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Disney World Surprise Ends in DUI Disaster: Cops

Suspected drunk driver plows into Colorado family on way to airport for dream vacation

(Newser) - A Colorado dad who'd planned to surprise his family with a trip to Disney World was headed to the airport with them early Thursday when an alleged drunk driver crashed into their minivan, dashing the Disney plans and putting all four family members in the hospital, CBS Denver reports.... More »

Couple's Vacation Golf Cart Ride Turns Tragic

Man killed, wife charged in his death

(Newser) - Timothy and Lori Doyle of Illinois were visiting family in Gallatin, Tenn., when a night out at a golf community along a lake turned tragic Saturday. Timothy, 60, was standing up riding on the back of a golf cart while his wife, 55, drove them and another couple to the... More »

Driver Sues Bar After Drinking for 8 Hours, Crashing Car

Texas laws allow for drinking establishments to be held liable

(Newser) - A Texas man who went on an eight-hour drinking binge and then drove his car into a concrete wall is suing the watering hole in a Dallas suburb that served him because, as his lawyer puts it, "You don't let a customer do that." Gordon Savage is... More »

Study: Here's What Happens When You Mix Pot, Booze

Drinking and smoking doubles one's chances of arrests, work problems

(Newser) - Is it a worse idea to use marijuana and alcohol together than alone? A study published in May and picked up by Scientific American has answered that question for what scientists say is the first time. Researchers write in Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research that no study has previously "... More »

How Driving While Stoned, Drunk Differs

The National Institute on Drug Abuse weighs in

(Newser) - When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating... More »

Stoned? Booze Dramatically Increases Your High

New research finds that any amount of alcohol dramatically ups THC levels

(Newser) - Marijuana and alcohol are one of the most common drug combinations implicated in car accidents, so researchers at the National Institute on Drug Abuse recently set out to better understand how the two interact. Reporting this week in the journal Clinical Chemistry , they found that alcohol dramatically increases TCH levels... 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 »

Boy Dies 6 Years After DWI Crash

Abdallah Khader was just 2 when drunk driver hit family car

(Newser) - Abdallah Khader was just 2 years old in 2009 when his family's car was hit by a drunk driver. Yesterday morning, at age 8, he succumbed to the injuries he sustained in that crash. Abdallah's parents tell WFAA he died at a Fort Worth, Texas, medical center; he... More »

Driving While Stoned? Breath Test Coming Soon

Washington state looks for tool to handle spike in high drivers

(Newser) - With the rise of legal marijuana comes an increase in the number of stoned drivers, and researchers at Washington State University are working to give police officers a tool in determining who's high and who's not high: A simple breath test, reports the Tacoma News-Tribune . It's no... 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 »

Michael Phelps Charged With DUI

It's his second charge in 10 years

(Newser) - Michael Phelps was charged early today with driving under the influence, reports TMZ —the second such charge the swimmer has faced in 10 years. Sources tell the site he was pulled over in his native Maryland, reportedly going 84mph in a 45mph zone, and that he "bombed" his... More »

Amanda Bynes Busted for DUI

Authorities believe she was driving while on drugs

(Newser) - Amanda Bynes hasn't made headlines in a while, so perhaps you thought she'd finally gotten her life together—but apparently not. The troubled actress allegedly ran a red light and then stopped in the middle of a Los Angeles intersection around 3:30am Sunday; a CHP officer pulled... 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 »

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 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 »

Wrong-Way Driver Had Earlier DUI, Just-Cleared License

Olivia Culbreath's restrictions lifted last week after DUI at age 17

(Newser) - The driver in a wrong-way crash that killed six people early Sunday had restrictions on her driver's license from a previous drunk driving conviction and other traffic violations—restrictions that were lifted just last week, the Los Angeles Times reports. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, is suspected of being drunk... More »

Chris Kattan Hits Parked Truck, Charged With DUI

'SNL' alum was allegedly under the influence of drugs

(Newser) - Saturday Night Live alum Chris Kattan was arrested early today on suspicion of DUI after crashing his Mercedes into a parked maintenance truck on California's 101 freeway. A woman called 911 around 2am to report a Mercedes "weaving all over the roadway at slow speeds," officials tell... More »

Bieber Admits Boozing, Pot, Pills Before Arrest: Cops

Singer arrested on suspicion of DUI, drag racing in Miami Beach

(Newser) - Some of you have been waiting a long time for this news: Justin Bieber was arrested this morning. Bieber—who was driving a rented Lamborghini at the time, NBC Miami reports—was busted on suspicion of drag racing, driving under the influence, and resisting arrest in Miami Beach, according to... More »

'Pippi Longstocking' Busted in Triple Hit and Run

Seems Tami Erin is not having the greatest time lately

(Newser) - Things seem to have gone downhill for Tami Erin since she played Pippi Longstocking in the '80s: The actress was arrested yesterday for felony hit and run ... while allegedly driving drunk, TMZ reports. Erin is accused of hitting three cars in LA—in three separate incidents, not all at... More »

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