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.

Jamestown motorist charged with driving under influence of marijuana – The Buffalo News

Jamestown motorist charged with driving under influence of marijuana: State police Monday accused a Jamestown man of driving while impaired by drugs after troopers smelled marijuana coming from his car.Brandon Dailey, 23, was additionally charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle because his license was suspended, police said.Dailey was pulled over on Route 60 for a traffic violation. While speaking to Dailey, troopers smelled marijuana emanating from inside his vehicle. A marijuana smoking device was located inside the vehicle and Dailey was placed under arrest after failing several sobriety field tests. Dailey was transported to the State Police barracks in Jamestown where he was evaluated by a Chautauqua County drug recognition expert who determined that Dailey was under the influence of marijuana, as well as an unspecified central nervous system depressant.Dailey was issued tickets, released and scheduled to appear in April in Ellicott Town Court.

Source: Jamestown motorist charged with driving under influence of marijuana – The Buffalo News

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

Plea deal in Castleton fatal car crash case – VTDigger

PLEA DEAL IN CASTLETON FATAL CAR CRASH CASE APR. 7, 2017, 5:20 AM BY ALAN J. KEAYS 3 COMMENTS A man charged in a single-vehicle crash that killed his girlfriend has reached a plea agreement that could let him avoid serving any time behind bars. The plea deal heads off a legal battle that had been brewing over the admissibility of a blood-test for alcohol impairment in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a North Dakota drunken driving case.

Source: Plea deal in Castleton fatal car crash case – VTDigger

If you had your blood drawn, this case could be to your benefit.

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.”

Source: College student from Greenville killed in DWI crash

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