Oct

1

Olympian Michael Phelps Arrested for DUI

By lnass

Olympic swimming legend Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI in Baltimore on Tuesday morning, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

The 18-time Olympic gold medal winner was pulled over around 1:40am in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on I-95 when an officer clocked him driving 84 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Officers realized Phelps was intoxicated and gave him a field sobriety test, which he failed. He was also seen crossing double lane lines. Authorities say he was cooperative through the incident and he was released soon after he was taken to a transportation station.

Phelps, 29, acknowledged the arrest and made an apology on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon:

“I understand the severity of my actions and take full responsibility. I know these words may not mean much right now but I am deeply sorry to everyone I have let down.”

This is Phelps’ second DUI charge; his first DUI charge was 2004 and was also in Maryland. Phelps received 18 months’ probation and a monetary fine. He was required to speak at three area high schools regarding alcohol awareness.

In 2009, Phelps came under fire when a photograph emerged of him allegedly smoking marijuana from a bong. He was suspended from competitive swimming for three months and lost Kellogg Co. as a sponsor.

“I’ll make a million mistakes in my life but as long as I never make the same mistake again, then I’ve been able to learn and grow,” Phelps said to CNN in 2012.

Phelps is the most accomplished Olympian of all time with 22 Olympic medals in a myriad of swimming events. He first won an Olympic gold medal in Athens in 2004 and competed most recently in the 2012 London Olympics.

Phelps retired after the London games but has alluded to a comeback in the 2016 Brazil games. He says he is taking the decision “one step at a time.”

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Sep

30

Amanda Bynes Arrested for DUI

By lnass

Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence in Los Angeles this Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Bynes, 28, was stopped around 3:30am when a CHP officer noticed her vehicle stopped in the middle of an intersection. She was arrested at 4:10am.

Officers examined the former child star at a local police station and determined she was under the influence of an unidentified drug. TMZ and Fox News report Bynes had taken Adderall that night, which had been prescribed by a doctor.

A press release states that Bynes was cooperative while she was in police custody. She posted $15,000 bail at 7am the next day and was let go on her own recognizance.

This arrest is the latest in a string of legal troubles the former Nickelodeon star has faced in recent years.

Bynes is still under probation from a 2012 hit-and-run case involving a Los Angeles County sheriff’s patrol car; she was arrested for DUI and pled no contest to alcohol-related reckless driving in February. Bynes was sentenced to three years of probation.

In May 2013, Bynes was charged with criminal possession of marijuana and reckless endangerment after accusations that she threw a bong out a window of her 36th floor Manhattan apartment. A judge dismissed the case in June 2014 and Bynes agreed to seek counseling.

On July 22, 2013, Ventura County sheriff’s deputies apprehended Bynes after she allegedly started a small fire in a stranger’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. Bynes entered a psychiatric care facility shortly after until December of 2013 when she was released to the custody of her parents.

She has recently been attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Bynes is best known for her roles on late 90s Nickelodeon shows “All That” and “The Amanda Show.” She starred in The WB sitcome “What I Like About You” in the mid-00s.

She also starred in feature films including “What a Girl Wants” and “She’s the Man.” After her 2010 role in “Easy A,” Bynes announced she was retiring from acting.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Aug

18

Plea Entered in Chris Kattan DUI Case

By admin

On August 14th, former Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Kattan was sentenced to three years probation for driving under the influence and crashing into a Department of Transportation vehicle this past February in Southern California.

Kattan, 43, made an open plea in court on the misdemeanor DUI charge. He was ordered to attend a three-month alcohol education program, 104 Narcotics Anonymous meetings and ordered not to drive with any drugs in his system that were not prescribed by a doctor, as stated to Los Angeles Daily News by City Attorney representative Frank Mateljan.

A restitution hearing will be held September 16th to determine the damages owed by Kattan regarding the DOT vehicle. This fee will be in addition to a $500 fine he was ordered to pay during his sentencing.

Kattan was arrested around 2am on February 10th on the 101 Freeway near Encino, CA. According to California Highway Patrol, Kattan was slowly weaving across the freeway when he drove through construction cones and collided with a DOT vehicle. No workers were hurt at the time of the crash.

After his arrest, Kattan wrote on Twitter: “I just got back from a 15hr flight after touring out of the country. I was exhausted. The police were so kind. I’m lucky nobody was hurt.”

According to TMZ, law officials stated Kattan had been driving after taking Ambien, which is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia and some brain disorders.

Kattan is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live; he worked on the sketch comedy program from 1996 until 2003. His noted characters include “Mango” and Doug Butabi, one half of the Butabi Brothers. The sketch lead to 1998 feature film A Night at the Roxbury.

Kattan most recently worked on ABC sitcom The Middle and was a contestant on Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Aug

14

Bieber Accepts Plea Deal

By admin

Singer Justin Bieber’s attorneys have accepted a plea deal in his Miami DUI case from January 2014.

Bieber, 20, was taken into custody early this year on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest without violence. Prosecutors dropped the drunken driving charge when Bieber agreed to careless driving and resisting arrest.

Bieber did not attend the court hearing. His attorneys agreed the singer will attend 12 hours of anger management classes and donate $50,000 to charity. Bieber will also attend classes that teach about the effects of drunk driving and how it impacts victims, according to CNN. The charitable donation was not legally required in his plea agreement, so it was made previous to the judge’s acceptance.

“I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him, but they lead to consequences that affect others who are looking up to him as a role model,” said Judge William Altfield at the August 13th hearing.

The case is said to have several problems, including the arresting officer’s false report that Bieber was racing rapper Khalil topping out at 60 mph. The officer also stated he could smell alcohol on the singer’s breath, yet Bieber’s blood alcohol level registered at .014. According to TMZ, Bieber maintained he was not drunk at the scene, but police state he failed a field sobriety test.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle: “The strengths and weaknesses of the case motivated everyone to seek this appropriate resolution. The ultimate purpose of the Miami Beach Police Department’s initial traffic stop was to end some rash, juvenile-type conduct before a tragedy occurred.”

Bieber, a Canadian citizen, can face “possible immigration consequences of accepting [the plea] agreement…The Immigration and Naturalization Service will consider this conviction in any deportation decision,” according to the written deal.

This plea follows several previous legal incidents, including assault, vandalism, and alleged possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Mar

18

Chris Pines Guilty of DUI

By Mary Ann

By

After being arrested on March 1st for a DUI in New Zealand, Chris Pines has plead guilty to the charge.

Pines had been at a wrap party for his newest movie, Z for Zachariah, just before his arrest. Pines admitted to having 4 drinks and registered a .11 percent when his blood alcohol level was tested.

Pine’s punishment is a 6-month suspension of his New Zealand driver’s license and a $93 fine, which is about $79 US dollars.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Feb

25

“Wet Reckless” for Amanda Bynes

By Mary Ann

By

Back in April of 2012, Amanda Bynes was facing a driving under the influence charge in Los Angeles after side swiping an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department cruiser.

The charge was lowered to a wet reckless driving charge, which is a lesser offense. Wet reckless is a common plea bargain in DUI cases, mainly for offenders with a very strong defense, and often first time offenders.

In court on Monday, Bynes, via her attorney, entered a peal of no-contest to the reduced charge.

The sentence attached to this plea in Bynes’ case is three months of alcohol-education classes and three years probation.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Feb

12

Comedian Chris Kattan Charged With DUI

By Mary Ann

By

Chris Kattan, from “A Night at the Roxbury” and “Saturday Night Live” was charged with a DUI Monday night near Van Nuys, California.

On Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, Kattan’s car crashed into a highway construction truck.

Kattan failed field sobriety tests and was charged with a DUI. He was released without bail and will appear in court next month. This is his first offense.

On his Twitter account, Kattan posted Monday afternoon, “Those concerned or just adding gossip: I’m fine, passed all tests, released without bail, have drivers license, cop offered to drive me home”

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Dec

12

Affluenza – A DUI Defense

By Mary Ann

By

A 16-year-old boy in Keller, Texas used a defense of Affluenza to keep himself out of jail after drinking three times the legal limit and causing a crash that killed four people.

Ethan Couch comes from a wealthy family that did not attach consequences to actions.

After crashing his Ford F-150 into a woman with a broken down car, killing her and 3 others, he pled guilty to assault by intoxication causing bodily injury (2 counts) and manslaughter by intoxication (4 counts).

The defense of Affluenza yielded no jail time and 10 years probation for young Couch. He was not released to his parents, but to a rehabilitation center.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Nov

22

North Dakota Legislator Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

By johnclark

By

A prominent North Dakota lawmaker from the city of Fargo was arrested this week for driving under the influence, according to a report from Bismarck Tribune.

Sources say Democratic Rep. Scot Kelsh was pulled over by state police on Interstate 29 in Fargo around midnight on Monday. The legislator was reportedly headed northbound on the heavily traveled highway at the time of his arrest.

The arrest was confirmed by Sgt. Troy Hischer, a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, who told sources that Kelsh was indeed stopped and “arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.”

When sources tried to reach Kelsh directly for comment, he did not answer cell phone messages. In addition, Chad Oban, the director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, said it was a personal matter and refused to comment.

Sources were eager to contact Kelsh for a couple reasons. First, and most obviously, any time a public official is arrested, it becomes immediate fodder for local media outlets. But this case was particularly interesting because of Kelsh’s public stance on drunk driving arrests.

According to reports, Kelsh voted earlier this year on a new North Dakota DUI law that would heighten the potential punishment for DUI offenses.

Under the new law, a first DUI offense is usually a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a potential $500 fine, $250 worth of court fees, and a suspended license, which could last for up to six months, sources say.

Ironically, Kelsh is the first legislator in North Dakota to be subject to the new DUI restrictions, which reportedly went into effect earlier this summer.

So while Kelsh received a great deal of public support, the 51-year-old politician will have to face up to the constituents who first elected him to office in 1996. He does, however, have time to earn back the public’s trust, as he is not up for reelection until later next year.

Of course, Kelsh’s actions do nothing to diminish the impact of his vote on the new DUI law. North Dakota has long had a relatively lenient stance on DUI laws, according to local sources.

A recent wave of anti-DUI momentum among state legislatures across the country has led to increased fines and jail sentences for DUI arrests for thousands of drunk driving offenders. And it appears the state of North Dakota could no longer stand still in the face of the DUI legislation trend.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Nov

15

Michigan Fan Arrested for DUI Blames Actions on Football Team

By johnclark

By

A diehard Michigan football fan blamed his recent DUI arrest on his favorite team’s poor performance the previous day, according to a report from CBS News.

Sources say the 25-year-old man was reportedly arrested on a drunk driving charge in southern Michigan after police officers sound him lying with his head on his arm inside his 2014 Chevrolet Cruze in the parking lot of a local Sunoco.

When officers asked him to explain why he was intoxicated, the driver claimed he drank too much that night because he was upset that Michigan’s football team had been upset by its rival, Michigan State, by a decisive 29-6 margin the previous.

The man, who explained this to police while he was being booked, also said he was upset with the play calling by the team’s offensive coordinator, Al Borges.

Indeed, the Wolverines turned in a disappointed performance against their rivals last week, but it certainly doesn’t provide an excuse for drunk driving. Nevertheless, this bizarre DUI arrest raises two important notes about drunk driving.

First, many drivers assume that if their car isn’t on the road, they cannot be arrested for drunk driving. This, however, is a common misconception in most states.

Under the DUI laws of most American states, you can be held liable for driving under the influence if you are intoxicated and in control of your vehicle. So, for example, if your car is parked, but your keys in the ignition and you’re in the driver’s seat, you may still be arrested for drunk driving.

The rationale for this law is that, if you’re not in a state of mind conducive to driving, you should not be in any control of a vehicle, regardless of whether the car is actually moving.

In addition, the other lesson to learn from this bizarre is that, if you’re arrested under suspicion for drunk driving, you shouldn’t say anything to the police until you are given a DUI attorney.

Constitutional law protests your right to not incriminate yourself. You do not have any duty to answer questions posed by police officers after your arrest. In fact, during the booking process, it’s best not to say anything at all.

Police technically aren’t supposed to pressure you into offering a confession, but if they do, remember your legal rights. Of course, telling police you were upset about a football loss is one thing. But telling police you drank and drive because of the loss is an entirely different, and self-defeating, decision.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Nov

13

Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Two Others in Fatal Los Angeles Crash

By johnclark

By

A suspected drunk driver killed two of her car’s passengers after a fatal DUI accident this week in Los Angeles, California, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Sources say the 22-year-old driver of the car, which crashed on the heavily traveled 110 Freeway early last Sunday, was steering a 2011 Nissan Sentra with several passengers when she careened off the road, struck a tree, and then stopped at a chain-link fence.

The one-car accident reportedly killed two passengers, Blanca Almanza, 23, and Ana Cuadra, 22, both Los Angeles residents who were pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics determined they were “beyond help,” according to sources.

The two other passengers in the car, as well as the driver, were taken to area hospitals, although no word is yet available on their conditions, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. Sources say the young driver, a resident of San Gabriel, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Sources speculate that the one-car accident occurred when the driver was going at a very high rate of speed, which, if true, would explain the severe consequences of the potential DUI.

According to reports, the accident, which took place at about 1:35 a.m. near the Avenue 52 exit, caused severe damage to the car, which hindered the ability of responding emergency officials to offer prompt aid.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, firefighters who responded to the accident had to use hydraulic prying tools to rescue at least two of the victims from the car. Of course, their timely response may have saved several lives.

In the interim, once she recovers, the driver of the car will have a significant amount of legal defense to muster, as the potential consequences of a fatal DUI accident are quite severe.

With a non-injury first-time DUI offense, many offenders can escape with simply a fine, a driver’s license suspension, and a bit of probation, depending on the nature of their crime and the quality of their DUI defense.

But fatal DUI accidents are increasingly punished with lengthy prison sentences, as many states have established strict minimum jail tenures for people convicted of felony DUIs.

And this is not to mention the incredible psychological pain the driver must be going through, knowing that she led to the death of two of her friends. The lesson, as always: Don’t drink and drive. If you feel you’re too drunk to drive, the few dollars you spend on a cab could save a lifetime of regret.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Nov

5

Using a Taco for an ID Still Results in a DUI

By Mary Ann

By

A Palm City, Florida man was arrested on DUI charges after he was found passed out in his Chevy pickup truck in a Taco Bell drive-thru.

Early in the morning on October 1st, Matthew Falkner, 30, drove through the Taco bell drive-thru in Jensen Beach, Florida, received his food and proceeded to pass out at the wheel.

Police were called because Falkner was holding up the entire drive-thru line, causing quite a commotion.

The engine of Falkner’s truck caught fire as his foot pushed down on the accelerator while the vehicle was in park and he was asleep.

When police arrived, Falkner was first woken up by the officer who then took his foot off the accelerator. The officer then asked for Falkner’s ID to which he handed the officer a taco.

When the deputy reiterated he needed the man’s ID, Falkner started eating the taco and laughing.

Falkner’s breath test yielded a BAC between .225 and .227. The legal limit is .08. He was arrested on DUI charges and taken to jail.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Nov

1

Son of Jerry Sandusky Arrested for Drunk Driving in North Dakota

By johnclark

By

The son of indicted former football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested for drunk driving in Fargo, North Dakota, last month, according to a report from ESPN.

Sources say the son, Jon Sandusky, who is an executive with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, pleaded guilty in court to refusing to take a breathalyzer test after he was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

This plea, sources say, is not the same as admitting guilty to the drunk driving charge, and thus if Sandusky is able to steer clear of legal trouble for a while, the charge will likely be dropped from his record. The DUI charge was also dismissed.

The 36-year-old football executive, however, received a suspended sentence this week in Fargo Municipal Court, and will have to serve an unsupervised probation, as well as complete a chemical dependency evaluation, according to his local DUI attorney.

According to his DUI attorney, Sandusky is “genuinely sorry for the incident,” and “takes full responsibility for his actions and he’s glad to put this matter behind him.”

The director of player personnel for the Cleveland football team was reportedly pulled over by police for making an illegal turn on a downtown street. According to the police report, Sandusky crossed over three lanes of traffic to make a dangerous turn.

Police suspected the son of Jerry Sandusky was intoxicated when they had him take a series of field sobriety tests. And a Browns source said the executive has been disciplined by the team, in addition to his criminal punishment.

Sources speculate that Sandusky was in North Dakota to scout football players from the team at North Dakota State, which reportedly has several players that are regarded as professional prospects. The athletic department at the school, however, did not comment on Sandusky’s arrest.

According to reports, Jon Sandusky has served as Cleveland’s director of player personnel for four years after working for the Philadelphia Eagles for nine years. His job is to scout college prospects and available NFL players. He also played safety at Penn State under the tutelage of his now infamous father from 1996 to 1999.

Sandusky has had a difficult year after watching his father, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, go through a lengthy and disturbing trial. Recently, Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys and is currently serving a prison sentence that could last as long as 60 years.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Oct

25

Man Dressed as Joker Arrested for Drunk Driving in Maine

By johnclark

By

A man dressed as The Joker, Batman’s primary villain in the long-running film and comic series, was arrested for a DUI this weekend, according to a report from CBS News.

Sources say 64-year-old Dennis Lalime, a resident of Pittsfield, Maine, lost control of his 2002 Buick Regal and careened off the side of a residential road around 2 a.m. early Sunday morning.

The driver did not suffer any injuries during the accident, which is somewhat remarkable given the condition of his car. The vehicle was reportedly severely damaged after striking several trees and a large rock, according to Sgt. Timothy Roussin of the Pittsfield Police Department.

The accident took place on a rural road, and Lalime may have escaped without a drunk driving charge if not for a phone call from a nearby homeowner who heard the crash and called police.

And when police respond to the scene of a DUI accident with severe car damage, they often encounter grisly scenes. This scene, however, was unique not for the driver’s injuries, but for his attire at the time of the accident.

According to reports, the mugshot picture taken of Lalime by police shortly after the accident shows a man with white face paint, green hair dye, and black circles around his eyes. The mask is unmistakably that of The Joker, the unhinged villain who has made Batman’s life miserable for several decades.

Sources say Lalime told police that he was driving home from a Halloween party, which certainly gives a plausible explanation for his unique driving attire.

Of course, the fictional Joker is renowned for his ability to escape the scenes of crimes without being captured by police, so Lalime’s costume seems not to have granted him any additional skills.

As a result, Lalime will soon stand trial for his crime, which sources indicate will be one of more than 1,000 DUI-related crashes in the state of Maine this year. Sources note, however, that drunk driving accidents in Maine have declined by roughly 40 percent in the last seven years.

This is likely a result of heightened enforcement efforts, as more than 7,000 people were arrested in the small state last year alone. These figures mirror those in other states, as several legislatures have recently raised the penalties for DUIs and added new laws that give police more freedom to arrest suspected drunk drivers.

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.

Oct

17

High School Student Suspended for Giving Drunk Friend a Ride Home

By johnclark

By

A high school volleyball player was suspended for five games this week after allegedly helping a drunk friend find her way home, according to a report from USA Today.

The school’s decision seems to fly in the face of the theory that people who help others avoid drinking and driving should be rewarded, not punished.



style="display:inline-block;width:468px;height:60px"
data-ad-client="ca-pub-8503467987783609"
data-ad-slot="6513609769">

According to reports, Erin Cox, a senior at North Andover High School in Massachusetts, received a phone call two weeks ago from a friend who had been at a party and feared she was too drunk to drive.

This, of course, was a sound decision on the part of the friend, as even a first DUI offense can result in a suspended driver’s license, a heavy fine, and a possible jail sentence.

During the call, Cox agreed to pick up her friend, because she did not want her to attempt to drive drunk, or climb into another vehicle with a drunk driver from the party.

To Cox’s chagrin, however, when she arrived at the party, local police had already arrived on the scene, and were in the process of arresting several of her classmates for possessing alcohol under the age of 21.

When police approached Cox, she explained her story, and they did not arrest her for drinking, nor did they charge her with possessing alcohol underage. School officials, however, made a different decision.

According to reports, the school stripped Cox of her position as team captain, and suspended her for five games for being present at the ill-fated party.

In response to the school’s controversial decision, media outlets across the country have debated the merits of suspending a girl who was simply trying to help a friend avoid drinking and driving.

Sources say the girl’s parents have expressed their unconditional support. “She did what she thought was right, and I’m very proud of her,” said the driver’s mother, Eleanor Cox.

The suspended athlete’s family has reportedly hired an attorney, and they tried to file a lawsuit against the school last week, but the local judge dismissed the case because the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter.

When sources tried to reach the school superintendent and principal for comment, they refused to respond to telephone messages.

Interestingly, the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a powerful advocacy group, say that Cox’s friend should have called an adult instead of her high school friend. The organization did, however, note that the driver had “good intentions.”

Share this with your friends
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Print
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • StumbleUpon
  • Technorati
  • Twitter

Copyright © 2014 TotalDUI, LLC. All rights reserved.