Texas Deputy Killed In DWI Incident

Texas Deputy Killed In DWI Incident

rick stanleyTexas deputy Chad Christian Key of Grayson County was struck and killed by a drunk driver on April 20, 2013 near Sherman, Texas. Authorities are reporting that the drunk driver, Ricky Trent Stanley, struck the Texas deputy while he was directing traffic near Highway 82 just six miles away from Sherman. According to police, Stanley initially fled the scene after striking Deputy Key but was later caught and arrested. Deputy Key was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Stanley, who is a repeat DUI offender, had been arrested twice before for DUI in 2002, 2004 and was out on a $10,000 bond after another arrest last August. While Stanley’s blood alcohol content (BAC) level has yet to be released, he has been charged with failing to stop and render aid, intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, unlawfully carrying a weapon and driving with an invalid license. Deputy Key, 42, had been working as a patrol deputy for just over two months before the incident and leaves behind a wife and their three sons. A memorial fund has been established for Deputy Key’s family and donations can be made at any Landmark Bank in Texas or Oklahoma to the “Chad Key Memorial Fund“.

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

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Drunk Driver Gets 30 Years of Jail Time for Murders

Drunk Driver Gets 30 Years of Jail Time for Murders

Drunk Driver Gets 30 Years of Jail Time for Murders

The San Antonio Express reported that a drunk driver, Christopher Hughes Lamar, was ordered by jurors on Monday to serve 30 years in prison for each of the deaths he was responsible for when drinking and driving. Lamar crashed into a parked car, killing the two passengers that were in it- a 10 year old girl and her mother. It was noted that Lamar, who is only 27 years old,  became the first person in Bexar County ever convicted of felony murder instead of intoxication manslaughter because of prior DWI convictions. This gave the prosecutors the ability to give him a harsher punishment and extend his jail time 10 years beyond the maximum of 20 years. One of the victim’s family members stated to the courts: “He’s (driven drunk) four times…he can be put away for a long time — it doesn’t matter. He’s an alcoholic. He’s going to always drink and he’s going to always get behind the wheel.” Although, Lamar’s lawyers tried to lower his sentence by stating that the deaths were caused unintentionally, the courts found plenty of evidence to suggest otherwise. Tamara Strauch and David Henderson, prosecutors, considered “drinking two Guinness beers plus an entire bottle of vodka, opting to get behind the wheel of a 4,500-pound SUV and driving 80 mph” as serious intentional acts towards causing the two deaths.

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

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Cat Cora: Iron Chef Star, Avoids Jail Time for DUI Charges

Cat Cora: Iron Chef Star, Avoids DUI Charges

rick stanley Cat Cora, most known for her appearance on the Iron Chef, was arrested last summer for a DUI after rear-ending another vehicle near Santa Barbara, California. When the police tested her blood alcohol content on the breathalyzer, Cora blew a .20 when then legal limit is an .08.

Cora however will not be facing any jail time but she has not escaped her mistake. She will have to be on probation for 3 years as well as have to take 9 months of DUI school. She also had to pay about $2,386 in fines. If she does not end up completing her schooling or if she does not obey the rules of her probation, Cora could easily face jail time.

Cora was very sorry for her actions and wished that she had not decided to drive after her designated driver had left her. She claimed that she would never let a mistake like it happen again.

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

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San Diego Police Detective Gets Probation For DUI

San Diego Police Detective Gets Probation For DUI

san diego policeSan Diego police detective Jeffrey Blackford received 5 years probation on April 22, 2013 after pleading guilty to misdemeanor DUI. Blackford was charged with DUI after losing control of his unmarked police car and crashing into a roadside utility box in Allied Gardens on December 7, 2013. Blackford also faced charges for reckless driving since he was apparently driving 20 mph over the posted speed limit at the time of the incident. The city prosecutor originally asked that the judge sentence Blackford to serve 60 days in jail or an alternative custody program.

In addition to serving 5 years probation, Blackford will also have to complete 25 days in a public works program, attend a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) victim impact panel and pay standard imposed fines. Court records show that Blackford’s blood alcohol test was delayed for 3 hours after Blackford contacted his friends within the San Diego Police Department. As a result of that delay, another detective and 3 sergeants are being reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office. Blackford’s preliminary blood test showed his blood alcohol content to be .15%, while another taken after the delay showed it to be .09%. After the sentencing, the judge said that the public work service program was something he would do for any defendant in similar situations who believed jail time might result in losing his or her job.

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3 Doors Down Bassist Arrested For DUI In Fatal Crash

3 Doors Down Bassist Arrested For DUI In Fatal Crash

todd harrellTodd Harrell, a bassist with rock band 3 Doors Down, was charged with vehicular homicide after a fatal DUI crash on April 19, 2013. Harrell, who is one of the founding members of 3 Doors Down, was speeding on a Nashville highway when he clipped a pickup truck, causing it to swerve out of control before striking a guardrail and overturning. The driver in the truck, has been identified as 47 year old Paul Howard Shoulders, was killed as a result of the accident. Police believe Shoulders was not wearing a seat belt during the accident and was thrown from his vehicle. Shoulders was later pronounced dead at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

After striking Shoulders’ truck, Harrells’ Cadillac hit a retaining wall and came to a stop about a quarter mile away. Police performed a series of field sobriety tests on Harrell before he admitted to having consumed a combination of hard cider and prescription drugs. Police then obtained a warrant to take a blood sample from Harrell and placed him under arrest. When police proceeded to search Harrell at the booking room later that night, they found a plastic bag containing Xanax, Oxymorphone and Oxycodone pills and charged him with bringing controlled substances into a jail. Harrell was held on a $100,000 bond after the arrest. 3 Doors Down issued a statement on their website after the incident saying, “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Paul Howard Shoulders, Jr. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time“.

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

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Reese Witherspoon And Husband Arrested In DUI Incident

Reese Witherspoon And Husband Arrested In DUI Incident

reese witherspoonActress Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth were both arrested following a DUI incident on April 19, 2013 in Atlanta Georgia. The incident occurred early Friday evening after a state patrol officer observed the vehicle being driven by Toth weaving in and out of lanes. After pulling the couple over, the officer noticed that Toth displayed several symptoms of alcohol intoxication such as red, glassy bloodshot eyes, droopy eyelids and had an odor of alcohol about him. According to the trooper, Toth admitted to having had a drink at a restaurant a couple hours prior to being pulled over.

In his report, the officer said that Witherspoon initially got out of the vehicle when her husband began performing a series of field sobriety tests, but got back in after being told by the officer to do so. The officer adds that when Witherspoon got out of the vehicle a second time, he told her she would be arrested if she did it again. It was at that time that the actress, who was intoxicated as well, began to hang out of the window saying she didn’t believe he was a real officer. Officer Pyland wrote in his report, “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet“. After performing an alcohol breath test, Pyland found that Toth had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .139% and placed him under arrest for DUI. It was at that time that Reese Witherspoon got out of the car and asked the officer, “Do you know my name?“, to which he replied, “No, I don’t need to know your name right now“. Then, Witherspoon told officer Pyland that he was about to find out who she was and that he’d be on national news. Pyland says “I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine“. Officer Pyland proceeded to arrest the actress as well and both were taken to jail. Witherspoon was charged with disorderly conduct and released in time to make it to a movie premiere on Sunday in New York.

Reese Witherspoon has since released a statement apologizing to the officer for her actions. In the statement, Witherspoon says “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said,” Witherspoon said. “It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behavior“.

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

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Deputy Killed By Drunk Driver

Deputy Killed By Drunk Driver

WFAA reported that a sheriff’s deputy in North Texas has died and authorities have arrested a repeat drunk driver for allegedly hitting him while he was directing traffic. According to the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Ricky Trent Stanley ran over Deputy Chad Christian Key, on Saturday evening while Key was directing traffic near U.S. Highway 82.  Stanley, who is a local from Whitesboro, was arrested after fleeing the scene of crime. Key, who had only been on patrol duty for about two months, was immediately taken to the the local hospital and pronounced dead. He left behind his wife and three sons with ages 20, 10, and two months. It was noted that drunk driver Stanley, of 28 years old, had two previous DWI charges but was let out in August after paying a $10,000 bond. Stanley’s drunk driving test results have not been released, and the bond has not been set to include the new charges:  intoxication manslaughter of a peace officer, failing to stop and render aid, driving with an invalid license, and unlawfully carrying a weapon.

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

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Al Michaels, Sports Broadcaster, Gets DWI

Al Michaels, Sports Broadcaster, Gets DWI

The New York Post claimed that Al Michaels, legendary sports broadcaster, was busted for drunken driving in Los Angeles Saturday night after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn. Richard Lewis, Santa Monica police sergeant, stated that Michaels, who is 68 years old, was driving east near Pico Boulevard approximately at 9:30 p.m. when officials spotted him making an illegal U-turn. Police officials immediately stopped Michaels, who was driving a Mercedes vehicle. Lewis also added that Michaels smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech before failing field-sobriety tests, however, he was described as cooperative. It was noted that Michaels became globally recognized when he participated as the broadcaster for the U.S. Hockey Team, which really angered the Soviets, in the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid. Michaels’ “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” quote is still memorable today. It was reported that he is currently broadcasting “Sunday Night Football” on national television for NBC.

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

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Mother and Baby Recover From Critical Condition After DUI Crash

Mother and Baby Recover From Critical Condition After DUI Crash

MyNorthwest.com reported updates on their blog about the health of Elias and Karina Schulte, the victims involved in a Seattle DUI crash that occurred earlier this month. Elias, a one month old baby, and his mother, Karina, were the only survivors from the accident. They were crossing a Seattle street along with Elias’ grandparents, who were killed, when a drunk driver (Mark Mullan) hit them with his car. Elias and Karina were taken to the hospital under critical condition and are still receiving medical care. It was stated that Elias received brain damage, while Karina suffered from a fractured pelvis and hip, and torn ligaments in one of her knees. Dan Schulte, Karina’s husband, told sources that after being at the hospital for several weeks now, both Karina and Elias have improved. He commented, “Elias is now breathing on his own, without the breathing tube…he looks and acts just like a newborn should…his cries are a little softer and squeakier than if he were at his best, it’s clear he’s trying to jump start his recovery too.” It was noted that the family has received about $63,000 in donations from individuals from all over the nation that are supporting them. Although Mullan has continued to plead “not-guilty” for his DUI and vehicular homicide charges, prosecutors are working very diligently to punish him. If convicted, he faces a sentence range of 15 to 19.5 years in prison, but prosecutors are pushing for a longer sentence.

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

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High School Student Gets Charged With DUI

High School Student Gets Charged With DUI-GMH

The Statesman Journal reported that Adam Roth, a North Salem High School student, was charged with a DUI after crashing his car into a house in the 1200 block of Market Street NE around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. In addition to the DUI, Roth also received charges for driving recklessly and jeopardizing the lives of the three passengers that were riding with him. It was said that Roth and three other students were driving back to school from their lunch break when he crashed into the house. One of the passengers, Zack Rosenblatt, told sources that Roth’s head kind of went down. Roth, who was driving a 1968 blue Ford Mustang, accelerated past a stop sign, ran through a raised yard, and crashed into a house, damaging the siding and a water spigot.

Lieutenant Keith Blair stated that Roth had been smoking spice prior to the accident which impaired his ability to drive. Sources defined “spice” as a mix of various herbs that is sold as “synthetic marijuana”. In addition, Blair stated that spice has become increasingly popular among young individuals during the last couple of years. Luckily, none of the passengers received injuries. On the other hand, Roth received minor injuries and was taken to the Salem Hospital. It was noted that initially police officials thought the vehicle accident was related to a medical condition, however, after questioning Roth at the hospital, they learned that he had been DUI.

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

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