State Representative Gets Arrested for DUI

State Representative Gets Arrested for DUI

WLTX reported that Ted Vick, who is the District 53rd member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, has been arrested and charged with a DUI. Vick was charged on the grounds of the South Carolina State House just before 11 p.m. Tuesday night. According to the police report, an officer from the Bureau of Protective Services saw Vick tripping and  struggling to keep a balanced posture. The officer even stated that Vick had to brace himself to keep from falling on a wall next to the entrance of the State House garage. The officer continued with his statements by saying that they saw Vick get into his car and tried to drive out even though several officers yelled at him to stop. After a couple of more commands, he finally parked the car. However, Vick refused to take a field sobriety test and resisted arrest by trying to pull away. Once he was taken to jail, he told authorities that he had been at Cowboy Brazilian Stakehouse on Main Street in Columbia where he’d had two glasses of wine, then walked back to the State House garage. It was noted that this was Vick’s second DUI arrest since last year. He was released from jail on a personal recognizance bond. Reporters attempted to question him about the incident but all he said was, “I regret this happened, obviously, but I remain innocent until proven guilty.”

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled South Carolina DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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Cleveland City Councilman Eugene Miller Sentenced For DUI

Cleveland Councilman Eugene Miller Sentenced For DUI

eugene millerEugene Miller, a Cleveland City Councilman was sentenced on May 14, 2013 for a DUI he received in November of 2012. As a result of his DUI, Miller has had his driver’s license revoked and was given a $250 fine plus court costs which totaled to $486 with time to pay. The Cleveland Councilman was pulled over on November 1, 2012 at around 1 a.m. for speeding on his way home from a college football game. According to the ticket issued by police, Miller was cited for speeding, going 70 mph in a 50 mph zone.

Police said that while his blood alcohol content was .056%, which is below the legal limit of .08%, they were still able to determine that he was an impaired driver. Miller was arrested for OVI (Operating a Vehicle while Impaired), which is a similar offense to DUI in Ohio. Miller’s OVI case was amended and his speeding charged dropped after he plead not guilty to DUI. Since Miller is a Cleveland City Councilman, all of the Municipal Court Judges recused themselves from hearing the case and visiting judge Michael Weigand from Barberton heard the case instead. Since Miller’s license was suspended immediately following his arrest, his licence will be reinstated on May 24.

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NTSB Pushes For Lower DUI Limit

NTSB Pushes For Lower DUI Limit

ntsbThe NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) has recommended that states begin cutting their threshold for drunk driving by almost half in an effort to reduce highway deaths as a result of DUI. The NTSB has cited a report that states more than 100 countries have already reduced the legal drinking limit to .05% from .08% that attributed to approximately fifty percent less traffic deaths as a result of drunk driving over a span of 10 years. Women weighing less than 120 pounds can reach .05% after just one drink, while men weighing less than 160 can reach .05% after two drinks.

Of the 30,000 people killed on U.S. highways each year, one third of those deaths are a result of drunk driving. NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman said, “Our goal is to get to zero deaths because each alcohol-impaired death is preventable. Alcohol-impaired deaths are not accidents, they are crimes. They can and should be prevented. The tools exist. What is needed is the will“. Jonathan Adkins, an official with the Governors Highway Safety Association, said that getting the blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold lowered to .08% was difficult and that the prospect of lowering it again would most likely be met with strong resistance. Adkins also said that “The focus in the states is on high (blood alcohol content) offenders as well as repeat offenders. We expect industry will also be very vocal about keeping the limit at .08“.

The NTSB has also pushed the auto industry and safety administration to increase their research into a technology in all cars that could detect whether a driver has an elevated BAC without the use of ignition interlock devices, which require the driver to blow into a machine before the vehicle will start. The board has also recommended passive alcohol devices that can be used in flashlights or in small cell phone like devices that would alert an officer if the driver in close proximity to them is intoxicated. Those technologies may be years away from implementation but the NTSB believes the use of those devices would help to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road. Since the legal alcohol threshold was reduced to .08% in 1982, the number of drunk driving deaths has fallen from 18,000 to 10,000.

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Party Bus Driver Gets DUI On Prom Night

Party Bus Driver Gets DUI On Prom Night

richard madisonTwenty-three Chicago teenagers may never forget their prom night after the man driving their party bus was arrested for DUI following a terrifying drive through town. According to some of the teenagers, 54 year-old Richard Madison was over half an hour late to pick them up and was unable to stay on the road during their drive. One of the students, Kelsey Dano, said “I had a feeling he was drunk when we first went into the ditch. He hopped over a median and cut off 3 cars and then…he took us to the wrong hotel, he took us to the Hyatt hotel instead of Abbington Place so we had 5 more miles to go“.

Madison, the party bus driver, said that he was not drunk that night and blamed mechanical problems for the erratic driving. A spokesperson for Limos Alive, the company that Madison drives for, said that there were no mechanical problems with the party bus after an inspection and that Madison has been fired since the incident took place. Dano also said that when Madison got off of the bus he was stumbling and had bloodshot eyes. Police found that Madison had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .22%, almost triple the legal limit. Madison was arrested for misdemeanor charges of DUI and reckless conduct, although he still believes he is innocent. In a statement, Madison said, “You know, if I was guilty, I would still be in jail. That’s my thought. I would not be at home right now“.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled Illinois DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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Church Bishop Arrested for DUI

Church Bishop Arrested for DUI

ABC News reported that Robert McManus, a 61 year old bishop in Worcester, Massachusetts, was arrested over the weekend on a DUI charge after an alleged hit-and-run accident in Rhode Island. McManus was arrested on Saturday evening after a witness called the police and followed him to his vacation residence. He released a statement, apologizing for his behavior: “I made a terrible error in judgment by driving after drinking wine at dinner…there is no excuse for the mistake I made…” 

McManus will be summoned for a court hearing in South Kingstown, Rhode Island for DUI and hit-and-run charges. Sean Corrigan, Narragansett Police Captain, stated that McManus refused to take a blood alcohol test and received another legal charge for that. It was noted that McManus had been a leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Massachusetts for more than five years. Addtionally, he had been a chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Education and once gave an invitation to U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy’s widow to deliver a commencement address at a Catholic school in Paxton.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled Massachusetts DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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Preschool Teacher Crashes and Gets DUI

Preschool Teacher Crashes and Gets DUI
Sierra Jean Lindgren

The Atlanta Journal Constitution stated that Sierra Jean Lindgren, a preschool teacher at Goddard School in Alpharetta, Georgia, was arrested for DUI while carrying a small child passenger in the back of her vehicle. The police report stated that Lindgren, who is 35 years old, was driving a Nissan Xterra when she struck a vehicle and the median wall while driving erratically on Ga. 400 northbound late Saturday. A police official spotted Lindgren’s vehicle and turned his blue lights on to follow her. However, Lindgren ignored the officer’s signals and continued to drive without stopping for about half a mile or so.  She allegedly crossed the lane line several times, taking up two lanes.

Surprisingly, Lindgren registered zero on a handheld alcohol breath test over the weekend. In addition, she stated that she had not been drinking or on any type of medication at the time of the incident. However, legal officers stated that she was unsteady on her feet and couldn’t follow directions during a field sobriety test. She was arrested and taken to North Fulton Hospital for a blood test before going to jail. It was stated that the results of the blood test are not yet available. She received legal charges for DUI, endangering the life of a child, attempting to run from accident scene, and violating traffic laws.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled Georgia DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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Football Player, Titus Young, Gets Arrested for DUI and Burglary

Football Player, Titus Young, Gets Arrested for DUI and Burglary

Sporting News reported that Titus Young, a former football receiver for the Detroit Lions, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and then arrested again the same day for burglary when trying to take his car from a tow yard. Police officials stopped Young after he was spotted driving his Ford Mustang in California on the wrong lane, towards oncoming traffic, and making an illegal left turn.  Police records state that he was arrested on suspicion of DUI, cited and released. However, a couple of hours later, police officials received a phone call from someone claiming that a man was jumping the fence of a tow company. As soon as police officials arrived at the scene, they discovered that it was Young trying to climb the fence and get his vehicle out. He was arrested again and charged with suspicion of burglary. It was noted that the Detroit Lions drafted Young out of Boise State in 2011, but released him in February after a drop in productivity and disputes with teammates. Young had very poor conduct and even sucker-punched a teammate. In addition, he was also playing for the St. Louis Rams but was taken off the team in less than two weeks for bad behavior.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled California DUI attorney for legal assistance.

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Drunk Driver Crashes Into Fire Station

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Fire Station

AZ Central reported that Cher Lyn, a drunk driver in Sedona, Arizona, crashed into Fire District Station #3, causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Lyn, 53 years old, was driving her 2004 Jeep Liberty when she collided into the bay door of the fire station and hit the engine. According to the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Lyn caused serious damage to the fire engine and station. A statement was released to the public stating the following: “The crash caused injury to the driver, major damage to the Jeep Liberty, a bay door, and significant damage to a Sedona Fire District Engine Number E532.” Lyn received some injuries and was taken to the nearest hospital for medical attention. In addition, she was arrested for suspicion of DWI and criminal charges, and taken to the Camp Verde Detention Center.  It was noted that to repair all the damages for the fire station and the vehicle will be very costly. The case is still undergoing investigation and Lyn’s blood alcohol test results have not yet been released.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled Arizona DWI attorney for legal assistance.

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NC Mayor Gets a DWI

NC Mayor Gets a DWI

The New Bern Sun Journal reported that Lee Bettis, the mayor from New Bern, North Carolina, was arrested and charged with DWI and failure to maintain lane control Monday morning. Bettis, 48 years old, was stopped near Havelock and Beaufort. He was chased by the Havelock police after they responded to a phone call made by a witness reporting that a car was driving erratically on N.C. 101. According to court documents, Bettis was arrested around 8 a.m. and released that same day. It was noted that Bettis registered 0 percent on the Breathalyzer. However, medical personnel also took a blood sample from him for drug testing. It was determined that the results for that are not yet available. Bettis be will be summoned for a court hearing on July 18.

If you have been arrested for driving drunk, contact an experienced and skilled North Carolina DWI attorney for legal assistance

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Repeat DUI Offender Gets 13 Years In Prison After 8th DUI

Repeat DUI Offender Gets 13 Years In Prison After 8th DUI

tim morrowRepeat DUI offender Timothy Morrow was sentenced to 13 years in prison after being convicted for his eighth DUI offense on May 1, 2013. Morrow has a long history of DUI arrests, receiving his first DUI when he was only 17 and has been cited 9 times since for DUI, public intoxication and boating while intoxicated. The repeat DUI offender has been sent to jail twice already, once in 1995 for a DUI conviction and again in 1996 for driving with a revoked license.

Prosecutor Ben Dillon had originally asked the judge for a 15-year prison sentence, saying Morrow was a “absolute public safety risk” and called him an “grim reaper“. Morrow’s own defense attorney stated that Morrow had already been on an intense probation for 2 years prior to the incident and requested a 6 year sentence instead. The repeat DUI offender was initially unprepared to make a statement, however, just before the judge handed down the sentence, Morrow told the court he was a victim of child abuse and that police weren’t taking his reports seriously. In his statement, Morrow also said “I plead with the court. I have a 12-year-old son that I want to see grow up. I made a mistake and I apologize“.

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