Jun

27

Las Vegas Stripper Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Causing Fatal DUI

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A Las Vegas stripper will face trial this winter after being accused of killing a young father while driving under the influence of alcohol and marijuana in March, according to a report from the Las Vegas Sun.

Sources say 26-year-old Shauna Diane Miller pleaded not guilty to several counts of felony DUI during her arraignment this week in Clark County District Court. The judge set a trial date for December 9, sources note.


The tragic accident occurred on March 23 when Miller was driving home from her shift as an exotic dancer at the Spearmint Rhino, a strip club in the Las Vegas area.

At roughly 7 a.m., Miller’s Hummer H2 slammed into a Ford Escort driven by 33-year-old James Joseph White, who was less than two blocks from his house when the collision happened, according to the police report.

The collision killed White, but mercifully spared White’s 2-year-old son, who was in the backseat at the time of the accident. The child, however, suffered a skull fracture and several serious bruises as a result of the collision.

Because of the tragic nature of the accident, Miller and her local DUI attorney may have a difficult time proving her innocence to the Clark County court.

According to the police report, Miller claimed that her traffic light went from green to yellow as she was driving down Spring Mountain road. When she saw White’s car turn right on to her road, she failed to brake in time, and struck the Ford Escort at a high speed.

But some witnesses dispute Miller’s claim that her light was yellow at the time of the accident. In addition, prosecutors claim that her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, even though she told police she’d only had two beers at work.

The alcohol, however, isn’t Miller’s only problem. Sources note that prosecutors also claim the amount of marijuana in her system was more than five times the legal limit.

It’s important to note that alcohol, marijuana, and a wide range of prescription narcotics are all potential causes of a DUI arrest, depending on the nature of state drunk driving laws.

Sources note, though, that Miller has already started to mount a defense. During a preliminary hearing, Miller’s DUI attorney asked why police failed to check White’s past driving record after the accident.

It appears that Miller and her attorney will argue that White’s poor driving was the cause of the accident.

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Jun

21

Mother Denies Charge That She Killed Son in Drunk Driving Crash

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A California mother has been accused of causing a fatal accident while driving under the influence of alcohol, but she claims the death of her son was the result of poor driving by someone else, according to a report from CBS News.


According to sources, Tyesha Garrett was arrested for a DUI this week after she allegedly crashed her car at around 4 a.m. while entering Interstate 80 in the Sacramento area.

While trying to enter the freeway, Garrett reportedly lost control of her SUV, causing the car to flip, and forcing her 11-year-old son Eric out of the car.

The impact of the crash killed Garrett’s young son, who was reportedly riding with his mother while she delivered copies of The Sacramento Bee to retail outlets in the city, sources say.

Fortunately, the other two children who accompanied Eric and his mother on her paper route survived the accident without injuries. But the surviving children, ages 10 and 3, will have to grow up with the presence of their older brother.

While some questioned why the children were in the car with Garrett at such an odd hour, the driver’s brother, Derek Garrett defended his sister by saying the children “like to stay up and just go for a drive with mom” during the summer months when school isn’t in session.

Derek also claimed his sister plans to argue that she wasn’t at fault in the fatal crash, for which she will likely face multiple felony DUI charges.

“From what I was told, is she was cut off by a driver and she tried to slam on her brakes to get out the way, and then the whole car just tipped over,” said the defendant’s brother.

He also said the DUI allegations were odd, given Tyesha Garrett’s reputation. “It’s not normal. She never drinks and drives; she never puts her family in harm’s way,” said the brother. “I’m very angry. I’m very frustrated and hurt by the situation.”

But despite these claims, Tyesha Garrett will have to prove in court that she wasn’t at fault when her car fatally flipped on the side of the highway. She refused to speak to local sources, but is expected to make her first court appearance early next week.

In the meantime, she and her family will mourn the loss of 11-year-old Eric, a child who “loved to go outside and just play” and who was “just a happy kid,” according to his uncle.

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Jun

13

Arizona Man Without Alcohol in his System Arrested for Drunk Driving

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A 64-year-old retired firefighter was arrested and charged with drunk driving this week in Surprise, Arizona, despite the fact that he had a blood alcohol content of 0.00 percent, according to a report from the Huffington Post.


Sources say the driver, Jessie Thornton, claims he was merely being punished for “driving while black,” and he told sources that he plans to file a lawsuit against the Surprise Police Department.

Indeed, this prediction proved true, as Thornton later filed a notice of claim that he would soon sue the police department for violating his civil rights and causing emotional distress. The retiree plans to sue for $500,000, according to sources.

The lawsuit stems from an incident a few months ago when Thornton was charged with a DUI by Surprise police, even though both breathalyzer and blood tests revealed that he did not have a drop of alcohol in his system.

Sources say police pulled Thornton over after the driver crossed a white lane marker, and the responding officer, citing the driver’s bloodshot eyes, insisted he was drunk.

Thornton, however, told the officer that his eyes were simply irritated because he was traveling home from a local health club, where he had exercised in an indoor pool.

He also told officers that his poor performance on a sobriety test was due to chronic knee and hip problems that prevented him from walking smoothly, sources say.

After the police took Thornton to the station, he registered a sterling blood alcohol content of 0.00 percent, and toxicology experts concluded that he showed “no signs of impairment,” according to reports.

During this time, Thornton’s car was impounded, and his license was suspended. In addition, the state told him that he had to attend a DUI class.

After months of prolonged court negotiations, Thornton was finally able to have the charges dropped, but not before his reputation was irreparably damaged, according to the driver.

And this isn’t Thornton’s first trouble with local police. According to Thornton, he has been pulled over by Surprise police on 10 separate occasions and received four tickets for bogus traffic violations.

In the notice of his forthcoming lawsuit, Thornton claims that he has been a victim of racial profiling, and has consistently been abused by local police for four years.

In response to Thornton’s allegations, the Surprise police department refused to talk to sources, but attorneys for the local police will likely have their hands full if Thornton’s unsettling allegations prove to be true.

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Jun

6

Former Iditarod Dog Sledding Champion Arrested for DUI in Alaska

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Lance Mackey, a four-time Iditarod champion and dog sledding legend, was arrested this week and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from KTVA News in Alaska.


Sources say Mackey, who is accustomed to driving vehicles under extreme circumstances, went too far this week when he allegedly drove while intoxicated, although, like every DUI defendant, the Yukon Quest champion is presumed innocent until he is proven guilty.

According to reports, police stopped Mackey early Sunday morning after his 2008 Dodge Charger was seen speeding and rapidly accelerating down a road in Fairbanks.

In 2008, Mackey reportedly traded a Dodge pickup he won after winning the 2008 Iditarod for the Charger, which was adorned with a personalized license plate reading REPEAT, in honor of Mackey’s consecutive Iditarod victories.

When the responding officer pulled Mackey over, he noticed a strong odor of alcohol and also claimed that Mackey had slurred speech, watery eyes, and was unable to stand still, according to the police report.

The officer also noted that he had seen the 43-year-old Iditarod champion in a Fairbanks bar earlier that evening, and said Mackey appeared drunk at that time, as well.

According to sources, Mackey also failed a field sobriety test and registered a blood alcohol level of 0.147 percent after taking a portable breathalyzer test.

When he arrived at the police station, however, Mackey refused to take an official breath test. As a result, he has also been charged with refusing to take a breath test, sources report.

Local sources say that Mackey gained legendary status after surviving cancer and then winning the Iditarod four years in a row.

In 2007, Mackey became the first dog sled racer to win the Yukon Quest, the sport’s other major event, and the Iditarod in the same year.

Mackey is also known for a style some describe as “brash.” Before the 2009 Iditarod, Mackey bragged about getting three speeding tickets since trading for the Dodge Charger, and told reporters that he liked “going fast, not just on dogs.”

Today, however, Mackey would be best advised to slow down. Sources say he was arraigned this weekend in Fairbanks Superior Court, but was released from jail after posting a $3,000 bail.

Sources report that an initial hearing has been set for July 24, although it could be several months before Mackey decides whether to agree to a plea bargain or take his chances in a court of law.

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May

31

New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Joe Morgan Arrested for DUI

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Joe Morgan, a veteran wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints, was arrested in Jefferson Parish this weekend for driving under the influence, according to a report from NBC Sports.

Sources say the 25-year-old NFL player was charged with a DWI and driving without a license, according to local police reports.

The incident occurred in the wee hours of Saturday morning, when a witness called police to report a stalled car on a local expressway.


When the responding officer arrived at the scene of the disabled car, which was resting on the shoulder of the highway, he found Morgan behind the wheel, and the football player was allegedly asleep.

The officer gave Morgan a rude awakening, and asked him to step out of the car. When Morgan stumbled out of his vehicle, he reportedly appeared drunk, as he had difficulty staying upright and had bloodshot eyes.

When Morgan took the field sobriety test, he didn’t offer the officer any proof that he was sober, so the police official arrested the wide receiver and transported him to the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center, according to sources.

The officer’s instincts proved correct, as Morgan reportedly blew a .218 during his breathalyzer test. This blood alcohol level is more than twice the legal limit in Louisiana, sources say.

To make matters worse, Morgan does not have a valid driver’s license, which will only heighten his legal troubles, and could lead to a larger fine or a longer jail sentence, depending on the unique circumstances of Morgan’s arrest.

And while Morgan has a long road ahead as he attempts to clear his name, he was able to leave jail later that day after posting a $1,150 bond, according to reports.

Morgan’s arrest comes after a relatively quiet spell for the NFL, which has had numerous players arrested for drunk driving over the last 12 months. League officials have grown concerned that the spate of arrests could diminish the league’s popularity.

But professional football remains the most popular sport in the United States, and fans seem willing to look past such incidents.

Sources say Morgan is expected to be his team’s third-best receiver this year, and is coming off a successful season in which he scored three touchdowns.

The young receiver took an uncommon route to NFL success, as he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Saints in 2011. When contacted by reporters, both Morgan and a team spokesman declined to comment on his recent arrest.

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May

23

Daughter of Barbara Walters Involved in Violent Drunk Driving Arrest

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Just days after her famous mother retired from broadcasting, the daughter of Barbara Walters was arrested for a DUI after an altercation with police, according to a report from the Huffington Post.

Sources say 44-year-old Jacqueline Walters Danforth had to be tackled by police so she wouldn’t run into traffic, and she could be facing extensive criminal penalties for her actions.


Sources say Danforth was driving a Honda Pilot around 1:00 in the morning in Naples, Florida, when police pulled her over after receiving calls about a car without its lights on stopped in the middle of the highway.

When police arrived at the car, they claim that Danforth and a male passenger, who is presumed to be her boyfriend, were “extremely intoxicated.”

Indeed, according to sources, Danforth submitted to a breathalyzer test that revealed a blood alcohol content of .218, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08.

Events took a turn for the worse when the police officers attempted to place handcuffs on Danforth’s companion. When they made a move towards his hands, Danforth allegedly began shouting and tried to grab one of the responding officers.

After yelling at the police and making attempts to grab them, Danforth apparently looked as if she was about to run into traffic, so police tackled her to avoid further incident.

In the police report, the arresting officer said he “was afraid that the suspect may run into traffic on the highway, so she was taken to the ground due to her unpredictable behavior, then secured in handcuffs.”

Sources say she was eventually subdued and taken to a police station for booking. She was released a few hours later on a $1,000 bond, according to sources.

According to reports, Danforth has kept a clean criminal record as an adult, but famously had a troubled childhood, which involved drug abuse and a successful attempt to run away from home.

Sources also note that Danforth had a series of television specials with her mother in which she candidly discussed her wild teenager years. Walters also discussed her daughters’ troubles extensively in her biography, as well as several other interviews.

When Danforth was struggling with drug abuse, Walters sent her to a rehabilitation program, which helped Danforth recover from her early woes.

Thanks to the experience with her daughter, Walters started her own program for girls with substance abuse issues, but that facility eventually closed.

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May

22

Have a Fun and Safe Celebratory Weekend

By Mary Ann

Guest blog post written by MrCheckpoint

For a fun and safe and celebratory weekend, MrCheckpoint recommends the following tips:

  • Map out a safe route home before the festivities begin
  • If you plan on drinking, find a sober driver and leave your car keys home
  • Taxis, call a friend or family member or use the buses and/or trains
  • Use 911 services if you recognize a potential drunk driver on the roadway
  • Offer help to a drunk person in an effort to get the person home safely and take his/her keys away for their own safety
  • Sign up at MrCheckpoint for free DUI Checkpoint text alerts

Sobriety Checkpoints have been discovered to be very beneficial in reducing the number of alcohol related deaths and injuries on the streets.


Therefore, checkpoints are not set up to harass drivers, but are in place as a safety measure. In addition to this, research supports the 20% decrease in alcohol related crashes.

There will be momentary stops for all drivers passing through the police checkpoints. Motorists can expect to have their licenses and insurance information checked and measures taken to determine their level of alcohol and/or drug impairment.

There are penalties involved for driving while impaired, which include things from fees, fines, DUI classes, license suspension as well as jail time.

Not having a sober, designated driver has caused fatal consequences for impaired drivers. In fact nearly 10,000 people were killed in 2011 as a result of there being at least one driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.

Again, there is documented evidence that shows checkpoints to be very useful and effective tools for any DUI enforcement strategies. What makes them most effective is when they are well publicized.

Get real time DUI Checkpoint text alerts free when you text the word NODUI to the number 51515.

A very effective safety measure, checkpoints are an essential part of keeping motorists, pedestrians, and the general public safe. Without checkpoints, we risk more people dying and being injured. Instead of causing apprehension, DUI checkpoints should engender security with the people of any community.

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May

16

Chicago Limousine Driver Arrested for Drunk Driving on Prom Night

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A Chicago limo driver was arrested for a DUI this week while driving 23 high school students to their prom, according to a report this week from the Chicago Sun-Times.

The driver, 54-year-old Richard Madison raised his passengers’ suspicions from the beginning of the trip, according to several teenagers who were in the car at the time of the arrest.

According to Kelly Dano, one of the passengers, Madison appeared “sketch” at the start of the trip, which included a jump over a median, near collisions with at least three cars, and a trip to the wrong hotel.

During the harrowing trip, several of the students called their parents to complain about Madison’s driving, and a few upset parents promptly notified police, who confronted Madison once he arrived at the proper hotel.

When they approached Madison, deputies from the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office performed a field sobriety test on Madison, who eventually submitted to a blood alcohol test that revealed a BAC well above the legal limit, according to sources.

So, while the teenagers filed into the hotel to safely celebrate their prom, Madison was arrested for reckless conduct and driving under the influence of alcohol.

Madison, however, maintains that he is innocent. He told sources shortly after the incident that the limo had several mechanical problems that led to the erratic driving.

The driver also told sources that, if he was guilty, he would still be in jail, and not “at home right now.” Of course, Madison was only at home because he had posted bail, which judges often allow for criminal defendants who do not appear to be a serious flight risk.

Nevertheless, Madison will have his day in court, and may be able to mount a successful criminal defense, depending on the circumstances of his arrest.

Still, the limo driver already appears to have been convicted in the court of public opinion, as several parents told local news sources that they couldn’t believe the limo company had allowed Madison to drive the teenagers to the prom.

According to Lori Dano, the mother of Kelly Dano, she and other parents pay for limo services so that their children are safe and the parents “don’t have to worry about them driving an hour away by themselves.”

By providing an allegedly drunk driver, the limo company defeated the purpose of this common plan, and may have opened itself up to a potential lawsuit, if the parents of the teenagers are so inclined.

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May

16

Will a BAC Limit of .05 Really Make a Big Difference?

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has made their recommendation. Now the states can decide if they want to adjust the BAC threshold from .08 to .05 and the federal government can decide if they want to provide incentives to push states in one direction or another.

Considering it took 24 years to get all 50 states to change the BAC limit from .15 to .08 (1980-2004), we may be talking about this for quite some time.

The real question is: If this new threshold goes into effect, what will the impact be?

The NHTSA is looking at how many lives will be saved but is this .05 to .08 BAC group of people the people to be most concerned about?

In an August 2012 report, the NHTSA reported that of all alcohol impaired driving fatalities, 70% involved a driver with a BAC of .15 or more.

In fact, in 2010, the most common BAC on record in fatal crashes involving drinking drivers was .18.

Given that many DUI fatalities result from crashes where a driver had a BAC higher than .08, how likely is it that further lowering the BAC limit will have a strong impact on these drivers who are involved in the majority of alcohol impaired driving fatalities?

While lowering the BAC level further may help to prevent additional fatalities, perhaps more focus needs to be directed to increasing focus and penalities on the higher BAC groups.

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May

14

How Will States Respond to a Recommended Lowered BAC Limit?

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The National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) Safety Report entitled “Reaching Zero: Actions to Eliminate Alcohol-Impaired Driving” was adopted today.

The report contains several recommendations from the NTSB but the most prominent is the recommendation of a lower Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limit, in hopes of cutting down on alcohol related crashes.

The NTSB is recommending that states lower their BAC limits, which currently sit at 0.08, to 0.05 or lower.

The NTSB itself can only make recommendations, not regulations, and the BAC regulations themselves are set at the state level; therefore, they have recommended that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have the authority to provide incentive grants for states implementing this recommendation.

The current 0.08 BAC threshold is nationwide and has been for over a decade, but it was not easy getting there.

In the early 1980′s many states had a BAC threshold of 0.15 and it took 24 years to get all 50 states down to the 0.08 limit. The statistics show the difference:

Alcohol Related Highway Fatalities

Year Fatalities
1980 20,000
2011 9,878

Statistics show that the 0.05 BAC limit has the potential to save 500-800 lives per year.

Although that may be the most drastic of the NTSB’s recommendations in this Safety Report, it is not the only one.

A recommendation that many states have already implemented is the confiscation of the driver’s license at the time of arrest for people who exceed a certain BAC or refuse BAC testing.

The NTSB would also like to see ignition interlock devices being required for all first-time offenders. These devices prompt the driver to blow into them, checking their BAC, before they are able to start their car.

During accident scene responses, sobriety checkpoints and traffic stops, just to name a few, the NTSB recommends the use of passive alcohol sensors that would essentially “sniff” the presence of alcohol at the scene.

Although technology like this could not be used to arrest someone, it would assist in prompting additional field sobriety and BAC testing.

The overall goal of the National Transportation Safety Board is to bring our country’s substance-impaired driving statistics down as close to zero as possible.

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May

8

Catholic Bishop Pleads Not Guilty on Charges of Drunk Driving

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This week, Bishop Robert McManus, the 61-year-old leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, pleaded not guilty to a charge of drunk driving, according to a report from Fox News.

Sources say McManus was arrested for a DUI in Narragansett, Rhode Island, after reportedly crashing into another car and fleeing from the scene, according to a police report.

The driver of the car that McManus allegedly struck reportedly called police after the accident. Sources also note that McManus has a vacation home near the scene of the accident.

After his arrest, McManus was briefly detained by police, but sources say the bishop pleaded not guilty during his arraignment and has been released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

During the arraignment, where he formally received his charges, the bishop wore his white clerical collar and sat in silence, allowing his local DUI attorney to enter the plea for him, sources say.

His attorney told reporters outside the courtroom that the bishop has been instructed to refrain from commenting on the matter.

The attorney, however, did cite a statement issued by McManus on Monday that admitted to a “terrible error in judgment” stemming from the bishop’s decision to drive after drinking a few glasses of wine earlier that evening.

In his statement, McManus said there was “no excuse for the mistake I made,” and he promised to “make amends and accept the consequences of my action.”

McManus also made a sincere plea for forgiveness from his church community, as well as his friends and family, according to sources.

Despite this apparent confession, though, McManus pleaded not guilty in court, which means his DUI attorney may believe the bishop could escape the charges of drunk driving and fleeing the scene of an accident.

Sources say McManus refused to take a blood alcohol test at the scene of the crime, which could lead to further civil penalties, but also complicates the prosecutor’s attempt to convict him.

The bishop is a native of Providence, Rhode Island, and reportedly worked as an auxiliary bishop in Rhode Island’s largest city for five years.

In 2004, McManus was appointed to lead the Worcester Diocese in Massachusetts. Sources say he has also served as the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Education.

The bishop’s next court appearance will happen on May 28, when he will begin to fight against the drunk driving charges the state has leveled against him.

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May

2

Former NBA Star Kenny Anderson Loses Coaching Job After DUI Arrest

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Former NBA point guard Kenny Anderson was arrested for a DUI this week in south Florida, and has lost his job as a result of the arrest, according to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

According to sources, Anderson, 42, was pulled over by police in Pembroke Pines, Florida, last Saturday night after failing to signal before changing lanes.

After failing a field sobriety test, Anderson was asked to submit to a breathalyzer test, which revealed that his blood alcohol level was 0.194, which is well above Florida’s legal limit of 0.08.

As a result of his arrest, three days later, Anderson was reportedly fired from his job at David Posnack Jewish Day School, where he coached the basketball team.

Sources note that the school’s decision to fire Anderson after his drunk driving arrest wasn’t necessarily based on that one fateful decision.

According to reports, Anderson was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident in December 2011, when he reportedly drove his Cadillac Escalade into two trees on a road in Broward County, Florida.

To add suspicion to the accident, Anderson originally told responding officers that a flat tire caused him to lose control of his car, but investigators noted that none of the car’s tires were flat when they surveyed the scene after the crash.

No one was injured in the accident, and Anderson was charged with a misdemeanor driving offense, according to police reports.

So while Anderson was able to keep his job at the small, private high school following his first driving incident, he was not able to convince school officials to keep his post after the DUI arrest.

Of course, the school may have also grown tired of Anderson’s lack of success on the court. According to sources, his team finished 1-13 last season, and the team has reportedly failed to improve since he took the helm in August 2013.

The firing is a professional setback for Anderson, who played for nine NBA teams between 1991 and 2005 and has said he’d like to eventually coach college basketball.

Anderson was inducted into the New York City Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, and finished his college education in 2010, receiving a degree in organization leadership from St. Thomas University in Miami, according to sources.

Anderson has previous experience coaching in the Continental Basketball Association, which may be the next place he turns as he looks to reform his reputation following his DUI arrest.

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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.

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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.

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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
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