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11Austin, Texas Police Defend DUI Arrest of Innocent Black Man (Video)

Police in Austin, Texas are defending the DUI arrest of Larry Davis, a black man, whose Breathalyzer and blood tests showed no evidence of him being drunk.

Davis was arrested Jan. 13, 2013 after he ran a stop sign.

Davis told police that he’d had only one drink and tested 0.00 on a Breathalyzer.

Despite testing negative for DUI, Davis still spent a day in jail.

His blood test results also came back negative, but Davis is still trying to have his arrest record expunged.

Austin Police Cmdr. David Mahoney continues to support the decision to arrest Davis on the possibility that he was drunk, even though he is innocent.

“If there is someone who is possibly impaired, we don’t want them driving,” Cmdr. Mahoney told the Austin Statesman. “We need to get them off the road, so that was probably [the officer’s] mindset.”

In addition to false arrests, the State of Texas tries to scare motorists with billboards warning them that a DUI charge could cost them $17,000, which was debunked by Politfact.org.

Still, Davis was charged hundreds of dollars for legal fees, which he could not afford, so that money was paid for by taxpayers.

“I was arrested for nothing, really,” Davis said. “It was suspicion of drunk driving, which I wasn’t so I was surprised and hurt at the same time.”

Sources: Politfact.org and Austin Statesman


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11Apple Reportedly Held Secret Meeting With Tesla Motors

Apple’s merger and acquisitions chief Adrian Perica and Tesla Motor’s chief executive Elon Musk met last year, suggesting that the iPhone maker may expand its business to electric cars.

Considering Apple has announced plans to better integrate iOS into car dashboard screens and has partnered with Ferrari, it seems likely that the Silicon Valley giant would be interested in Tesla.

The meeting was reported Sunday by The San Francisco Chronicle, which cited an anonymous source. The paper also noted that Apple is interested in medical devices, specifically those that can predict heart attacks.

Apple’s interest in electric cars and medical devices signal that the company wants to expand and take risks beyond the iPad and iPhone, as Wall Street analysts have speculated in the past.

Adnaan Ahmad, an investment bank analyst in Germany, wrote an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook in October suggesting that Apple buy Tesla. He argued that the electric car industry could provide long-term revenue growth unlike smartphones and tablets.

“I know this is radical and potentially 'transformative',” Ahmad wrote, “but this would radically alter Apple's growth profile.”

Neither Tesla nor Apple have commented on the alleged merger.

Sources: Market Watch, CNet


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11Jogger Hit By Elderly Driver, Who Flees Scene Because of Diarrhea

Persis Draper, 92, is accused of a hit-and-run accident involving a jogger, Dori Stolmaker, in Oro Valley, Ariz.

Draper, who allegedly hit Stolmaker (pictured) in a crosswalk and then fled the scene on Saturday, says she had no choice because of her diarrhea.

“The diarrhea started up again after the accident happened," Draper told the Arizona Daily Star. "I was going to stop, but then the diarrhea came and I didn’t stop."

Draper reportedly drove to a nearby grocery store to relieve herself but then went shopping for dinner rolls for a potluck dinner at her church.

About 45 minutes later, Draper says she returned to the scene of the accident, but no one was there.

“I didn’t leave a scene of an accident because I was running away," claimed Draper. "I’m not the type of individual who would do something like that. I left because I had diarrhea. I went back to check and there wasn’t anybody there.”

Draper dropped off the rolls at her church but went home because she was still not feeling well.

“I was upset and I wasn’t feeling good because of the diarrhea,” Draper said. “When I got home, I took a pill and went to sleep.”

However, Pima County Sheriff deputies knocked on her door Sunday morning after being given her license plate number by a witness.

Draper was charged with fleeing the scene, failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failure to control her speed.

Stolmaker, who was bruised from the accident, told KOVA, “Obviously, this woman should not be driving anymore."

"My hip hurts, my shoulder hurts, everything just hurts, it's just sore, just sore," added Stolmaker. "I was struck from behind so my hands hit the ground first, so that's why my elbow got the brunt of everything, because I went down on my arms."

“It is unfortunate, it’s upsetting and I’m distraught," Draper told the Arizona Daily Star. "I can’t do anything about going back, and it was not a hit-and-run. I just had no choice because I’d had diarrhea. I don’t know what else I could have done. I empathize with [Stolmaker]. I’m saying my prayers and hoping everything turns out all right. I feel bad she got hurt.”

Sources: KOVA and Arizona Daily Star


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11Van Crashes Into Concrete Barrier, Goes Airborne (Video)

An unidentified driver accidentally smashed his van into a concrete barrier while driving in Moscow, Russia on Dec. 20.

According to Jalopnik.com, the driver didn't see the construction warning signs and hit the concrete barrier at a fast rate of speed.

A video (below) was shot by a vehicle behind the van (which is on the left side) and uploaded by the Russian news website LifeNews.ru.

The driver did not injure any construction workers, but was hospitalized with serious injuries.

Apparently this area is prime real estate for traffic accidents, with five just in the past month that killed three people and injured four others, reports News.Minemsn.com.au.

Sources: Liveleak.com, News.Minemsn.com.au, Jalopnik.com, LifeNews.ru


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11Pennsylvania Police Pull Over Motorists for 'Voluntary' Saliva Tests, Cops Used Flashing Lights

Motorists in Reading, Pa. say they were recently forced off the road by local police, who asked them about their driving and wanted a sample of their saliva.

"I feel this incident is a gross abuse of power on many levels," resident Ricardo Nieves told the Reading City Council Monday, noted the Reading Eagle.

According to Nieves, a private company hired local armed police to wave people off the road for the voluntary cheek swabbing, which felt coerced.

Nieves claims that he refused the swabbing several times before the woman who was taking the swabs allowed him to leave, which may be detaining a motorist without cause.

Nieves added that there was a police car with flashing lights to intimidate motorists.

However, Reading City Police Chief William Heim claimed the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, which is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, conducted the actual cheek swabbing.

Chief Heim said the government agencies are studying crashes and injuries, and the swabs were testing for prescription drugs.

He also stated that police were simply there for security because the swab takers were offering money to motorists who agreed to the survey.

Chief Heim aded that police did not pull over motorists and even went as far as to say, "People are not pressured by police presence to do something they don't want to."

According to Mary Catherine Roper of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the law may have been broken if the police did pull over motorists.

"A car driver or passenger cannot be required or pressured into providing a DNA sample and, in fact, can't be stopped at all except on suspicion of a crime or for a properly conducted sobriety checkpoint," Roper told the Reading Eagle.

A few weeks ago in Fort Worth, Texas the chief of police apologized to residents because police officers pulled over motorists for blood and saliva tests for the same federal study.

According to Fox News, Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead said, “We realize this survey caused many of our citizens frustration and we apologize for our participation. I agree with our citizens’ concerns and I apologize for our participation. Any future federal survey of this nature, which jeopardizes the public’s trust, will not be approved for the use of Fort Worth police.”

In June, off-duty police in two counties in Alabama were hired by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation to pull motorists off the road and request samples of saliva and blood, reported The Daily Caller.

Sources: The Daily Caller, Fox News, Reading Eagle


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11Woman Lost License For Driving Drunk to Flee Abusive Husband

Two years ago, Jennifer Axelberg and her husband were having an argument inside a cabin located in Mora, Minn.

When the argument became physical, Axelberg (pictured with her lawyer) ran to her car to escape her allegedly drunk and abusive husband, who pounded on the windshield to the point where it started to crack.

Axelberg started the car and drove away to escape, but was soon pulled over by police and cited with drunk driving. She later pleaded guilty to careless driving and lost her license for six months.

According to the StarTribune, Axelberg’s case has now reached the Minnesota Supreme Court, which must decide if the state's drunk driving law can supercede the “necessity defense” law.

"Necessity defense" applies to cases in which what could have happened by obeying a law outweighed the harm caused by breaking the law.

“I’m fighting for others who might get into this situation,” said Axelberg, after Thursday’s hearing. “Getting behind the wheel was a bad choice. When you have no other choice, what are you left with?”

Earlier this year, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled against Axelberg, reported CityPages.com.

Writing for the majority, Judge Randolph Peterson stated, "By driving while impaired, [Axelberg] created the very risk of physical injury to herself and to other highway users that the implied-consent statute is intended to prevent."

The lower court also ruled that Axelberg's defense is criminal-based and can't be used in a civil license-revocation court hearing.

However, that civil hearing imposed punitive punishment (suspending license), which is exactly what criminal courts often do.

Axelberg and her husband have entered therapy, given up alcohol and have reunited, but she is still fighting the case based on principle.

Sources: StarTribune and CityPages.com


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11Stand-Up Comedian Tries to Fool Police with iPhone Cookies

Drivers are not allowed to use hand-held cell phones in Los Angeles, but stand-up comedian Randy Liedtke thought he would have some fun with the law and the police.

According to Yahoo!, Liedtke baked cookies in the shape of iPhones and then drove around the city, hoping to get pulled over by a cop.

He recorded his adventure on his Twitter page via a real cell phone.

While his prank started out well, it ultimately backfired on him (in true comic fashion).

On Wednesday, Liedtke tweeted:

Made iPhone Cookies to trick cops into pulling me over, I'll just take a bite and ask if cookies are against the law.

Just saw a police car going the other way. Gonna turn around and see if I can catch up and drive by it. #iphonecookie.

Took a bite out of the cookie. He was so confused and angry. Told me to hold tight, he is back in his car now.

Says I have a warrant for unpaid parking tickets? Making me go with him. Letting me text gf but Im tweeting this.

Liedtke completed his journey with a picture of himself and a citation outside a police station, along with the caption:

Wasn't worth it. I'm an idiot... No more iPhone Cookies

Sources: Yahoo! and Twitter


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11Minivan Loses Control on Highway, Slams Into Bus (Video)

A recent dashcam video recorded in Jerusalem, Israel by a taxi driver, Ra’anan Gormas, shows a minivan in front of him trying to make it into the right lane, but then losing control.

Last Thursday, the dark-colored minivan slammed into what appears to be a small bus, then flew over the median ending up in the left lane where it started, noted Mediaite.com.

The video (below) of the bizarre incident was posted on the Israeli news website Mako.co.Il.

“The vehicle was damaged and its tires were punctured,” Gormas told Online 2. “After I got out of my car, I discovered that miraculously nobody was injured in this accident. This was simply the definition of negligence.

“Since the incident, I have played the video countless times and say how lucky I am that I wasn’t driving 10 km/hour [6 mph] faster, because then I wouldn’t have realized his approach at all," added Gormas. "Even in that moment I did not understand what was happening. Only in retrospect, when I watched the video did I realize what had occurred.”

Sources: TheBlaze.com, Mako.co.Il, Mediaite.com


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11Ed Bolian and Friends Break Cross-Country Driving Record (Video)

With the help of two friends, Ed Bolian recently set the record for the fastest car trip from New York City to Los Angeles by driving an average of 98 m.p.h.

Bolian (standing in the middle of this picture) augmented his 2004 Mercedes with speed detectors and extra gas tanks to make the drive in 28 hours 50 minutes, beating Alex Roy's old record set in 2006 by two hours (video below).

"I've wanted to break the record since I was 18 years old," Bolian told Jalopnik.com. "I thought about a Ferrari 612, but gas mileage would've been bad. A Bentley would've been perfect, but you'd want the V8 for gas mileage, and those are still way too expensive."

Bolian used a Mercedes because of its V8 engine and room in the trunk to pack two additional 22-gallon gas tanks, which allowed him to drive 800 miles between stops.

According to the Daily Mail, Bolian also used two GPS units, the iPhone app Trapster, two laser jammers and a truck mounted antenna to avoid police and traffic jams.

He also had friends driving ahead of the route, periodically, to spot any potential problems.

However, Bolian did have trouble finding two people to make the trip with him. Using Facebook, he looked up Dan Huang, who joined another friend of Bolian's, David Black.

The three of them started out on October 19, but got stuck in New York City.

"It took us 15 minutes to get out of Manhattan," recalled Bolian, who used the same path as the cheesy 1981 film "Cannonball Run."

On October 20, he and his buddies arrived at the Portofino Hotel in Redondo Beach, Calif.

Sources: Daily Mail and Jalopnik.com


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11New Luxury Range Rover Costs $240K

"Autobiography Black" is the most expensive and luxurious Range Rover ever built.

The $240K vehicle also comes in white and other colors, which are a bit cheaper at $225K.

The pricey Range Rover was designed to have the luxury of a limousine with its 18-way adjustable back seats with built-in massaging devices. There are also electronic tables with trimmed black leather in the back seat and TV screens mounted on the back of the front seats.

A feature called the "Passenger Seat Slide Away" allows the rear passenger to move the front seat forward to give the person in the back more legroom.

"This will be the most expensive and luxurious Range Rover ever," a Land Rover spokesman told the Daily Mail.

The Range Rover can go from zero to 60 m.p.h. in 5.5 seconds and can reach 140 m.p.h. with its 5.0 liter supercharged V8 engine.

The vehicle will make its first appearances at the Guangzhou International Motor Show in Guangzhou, China and in Los Angeles next month, notes AutoCar.co.uk.

The car will begin delivery in March 2014, but the Autobiography Black version won't ship until August 2014.

"The Range Rover Autobiography Black is an intensely design focused response to our customers’ desire for more choice and exclusivity," said Land Rover design director Gerry McGovern. "It represents the pinnacle of desirability in the world of luxury inhabited by our Range Rover customers."

Sources: Daily Mail and AutoCar.co.uk


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