DUI

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'2 Drunk 2 Care' Driver Gets 24 Years

Kayla Mendoza caused crash that killed 2

(Newser) - The 22-year-old woman who tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" shortly before causing a fatal crash in Florida in 2013 was sentenced yesterday to 24 years in prison, NBC Miami reports. "I don't remember deciding to drive that night, so I can't even tell you what was... More »

Driver's Text Minutes Before Fatal Crash: 'Driving Drunk'

Mila Dago is accused of causing crash that killed friend

(Newser) - Mila Dago, then 22, was enmeshed in a bitter breakup on Aug. 14, 2013. As she and her friends were out drinking in Miami, she sent her boyfriend more than 60 angry text messages, police say. The last of those messages read "Driving drunk woo," "I'll... More »

Woman Channels Inner 5-Year-Old for Mugshot

Linda MacDonald shows how she feels after being arrested for DUI in Vermont

(Newser) - Linda MacDonald was sent to adult timeout (the Vermont State Police's Brattleboro barracks) after she crashed her car into a fence Monday night and was subsequently arrested for drunk driving, CBS Boston reports. And, like a sullen toddler receiving a consequence, the 55-year-old Massachusetts woman posed for her mugshot... More »

Stoners Are 'Safer' Drivers Than Lushes

Report finds those with THC in systems crash far less often than drunk drivers

(Newser) - As more states push to legalize marijuana , scientists have started to turn their attention toward the effects of driving after toking up. Stoners will likely rejoice at two recent studies by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that appears to put them on the safer side of things: According to... More »

Zamboni Driver Busted for DUI

Cops say ND guy was drunk at high school hockey game

(Newser) - A girls high school hockey game in Fargo, ND, got an extra little dose of excitement Friday in the form of Zamboni driver Steven Anderson, who apparently decided a little booze was in order out on the ice. "Some of the parents noticed the driver appeared to be impaired,... More »

Kentucky State Senator: 1891 Rule Voids My DUI Bust

Brandon Smith says he's 'privileged from arrest' during travel to legislature

(Newser) - A Kentucky state senator accused of driving drunk on the legislature's opening day this month has invoked a law brought in by predecessors who traveled in horse-drawn carriages. Brandon Smith's lawyer filed a request this week to dismiss his DUI charge based on an 1891 provision in the... More »

Woman Caught Driving Drunk on Vanilla Extract

Carolyn Kessel says she drank two bottles of the stuff

(Newser) - Driving drunk is one thing. Doing it on two bottles of vanilla extract is at least sweeter, if just as dangerous. Carolyn Kesel, 46, was pulled over for driving erratically around a Walmart parking lot in Macedon, NY, last week, and told police she had downed two bottles of extract,... More »

11 Years After Fatal DUI, Man Busted in New Crash

James Stitt killed a teenager weeks before her high school graduation

(Newser) - Back in 2003, James Stitt swerved into 17-year-old Caitlin Weese's car, hitting her head-on and killing her near the Chicago suburb of Gilberts, Ill. She'd been on her way home from the mall after buying clothes for her approaching high school graduation. He'd already had two DUIs—... More »

Tennis Star: George W. Bush Beer Bender Led to DUI

John Newcombe breaks silence on 1976 ticket

(Newser) - Mere days before the US presidential election in 2000, George W. Bush admitted to an old DUI arrest. Now the details of that beer-guzzling night are leaking out, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. "George was a bit of a party boy in those days," former tennis champion John... More »

USA Swimming Punishes Michael Phelps

The swimmer is forced to withdraw from world championships

(Newser) - USA Swimming has suspended Michael Phelps for six months, forced him to withdraw from next year's world championships, and taken away his funding from the sport's national governing body as a result of the Olympic champion's second DUI arrest. The sanctions announced today won't keep Phelps... More »

Michael Phelps Heads to Rehab

Swimmer taking 'some time away to attend a program'

(Newser) - Tweeting that " the past few days have been extremely difficult ," Michael Phelps says it's time " to take some time away to attend a program that will provide the help I need to better understand myself." The move comes in the wake of Phelps' arrest on... More »

What Michael Phelps Did Before His DUI Bust

Went on an 8-hour 'gambling binge,' apparently

(Newser) - What was Michael Phelps doing before he was arrested on DUI charges early yesterday? According to TMZ and its "casino sources," he was on an eight-hour "gambling binge." The sources say Phelps was playing blackjack and drinking beer in a private VIP room at Baltimore's... More »

Michael Phelps Charged With DUI

It's his second charge in 10 years

(Newser) - Michael Phelps was charged early today with driving under the influence, reports TMZ —the second such charge the swimmer has faced in 10 years. Sources tell the site he was pulled over in his native Maryland, reportedly going 84mph in a 45mph zone, and that he "bombed" his... More »

Amanda Bynes Busted for DUI

Authorities believe she was driving while on drugs

(Newser) - Amanda Bynes hasn't made headlines in a while, so perhaps you thought she'd finally gotten her life together—but apparently not. The troubled actress allegedly ran a red light and then stopped in the middle of a Los Angeles intersection around 3:30am Sunday; a CHP officer pulled... More »

Parks Ranger Found Passed Out With a Beer

Tyson Young was noticed by a passerby

(Newser) - Nothing like cracking open a brew and falling asleep ... at the wheel of your patrol car. That's apparently why California State Parks Ranger Tyson Young was found dozing in his parked vehicle on Aug. 15 in Northern California, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. A passerby (who's staying anonymous)... More »

Cops: Drunken Driver Was 13 Years Old

Girl in Wisconsin allegedly took friends out for joyride, sans headlights

(Newser) - It's not usual for a driver charged with drunken driving to be released into the custody of her mother, but nor is it usual for an accused driver to be 13 years old. Police say an officer making a traffic stop in eastern Wisconsin yesterday found the intoxicated teen... More »

Guy on Lawnmower Charged With DUI

Colorado police say Kenneth Welton was barhopping on his Craftsman ride-on

(Newser) - A Craftsman lawnmower got a Colorado man in hot water last week. Concerned citizens in Garden City called the cops on 53-year-old Kenneth Welton on Tuesday after he was spotted motoring the wrong way down a busy street at around 10pm on a riding mower, reportedly after visiting at least... More »

Cops: Angry Drunk Driver Runs Himself Over

Case of road rage does not end well for him

(Newser) - A Florida man made a series of questionable decisions this week that culminated in him being run over by his own truck, reports Raw Story . Let us count the ways, from an account in the Gainesville Sun :
  • Beer: Cops say Joseph Carl, 48, was almost three times over the legal
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Driver Who Killed Family Guilty of DUI on Same Road

Walter Depner drove drunk again on the same road

(Newser) - A scary story from northern Illinois, where a man who killed four people while driving drunk nearly 15 years ago today pleaded guilty to a DUI on that same road, the Chicago Tribune reports. In the most recent incident, Walter Depner, 62, was reportedly seen driving into a snowbank on... More »

DWI Suspect Blames Crash on 3 Animals, Tree

The old turtle-cat-squirrel excuse doesn't fly

(Newser) - Police surely hear all kinds of things from drivers looking to deflect blame after an accident, but a man in College Station, Texas, gets points for originality. He told officers that he swerved to avoid a turtle, a cat, a squirrel, and an overhanging tree, reports the Eagle of Bryan-College... More »

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