May

14

NFL Star Steve McNair Charged With DUI Without Driving

By Mary Ann

Steve McNair, Quarterback for the NFL Baltimore Ravens, was arrested for DUI even though he wasn’t driving. McNair was arrested in Tennessee for allowing another person to operate his vehicle while intoxicated.

Jamie Cartwright, McNair’s brother-in-law was driving McNair’s pickup truck with McNair as a passenger when he was pulled over. Cartwright failed field sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer test. He was arrested for DUI.

McNair was also arrested and charged with DUI because he was the owner of the vehicle and was a passenger at the time of Cartwright’s arrest. A police spokesman said “it’s pretty much common sense that you shouldn’t let any vehicle you own be operated by a person you believe to be under the influence of an intoxicant.”

McNair told his team he was trying to act responsibly. His attorney reminded reporters that his client’s DUI charge was not for driving while intoxicated, but rather “DUI owner passenger.”

May

10

Ohio Man Hits Seven Cars on the Way to His Fourth DUI Arrest

By Mary Ann

An Ohio man was arrested on suspicion of DUI after he stuck seven cars in Waynesville, Ohio.  Robert Hoskins was released from jail, following ten days for repeat DUI, just two days before the incident.  Despite his scarlet letter license plates, Hoskins managed to avoid police for twelve miles, following a spate of calls to 911.

A police spokesman said they’re waiting for laboratory tests to determine Hoskins’ blood alcohol level (BAC).  It seems likely that his BAC will be well over the legal limit for a DUI offense in Ohio.

Hoskins faces numerous charges, including speeding, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, fleeing, and eluding.

May

9

German Man Attempting to Pass His Driving Test Arrested for DUI

By Mary Ann

A Bendorf, German man’s attempt to pass his driving test ended when his examiner directed him to a police station. He was arrested for DUI.

The man arrived for his test reeking of alcohol. When questioned, he denied having anything to drink, so his test commenced as usual. The examiner said the man’s driving was “rather bad,” so the examiner directed him toward the police station without him noticing. When they arrived, a breath test showed the man’s blood alcohol level (BAC) was three times the legal limit.

After a DUI offense, that young man can forget getting a driving license for a few years.

May

8

New York Man Sued for Falling While Drunk

By Mary Ann

A New York woman whose back was broken by a falling fan at Shea Stadium has filed suit against the New York Mets Baseball Club and their beer vendor.

Ellen Massey claims that an unidentified, “fat man,” was falling-down drunk when he fell into her and crushed her back.  She needed to have two rods put in her back.  Massey says vendors should have cut him off before he stumbled into her. The man fled after the fall. The vendor is seeking to identify him.

Massey’s complaint asserts it was “the duty and obligation of [the vendor] not to sell alcoholic beverages to spectators and patrons who appeared to be intoxicated at Shea Stadium.”

The vendor had also being sued for a 2005 DUI incident that left a 2-year-old girl paralyzed.

May

7

Illinois Bar Offers Tow Home to Prevent DUI

By Mary Ann

An Aurora, Illinois company plans to launch a towing service to help prevent DUI.

Around the United States, many DUI drivers will tell you they drove because they had to get the car home. Now, Smith Companies has introduced a towing taxi service they call NDUIT (No DUI Tonight).

The service will allow nearby Naperville, Illinois bar patrons to get a lift home in a tow truck that will haul their cars with them.

But, it ain’t cheap. An unscheduled pickup will cost $85 plus $2 per mile. A pickup, scheduled by a driver that anticipates he’ll need it, will only cost $65 plus the towing fee. Of course, the couple of hundred dollars a ride may cost is still much less than the several hundred dollars a DUI offense can cost.

Naperville’s liquor commissioner wished the company luck, but wondered whether having a fleet of tow trucks on downtown streets at closing time might snarl traffic.

Naperville Police Captain, Gary Bolt, is also skeptical. He wondered how useful a towing service is when a potential DUI driver could get a taxi ride home and back to the tavern for much less. Sorry Captain Bolt, but anything to protect drivers is worth it.

May

5

Paris Hilton Gets Jail Sentence for Violating Her DUI Probation

By Mary Ann

Paris Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in jail for violating her probation following a DUI. Hilton had pleading no contest to reckless driving in January, in plea bargain stemming from her arrest last September for DUI.

She was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. She had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.08 percent, matching California’s legal limit for DUI.

The California judge refused Hilton’s requests for alternative sentencing options: work release, furloughs, use of an alternative jail or electronic monitoring in lieu of jail. She will serve her time at the Lynwood California’s women’s jail.

Hilton had testified she believed she was driving legally.

She said she thought her license had been suspended for 30 days and she was allowed to drive to work during the following 90 days. The judge ruled against her, saying “there’s no doubt she knew her license had been suspended.”

May

4

Cardinal’s Hancock Was DUI When he Died

By Mary Ann

St. Louis Cardinals’ pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk when he ran into the back of a parked tow truck. Unfortunately, Hancock was not stopped for DUI before it was too late. He was not only well over the legal blood alcohol limit for a DUI offense in Missouri, he was talking on his cell phone.

Hancock was DUI, speeding, and talking on his phone, when he struck the tow truck. Hancock had a blood alcohol level of 0.157 percent, nearly twice the per-se BAC limit. Police also found over eight grams of marijuana and a pipe in his vehicle. Toxicology tests have not been completed.

Hancock was not wearing his seat belt, but police said the seat belt would not have helped in this case.

May

3

Washington State Trooper Pleads Not Guilty of Sexual Misconduct in DUI Arrest

By Mary Ann

A Washington State Trooper pleaded not guilty to a charge of sexual misconduct stemming from the arrest of a female driver for DUI. Trooper Carlos Torres is charged with “custodial sexual misconduct.”

A drunk driving suspect claims Torres fondled her and touched her private areas while she was in the back seat of his squad car.

Several other Washington State Troopers have been accused of sexual misconduct by their female arrestees.

A State spokesman said they know that alleged victims are vulnerable to the power of law enforcement officers, but the law enforcement officers themselves are vulnerable to false charges.

May

2

Some Arizona Legislators Thinking Rationally About Proposed DUI Law

By Mary Ann

An amendment to a proposed Arizona DUI law is holding up passage of the new law. Some Arizona legislators are stalling the proposed law due to a provision requiring first-time DUI offenders to get ignition interlocks. Several areas around the United States are attempting to require first-time DUI offenders to get interlocks.

The purpose of the Arizona law is to increase penalties for drivers convicted of extreme-DUI. The law would send drivers with a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.20 to jail for 45 days. The legal limit for DUI in Arizona is a BAC of 0.80 percent.

A recent amendment to the proposed DUI law would require ignition interlocks for any driver convicted of having a BAC of at least 0.08 percent. The interlock would prevent a driver from starting or operating his vehicle unless he can provide a clean breath-test. Enough legislators are against this interlock provision to hold up the law.

May

1

DUI Charges Dropped in Fatal New York Crash

By Mary Ann

Saratoga, New York prosecutors will drop DUI charges against a 58-year old Queensbury woman who was involved in a fatal motorcycle crash.

A Saratoga County district attorney said that a new blood test indicated that Kay Van Avery had a blood alcohol level (BAC) of 0.02 percent, well below the legal limit of 0.08 percent. A Sheriff’s Office investigation determined that the speed of the motorcyclist was a contributing factor in the accident.

Van Avery was initially charged with misdemeanor DUI, failure to yield the right of way, and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. The DUI charge was based on an initial breath test indicating Van Avery had a BAC of 0.06 percent.