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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 »

Missing Affluenza Teen Believes 'Law Doesn't Apply to Him': Sheriff

Ethan Couch, mom may be in her pickup truck, authorities say

(Newser) - "Affluenza teen" Ethan Couch, the Texas 18-year-old who allegedly violated his probation after a drunk-driving crash that killed four bystanders, is still missing along with his mother . They may be traveling in her black 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck, authorities said at a press conference Monday. The Harley Davidson... 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 »

'Affluenza' Teen Has Gone Missing

Warrant issued for Ethan Couch

(Newser) - The "affluenza" teen is missing: A probation officer hasn't been able to reach Ethan Couch, who was sentenced to 10 years of probation after killing four people while driving drunk in 2013, or Couch's mother. A warrant has been issued for the Texas 18-year-old; if he's... More »

Dad Patrols Streets After Losing Son to Drunk Driver

Les Yasinsky patrols Winnipeg's streets on weekends

(Newser) - There's an extra set of eyes watching for drunk drivers in the Canadian city of Winnipeg, and they don't belong to a police officer. Les Yasinsky spends most Friday and Saturday nights staked out near bars looking for people who "are falling over drunk and … get... 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 »

Driver in Jersey Was 'Looking for Jersey,' Gets Busted

Police say her BAC was 3 times the legal limit

(Newser) - When in New Jersey, don't tell the cops you're "looking for New Jersey." That was apparently Karol Andino's big mistake after getting out of her car near the entrance to the Holland Tunnel and telling police officers just that. Sensing perhaps that alcohol might be... More »

Firefighter Charged With Murder in Teen's DUI Death

A new car was waiting for victim Diana Pozderca at home

(Newser) - Diana Pozderca was on her way home from a friend's house in her 2001 Mercury Sable around 8:30pm on the night of Sept. 11. At her Sterling Heights, Mich., home there was a surprise waiting: a new Ford Fusion her parents had saved up for and planned to... More »

Cabbie's Attempt to Report Drunken Fare Ends Poorly

Real estate agent stole taxi while cabby was talking to police about her unruly behavior

(Newser) - Sometimes it’s tough to know when to say when. But if you find yourself drunkenly vomiting out of the window of a stolen taxi in Manhattan, it's safe to say you've crossed that line. That was allegedly the case of Kinga Tabares. The New York Post reports... More »

Trooper Allegedly Tried to Bribe Woman After Crash

Kimberly Wilson didn't take Sgt. Michael Roadside up on the alleged offer

(Newser) - "His shirt was inside-out, his hair was disheveled, his belly and back were exposed." This is Kimberly Wilson's written description of the man she alleges rear-ended her at a rest stop on Oct. 26—a New Jersey state trooper. If that sounds weird, well, it gets weirder.... More »

Woman's Bad Day Involves 2 Crashes, 2 DUI Arrests

Michele Leonard didn't learn her lesson the first time: cops

(Newser) - You'd think a DUI arrest would be a wake-up call. Apparently not for everyone. Pennsylvania State Police say they arrested 47-year-old Michele Leonard for driving under the influence on Saturday after Leonard crashed her car near an intersection in Somerset County, per KDKA . She was then released, but instead... More »

3 Dead After Car Slams Into OSU Homecoming Parade

The driver has been arrested on suspicion of DUI

(Newser) - At least three people were killed and another 22 injured as a car slammed into the crowd at an Oklahoma State University homecoming parade Saturday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, NBC News reports. "I can't describe it any more clearly than this: People flying in the air," a graduate... More »

Vehicular Homicide Suspect: Evidence Was 1 Minute Late

She wants it tossed

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman is fighting to exclude blood-alcohol evidence in her drunken vehicular homicide case by arguing the sample was drawn one minute too late. The Bradford Era reports police acknowledge a phlebotomist drew 22-year-old Kaitlyn Crosby's blood sample two hours and one minute after state troopers responded to... More »

Woman Live-Streamed Her Drunk Driving, Say Cops

Periscope viewers called 911

(Newser) - If the drunk-driving case against Whitney Beall goes to trial, Exhibit A will probably be her Periscope video "Drunk Girl Driving," in which she drives around talking about how drunk she is. Police in Lakeland, Fla., say the 23-year-old used the live-streaming app to upload a series of... More »

Cops: Boy Tattles on Drunk-Driving Mom

She allegedly almost crashed head-on into an off-duty officer

(Newser) - A suspected drunk driver's 7-year-old son ratted her out to officers Monday night in Indiana, WTHR reports. The Randolph County Sheriff's Office says 25-year-old Audrey McColm nearly crashed head-on into an off-duty officer, who followed her and watched her nearly crash a few more times. An on-duty officer... More »

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