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NJ Ruling Means 20K DWI Cases Could Be Tossed

Officer allegedly failed to calibrate blood-testing machines

(Newser) - A lot of drunk drivers in New Jersey could end up getting away with it because one police officer allegedly failed to do his job properly. The state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some 20,667 people accused of drunk driving could have their cases tossed because of Sgt.... More »

NASCAR CEO Charged With DWI, Possession in Hamptons

Brian France was arrested Sunday night

(Newser) - NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France spent Monday morning being arraigned in the Hamptons after being pulled over Sunday night in Sag Harbor Village and allegedly found to be under the influence and in possession of oxycodone pills. ESPN reports he was charged with aggravated DWI and criminal possession, and... More »

Young Driver Kills 2; Her Bartender Is Charged, Too

20-year-old killed woman, child while allegedly driving drunk

(Newser) - It wasn't surprising that police charged a 20-year-old Texas woman after she killed a mother and infant while allegedly driving drunk. More surprising is that authorities also have charged the bartender who allegedly served her before the crash, along with two men accused of buying her drinks, reports ABC13... More »

He Tried to Flee From Cops. He Forgot One Thing

Headshaking incident happened in Virginia

(Newser) - A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself, the AP reports. Fairfax County Police released dashboard video of Tuesday's incident in which 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu is seen getting out of his... More »

Lou Diamond Phillips Asks for Directions, Gets Arrested

He reportedly had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system

(Newser) - Lou Diamond Phillips spent a night behind bars after asking a cop for directions while allegedly drunk behind the wheel. Phillips was driving in Portland, Texas, around 1:35am Friday when he pulled up behind a police vehicle at a traffic stop, reports KRIS 6 . Phillips reportedly told the officer... More »

'Tin Man' Busted for Being Rusty on Driving Laws

Specifically, the Oz-Stravaganza actor allegedly had a BAC of 0.19%

(Newser) - A man hired to portray the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum's upstate New York hometown was still in his character's makeup when his mugshot was taken after a drunk driving arrest, the AP reports. State police say troopers responded Sunday to a report... More »

One State Close to Adopting Toughest DUI Limit in Nation

Utah's BAC limit to be lowered to 0.05% from 0.08% if governor signs off

(Newser) - Rolling out what the AP calls "the toughest DUI limit" in the country, Utah lawmakers have brought a new measure to the governor's desk that would limit a driver's legal blood-alcohol content to 0.05%. House Bill 155 —which would go into effect right before New... More »

Bad Move: Cartwheels During Sobriety Test

Bryelle Marshall charged with DWI in New Mexico

(Newser) - Bryelle Marshall didn't walk in a straight line during a field sobriety test in Albuquerque, NM, on Friday—but she did do cartwheels. After receiving a report about a reckless driver, officers say they found the 23-year-old asleep in the driver's seat of her car, parked partially on... More »

DUI Charge Dropped Against Caffeinated California Driver

DA's office still insists it's 'highly likely' Joseph Schwab was on another drug, despite tests indicating otherwise

(Newser) - He was busted for driving while intoxicated , and now, 16 months later, Joseph Schwab has had his DUI charge dropped. The California man had been pulled over in Solano County in August 2015 after it was reported he was driving erratically, and he was arrested for DUI, although later tests... More »

Man at Jail to Pick Up Family Member Gets Himself Arrested

Rex Crooks was charged with aggravated DWI

(Newser) - A 52-year-old New York man was arrested Sunday after allegedly driving drunk to pick up a family member at jail, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. Police say Rex Crooks showed up at jail to pick up the family member at 6pm Sunday—the family member wasn't being released... More »

Drunk Driver Gets 99 Years So 'We Can All Sleep at Night'

Jose Marin has been convicted of DWI eight times

(Newser) - A Texas prosecutor urged jurors to put a 64-year-old serial drunk driver away for a long time so "we can all sleep at night," the Houston Chronicle reports. So after nearly six hours of deliberation Thursday, a jury sentenced Jose Marin to 99 years in prison for his... More »

MMA Fighter's Baby Dies After Being Plowed Down by SUV

72-year-old arrested on DUI, hit-and-run charges in crash that killed Marcus Kowal's toddler

(Newser) - A Saturday walk turned tragic in Hawthorne, Calif., when a 15-year-old girl and a 15-month-old boy in a stroller were plowed into by an SUV, PIX11 reports. Toddler Liam Mikael Kowal, the son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his partner, Mishel Eder, died Sunday from his injuries, and a... More »

Balloon Pilot in Deadly Crash Had 4 DWI Convictions

Skip Nichols wouldn't have been allowed to fly a plane

(Newser) - If Alfred "Skip" Nichols had been a commercial airplane pilot, he probably would have been grounded long ago. Nichols, the pilot of a hot air balloon that crashed over the weekend in Texas , killing 16, was able to keep flying despite having at least four convictions for drunk driving... More »

Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops

Suspected drunk driver plows into Colorado family on way to airport for dream vacation

(Newser) - A Colorado dad who'd planned to surprise his family with a trip to Disney World was headed to the airport with them early Thursday when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their minivan, dashing the Disney plans and putting all four family members in the hospital, CBS Denver reports.... More »

After 9th DWI, Houston Guy Gets Life in the Slammer

Donald Middleton's Texas driver's license was still valid when he was busted the 9th time

(Newser) - Donald Middleton of Texas has been gathering DWI convictions since Ronald Reagan was first elected president, and with nine to his name, he's now been sent to prison for life, per the Houston Chronicle . Montgomery County Judge Kathleen Hamilton issued the sentence to the 56-year-old Houston man on Tuesday... More »

Hillary's Bro-in-Law Busted on DUI Charge in California

Roger Clinton's 2nd DUI arrest comes 2 days ahead of state's primary

(Newser) - In what TMZ calls "impeccable timing," Bill Clinton's baby brother, Roger, was arrested Sunday in California on DUI charges—just two days before Hillary Clinton goes up against Bernie Sanders in the state primary there. Roger Clinton, 59, was busted around 8pm in Redondo Beach and is... More »

Cops: Man Drives Drunk to Interview for Driving Job

He didn't get the gig

(Newser) - It's probably a good thing Ryan Dickson didn't get that job he was hoping for. The Des Moines Register reports the 39-year-old showed up drunk—very drunk—to an interview at the Trans Iowa taxicab company at 9:25am Monday. "A little white car comes pulling in... More »

Her Sister's DWI Leads to DWI of Her Own

Minnesota woman just couldn't wait to spring her sis

(Newser) - There's sisterly devotion, and then there's "your sister would've understood if you'd waited till morning." Erica Stang apparently couldn't wait to go pick up her sibling from jail, though, so the 32-year-old Minnesota woman set out to make the trip to Stearns County... More »

Tenn. Woman May Add New DUI to Her Other 16

Cops say she gave up trying to pass the field sobriety tests after car crash

(Newser) - Thirteen is often thought to be the unluckiest number, but for Dorothy Kaye Hanson, 17 doesn't seem to bode especially well, either. The 59-year-old woman from Shelbyville, Tenn., was involved in a car crash last Friday, and cops say they found booze containers in a grocery bag in her... More »

Drunk-Driving Suspect Crashes, Tries to Hide in Nativity Scene

UK man was likely too big to fit in the manger

(Newser) - "Jesus Saves" probably doesn't refer to getting someone off the hook for a crime, as one suspected drunk driver recently found out in the UK. A man slammed his Mini Cooper into a metal barrier in Yorkshire on Saturday and then fled the scene, seeking sanctuary from law... More »

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