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Driver Sues Bar After Drinking for 8 Hours, Crashing Car

Texas laws allow for drinking establishments to be held liable

(Newser) - A Texas man who went on an eight-hour drinking binge and then drove his car into a concrete wall is suing the watering hole in a Dallas suburb that served him because, as his lawyer puts it, "You don't let a customer do that." Gordon Savage is... 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 »

Ex-NASA Astronaut Faces Murder Charges

2 young girls killed in car wreck involving James Halsell Jr.

(Newser) - A retired NASA astronaut who flew on five space shuttle missions has been charged with murder after an early-morning car crash in Alabama took the lives of two young half-sisters, per AL.com . A 2015 Chrysler allegedly being driven by James Halsell Jr., 59, smashed into a Ford Fiesta at... More »

Navy Bans Booze for All Personnel in Japan

Okinawa crash was the last straw

(Newser) - The US Navy banned drinking and restricted off-base activity Monday for all 18,600 of its personnel in Japan after a sailor was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on the island of Okinawa, the AP reports. In the latest incident to spark public anger in Japan, Petty Officer 2nd... More »

Study Names Worst State for Drunk Driving

It's North Dakota, though Montana isn't great, either

(Newser) - Be careful on the roads in North Dakota. The state is the most dangerous in the country when it comes to drunk driving, according to an analysis by CarInsuranceComparison.com . It considered five factors: a state's drunk-driving-related deaths and arrests in 2015, its penalties and laws, and its cost... 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 »

Supreme Court Likely to Radically Alter Breath Tests

Justices seem to side against the US government

(Newser) - Laws in 13 states making it a crime for a driver to refuse an alcohol test might soon change radically, based on how a Supreme Court hearing went down Wednesday. Drivers from Minnesota and North Dakota, arrested for drunk driving after refusing a breath test, argued the test violated their... More »

Kids Text 911 From Inside Allegedly Drunk Dad's Car

Brother and sister feared for their lives

(Newser) - Two Nebraska children may have saved their own lives and the lives of others when they texted 911 from inside their allegedly drunk father's car, WKBN reports. Fourteen-year-old Mackenzie and 12-year-old Ethan were driving through Nebraska with their 44-year-old dad, Jason Behrens, on the way to a vacation in... More »

Drunk Drivers in Thailand Have to Work in Morgues

'It is aimed to be a deterrent'

(Newser) - To combat the carnage on the country's roads this month during the annual weeklong traditional New Year's holiday celebration, Thai authorities are going gory: Drunk drivers and repeat traffic offenders will be sent to work in hospital morgues to see the results of their irresponsibility. The Songkran holiday... More »

Guy Busted in Fatal Iditarod Hit, Says He Was Drunk

It was all an accident, 'I don't do stuff like that,' says Arnold Demoski

(Newser) - The 26-year-old Alaskan who says he was driving blackout drunk when he hit two Iditarod sled dog teams Saturday , killing one dog and injuring others, has been arrested and charged on suspicion of assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and six counts of criminal mischief, reports the Los Angeles Times . Arnold... More »

Cops Pull Over Car With Tree Stuck in Grille

Police in Roselle, Illinois, say tree was about 15 feet high

(Newser) - Seems Illinois cops had good reason to pull over a driver in January: "Stopped for driving with a large tree embedded in the front grille," a police report says. Officers in Roselle, a town in northeastern Illinois, figured the tree was about 15 feet high. "We didn'... More »

Cop's Dashcam Captures Drunk Guy's Creek Plunge

Splash!

(Newser) - The day's comic relief comes courtesy of Lincoln County, Tenn., where police dashcam video catches a passenger exiting a stopped pickup and promptly falling headfirst into a creek, reports WHNT 19 . The man emerged relatively unscathed, save for the charge of public intoxication he now faces. The truck's... More »

Karma Strikes Drunk Driver, Fatally

Drunk driver throws beer bottle after crash, gets killed: cops

(Newser) - The Florida Highway Patrol says a motorist who left his car after a collision and threw a beer bottle at the other driver was struck and killed by another car. Frank Martello of New Port Richey was pronounced dead after he was hit about 10:50pm Sunday as he walked... More »

Hours After DUI Bust, Driver in DUI Crash That Kills 5

The 61-year-old was going the wrong way

(Newser) - "It was coming right at me," said a 911 caller in Dayton, Ohio, who had pulled over to avoid a collision with a wrong-way driver on I-75 early Saturday. Soon after, there was another call: "There is a car on top of another car," the second... More »

Helen Mirren Berates Nation's Drunk Drivers

'Shortsighted, utterly useless, oxygen-wasting human form of pollution'

(Newser) - Helen Mirren, Oscar winner and part-time twerker , has a seriously stern message for anyone thinking about getting behind the wheel after downing a few Bud Light Limes during the big game this weekend, Time reports. “If you drive drunk, you, simply put, are a shortsighted, utterly useless, oxygen-wasting human... 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 »

Texas Man Gets Life in Prison for Drunk Driving

It was his 10th conviction

(Newser) - A judge concerned about public safety sentenced a 62-year-old North Texas man to life in prison for his 10th drunken driving conviction since the 1980s. Ivy Ray Eberhardt of Weatherford, Texas, was sentenced Wednesday. Eberhardt would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years. "Part of my job is... More »

MADD Petition: Send 'Affluenza' Kid to Adult Court

Ethan Couch's case is currently still in juvenile court

(Newser) - Mad that "affluenza teen" Ethan Couch avoided jail time after killing four people in a drunk driving crash, and now faces a grand total of just 120 days in jail even after allegedly violating his probation and then fleeing the country? So is MADD. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has... More »

Marine Killed Hours After He Made Poignant NYE Post

Matthew DeRemer, 31, was killed by a drunk driver on New Year's Eve

(Newser) - Marine veteran Matthew DeRemer, 31, who served in Iraq, wrote one final Facebook post before setting out on his motorcycle in Florida on New Year's Eve to ring in 2016. And its message, which has since inspired many shares and likes, turned out to be chillingly poignant: "I... More »

Cops: Guy Posted Video of Himself Drinking and Driving

Deputies tracked Dustin Rittgers down while he was still driving

(Newser) - Dustin Rittgers' first mistake was allegedly drinking and driving. His second mistake was to video himself doing just that and post it to Facebook—publicly. At least one of the 28-year-old Ohio man's friends was not amused, commenting, "Dude, Really!!!!!" to which Rittgers responded, "I am... More »

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