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July 2012 Archives

Off-Duty NJ Trooper Pulls Gun to Arrest DWI Suspect

Just because there isn’t a marked police car doesn’t mean that a drunk person won’t get pulled over.

That’s what happened to a couple of underage drinkers who thought it would be wise to drink beers and then throw the empties out the window, according to WPVI-TV. Acting Sergeant First Class, Frank Moore saw the men drinking and hitting other cars with the empty cans that were thrown out the window.

The driver has been charged with DWI and obstruction of justice. Will the obstruction charge for fleeing the officer stand up in court?

Krayzie Bone of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Arrested for DUI

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony had a “Rebirth” back in 2010, but even after coming back from the dead you can still have some trouble. Only a year after Bone Thugs were back on the scene, Krayzie Bone left the group for “uncontrollable circumstances.”

Now, Krayzie Bone is in trouble — without the rest of the Bone Thugs to back him up. Krayzie was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop, according to TMZ. He allegedly failed some field sobriety tests and was given the Breathalyzer test, which reported that he had a 0.10% blood alcohol content.

But why did he have the sobriety checks if he wasn’t pulled over on suspicion of DUI?

DUI Driver That Caused Death after 'Beef and Beer' Gets 5-10 Years

In February 2011, Leroy Johnson was arrested for DUI after doing a U-turn on Broad Street after a “beef and beer” event, hitting a SUV that careened out of control into a couple on the sidewalk, killing one of them and seriously injuring the other, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Johnson was found to have a 0.20% blood alcohol content at the time of the accident, well over twice the legal limit.

Last week, Johnson was sentenced to 5-10 years in prison on charges of homicide by motor vehicle while driving under the influence and aggravated assault by vehicle, according to the Inquirer. Once the prison term is finished, Johnson will be subject to four years of court-monitored probation that includes mandatory drug and alcohol testing and treatment.

Driving Through a Checkpoint with a Beer? One Way to Get a DUI

Some people have all the fun. Who can forget Anderson Sotomayor, who was still driving after 5 DUIs that included accidents involving a school bus and a police cruiser? Now there are some folks trying to outdo even the infamous Sotomayor.

Over the weekend, David Caruso (not of CSI fame) was arrested after police at a sobriety checkpoint noticed that he was drinking a beer while stopped at the checkpoint, according to the Hartford Courant. Not only was Caruso drinking a beer, but he was also driving with a suspended license from an earlier DUI, reports the Vernon Patch.

Looks like Caruso may have a few things coming.

Man Who Caused Horsham DUI Pedestrian Death Gets Under 2 Years

People don’t seem to realize that public safety laws are made for just that, public safety. Speed limits, car inspections, and DUI laws are all on the books to try and limit the number of people injured or killed while driving or just existing near a road.

These principles are well illustrated by Donald Dinkins III, who in January was speeding 14 miles per hour over the limit, intoxicated on marijuana, and driving a car that had failed inspection with a special note from the mechanic that the car “should not be driven.” While Dinkins was breaking these public safety laws, he failed to avoid Sharon Ann Minnick as she attempted to cross the road, causing another pedestrian death in Horsham, according to phillyBurbs.com.

Who Better to Pick You Up After a DUI Arrest Than a Drunk Buddy?

We all know you get one phone call in jail, but isn't it best used to call a responsible friend to help you? Even worse, what if you've been released and need a ride?

These thoughts obviously didn't cross a man in Doylestown's mind when he called Dylan Gustte to come pick him up after he had been arrested for DUI. This is the case because Gustte showed up to the police station drunk to give his friend a ride, reports Doylestown Patch.

So who's dumb and who's dumber?

State Trooper Charged with On-Duty DUI; Who'll Stop Speeders Now?

Just remember the next time you are around police officers, they are just normal people that also make mistakes. The news has been loaded with stories about the police being involved in accidents caused by others, accidents caused by off-duty police, domestic disputes, off-duty DUI.

And now, there's an on-duty State Trooper will be cited for DUI, reports WPVI-TV.

This time, it's Pennsylvania State Trooper Kevin Wackley who has been charged with DUI after a local officer reported to the State Police barracks that Wackley might be drunk, according to WPVI.

Man Gets Max Sentence, Pleads Guilty to DUI Bicyclist Death

In the fall of 2011, Bucks County resident, Brett Truskin, back on the road driving his RAV4 after being arrested for causing a three-car pileup on I-95 when he hit Gregory Loper head on. He then crashed into four parked cars and one occupied car, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Loper was riding a bicycle and was killed.

Truskin's attorney stated that Truskin had a heroin problem and had used before the accident, reports the Inquirer. Truskin already pleaded guilty to simple assault for hitting the occupied car, and was remorseful in his apology to the Loper family. Part of Truskin's plea deal was agreeing to the maximum sentence.

What was the benefit of Truskin's plea deal?

Man Gets Jail for DUI 5 Years After Shooting Accident Kills Friend

So you would think that if you got real drunk and killed your friend that you might think about being sure that you are a responsible drinker or a teetotaler after the event. But that's probably why they call it a drinking problem.

Sean O'Neill Jr., son of wealthy former bar owner Sean O'Neill Sr., was a teenager when he accidentally shot and killed his friend Scott Sheridan at an underage drinking party in 2006. Now at 23, he has been convicted of DUI after driving drunkenly and smashing his Cadillac into a garage, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Motorcycle Officer Death Caused by Wrong Way I-95 Drunk Driver

So, you think only famous people like Snoop Dogg can be slapped with a murder case? Think again, as even regular citizens can be charged with murder.

That is the case for John Leck, Jr., who got drunk and then drove south on northbound I-95, hitting Officer Brian Lorenzo head on, and killing him practically instantly, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Lorenzo was a highly-decorated officer and a trainer in the elite Philadelphia Highway Patrol drill team.

Talking Urinal Cake Fights DUI's Drop by Drop

What would stop you from taking the risk of driving after a few drinks? A a hottie telling you not to at the bar? A Chippendale offering you a ride? That nagging voice in the back of your head? How about a urinal cake?

Michigan has just deployed the talking urinal cake as a prevention initiative against drunk driving, reports The Associated Press. The cakes will have a lovely female voice asking men if they’ve “had one too many” and suggesting they call a cab and wash their hands, reports the Detroit News.

Having a device that reminds people not to drink and drive raises the question of what affects bar owners’ liability for drunk driving.

DUI in Rehoboth Kills Cyclist

Summer is truly upon us. Not only has Anderson Sotomayor finally been locked up after 6 DUIs, but now there are more reports of summertime DUIs. The most recent report comes from Rehoboth, on the Delaware coast.

Over the first weekend of July, Brian Meegan originally of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, was driving his jeep under the influence, when he hit Russell Henman of Snow Hill, Maryland, reports NBC10. Meegan reportedly careened into Henman as he rode his bicycle on Coastal Highway. The crash threw Henman onto Meegan's hood, where he stayed for around 400 feet until the Jeep hit a curb and threw him off.