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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 »

Rob Ford's SUV Apparently Cannot Be Driven Sober

This time random woman from Ford's rehab is charged with drunk driving

(Newser) - A person has been charged with driving Rob Ford's Cadillac Escalade while under the influence, and that person is not Rob Ford . Rather, the driver has been identified by cops as 36-year-old Lee Anne McRobb, who the Toronto Sun reports was also recently enjoying a stay at the same... More »

Cops Make 2 Drunk-Driving Arrests in Single Car

Iowa women help with some questionable choices

(Newser) - Police managed to make two drunk-driving arrests by pulling over a single car, reports the Iowa City Press-Citizen . Here's the trick: Cops say Jennifer Volesky was driving erratically on a local highway when she apparently realized she was unfit to drive and pulled into the parking lot of a... More »

Guy Arrested After Driving to Police Station Drunk

Cops say Louisiana man, 31, smelled of alcohol when he arrived

(Newser) - Police say a 31-year-old man has been arrested after he drove to a Louisiana state police headquarters to file an accident report ... while drunk. Patrick Ruffner called state police Saturday, saying his vehicle was struck by a hit-and-run driver on Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge. He was told to come... More »

Chronic Drunk Driver Killed by Drunk Driver

Haitham Gamal was on bicycle, getting his life straight

(Newser) - Haitham Gamal "was on the road to recovery" after three drunk-driving convictions, says his lawyer. Unfortunately, he was also on the road—on his bike, as per a California-mandated license suspension—when a 19-year-old driver who was allegedly drunk and speeding hit and killed the 38-year-old Gamal. "He... More »

Sleeping Teen Killed by Alleged Drunk Driver

Elsewhere, car smashes into church during Easter service

(Newser) - A 16-year-old girl was killed in her bed when a suspected drunk driver slammed into her apartment building shortly before 4am yesterday in Palmdale, Calif., police say. The 20-year-old driver has been arrested on charges of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, reports NBC . Police believe he missed a turn on his... More »

NYPD: Drunk Cop Plowed Through Police Stop

Fellow officers had to jump out of the way

(Newser) - An off-duty NYPD officer was charged with multiple offenses including drunk driving after nearly mowing down a bunch of on-duty officers at a traffic stop. Police say Shieed Haniff hit two cars, causing minor injuries for occupants in both vehicles, then sped through a police stop as officers jumped out... More »

Drunk, Speeding Mom Killed 2 Sons in Crash: Cops

Crystal Suniga had her 4 kids in the car with her

(Newser) - A Texas woman crashed into two parked cars Saturday night, killing her two young sons, and police say the accident was her fault. Crystal Suniga, 30, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of 0.18, twice the legal limit, and police estimate she could have been driving more than three... More »

Secret Service Suspected of Drinking, Crashing Car

As new details about Netherlands debauch come to light

(Newser) - The Secret Service's Netherlands debauch wasn't the agency's first questionable incident this month: Two counter-sniper officers were involved in a car accident on March 7, during President Obama's visit to Miami, and they were suspected of drinking, multiple sources tell the Washington Post . The driver, however,... More »

Guy Gets 2 DWIs ... in One Day, at One McDonald's

At the same McDonald's

(Newser) - Let's just say Zachary J. Boynton may have really, really wanted some McDonald's. The 31-year-old New York man was arrested on DWI charges twice in the same morning, at the same Oneonta McDonald's, WKTV reports. Police first arrested him at 12:56am last Sunday after he allegedly... More »

Chris Pine Busted for Alleged DUI

Was leaving a wrap party in New Zealand at the time

(Newser) - The latest celebrity to make one wonder, "Why not just take a cab?" is Chris Pine. The Star Trek actor was arrested March 1 on suspicion of driving drunk in New Zealand, sources tell the Hollywood Reporter . All authorities will say is that a 33-year-old American man was stopped.... More »

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