Plea Entered in Chris Kattan DUI Case

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On August 14th, former Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Kattan was sentenced to three years probation for driving under the influence and crashing into a Department of Transportation vehicle this past February in Southern California.

Kattan, 43, made an open plea in court on the misdemeanor DUI charge. He was ordered to attend a three-month alcohol education program, 104 Narcotics Anonymous meetings and ordered not to drive with any drugs in his system that were not prescribed by a doctor, as stated to Los Angeles Daily News by City Attorney representative Frank Mateljan.

A restitution hearing will be held September 16th to determine the damages owed by Kattan regarding the DOT vehicle. This fee will be in addition to a $500 fine he was ordered to pay during his sentencing.

Kattan was arrested around 2am on February 10th on the 101 Freeway near Encino, CA. According to California Highway Patrol, Kattan was slowly weaving across the freeway when he drove through construction cones and collided with a DOT vehicle. No workers were hurt at the time of the crash.

After his arrest, Kattan wrote on Twitter: “I just got back from a 15hr flight after touring out of the country. I was exhausted. The police were so kind. I’m lucky nobody was hurt.”

According to TMZ, law officials stated Kattan had been driving after taking Ambien, which is a prescription medication used to treat insomnia and some brain disorders.

Kattan is best known for his work on Saturday Night Live; he worked on the sketch comedy program from 1996 until 2003. His noted characters include “Mango” and Doug Butabi, one half of the Butabi Brothers. The sketch lead to 1998 feature film A Night at the Roxbury.

Kattan most recently worked on ABC sitcom The Middle and was a contestant on Food Network’s Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off.

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Bieber Accepts Plea Deal

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Singer Justin Bieber’s attorneys have accepted a plea deal in his Miami DUI case from January 2014.

Bieber, 20, was taken into custody early this year on charges of driving under the influence, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest without violence. Prosecutors dropped the drunken driving charge when Bieber agreed to careless driving and resisting arrest.

Bieber did not attend the court hearing. His attorneys agreed the singer will attend 12 hours of anger management classes and donate $50,000 to charity. Bieber will also attend classes that teach about the effects of drunk driving and how it impacts victims, according to CNN. The charitable donation was not legally required in his plea agreement, so it was made previous to the judge’s acceptance.

“I hope that he realizes that his actions not only lead to consequences that affect him, but they lead to consequences that affect others who are looking up to him as a role model,” said Judge William Altfield at the August 13th hearing.

The case is said to have several problems, including the arresting officer’s false report that Bieber was racing rapper Khalil topping out at 60 mph. The officer also stated he could smell alcohol on the singer’s breath, yet Bieber’s blood alcohol level registered at .014. According to TMZ, Bieber maintained he was not drunk at the scene, but police state he failed a field sobriety test.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle: “The strengths and weaknesses of the case motivated everyone to seek this appropriate resolution. The ultimate purpose of the Miami Beach Police Department’s initial traffic stop was to end some rash, juvenile-type conduct before a tragedy occurred.”

Bieber, a Canadian citizen, can face “possible immigration consequences of accepting [the plea] agreement…The Immigration and Naturalization Service will consider this conviction in any deportation decision,” according to the written deal.

This plea follows several previous legal incidents, including assault, vandalism, and alleged possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

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Chris Pines Guilty of DUI

By Mary Ann


After being arrested on March 1st for a DUI in New Zealand, Chris Pines has plead guilty to the charge.

Pines had been at a wrap party for his newest movie, Z for Zachariah, just before his arrest. Pines admitted to having 4 drinks and registered a .11 percent when his blood alcohol level was tested.

Pine’s punishment is a 6-month suspension of his New Zealand driver’s license and a $93 fine, which is about $79 US dollars.

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“Wet Reckless” for Amanda Bynes

By Mary Ann


Back in April of 2012, Amanda Bynes was facing a driving under the influence charge in Los Angeles after side swiping an L.A. County Sheriff’s Department cruiser.

The charge was lowered to a wet reckless driving charge, which is a lesser offense. Wet reckless is a common plea bargain in DUI cases, mainly for offenders with a very strong defense, and often first time offenders.

In court on Monday, Bynes, via her attorney, entered a peal of no-contest to the reduced charge.

The sentence attached to this plea in Bynes’ case is three months of alcohol-education classes and three years probation.

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Comedian Chris Kattan Charged With DUI

By Mary Ann


Chris Kattan, from “A Night at the Roxbury” and “Saturday Night Live” was charged with a DUI Monday night near Van Nuys, California.

On Ventura Freeway in Los Angeles, Kattan’s car crashed into a highway construction truck.

Kattan failed field sobriety tests and was charged with a DUI. He was released without bail and will appear in court next month. This is his first offense.

On his Twitter account, Kattan posted Monday afternoon, “Those concerned or just adding gossip: I’m fine, passed all tests, released without bail, have drivers license, cop offered to drive me home”

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Affluenza – A DUI Defense

By Mary Ann


A 16-year-old boy in Keller, Texas used a defense of Affluenza to keep himself out of jail after drinking three times the legal limit and causing a crash that killed four people.

Ethan Couch comes from a wealthy family that did not attach consequences to actions.

After crashing his Ford F-150 into a woman with a broken down car, killing her and 3 others, he pled guilty to assault by intoxication causing bodily injury (2 counts) and manslaughter by intoxication (4 counts).

The defense of Affluenza yielded no jail time and 10 years probation for young Couch. He was not released to his parents, but to a rehabilitation center.

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North Dakota Legislator Arrested for Driving Under the Influence

By johnclark


A prominent North Dakota lawmaker from the city of Fargo was arrested this week for driving under the influence, according to a report from Bismarck Tribune.

Sources say Democratic Rep. Scot Kelsh was pulled over by state police on Interstate 29 in Fargo around midnight on Monday. The legislator was reportedly headed northbound on the heavily traveled highway at the time of his arrest.

The arrest was confirmed by Sgt. Troy Hischer, a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol, who told sources that Kelsh was indeed stopped and “arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.”

When sources tried to reach Kelsh directly for comment, he did not answer cell phone messages. In addition, Chad Oban, the director of the North Dakota Democratic Party, said it was a personal matter and refused to comment.

Sources were eager to contact Kelsh for a couple reasons. First, and most obviously, any time a public official is arrested, it becomes immediate fodder for local media outlets. But this case was particularly interesting because of Kelsh’s public stance on drunk driving arrests.

According to reports, Kelsh voted earlier this year on a new North Dakota DUI law that would heighten the potential punishment for DUI offenses.

Under the new law, a first DUI offense is usually a Class B misdemeanor, which carries a potential $500 fine, $250 worth of court fees, and a suspended license, which could last for up to six months, sources say.

Ironically, Kelsh is the first legislator in North Dakota to be subject to the new DUI restrictions, which reportedly went into effect earlier this summer.

So while Kelsh received a great deal of public support, the 51-year-old politician will have to face up to the constituents who first elected him to office in 1996. He does, however, have time to earn back the public’s trust, as he is not up for reelection until later next year.

Of course, Kelsh’s actions do nothing to diminish the impact of his vote on the new DUI law. North Dakota has long had a relatively lenient stance on DUI laws, according to local sources.

A recent wave of anti-DUI momentum among state legislatures across the country has led to increased fines and jail sentences for DUI arrests for thousands of drunk driving offenders. And it appears the state of North Dakota could no longer stand still in the face of the DUI legislation trend.

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Michigan Fan Arrested for DUI Blames Actions on Football Team

By johnclark


A diehard Michigan football fan blamed his recent DUI arrest on his favorite team’s poor performance the previous day, according to a report from CBS News.

Sources say the 25-year-old man was reportedly arrested on a drunk driving charge in southern Michigan after police officers sound him lying with his head on his arm inside his 2014 Chevrolet Cruze in the parking lot of a local Sunoco.

When officers asked him to explain why he was intoxicated, the driver claimed he drank too much that night because he was upset that Michigan’s football team had been upset by its rival, Michigan State, by a decisive 29-6 margin the previous.

The man, who explained this to police while he was being booked, also said he was upset with the play calling by the team’s offensive coordinator, Al Borges.

Indeed, the Wolverines turned in a disappointed performance against their rivals last week, but it certainly doesn’t provide an excuse for drunk driving. Nevertheless, this bizarre DUI arrest raises two important notes about drunk driving.

First, many drivers assume that if their car isn’t on the road, they cannot be arrested for drunk driving. This, however, is a common misconception in most states.

Under the DUI laws of most American states, you can be held liable for driving under the influence if you are intoxicated and in control of your vehicle. So, for example, if your car is parked, but your keys in the ignition and you’re in the driver’s seat, you may still be arrested for drunk driving.

The rationale for this law is that, if you’re not in a state of mind conducive to driving, you should not be in any control of a vehicle, regardless of whether the car is actually moving.

In addition, the other lesson to learn from this bizarre is that, if you’re arrested under suspicion for drunk driving, you shouldn’t say anything to the police until you are given a DUI attorney.

Constitutional law protests your right to not incriminate yourself. You do not have any duty to answer questions posed by police officers after your arrest. In fact, during the booking process, it’s best not to say anything at all.

Police technically aren’t supposed to pressure you into offering a confession, but if they do, remember your legal rights. Of course, telling police you were upset about a football loss is one thing. But telling police you drank and drive because of the loss is an entirely different, and self-defeating, decision.

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Suspected Drunk Driver Kills Two Others in Fatal Los Angeles Crash

By johnclark


A suspected drunk driver killed two of her car’s passengers after a fatal DUI accident this week in Los Angeles, California, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.

Sources say the 22-year-old driver of the car, which crashed on the heavily traveled 110 Freeway early last Sunday, was steering a 2011 Nissan Sentra with several passengers when she careened off the road, struck a tree, and then stopped at a chain-link fence.

The one-car accident reportedly killed two passengers, Blanca Almanza, 23, and Ana Cuadra, 22, both Los Angeles residents who were pronounced dead at the scene after paramedics determined they were “beyond help,” according to sources.

The two other passengers in the car, as well as the driver, were taken to area hospitals, although no word is yet available on their conditions, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. Sources say the young driver, a resident of San Gabriel, has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Sources speculate that the one-car accident occurred when the driver was going at a very high rate of speed, which, if true, would explain the severe consequences of the potential DUI.

According to reports, the accident, which took place at about 1:35 a.m. near the Avenue 52 exit, caused severe damage to the car, which hindered the ability of responding emergency officials to offer prompt aid.

According to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey, firefighters who responded to the accident had to use hydraulic prying tools to rescue at least two of the victims from the car. Of course, their timely response may have saved several lives.

In the interim, once she recovers, the driver of the car will have a significant amount of legal defense to muster, as the potential consequences of a fatal DUI accident are quite severe.

With a non-injury first-time DUI offense, many offenders can escape with simply a fine, a driver’s license suspension, and a bit of probation, depending on the nature of their crime and the quality of their DUI defense.

But fatal DUI accidents are increasingly punished with lengthy prison sentences, as many states have established strict minimum jail tenures for people convicted of felony DUIs.

And this is not to mention the incredible psychological pain the driver must be going through, knowing that she led to the death of two of her friends. The lesson, as always: Don’t drink and drive. If you feel you’re too drunk to drive, the few dollars you spend on a cab could save a lifetime of regret.

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Using a Taco for an ID Still Results in a DUI

By Mary Ann


A Palm City, Florida man was arrested on DUI charges after he was found passed out in his Chevy pickup truck in a Taco Bell drive-thru.

Early in the morning on October 1st, Matthew Falkner, 30, drove through the Taco bell drive-thru in Jensen Beach, Florida, received his food and proceeded to pass out at the wheel.

Police were called because Falkner was holding up the entire drive-thru line, causing quite a commotion.

The engine of Falkner’s truck caught fire as his foot pushed down on the accelerator while the vehicle was in park and he was asleep.

When police arrived, Falkner was first woken up by the officer who then took his foot off the accelerator. The officer then asked for Falkner’s ID to which he handed the officer a taco.

When the deputy reiterated he needed the man’s ID, Falkner started eating the taco and laughing.

Falkner’s breath test yielded a BAC between .225 and .227. The legal limit is .08. He was arrested on DUI charges and taken to jail.

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Son of Jerry Sandusky Arrested for Drunk Driving in North Dakota

By johnclark


The son of indicted former football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested for drunk driving in Fargo, North Dakota, last month, according to a report from ESPN.

Sources say the son, Jon Sandusky, who is an executive with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, pleaded guilty in court to refusing to take a breathalyzer test after he was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.

This plea, sources say, is not the same as admitting guilty to the drunk driving charge, and thus if Sandusky is able to steer clear of legal trouble for a while, the charge will likely be dropped from his record. The DUI charge was also dismissed.

The 36-year-old football executive, however, received a suspended sentence this week in Fargo Municipal Court, and will have to serve an unsupervised probation, as well as complete a chemical dependency evaluation, according to his local DUI attorney.

According to his DUI attorney, Sandusky is “genuinely sorry for the incident,” and “takes full responsibility for his actions and he’s glad to put this matter behind him.”

The director of player personnel for the Cleveland football team was reportedly pulled over by police for making an illegal turn on a downtown street. According to the police report, Sandusky crossed over three lanes of traffic to make a dangerous turn.

Police suspected the son of Jerry Sandusky was intoxicated when they had him take a series of field sobriety tests. And a Browns source said the executive has been disciplined by the team, in addition to his criminal punishment.

Sources speculate that Sandusky was in North Dakota to scout football players from the team at North Dakota State, which reportedly has several players that are regarded as professional prospects. The athletic department at the school, however, did not comment on Sandusky’s arrest.

According to reports, Jon Sandusky has served as Cleveland’s director of player personnel for four years after working for the Philadelphia Eagles for nine years. His job is to scout college prospects and available NFL players. He also played safety at Penn State under the tutelage of his now infamous father from 1996 to 1999.

Sandusky has had a difficult year after watching his father, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, go through a lengthy and disturbing trial. Recently, Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys and is currently serving a prison sentence that could last as long as 60 years.

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Man Dressed as Joker Arrested for Drunk Driving in Maine

By johnclark


A man dressed as The Joker, Batman’s primary villain in the long-running film and comic series, was arrested for a DUI this weekend, according to a report from CBS News.

Sources say 64-year-old Dennis Lalime, a resident of Pittsfield, Maine, lost control of his 2002 Buick Regal and careened off the side of a residential road around 2 a.m. early Sunday morning.

The driver did not suffer any injuries during the accident, which is somewhat remarkable given the condition of his car. The vehicle was reportedly severely damaged after striking several trees and a large rock, according to Sgt. Timothy Roussin of the Pittsfield Police Department.

The accident took place on a rural road, and Lalime may have escaped without a drunk driving charge if not for a phone call from a nearby homeowner who heard the crash and called police.

And when police respond to the scene of a DUI accident with severe car damage, they often encounter grisly scenes. This scene, however, was unique not for the driver’s injuries, but for his attire at the time of the accident.

According to reports, the mugshot picture taken of Lalime by police shortly after the accident shows a man with white face paint, green hair dye, and black circles around his eyes. The mask is unmistakably that of The Joker, the unhinged villain who has made Batman’s life miserable for several decades.

Sources say Lalime told police that he was driving home from a Halloween party, which certainly gives a plausible explanation for his unique driving attire.

Of course, the fictional Joker is renowned for his ability to escape the scenes of crimes without being captured by police, so Lalime’s costume seems not to have granted him any additional skills.

As a result, Lalime will soon stand trial for his crime, which sources indicate will be one of more than 1,000 DUI-related crashes in the state of Maine this year. Sources note, however, that drunk driving accidents in Maine have declined by roughly 40 percent in the last seven years.

This is likely a result of heightened enforcement efforts, as more than 7,000 people were arrested in the small state last year alone. These figures mirror those in other states, as several legislatures have recently raised the penalties for DUIs and added new laws that give police more freedom to arrest suspected drunk drivers.

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High School Student Suspended for Giving Drunk Friend a Ride Home

By johnclark


A high school volleyball player was suspended for five games this week after allegedly helping a drunk friend find her way home, according to a report from USA Today.

The school’s decision seems to fly in the face of the theory that people who help others avoid drinking and driving should be rewarded, not punished.

According to reports, Erin Cox, a senior at North Andover High School in Massachusetts, received a phone call two weeks ago from a friend who had been at a party and feared she was too drunk to drive.

This, of course, was a sound decision on the part of the friend, as even a first DUI offense can result in a suspended driver’s license, a heavy fine, and a possible jail sentence.

During the call, Cox agreed to pick up her friend, because she did not want her to attempt to drive drunk, or climb into another vehicle with a drunk driver from the party.

To Cox’s chagrin, however, when she arrived at the party, local police had already arrived on the scene, and were in the process of arresting several of her classmates for possessing alcohol under the age of 21.

When police approached Cox, she explained her story, and they did not arrest her for drinking, nor did they charge her with possessing alcohol underage. School officials, however, made a different decision.

According to reports, the school stripped Cox of her position as team captain, and suspended her for five games for being present at the ill-fated party.

In response to the school’s controversial decision, media outlets across the country have debated the merits of suspending a girl who was simply trying to help a friend avoid drinking and driving.

Sources say the girl’s parents have expressed their unconditional support. “She did what she thought was right, and I’m very proud of her,” said the driver’s mother, Eleanor Cox.

The suspended athlete’s family has reportedly hired an attorney, and they tried to file a lawsuit against the school last week, but the local judge dismissed the case because the court did not have jurisdiction over the matter.

When sources tried to reach the school superintendent and principal for comment, they refused to respond to telephone messages.

Interestingly, the Massachusetts chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, a powerful advocacy group, say that Cox’s friend should have called an adult instead of her high school friend. The organization did, however, note that the driver had “good intentions.”

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NBA Suspends New Jersey Nets Coach Jason Kidd for DUI Arrest

By johnclark


The National Basketball Association has suspended New Jersey Nets head coach Jason Kidd for two games, according to a report from the Associated Press. The suspension stems from Kidd’s drunk driving arrest this spring.

According to sources, Kidd crashed into a utility pole on Long Island on July 15, 2012, shortly after being named the head coach of the Nets less than a year after retiring from basketball.

After he struck the pole, police suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol, and a series of blood alcohol tests showed that Kidd was indeed driving while intoxicated. The accident also prompted Kidd to be treated at a hospital for minor injuries, sources say.

When his case was up for trial, Kidd pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drunk driving charge. He filed his guilty plea after finishing his court-mandated community service. The service helped him reduce his crime to driving while ability impaired, which is a lesser offense in New York.

In response to Kidd’s guilty plea, the NBA suspended him for the first two games of the season, which include a road game at Cleveland and a home game against the Miami Heat, widely regarded as the best team in the league. Kidd is eligible to return to the team for its game at Orlando on November 3.

And the team does not plan to challenge the suspension. According to Nets general manager Billy King, the decision was “consistent with what the league has done in the past.” King also said the team was looking forward “to Jason leading our team versus Orlando and the rest of the year.”

After a recent team practice at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, Kidd acknowledged that he and everyone else knew the suspension “was going to come at some point,” according to reports.

“You have to be responsible and the league came down with the suspension, and I accept that. If a player’s out, guys have got to step up. … My coaching staff is more than capable of stepping up,” said Kidd while talking to reporters.

Sources say Kidd has yet to pick an assistant to fill his void during the two games, but his top assistant is Lawrence Frank, and he is expected to take the reins, as he has had several lengthy stints as a head coach in the NBA.

In the meantime, Kidd will continue to serve his punishment for his crime. But thanks to a $500 fine, a 90-day license suspension, and several lectures to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunk driving, Kidd has paid his debt to the criminal court system.

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Mother Arrested for Drunk Driving While in School Pickup Line

By johnclark


In the latest episode proving some people aren’t fit to raise kids, a Florida woman was arrested last week for driving through a school pickup line while under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from the Orlando Sentinel.

Sources say police officers arrested Lisset Llauro, 39, after she was allegedly driving under the influence and nearly struck another car while picking up her children from Miramar Elementary School in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

According to the local police report, an officer pulled Llauro at 2:40 on a Monday afternoon after she was seen running over plastic lane markers in the school pickup line while driving her 2010 Mercedes-Benz.

When Llauro started speaking to the officer, she reportedly seemed “slightly disoriented” and her speech was slurred. She also told the responding officer that she “didn’t know” why she had driven over the lane markers, although this would seem to be a hard question for anyone to answer.

When pressed if she had been drinking and driving, the mother of three children, ages 14, 12, and 6, claimed that she had not had any drinks and was not under the influence of any drugs.

Despite this claim, though, Llauro reportedly had to hold onto her car door to keep from losing her balance when she stepped out of her car, according to the police report.

While curious onlookers in the school pickup line watched the bizarre scene, the police officer had Llauro conduct a field sobriety test. According to his report, the mother was unsteady on her feet, couldn’t touch the tip of her nose, and was unable to stand on one leg.

In addition, the officer reported smelling the “odor of an alcoholic beverage” while she sat in the back of the police car following her arrest for drunk driving. Llauro later refused to submit to a blood or urine sample, according to court documents.

Interestingly, during her first court appearance, the presiding judge ordered that she be allowed to leave jail with posting bond, but he also noted that it “looks like you’re picking up your kids while you’re impaired by something and that’s very concerning,’ sources say.

The judge also told Llauro that he would have the Florida Department of Children & Families check on the status of her three children, and that she be subjected to random alcohol and drug testing while she awaited trial on her DUI charges.

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