Race Car Driver Arrested for DUI Manslaughter in Miami

By Mike

A Brazilian race car driver was recently arrested for a DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide after allegedly causing an accident that killed a pedestrian in Miami Beach last week, according to a report from NBC Miami.

The South American race car driver, 20-year-old Joao Paulo Escudero Mauro, made his first appearance this Friday in Miami-Dade courtroom, where the judge set his bond at a lofty sum of $250,000.

Despite this high price tag, though, Mauro soon posted bond later that afternoon, but the court will follow his movements with an ankle monitor and the Brazilian driver had to surrender his passport.

According to a report from Miami Beach police, Mauro was driving his Mercedes-Benz SUV on Collins Avenue at a speedy clip of 60 miles per hour in a 30 miles per hour zone. While he was speeding north on Collins, Mauro allegedly swerved to the left and drove onto a nearby sidewalk.

At the same time, which was roughly 1:30 a.m. last Thursday night, 45-year-old Russell Knudson was trying to squeeze his bicycle into a rear door of his Toyota SUV when he was hit and killed by the speeding Mercedes, according to police.

After the accident, Mauro allegedly drove the Mercedes further along the sidewalk until he eventually stopped several yards later.

When police made first contact with Mauro, he reportedly had bloodshot eyes and a flushed face, and his breath apparently smelled like alcohol. Mauro admitted to police that he had been drinking earlier, and he claimed that he swerved his car to avoid another vehicle that had stopped in traffic in front of him.

While the presence of another car in the road could support Mauro’s claim that he is not guilty, Mauro’s felony DUI charge could be enhanced by the possible presence of drugs, as well as his admitted alcohol use.

When police arrested him, they noted that Mauro’s left nostril contained a “white powdery substance” and the arresting officers found a small bag of a substance that looked a lot like cocaine. The bag was found close to the area where Mauro was standing.

So, in addition to the charges of DUI manslaughter and vehicular homicide, the Brazilian national will also have to defend himself against a charge of cocaine possession.

Police also noted that Mauro had “a white powdery substance in his left nostril,” and that they found a small baggie of what appeared to be cocaine near where he was standing. He was later charged with cocaine possession in addition to the DUI and vehicular homicide charges.

Mauro, however, remains undaunted, and his attorney said that he and the defendant “believe that the evidence will show that Mr. Mauro was not driving under the influence or involved in vehicular homicide.”

In addition to this claim of innocence, Mauro’s attorney also acknowledged that the defendant felt “very badly for the Knudson family.”

Mauro has competed for a few years in Brazilian stock car racing and recently made his American appearance last June at the Road America 200 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge in Wisconsin.



Celebrity DUI Arrests of Last 5 Years

By Topher

From 2006-2010 Hollywood’s brightest stars also found themselves shining under the lights of the police. This interactive timeline looks at the actors, actresses, musicians and celebrities who were arrested for drunk driving.

What kind of charges were these stars facing? It depends whether the DUI is a misdemeanor or felony. It may also depend on the laws in the state where they were arrested. For example, stars if “Lost” arrested on location in Hawaii may face different charges than Paris Hilton arrested in California.

Other celebrities facing DUI charges include Mel Gibson, Mike Tyson, Keifer Sutherland and Shia LaBeouf.


Shining Some Light on Celebrity DUIs: 2006-2010

Timeline of DUI Mugshots

  • Michelle Rodriguez (The Fast and the Furious): Dec. 1, 2005. 2nd DUI. 5 days in jail. $500 in fines.
  • Haley Joel Osment (The Sixth Sense): Jul. 20, 2006. 0.16 B.A.C. 3 years probation. $1,500 in fines. Other drugs involved.
  • Mel Gibson (Passion of the Christ): Jul. 28, 2006. 0.12 B.A.C. 3 years probation. $1,300 in fines. Expunged in ’09.
  • Paris Hilton (Reality TV): Sep. 6, 2006. 0.08 B.A.C. 3 years probation. $1,500 in fines.
  • Nicole Richie (Reality TV): Dec. 11, 2006. 96 hours in jail.
  • Mike Tyson (Boxer): Dec. 29, 2006. 24 hours in jail. 3 years probation.
  • Khloe Kardashian (Reality TV): Mar. 4, 2007. 30 days in jail.
  • Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls): May 31 and Jul. 24, 2007. 96 hours in jail. 180 days electronic monitoring. Other drugs involved.
  • Nick Bollea (son on Hulk Hogan): Aug. 26, 2007. 0.20 B.A.C. 8 months in jail. 5 years probation.
  • Keifer Sutherland (24): Sep. 25, 2007. 4th DUI. 48 days in jail. 5 years probation.
  • Daniel Dae Kim (Lost): Oct. 25, 2007. 0.168 B.A.C. $712 in fines.
  • Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots): Nov. 21, 2007. 192 hours in jail. $2,000 in fines.
  • Mischa Barton (The O.C.): Dec. 27, 2007. 0.12 B.A.C. 3 years probation.
  • Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi): Mar. 25, 2008. 3 years probation.
  • Carmelo Anthony (NBA player): Apr. 14, 2008. 0.148 B.A.C. $1,049 in fines.
  • Craig Robinson (Pineapple Express): Jun. 29, 2008. 2nd DUI. 3 years probation.
  • Shia LaBeouf (Transformers): Jul. 27, 2008. 1 year suspended license.
  • Heather Locklear (Spin City): Sep. 28, 2008. 3 years probation. $700 in fines.
  • Charles Barkley (Former NBA player): Dec. 31, 2008. 0.149 B.A.C. 10 days in jail.
  • Stephanie Pratt (Reality TV): Oct. 18, 2009. 0.09 B.A.C. 3 years probation.
  • Chris Klein (American Pie): Jun 16, 2010. 2nd DUI. 0.20 B.A.C. $1,800 in fines.

Back to Total DUI.



Minnesota NBA Star Apologizes for DUI Arrest

By Topher

Another athlete is making a public apology after being arrested for DUI.

The Minnesota Timberwolves NBA team have suspended their star center Al Jefferson for two games without pay after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated recently, according to the Associated Press.

Jefferson apologized to his team and to fans after the DWI arrest. He also said that he accepts the punishment that the Timberwolves handed down. In his apology, Jefferson said:

“I want to apologize to the entire Timberwolves organization, owner Glen Taylor, my teammates, coaches and Wolves fans everywhere for my actions last night. I made a very poor decision and I am truly sorry for that. As a leader on this team, I know that more is expected of me, and I am disappointed in myself.”

Jefferson was stopped on Interstate 394 in Minneapolis, near downtown, early on a recent Sunday morning.

According to police, he was speeding and changing lanes without a signal. Jefferson took a field sobriety test, then agreed to be transferred to a nearby hospital for a blood test to determine his blood-alcohol content. His car was towed, and police described him as very cooperative with their efforts.

The results of the blood tests had not come in yet, and are expected in the next several weeks.

Jefferson’s arrest came after a loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Jefferson had scored 19 points in the game, which took place at the Target Center.

“On behalf of the Timberwolves organization, we are disappointed that Al used poor judgment last night,” said Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn. “Thankfully, nobody was injured or hurt.”

Kahn also said that Jefferson felt terrible about the incident, and that he understood how serious an issue it was for himself and for the team.

“He feels terrible,” said Kahn, “and I believe him when he says he will learn from his mistake.” Kahn reiterated also that the suspension was appropriate.

Jefferson is 25-years-old, and has played in the NBA since 2004, where he started out with the Boston Celtics. He was traded to Minnesota in the blockbuster deal that sent star Kevin Garnett to Boston.