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Sleeping Teen Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

Elsewhere, car smashes into church during Easter service

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl was killed in her bed when a suspected drunk driver slammed into her apartment building shortly before 4am yesterday in Palmdale, Calif., police say. The 20-year-old driver has been arrested on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, reports NBC . Police believe he missed a turn on his... More »

NYPD: Drunk Cop Plowed Through Police Stop

Fellow officers had to jump out of the way

(Newser) - An off-duty NYPD officer was charged with multiple offenses including drunk driving after nearly mowing down a bunch of on-duty officers at a traffic stop. Police say Shieed Haniff hit two cars, causing minor injuries for occupants in both vehicles, then sped through a police stop as officers jumped out... More »

Drunk, Speeding Mom Killed 2 Sons in Crash: Cops

Crystal Suniga had her 4 kids in the car with her

(Newser) - A Texas woman crashed into two parked cars Saturday night, killing her two young sons, and police say the accident was her fault. Crystal Suniga, 30, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, twice the legal limit, and police estimate she could have been driving more than three... More »

Secret Service Suspected of Drinking, Crashing Car

As new details about Netherlands debauch come to light

(Newser) - The Secret Service's Netherlands debauch wasn't the agency's first questionable incident this month: Two counter-sniper officers were involved in a car accident on March 7, during President Obama's visit to Miami, and they were suspected of drinking, multiple sources tell the Washington Post . The driver, however,... More »

Guy Gets 2 DWIs ... in One Day, at One McDonald's

At the same McDonald's

(Newser) - Let's just say Zachary J. Boynton may have really, really wanted some McDonald's. The 31-year-old New York man was arrested on DWI charges twice in the same morning, at the same Oneonta McDonald's, WKTV reports. Police first arrested him at 12:56am last Sunday after he allegedly... More »

Chris Pine Busted for Alleged DUI

Was leaving a wrap party in New Zealand at the time

(Newser) - The latest celebrity to make one wonder, "Why not just take a cab?" is Chris Pine. The Star Trek actor was arrested March 1 on suspicion of driving drunk in New Zealand, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . All authorities will say is that a 33-year-old American man was stopped.... More »

Groom Charged in Bride's Wedding-Day Death

Ryan Quinton charged in Dec. 29 car crash

(Newser) - What should have been the happiest day of his life now has a Georgia man facing prison. Hours after her Dec. 29 wedding near Atlanta, Kali Dobson was killed in a car crash ; new husband Ryan Quinton was behind the wheel, and told police he swerved to avoid a dog.... More »

17 People Called 911 About Wrong-Way Driver

She was seen on 2 freeways before crash killed 6

(Newser) - The woman accused of killing six people in a horrific crash in California was spotted driving the wrong way on two freeways before she drove her Camaro at 100mph into a Ford Explorer, the California Highway Patrol says. At least 17 witnesses called 911 before the crash to report seeing... More »

Wrong-Way Driver Had Earlier DUI, Just-Cleared License

Olivia Culbreath's restrictions lifted last week after DUI at age 17

(Newser) - The driver in a wrong-way crash that killed six people early Sunday had restrictions on her driver's license from a previous drunk driving conviction and other traffic violations—restrictions that were lifted just last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, is suspected of being drunk... More »

Driver in Wrong-Way Crash Was on 'Girls' Night Out'

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, just had a baby last month

(Newser) - Olivia Carolee Culbreath, the 21-year-old arrested in a wrong-way crash in California that killed six people yesterday, had just had a baby late last month and was on a "girls' night out" when the horrific collision occurred around 4:40am Sunday in Diamond Bar, one of her friends tells... More »

Ex-Cowboy Guilty in Crash That Killed Teammate

Josh Brent found guilty of manslaughter

(Newser) - Jurors yesterday found former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Josh Brent guilty of intoxication manslaughter in an accident that killed friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent, 25, was convicted of driving drunk and crashing his Mercedes in December 2012 and faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence with possible probation. Brent’s... More »

Suit: Cops Left Hispanic Drunk Guy at Taco Bell

Uriel Juarez-Popoca was subsequently killed by a car

(Newser) - When Ohio police responded to reports of a drunk driver who had pulled over on the side of the road, they inexplicably took the 22-year-old Hispanic man to a Taco Bell five miles away and left him there. Soon after, he was walking on the highway when he was hit... More »

Woman Drives to Jail Drunk to Bail Out Drunk Husband

It doesn't end well

(Newser) - Lots of idiots drove drunk on New Year's Eve. But not many of them were driving to a police station to pick up a husband who had been arrested for, you guessed it, drunk driving. But that's what police allege a Pennsylvania woman did, according to the Erie ... More »

Too Drunk to Drive? AAA Offers New Year's Eve Help

'Tow to Go' program will get you and your car to a safe place

(Newser) - If you find yourself too buzzed to drive home while celebrating the new year, AAA can help. Its "Tow to Go" program (which has actually been around since 1998) offers free rides tonight and tomorrow, whether you're a member or not. The service is meant to help people... More »

Woman's DUI Leads to Ridiculous Chain of DUIs

She calls drunk friend from police HQ, and drunk friend calls drunk friend

(Newser) - It would be comical if it weren't so pathetic: Police in Readington Township, NJ, have reported the most bizarre chain of events, beginning with a 1:45am stop on Monday. A patrolman pulled over a car that was swerving, and smelled alcohol emanating from it, reports the Express-Times . The... More »

'Pippi Longstocking' Busted in Triple Hit and Run

Seems Tami Erin is not having the greatest time lately

(Newser) - Things seem to have gone downhill for Tami Erin since she played Pippi Longstocking in the '80s: The actress was arrested yesterday for felony hit and run ... while allegedly driving drunk, TMZ reports. Erin is accused of hitting three cars in LA—in three separate incidents, not all at... More »

Teen Kills 4 in DUI, Escapes Jail Sentence

Because, as his lawyers argued, he's too spoiled to blame

(Newser) - Ethan Couch got drunk last June, drove with a blood alcohol level three times the legal adult limit, and killed four pedestrians. But instead of the 20 years the 16-year-old Texas teen could have served in prison, he got 10 years of probation, CBS Local reports. Why? Apparently Couch's... More »

'2 Drunk 2 Care' Tweet Sent Hours Before Fatal Crash

Woman, 20, who posted tweet was also driver in head-on crash

(Newser) - A 20-year-old Florida woman involved in a car crash that claimed the lives of two other women might have been under the influence when the crash happened. Now, almost a week later, the case is gaining national attention. It all has to do with a shocking post driver Kaila Mendoza... More »

Man Charged With Killing of Teen Seeking Help

Theodore Wafer accused of 2nd-degree murder in death of Renisha McBride

(Newser) - The man who shot a 19-year-old in the face after she knocked on his door seeking help after a car accident will be charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced today. Officials are asking Theodore Wafer, 54, to turn himself in, and they expect to... More »

Man in Powerful DUI Confession Gets 6.5 Years

Matthew Cordle's license also suspended for life

(Newser) - Matthew Cordle, who confessed in a powerful video to killing a man while driving drunk in June, was sentenced to 6.5 years in prison today; he faced a maximum of 8.5 years. He was also ordered to pay a $1,075 fine plus court costs and lost his... More »

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