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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 »

Bride Nearly Run Over by Drunk Wedding Guest

Man had been arguing with other guests before jumping into his car

(Newser) - Tenille Bradley has just survived her wedding day. Literally. The Australian bride, who married Saturday at a country club in southwest Sydney, was nearly hit by an unruly and allegedly quite drunk wedding guest after he got in an argument with other guests, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . The 55-year-old... More »

Cop Who Nabbed 4K Drunk Drivers May Have Lost Daughter to One

Dan Shragal says he now has more motivation than ever

(Newser) - Dan Shragal of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has made almost 4,000 DUI arrests during his career, but one suspected drunk driver he couldn't stop will probably haunt him for the rest of his life. Shragal, 48, was working a DUI checkpoint on Aug. 22 when his phone... More »

Cops: Drunk Driver Kills Man Driving to AA Meeting

Reed Hindle had been sober 4 years

(Newser) - A 61-year-old recovering addict was killed by a suspected drunk driver while riding his motorcycle to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in New Hampshire. "Alcohol got to him in the end but not by his own doing," the man's sister, Meredith Patrick, tells CBS Boston . After struggling with... More »

Cops: Drunk Driver Kills Sleeping Child

Boy's father watched it happen

(Newser) - A 4-year-old boy sleeping in his Texas home on Saturday was killed when a suspected drunk driver crashed through the bedroom wall, KFOR reports. Mark Stille, father of Jonah, was outside when he saw the F-150 lose control around a curve, cross a traffic island, and slam into his house,... More »

Cops: Drunk Man Had 10-Year-Old Drive His Truck

John Barling, 46, is arrested in upstate New York

(Newser) - Police say an upstate New York man had his 10-year-old drive his pickup truck while he was sitting in the passenger seat drunk. The Times Union of Albany reports that police in the Saratoga County town of Stillwater were contacted by a motorist on Saturday who saw the child driving... More »

We Drink and Drive an Estimated 121M Times a Year

The actual figure is probably higher

(Newser) - This study might make you think twice about getting behind the wheel whether you've been drinking or not: About 1.8% of American adults admitted to driving while impaired at least once over the previous 30 days, per a new CDC study of 2012 data. When that percentage is... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Drove With Girl Clinging to Car

8-year-old was seen banging on window

(Newser) - A mom in Minnesota was so determined to get more booze one night last week that she drove to the store despite the fact that she was far too drunk to drive and her 8-year-old daughter was clinging to the vehicle, police say. According to a police report, 46-year-old Rena... More »

Parents Charged After Teen's Post-Party DWI Death

He had attended wedding, tried to drive home drunk

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a fatal DWI crash to result in a trial, but this one has nothing to do with the driver. A couple in Raleigh is charged after an 18-year-old left a party at their home and slammed his car into a tree, reports WRAL . Jonathan Taylor... More »

Truck Driver Makes Plea in 'Bachelorette Horror' Crash

Steven Romeo, 55, says he's not guilty of DUI

(Newser) - The truck driver who left a bride-to-be critically injured and killed four of her friends in a horrific car crash yesterday has pleaded not guilty to drunk driving. Steven Romeo, 55, made the plea today from a Long Island hospital bed where he's recovering from injuries sustained in the... More »

Anti-DUI Campaign About 'Marginally' Hot Girls Flops

It was a swing and a miss for Tennessee

(Newser) - How would you react if you spotted a coaster at a bar bearing these words: "Buy a drink for a marginally good-looking girl only to find out she's chatty, clingy, and your boss's daughter." If your response is "man, I shouldn't drink and drive"... More »

Breakthrough Could Wipe Out Drunk Driving in 5 Years

This could be as important as seat belts, NHTSA says

(Newser) - Advances in detection technology brought in after 9/11 could bring an end to something that kills a lot more Americans every year than war or terrorism: drunk driving. In a technological advance that supporters say could be as important as seat belts, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rolled... More »

Sam Shepard Charged With 2nd Suspected DWI

Actor was busted outside a Santa Fe restaurant

(Newser) - Actor and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was arrested Monday on suspicion of drunken driving after a Santa Fe restaurant's security complained about a possibly intoxicated driver. The 71-year-old Shepard told a police officer that he had two tequila drinks and was planning to drive home, Santa Fe police... More »

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