Aug

30

DUI Problems Continue for Mary Kennedy

By Topher

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s wife was once again arrested for DUI, this time for allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.

Mary Kennedy was pulled over for speeding at 8 in the morning, according to the Journal News, when police decided to perform sobriety tests and made the arrest for driving while impaired by drugs.

According to the police report, she was driving her 2004 Volvo 82 miles per hour when police pulled her over.

The arrest comes on the heels of a license suspension that was handed down to Kennedy just a month ago, after she pleaded guilty to driving while drunk.

At the time of the latest arrest, Kennedy had a conditional license, which made it legal for her to drive in certain limited situations. She told police that she was going to yoga class.

She was taken to a police station in nearby Millbrook, New York, where an expert in drug-recognition determined that she was under the influence of a prescription medication.

This is the latest in an ongoing series of soap opera-like events for Mary Kennedy. In one bad week in May of this year her husband filed for divorce, police responded to repeated calls to her home in Bedford, New York, and she was charged with DUI.

The May 15 arrest came after she was pulled over after police saw her run her car onto a curb outside of a school. Police said that her speech was blurred. She had a blood-alcohol content of .11.

A few days before that, when police came to her house after she called 911, they found that Mary Kennedy was visibly drunk, that she was having trouble gathering her thoughts or letting police know why she called.

A few days after that, her husband filed for divorce, and the day after that the police returned to the couple’s home on a report of a domestic incident.

In mid-July Kennedy was able to plead guilty to a lesser charge for the DUI, and she had to pay a $500 fine and attend DWI classes.

Apr

2

This Week’s Oddest DUI-Related Accidents

By Topher

Checking in with the latest DUI mishaps that take place behind the wheel always seems to yield strange and perplexing results. This week is proving to offer the same, as several stories, one out of New Hampshire, one out of upstate New York, and a third from California, prove that anything is possible when it comes to driving under the influence.

In Rochester, New Hampshire, a man was charged with DWI after being stopped on South Main Street in town. It wasn’t hard to spot the suspected offender: the DUI suspect’s car was trailing part of the nozzle and hose of a gasoline pump from its tank.

Sgt. Stephen Burke was cruising around on patrol when he saw Robert Ross’ 1994 Pontiac Grand Am dragging the broken apparatus behind it, according to Foster’s Daily Democrat.

Sgt. Burke pulled Ross over in a pharmacy parking lot, where he was subsequently arrested for driving while intoxicated, habitual offender, and criminal mischief due to the damage to the gas pump.

The pump, it turned out, came from a nearby BP gas station. Ross had apparently simply driven off with the pump still in the tank, and had made it about 200 yards before he was stopped by police.

Officers couldn’t say whether Ross took a field sobriety test. He either took it and failed, or refused to and was still arrested because police suspected him of being intoxicated.

In upstate New York, near Albany, police say that a man was driving the wrong way down the road and under the influence of alcohol when he collided with a tractor-trailer.

George A. Vorsheim, the alleged DUI driver, managed to walk away from the accident unhurt, amazingly. His blood-alcohol content was allegedly more than three times the legal limit to drive at .26 percent, according to the Albany Times-Union. Fortunately the tractor-trailer driver was not hurt either.

Two lanes of the road were closed as the scene was cleaned up.

In a more positive story, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s deputy Aleksandra Kuna was presented the Thin Blue Line award in Palo Alto, California, for saving the life of a good Samaritan who had stopped to help those at the scene of a car collision.

Kuna had grabbed the good Samaritan from the path of an oncoming vehicle, saving the man as the vehicle crashed into the stopped cars, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The driver of that vehicle is now under suspicion for drunk driving.

The Thin Blue Line Award, presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, goes to those in law enforcement who save the lives of people threatened by those suspected of driving under the influence.

Jul

8

Cell Phone to Call a DUI Lawyer is a Right

By admin

On Monday, July 7, a judge acquitted a man on DUI charges because police denied the suspect the right to call a DUI lawyer on his cell phone.

According to Ontario Court Justice Randall Lalande, Harvey Whidden’s constitutional rights were violated when he was pulled over on June 13, 2008.

Whidden had been waved into a vehicle safety inspection lane operated by the police because his windshield had a crack in it.

When Whidden pulled over, police noticed empty beer bottles in the bed of his pickup truck. Police also noticed he smelled like alcohol, and his speech was slowed.

The police asked Whidden to take a breath test, but the officer didn’t have a breathalyzer with him. While they waited for a breathalyzer to be brought from the station, the police officer didn’t allow Whidden to use his cell phone to call a DUI attorney.

The judge ruled that since the officer knew Whidden had a cell phone, he should have allowed him to use it to call an attorney.

According to the judge, the police waited about three hours when Whidden was at the police station and formally issued a demand for a breathalyzer before allowing him to call a lawyer.

Source: The Sadbury Star

May

7

Illinois Bar Offers Tow Home to Prevent DUI

By Mary Ann

An Aurora, Illinois company plans to launch a towing service to help prevent DUI.

Around the United States, many DUI drivers will tell you they drove because they had to get the car home. Now, Smith Companies has introduced a towing taxi service they call NDUIT (No DUI Tonight).

The service will allow nearby Naperville, Illinois bar patrons to get a lift home in a tow truck that will haul their cars with them.

But, it ain’t cheap. An unscheduled pickup will cost $85 plus $2 per mile. A pickup, scheduled by a driver that anticipates he’ll need it, will only cost $65 plus the towing fee. Of course, the couple of hundred dollars a ride may cost is still much less than the several hundred dollars a DUI offense can cost.

Naperville’s liquor commissioner wished the company luck, but wondered whether having a fleet of tow trucks on downtown streets at closing time might snarl traffic.

Naperville Police Captain, Gary Bolt, is also skeptical. He wondered how useful a towing service is when a potential DUI driver could get a taxi ride home and back to the tavern for much less. Sorry Captain Bolt, but anything to protect drivers is worth it.

Oct

1

Arizona DUI Charges May be Tossed Out

By Mary Ann

Local defense attorneys are suggesting that hundreds of Arizona DUI charges may be subject to dismissal. The DUI attorneys have specifically identified a handful of Arizona DUI cases in which they say that the evidence presented to the grand jury did not match police reports.

Specifically, a Tucson police detective who was assigned to present DUI cases to the grand jury, and who was not involved in any of the arrests in question, apparently testified that suspects had failed field sobriety tests when in fact they had not.

The testimony was based on a summary sheet provided by prosecuting attorneys.

Prosecutors are downplaying the impact of this issue on Arizona DUI court, but the defense attorneys who first raised the discrepancy believe that hundreds of ARizona DUI defendants may have been impacted.