Sep

28

Police Dog Captures Drunk Driving Suspect After Lengthy Car Chase

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A police dog captured a DUI suspect after the alleged drunk driver led police on a reckless high-speed chase, according to a report from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that reads like a scene from a Michael Bay movie.

Sources say that 19-year-old Roderick Miller was spotted driving erratically by a sheriff’s deputy in Manatee County, Florida.

When the deputy flipped on his police lights to initiate a traffic stop, Miller allegedly refused to pull over to the side of the road, and instead sped away from the police officer into neighboring Sarasota County.

According to the police report, the speed of the officer and suspect never exceeded 85 mph. Police will typically call off a car chase if speeds reach dangerous levels, or the drivers are a threat to the public, sources suggest.

In this case, the deputy believed that pursuit was still necessary, and after several minutes of driving, Miller eventually struck a traffic sign and skidded into a ditch.

After striking the ditch, though, Miller didn’t stop. In order to avoid a DUI arrest, Miller reportedly continued to drive along the ditch until he rammed into a utility pole.

The impact of the crash split the utility pole in two, and left phone lines blocking the road, according to the police report.

After striking the pole, Miller apparently jumped from his car and ran south into a patch of forest. Shortly after the accident, backup officers with a search dog quickly responded to the scene.

Miller may have escaped were it not for the efforts of the search dog. Sources say the canine discovered the DUI suspect hiding in a row of bushes about a quarter mile from the scene of the accident.

While police dogs are trained to show some restraint when dealing with suspects, this dog apparently bit Miller and left a puncture wound on the back of the suspect’s hand.

Due to the bite, emergency responders had to treat Miler at the scene, and the suspect was later transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital to receive stitches for the wound.

Miller hopefully enjoyed his stay at the hospital, because as soon as he was fit to be released, police officers promptly hauled him away to the Sarasota County Jail.

The suspect is reportedly facing charges for drunk driving, fleeing to elude, leaving the scene of an accident, and obstructing justice, according to sources.

Sep

26

Actress Amanda Bynes Caught Using Drugs While Driving Illegally

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Amanda Bynes continued her recent streak of bad behavior last week when she was charged with smoking a “drug pipe” and driving with a suspended license in Los Angeles, according to a report from the Huffington Post.

Bynes, who is gaining a reputation as the “new Lindsay Lohan,” thanks to her recent troubles with the law, was allegedly smoking a “drug pipe” and cruising around Los Angeles for hours before her arrest last Tuesday.

The 26-year-old actress had already been arrested after a hit-and-run incident on September 2 after allegedly crashing into two cars and fleeing the scene of the accident.

This crash occurred just five months after a car accident in April, which was followed by another accident in August. In addition, Bynes was charged with a DUI this June after her arrest in April following her first accident.

In other words, it’s no surprise that Bynes currently has a suspended license, which makes her latest arrest all the more troublesome.

Sources suggest that Bynes was smoking marijuana during her latest driving escapade, which, if true, could leave her vulnerable to additional charges of driving under the influence.

While police officers have no foolproof way to test for marijuana usage on the day of an arrest, they can use direct evidence of drug use, such as the smell of marijuana or the presence of drug paraphernalia, to draw inferences about a driver’s drug use.

Almost every state incorporates the use of drugs such as marijuana into its laws regulating driving under the influence of alcohol or other illegal substances.

The latest arrest threatens to further derail the once promising career of the young actress. Even though Bynes continues to remain outside the confines of jail, her acting roles have started to shrink as her public reputation sours.

Her recent effort to enlist the aid of the president didn’t help her cause. According to sources, Bynes tried to seek a presidential pardon in June when she sent a tweet to President Obama asking him to “fire the cop who arrested me.”

In the same tweet, Bynes claimed that she didn’t drink and that she also didn’t “hit and run.” Needless to say, her pleas to the president were met with official silence.

Sources say that Bynes is due in a Los Angeles court for an arraignment on September 27, and if she is convicted on the hit-and-run misdemeanor charges, she could face up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.

Sep

24

Actor Michael Madsen Treated in Hospital After Latest DUI Arrest

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Actor Michael Madsen was arrested for drunk driving last week after police discovered him driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.21 percent, which is more than twice the legal limit, according to a recent report from the Huffington Post.

Sources say that Madsen, who is most famous for his roles in “Reservoir Dogs” and “Kill Bill,” both directed by Quentin Tarantino, has struggled with alcoholism for several years, and that his latest mishap spells trouble for his personal battle with drinking.

The 54-year-actor was released from the hospital a few days ago. Apparently, he needed medical treatment after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving while cruising along the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California.

According to his DUI attorney, Madsen was arrested after allegedly driving erratically in his red Pontiac GTO, which is not the sort of car that escapes the eye of wary police officers.

After his arrest, Madsen reportedly began experiencing symptoms related to an undisclosed medical problem, which is what prompted police to send him to a local hospital, according to a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

After a DUI arrest, it is fairly common for a DUI suspect to be transported to a hospital, where he or she receives treatment until the police feel comfortable hauling him or her back into police custody.

Police typically err on the side of caution in these matters, so if a suspect appears to be injured, law enforcement officials usually take him or her to a hospital, rather than opening themselves up to potential liability.

In this case, it appears that Madsen’s hospital stay may have been made necessary by his use of prescription medication, which his attorney claims may have tainted the results of Madsen’s field sobriety test.

According to the actor’s DUI lawyer, Madsen was taking prescription medications that “easily could have made him look to be under the influence and caused him to fail the sobriety test.”

Of course, Madsen’s use of prescription drugs would not explain the 0.21 percent blood alcohol level that he allegedly registered, but if that test was also tainted by the prescription drugs, Madsen’s attorney may have a compelling case.

Sources hint, though, that Madsen has a history of legal issues involving alcohol. This March, for example, Madsen was arrested at his home in Malibu after allegedly engaging in a “drunken fight” with his teenage son.

Sep

21

Philadelphia City Employees Arrested for DUIs in Municipal Cars

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Two employees of the Philadelphia Council were arrested this week for allegedly driving under the influence while operating a city-owned vehicle, according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sources say that 50-year-old Robin Jones, a city receptionist, and 42-year-old Darrell Williams, a sergeant-at-arms, both work in the office of the City Council’s president, and were not authorized to use city vehicles when they were arrested last weekend.

When she was caught by police, Jones was driving one of the city’s Chevy Cobalts, despite the fact that she had a suspended driver’s license.

During the ride, Jones hit a sign and then slammed into a building near downtown Philadelphia around 2:30 in the morning, according to sources.

After her accident, Jones called Williams for help, and Williams arrived in a city-owned Ford Explorer, after apparently leaving his post.

This request, however, proved to be unwise, as Williams was also “visibly intoxicated” when he arrived at the scene.

When police officers responded to reports of an accident, they arrested Jones for a DUI, and then after seeing the condition of Williams after he responded to his friend’s call, they arrested him for a DUI, as well.

Interestingly, according to Jane Roh, a communications director for the city council’s office, a receptionist such as Jones has no access to city vehicles, so Jones could be facing additional criminal charges on top of her DUI offense.

Williams, however, might be authorized to use a city vehicle due to his status as a sergeant-at-arms, but he is certainly not authorized to drive the vehicles while intoxicated.

According to Roh, both incidents represented a “flat-out unauthorized” use of city cars, and she also said that the arrests could serve as “immediate grounds for firings.”

Sources indicate that the two vehicles are part of a fleet used to haul city council members around town for various meetings, and their use is usually monitored very closely. In Roh’s words, under normal circumstances, employees “can’t just grab a key and take a city vehicle.”

If Jones and Williams are found guilty on the DUI counts, they may ultimately lose their jobs. According to their boss, if the incidents are “confirmed by authorities,” then it will prove that his employees displayed a “level of conduct and disregard for public safety that cannot be tolerated.”

In other words, if Williams and Jones are convicted of drunk driving, the odds are very slim that they’ll ever have access to the city council’s vehicles again.

Sep

19

Drunk Beverly Hills Cop Slams Pickup Into Side of Simi Valley Home

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A Beverly Hills police officer was arrested for drunk driving after allegedly crashing his pickup into the side of a home in Simi Valley, California, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Sources say that the off-duty officer, 42-year-old Jeffrey Sweet, crashed his pickup into a power pole, then steered it into the home, and then his vehicle flipped upside down onto a retaining wall.

When police officers arrived on the scene, late last Tuesday night, passersby had already helped Sweet crawl out of his upturned truck, according to the police report.

After officers noticed that Sweet was behaving in a way that was “consistent with his being under the influence,” they arrested their colleague and booked him into the Ventura County Jail.

Before taking Sweet to jail, though, the officers followed proper DUI procedure and escorted the mildly injured driver to Simi Valley Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Fortunately, no other people were injured in the accident, despite the fact that Sweet left a path of destruction that could have injured an entire neighborhood.

Sources indicate that Sweet’s vehicle struck a gas service line to the house that he eventually rammed, which forced local authorities to evacuate two nearby homes while firefighters from Ventura County repaired the dangerous breach.

In addition, police had to close a nearby street for several hours while city cleanup crews cleared debris and repaired the power poles that Sweet damaged during his ill-fated joyride.

Officers believe that Sweet missed a sharp curve while he was driving on Blackstock Avenue. The missed curve caused him to spin out of control and crash into the house and power poles.

Sweet is a resident of Simi Valley, but sources say that the Beverly Hills Police Department is helping with the investigation, although there is no word yet on whether Sweet will be able to keep his job as a police officer, or whether he will face any punishment from the department.

Of course, the police officer has bigger concerns right now. In a car accident that involves so much cleaning and repair work, drivers often have to reimburse the city for the cost of their mistake.

In addition, Sweet could be facing jail time, a serious fine, or a suspension of his driver’s license if he is convicted for driving under the influence in the next few weeks in a Ventura County criminal court.

Sep

17

Archbishop of San Francisco Arrested on Suspicion of Drunk Driving

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The recently appointed Metropolitan Archbishop of San Francisco was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to a report from the Sacramento Bee.

Sources indicate that Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, who most recently served as the Fourth Bishop of Oakland, was arrested shortly after midnight last Saturday night when he was driving near San Diego State University.

The Catholic leader has been forced to summon the aid of a DUI lawyer, who will help guide him through his scheduled court arraignment in early October.

The 56-year-old man was caught at a DUI checkpoint that night, and sources say he was one of nearly a dozen other drivers who were arrested for DUIs.

At the checkpoint, Cordileone allegedly failed a sobriety test, after which he agreed to take a preliminary blood alcohol test that measured a blood alcohol level that was well above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, sources say.

At the time of the arrest, Cordileone’s mother was a passenger in the car. When her son was taken into police custody after failing his breath test, the mother was allowed to drive the car home after proving to police that she was sober and a licensed driver.

The news, however, could be worse for the newly appointed archbishop. Sources indicate that he was only charged with misdemeanor accounts of driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol level higher than a legal limit.

Since his charge is only a misdemeanor, he may be able to escape the charge with just a fine or other relatively minor punishments, such as community service or a temporary suspension of his driver’s license.

Of course, under California DUI laws, Cordileone may be eligible to serve some jail time, even though his offense was a misdemeanor. Although, if this is his first DUI arrest, it is hard to imagine a judge sentencing the bishop to a lengthy jail sentence.

Sources say that Cordileone, a native of San Diego, was arrested just outside the school he attended for a year. The bishop eventually graduated from the University of San Diego, where he earned a degree in philosophy.

And while the arrest can’t be good for his career, sources do not say whether it will affect his future role as the Archbishop of San Francisco.

In recent years, Cordileone has served as the Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego, and is also a member of the University of San Diego Board of Trustees.

Sep

14

Illinois Driver Faces 30 Years in Prison After his Seventh DUI Arrest

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A driver from Palatine, Illinois, could spend the next 30 years in prison after he was arrested for the seventh time on a DUI charge, according to a report this week from the Chicago Tribune.

Sources say that 47-year-old Osvaldo Collazo was arrested this week on charges of aggravated driving under the influence, according to prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois.

As is customary for drivers who have displayed such a reckless disregard for the rules of the road, the Cook County court set Collazo’s bail at $300,000.

The high bail means it is very likely that Collazo will have to stay in jail through the completion of his court proceedings, unless he can find a large amount of cash in a short period of time.

The size of the bail also suggests that the judge is skeptical that Collazo would be able to remain sober if he was released from jail pending his trial.

It should be noted, however, that despite the size of the bail, under the American judicial system, Collazo is still presumed innocent. But it’s fair to say that there are different shades of innocence.

Sources indicate that the driver was arrested last week in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, after police officers noticed his car weaving in and out of traffic.

When the officers pulled Collazo over, the driver admitted that he had been drinking beer earlier that afternoon, although officers didn’t take his word for it.

When the police administered a breathalyzer test, Collazo’s blood alcohol level was revealed to be 0.213, which is almost three times the legal Illinois limit of 0.08, according to sources.

Under normal circumstances, if this had been the driver’s first DUI arrest, he would have faced a stiff fine, a potential loss of his license, and perhaps a stint in jail.

This arrest, however, came on the heels of five prior DUI convictions, as well as a sixth arrest related to a felony weapon charge which carries a mandatory sentence range of six to 30 years, according to local sources.

In addition, when Collazo was arrested for his latest alleged drunk driving offense, he was wanted by police on a warrant for failing to appear in court for his sixth DUI charge, sources say.

The arresting officers, of course, were probably surprised to learn that their routine DUI stop had turned into the arrest of a man who had skirted the law so many times before.

If prosecutors are able to either convict Collazo, or convince him to plead guilty to the sixth and seventh DUI charges, he could spend the next three decades languishing in prison.

Sep

12

Proposed DUI Law Would Prevent Offenders from Buying Booze

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A proposed DUI law in North Dakota would prohibit people with DUI convictions from purchasing alcohol, according to a report from WDAY News in Fargo, North Dakota. Predictably, many local residents are criticizing the proposed rule.

The bill, which was recently presented to the North Dakota legislature, was prompted by an accident in Jamestown, North Dakota, last year, when an entire family from Fargo was killed by a drunk driver.

This deadly accident came on the heels of another incident in which two young children in a tent were killed after being run over by another drunk driver.

Thanks to these heavily publicized accidents, Wayne Stautz, a local man with no connection to government, is trying to get state lawmakers to pass a bill that would prevent DUI offenders from buying alcohol at any store that sells adult drinks. According to Stautz, the idea for the law just came to him “one night,” and he believes that the law is a “good law” if it will “save more lives.”

The details of the proposed law are fairly simple. When someone in North Dakota is arrested for a DUI, he or she will have to get a special mark on his or her driver’s license identifying that person as a DUI offender. And if that person tried to purchase alcohol at a bar or liquor store, the people running the establishment would, in theory, see the presence of a DUI on the license, and refuse to serve that driver any liquor.

Under the terms of the proposed law, the mark would remain on a person’s identification for a year. If, however, a person causes a crash during a drunk driving incident, then the mark would stay on the license for five years. In addition, this penalty would not replace any other penalties that the court currently has the power to issue, according to sources.

The ID stays that way for a year. If you cause a crash while drinking it stays for 5 years. All of this on top of whatever the court gives you as punishment. Of course, the bill has plenty of critics. Terry Richardson, for example, believes that forcing such a punishment on first-time offenders is “crazy.” And Cole Brooks told local sources that first-time offenders shouldn’t have to suffer such a punishment, but the lawmaker concedes that someone on, say, a fifth DUI “should be banned from drinking.”

Sep

10

Washington State Legislature Enacts Controversial DUI Blood Test Law

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The Washington state legislature enacted a new law this month that allows doctors to draw blood from people suspected of driving under the influence without their consent, according to a CBS News report.

The law has already started to face criticism from several groups, including those who believe the rule violates basic civil rights.

Before the new law was enacted, suspected drunk drivers in the state of Washington could choose whether they had a breathalyzer test or a blood test.

As might be expected, most drivers opted for the breath test because it’s less invasive than the blood test. For the breathalyzer test, DUI offenders only have to blow into a device. A blood test, on the other hand, involves a needle.

Now, however, some Washington drivers who are suspected of driving under the influence will be forced to take a blood test, because this exam is believed by many experts to be more reliable than its less invasive alternative.

Drivers who will be forced to take a blood test include those who are potentially facing felony DUI charges, and those who have previously been convicted of vehicular homicide or vehicular assault, sources say.

The law, understandably, has widespread support from local law enforcement officials. Sergeant Mike Eggleston recently described the procedure as a necessary tool to secure “special evidence” in certain extreme cases.

According to Eggleston, if someone is being charged with a felony DUI in Washington, it often means it will be his or her fifth DUI in the last decade, which he believes gives police the right to test the driver’s blood without his her permission.

Some local attorneys, however, believe the law could be the first in a series of overzealous laws that reduce the rights drivers have when they are arrested for a suspected DUI.

One attorney, for example, expressed concern that the law treats someone who has a DUI without an accident and someone who drives drunk and commits vehicular homicide as equals.

Another critic claims that it’s only a matter of time before the state legislature extends involuntary blood tests to all suspected drunk drivers, regardless of their criminal histories.

But while these critics have valid concerns, the Washington law as it currently stands, only applies to people who either have a chronic DUI problem or have committed a terrible crime.

With those restrictions in place, it seems that the benefits to public safety may outweigh the potential cost to civil rights, at least in the eyes of law enforcement officials.

Sep

7

Husband Flees the Scene of a DUI Crash Involving his Wife and Kids

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A man in rural Kentucky is still running from police after he allegedly fled the scene of a DUI accident involving his wife and four children, according to a sobering report from KFVS News in western Kentucky.

Sources say that charges are pending against Blake Schroader, a resident of Benton, Kentucky, who reportedly fled the scene of a one-car accident caused by his wife, 26-year-old Haley Spiceland Schroader.

The accident took place last Sunday at around 7:00 in the evening. Sources indicate that Haley Schroader was driving the couple’s minivan when she lost control while making a left turn and crashed the car into a wooded area in Marshall County, Kentucky.

When police officers arrived at the scene of the bizarre crash, they detected the smell of alcohol, and Haley Schroader admitted to having several drinks before she got behind the wheel.

Her irresponsible decision was made even worse by the fact that her minivan contained four children, ranging in age from 6 to 9.

Sources indicate that the driver and all four children were taken to Marshall County Hospital following the accident to be treated for their injuries.

After her release from the hospital, Schroader was promptly escorted to the Marshall County Detention Center. While sources do not say what happened to her children, they are likely under the care of a relative or the state of Kentucky.

For her role in causing the accident, the wife has been charged with an aggravated DUI and four counts of wanton endangerment for driving under the influence of alcohol while four children were in her vehicle.

To add further intrigue to the unfortunate display of poor parenting, Blake Schroader reportedly fled the scene before police officers arrived, according to sources.

Sources do not offer any information as to why the husband felt compelled to abandon his wife and children, but it seems safe to assume that he was trying to evade law enforcement officials, perhaps due to previous crimes.

Even though he wasn’t driving the car, had he been arrested at the scene, he would have likely faced the same child endangerment charges leveled against his wife.

As it currently stands, Schroader may face additional charges for fleeing the scene of an accident and trying to elude law enforcement officials.

As of press time, however, Schroader remains at large, which puts his children in serious jeopardy, especially because their mother is currently behind bars.

Sep

6

NFL Cracks Down on DUIs and Untouchable Football Stars

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NFL stars might score touchdowns and send fans into a frenzy, but they’re not perfect. Within the last year, numerous professional football players have either failed a breath test or refused a breathalyzer during a traffic stop.


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It’s easy enough to forget this about public figures we idolize, but football players are only human and vulnerable to the same mistakes anyone else is.

One mistake that’s been a hot topic this year is drinking and driving. Here’s a look at the players who’ve gotten DUIs in 2012 alone.

1: Aldon Smith – San Francisco 49ers

Position:Linebacker

Reason for Arrest: DUI

Location of Arrest:Miami Beach

Bail/bond:Bond was set at $1000

Details of the Incident:The 23-year-old was booked at about 9:30 am.

2: Knowshon Moreno – Denver Broncos

Position:Running Back

Reason for Arrest:Drunken driving, careless driving

Location of Arrest:South Denver

Bail/bond:N/A

Details of the Incident:

  • He had allegedly been driving 70 mph in a 45 mph construction zone.
  • He failed a field sobriety test.
  • He was driving a drop-top Bentley with a license plate that read “SAUCED”.

3: Darrius-Heyward-Bey – Oakland Raiders

Position: Wide Receiver

Reason for Arrest: DUI

Location of Arrest: Bay Bridge

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the Incident:

  • He was pulled over at about 2 a.m. after going to a night club in San Francisco.
  • His BAC was .13 percent based on a chemical test done at the scene.
  • He’s fighting his DUI charge in a trial starting July 23.

4: Brandon Meriweather – Washington Redskins

Position: Strong safety

Reason for arrest: Drunk driving

Location of arrest: Arlington County

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • He was allegedly driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone at about 3 a.m.
  • He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and failed the field sobriety test.

5: Nick Fairley – Detroit Lions

Position: Defensive tackle

Reason for arrest: DUI, attempting to elude police

Location of arrest: Interstate 10 in Alabama

Bail/bond: Bond was set at $1,750

Details of the incident:

  • He was allegedly driving a Cadillac Escalade at 100 mph.

He was also cited for:

  • Reckless Driving
  • An open alcohol container
  • No proof of insurance

6: Jerome Felton – Minnesota Vikings

Position: Fullback

Reason for arrest: Second-degree driving while impaired

Location of arrest: McDonald’s drive-thru lane in Eden Prairie, Minnesota

Bail/bond: Bail was set at $12,000

Details of the incident:

  • McDonald’s called the police to report an intoxicated driver in the drive-thru at about 3 a.m.

7: Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars

Position: Wide receiver

Reason for arrest: DUI

Location of arrest: Stillwater, Oklahoma

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • He had a .24 blood-alcohol level.
  • Weighing about 215 lbs, this means he would have had to consume about 14 drinks

8: David Diehl – New York Giants

Position: Offensive lineman

Reason for arrest: Driving while intoxicated

Location of arrest: Queens

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • According to police, he crashed into several parked cars leaving a bar.
  • No one was injured.
  • At 6’5″ and 304 pounds, he registered a 0.18 on his Breathalyzer test, which probably indicated a relatively high volume of drinking.

9: Aaron Berry – Detroit Lions

Position: Cornerback

Reason for arrest: DUI

Location of arrest: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Bail/bond: N/A

Details of the incident:

  • He reportedly hit parked cars and tried to flee the scene.
  • He was charged with:
  • Driving under the influence.
  • Two counts of failure to stop and render aid leaving the scene of an accident.
  • Two counts of accident involving unattended vehicles.

10: Eric Wright – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position: Cornerback

Reason for arrest: Suspicion of DUI

Location of arrest: Los Angeles

Bail/bond: Bond was posted at $100,000

Details of the incident:

  • He was arrested on a felony charge because he allegedly hit another car causing injury and requiring the presence of the LA Fire Department.
  • He admitted to drinking but refused the Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests.
  • He ended up not facing charges.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, there have already been several DUIs for NFL players already in 2012, causing disappointment among fans, coaches, and teammates. There’s been much debate about what sort of actions should be taken, and there will probably be more developments in the future.

Brandon Meriweather [8]
Position: Strong safety
Reason for arrest: Drunk driving
Location of arrest: Arlington County
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
He was allegedly driving 73 mph in a 55 mph zone at about 3 a.m.
He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and failed the field sobriety test.
Nick Fairley [9][10]
Position: Defensive tackle
Reason for arrest: DUI, attempting to elude police
Location of arrest: Interstate 10 in Alabama
Bail/bond: Bond was set at $1,750
Details of the incident:
He was allegedly driving a Cadillac Escalade at 100 mph.
He was also cited for:
Reckless driving
An open alcohol container
No proof of insurance
Jerome Felton [11][12][13]
Position: Fullback
Reason for arrest: Second-degree driving while impaired
Location of arrest: McDonald’s drive-thru lane in Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Bail/bond: Bail was set at $12,000
Details of the incident:
McDonald’s called the police to report an intoxicated driver in the drive-thru at about 3 a.m.
Justin Blackmon [14][15]
Position: Wide receiver
Reason for arrest: DUI
Location of arrest: Stillwater, Oklahoma
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
He had a .24 blood-alcohol level.
Weighing about 215 lbs., this means he would have had to consume about 14 drinks over a 5-hour time period.
David Diehl [16]
Position: Offensive lineman
Reason for arrest: Driving while intoxicated
Location of arrest: Queens
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
According to police, he crashed into several parked cars leaving a bar.
No one was injured.
At 6’5” and 304 pounds he registered a 0.18 on his Breathalyzer test,  which probably indicated a relatively high volume of drinking.
Aaron Berry [17] (June 23) Detroit Lions
Position: Cornerback
Reason for arrest: DUI
Location of arrest: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Bail/bond: N/A
Details of the incident:
He reportedly hit parked cars and tried to flee the scene.
He was charged with:
Driving under the influence.
Two counts of failure to stop and render aid leaving the scene of an accident.
Two counts of accidents involving unattended vehicles.
Eric Wright [18][19]
Position: Cornerback
Reason for arrest: Suspicion of DUI
Location of arrest: Los Angeles
Bail/bond: Bond was posted at $100,000
Details of the incident:
He was arrested on a felony charge because he allegedly hit another car causing injury and requiring the presence of the LA Fire Department.
He admitted to drinking but refused the Breathalyzer and field sobriety tests.
He ended up not facing charges.
Conclusion
Unfortunately, there have already been several DUIs for NFL players already in 2012, causing disappointment among fans, coaches, and teammates. There’s been much debate about what sort of actions should be taken, and there will probably be more developments in the future.

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Sep

5

Celebrity Chef Cat Cora Avoids Jail Stint Following DUI Arrest

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Celebrity chef and outsized personality Cat Cora will not have to serve any time in jail after her summer DUI arrest, according to a report this week from MSNBC.com.

Sources say Cora was arrested this June for driving under the influence, but that she pleaded no contest to the DUI charges when she first appeared in front of a judge at the Santa Barbara District Court.

After pleading no contest, the 45-year-old chef accepted the judge’s ruling that she wouldn’t have to serve any jail time, as long as she meets certain court requirements, including a duty to attend nine months of DUI school.

If Cora fails to attend DUI school for the entire nine-month period, or if she feels to meet the other requirements set forth by the judge, she will have to serve a 120-day sentence in jail, according to sources.

Cora, who is probably best known for her work as an Iron Chef on the Food Network’s hit show, “Iron Chef America,” as well as her role as a co-host on Bravo’s “Around the World in 80 Plates,” was arrested on June 17 for drunk driving after she rear-ended another car while driving her Chevy Tahoe.

The accident occurred at a low speed, and no injuries were reported, but the driver of the BMW that Cora hit told responding officers that she believed Cora was drunk.

In response, Cora admitted to the officers that she had consumed three bottles of beer, and blood alcohol tests revealed that her blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.20 percent, which is much higher than the legal limit of .08 percent.

After the accident, Cora was cited for a DUI, and taken to a special location in Santa Barbara, California, where drivers are allowed to sober up before they are released back into the public. Sources say that this was Cora’s first DUI arrest in Santa Barbara.

To her credit, Cora did not contest the charges, and agreed to serve three years of probation and pay a fine of more than $2,000. In exchange for her plea, as well as her willingness to pay the fine and do probation, Cora will keep herself out of jail.

In a statement released after the accident, Cora accepted the blame for her actions and promised to never drive intoxicated again.

In her words, “I deeply regret my decision to drive that evening after my designated driver became unavailable. This will never happen again.”

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Iowa Drunk Driver Blows Unprecedented .627 on Police Breath Test

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A man arrested for a DUI in Iowa last week raised law enforcement eyebrows across the country when he allegedly blew a blood alcohol reading that was nearly eight times the legal limit, according to a report from WFMY News.

According to a police official in North Liberty, Iowa, where the arrest occurred, 24-year-old Justin Clark had a blood alcohol content of 0.627 percent when he was arrested for drunk driving.

To put that number in context, the legal blood alcohol limit in most states, including Iowa, is 0.08 percent, and most drunk drivers tend to fall below the 0.25 mark.

According to Police Chief Jim Warkentin, a blood alcohol level of 0.627 is the highest he’s ever heard of in his 20-year career. In Warkentin’s words, it’s “just amazing the person was conscious to be that high. Most people don’t make it above .3, they end up passing out.”

Warkenin also told reports that, during his time at the police academy, his instructors taught him that a person with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.4 percent is considered “clinically dead.”

When asked how Clark could have consumed enough alcohol to register a 0.627 percent reading and still be able to remain upright, a local sheriff, Lonny Pulkrabek, said he had no idea, and that the highest blood alcohol measurement he can remember was a 0.50 percent in a fatal DUI accident years ago.

According to Pulkrabek, who offered an opinion very similar to that of his local counterpart, Chief Warkentin, a reading about 0.6 is “just mind boggling.”

And yet Clark managed to pull off the dubious feat. Sources say the man was pulled over by police after witnesses phoned 911 to let police know of a driver who was hitting curbs and swerving all over the road.

When the responding officers pulled Clark over, he was reportedly unable to answer any of their questions. In addition, he couldn’t leave the vehicle, walk, or perform any of the standard field sobriety tests, according to sources.

When the officers asked Clark where he was, he claimed that he was at home. When they asked what day it was, Clark responded by saying it was “three, but now it is four.” He was, by any standard, intoxicated beyond the point of lucidity.

And the most remarkable part of the story may be that he blew a 0.627 percent reading more than two hours after his arrest. For his actions, Clark, it can be assumed, may not be able to drive for quite some time.