Apr

24

Reese Witherspoon Arrested After Husband Caught Driving Drunk

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Reese Witherspoon dropped a few points in the race for America’s Sweetheart this weekend after she was booked for disorderly conduct following her husband’s DUI arrest, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Sources say the Oscar-winning actress was in the passenger seat of a Ford Focus when her husband, Jim Toth, was pulled over by Atlanta police after they saw Toth driving on the wrong side of the road.

When police saw Toth, they suspected he was driving under the influence of alcohol, and promptly arrested Witherspoon’s husband, a high-powered Hollywood agent.

The night, however, was far from over for Witherspoon, who may soon have to reprise her role as the sharp attorney she portrayed in “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” a harrowing tale of greed, lust, and political intrigue.

According to reports, Witherspoon was less than delighted with her husband’s troubles, and started “mouthing off” to the arresting officers.

While Toth took a field sobriety test, Witherspoon, who remained seated in the vehicle, reportedly “stated that she was a ‘U.S. citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground,’” according to the police report.

As Witherspoon embarked on her soliloquy, her husband was failing a Breathalyzer test, as reports indicate that he had a blood alcohol content of .139, which is well above the legal limit.

But the night continued to devolve for the successful actress, who continued to pester officers by asking if they knew who she was. According to the police report, she told the officers they would soon “found out who I am” and would find themselves on the “national news.”

Witherspoon’s prediction proved accurate, as the police officers did find themselves part of a national news story, but the focus of the tale has been on Witherspoon’s odd behavior, not the arrest itself.

After verbally abusing the officers, Witherspoon was charged with disorderly conduct, and she and her husband were briefly jailed before they posted bond early Saturday morning, according to sources.

Sources say Witherspoon and Toth were in Atlanta to start filming for their independent movie, “The Good Lie.”

And to offer further proof that Witherspoon lives a charmed life, she reportedly flew to New York after her release from jail to see the premier of her new movie, “Mud.”

At the premiere, however, Witherspoon wisely refused to talk to reporters, who were undoubtedly curious about her adventurous weekend.

Apr

17

Actor and Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested for DUI in Los Angeles

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Kevin Hart, an actor and comedian known for his high energy level on stage, was arrested this week on suspicion of drunk driving in Los Angeles, according to a report from the Associated Press.

Sources say Kart was arrested for a DUI after his Mercedes almost crashed into a tanker truck on Highway 101, the famed coastal freeway that runs the length of California.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs, Hart looked drunk when police pulled him over, and he allegedly failed a field sobriety test administered by the arresting officers.

The failure to complete a field sobriety test does not necessarily spell doom in the courtroom for Hart, or any other defendant, but it certainly gave the officers enough probably cause to arrest the comedian.

Sources report that Hart posted a $5,000 bond and was released from jail Sunday after spending a few hours in police custody. He has been charged with a misdemeanor DUI, which carries a potential penalty of jail time, a fine, or a suspended license.

According to sources, Hart had a female passenger in his car at the time of the arrest. Police sent her home in a taxi after taking Hart into custody.

Officers decided to accost Hart’s car after he was driving “erratically at over 90 mph and nearly slammed into a gas tanker.”

Following the incident, Hart took an important step towards rehabilitating his public image by issuing a sincere apology on his Twitter account.

According to sources, Hart said drinking and driving is “not a laughing matter” and acknowledged that many people “have lost lives because of” similarly “stupid” actions.

The comedian, whose career took off over the past few years, admitted that his arrest was a “wake-up call” and said that he has “to be smarter” in the future.

Hart’s career breakthrough came in 2011, when he starred in his own standup special, “Laugh at My Pain.” Since then, Hart has acted in several movies, appeared in the television show “Undeclared,” and hosted “Saturday Night Live.”

And Hart can take comfort knowing that several comedians before him have been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and seen their careers continue to flourish.

Multiple DUI offenses, however, can lead to lengthy prison sentences, so Hart knows that his margin for error on the streets of Los Angeles has now been reduced to a great degree.

Apr

16

’90s Child and Teen Stars: Who Has the Most DUIs?

By Mike

All grown up now, several child and teen stars from the ’90s have been arrested for DUI. Who has more celebrity DUI arrests: boys or girls?


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Boys

  • Taran Noah Smith
    • Best Known for: Mark Taylor (the youngest brother), Home Improvement
    • Arrested in February 2012
  • Haley Joel Osment
    • Best Known for: The Sixth Sense
    • Arrested in August 2006
  • Nick Carter
    • Best Known for: Backstreet Boys
    • Arrested in March 2005

Girls

  • Lindsay Lohan
    • Best Known for: The Parent Trap
    • Arrested in May 2007
    • Arrested for a second DUI in July 2007
  • Amanda Bynes
    • Best Known for: All That, The Amanda Show
    • Arrested in April 2012
  • Danielle Fishel
    • Best Known for: Boy Meets World
    • Arrested in December 2007
  • Tracey Gold
    • Best Known for: Growing Pains

Apr

12

Rapper Too Short Charged With Four Counts After Drunk Driving Arrest

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In upsetting news for his fans, rapper Too Short was officially arrested for a DUI and drug possession this week in Hollywood, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Sources say the 46-year-old entertainer, who was born Todd Anthony Shaw, was taken to jail around 3 a.m. after being arrested on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

According to sources, Too Short briefly attempted to run from police before he was captured, which is the cardinal sin of drunk driving arrests. If this report is true, Too Short could also face potential charges for resisting arrest.

Sources note that the original DUI incident happened a few weeks ago, when he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Police also reported that Too Short had meth in the back seat of his car.

So, in addition to four misdemeanor counts of drunk driving, Too Short faces the potential of a felony drug charge, which could have posed a much more significant jail sentence.

Sources claim, however, that the city attorney is only charging Too Short with the four misdemeanor charges, because the amount of meth discovered by police wasn’t enough to warrant a felony charge.

The absence of a felony charge will simplify the rapper’s defense against the DUI charges, but four misdemeanor counts could still result in significant jail time, a suspended driver’s license, or a large fine.

And Too Short could also be facing possible punishment for a shooting on the Las Vegas Strip that ended in the death of Kenny Clutch, a rapper based in Oakland, and two other victims.

The shooting caused a fatal car crash that blocked a portion of the Las Vegas Strip for several hours and gained international media coverage.

But police have not been able to connect Too Short to the shooting and car crash, and Too Short recently dismissed the rumors of his involvement on his Facebook page, where he wrote that he had “no knowledge or connection” to the incident.

Too Short has been the target of much controversy during his career, but is widely considered to be one of the primary innovators of West Coast hip hop, according to sources.

Too Short, who was born in Los Angeles but was raised in Oakland, has released several massive singles over the past few years, including “The Ghetto,” “Burn Rubber,” and “Blow the Whistle.”

But the music success has been tempered by legal issues. In 2009, Too Short was arrested twice for drunk driving in separate incidents in Las Vegas. And in 2010, the rapper was arrested for battery after n incident following a concert in Idaho.

Apr

12

Juvenille Detention Escapee Charged with 7 Felony DUIs

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On Wednesday, 18-year-old Jean Ervin Soriano, was charged with 7 felony DUIs after the March 30th accident that killed 5 and injured 2. He is also being charged with failure to decrease speed and driving without a license, both misdemeanors.

Soriano is being held on $3.5 million bail and is in isolated protective custody. He had a blood-alcohol percentage of 0.12, well over Nevada’s legal limit of .08.

A plea has not been entered yet, but a not guilty plea is expected, per Soriano’s attorney, Frank Cofer.

Soriano, in a Dodge Durango with a friend, rear ended a family in a Chevrolet van, driving back from visiting a sick relative Denver.

The accident caused the van to overturn, which led to the deaths of Genaro Fernandez, 41, Raudel Fernandez-Avila, 49, Belen Fernandez, 53, Angela Sandoval, 13, and Leonardo Fernandez-Avila, 45.

The only survivors in the vehicle were Maria Rosario Cardanas, 40, the driver, and Eddie Sandoval, 15.

An evidence hearing is scheduled for May 15th and investigators for the defense intend to collect blood and tissue samples from the Durango to show whether or not Soriano was actually driving.

On March 1st it was reported that Soriano had escaped from a juvenile detention center catering to drug and alcohol abusers in Orange County, California. The accident happened about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

Apr

9

Driving Under The Influence of Drowsiness

By Mike

Though you may already know the dangers of driving while intoxicated, you should also be aware of another deadly form of driving. Drowsy driving claims hundreds of drivers each year in fatal crashes.


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Crash Report

Drowsy driving causes numerous deaths, injures thousands, and results in tremedous destruction of property every year.

Average Annual Drowsy-Related Accidents from 2005 to 2009

  • Fatal: 886
  • Injury: 37,000
  • Property Damage Only: 45,000
  • Average Total: 83,000

Driver fatigue results in around $12.5 billion in monetary losses every year.

Drowsy Driving: The Demographics

Some are more likely than others to continue driving despite their level of exhaustion.

What ages typically drive while sleepy?

  • 18-29: 71%
  • 30-64: 52%
  • 65 and older: 19%

In a National Sleep Foundation poll, men were found to have a 22% chance of falling asleep at the wheel, while women only had a 12% chance.

  • 56% of men will drive while drowsy.
  • Only 45% of women would do the same.
  • 1 in 4 people with a regular daytime work schedule will drive while drowsy at least a few days a month.
  • Those who slept 6 to 7 hours a night were 2 times more likely to get into a wreck than those who slept for 8 hours.

Transportation Industry

Do you think these workers get enough sleep?

  • 45% of truck drivers say they rarely get enough sleep the night before a driving shift.
  • Of those driving a bus, limo or taxi, 43% use caffeinated beverages to stay awake at work.
  • 81% of truck drivers and 82% of bus, taxi and limo drivers get less than 8 hours of sleep on an average work night.

Sleeping at the Wheel

Many people fall asleep at the wheel but few know when to pull over and stop driving.

  • 37% of people have fallen asleep or at least nodded off at the wheel at some point in their lives.
  • Around 60% of drivers have felt drowsy while driving in the past year.
  • A study by Australian researchers uncovered that driving after not sleeping for 24 hours is equivalent to having a .10 blood alcohol concentration.

How Drivers React to Feeling Drowsy

  • Stressed: 42%
  • Impatient: 32%
  • Drive Faster: 12%

Drunk vs. Drowsy

Drunk Driving Stats

  • $37 billion in damages annually
  • 1/3 of traffic fatalities in the U.S.
  • 10,000 fatalitites in 2010.

Drowsy Driving Stats

  • 100,000 crashes annually
  • 40,000 crashes resulted in injuries
  • 1,550 fatalities annually

It’s important to note that drowsy driving is underreported, in part because there is no test for drowsiness while drunkenness can be determined by a blood test.

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Apr

5

Proposed Colorado Law Sets Marijuana Limit for Stoned Drivers

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The Colorado House passed a bill that sets a legal limit for marijuana in drivers’ systems, and the Senate is expected to vote on it soon, according to a report from the Huffington Post.

The issue became more pressing last November, when Colorado passed a law allowing a limited amount of marijuana use for recreational purposes, mirroring a similar effort in Washington, according to sources.

At the same time, however, Washington passed a law that set the legal limit of THC, marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, at five nanograms. In contrast, Colorado did not address the legal level of marijuana last year.

Under the proposed bill, Colorado drivers would also have a limit of five nanograms of THC. If drivers are caught with more than 5 nanograms of THC in their blood, they will be driving under the influence of marijuana, and treated like other DUI offenders.

According to the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Rhonda Fields, a Democrat from Aurora, the bill is about “traffic safety” and sends “a very strong message that no longer can you get behind the wheel after smoking marijuana,” the Denver Post reports.

Sources note that this is the fourth time in the last three years that the Colorado House has pushed a bill addressing marijuana DUI laws, but each of the previous efforts has been thwarted by the Colorado Senate.

This year, however, supporters of the bill believe it has a higher chance of passing because of Amendment 64, the new state law that legalized recreational marijuana use.

Still, the bill has its opponents, many of whom worry that five nanograms is too low a standard, and will likely lead to the arrest of people who are not impaired.

But supporters of the bill claim that even drivers who have five nanograms of THC in their bloodstreams will be allowed to offer proof that they were able to drive safely, according to sources.

In the words of Rep. Mark Waller, a Republican from Colorado Springs, if “you did not exhibit poor driving, you can put that on as evidence to say, ‘Look my driving was not poor, I’m not unsafe to operate a motor vehicle,’” sources report.

Waller notes this bill is much different from previous versions of the marijuana DUI law that would have criminalized every driver whose blood THC levels were above the legal limit, regardless of his or her relative degree of impairment.