“Pulp Fiction” Screenwriter Jailed for Fatal DWI

"Pulp Fiction" Screenwriter Jailed for Fatal DWI
Roger Avary was sentenced to a year in prison and five years’ probation for a drunken driving crash that killed a newlywed friend last year.

A screenwriter who won an Oscar for “Pulp Fiction” was sentenced to a year in jail after he crashed his Mercedes into a telephone pole at 100 miles per hour while drunk, killing his pal.

Roger Avary, 44, pled guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated stemming from a January 2008 collision that killed his newly-wed 34-year-old Italian friend Andreas Zini and injured Avary’s wife Gretchen.

“It has profoundly altered me to the very core of my being,” a remorseful Avary said in the courtroom.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Edward Brodie also sentenced Avary to five years of probation. During sentencing, it was disclosed that Avary had separately settled a civil suit filed by Zini’s family for $4.1 million.

Avary was driving his wife, Gretchen, and Zini from a restaurant when he the crash occurred, according to investigators. Avary’s wife was injured.

Avary co-wrote the 1995 screenplay with director Quentin Tarantino. However, the extent of Avary’s contribution to the movie has been debated.

Source: “Pulp Fiction” Screenwriter Jailed for Fatal DWI – NBC 10 Philadelphia

Suspected DUI Driver Fatally Shot by Police in Torrance After Pursuit

 A person described as a reckless driver who was suspected of being under the influence was fatally shot by police after a pursuit in Torrance early Saturday.Officials remained at the scene of a deadly officer-involved shooting in Torrance on Oct. 14, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)The incident was reported about 2:10 a.m., when Torrance police officers tried to stop a suspected DUI driver along Pacific Coast Highway and Hawthorne Boulevard, authorities said in a news release.Police attempted a PIT maneuver on the driver, but eventually opened fire in the 2900 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, according to the news release.Officers performed life-saving measures on the driver, before was taken to a hospital, where he later died.He has not been identified.No officers were injured during the incident, according to the Los Angeles Times. It is unclear what led up to the incident or if the man was armed.Sepulveda between Hickory and Maple avenues is closed during the investigation. Authorities advised residents to avoid the area.The incident is under investigation, and anyone with information can call the Torrance Police Department at 310-618-5570.

Source: Suspected DUI Driver Fatally Shot by Police in Torrance After Pursuit – KTLA

Sanctuary Cities Allowed Criminal Alien to Remain in U.S., Murder Kansas Deputy

An illegal alien who was drunk driving has pleaded guilty to killing a Kansas deputy sheriff after causing a deadly car crash last year. Sanctuary city policies in two jurisdictions allowed the previously convicted drunk driver to remain in the U.S. leading to the murder of the deputy.

Adrian Espinosa-Flores, a 39-year-old illegal alien, pleaded guilty to reckless second-degree murder charges in Johnson County, Kansas after crashing his vehicle into Master Deputy Brandon Collins, killing him, as Kansas City Star reported.

On Sept. 11, 2016, Collins had pulled a vehicle over on U.S. 69. Collins’ patrol car was parked when Espinosa-Flores recklessly drove into the sheriff deputy’s vehicle, crashing it into the SUV that had been pulled over.

Collins was killed at the scene of the accident. When the illegal alien was taken into custody, it was discovered that he had been driving despite being more than twice over the blood-alcohol legal limit. The illegal alien admitted to police after being taken into custody that he had been drinking that night.

The illegal alien’s sentencing hearing will take place next year. Should Espinosa-Flores be released from prison at any time, he will be deported back to his native country.

Espinosa-Flores managed to stay in the United States following a previous DUI conviction after California officials refused to notify U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials of the illegal alien’s crime, Breitbart Texas’ Bob Price reported in September 2016.

Two U.S. Senators wrote to then-DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, demanding an investigation into the failure of Los Angeles County to report the conviction to ICE.

“It appears that Flores was able to evade removal by taking advantage of at least one sanctuary jurisdiction. As a result, a law enforcement officer was killed, allegedly by Flores while again driving under the influence,” Senator’s Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Andy Alcock (R-KS) wrote.

The Overland-Park, Kansas Police Department arrested the illegal alien in 2013 for driving without a license. That department also failed to notify ICE officials.

“ICE was not notified by authorities in California or Kansas of either arrest,” ICE spokesman Shawn Neudauer wrote in his email response to an AP inquiry.

“It seems Deputy Collins died at the hands of someone who broke our laws and should not have been allowed to remain in the United States following his multiple interactions with law enforcement,” the two senators concluded.

Sally Struthers Charged with DUI in Maine

Sally Struthers Charged with DUI in Maine
Ogunquit Police Department
Mug shot of actress Sally Struthers who was arrested for alleged drunken driving in Maine.

Alas, this isn’t the kind of head shot Sally Struthers likes posing for.

The “All in the Family” and “Gilmore Girls” star was busted for alleged drunken driving in Ogunquit, Maine, early Wednesday.

The Ogunquit Police Department tells E! News that the 65-year-old actress was collared on suspicion of operating under the influence after being pulled over on U.S. Route 1 around 12:20 a.m.

Struthers was taken into custody and transported to a nearby police station, where she was booked and released after posting a $160 bail.

The two-time Emmy winner and noted children’s activist faces a $500 fine and a 90-day suspension, but there’s no risk of jail time. Her arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Struthers has been in southern Maine appearing in the stage musical 9 to 5, which runs through Saturday at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

Source: Sally Struthers Charged with DUI in Maine – NBC4 Washington

Canada Might Soon Make It Legal To Be Drunk And Go Canoeing

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In Canada it’s currently illegal to paddle a canoe and be drunk at the same time. Doing so can leave you subject to the country’s strict drunk-driving laws, which can mean fines, driving license suspensions, and vehicle impoundment. But wait! According to the National Post, paddling a canoe while smashed might soon not be a crime at all.

The crux of the issue is whether drunk people should be prosecuted for a crime that, on land, would not be a crime, since being drunk while operating a non-motorized vehicle on land (like a bicycle) is not a crime, while being drunk while operating any kind of vessel on water is, including those, like canoes, that you power solely with your muscles.

Some advice, before we continue: Don’t canoe while drunk. Or do anything, really. Take a nap.

From National Post:

The impaired driving legislation now before Parliament changes the definition of a vessel so that it “does not include a vessel that is propelled exclusively by means of muscular power.” The legislation could still be amended before it becomes law.

[…]

John Gullick, chair of the CSBC, argued that the comparison with biking is wrong.

“The only person who gets hurt is the person riding the bicycle. Well, in the case of muscular or human-powered vessels, there can be far many more numbers of people in the vessel, and it also affects people around the vessel. First responders, people who are searching for people who get lost or get in trouble.”

The committee later heard from Greg Yost, a justice department counsel for criminal law matters. He said the intention of criminal impaired driving laws is to target those who are endangering the public, and that drunk canoeists who cause a death could still be charged under other criminal sections, such as negligence.

The debate was spurred in part by a rash of cases in Ontario, where authorities have been cracking down on drunk paddlers.

In 2011, a Waterloo canoeist who’d allegedly been drinking and paddling on Belwood Lake had his driver’s licence suspended for 90 days, leaving him unable to drive his pregnant wife to the hospital for medical checkups (though he could have still paddled her there, as canoes don’t need a licence).

That same year, a 57-year-old man was charged with operating a pedal boat under the influence near Sault Ste. Marie, and also had his licence suspended.

The charges were dropped in both cases after prosecutors decided there was no reasonable chance of conviction.

The proposed legislation is also intended to clear up ambiguity in the current law, which makes it hard for drunk-paddling charges like these to hold up in court. Think before you drink. Or don’t drink at all. Or don’t go outdoors. Just stay inside. Nothing bad can happen there.

Source: Canada Might Soon Make It Legal To Be Drunk And Go Canoeing