Repeat DUI Offender Hits ‘Don’t Drink And Drive’ Sign

Repeat DUI Offender Hits ‘Don’t Drink And Drive’ Sign

dont drink drive signA repeat DUI offender in Island County, Washington will soon be sentenced after pleading guilty to 3 separate drunk driving incidents occurring in 2008 and 2012. Joe Clyde, the repeat DUI offender, was first arrested for DUI in 2008 and was later enrolled in a deferred prosecution program. Then, in 2012, Clyde was arrested on August 9 after crashing his vehicle, ironically, into a “Please Don’t Drink and Drive” sign while driving on Highway 525.

When he was arrested that night, police found his blood alcohol content (BAC) level to be .20%, more that double the legal limit of .08%. Clyde was released shortly after his arrest, however, less than 24 hours later police arrested the repeat DUI offender once more after spotting him driving erratically on the road. Police reported that Clyde was driving a different vehicle during the second incident and found his BAC level to be .21%. Currently, prosecutors with Island County are recommending a 3 year sentence for Clyde.

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Brewers Pitcher Yovani Gallardo Arrested For DUI

Brewers Pitcher Yovani Gallardo Arrested For DUI

yovani gallardoYovani Gallardo, a pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, was arrested for DUI on April 16, 2013 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The incident happened at around 2 am after deputies responded to a call about a vehicle swerving between lanes. When deputies spotted Gallardo, he was going 40 mph in a 55 mph zone and upon pulling him over, said that he was “very cooperative“. According to police, Gallardo displayed several symptoms of alcohol intoxication such as having an odor of alcohol, red, glassy eyes and slurred speech.

According to a police report, Gallardo was asked to perform a series of field sobriety tests, which he failed. When police conducted an alcohol breath test, they found the Brewers pitcher had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level of .22%, which is nearly 3 times the legal limit of .08%. Police said that Gallardo quickly admitted to having a “couple of beers“. After Yovani Gallardo was arrested, the Milwaukee Brewers issued a statement saying, “We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions“.

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

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Two LAPD Officers Accused Of Lying About DUI Arrest

Two LAPD Officers Accused Of Lying About DUI Arrest

lapdTwo LAPD officers accused of lying under oath about a DUI arrest made 3 years ago in Highland Park began their criminal trial this week. Craig Allen and Phillip Walters were charged with perjury and falsifying a police report in 2012. Walters is currently on suspension from the police force while Allen has since been fired. The DUI stop in question happened 3 years ago after Officer Cecilio Flores made a DUI stop and asked both Walters and Craig to assist him. Since Craig and Walters were on the DUI task force that night, Cecilio later handed off the stop to them, often called a “gimme”.

The remainder of the stop was fairly routine, with the driver being given field sobriety tests, arrested and then taken to jail. The problem arises in the police report, where according to prosecutor Rosa Alarcon, Allen wrote he was “in the area when they observed and pulled over the vehicle. He didn’t mention Flores“. Alarcon said that Allen later testified at another hearing and admitted to never having personally observed the offense happening. Allen’s attorney has said that his client had “no motive” for lying and that the error on the the police report was just that, a mistake. With regard to the perjury case, LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck said, “I do not believe that their intent was evil, just extremely misguided. The character of our organization is defined by the conduct that we condone. These actions were entirely unacceptable“.

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Kansas University Football Player Arrested For DUI, Leaving Scene

Kansas University Football Player Arrested For DUI, Leaving Scene

nick sizemoreNicolas Wade Sizemore, a senior football player with Kansas University was arrested on April 14, 2013 on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. The arrest took place early Sunday morning after Sizemore was stopped by police for driving without his headlights on. The arrested officers suspected the Kansas University football player of alcohol intoxication and also believe that he struck a parked vehicle just minutes before being pulled over.

Sizemore was taken to Douglas County Jail after his arrest on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of a non-injury accident, however, it is unclear at the time if he failed to pass any field sobriety tests or submitted an alcohol breath test. Sizemore was later released from jail on a $700 bond with a notice to appear in court on May 1, 2013. According to Kansas University head coach Charlie Weis, Sizemore, who plays as a tight end, has been suspended for the first 3 games of the 2013 as a direct result of the DUI arrest. Weis stated that Sizemore’s DUI arrest was a violation of team rules and said “As I have previously stated, every player on our team knows and understands our rules and regulations. They also know the consequences for violations“.

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Drunk Driver Crashes Into Police

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Police

The Chicago Tribune reported that Daniel Magana, a drunk driver in Hammond, Indiana, was charged with a DUI after colliding with a police SUV and injuring two police officers and a passenger that was in the vehicle at that moment. It was stated that Magana admitted he had drunk about 14 beers.  The police SUV was allegedly stationed in a local street when Magana struck it head-on, at about 4 a.m. Hector Alfaro, who is the Police News Affairs Officer, stated that the police officers had been completing paperwork from another traffic crash. The passenger that was sitting in the back seat of the police SUV, at the time of the accident, and one of the police officers were taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The other police official was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. It was confirmed that they were all stable and did not receive serious injuries.

A police report stated that Magana told police he had been drinking and had fallen asleep at the wheel. He was arrested and taken to the Near North District police station. Police officers stated that Magana had difficulty trying to maintain his posture and taking an alcohol breath test. He told police he’d had the 14 cups of beer while at the Cubs game Saturday at Wrigley Field and after the game at the home of a friend. Magana’s blood alcohol content level marked up to be .0193, which exceeds Chicago’s legal limit of .08. He received various charges: two misdemeanor DUIs, one misdemeanor for reckless driving, and another for violating traffic laws.

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

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Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested For DUI

Comedian Kevin Hart Arrested For DUI

kevin hartActor and comedian Kevin Hart was arrested and charged with DUI around 4:30 am on April 14, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. Hart was pulled over after California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs observed him speeding on a freeway and nearly colliding with a gas tanker. According to the officer, Hart, who was also driving with an unnamed female passenger, was going more than 90 mph and driving erratically. After being pulled over, the patrol officer conducted a series of field sobriety tests, which Kevin Hart failed before being arrested for DUI.

The female passenger was sent home in a taxi while Hart was taken to jail and released several hours later on a $5,000 bond. Shortly after his arrest, Hart took to his Twitter account to address the story, saying, “I’m officially a thug, I spent 6hrs in jail last night…I got pulled over 3blocks from my house by a d— head cop. This cop was the worst, he knew who I was &wanted to make a example out of me….“. However, after the comedian’s initial Tweets and jokes, he later returned to comment on the seriousness of the situation, saying “On some real s—….drinking &driving is not a game or a laughing matter. People have lost lives because of stupid s— this! This is a wake up call for me, I have to be smarter &last night I wasn’t….everything happens for a reason….“.

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81 Year Old Gets DWI

81 Year Old Gets DWI

NJ.com, reported that an 81-year-old man, Linwood Darden, was charged with a DWI and reckless driving after a three-car crash that sent three to a local hospital. On Saturday evening, Darden, who was driving a 2002 Cadillac, hit the rear of a 2002 Audi, which then hit the back of a 2005 Nissan.  It was reported that Ivan Byron, who was driving the Nissan, was taken to Overlook Hospital along with his young passengers of ages 9 and 15. No details were released regarding their health state, however, it was mentioned that they had a lot of pain complaints. It was stated that Darden received charges for a DWI, failure to take an alcohol breath test, and reckless driving. There was no information released regarding  Nika Archemashvili, the Audi driver. The Watchung Police Department noted that both, Archemashvili’s and Darden’s vehicles had to be towed away from the accident scene.

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

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Facebook and Twitter Used to Trump Efforts at DUI Checkpoints

Facebook and Twitter Help Warn People of DUI Checkpoints

Individuals are now using social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter to warn others of DUI checkpoint locations and thwart police efforts to catch suspected drunk drivers. People are aware that police officers often set up checkpoint areas to catch people who are breaking the law at peak times due to the frequency of events. Now people have found a way to circumvent getting these tickets or being arrested by reading their friends’ posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Police are known for being at certain checkpoints on Friday and Saturday nights, on New Years, and even parking in winery driveways to make sure and catch those who might be venturing out unsafely. Nowadays, all of these locations have stopped working because of the warnings people have been posting to their respective social media venues. Police at first were very interested that people are trying to help others by warning them in the first place!

As cited from Associated Press, the usual big checkpoints are no longer feasible for police officers trying to fill their monthly quotas. Police have been making efforts to start to take back roads or set up checkpoints at random times and locations during the week instead of their usual routines. Barbara Harsha of the Governors Highway Safety Association commented on the situation by saying, “Social media cuts both ways. It can be a good tool to inform the public about what’s going on, and it also can be used to undermine enforcement efforts.”

Even though police have been working to work around the situation, DUI’s are still administered like always. It’s not about getting caught, it’s about staying safe!

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Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford Will Not Face DUI Charges

Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford Will Not Face DUI Charges

jacoby fordJacoby Ford, a wide-receiver with Oakland Raiders, was arrested for DUI on March 14, 2013 but will not be facing DUI charges after all. According to the Contra Costa Times, Oakland authorities have said they will not be pressing charges against the NFL player after reviewing the reports submitted by the California Highway Patrol. Prosecutors didn’t give any specific reason regarding the dropped charges and a spokesman for the Raiders said that “The Raiders organization is aware of the situation involving Jacoby Ford and takes matters such as this very seriously“.

Ford was pulled over for speeding and excessively tinted windows, however, upon questioning him, the officer noticed several symptoms of alcohol intoxication. Ford was given multiple field sobriety tests, all of which he failed. Since Ford will not be prosecuted for DUI, it is likely that he also won’t be facing any disciplinary action by the NFL, which has suspended players in the past for incidents occurring off the field. Multiple players have been charged with DUI offenses within the last year including Jay Ratliff and Josh Brent among others. Jacoby Ford is expected to play in the upcoming season despite missing all of the 2012 season with a foot injury.

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District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, Pleads Guilty to DWI

District Attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, Pleads Guilty to DWI

Austin News reported that Rosemary Lehmberg, the district attorney for  Travis County in Texas, will plead guilty to DWI and will accept any punishment the court hands down. Lehmberg, who is 63 years old, was arrested this past Friday approximately at 11 p.m. Sheriff officials stopped her near FM 620 in West Austin, Texas. Several bystanders stated that she was driving recklessly and swerving into other road lanes. She was arrested and charged for a DWI, but released on a bond the following morning.

It was noted that Lehmberg wrote a letter to the courts stating: “Please accept this as my Plea of Guilt to the Charge of Driving While Intoxicated…I enter  this unconditional Plea without request for delay, without legal argument by counsel, without any plea bargain, and without any request for leniency or consideration of any type.”

Lehmberg has been district attorney since 2009 and was re-elected in November 2012. Her term lasts till 2016. However, the Texas Local Government Code states three main reasons why an elected district attorney might be removed from office: incompetency, official misconduct, and intoxication on or off duty caused by drinking an alcoholic beverage. 

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

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