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Cops: It Wasn't Smell of Booze That Gave Drunk Driver Away

Police in Germany say they found man suspected of DUI thanks to 'cloud of perfume'

(Newser) - He just didn't smell right. German police say they nabbed a drunk driver who tried to flee a traffic stop after finding him hiding behind a hedge "in a cloud of perfume," per the AP . Police in the southwestern town of Speyer said Saturday that officers saw... More »

Pol's Alleged Words After Arrest: 'You Know How Women Drive'

Tow truck driver says lawmaker Brian Kolb tried to blame crash on wife

(Newser) - A New York state lawmaker arrested after a New Year's Eve car accident and accused of driving while intoxicated tried to pin the blame on his wife, according to the tow truck driver who came to assist. The AAA driver, who the New York Post notes didn't ID... More »

Lawmaker Tweets About DUI, Is Arrested Days Later

Brian Kolb allegedly drove while intoxicated on his way home New Year's Eve

(Newser) - On Dec. 24, New York Assemblyman Brian Kolb published an op-ed about the dangers of driving drunk. On Dec. 26, he tweeted, "There is no excuse for driving impaired this holiday season." That tweet has since been deleted, perhaps not surprisingly, because on Dec. 31, Kolb was arrested... More »

Woman Charged With DUI. So Is the Driver She Called

Both were released to a third driver

(Newser) - Authorities say a man drove drunk to a New Jersey police station where he was picking up a woman who had been charged with drunken driving. Hackettstown police say 21-year-old Morgan Doran, of Netcong, was arrested early Friday after a traffic stop, the AP reports. She was taken to the... More »

Big Name in Racing Charged With Drunk Driving

Al Unser Jr. won Indy 500 twice, but he has long battled alcohol problems

(Newser) - A big name in auto racing is making headlines for the wrong reasons. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was charged with drunk driving early Monday, reports the Indianapolis Star . Unser, 57, is now retired from racing, but he won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994 and competed... More »

'Trivago Guy' Charged With Driving While Intoxicated

Cops say he was passed out behind wheel

(Newser) - Travel website Trivago might be looking for a new pitchman: Actor Tim Williams, who appeared as the rumpled "Trivago Guy" in numerous ads for the company, was arrested in Houston this week and charged with driving while intoxicated. Police say the 52-year-old failed a field sobriety test after officers... More »

Cops: Driver Crashed Car While Trying to Avoid 'Octopus'

Not a great defense when you're 3 miles inland

(Newser) - A UK driver whose vehicle landed upside down in a ditch swerved "to avoid an octopus" on the road—or so police say he claimed. The 49-year-old, who escaped major injury, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs on Tuesday after police found no sign... More »

He Almost Killed Her. Now They're Teaming Up

Tina Adams, impaired driver to speak together at Canadian schools

(Newser) - Tina Adams will never realize her dream of becoming a police officer, and she might never be able to have children. Such are the consequences of the moment a drunk driver swerved off a road and struck the Quebec jogger in June 2015. Adams, now 24, suffered a traumatic brain... More »

NJ Ruling Means 20K DWI Cases Could Be Tossed

Officer allegedly failed to calibrate blood-testing machines

(Newser) - A lot of drunk drivers in New Jersey could end up getting away with it because one police officer allegedly failed to do his job properly. The state's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that some 20,667 people accused of drunk driving could have their cases tossed because of Sgt.... More »

NASCAR CEO Charged With DWI, Possession in Hamptons

Brian France was arrested Sunday night

(Newser) - NASCAR CEO and chairman Brian France spent Monday morning being arraigned in the Hamptons after being pulled over Sunday night in Sag Harbor Village and allegedly found to be under the influence and in possession of oxycodone pills. ESPN reports he was charged with aggravated DWI and criminal possession, and... More »

Young Driver Kills 2; Her Bartender Is Charged, Too

20-year-old killed woman, child while allegedly driving drunk

(Newser) - It wasn't surprising that police charged a 20-year-old Texas woman after she killed a mother and infant while allegedly driving drunk. More surprising is that authorities also have charged the bartender who allegedly served her before the crash, along with two men accused of buying her drinks, reports ABC13... More »

He Tried to Flee From Cops. He Forgot One Thing

Headshaking incident happened in Virginia

(Newser) - A northern Virginia man is facing charges including driving while intoxicated and possessing marijuana after a police pursuit in which he ended up running over himself, the AP reports. Fairfax County Police released dashboard video of Tuesday's incident in which 30-year-old Isaac Bonsu is seen getting out of his... 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 »

'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 »

One State Close to Adopting Toughest DUI Limit in Nation

Utah's BAC limit to be lowered to 0.05% from 0.08% if governor signs off

(Newser) - Rolling out what the AP calls "the toughest DUI limit" in the country, Utah lawmakers have brought a new measure to the governor's desk that would limit a driver's legal blood-alcohol content to 0.05%. House Bill 155 —which would go into effect right before New... 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 »

DUI Charge Dropped Against Caffeinated California Driver

DA's office still insists it's 'highly likely' Joseph Schwab was on another drug, despite tests indicating otherwise

(Newser) - He was busted for driving while intoxicated , and now, 16 months later, Joseph Schwab has had his DUI charge dropped. The California man had been pulled over in Solano County in August 2015 after it was reported he was driving erratically, and he was arrested for DUI, although later tests... 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 »

Drunk Driver Gets 99 Years So 'We Can All Sleep at Night'

Jose Marin has been convicted of DWI eight times

(Newser) - A Texas prosecutor urged jurors to put a 64-year-old serial drunk driver away for a long time so "we can all sleep at night," the Houston Chronicle reports. So after nearly six hours of deliberation Thursday, a jury sentenced Jose Marin to 99 years in prison for his... More »

MMA Fighter's Baby Dies After Being Plowed Down by SUV

72-year-old arrested on DUI, hit-and-run charges in crash that killed Marcus Kowal's toddler

(Newser) - A Saturday walk turned tragic in Hawthorne, Calif., when a 15-year-old girl and a 15-month-old boy in a stroller were plowed into by an SUV, PIX11 reports. Toddler Liam Mikael Kowal, the son of MMA fighter Marcus Kowal and his partner, Mishel Eder, died Sunday from his injuries, and a... More »

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