" he asked the officer, adding: "My dog was driving that car, I ran 'cause I wanted to. You ainít gonna find no drugs or guns on me." Mr Cooper is alleged to have ignored a stop sign and travelled across two ditches before crashing into an occupied...
  • Lakeland woman arrested for DUI after broadcasting a ĎDrunk Girl Driving' periscope video

    10/13/2015 7:07:25 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 17 replies
    Whitney Marie Beall, 23, of Lakeland, was arrested and charged with a DUI on Saturday after using Periscope, a live video streaming platform owned by Twitter, to broadcast herself driving drunk. Periscope videos are public and can be seen world-wide. Periscope users called The Lakeland Police to report a possible drunk driver using the social media site. One caller told a dispatcher, "She's really drunk. She just hit something. She might be driving with a flat tire. She's in a Toyota". Messages were sent to the driver via Periscope asking Beall to stop driving and to pull over. According to...
  • 4 women celebrating upcoming wedding killed when pickup truck strikes limo

    07/19/2015 6:22:59 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 56 replies
    FOXNEWS.COM ^ | 19 JULY 2015 | AP
    A law enforcement official, who was not authorized to discuss the details and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity, said the pickup slammed into the side of the limo. The crash occurred around 6 p.m. along Route 48 in Cutchogue, on the North Fork of Long Island. Limousines are common in the area for people visiting the numerous wineries there. Flatley said the driver of the pickup ran from the crash scene, but was caught and arrested and faces a driving while intoxicated charge. His identity was not immediately released and he remained under police guard at...
  • Trooper injured in one of several crashes involving impaired drivers Easter morning

    04/05/2015 4:15:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies
    http://www.wbrz.com ^ | 4/5/15 | Caroline McDougall
    BATON ROUGE - A trooper was injured and two people died in several crashes involving impaired drivers on Easter morning. In Baton Rouge Parish, troopers say Magen Alicia Hall was nearly double the legal alcohol limit when she allegedly plowed into that back of a trooper's SUV around 2:40 a.m. Sunday. State police say the trooper was already investigating an earlier crash involving a drunk driver on the side of I-12 near LA 3245 and O'Neal lane when 24-year-old Hall crashed into his Tahoe around 2:40 a.m. Sunday. Investigators say both the trooper and the arrested driver from the previous...
  • Driver Leaves Prosthetic Arm Behind While Fleeing from DWI Crash

    02/12/2015 6:26:59 PM PST · by Paleo Conservative · 34 replies
    KIII TV (Corpus Christi, Texas) ^ | Updated: Feb 12, 2015 5:08 PM CST | Staff
    CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - Corpus Christi police responded to a one-vehicle crash just after 2:30 a.m. Thursday and found that the driver had fled the scene on foot -- but not without leaving behind his prosthetic arm. The accident happened in the 400 block of Highway 286. Police say the vehicle had been going in the wrong direction and was driven off the overpass, becoming airborne before dropping down onto Laredo Street. The driver of the vehicle, 23-year old Juan Gutierrez, fled on foot without his prosthetic arm. He was spotted by police not far from the scene. A...
  • 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 doesnít 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 thereís enough evidence to get a search warrant to require the test ó even if they donít 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...
  • 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
    KOB.com ^ | 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 Ė a hundred yards," said Penny Brown-Meira, Jonathan Brown's mother, of just how close her son was to being home...
  • 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
  • Maryland's first female Episcopal bishop exposed as hit-and-run driver 'who killed young father

    12/29/2014 2:18:14 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 73 replies
    The Daily Mail UK ^ | December 29, 2014 | By Josh Gardner
    Maryland's newly ordained first female Episcopal bishop fatally crashed into and killed a bicyclist before fleeing just two days after the Christmas holiday. Police on Saturday said a 58-year-old female motorist drove away from a scene of mangled metal beside a fatally injured man taking his final breaths--41-year-old father and custom bike maker Tom Palermo. A letter from the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland revealed Sunday that it was their No. 2 leader, Bishop Heather Cook, who disappeared from the fatal crash before finally returning to take responsibility. Meanwhile, photos from the scene can attest there was no way Cook could...
  • 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 Ė a practice that would involve the collection of DNA and potentially run afoul of sections 7 and 8 of the 4th Amendmentís prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.
  • Today is the biggest cell-phoning and texting-while-driving day off the year!

    11/28/2014 8:27:45 AM PST · by Bulwinkle · 9 replies
    Dang it's scary out there! Had to go out to get a new power cord
  • Most Awesome 1:23 ad you've ever seen (Vanity)

    10/24/2014 3:38:31 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 50 replies
    You've got to see this Ad and pass it on to your kids and grand kids. It's in a theater in Hong Kong among unsuspecting theater goers. Click on YouTube above or the Direct Link I will try to post in Comment #2 box. It's worth your time and could save a life...... probably yours.
  • UPDATE: Chief of Staff for Congressman Vance McAllister Arrested for DWI

    09/18/2014 2:05:26 PM PDT · by abb · 45 replies
    KTVE-TV10 - Monroe, LA ^ | September 18, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATE: Statement from Congressman McAllister in regards to Adam Terryís DWI arrest: ďIím disappointed in Adam. I do not condone his behavior, but I know heís a good person and heís worked hard for the people of Louisiana. Right now, he is at home with his family in the district and we want to make sure he gets the help he needs.Ē UPDATE: According to the arrest affidavit, Trooper Nicholas Gee said he smelled a 'very strong' odor commonly associated with an alcoholic beverage emitting from Terry. According to the affidavit, Terry told Trooper Gee he had not been drinking,...
  • Dad acquitted in slaying of driver who killed sons

    08/27/2014 12:46:56 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 134 replies
    Assoc. Press ^ | 08/28/2014 | By JUAN A. LOZANO
    <p>ANGLETON, Texas (AP) ó A jury on Wednesday acquitted a southeast Texas man of murder in the fatal shooting of a drunken driver who had just caused an accident that killed the man's two sons.</p> <p>Prosecutors alleged that Barajas killed 20-year-old Jose Banda in a fit of rage after Banda plowed into Barajas and his sons while they were pushing a truck on a road near their home because it had run out of gas. Twelve-year-old David Jr. and 11-year-old Caleb were killed.</p>
  • Rick Perry Indictment is Another Case of the Democrat Party Criminalizing Opposition

    08/18/2014 4:17:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | August 18, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Mr. Snerdley walked in and said, "Boy, this thing with Rick Perry, can you believe what a farce?" It's not a farce, folks. Now, I'm not gonna be getting to Rick Perry right off the bat here, but I wanted to mention something about it to get it on the table. It's not a farce. It isn't a joke. Sadly, it's not even a laughing matter. This is dead serious. Not that he's done anything wrong. What's dead serious about this is the Democrat Party and their ongoing effort to criminalize political differences or opposition. All the...
  • 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 ďdrugged diversĒ on the stateís 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, weíve 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...
  • 2014 US Open: Man gets DWI after hitting state trooper with golf cart

    06/16/2014 7:08:18 AM PDT · by logitech · 32 replies
    CBS Sports ^ | 6/15/2014 | Kyle Porter
    I've seen a lot of crazy things at a lot of golf tournaments but I'm not sure if I've ever seen this. A man at the 2014 US Open who was driving NBC's Roger Maltbie around the course got a DWI on Saturday for driving the course under the influence of alcohol. According to GolfWeek the story was as bizarre as it sounds. "The officer was upset because, according to him, the driver ran over his foot when leaving the tee area. The cop then chased the cart on a sandy surface just outside the gallery ropes while yelling, 'Stop!...
  • ĎAffluenzaí teenís 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 Couchís parents agreed to pay more than $1 million in cash and the rest in two annuities to a trust established for Sergio Molina. Ö
  • Colts owner Jim Irsay charged with DWI, four felony counts of possession

    03/17/2014 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | Jay Busbee
    Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay faces a preliminary misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated and four felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after being arrested Sunday night. According to Hamilton County (Ind.) police, Irsay was arrested in the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel at about 3 a.m. ET. Irsay was observed stopping in the middle of the road and failed to signal when pulling over. "During the course of the investigation, Irsay subsequently failed several roadside field sobriety tests," police said in a statement. Several Schedule IV bottles of prescription medication were found in Irsay's car. "Multiple prescription drugs...
  • Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks

    03/12/2014 7:58:52 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 7 replies
    Jalopnik.com ^ | March 12, 2014 | Patrick George
    Feds To End Controversial Secret Alcohol Testing At Roadblocks After drawing considerable ire from the public over a program that tested drivers for drug and alcohol use ó the latter secretly and without their consent ó federal transportation officials today said they will no longer surreptitiously collect breath samples from drivers at roadblocks. The Associated Press reports that a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration official said roadblock testers will now get motorists' permission before using a passive alcohol sensor, which previously gathered breath samples before drivers could consent to the study. NHTSA has been conducting their National Roadside Survey of...
  • More drivers positive for pot in Washington [State]

    03/07/2014 11:28:57 PM PST · by steve86 · 19 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/7/2014 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE ó More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 -- the first full year after the state legalized pot -- but officials so far say there's been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents. The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system -- a jump of just under 25 percent from the year before, even though the patrol had fewer troopers on the road and there was no overall rise in intoxicated driving arrests.
  • DWI suspect charged in 2nd fatality (NM-Kills brother of judge who sentenced him for 1st)

    01/28/2014 7:44:13 AM PST · by CedarDave · 13 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 28, 2014 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    Jacob Williams, convicted in 2008 of driving drunk when he killed a motorcyclist and left a woman paralyzed, now faces an identical set of charges for allegedly killing another motorcyclist Ė who happens to be the brother of the judge that sentenced Williams to prison in the earlier case. Williams, 27, of Bosque in Valencia County, was charged Monday with driving drunk after his pickup veered over a center line, killing Daniel Sanchez, 51, and seriously injuring his 11-year-old daughter, Magen Sanchez. Sanchezís brother, state District Court Judge William Sanchez of Los Lunas, presided in an April 2008 case in...
  • Tulsa (Oklahoma) Man Accused of Taking Toddler on Drunken Horse Ride

    01/25/2014 11:23:11 AM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Tusla World ^ | January 21, 2014 | KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
    Tulsa man accused of taking toddler on drunken horse ride A Tulsa man who was once charged on an out-of-state child endangerment complaint was arrested by police Monday after he allegedly was seen riding a horse with a 3-year-old child while intoxicated. Dennis Carl Byers, 38, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on child neglect and public intoxication complaints, jail records show. Byers was spotted by Tulsa police about 8 p.m. Monday in the 2000 block of East 56th North on a horse with a small child, Byers' arrest report said. Officers who stopped Byers observed that he had blood...
  • Breathalyzer for Pot Hits Los Angeles

    12/31/2013 9:27:46 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    East Bay Express ^ | Mon, Dec 30, 2013 | David Downs
    The car and weed capital of the world has become one of the first major cities to roll out a breathalyzer for pot. Sort of. ABC News is reporting that the LA City Attorney is deploying oral swab tests in the field that can detect the presence of marijuanaís main active ingredient, THC. The swabs could lead to convictions for driving under the influence. issue of CULTURE magazine, such swabs are not breathalyzers in the traditional sense. They canít tell officers how much THC you have in your system. But combined with Ďzero toleranceí Ďper seí laws like those in...
  • Refusing a sobriety test during the holidays not an option

    12/16/2013 8:56:37 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 150 replies
    Valleycentra ^ | 12.15.2013 | Valeria Aponte
    Troopers all across Texas are going after drunk drivers this holiday season. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is aiming to lower the amount of drunk drivers across the state by increasing the amount of troopers, working overtime, and enforcing stricter rules. No refusals are among the stricter rules being enforced, meaning if an officer believes you are drunk and asks you to take a blood test you will most likely have to still take one. If you say no, the officer will get a warrant from a judge immediately to get your blood specimen. Saying no to a...
  • Teen Sentenced To Probation For Deadly DWI Crash

    12/11/2013 12:43:33 PM PST · by kobald · 38 replies
    CBS-DFW ^ | December 10, 2013 | CBS-DFW
    Prosecutors were pushing for 16-year-old Ethan Couch to spend 20 years in prison. However, State District Judge Jean Boyd sentenced Couch to a decade of probation. There was no debate about who was behind the wheel last June, when Couch plowed into and killed four people. Couch has admitted to being the driver, and court records show his blood alcohol level was .24 at the time of the crash, three times the legal limit for an adult. Prosecutors also presented evidence that Couch and some friends stole beer from a Burleson Walmart on June 15, the night of the crash....
  • Respecting Juries

    12/09/2013 3:20:19 PM PST · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 12-9-2013 | Clay Conrad
    A Texas jury was recently lambasted in open court for committing jury nullification by visiting judge Jerry Ray because they acquitted a defendant in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) case. Judge Ray went so far as to equate the juryís verdict with the acquittal of O.J. Simpson. Unfortunately, like many judges, Judge Ray did not understand what jury nullification is, what juries do, or his own obligations as a judge. Jury nullification occurs when a criminal jury votes not guilty, in spite of proof of guilt beyond reasonable doubt, because they believe the law is either unjust or is being...
  • San Marcos woman gets life in prison after 6th DWI

    09/20/2013 8:37:09 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    Austin Am. Statesman ^ | 09/18/2013 | By Jeremy Schwartz
    A Hays County jury on Wednesday sentenced a San Marcos woman to life in prison after her sixth conviction of driving while intoxicated. Rose Ann Davidson, 44, was arrested by a Kyle police officer in the early morning hours of July 27, 2012, on Interstate 35 after he observed her driving erratically. The officer concluded she was intoxicated and found an open container of beer in her vehicle. Davidson had five prior convictions for driving while intoxicated dating back to 1996 and had only recently been released from prison, Hays County officials said. The trial took place in front of...
  • "Partridge Family" star David Cassidy charged with (felony) DWI

    08/21/2013 3:54:49 PM PDT · by Libloather · 74 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/21/13
    **SNIP** The charge is a felony because the Cassidy has a 2011 conviction for driving under the influence in Florida. He lives in Fort Lauderdale but is staying in upstate New York for a horse racing meet in Saratoga. The 63-year-old "Partridge Family" star is free on $2,500 bail. He's due in Schodack Town Court on Sept. 4.
  • 5-year legal fight over OíDoulís beer (NM man convicted of open container in car)

    06/27/2013 1:00:58 PM PDT · by CedarDave · 56 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | June 27, 2013 | Steve Hansen
    TUCUMCARI Ė A Tucumcari manís five-year effort to be exonerated of charges for having an open container of OíDoulís non-alcoholic beer in his car ran into a procedural hurdle Tuesday in 10th District Court. Judge Albert Mitchell threw out Gary Southernís motion to have his conviction for having an open container of an alcoholic beverage in his car set aside because it was based on a writ of coram nobis, a procedural device that has been abolished in New Mexico courts. Mitchell then advised Southern that he had two options: He could appeal Mitchellís decision of Tuesday or file a...
  • Man Appears Drunk on Bike in Austin, Crashes into Truck Trailer

    06/21/2013 11:32:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    KAAL TV ^ | 06/12/2013
    It was a lose-lose situation for an Austin man. He ran his bicycle into the side of a trailer on an Austin street, and he faces charges for it. It happened at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of East Oakland Avenue. Police say the 40-year-old man failed to stop at a stop sign, and ran his bike into the side of a trailer being pulled by an Austin Utilities truck. The bicyclist was knocked to the street on impact, and suffered bumps and abrasions. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment. Investigators also say the...
  • MADD Silent on Amnesty Law That Rewards Drunk Drivers

    06/18/2013 3:10:41 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | June 18, 2013 | Judicial Watch
    As preposterous as it may seem, illegal immigrants with drunk-driving, domestic violence, aggravated assault and child abuse convictions will qualify for amnesty under the immigration bill pending in the U.S. Senate unless an amendment introduced by a Texas lawmaker is adopted. Incredibly, groups that would normally be vocal on these sorts of issues have remained silent. For instance, the nationís largest organization working to stop drunk driving and support victims of the violent crimeóMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)órefuses to criticize the proposed law even though it will essentially reward those convicted of driving dunk. Through a spokeswoman, MADD said it...
  • Police Open Fire on a Car Sitting at Crowded DWI Checkpoint

    06/17/2013 9:05:25 PM PDT · by Altariel · 30 replies
    Daily Paul.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Robhino
    *VIDEO* Police open fire on a car sitting at crowded DWI checkpointBRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) Ė A couple celebrating Fatherís Day with their baby found themselves in the middle of a shootout at a DWI checkpoint when officers unloaded on a car sitting in heavy traffic. The couple, Jared and Rose Cleerdin were hoping it wouldnít be their last Fatherís Day together as the officers fired dozens of rounds in the direction of on-coming traffic. Jared Cleerden believes the officers acted way beyond what was necessary for public safety saying, ĒEvery cop turned around and started unloading like super...
  • Study: Many designated drivers found to have been drinking, too

    06/10/2013 2:41:12 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    United Press International ^ | June 10, 2013 at 1:13 AM
    Thirty-five percent of people in U.S. bars who said they were designated drivers had blood-alcohol levels high enough to impair their driving, researchers say. Adam Barry, an assistant professor of health education and behavior at the University of Florida, and his team recruited patrons as they left bars in a restaurant and bar district of a major university town in the Southeast between 10 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. across six Friday nights before home football games in fall 2011. Ö
  • Police: Man, hiding in cactus, suspected of sex while driving (only in NM!!)

    05/29/2013 10:32:54 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 43 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | May 28, 2013 | Patrick Lohmann
    A 25-year-old man is facing multiple charges after police said he was drunkenly having sex with a woman while driving, crashed his car and then ran from police. Luis Briones, 25, was found with one shoe on and his shorts on inside-out Monday night, hiding in a cactus, after he crashed his Ford Explorer ... on Monday night. Brionesí female passenger was found naked outside the vehicle after being ejected. She had deep cuts to her face and head, but was in stable condition when she was sent to the hospital, police said.
  • Man Charged With Obstruction Of Police Officer During Operation Thunder Stop

    05/01/2013 9:18:08 AM PDT · by Altariel · 56 replies
    WJBF.com ^ | April 29, 2013 | Mike Miller
    ames Eades of Augusta is charged with obstruction of a police officer, stemming from an incident during Operation Thunder, but he says there is much more to the story than that. Eades says that he and a friend were driving down Alexander Drive early Friday morning when they came to an Operation Thunder Checkpoint on River Watch Parkway. What happened during that stop lead to Eades getting arrested... and he says it's all because he didn't roll down his window all the way "We saw what appeared to be an accident scene. A couple of police cars with blue lights,...