DUI bill increases penalties for frequent offenders

Under current law, a person who commits a third DUI offense must spend a minimum of 60 days in jail. On the fourth offense, they may only face probation and never see the inside of a jail cell.

If this bill passes, anyone who commits a fourth or subsequent DUI offense will be in jail for a minimum of 90 days.

“Really surprising and shocking and horrifying that we would find someone with their fourth or fifth offense would actually serve no jail time at all in this state,” said bill sponsor Representative Lori Saine.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) connects with survivors of DUI related incidents. The organization believe this bill would advocate for the victims.”

“We worked with several families victims who had been affected by repeat drunk drivers and their main question was why wasn’t something more done,” said MADD State Executive Director Fran Lanzer. “There would be accountability for people especially those who continue to drive drunk or impaired.”

Sponsors introduced the bill in March. It will go before representatives again on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

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Sentences have ranged from no jail or prison up to 16 years in prison so far.

Man Facing Charges After Driving Lawn Tractor While Intoxicated With Small Boy As Passenger – PembinaValleyOnline.com

Man Facing Charges After Driving Lawn Tractor While Intoxicated With Small Boy As Passenger: Shortly after 9:00 p.m., officers received an anonymous complaint regarding a male driving a lawn tractor on the road near the Parkland area.  Police were also advised that the male was holding his young son on his lap and that he was driving on and off the roadway.  Officers headed to the area and noted a garden tractor leave the roadway and proceed south on the sidewalk along Park Street. When the Police vehicle pulled up to the garden tractor and activated the emergency lights to stop it, the driver was observed throwing a beer onto the ground, and also that he was holding a small boy.  The driver identified himself and stated he was coming from the bar. He had difficulty standing and speaking, but was cooperative with officers.  A search of his person produced three unopened cans of beer.  He was placed under arrest for impaired driving and transported to the police office.  Breath testing produced two readings of 150mg/%.  Investigation also revealed that his driver’s licence was under suspension.  The man, age 41 and resident of Winkler, faces charges of Impaired Driving, Driving over .08, Driving while Disqualified, and Unlawful Transportation of Liquor in a Motor Vehicle. He was released to his wife who signed a release form accepting responsibility for him.

Man Facing Charges After Driving Lawn Tractor While Intoxicated With Small Boy As Passenger – PembinaValleyOnline.com

College student from Greenville killed in DWI crash

College student from Greenville killed in DWI crash – A college student from Greenville was killed in a drunk driving accident Sunday night in Durham.Durham police say 18-year-old Myiah Andrews was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver.The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on East Greer Street.Natasha Taylor, 25, of Durham, has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and failing to maintain lane control.Andrews was a freshman pre-nursing major at North Carolina Central University and died at the scene. Pitt County Schools says she graduated from South Central High School in June.Three other NCCU students were in the vehicle with Andrews and were all injured in the crash.Taylor was jailed on a $250,000 bond and appeared before a judge Monday morning.”I would ask that you keep Ms. Andrews family, friends and classmates in your thoughts and prayers during their time of grief,” said NCCU Interim Chancellor Dr. Johnson Akinleye. “The sudden passing of a promising young person who was just beginning her journey is indeed heartbreaking and causes us to lean on one another for strength as members of a unified Eagle family.”

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Catholic priest charged with driving while intoxicated

Catholic priest charged with driving while intoxicated: Police charged Father Carlos Zuniga of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco, Texas with driving while intoxicated. (Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)AAWESLACO, Texas (KGBT) – Police have charged a Catholic priest with driving while intoxicated.Officers arrested Father Carlos Zuniga of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco, according to Hidalgo County jail records.Zuniga is charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.Details about the arrest weren’t immediately available. CBS 4 News filed a request for the criminal complaint with the Weslaco Municipal Court.A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville couldn’t be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Zuniga didn’t respond to a message left at the church.An orphan who felt called to the priesthood at 8 years old, Zuniga served in south McAllen, Texas before moving to St. Pius, according to a story published by The Monitor newspaper. In September 2013, he was accused of inappropriately interfering in the Weslaco City Commission election by distributing fliers in the church bulletin. Zuniga said he simply wanted to draw attention to the city’s high water rates.Associate Municipal Judge Miguel Wise set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond for Zuniga.Officers booked Zuniga at the Hidalgo County jail at 12:30 p.m. Monday. He was released at 2:02 p.m.

Source: Catholic priest charged with driving while intoxicated | KGBT

Former governor’s son cannot recall details before car crash

Former governor’s son cannot recall details before car crash— A former Oregon governor’s teenage son who pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of intoxicants and assault says he cannot remember what caused him to swerve into the opposing traffic, causing a car crash along the coast.Logan Kitzhaber, 19, told police he was driving a car registered under his father’s name to go play miniature golf in Lincoln City. Kitzhaber said he had only been driving for 15 minutes before the crash in 2016.Kitzhaber told officials that he had been smoking marijuana the night before and remembered drinking a beer before he started driving. Hospital records do not show alcohol in the teen’s blood test.Motorcyclists said they had seen the teen drive aggressively and erratically while he tried to pass cars in a two-lane highway, according to police reports. A witness said after the teen passed him, he clipped a road barrel. Other drivers reported having to swerve out of Kitzhaber’s way to avoid a crash.Kitzhaber pleaded guilty and was sentenced March 27 to seven days in jail and five years of probation. He was also ordered to undergo drug and alcohol treatment and his license was suspended for five years.PauseCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00MuteLincoln County Deputy District Attorney Kylie Andrisa declined to comment on the case.Get news headlines sent daily to your inbox Sign Up!The Washington couple whose motorhome Kitzhaber crashed into survived the incident, but say they were left badly injured and traumatized.

Source: Former governor’s son cannot recall details before car crash | State and Regional | gazettetimes.com

Denmark: Men whose car smashed into WWII memorial charged with drug-driving – Yahoo

Denmark: Men whose car smashed into WWII memorial charged with drug-driving Police in Denmark have charged two men with driving under the influence of drugs after their car crashed into a war memorial. Neither would say who was driving when they crashed into the WWII memorial at Fovrfeld Gravlund cemetery in Esbjerg, Jutland – so police charged them both. The men drove down a no-through road and onto grass before hitting the war memorial, causing considerable damage to the memorial. TheLocal website reports the memorial consists of a bronzed relief and vertical stones with names inscribed on them. Police believe the men were trying to find a short cut.”They continued to drive over the lawn and into the monument,” said South Jutland Police duty officer Erik Lindholdt. “Many of the stones are lying in pieces at the scene.”

Both men were charged with driving under the influence of narcotics and have had their blood tested. If found guilty they could both face a three-year driving ban. They will also have to pay a hefty bill for damages.

Denmark’s “zero tolerance” approach to driving under the influence has caused controversy as special “narkometers” used to detect traces can identify cannabis use eight weeks after taking the drug. Civil rights campaigners say the narkometers are being used to “harass” dope smokers who might not be affected by the drug when they are non longer taken,

Fovrfeld Gravlund is Denmark’s largest war cemetery and lists the names of locals who died during the conflict and German occupation. According to the tourist website, “1150 allied airmen and German soldiers and 151 German refugees from 2. World War have found their last resting place in Esbjerg.”

Source: Denmark: Men whose car smashed into WWII memorial charged with drug-driving – Yahoo

Drunk Driver Sideswipes Tree: Police – East Hampton, NY Patch

The drunk driver, arrested Sunday morning, had two prior convictions in the past 10 years, police said.

EAST HAMPTON, NY — A Sagaponack woman drove drunk and sideswiped a tree, police said.

According to East Hampton Town Police, Kiera A. Egan, 29, was arrested on Sunday at 11:10 a.m. on Daniels Hole Road and charged with aggravated DWI: Per Se, .18 of 1 percent or more alcohol, two prior convictions within 10 years, a felony; using a leased, rented or loaned vehicle without an interlock device, a misdemeanor, first degree aggravated unlicensed operation, commit aggravated unlicensed operation 2/alcohol or drug, a felony, and DWI, two prior convictions of designated offenses within 10 years, a felony, police said.

Egan was driving a 2008 Pontiac northwest on Daniels Hole Road when she was in a crash where she left the roadway and sideswiped a tree, police said.

Source: Drunk Driver Sideswipes Tree: Police – East Hampton, NY Patch

Driver tries to evade police, crashes into Hillcrest building – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Driver tries to evade police, crashes into Hillcrest building.  A man was seriously hurt when his car plowed into a building in Hillcrest as he tried to elude police Tuesday night.He ran away but didn’t get far before officers arrested him, police said.An officer had stopped the vehicle on Park Boulevard south of Robinson Avenue after the suspect drove past a road-closed sign, police Officer John Buttle said.As the officer walked up to the car, the driver sped away, and a brief pursuit ensued.

Source: Driver tries to evade police, crashes into Hillcrest building – The San Diego Union-Tribune

St. Patrick’s Day weekend checkpoints lead to 66 drunken driving arrests | The Kansas City Star

66 drivers arrested during DUI checkpoints in Kansas City on St. Patrick’s Day weekend Sobriety checkpoints for second night in a row Saturday led to the arrest of 24 drivers on suspicion of drunken driving. That brought the total number of suspected drunken drivers arrested at checkpoints in Kansas City this St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend to 66 people. Sobriety checkpoints held in Kansas City for the second day in a row overnight Saturday led to the arrest of 24 drivers on suspicion of drunken driving.That brought the total number of suspected drunken drivers arrested at checkpoints to 66 people for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.Kansas City police held their sobriety checkpoint at 4040 Main Street checking southbound traffic on Main.ADVERTISINGDuring the checkpoint, police checked 544 cars and arrested 14 drivers on suspicion of violating city and state driving under the influence laws.Police also indicated that there were three traffic and one narcotics violation. They also arrested one fugitive. Another 52 vehicles attempted to avoid the checkpoint.At the same time, the Jackson County Sheriff’s office had a separate checkpoint in the same location checking the northbound traffic on Main.Deputies stopped 590 vehicles and arrested 10 people on suspicion of drunken driving, including two drivers who were repeat offenders and will face felony charges.Deputies also arrested two people on felony possession of controlled substance.During the checkpoint, deputies also checked several taxi cabs, ride sharing cars and party buses with visibly intoxicated passengers.The sheriff’s office issued a special “thank you” to those passengers for selecting a safe ride home.The arrests came on a second night of sobriety checkpoint. On Friday night, the Missouri Highway Patrol, the Jackson County Sheriff’s office and Kansas City Police Department arrested 42 drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence.That checkpoint was at 33rd Street and Southwest Trafficway. Officers stopped 1,314 vehicles at the checkpoint.

Source: St. Patrick’s Day weekend checkpoints lead to 66 drunken driving arrests | The Kansas City Star

If you were arrested on St. Patricks Day and have not retained an attorney yet, you are not protecting your rights.

Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrested for suspicion of DUI

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrested on suspicion of DUI: Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested early Wednesday morning in Auburn Hills, Michigan, on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.Caldwell-Pope, 24, was pulled over for driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, according to Auburn Hills police. He was arrested after a field sobriety test and taken to the police station, where a breathalyzer test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.08, which is the legal limit.Caldwell-Pope was cited for operating while intoxicated and released.The arrest came after the Pistons’ 97-96 loss to the Miami Heat on Tuesday night. Caldwell-Pope played in Thursday night’s 90-89 victory over the Brooklyn Nets, finishing with 12 points.He declined to speak with reporters before the Pistons’ game on Friday night in Milwaukee.Coach Stan Van Gundy said the team was aware of the situation. He said Caldwell-Pope is a “high character” player, and that the team would “let things run its course.”Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.1 points and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.

Source: Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope arrested for suspicion of DUI