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Norway Hands Out $30K DUI Fine

To world's second-youngest billionaire

(Newser) - A 22-year-old Norwegian student has been handed a $30,400 fine for drunken driving—but can still count herself lucky, reports the AP . Katharina G. Andresen is reportedly Norway's richest woman, with a fortune estimated by Forbes at $1.23 billion. Fines for drunken driving in Norway are based... More »

Florida Woman Gets DUI While Riding Horse

Police say Donna Byrne had a BAC of .161

(Newser) - A 53-year-old woman riding a horse down a busy Florida highway has been arrested and charged with driving drunk, the AP reports. Polk County Sheriff's officials said someone called 911 about a woman who appeared confused and possibly in danger. When deputies arrived they found Donna Byrne riding her... More »

Lou Diamond Phillips Asks for Directions, Gets Arrested

He reportedly had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system

(Newser) - Lou Diamond Phillips spent a night behind bars after asking a cop for directions while allegedly drunk behind the wheel. Phillips was driving in Portland, Texas, around 1:35am Friday when he pulled up behind a police vehicle at a traffic stop, reports KRIS 6 . Phillips reportedly told the officer... More »

'Completely Innocent' Kids Die in Oregon's Worst Crash Since 2012

Man with DUI record accused of killing woman, 4 kids

(Newser) - A man arrested for drunk driving and hit-and-run in July killed a woman and four children in a horrific head-on crash on Sunday, Oregon State Police say. Lizette Medrano-Perez, 25, and an 8-year-old boy, a 6-year-old boy, a 4-year-old girl, and a 2-year-old girl were killed when a Land Rover... More »

'Tin Man' Busted for Being Rusty on Driving Laws

Specifically, the Oz-Stravaganza actor allegedly had a BAC of 0.19%

(Newser) - A man hired to portray the Tin Man in Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum's upstate New York hometown was still in his character's makeup when his mugshot was taken after a drunk driving arrest, the AP reports. State police say troopers responded Sunday to a report... More »

Ex-Cop on Suicide Watch After Deadly DUI Crash

Police say he hit 5 kids, killed 1

(Newser) - An ex-cop in Florida is on suicide watch in jail after allegedly hitting five children at a school bus stop , killing a 13-year-old boy, while driving drunk. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says John Camfield, who is being held on $600,000 bond on charges including DUI manslaughter and vehicular... More »

5 Kids Hit by Car While Walking Home From Bus Stop, 1 Fatally

Former law enforcement officer arrested for alleged drunk driving

(Newser) - A Florida sheriff's deputy was sleeping Thursday afternoon when his 11-year-old daughter called and asked him to pick her up at her school bus stop. Seconds later, she started screaming into the phone, "Dad, help me, help me!" Polk County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Quintana told reporters... More »

Guy in 'Hold My Beer' Shirt Arrested for, Yep, Alleged DUI

He was arrested after crashing into a graveyard, police say

(Newser) - Connecticut police say a man wearing a T-shirt that said "Hold My Beer And Watch This" has been arrested for driving under the influence after he crashed into a graveyard, the AP reports. The Hartford Courant reports state police say 25-year-old Woodstock resident Harrison Wootton crashed his car into... More »

Guy in 'Drunk Lives Matter' Shirt Arrested for Alleged DUI

Not exactly shocking

(Newser) - Police in Pennsylvania say they arrested a man wearing a "Drunk Lives Matter" shirt and charged him with, well, drunken driving, the AP reports. Police say 44-year-old Elwood Gutshall III's blood-alcohol content was about two and a half times the state's legal limit for drivers when he... More »

Utah's Strict New DUI Limit Also Applies to Gun Owners

And they're not happy about it

(Newser) - On Thursday, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed the country's toughest drunk driving cutoff into law. The AP reports the new law lowers the legal limit from 0.08 to 0.05 BAC, or approximately two beers for a 150-pound man and one beer for a 120-pound woman. The National... More »

Mom Laughs During Daughter's Hearing, Gets Sent to Jail

She disrupted victim impact statement

(Newser) - A Michigan mom who laughed during her daughter's sentencing hearing for killing a man while driving drunk ended up in jail herself. Wayne County Circuit Judge Qiana Lillard scolded the family of 25-year-old Amanda Kosal for giggling while the dead man's sister gave a victim impact statement last... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Had Daughter Blow Into Anti-DUI Device

Police say she had her daughter blow into the device so she could start car

(Newser) - Police say that a Pennsylvania woman who crashed her car while her 8-year-old daughter was inside should never have been driving at all. Angela L. Daywalt has been charged with drunken driving, child endangerment, corruption of minors, and other traffic offenses in the Feb. 13 incident—but the 36-year-old already... More »

Truck Plows Into Crowd at Mardi Gras, Injures 28

DWI suspected: cops

(Newser) - A suspect is in custody after 28 people were injured Saturday when a vehicle plowed into a crowd watching the Krewe of Endymion parade in the Mid-City section of New Orleans, reports the AP . Police Chief Michael Harrison said the suspect is being investigated for driving while intoxicated. Harrison said... More »

Bad Move: Cartwheels During Sobriety Test

Bryelle Marshall charged with DWI in New Mexico

(Newser) - Bryelle Marshall didn't walk in a straight line during a field sobriety test in Albuquerque, NM, on Friday—but she did do cartwheels. After receiving a report about a reckless driver, officers say they found the 23-year-old asleep in the driver's seat of her car, parked partially on... More »

After Loss, Bus Driver Leaves Team Stranded

She's charged with driving drunk in Saint Louis University's bus

(Newser) - Members of Saint Louis University's men's basketball team probably thought their night couldn't get worse after a loss Wednesday at St. Bonaventure University in New York. Then they lost their bus. When the Billikens left the arena to head to the airport, they found their bus had... More »

Montana Politician Wants to Resurrect the 'Road Beer'

Proposed open-container law wouldn't apply to drivers, bill's sponsor insists

(Newser) - Can't wait till you get home to crack open a cold one? A Montana lawmaker is working on legislation that may soon allow you to indulge your boozin'-while-cruisin' desires on that state's major thoroughfares. House Bill 206 , sponsored by Republican state Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, would allow passengers—... More »

Construction Worker Has Novel Way to Stop Drunk Driver: Cops

Worker uses excavator to keep suspect from leaving scene

(Newser) - Some say he's a hero, others just a man with a big piece of construction equipment. The Guardian reports police in Canada received a 911 call Thursday from a construction worker who had trapped an alleged drunk driver between his excavator's cab and its claw. He says the... More »

Cops Threaten Drunk Drivers With Nickelback

It'll be a bonus on the way to jail, Canadian force says

(Newser) - Cops in a small Prince Edward Island town have warned that drunk drivers will be punished with the music of some fellow Canadians: Nickelback. In a Facebook post , the Kensington force warns that they'll be out this holiday season "looking for those dumb enough to feel they can... More »

Woman Blames DWI Charge on Trump

But Elizabeth Lundberg says she was being sarcastic

(Newser) - To cope with a shock as great as Donald Trump winning the US election, sometimes you just have to drink—and drive home? That was essentially the argument of a Minnesota woman after she rear-ended a vehicle at a stoplight, causing minor injuries, a day after last week's election,... More »

Man at Jail to Pick Up Family Member Gets Himself Arrested

Rex Crooks was charged with aggravated DWI

(Newser) - A 52-year-old New York man was arrested Sunday after allegedly driving drunk to pick up a family member at jail, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. Police say Rex Crooks showed up at jail to pick up the family member at 6pm Sunday—the family member wasn't being released... More »

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