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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 »

Texas Man Gets Life in Prison for 10th DWI

Bobby Gene Martin also threatened to kill an officer and his family

(Newser) - A Texas man was sentenced to two life sentences Wednesday for drunk driving. If that seems harsh, consider that Bobby Gene Martin, 64, racked up 10 DWI charges between 1981 and 2014, reports the Montgomery County Police Reporter . In the latest incident, Martin crashed his mom's pickup truck on... 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 »

Cops: Fan Drinks 9 Beers, Crashes, Is Rescued by Patriots Player

Vince Wilfork saw accident, stopped to help

(Newser) - A Good Samaritan in Massachusetts stopped to help a woman in an overturned vehicle, which is making more headlines than usual because of one weird twist: The Good Samaritan is New England Patriots star Vince Wilfork, and the driver is a woman who was watching him play at Gillette Stadium... 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 »

Boy Dies 6 Years After DWI Crash

Abdallah Khader was just 2 when drunk driver hit family car

(Newser) - Abdallah Khader was just 2 years old in 2009 when his family's car was hit by a drunk driver. Yesterday morning, at age 8, he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in that crash. Abdallah's parents tell WFAA he died at a Fort Worth, Texas, medical center; he... More »

What Not to Tell Police in the Wee Hours of Jan. 1

Daniel Pratts allegedly explained that everyone drives drunk

(Newser) - Shortly after the clock struck midnight on Jan. 1, a police officer in Vineland, NJ, says he saw Daniel Pratts greet 2015 by speeding through a stop sign and almost slamming into the car in front of him (which turned out to be a police K-9 unit), the Daily Journal ... More »

Mom Files $30M Suit Against Police for Not Arresting Son

Kathi Fedden says son Peter should've gotten a DWI earlier the night he died

(Newser) - Peter Fedden was picked up by police the night of July 30, 2013, after drunkenly plowing his car through a fence, across a couple of lawns, and into the side of a house in Commack, NY. It's at this point that Fedden's mom, Kathi Fedden, thinks police should... More »

Car Plows Into Church Crowd in Deadly Crash

Calif. victims had just left Christmas service

(Newser) - A motorist hit a group of pedestrians outside a California church as a Christmas service ended last night, killing one person and leaving up to 11 others injured, police say. Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, a police spokesman in Redondo Beach says. One adult... More »

Drunk-Driving Suspect Blames Fried Fish

Must have been the beer batter, he tells cops

(Newser) - It was all the fish's fault, a Wisconsin man with nine drunk-driving convictions told officers when he was stopped for driving erratically. According to a police incident report, John Przybyla had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol, but when a deputy asked the 75-year-old how much he had had... 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 »

Lawyer in Plow-Jet Crash: Booze Odor Not From Booze

Vladimir Martynenko could have smelled that way due to drops he takes for heart

(Newser) - The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying Total SA CEO Christophe de Margerie to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark. Channel One state television showed footage today... More »

Drunk Driver Thought This Jail Was a Bar

Cops are now holding her in that very jail

(Newser) - A woman in Van Buren County, Mich., didn't have far to go after she was arrested for drunk driving. The 39-year-old is being held in the very jail whose parking lot she pulled into early yesterday, Michigan Live reports; she told police she thought the lot belonged to a... More »

Couple Pulled Over for DUI Had Sex in Cop Car

Judge at sentencing says behavior of Travis Husnik, Heather Basten was 'outlandish'

(Newser) - Most people who get pulled over for drunk driving and hauled away in a squad car probably keep their pants on (just a guess). Then again, most people aren't Travis Husnik and Heather Basten. The Wisconsin couple, ages 33 and 29 respectively, were being taken to the Oconto County... 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 »

Cops: Drunk Vermont Woman Made Kid Drive

Child endangerment charges ensue

(Newser) - A Vermont woman has been arrested after police say she had a child drive her car while she was drunk. Forty-two-year-old Jessica Mathiau of Brattleboro was arrested last night and charged with child endangerment. State police say a trooper noticed a car parked in the middle of the road, and... More »

Does Marijuana Boost Deaths on the Road?

There's a lot of confusion about how dangerous high drivers are

(Newser) - When it comes to the dangers of driving while high on marijuana, the data isn't entirely clear—and that's becoming more of a worry as states legalize pot, the AP reports. "Anytime a driver has their ability impaired, it is a problem," notes a boss at... More »

Norway Legalizes Segways, Quickly Makes First DUI Arrest

Oslo cops fear more will follow

(Newser) - Norway legalized Segways last month, hoping they would "revolutionize traffic patterns," reports the BBC . But before the revolution comes this: Cops busted a suspected drunken Segway driver who witnesses say was struggling to keep his contraption upright. Police are awaiting blood tests and fearing it won't be... More »

Man Dies Trying to Stop Friend From Driving Drunk

Joseph Ianzano held onto car's spoiler, got thrown in crash

(Newser) - Joseph Ianzano was worried about a friend—and it ended up costing the Florida 19-year-old his life. He'd driven some friends back to his place after a concert Saturday night, and he feared one of them was too drunk to drive himself home. "He blocked the car with... More »

Guy's Jail Attire: T-Shirt With His Own Mugshot

Says 'sponsored by Bud Light' after DUI

(Newser) - A 19-year-old managed to turn his two-day stint in jail into a comedy routine. Bobby Burt, who was arrested for drunk driving in Maine in June, arrived to serve his sentence earlier this month wearing a shirt featuring his own mugshot, the AP reports The shirt's text, per the... More »

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