A Delaware man is facing some serious DUI charges after he crashed into a mobile home early Friday morning on June 6, 2014.
Justin T. Hazzard (interesting last name) was driving on Seaford Road just north of Oneals Road in Laurel, Delaware. According to investigators, Hazzard lost control of the wheel at around 1:15 am and crashed into the mobile home. Luckily the home was unoccupied at the time.
Police arrived to the scene and suspected Hazzard to be under the influence. He was immediately taken into custody.
Although Hazzard was later released from jail, he is currently facing a few charges including driving under the influence of alcohol, driving on a suspended license, and failing to remain in a single lane.
Both Hazzard’s vehicle and the mobile were significantly damaged as a result of this incident.
If found guilty, Hazzard could be facing some serous consequences. Delaware is notorious for having very serious DUI laws and enforcement.
Not only could Hazzard be required to spend time behind bars, he may have to pay expensive fines that could cost him more than a thousand dollars!
Additionally, Hazzard may be required to attend alcohol education classes or on his own dime. Hazzard may also be required to install an ignition interlock device if he qualifies to get his driving privileges back. An ignition interlock is a device that can prevent your car from starting if it detects alcohol on your breath.
If you’re located in the Los Angeles or Chicago area, be aware that DUI checkpoints will be taking place this weekend. Typically, DUI patrols are out in full force during the summer months, so it’s important to be careful and make smart choices about getting behind the wheel.
Here is where police will be tonight (June 6, 2014):
In South Los Angeles, police will be operating a DUI checkpoint from 7 pm until 1 am on Figueroa St at 112 Street.
There will also be a DUI checkpoint in Chatsworth from 8pm until 2 am on Topanga Canyon Blvd at San Jose Street.
The city of Lancaster, California will be operating a DUI checkpoint from 6 pm until 2 am. The exact location of the checkpoint is undisclosed.
From 7pm until 2 am, the city of Santa Monica will be operating a DUI checkpoint. The exact location of the checkpoint has been undisclosed.
If you’re located in Chicago, note that a DUI checkpoint will be held on the exit ramps on expressways this month on the South Side. Tonight, a checkpoint will be held from 11 pm until 4 am on the Dan Ryan Expressway at the southbound exit to 87th Street.
If you’re going to be in the Los Angeles area on Saturday (June 7, 2014), note that a DUI checkpoint will be taking place in North Hills from 8 pm until 2 am on Sepulveda Blvd at Nordhoff Street
Remember, if you get arrested for a DUI, a DUI lawyer can help you with your charges. You don’t have to go to jail after a DUI.
If you’re located in Washington State and are in need of extra cash, you may be able to fill your wallets by volunteering to get pulled over for a roadside drug and alcohol test.
Getting paid to get pulled over at a ? This sounds unusual.
However, for the Pacific Research Institute (PIRE) and other agencies, this tactic may serve to be beneficial as they aim to gather information on the number of impaired drivers on Washington roads.
PIRE is currently seeking approval from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission to conduct voluntarily roadside alcohol and drug surveys. Ideally for PIRE, a driver would agree to get pulled over and submit to a . The driver would receive $50 for a blood sample, $10 for a saliva sample and $5 if they take a paper and pencil survey.
While many details still need to be ironed out, a driver taking this survey would be able to leave at any time, unless they are too drunk to drive. If this were the case, transportation would be provided. It is uncertain if police would be alerted about a drunk driver. However, PIRE has put in a request for officers to be present at these checkpoints and has agreed to pay officers overtime.
PIRE stated that Washington authorities do seem interested in conducting this survey, especially on the heels of the privatization of alcohol and the legalization of marijuana. However, the program still needs the go-ahead from Washington transportation officials.
“Many details need to be worked through,” the Washington Traffic Safety Commission stated on their website.
Unlike other states, Washington does not implement DUI checkpoints to nab drunk drivers.
A Minnesota woman must’ve been reliving her college days because when she was arrested for a , police found Jell-O shots stuffed in her pockets.
For those not in the know, Jell-O shots are alcohol-infused gelatin cups that are imbibed like an alcoholic shot.
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, Cathy Sanchez, 28, was speeding and swerving her Buick LeSabre on Highway 10 in Glyndon, Minnesota when police pulled her over. When an officer approached her vehicle, he immediately could tell that she was intoxicated. Sanchez’s speech was slurred, her eyes were bloodshot and she smelled of alcohol.
The officer gave Sanchez a field sobriety test which she failed and later gave her a breathalyzer test. Her
registered .136 percent. The legal limit in Minnesota is .08 percent.
According to an investigator in a probable cause statement, “In a search incident to her arrest… [an officer] located three alcohol Jell-O shots in the female’s pockets.”
In addition to shoving the Jell-O shots in her pockets, Sanchez also gave cops a false name. Giving the cops a false name is a crime and can result in misdemeanor or felony charges depending on your case, your state, and the name you give (i.e. if the false name is a real person and naming them results in hardship on their part.)
Once the cops got Sanchez’s real name, they ran a background check on her and realized that she had been arrested for a DUI on five previous occasions and her license had been revoked because it was “inimical to public safety”. Additionally, she had a concealed weapons conviction on her record.
Having previous DUI and criminal charges are known as
and result in a harsher punishment. Sanchez is currently facing felony charges that each carry a maximum of seven years in prison. She is currently being held in Clay County jail on a $20,000 bond.
It’s quite common for people to drive with a , despite the fact that it is illegal to do so. Recently, in Colorado, Rocky Mountain PBS I-News and 9News analyzed electronic court records and noticed that one in every four drivers in Colorado who are arrested for a DUI have a suspended license.
When you get arrested for a DUI on an already suspended license, you typically face additional charges and have to undergo a longer probation period and license suspension.
Rocky Mountain PBS I-News and 9News also discovered that a fifth of these people who were arrested for a DUI on a suspended license had originally gotten their license suspended due to a previous DUI.
On March 24, in Aurora, Colorado, Ever Olivos-Gutierrez got into a DUI accident, taking the life of a high school senior. Olivos-Gutierrez was unlicensed at the time and had two previous DUIs under his belt.
On that same day, March 24, ten other drivers in the state were arrested for a DUI. Five of these drivers had their licenses suspended due to previous DUIs.
An average of 15 DUI offenders are arrested a day who have previous license suspensions in Colorado. Three DUI offenders a day in Colorado with suspended licenses have had their license suspended due to previous DUI arrests.
Fran Lanzer, an executive of the Colorado chapter of MADD, stated that people continue to rely on their cars, despite getting their licenses suspended.
“We live in a society where people need to drive regardless of whether they are on a suspended license,” she stated. “You still have to go to work. You have to pick up the kids.”
While the Legislature turned down a bill earlier this year that would’ve made a third DUI a penalty, Lanzer stated that a new ignition interlock bill could help combat this statewide issue.
The law would allow first-time DUI offenders to get their license back 30 days after their DUI arrest if they install an ignition interlock. An ignition interlock is a device that you plug into your car. In order to start your car, you must blow into the device. If the device detects alcohol on your breath, your car will not start.
“We know people continue to drive anyway, so we prefer them to drive with an ignition interlock in their car,” Lanzer stated.
It is so hard to keep your cool when you are pulled over, especially if you are pulled over on suspicion of a DUI. We have worked with countless people who find themselves facing additional charges because they were aggressive with the arresting officer. It’s always easy to remember to be polite after the fact, but if you were ever to get pulled over in the future, it’s important to be as cooperative as possible. By being cooperative, you could be making things easier for yourself when you .
A man from Lake Worth, Florida was arrested for a DUI last Thursday, May 29 and apparently he told the officers that he was an ex-Navy Seal and threatened them.
Police spotted 50-year-old Richard DiPietro driving erratically with a flat tire on State Route 7 near Lake Worth Road. The officers pulled over DiPietro and could easily suspect that he was under the influence. DiPietro’s speech was slurred, he was unsteady on his feet, and he reeked of alcohol.
DiPietro stated that he only had two beers that day and that he drank them hours before the traffic stop.
The officers proceeded to give DiPietro a . DiPietro had trouble following instructions, particularly during the walk-and-turn and one-leg stand tests. After failing to understand the officer’s instructions, DiPietro started making threats against the officer, saying that he was an ex-Navy Seal and he was able to “put a hurting” on him.
DiPietro’s threats didn’t sway officers and they ended up arresting him for a DUI. Not only is DiPietro facing a DUI, he’s also facing charges for resisting an officer and threatening a pubic servant.
An Alabama man was arrested for a DUI on Wednesday, May 28 and besides his better judgement that was missing, he was also without clothes.
Yes, a naked Christopher Robert Vaughn, 26, was pulled over in Morgan County, AL after he was spotted by police driving erratically on Highway 67 near Blue Springs Road near Brewer High School.
According to Sheriff Ana Franklin, “The deputy initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, Christopher Robert Vaughn, who was not wearing clothes at the time of the traffic stop. The deputy stated the driver was very unresponsive to questioning and unable to perform and complete any type of field sobriety test.”
Franklin added that nine different types of prescription medication were “strewn about the interior of the vehicle.” Two types of these medications included Clonazepam and Lorazepam. Vaughn allegedly stole these medications from a home in Cullman County where he had been working earlier in the day.
Vaughn was arrested and taken to jail with his bond set at $21,000. He is being charged with DUI and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Cullman County authorities are also charging Vaughn with theft for stealing the prescription medications.
If convicted, Vaughn could face some serious jail and expensive fines. He also may be required to seek treatment for substance abuse issues.
Remember, the drug does not necessarily have to be illegal for someone to be charged with a DUI.
A NYPD homicide detective has been arrested for a DWI following a car accident on Wednesday, May 28, 2014.
James Nash, 53, works for the Brooklyn South Homicide Squad. He got into a fender bender on West Fourth Street near Ave P in Gravesend at around 5:15 pm.
Police arrived to the scene and suspected Nash to be under the influence. Officers brought him into the 62nd Precinct station house. While at the station, Nash refused to take a breathalyzer test.
In many states, refusing a breathalyzer test can result in additional charges and the automatic suspension of your license.
Nash was later charged with a DWI as well as a breath test refusal charge. He was released on his own recognizance at his arraignment.
Many people who work in law enforcement receive suspensions from their positions, in addition to the criminal penalties they face after a being arrested for a DWI. The consequences for a DWI include possible jail time, a license suspension, expensive fines and community service.
Many DWI offenders are also required to attend alcohol education classes or install an ignition interlock. Ignition interlocks are devices that DWI offenders plug into their vehicles that detect if there is alcohol in their system. Drivers must blow into the device in order to start their car.
‘NY Daily News’ states that Nash’s arrest is one of many DWI arrests involving off-duty cops. Last month Detective Jay Poggi was arrested for a DWI. He also accidentally shot his partner in the wrist while under the influence. In addition to criminal charges, Police Commission Bill Bratton fired Poggi from his position.
If you had a device on your phone that measured your blood alcohol concentration (BAC), do you think you would use it?
A company called Alcohoot aims to fashion a breathalyzer out of your smartphone. Ideally, you would purchase the breathalyzer device for $99 off of Alcohoot’s website or from Amazon. The device plugs into our smartphone’s headphone jack. Utilizing “police-grade” fuel cell sensor technology, you would blow into the device and the free Alcohoot app on your smartphone will determine your blood alcohol concentration.
Alcohoot also has another app known as “Smartline”. Basically, you would preset your desired BAC limit before you head out drinking. The next day you take something called a “Morning Quiz” where you describe how you feel. If you’re not feeling great, the app suggests a lower BAC limit.
Recently, Alcohoot partnered with liquor giant Pernod Ricard, USA. You may have heard of some of Pernod Ricard USA’s products, which include Absolut, Jameson and Malibu. Alcohoot also recently partnered with Heineken USA.
“Alcohoot engages people and has the potential to change behavior,” stated Bryan Fry, president-CEO of Pernod Ricard USA. Fry believes that Alcohoot is “totally in line with Pernod Ricard’s strong sense of ethics and our overall commitment to fight against irresponsible consumption of our products.”
Ben Biron, Alcohoot’s co-founder, wants to make the app more of a “lifestyle brand” in addition to being an effective tool in preventing DUI incidents. He sees the app as being “part of the fun of the night”.
What do you think? Can an app like Alcohoot really prevent people from drinking and driving? Or are devices such as ignition interlocks more effective?
(Learn more about ignition interlocks at .)
We get this question quite a bit. Can you get arrested for a DUI on a bicycle? The answer is a resounding yes. In fact, recently, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania ruled that you can also get your driver’s license suspended if you are arrested for a DUI on a bike.
Commonwealth Court ruled today, May 28, 2014, that bicyclists who are stopped are subject to the same Implied Consent Law as drivers. In Pennsylvania, implied consent means that you must submit to a sobriety test or have your driver’s license automatically suspended. Therefore, if you are a bike-rider in PA, you, too, must submit to a sobriety test or you will automatically lose your driving privileges.
This decision came after a case in Butler County in which a man was stopped on his bike after riding through a red light. Police suspected the bicyclist to be under the influence as he was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Police stated that the man refused to submit to a field sobriety test as well as a blood test.
The man was charged with a DUI but ended up pleading no contest to disorderly conduct. He received a year of probation. However, because he refused sobriety testing, he license still ended up getting suspended. The man attempted to appeal his license suspension, but was unsuccessful.
In 2004, Pennsylvania changed the wording of its DUI laws to omit the word “motor” in front of “vehicle.” Therefore, an operator of any type of vehicle, including a bicycle, is subject to sobriety testing.
In his decision Senior Judge James Gardner Colins wrote, “Deletion of the word ‘motor’ prior to the word ‘vehicle’ clearly shows that the Legislature intended to extend the Implied Consent Law to apply to the operators of vehicles… including bicycles, in recognition of the fact that the drunken operator of a bicycle poses danger to himself and to others on the roads.”
So, yes, you can still get arrested for a DUI and lose your license on a bicycle.
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