In an incident that may support some (probably unfair) stereotypes about Montana, a tow truck driver allegedly responded to an accident caused by a drunk driver while under the influence of alcohol himself.
Police in Butte, Montana reportedly arrested 58-year-old tow truck driver David Banks after he allegedly responded to the scene of a DUI accident while under the influence of alcohol, according to a report from the Montana Standard.
The police already had a bit of practice arresting drunk drivers that night, as they had already arrested 44-year-old Penny Mormon for allegedly crashing her car while drunk into four other vehicles on Gaylord Street in Butte. This accident took place around 1 a.m. last Friday.
While Mormon may face serious felony charges for causing the accident while driving drunk, Banks may be on the hook for a lesser crime, aggravated driving under the influence, which is only a misdemeanor under Montana DUI laws.
The bizarre events started late Friday night when Mormon was driving her 2011 Ford Ranger erratically and struck three parked cars. After she rammed into the parked cars, Mormon reportedly kept driving down the street.
However, her vehicle became heavily damaged after she struck another car further down the street, and her car eventually came to a stop. According to the police report, her car was in such bad shape that the front tire on the driver’s side of her car was dislodged from the truck.
When police arrested her, they discovered that her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and Mormon was swiftly escorted to jail.
The police likely assumed that the arrest of Mormon put a quiet end to the bizarre incident, but they were surprised to discover that the tow truck driver who responded to the scene had also had too much to drink that night.
According to police, Banks arrived at the scene in his tow truck and was able to remove Mormon’s disabled truck from the street. However, when he tried to sweep up debris from the street, a neighbor suspected that he was drunk and called 911.
When the officers arrived on the scene, they discovered that Banks was indeed drunk, and arrested him on the scene.
Butte police officers did not identify which wrecker company Banks worked for. According to sources, police use several different local towing companies to help haul disabled vehicles after traffic accidents.
A South Carolina man as found himself in legal hot water after striking a highway patrol officer’s car while driving drunk, according to a report from the Spartanburg Herald-Journal.
Sources indicate that the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office has charged 44-year-old William Patrick Pitre of driving under the influence of alcohol and causing damage to a police vehicle.
According to the police report, the wreck occurred early last Friday morning on a rural road near Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The trooper whose car was struck was reportedly driving about 35 miles per hour down Cannons Campground Road when Pitre drove his vehicle into the back of the trooper’s car, according to the incident report.
The collision was powerful enough to push the trooper’s vehicle off the shoulder of the road, and the trooper was later taken to the hospital for evaluation, though sources do not indicate whether he was serious injured.
After the DUI accident, Pitre was also treated for injuries at the hospital. He was later jailed and released from the Spartanburg County Detention Facility after posting a $997 bond, as indicated by online jail records.
Pitre will face a challenging legal task as he attempts to prove his innocence. According to a deputy who responded to the scene after the accident, Pitre’s car had a strong odor of “intoxicating beverage,” a sensation that was also experienced by the trooper who was struck by Pitre’s vehicle.
Surprisingly, every week the news cycle seems to introduce a new character who drove drunk and then ran into a police car. And the number of incidents in which drunk motorists strike other cars, or even pedestrians, is infinitely higher.
Even though some drivers might feel they are capable of driving after having a few drinks, high levels of alcohol on one’s system leads to increased response times, slower reflexes, and poor decision-making.
Some anecdotal surveys also suggest that some drunk drivers may be visually attracted to lights, thus making them more susceptible to steer their cars into other vehicles with activated lights.
In light of these realities about the nature of drinking and driving, motorists should remember that driving while drunk can have serious consequences that far outweigh the perceived convenience of driving home after a night of drinking.
Public transportation, taxis, walking, and designated drivers are all possible alternatives to driving while intoxicated. Smart drivers should take advantage of these options, and avoid the heavy fines and possible jail sentence that DUI convictions often bring.
Following a trend that seems to have taken over the DUI news airwaves, another drunk driver rammed his car into a building last week. This time, the victim of the drunk driving was a California apartment complex.
According to a report from KTXL News in Sacramento, California, residents at a local apartment complex received an odd awakening last Saturday night when a wayward drunk driver slammed into their building around 2 a.m.
The accident occurred after a speeding car piloted by a drunk driver ran over several bushes and took out a sign advertising the apartment complex, which is very close to Sacramento City College.
After taking an ill-advised detour through the building’s front lawn, the driver ended up slamming into the kitchen of one of the building’s residents, although the resident was not injured in the accident.
Miraculously, the woman who lived in the unlucky apartment had exited her kitchen just moments before. Sources indicate that, if she had stayed in the kitchen doing her homework for a few minutes, the impact of the collision would probably have killed her.
According to the woman who was the victim of the crash, she was “extremely shocked” about the incident and remained very distraught the morning after the accident.
In her words, “[m]y kitchen is exposed, we had to barricade the door area, so that no one would break in or so no debris would come in.” Fortunately, though, her apartment has remained safe since the collision.
After the accident, the driver and the passenger of the car that mistook a kitchen for a parking lot were treated at a local hospital for relatively minor injuries.
The driver, who has yet to be named, will eventually be arrested, but authorities will wait until he is released from the hospital before they apply handcuffs and formally arrest him.
Such collisions are more common than one might think, as the weekly news wire often offers shocking tales of drunk drivers who wind up in people’s living rooms.
The proliferation of such stories shows just how dangerous drunk driving can be. When people operate cars while they are under the influence of alcohol, they are a serious risk to both themselves and to others.
Thankfully, not every DUI incident involves a serious collision. In fact, more often than not, drunk drivers are pulled over by police before they have an opportunity to do serious harm.
Nevertheless, the odds of being involved in a fatal accident increase exponentially when you get behind a wheel after having too many drinks.
A hit-and-run DUI driver is facing serious legal trouble after causing an accident while driving under the influence of alcohol with a 2-week-old-infant in his car, according to a recent report from the Napa Valley wing of Patch.com.
Sources indicate that the initial collision occurred on Saturday in the parking lot of a large shopping center in Napa, California. After the accident, the driver that caused the collision sped away from the scene.
The suspect, 23-year-old Adam Steven Gloria, a resident of Napa, was ultimately captured by police, and now faces serious charges, including felony child endangerment and drunk driving.
According to a shift activity log from the City of Napa Police Department, Gloria is currently in jail, awaiting the court’s judgment on his criminal charges, which also include failing to properly secure a child in a vehicle, and recklessly driving while fleeing from the scene of an accident.
After the collision occurred around noon, the victim called police to let them know she had been in an accident in the parking lot of the shopping center and also that the suspect had fled in his vehicle. It seems the victim was unaware that the other driver had children in his car.
Thanks to some witnesses’ identification of Gloria’s vehicle and license plate number, a sheriff’s deputy from Napa County soon located Gloria shortly after the accident.
After police discovered him, Gloria admitted to being involved in the collision, and he also admitted to fleeing the scene, which he said was precipitated by his possession of a suspended license.
Shockingly, though, Gloria had his 2-week-old infant in his car, in addition to two other passengers, when police pulled him over.
The inference sources draw from this discovery is that the baby and the other passengers were in the car at the time of the accident.
Courts have very little patience for drivers who put children at risk by driving drunk with them in the car, so Gloria could face serious jail time for his transgression.
And, in addition to the potential legal consequences of his arrest—including prison time, heavy fines, or a suspended license—Gloria may also have to face civil liability for any injuries he caused to the other driver.
If she wishes to file a civil lawsuit, she may be able to obtain damages from Gloria for damage to her car, physical injuries, or other tangible losses. In other words, Gloria’s legal nightmare may continue for the foreseeable future.
A man with a history of driving under the influence of alcohol allegedly crashed his pickup truck unto a California condominium, causing serious injuries to a homeowner who remains in critical condition, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times.
According to Lt. Tom Albergo, a police officer in Escondido, California, a 23-year-old man who is believed to be responsible for the accident is currently under police custody on suspicion of drunk driving.
The man, whose name has not yet been released, apparently has a previous DUI conviction, which adds another layer of intrigue to a potentially tragic story.
The crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. last Thursday, after the unnamed man was driving eastbound on Country Club Lane in Escondido when his car suddenly leapt over a curb, struck an electric transformer, and crashed through the back patio of the condo.
A 14-year-old girl inside the condo miraculously suffered only minor injuries when the car drove into her house, but her father, who had been outside on the patio, was pinned under the pickup truck.
The girl’s father suffered critical injuries after being struck by the struck. Firefighters had to pull out him from the wreckage with special equipment, and they later transported him to a hospital where he is being treated for a broken leg, a concussion, and serious facial wounds.
At the time of the accident, two other family members were inside the home, and they are not reporting serious injuries.
For his actions, it is highly likely that the man who caused the accident will be charged with a felony DUI—and perhaps even worse if the injured father does not survive his injuries.
A felony DUI conviction carries very serious consequences, including a long sentence in prison and serious fines. Of course, it may also include a suspended license, although this would seem to be the least of the alleged DUI driver’s current concerns.
The driver’s previous DUI convictions also complicate his defense in court. Judges typically give stronger sentences to drivers who have had other convictions for drunk driving.
While first-time offenders aren’t usually treated with kid gloves, they do often receive lighter sentences than people who have already been hauled into court on suspicion of drunk driving.
So, while the man anxiously awaits word on the condition of the father that he struck, the court will determine how to handle his charges. How soon, exactly, should a man who engaged in such an irresponsible act be allowed to reenter society?
An Idaho politician who was involved in a DUI arrest last Father’s Day claims that he cannot remember many details about his arrest, which has troubled skeptical voters and members of his own party in the Idaho Senate.
According to a recent report from the Idaho Press-Tribune, which recently interviewed Rep. John McGee about his DUI arrest, McGee’s arrest came after his erratic driving caused him to jackknife an SUV and its cargo trailer.
After McGee was arrest, police discovered that his blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit, although the politician still contends that he remembers nothing from that night. McGee said he remembers having a few “celebratory drinks” after winning a golf tournament, but that the rest of the night was a blur.
For his actions, McGee pleaded guilty to the charge of a DUI, but police later dropped their charge that he was driving the car without the owner’s consent.
After his guilty plea, McGee spent 36 hours in jail (which was a far cry from the possible 180 days he could have spent behind bars), and performed 24 hours of community service. He was also fined $1,000 and, because it was his first offense, under Idaho DUI law, the arrest may be removed from his record if he follows the terms of his probation.
Of course, while his criminal record may eventually be clear, his record in the court of public opinion may have suffered long-term damage.
This week, the senator will learn whether he will retain his position as the Republican Senate Caucus chairman, or if his party will remove him from the position for fear of a public outcry.
Too be fair, McGee certainly isn’t the first politician who has recovered his position after a DUI accident, but the Idaho public remains skeptical about his ability to serve as a senator.
Nevertheless, McGee continues to fight for his position in the senate, and pictures he showed the Idaho Press-Tribune seem to support his claim that the injuries he suffered in the accident have fogged his memory of the events that led up to the crash.
Sources indicate that these photos reveal discoloration and a wide scab on the top of his head, as well bruises and deep abrasions on his waist, left knee, and torso.
And, despite McGee’s poor decision—which he readily admits was wrong—he may offer a good example of an otherwise responsible person who made one terrible decision.
Many DUI arrests, in fact, involve responsible members of the community who don’t know their own limits. In order to avoid making a similar mistake, other drivers should remember that getting behind the wheel after a few drinks is never worth the risk to one’s reputation.
All DUI arrests are not created equal. Some are quiet, relatively mundane affairs that garner little press attention. Some drunk driving arrests, though, provide excellent fodder for the evening news.
One such DUI arrest occurred last week in California when a man suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol ran his car directly into the front of a police cruiser.
According to a report in the Riverside County Press-Enterprise, 50-year-old Deepmohinder Singh Kapur was arrested for a suspected felony DUI after he slammed his car into the front of a police vehicle.
Sources indicate that the police car belonged to a member of the Riverside County Gang Task Force. The officer in the car was transporting two men to jail when the accident occurred. Fortunately, though, no one was seriously hurt in the collision.
The absence of injuries was particularly fortunate given the nature of the wreck. Apparently, immediately before the accident, both cars were head in opposite directions on an interstate highway in the early afternoon.
The police officer saw Kapur’s Volvo sedan crossing the center dividing lane, but he did not have enough time to maneuver his vehicle out of the way. All he could do was slow down.
The accident cause severe damage to the front of both the Volvo and the police cruiser, and the impact of the collision set off the drivers’ airbags in both cars.
The police officer suffered some cuts to his arm during the collision. In addition, the detainees in the back of the car, who were wearing handcuffs, suffered some facial injuries and one may have injured his wrist.
The detainees had been arrested in connection with a gang-related stabbing incident and were being transported to a detention center at the time of the accident.
Both the police officer and the detainees were taken to the hospital for their non-life-threatening injuries, which will delay the arrestee’s inevitable trip to the detention center.
As for Kapur, only time will tell what punishment a local court will eventually level against him, but he may be facing serious fines, jail time, or a suspended license, especially because this is not his first DUI offense.
In addition to standard DUI charges, Kapur may also face possible punishment for reckless driving, endangering the life of others, and whatever else a local prosecutor wishes to throw at him.
Of course, when police are usually tasked with discovering drunk drivers, they have to pull over suspects and administer a range of blood alcohol tests to determine their level of inebriation.
Here, Kapur saved the police officer a significant amount of legwork, albeit in a dangerous fashion. Usually, drunk drivers do not readily offer themselves to police in the form of a head-on collision.
Because of the blinding influence of alcohol, drunk drivers attempting to elude the police often think they’re police-evading tactics are more clever than they actually are.
Common tactics include driving too slow or too fast, masking swerving by simply swerving really slow, or blaming red eyes and slow reflexes on a lack of sleep, or prescription pills.
The most infamous DUI offenders, though, are the people who cause car accidents, and then flee the scene out of fear of being caught driving under the influence of alcohol.
A man in Louisville recently learned just how difficult escaping the scene of a DUI accident can be.
According to WDRB News, which is based in Louisville, Kentucky, 37-year-old Jesse Gaines was arrested last week after police tracked his car by following the path of leaky fluids from Gaines’ wounded vehicle.
Before his arrest, Gaines had allegedly been involved in a three-car accident in downtown Louisville. The police report from the accident indicates that Gaines swerved into oncoming traffic and struck two cars before speeding back into the road and then striking a pole.
After the accident, Gaines fled the scene, which led to phone calls to Louisville about a drunk driver on the loose.
Officers did not have a hard time locating Gaines, as they simply followed the path of a leaking fluid that had started dripping from Gaines’ car at the scene of the accident.
When Gaines was finally arrested by the police, he admitted that he had just left a strip club where he had consumed two “large liquor drinks.”
The police report also claims that Gaines smelled of alcohol, had red eyes, and was unable to stand without falling down. When the police administered a breathalyzer test, Gaines blew a remarkable .26, which is far above the legal limit of .08.
After his less-than-sterling performance on the blood alcohol test, Gaines was promptly arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
To add insult to injury, Gaines was also charged with a failure to maintain insurance. This, of course, will be disappointing news to the other drivers whose cars were struck by Gaines during his ill-fated drive.
While Gaines faces a world of legal trouble, it’s worth noting that DUI arrests can be serious crimes even in the absence of an actual accident.
A DUI arrest often leads to jail time, a suspended license, and hefty fines. Because of the potentially severe impact of DUI charges, many people who are arrested seek legal information from a local DUI lawyer.
Courts take DUI arrests very seriously, but with the proper legal information, people who are arrested are able to deal with the charges with minimal damages to their finances and their reputation.
When drinking and driving converge, the results can be disastrous. And, while they are difficult to predict, drunk driving accidents often seem to claim the lives of tragically young victims.
This harsh reality happened once again after a recent fatal car accident in Northfield, Vermont, that was allegedly caused by drunk driving.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, 18-year-old Renee Robbins died after a car containing eight Norwich University students crashed in a single car accident.
The car was being driven by 22-year-old Derek Saber, who was arrested by local police under suspicion of a DUI shortly after the accident.
In addition to Robbins’ death, three other people in the car suffered “critical” injuries during the accident. Four other students required hospitalization after the crash.
Before the accident, the eight occupants of the car had been at an off-campus party early Sunday morning. The passengers were all freshmen students at Norwich, and they lived in the same dormitory on campus.
The incident had a severe impact on the campus’s collective psyche, and many members of the campus community are grappling for answers.
According to Norwich President Richard Schneider, the incident was “an unfathomable tragedy,” and “the entire Norwich family is grieving over this.”
While the families of the accident victims face their own pains, the driver of the car and the leader of the party the students left before the accident are facing legal troubles of their own.
The driver, Derek Saber, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .16, which doubled the legal limit of .08. He was arrested and held on $100,000 bail in a county jail in Vermont.
In addition to Saber’s legal troubles, 20-year-old Logan O’Neill, who hosted the party, was charged with various counts including possession of alcohol, enabling consumption of alcohol with a minor, and violating the terms of his release, stemming from a prior DUI charge of his own.
At the time of the party, O’Neill was under strict orders to avoid consuming alcohol due to the conditions established by a court after his second drunk driving arrest earlier this year.
Drunk driving accidents are one of the most common causes of teenage deaths in the United States. This statistic is particularly troubling in light of the fact that drunk driving accidents are completely preventable.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this one says it all. Two on-duty Miami police officers mug and smile for the camera while surrounded by five young women celebrating a bachelorette party July 2 at the Clevelander hotel.
Later the same night, one of the officers, Derick Kuilan, took the bachelorette for a joyride on a department-owned ATV, crashing into and seriously injuring two innocent beachgoers.
The picture was released Tuesday by Miami-Dade prosecutors as they charged Kuilan with two felony counts of reckless driving with serious bodily injury and two counts of DUI with serious bodily injury. The second officer, Rolando Gutierrez, does not face criminal charges.
“It is mind-boggling that they felt comfortable enough to do something like that,” Miami Beach Police Chief Carlos Noriega told the Miami Herald.
Both officers have been fired from the department since the time of the incident.
Details of what allegedly happened are outlined in a warrant prepared by prosecutor David I. Gilbert and Miami Beach detective Robert Silvagni:
Derick Kuilan was assigned to ATV patrol, midnight shift, on July 3 and Officer Rolando Gutierrez was assigned to patrol mid-Beach.
That night, the pair of officers walked into the Clevelander hotel bar, a known attraction for tourists, around 5 a.m.
A group of young women from Pennsylvania were celebrating a bachelorette party when the officers arrived. After posing for a picture with the group, Kuilan and Gutierrez began dancing and drinking.
Kuilan then invited the bachelorette, Adalee Martin, to take a ride with him on the ATV he had parked nearby, to which Martin agreed.
The two drove south along the beach at alternating speeds, turning the headlights on and off as they neared approaching pedestrians. When they arrived at the end of the beach and turned around, they drove back north with the vehicle’s lights turned off.
On the drive back, the ATV crashed into Kitzie Nicanor and Luis Almonte, who were on the beach dipping their feet in the water. Bystanders claimed that the ATV whizzed by and that “they could barely see it, because it had no lights on and it was traveling fast,” according to the warrant.
Almonte suffered a broken femur, requiring surgery, while Nicanor had to have her spleen removed and remains hospitalized in serious condition.
Kuilan surrendered to the Miami-Dade County Jail after being charged Tuesday and has already posted $30,000 bail. His arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 25.
An Illinois man, Cecil Conner, was found guilty of the drunk driving death of his girlfriend’s 5-year-old son.
The conviction came after Conner’s defense team attempted to shift some of the blame for the child’s death to a police officer. The jury decided, after hours of deliberation in the Will County courtroom, that Conner alone was responsible for the tragic outcome of the May 10 DUI crash.
Conner crashed into a tree, drove through a fence, and hit another tree in the accident that killed young Michael Langford, Jr., before being charged with drunk driving, according to an article in the Herald-News.
Part of Conner’s unsuccessful DUI defense was the claim that police had some part to play in his drunk driving and subsequent accident. He argued that police arrested his girlfriend, his designated driver, on a suspended license during a previous traffic stop, then ordered him to drive home. Conner claimed that they threatened to arrest him if he didn’t drive away.
Conner was drunk, and family members have criticized law enforcement for, according to their story, ignoring the fact that he was an impaired driver when they ordered him to drive home.
The prosecution in the case successfully argued that Conner alone was responsible for the decision to drive drunk and endanger the child.
Per Illinois DUI law, Conner could face up to 14 years behind bars. He’ll be sentenced in May.
Conner admitted to being drunk following a house party. His girlfriend, Kathie LaFond, was driving, but was arrested on the way home. Conner took the wheel, and police said that neither Conner nor LaFond informed the police that he had been drinking that night. Prosecution were also skeptical that police ordered Conner to drive home.
Conner, however, continued to drive drunk, even after he called a friend for help. The friend told him to stop the car, but Conner drove on, reaching 66 miles per hour at points, before he drove over several lawns, through trees, catapulting his car to the point that it uprooted a tree.
Young Langford did not survive the poor decision.
The jury deliberated for nine hours before reaching its guilty verdict on two aggravated drunk driving charges.
On the night of Saturday, July 25, the Chief of Police of Alexandria City, Virginia was arrested and charged with a DUI after he hit another vehicle near Interstate 66 and North Fairfax Drive.
David P. Baker had been driving a city-issued green Ford Explorer in Arlington County when he caused roughly $900 in damage to either vehicle. His blood alcohol level was reported to be 0.19—twice the legal limit in the state of Virginia.
Baker, 58, submitted his resignation on Monday, July 27. Prior to his resignation, Baker’s attorney James Clark insisted that his client had no intention of resigning.
City Manager James K. Hartmann initially ordered an investigation of the incident and told the Washington Post he would “wait for the findings of the internal review” before making a decision on how to proceed. In the mean time, Baker had been put on administrative leave.
Hartmann stated, “It is very disappointing when one of our colleagues makes a bad decision.”
If convicted, Baker will face a minimum of five days in jail due to his blood alcohol level more than doubly exceeding the legal limit, according to the police report.
Baker will leave his post officially on Friday and will temporarily be replaced by Deputy Police Chief Earl Cook who will serve as acting chief.
Source: Washington Post
On Thursday, July 16, the Supreme Court in Washington unanimously reinstated a $14 million award to a DUI accident victim.
In April 2000, Hawkeye Kinkaid was drinking at the Bellingham Moose Lodge, where is girlfriend, Alexis Chapman, was serving him as a bartender. The forensic consultant found that Kinkaid probably drank the equivalent 21 12-ounce beers or 30 ounces 80-proof alcohol.
His blood alcohol level was believed to be .32 at the time of the collision.
While he was driving home, Kinkaid crossed the center line in Ferndale, Wash. and struck Bianca Faust’s car. Fraust, from New York City, was driving with her two children and grandchild. Everyone in Faust’s car was injured and Kinkaid was killed. The accident left Faust’s 7-year-old son, Christopher, a paraplegic.
Faust sued the lodge and Chapman and was awarded $14 million in Whatcom County Superior Court. The state Court of Appeals later overturned the case because Faust needed to present “specific point-in-time evidence” that Kinkaid appeared drunk when Chapman was serving him.
Washington DUI law holds bartenders liable for damages to potential victims if they serve visibly intoxicated customers. The court said that Chapman told others that Kinkaid was too “tipsy” to be driving. At one point in the night she refused to serve him.
Source: The Associate Press
Transcripts were released on Friday, June 26, detailing what happened before, during and after a DUI accident that took the life of Los Angeles Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart.
The 200 page report is the first to give the details about what happened on April 9th, when Andrew Gallo crashed into a car, killing three people.
The transcript reveals that Gallo remembers having two drinks at a restaurant and three at a bikini bar, intermixed with sake shots.
While his stepbrother, Raymond Rivera, tells the court about half pitcher “Boombah” beers, 1880-brand Tequila shots and drinks of Arrogant Bastard, a “very strong” ale.
The details about what the two men drank was fuzzy. Neither could recall exactly what they drank and how much. Both men describe “bleaking out” before crashing their minivan into an Eclipse carrying Adenhart and three friends.
Courtney Steward, 20, and Henry Pearson, 25 died on the scene. Adenhart, 22, died during surgery a few hours later.
The men remember coming to 90 minutes later, with not much recollection of the night.
Last month Gallo was indicted on three counts of second-degree murder, fleeing the scene with a death or injury, driving under the influence causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level causing injury. He has plead not guilty and remains in jail with a $2 million bail set.
Source: The Press-Enterprise, ESPN
Donte Stallworth, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, plead guilty to DUI manslaughter today for a drinking and driving incident that resulted in him striking and killing a pedestrian.
The plea deal, which was just accepted by Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy, orders Stallworth to spend 30 days in jail for the death of Mario Reyes.
In the plea agreement, Stallworth was sentenced to eights years of reporting probation, two years of community control and a lifetime driver’s license suspension. During probation, he will have many drug and alcohol tests.
The Reyes family agreed to the plea bargain, pushing for a quick agreement so the case could be resolved.
“We’ve been in intense discussions with the victims who, as far as we’re concerned, are the primary force in what is a just resolution of this case,” Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle told the press Monday night.
Stallworth, who had a clean driving record before the DUI offense, showed remorse over Reyes’ death and cooperated with authorities, helping to make a quick plea deal.
On March 14, Stallworth hit and killed Reyes, a 59-year-old crane operator, who had just finished a night shift on Terminal Island. At the time, Stallworth had a blood alcohol level of .126%.
”I just want to extend my condolences to the Reyes family. My prayers are with them,” Stallworth told the press on April 2. “I have full confidence and faith in the legal process.”
Sources: The Miami Herald, WPLG Local 10: Just News