May

30

UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones Arrested for Drunk Driving

By Mike

Jon Jones, one of the most successful mixed martial arts fighters in the UFC, was reportedly arrested last week for a DUI after slamming his 2012 Bentley Continental GT into a telephone pole in Binghamton, New York, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports.

Sources say that Jones was arrested at 5:02 a.m. on a Saturday morning after slamming his car into a telephone pole at a Binghamton intersection. There is no word on whether Jones, who is a resident of Ithaca, New York, suffered an injury in the accident.

After his arrest, Jones was charged with a DUI, and he was released to his family after paying an appearance bond.

Until his trial, observers can only speculate about the potential consequences of Jones’ DUI arrest, but sources say that he has had a “squeaky clean image” until this incident, so a judge may have some mercy if he is a first-time offender.

In the meantime, the UFC will sweat over the potential loss of one of its brightest, and most marketable, stars. In a sport that is desperate for good publicity, Jones has been a bright spot, appearing in Bud Lite commercials and flirting with a potential sponsorship with Nike.

Sources say that, in addition to his development into a dominant heavyweight fighter, Jones has also become a huge star at the box office, helping lure fans to UFC events and television viewers to tune into pay-per-view events.

During his last fight, Jones reportedly sold more than 700,000 different units, which represents a big success for UFC’s television numbers. In addition, the fight drew more than 15,000 fans, which helped the UFC net more than $2 million in ticket proceeds.

Before Jones’ ascent to the top of the UFC, previous fighters sullied the league’s reputation with their actions outside the ring.

Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, for example, was a former UFC champion whose reputation took a hit after he was charged with a hit-and-run felony and reckless driving in California in 2008.

Still, it appears that the UFC will give Jones every opportunity to rehabilitate his public image after he is sentenced for his DUI, which may include a fine, a temporary suspension of his license, or a brief jail sentence.

Sources say that, after the retirement of former stars like Brock Lesnar, Chuck Liddell, and Randy Couture, the UFC is concerned about preserving its biggest current star, which is good news for Jones, especially if his judge is a fan of mixed martial arts.

May

29

Woman Gets 7 Year DUI Sentence After Running Car Over Boyfriend

By Mike

A woman who ran over her boyfriend and killed him with her SUV without even realizing what she had done was sentenced to seven years in prison this week, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.

26-year-old Allison Ryan Chambliss had already pleaded no contest in March to a charge of DUI manslaughter after her actions resulted in the death of her 20-year-old boyfriend, Jeremy Honarvar Adams.

The horrific accident occurred last June, when Adams and Chambliss were driving home in separate vehicles from an Orlando bar at around 3:00 a.m. after drinking for several hours, according to a police report.

Adams was driving his motorcycle in front of his girlfriend’s SUV when she apparently ran him over. Somehow, Chambliss did not realize she had struck and killed her boyfriend until she noticed that Adams was no longer in front of her.

After arriving at the scene, police administered a breathalyzer test to Chambliss, who registered a staggering .243, which is more than three times the legal limit of .08.

For her actions, Chambliss was sentenced to seven years in prison, eight years of probation, and she must perform a significant amount of community service, which will include giving talks to children about the potential dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol.

In addition to these severe punishments, the judge in her case also revoked her driving privileges on a permanent basis. So, if Chambliss attempts to drive after she is released from prison, she could be incarcerated again.

Sources indicate that both Chambliss and Adams struggled with alcoholism, and that their parents had repeatedly urged them to seek counseling. Adams had previously sought counseling before, but his parents wished they would have secured similar treatment for his girlfriend.

According to Linda Adams, the mother of the deceased young man, her son was working as a waiter and hoping to take classes at Valencia College so he could fulfill his goal of becoming an English teacher.

In her words, her son’s death “should have never happened.” She also said that her family “will always be heartbroken at his loss,” and she generously observed that the event was “a tragedy for our family and for Allison’s family.”

Observers might question how it is possible that Chambliss struck a motorcycle without recognizing it, but the size and power of an SUV combined with the diminished capacities of a drunk driver can be an incredibly lethal combination.

May

25

New Jersey Driver Arrested for an Incredible Fifth DUI in Four Weeks

By Mike

A New Jersey man who had already been caught drunk driving four times in the last month was recently arrested for his fifth DUI in the past four weeks, according to a report from NBC 10 Philadelphia.

The DUI arrests all took place in and around Vineland, New Jersey, where 45-year-old Anderson Sotomayor apparently roams the streets in varying states of inebriation.

Sources indicate that Sotomayor was arrested for driving drunk three times in a span of only 16 days. These arrests took place on April 9, 11, and 25.

The latest incident took place this Saturday after police observed Sotomayor driving the wrong way down a one-way street. During his ill-advised journey, Sotomayor eventually struck a curb and careened off the road.

Unfortunately, the trip down a one-way street was not the most foolish drunk driving incident Sotomayor has created in the past few weeks.

On April 25, police in Vineland pulled Sotomayor over after they saw him swerving in and out of traffic while holding an open 40-ounce bottle of beer. This, of course, is a recipe for a legal and personal disaster.

And, on April 2, Sotomayor allegedly swerved around a school bus while it was unloading children, ran a red light, and slammed into another car. To make matters worse, the man fled from the scene of the accident, leaving a 31-year-old woman who later had to be treated at a hospital.

Police were able to locate Sotomayor after finding his handicap tag at the scene of the crime, and later tracking that tag to Sotomayor’s address, according to a report from the Daily Journal.

Readers might be curious how, exactly, Sotomayor was able to continue driving despite his frequent arrests. Sources suggest that Vineland police weren’t able to hold the man beyond a certain period of time, though no further details are available.

After each of his DUI arrests, it can fairly be assumed that Sotomayor was released on bail, so the judge in his latest case might try to set bail at an extraordinarily high level to prevent Sotomayor from getting back on the road before his trial.

The man is scheduled to make a court appearance for his first three DUIs on May 30. Until then, the court will likely try to detain Sotomayor as long as possible, but if he is released, drivers on Vineland roads should be wary of the serial drunk driver.

May

23

Virginia Court Dismisses DWI Charges Against Ousted FAA Leader

By Mike

Randy Babbitt, the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), has cleared his name after a Virginia judge dismissed a DWI charge that led to Babbitt’s departure from the agency.

The 65-year-old Babbitt resigned from his post this December after he was arrested for allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road while intoxicated, according to a recent report from Reuters.

Sources say that police administered an alcohol breath test for Babbitt at the scene, but they initially refused to publicly release the results of the breath test. It appears police had a good reason for keeping the results quiet.

Apparently, Babbitt’s initial breath test revealed a blood alcohol level of .07, which is just below the legal limit. After the first test, the police then administered a second test, which showed a reading of .08.

However, according to Babbitt’s attorney, in Virginia police are not allowed to engage in such tactics. In addition to the flubbed breath test, the police reportedly made other errors.

Sources indicate that the arresting officer’s report of the incident said that Babbitt was driving on the wrong side of the road. But video footage of the incident reportedly shows Babbitt making a legal left turn into a parking lot.

On this evidence alone, the judge for Babbitt’s case decided to dismiss the DWI charge after determining that the arresting officer did not have a legitimate reason to pull the man over. The judge criticized the officer for simply acting on a “hunch” that Babbitt was driving while intoxicated.

The case was dismissed so quickly that the state’s prosecutors were not even given a chance to present their case, according to sources.

Randy Babbitt, to his credit, handled the dismissal of his claim and the actions of the police officer with plenty of class. After the dismissal, Babbitt told reporters that the police officer was “acting in good faith,” which suggests that he does not harbor a grudge against the man who caused him to lose his job.

The dismissal of Babbitt’s DWI provides a strong example of the potential merits of challenging an alcohol breath test after a DWI arrest. In addition, it also reveals the value of obtaining police footage of DWI arrests.

After an arrest for drunk driving, many people are concerned that they won’t be able to fight the charges. This, however, couldn’t be further from the truth.

A number of different errors can be made during the DUI process, and a DUI attorney may help alleged drunk drivers challenge several aspects of their arrests.

May

21

Drunk Driver Who Killed Ohio State Trooper Sent to Prison Again

By Mike

An Ohio resident who received a lifetime revocation of his driver’s license after striking and killing an Ohio state trooper while driving drunk was sentenced to prison this week after driving against the court’s orders.

43-year-old David Dye was sentenced to 30 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of driving under a specified lifetime suspension. The plea negotiation also included an open container violation, according to a report from local news source nbc4i.com.

In 2001, the resident of Westerville, Ohio struck and killed Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper Frank Vazquez, who was conducting a traffic stop on a highway when Dye lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the officer’s patrol car.

One year later, Dye was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, a felony DUI, and he eventually served seven years in prison for his crime.

In addition to the homicide charge, the sentencing judge also took into consideration Dye’s previous drunk driving convictions, which occurred in 1987, 1989, 1991, and 1995.

Dye was released from prison a few years ago and was released from his parole in January 2011. His parole, however, came with a strict order from the judge that Dye would never be allowed to drive again.

Alas, Dye failed to abide by this rule, and concerned neighbors told police in November 2011 that Dye was driving again, and that he wasn’t always sober when he stepped behind the wheel.

So, for roughly two weeks, police were wary of running into Dye, and their vigilance was rewarded one night last November when they pulled Dye over in Genoa Township.

The police report indicates that Dye was seen going into a store to receive a haircut and police caught him driving away from the business on a Saturday afternoon.

To their surprise, the police discovered a cup of lemonade and vodka in Dye’s car, although Dye claims that he had not been drinking the vodka while he was driving.

Such a claim, of course, is not a valid defense to an open container violation, and the police had little patience for the man who had been responsible for the death of one of their own a decade ago.

So, Dye will serve 30 months in prison for driving to a barber shop, but the lesson to be learned in this case is that lifetime driver’s license suspensions are taken very seriously by the court system.

May

18

20-Year-Old Woman Given 10 Years for Deadly New Year’s DUI Accident

By Mike

A 20-year-old Florida resident was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing two men in a felony DUI accident on New Year’s Day 2010, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.

Earlier this year, Nieves pled guilty to two counts of DUI manslaughter and had waited several weeks for the judge to make a determination about the length of her sentence.

Sources indicate that, at the time of the accident, Toni Nieves was already on probation for a previous drunk driving incident when she struck and killed 18-year-old Bradley Summersill and his 22-year-old friend, Brian Walker.

Summersill and Walker had been driving to a nearby town to pick up a friend’s mother when their car was struck by Nieves’ vehicle.

The sentencing was fraught with emotion, as the mothers of the two men held up pictures of their dead sons while Nieves refused to lift her eyes to look at the pictures.

Summersill’s mother made an emotional appeal to Nieves, telling her that she “should have never been on the road that night,” as she fought back tears.

In response to the emotions displayed by the families of the victims, Nieves’ stepfather, Frank Petrillo, later offered an apology on her behalf, saying there was a “lot of anguish here and a lot of feeling” and noting that he and his family were deeply sorry for the tragic result of the accident.

At the time of the fatal DUI accident, Nieves was already serving probation for a previous DUI, and sources say that the terms of her probation prohibited her from driving, much less driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Sources say that Nieves’ blood alcohol content was measured at 0.189 percent, which is significantly higher than the legal limit of .08. She claims that she saw the other vehicle’s taillights and, instead of hitting her brakes, accidentally hit the gas pedal.

During the court proceedings, Nieves’ family claimed that Summersill, the driver of the other car, should share a portion of the blame because he allegedly pulled in front of Nieves’ car and reportedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.10 percent after the accident.

The judge may have taken this mitigating factor into consideration when sentencing Nieves, because the young driver faced a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Instead, Nieves will serve a decade in prison, which will be followed by five years of court-supervised probation. In addition, Nieves will eventually have to pay $20,000 in restitution to the families of the two sons for the cost of their funerals.

May

17

Arizona Cardinals Draftee Michael Floyd Says DUI Changed his Life

By Mike

Michael Floyd, who was drafted last week by the Arizona Cardinals after a successful career as a wide receiver at Notre Dame, recently told reporters that he thought his DUI arrest was a necessary wake-up call that ultimately helped him mature, according to a report from WNDU News.

Floyd’s drunk driving arrest happened late one night in March 2011, when his white Cadillac ran a stop sign just a block from the main entrance to Notre Dame’s campus.

When police arrested Floyd, they found that his blood alcohol content was 0.19, which is more than twice Indiana’s legal driving limit of 0.08.

According to Floyd, as soon as he was arrested, he “thought it was over.” The term “it” apparently refers to his playing career, which was indeed threatened by his off-the-field activities.

Sources say that the DUI arrest was Floyd’s third encounter with police during his brief tenure in South Bend, Indiana. In May 2009, Floyd was cited for underage drinking, and was also cited for the same charge in January 2010.

Before he was able to return to the team after his DUI, his coach, Brian Kelly, set a series of strict guidelines Floyd had to meet in order to be reinstated to the team. Floyd met these conditions, and ultimately had a stellar senior season for the Fighting Irish.

In addition to his success on the field, Floyd earned his degree in sociology just nine months after his arrest. And Floyd contends that the drunk driving incident forced him to reconsider his priorities as a person and a player.

According to Floyd, he recognized during his junior season that he had to meet a higher standard of behavior than the average college student.

In his words, “[b]eing in the spotlight all the time at Notre Dame, it’s hard to go out. You can’t be very social because there’s always stuff out there, plus media and people’s cellphones and such things like that.”

In recognition of these unique difficulties, Floyd says that he “kind of changed my whole” social scene and he and a small group of friends “kept each other in line and watched out for each other.”

Thanks to his efforts to modify his behavior after his brush with the law, Floyd proved to NFL teams that he could be a reliable professional, and he was rewarded for his efforts by being selected as the 13th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

May

16

Bobby Brown Pleads no Contest to Misdemeanor Drunk Driving Charge

By Mike

After pleading no contest last week to a misdemeanor DUI charge, singer Bobby Brown was sentenced to three years of probation by a Los Angeles County judge, according to a recent report from the Los Angeles Times.

Brown will not have to spend any time in jail after his arrest last month for drunk driving, and will have to pay a fine of $390. In addition, Brown will have to attend a 90-day alcohol education program according to prosecutors from the city attorney’s office.

The famous singer had been arrested March 26 in Los Angeles after a California Highway Patrol officer saw him talking on his cell phone while driving, which is not allowed in the City of Angels.

After police pulled him over, they suspected that Brown was intoxicated, and asked him to perform a field sobriety test. Much to his chagrin, Brown apparently failed the test, and was promptly taken into police custody.

Sources say that Tiffany Feder offered her services as a DUI attorney to Brown, who arrest came only four days after the Los Angeles County coroner’s office released their findings about the cause of Whitney Houston’s death.

Houston and Brown were married for 14 years before the celebrity power couple divorced in 2007. The pair had a tumultuous end to their marriage, and their marital difficulties were reportedly compounded by Brown’s numerous troubles with the law.

Most notably, Brown had another drunk driving incident in Florida in 1996. In addition, sources have long speculated that Brown, like his former wife, had a long struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.

The couple’s dirty laundry was aired often during their 2005 reality show, which was simply titled “Being Bobby Brown.”

Brown’s relatively light sentence has stirred some criticism by observers who are suspicious of what they perceive as favorable judicial treatment for celebrities who are arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Brown faced a maximum sentence of a year in county jail if he had been convicted, and critics will likely complain that his probation sentence is too weak.

However, the vast majority of criminal cases, including DUI cases, end in a plea bargain. And, in a plea bargain, defendants typically admit to their guilt in exchange for a lighter sentence.

Thus, it’s very common for a DUI defendant to receive a relatively light sentence after pleading guilty, and there is little evidence that Brown was the recipient of any favorable treatment.

May

15

Police Issue Arrest for Tulsa Man who Left Wife at Scene of DUI Crash

By Mike

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has issued a warrant for the arrest of a man who allegedly crashed his car while driving drunk and left his severely injured wife at the scene, according to a shocking report from Oklahoma’s News on 6.

Sources say that Jerry Arthurs is wanted by state police for leaving the scene of a DUI accident in which his wife was paralyzed from the neck down.

The crash occurred on New Year’s Eve in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when Arthurs was reportedly driving while intoxicated down a dark country road when he smashed his vehicle into a tree on the side of the road.

Neither Arthurs nor his wife was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident, but Arthurs’ wife, who is the mother to the couple’s 6-month-old son, clearly suffered the brunt of the force of the impact.

After the accident, Arthurs reportedly called some friends to come and retrieve him while he left his wife suffering in the passenger seat. Police later discovered his wife, who spent 33 days in the hospital recovering from her injuries.

At first, doctors feared that she would be a quadriplegic because she could only feel sensation above her neck. However, after four months of rest and rehabilitation, she can reportedly use her arms and hands, and is regaining some movement in her legs.

According to Chiane Arthurs, the victim of the crash, “I can walk with a walker, not by myself, I have to have assistance. But I can take steps and stuff.”

Of course, the injury and her husband’s incredible actions have left emotional scars. In her words, “you cannot imagine the struggle and emotional and physical pain and everything that comes with an injury like this. It completely turns your life upside down.”

Fortunately, though, the woman is recovering, and she says her son was her primary motivation to regain her strength. Not surprisingly, she has filed for divorce from her fugitive husband.

For his action, Arthurs has been charged with ten separate crimes, including leaving the scene of an injury accident, driving drunk and causing great bodily injury, failing to render assistance at the scene of an accident, and failing to report a personal injury accident.

When Arthurs is finally caught, he will likely face a sentence that is far more serious than what he would have faced if he hadn’t fled the scene of the accident.

According to a spokesman for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Arthurs is a “fugitive on the run, and we’ll spare no expense finding this person.”

May

14

Alaska Man Charged with DUI After Crashing ATV With Daughter in Tow

By Mike

In a story that reads like a piece of bizarre fiction, an Alaska man has been accused of driving and crash his ATV while intoxicated, with his 5-year-old daughter in tow, according to a disturbing report from the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Sources say that 36-year-old Keri Lee Koch has been charged with driving under the influence and reckless endangerment for his driving exploits. In addition, officials have charged Koch with reckless assault for his tussle with Alaska State Troopers at the scene of the accident.

The scene at the accident was, in brief, disturbing. A witness who reported the crash said he saw Koch and his young daughter fall to the ground while the ATV continued down the road.

When state troopers arrived on the scene, Koch was reportedly unconscious, but his daughter was conscious and screaming for help.

When medics arrived, sources say that Koch woke up and refused to leave the ambulance in which his daughter was being treated for serious head trauma, despite repeated requests for him to leave by both medics and police.

After he repeatedly refused to leave the ambulance, a state trooper grabbed Koch’s arm to pull him out, and the two fell to the ground after Koch resisted. Soon, though, the trooper was able to place Koch in handcuffs and under arrest, according to the criminal complaint against Koch.

Sources indicate that Koch was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and was later released. His daughter, however, was not so fortunate.

Apparently, the young girl was also taken to the hospital after she was treated for head trauma at the scene and was placed on a ventilator.

The girl’s whereabouts now, however, are unknown, as a hospital employee told sources earlier this week that the girl was no longer at that hospital, and no information about her condition was available at press time.

With his daughter being treated for head trauma, a DUI arrest was likely the last thing on Koch’s mind, but he will soon have to answer for his irresponsible actions.

According to sources, Koch had a blood alcohol content of .108 long after the crash, and he admitted to drinking a “few shots” before climbing behind the wheel of his ATV.

And, given the fact that the accident involved such a young child, and that he was involved in a physical altercation with police after the crash, a court is unlikely to take pity on Koch when it is time for sentencing.

May

11

‘Scarface’ Actor Who Played Tony Montana’s Henchman Arrested for DUI

By Mike

Angel Salazar, the actor who played Tony Montana’s cocaine-fetching friend Chi Chi in the iconic gangster film, “Scarface,” was reportedly arrested for a DUI last week in Brooklyn, according to a report from TMZ.com.

A police report indicates that Salazar was seen swerving through traffic in his 1999 Volvo just after midnight last Thursday night. When police pulled him over, they discovered that he appeared to be intoxicated and smelled strongly of alcohol.

After he was taken to the police station, Salazar took a took a breathalyzer test and his blood alcohol level registered as a .121, which is significantly higher than the legal limit of .08.

After blowing a .121, Salazar was immediately arrested and was booked in a New York jail on three separate counts of driving under the influence.

There is a bit of irony to Salazar’s arrest, as the character he is most famous for spent most of the “Scarface” film eluding police by performing a series of increasingly illegal (and dangerous) errands.

Of course, in the film, his character meets an untimely end at the hands of a drug rival, so the ending to his real-life brush with the law will be much more pleasant, although it could still lead to a heavy fine, jail time, or a suspended license.

Interestingly, in an interview with TMZ, Salazar admitted to drinking on the night he was arrested, but he claims that he believed he was sober enough to drive.

And, in his interview, Salazar does nothing to dispel the myth (or reality?) that police and other members of the criminal justice system are just as susceptible to the cult of celebrity as the rest of us.

According to Salazar, he believed he might be able to get off with a simple warning after one of the responding officers recognized him from “Scarface” and pulled up the actor’s picture on his cell phone.

The officer’s alleged interest in the celebrity, however, did not get Salazar off the hook, as the actor is currently out on bail and still awaiting his court date for his three DUI charges.

So, if nothing else, this incident could help assuage the concerns of a public that is wary of celebrities receiving preferential treatment from police officers and judges alike.

After all, if one of Tony Montana’s most lethal lieutenants cannot avoid the long arm of the law, then other celebrities will likely also receive fair treatment under DUI laws, as long as the responding officers are as impervious to celebrity as these noble officials.

May

9

Top Australian Golfer Pulled Over for Drunk Driving in Arizona

By Mike

A top Austrian golfer spent a night in an Arizona jail after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol when he crashed his car into a house, according to a report from the Brisbane Times.

Matthew Giles, a 22-year-old Australian who plays on the PGA’s Nationwide Tour, was allegedly intoxicated when he crashed his car through a wall and reportedly severed a gas pipe, which forced police to evacuate people from several homes in the area.

Sources indicate that Giles faces a felony DUI charge because prosecutors felt that his high level of intoxication and wild behavior amounted to an “extreme” violation of DUI laws.

The accident happened in Gilbert, a town southeast of Arizona, where witnesses reported that they saw the car traveling at a high speed before they heard “screeching tires and a loud crash,” according to a police report.

Giles was reportedly trying to make a left turn at a very high rate of speed when he lost control of his car and slammed into a single family home.

A police spokesperson also told local journalists that the car “car went through a wall in the house, with the front end of the car entering the home itself” and later “hit a gas line, causing a natural gas leak,” which forced an evacuation of nearby homes until authorities could turn off the gas line.

According to sources, it will take about two weeks for scientists to determine the results of the driver’s blood test, but one police officer on the scene claimed that Giles’ performance on field sobriety tests showed that he had “some pretty high impairment levels.”

Miraculously, no one in the house was injured, and Giles and the passenger in his car were also uninjured. Had someone been injured in the crash, Giles would likely face an even more severe punishment.

Interestingly, after his arrest, Giles spent the night in Maricopa County’s 4th Avenue Jail, which is run by the infamous Sherriff Joe Arpaio, who has gained notoriety as “America’s toughest sheriff” thanks to his publicity-friendly practices, such as forcing inmates to wear pink clothing and handcuffs.

Giles was born in Sydney, Australia, but was a star member of the golf team at the University of Southern California from 2007 to 2009. Giles won numerous awards during his college career, including two different All-American honors.

Sources say Giles still plans to play in a tournament next week, but the golfer could be facing serious jail time or hefty financial penalties if he is found guilty of a felony DUI.

May

7

Tampa Bay Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Ninth DUI Conviction

By Mike

A Tampa Bay resident who has reportedly been a binge drinker for more than 30 years has somehow survived long enough to tally his ninth DUI conviction, according to an incredible report from the Tampa Bay Times.

And a Florida judge who had little sympathy for a man with a clear disease has sentenced him to 10 years in prison for his latest brush with the law, in which the man was caught driving drunk despite the fact that his license had been permanently revoke.

According to sources, 48-year-old James Vernon Smith pleaded with Judge Kimberly Fernandez for mercy before she announced his sentence.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit and clad in shackles around his wrists and ankles, Smith asked the judge not to throw him in jail, and claimed, “I’m more than just a drunk. I’m a son, I’m a brother, I’m a father and there’s still good left in me.”

Despite this plea, Judge Fernandez said the man’s conduct “simply demonstrates a flagrant disregard for the law,” which led to her decision to levy a 10-year jail sentence and five years or probation.

After he is released from jail, Smith will also receive psychiatric and alcohol evaluations, although his DUI lawyer argued that Smith should receive more treatment immediately, rather than jail time.

In the words of Smith’s attorney, the “reality is that he will go sit in a prison cell for the next eight years and he won’t receive the help he needs.”

The attorney also observed that a mental health counselor employed by the state said that Smith suffers from several mental disorders which went undiagnosed until last week but have had a significant impact on Smith’s behavior.

In fact, the mental health counselor also observed that Smith’s mental illnesses likely contributed to his binge drinking, and that the man needs serious psychiatric help in order to remedy his problems.

While the judge listened respectfully to the lawyer’s arguments, she was ultimately swayed by the extreme disregard for DUI laws displayed by Smith, and decided that a more severe punishment was warranted.

In addition to his time in jail, Smith will also be required to perform up to 100 hours of community service and he will have to give speeches to younger people about the dangers of driving while intoxicated.

Sources say that Smith lives in Louisiana and works an underwater welder. He also has two daughters who live in Florida.

May

3

Recent DUI for Amanda Bynes Draws Comparisons to Lindsay Lohan

By Mike

A recent DUI arrest for young actor Amanda Bynes has some celebrity watchdogs wondering if the former child star is following in the footsteps of Lindsay Lohan, another child star who struggled when she struck adulthood.

According to a recent report from the Huffington Post, Bynes was arrested for drunk driving on April 6 after she allegedly sideswiped a police car.

For curious readers, sideswiping a police car is perhaps the worst driving maneuver to make, especially if you’ve had a bit too much to drink.

After the incident, sources who had seen Bynes before her arrest claimed that the 26-year-old starlet had been drinking at a hotel before getting behind the wheel, but that she “seemed fine to drive” and “never seemed drunk.”

Bynes’ level of drunkenness, though, will be a matter for a court to decide, as a judge will likely look to her sobriety tests and blood or breath tests, if she took any after the accident.

Thanks to Bynes’ recent arrest, media outlets have been drawing comparisons between the star of “What I Like About You” and Lindsay Lohan, who has long dominated the front covers of gossip magazines due to her increasingly erratic behavior and notable encounters with police.

However, someone close to Bynes told RadarOnline that the comparison is “ridiculous” because “Amanda has never been arrested for drug possession or stealing anything.”

The source claimed that the DUI arrest was an isolated incident, and that there is little possibility that Bynes is “headed down the same road” as Lohan.

Interestingly, despite their similar age and geographic location, Bynes doesn’t know Lohan, and she claims that the media’s comparisons of the two reveal a certain amount of sexism in the way that women are treated in Hollywood.

According to the source close to Bynes, men in Hollywood who get arrested for drunk driving “don’t face the same scrutiny that women do.” This imbalance is reportedly what upsets Bynes more than any comparisons to other actors.

Nevertheless, other friends of the young actor are concerned about what they perceive as her increasingly strange behavior, and are worried that she could be headed in the wrong direction.

In recent months, Bynes has issued a series of bizarre tweets, including tweets that included racy photos of herself and ones in which she claimed to prefer “chocolate men.”

Bynes reportedly announced her retirement from acting at the tender age of 24 after starring in Nickelodeon’s hit show, “All That,” where she began working in 1996.