Nov

26

Blackout Wednesday Shows Upswing in DUIs

By lnass

While Thanksgiving is the traditional celebration Americans observe this time of year, another festivity has come into popularity is the potentially risky Blackout Wednesday.

Blackout Wednesday, or Thanksgiving Eve, occurs the Wednesday before Thanksgiving; it is associated with binge drinking, as most people do not work on Thursdays, and many college students are home with their families to celebrate Thanksgiving.

Data from several organizations show that both drunken driving and binge drinking exponentially increase during the holidays—beginning with Blackout Wednesday.

In some urban areas, bars report they see greater business on this day than on St. Patrick’s Day or New Year’s Eve, according to a Detroit CBS affiliate.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 728 people will be injured or killed every day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, all due to drunken driving accidents. This amount is two to three times higher than the rest of the year.

Alcohol Monitoring Systems, who monitor previously convicted drunk drivers 24/7, see a 32 percent increase of drinking violations in the 17,000 people they monitor daily.

“And that’s for individuals who know they’re being tested every 30 minutes, know they’ll be caught and know there will be consequences,”AMS CEO Mike Iiams said in a statement. “That number just illustrates the significance of family stress, money stress and an endless supply of holiday temptations for people already struggling with alcohol.”

To combat the upswing in drunken drivers and DUIs, many communities see an increase in DUI checkpoints.

MADD reports that one arrest is made in every 88 episodes of drunk driving. DUI checkpoints, which target a greater number of drivers on a hazardous holiday, can lessen alcohol-related accidents and fatalities by between 18 and 24 percent.

Additionally, DUI checkpoints provide a deterrent for drivers to get behind the wheel while intoxicated, especially on noted holidays.

It is encouraged that Americans make a plan to get home safely before leaving holiday gatherings ahead of time to lessen the risk of driving drunk.

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Nov

21

Former Bears QB Avellini Sentenced to Prison for Multiple DUIs

By lnass

Former Chicago Bears quarterback Bob Avellini was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for aggravated DUI, according to prosecutors.

Avellini, 61, negotiated a guilty plea to the felony drunken driving charge in exchange for the prison sentence.

Judge Daniel Guerin ordered Avellini surrender December 1 to begin serving his sentence. Additionally, until he surrenders, Avellini is ordered to wear an anklet that can detect any alcohol in his system.

Avellini was arrested for felony DUI and probation violation in September 2013 when Roselle police stopped him near his home. According to police, Avellini’s blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit. He was only nine days into a sentence for an earlier DUI conviction, which included a suspension of his license.

Since 2002, Avellini has been arrested six times for DUI; according to court records, he beat charges three times.

According to David Spada, one of Avellini’s attorneys, the former footballer has been diagnosed with depression and concussion syndrome after numerous football-related brain trauma injuries. Spada alleges Avellini’s depression lead to his problems with alcohol abuse, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Avellini recently filed suit in California against the NFL team, attempting to get compensation for combined injuries he sustained throughout his career. California allows former athletes to make compensation claims, no matter where the injury was sustained.

Avellini faced up to seven years in the 2013 DUI case. Marvin LaScola, another one of Avellini’s attorneys, attributed his client’s clean record as the reason he received less time in prison on his current charges.

With good time credits, Avellini is expected to serve less than a year in prison, said LaScola.

“The idea is to move on past this, and move on in a positive manner. I know that’s what Bob wants to do,” LaScola added.

Avellini played for the Chicago Bears from 1975-84. In his nine years as Bears’ quarterback, Avellini passed for over 7,100 yards with 33 touchdowns and 69 interceptions.

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Nov

13

“Cake Boss” Star Arrested for DUI

By lnass

Realty TV Baker, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro has been arrested on a drunken-driving charge, according to New York City police.

Bartolo Valastro, or Montville, New Jersey, was seen driving his yellow 2014 Corvette in near Penn Station in Manhattan around 1am on Thursday. Valastro was allegedly driving erratically and swerving between lanes.

Officers on the scene noted Valastro’s eyes were bloodshot and watery; additionally, they smelled alcohol on his breath and found him to be unsteady on his feet when he exited his vehicle.

When Valastro failed more than one field sobriety test, he was arrested and taken to central booking in Manhattan. He is expected to appear in court today for arriagnment.

At age 11, Valastro began working at his family’s business, Carlo’s Bakery. He took over the bakery in 1994 at age 17 after the death of his father Buddy Sr.

Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery rose to fame due to the TLC reality series “Cake Boss,” which follows the operation of the bakery. The show focuses on the process of baking and projects they undertake, as well as interpersonal relationship among family members and staff.

The original bakery is located in Hoboken, New Jersey. As a result of the popularity of “Cake Boss,” Carlo’s Bakery opened five more New Jersey locations, one café in Manhattan, and one restaurant in Las Vegas. Valastro also operates an event planning and catering company, Buddy V’s Events.

In addition to “Cake Boss,” Valastro’s talent has spurred several variations of television shows, such as “Kitchen Boss,” “The Next Great Baker,” and “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue.”

Valastro, 42, and his wife Lisa are parents to four children. The family resides in East Hanover, New Jersey.

Valastro’s attorneys have no comment at this time, according to CBS New York.

The Hoboken bakery did not immediately return calls to media and issued no statement.

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Nov

7

Woman Receives 20 Year Sentence for Fatal Florida DUI

By lnass

A 31-year-old Florida woman who killed two sisters in a DUI accident was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Tuesday.

Terra Goodier was driving her SUV west on the eastbound side of State Road 44 near New Smyrna Beach, Florida around 9:30pm on January 12, 2012. Goodier drove the wrong way for roughly 3 ½ miles before she crashed her SUV into another car. The impact killed driver Linda Johnson, 57, and her sister Christine Enright, 59.

Goodier’s blood alcohol level was 0.106 percent at the time of the accident—0.08 percent above the legal limit.

The incident was Goodier’s second DUI arrest. In 2007, she accepted a plea that brought her drunken driving charge down to reckless driving. Goodier received six months of probation in the case.

Goodier pleaded no contest to two counts of DUI causing death, which are each a second-degree felony punishable by up to 15 years in person. She accepted a plea deal that kept her potential sentence between 15 and 20 years in prison.

On Tuesday, Circuit Judge R. Michael Hutcheson ruled a guilty verdict. Goodier was sentenced to 20 years in prison followed by 10 years of probation. During her probation, Goodier is forbidden from drinking any alcohol or patronizing any bars.

Hutcheson considered the probationary period of Goodier’s previous DUI arrest for his sentencing. Goodier was given a concurrent extra 6 months’ probation for producing a fraudulent urine sample. In 2013, Goodier’s bail was revoked when she tested positive for cocaine.

During her testimony, Goodier tearfully addressed the two sisters’ family members who were present in the courtroom. She stated she was not living according to the Bible or how she was raised.

The victims’ families were skeptical of Goodier’s words. Linda Johnson’s son Zach testified in court specifically about Goodier’s guilt.

“I sit here and I really struggle with whether or not you truly understand that what you did was wrong and that you are guilty because you feel bad or is it because you are worried about the next 15 to 20 years of your life,” Johnson said.

There has been no official comment from Goodier regarding her sentencing.

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Oct

28

Verdict in Polo Club DUI Manslaughter Case

By lnass

For a second time, Florida jurors have convicted the founder of the International Polo Club in a deadly drunken-driving accident.

John Goodman, 51, was found guilty of DUI manslaughter, failure to render aid and vehicular homicide. The verdict came after 15 days of deliberation in a retrial. He faces up to 16 years in prison.

Police say in February 2010, an intoxicated Goodman ran a stop sign and crashed his Bentley into 23-year-old Scott Patrick Wilson’s car. The collision caused Wilson’s car to roll into a canal, ultimately leading to his drowning death.

Prosecutors stated Goodman had been drinking for several hours before the 1am crash and that his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the .08 legal limit. They said Goodman knowingly left the scene and waited almost an hour before calling 911.

Goodman’s defense attorneys argued that his high blood-alcohol level was caused by his imbibing after the crash, in an attempt to quell the pain of his broken wrist. Additionally, the attorneys contended Goodman left the scene to find a phone to call 911, a misjudgment due to a concussion he suffered from the crash.

In March 2012, a Palm Beach County jury found Goodman guilty after just six hours of deliberation; the verdict was dismissed due to juror misconduct.

In addition to founding the International Polo Club, Goodman is an heir to a Texas heating and air conditioning fortune.

Goodman was immediately remanded to the Palm Beach County Jail to await sentencing. His attorneys are expected to file a motion for Goodman to be released on bond pending an appeal.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Alan Johnson spoke to Wilson’s parents after the final verdict was read.

“This case is about Scott Patrick Wilson,” he said. “And that’s who achieved justice today, and that’s who we all should be thinking about.”

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Oct

23

Appellate Decision in Medical Marijuana DUI Case

By lnass

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that the state’s medical marijuana law does not give drivers protection from laws about driving under the influence.

In 2011, Travis Darrah, a medical marijuana user, was pulled over and charged with two counts of DUI. A test taken following his arrest showed the presence of marijuana in his body.

While a jury acquitted Darrah of the first count, driving while impaired, they did not clear him of the second charge of having a prohibited drug of its metabolite in his system. Darrah argued that his medical license to use marijuana gave him immunity from DUI laws.

Due to his conviction, Darrah now faces a day in jail, up to $1,500 in fines, required substance abuse help and a one-year suspension of his driver’s license.

Darrah appealed his case to the state’s Court of Appeals; on Tuesday they ruled that voter-approved state medical marijuana laws have no exemptions regarding DUI laws.

Arizona’s state legislature regarding medical marijuana has numerous safeguards for licensed users, such as workplace and tenant protections. There is nothing regarding DUIs and driving when it comes to medical marijuana exemptions.

“If Arizona voters had intended to completely bar the state from prosecuting authorized marijuana users under (this section of the law), they could have easily done so by using specific language to that effect,” Appellate Judge Michael Brown wrote.

Attorney John Tatz acknowledges that the law does not make it legal for a cardholder to operate a vehicle while under the influence, but that the law also says a user cannot be considered under the influence if traces of marijuana metabolites are found in a driver’s system.

“You could have a small amount of active metabolite in the system and not be impaired,” Tatz said.

Tatz is considering appealing Brown’s decision to the Supreme Court.

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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.”

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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.

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Aug

18

Plea Entered in Chris Kattan DUI Case

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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.

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Aug

14

Bieber Accepts Plea Deal

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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.

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Mar

18

Chris Pines Guilty of DUI

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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.

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Feb

25

“Wet Reckless” for Amanda Bynes

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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.

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Feb

12

Comedian Chris Kattan Charged With DUI

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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”

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Dec

12

Affluenza – A DUI Defense

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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.

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Nov

22

North Dakota Legislator Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

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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.

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