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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 »

Driver 'LOLs' Over Wreck That Killed Teen

Charges pending in suspected DUI accident

(Newser) - Jason McCarthy, 16, died days after a suspected drunken driver sideswiped a vehicle, fled the scene, then crashed into the rear of McCarthy's car minutes later outside Minneapolis last week. But while the teen was fighting for his life, the alleged driver of the other vehicle, Michael Vanwagner, 24—... More »

Guy on Lawnmower Charged With DUI

Colorado police say Kenneth Welton was barhopping on his Craftsman ride-on

(Newser) - A Craftsman lawnmower got a Colorado man in hot water last week. Concerned citizens in Garden City called the cops on 53-year-old Kenneth Welton on Tuesday after he was spotted motoring the wrong way down a busy street at around 10pm on a riding mower, reportedly after visiting at least... More »

Woman Hit, Killed by Friend She Didn't Want to Drive Her

Long Island woman was afraid he was too drunk

(Newser) - After a night out together, in the wee hours of Saturday on Long Island, Krystal Berkowitz, 21, got out of her friend Lawrence Pagano's Jeep Liberty in a parking lot and started walking home, afraid Pagano was too drunk to drive, police say. She had walked about a half-mile... More »

Drunk Driver Who Killed Man to Serve 120 Days in Jail

Family lost 2 other members to another drunk driver 2 years earlier

(Newser) - In 2011, Leroy "Buddy" Bronson's wife and 11-year-old daughter were killed by a drunk driver. Last year, Bronson himself was killed by a different drunk driver. And on Friday, that second driver—25-year-old Ronald O'Kelly—received a suspended sentence that could see him spend just 120 days... More »

Woman Leads Cops on 100mph Chase —to Preferred Jail

Grady County jail apparently not a place she wanted to spend time

(Newser) - So maybe you've been drinking and maybe you're speeding a little, but what to do when a cop tries to pull you over—presenting you with the very real prospect of doing a little time in a less-than-desirable county jail? Step on the gas, and lead police on... More »

Dreyfuss' Wife Busted in Alleged DUI, Hit-and-Run

Svetlana Dreyfuss allegedly ran into fence, water line, then drove off

(Newser) - Richard Dreyfuss' wife, Svetlana, was arrested earlier this month in an alleged drunk-driving hit-and-run, law enforcement sources reveal to TMZ . On June 2, Svetlana allegedly ran into a fence, severed a high-pressure water line, and then drove off, they say. San Diego County sheriff's deputies tracked her down two... More »

Woman Hits, Kills Dad Who Didn't Want Her to Drive

He was standing behind her car, didn't want her to drive drunk

(Newser) - After arguing with her family—and drinking—Friday night in Riverside, California, 37-year-old Soukvilay Barton headed for her BMW convertible in the garage. Her father, Bounmy Rajsombath, 69, first tried to talk her out of driving while intoxicated, KTLA reports, but when that didn't work, he stood behind the... More »

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