A Florida man arrested for driving under the influence told cops he was attempting to “drive it off” after he had an argument with his wife.
Michael Moore, 61, was pulled over for speeding in Hobe Sound, Fla., at 12:35 a.m. on Feb. 13.
The arrest affidavit said that Moore’s breath smelled strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred.
Moore failed a field sobriety test and then admitted he had “a couple of drinks.”
He told police he left the house after having an argument with his wife about his drinking.
He said he was headed to another bar for “a few” more.
At the Stuart Police Department, authorities gave Moore a breathalizer. His blood alcohol content was 0.104. The legal limit is 0.08.
After being charged with vehicular homicide following the death of his bride, Georgia man Ryan Quinton was released on bail.
The couple had just left their wedding reception in December when Quinton suddenly swerved at the sight of, he says, a dog in the road. As a result, the car rolled down an embankment.
Quinton’s bride was trapped underneath the car, but Quinton himself managed to reach the road for help. When a witness, Chris Thomas, saw Quinton stumbling down the road he stopped and called 911.
"He was shaken up. He wasn't making a whole lot of sense. He was hysterical," Thomas said of Quinton.
Thomas said the most difficult part was telling the wedding party, still dressed for a celebration, what had happened.
Crime lab results showed that Quinton’s blood alcohol level that day was .114, though the legal limit in Georgia is .08.
On Wednesday morning Quinton turned himself in to the Cherokee County Police Department, admitting that his dog story was untrue.
Quinton was charged with a DUI and vehicular homicide.
A 21-year-old Phoenix woman has pleaded guilty to charges against her after a 2012 incident in which she left her baby on the roof of her car and drove away.
Catalina Clouser was reportedly under the influence of marijuana at the time of the incident. She has been charged with single counts of child abuse and DUI.
According to reports, Clouser, then 19 years old, was at her friend’s home smoking marijuana after finding out that her boyfriend was arrested on DUI charges. When she left her friend’s home, she unknowingly placed her baby boy, who was strapped in his car seat, on the roof of her car and drove away.
Clouser drove 12 miles home before realizing that her son was not with her.
Witnesses discovered the baby still strapped in his seat lying in the middle of the road. The baby was taken to the hospital but did not sustain any injuries.
Following the incident, the child was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.
A wild police chase on the streets of south Florida ended in the strangest way possible.
The chase came after Ivanka Cancic, 50, ran over 68-year-old Betty J. Greene before fleeing the scene. Couric then slammed into a hydrant, flooding neighborhood streets early Monday morning.
When police arrived to the scene, the water had already caused a condominium’s parking lot to sink in, partially swallowing a parked SUV.
“I saw my car, I thought, ‘Oh my God, how am I ever going to get that out of there?’” the car’s owner Diane Duchesne told the Sun Sentinel.
The hit-and-run victim, Greene, was walking with her church group when Cancic struck her with her pick up truck, police say. Greene hospitalized and recovering after her arm was run over.
“She said she awoke to find herself under the truck and the tire was rolling over her arm,” her son, Darron Jackson, said. “She has tire marks on her arm right now.”
Cancic was found passed out with her head on top of her truck’s steering wheel. Cops found a near empty bottle of Jose Cuervo tequila inside the vehicle.
Deputies say the driver asked them, “What happened?”
Cancic asked to be taken to the hospital, where she caused a scene, according to Jackson, whose mother was taken to the same hospital. He said Cancic could be heard down the hall from her mother’s hospital room.
“She was screaming, saying she was going to call internal affairs on the police and saying that she did not want to give a blood sample.” Jackson said.
Cancic was arrested at the scene on multiple charges including DUI, DUI property damage, fleeing the scene of a crash and driving with a suspended license.
Judge John “Jay” Hurley declared Cancic to be a “very, very, significant danger to the community” Tuesday during a court hearing. The Sun Sentinel reports Cancic has nearly a 30-year history of drug and driving violations.
She was ordered to remain in jail without bond.
When three good Samaritans spotted a blue mini-van driving erratically on a New York highway this past Monday, they boxed him in and called police.
Driver Briana Cole says the driver, 48-year-old Paul Kostraba, was all over Interstate 390.
“I thought somebody was going to die,” Cole told 13WHAM-TV.
Driver Josh Kuba said he suspected Kostraba was having a medical emergency, but when he didn’t respond to attempts to get him to pull over he realized Kostraba might be intoxicated.
Kuba pulled his truck in front of the van to prevent Kostraba from exiting the interstate. Kostraba slammed into his truck.
Cole pulled up behind the van to block him from getting out. A third driver parked alongside Kostraba until police arrived.
“There was no way for him to move,” Cole said. “He tried to start his car and tried to go again, but he had nowhere to go.”
Kostraba was booked into Livingston county jail for DWI and other charges. His license was revoked.
Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty said deputies at the scene described Kostraba as “highly intoxicated,” although they do not know what his blood alcohol level was.
His wife, who was allegedly intoxicated as well, was a passenger in the van.
While Dougherty says the public isn’t encouraged to make such interventions, he thanked the three drivers.
“They felt that this guy was putting everybody in danger,” Dougherty said. “And they didn’t have time for the police to arrive.”
On the night of January 13, 2013, Austin police stopped driver Larry Davis after he ran a stop sign near U.S. 290 and Interstate 35. Davis told them he had only had one drink, but the officers noted that he appeared intoxicated based on his performance in a field sobriety test.
Although Davis insisted he was not drunk, according to the Statesman, the officers took him to the local jail, where he was given a Breathalyzer test.
The test’s results supported Davis’ claim: he blew a 0.00, the lowest possible reading.
Davis also voluntarily took a blood test, the results of which did not come back for months, but which also ultimately returned negative results.
Davis’ arrest last January meant that he spent a day in jail, and was at the center of a criminal case that lasted for more than a year.
Because he was declared indigent, the county picked up his several-hundred-dollar legal fees.
Although police have said that the decision they had to make in this particular case is one they are often presented with, defense lawyers say it shows how “overzealous Austin police can be in making DWI arrests.”
In fact, by the take-no-chances policy by which police operate, if a driver looks drunk, he/she will be arrested, and the court system will work it out in the future.
What this results in is about 30 percent of DWI cases being dismissed.
After viewing the police dash cam footage of Davis’ arrest and reviewing evidence, defense lawyer Daniel Betts said that his “reaction was just shock that it happened.”
Police have stood by their decision to arrest Davis, contending that he may still have been under the influence of drugs such as marijuana at the time.
Cmdr. David Mahoney, the arresting officers’ supervisor, has spoken out in support of the decision. “If there is someone who is possibly impaired, we don’t want them driving,” said Mahoney.
“We need to get them off the road, so that was probably (the officer’s) mindset,” Mahoney continued.
Last week, prosecutors dismissed the case against Davis. Davis is now working to have his arrest record wiped clean, which could take another several months to complete.
“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.”
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A California man was sent to jail for six years Monday when he was convicted of his eighth driving under the influence charge.
Pablo Servin Sanchez, 50, had a blood alcohol content of at least .31 percent when he was arrested last year. The legal limit is .08 percent.
On Oct. 3, he backed his pickup truck across a highway at 11 a.m., nearly hitting a big-rig.
He was also driving with a suspended license when he was arrested.
“Too many people are injured in our community by DUI drivers,” District Attorny Jill Ravitch said in her statement. “Mr. Sanchez has repeatedly chosen to ignore that risk.”
Of the eight convictions on his record, which span more than 20 years, Sanchez was convicted four times of felony DUI.
Superior Court Judge Shelly Averill sentenced Sanchez to the maximum six years. His license is to remain revoked for 10 years after he leaves prison.
A 53-year-old Pittsburgh man that was driving his 12-year-old daughter on her first date ended up fatally striking the girl with the vehicle when she stepped out to take photographs at the boy's house.
The man, Richard Benton, was charged with a DUI by police officers that arrived on the scene and smelled alcohol on his breath, Fox News reports.
Benton had reportedly dropped off his daughter’s date at his house when the man attempted to leave the vehicle in order to take a picture of the couple. The man reportedly thought that the car’s gear shifter was in park, but when he stepped out the SUV rolled backwards, striking and dragging his daughter. The vehicle, a Ford Explorer, finally stopped moving when it struck a tree about 50 feet away.
Police Sgt. Tom Huerbin explained that he believed Benton thought he had shifted the car into park.
“He thought the vehicle was in park. In fact, it must have been out of gear and went, ran over top of the female, dragging her down the hill and then crashed into the yard,” Huerbin said, according to the New York Daily News.
Although Benton was charged with a DUI, it is still uncertain whether or not he was directly responsible for failing to properly shift the gear into park.
Local police Lt. Daniel Hermann explained that the department is investigating the vehicle in order to fully understand the events that occurred.
“If there’s reason to believe he’s responsible for this girl’s death, then there will be (more) charges. It’s one of those things where you have to go wait and see. You have a lot more investigation to go,” Hermann said.
A hearing was scheduled by Justin Bieber’s lawyers in an attempt to prevent news organizations from obtaining unreleased footage of the pop star in jail.
The hearing is set for Thursday before a Miami-Dade County judge.
While Bieber’s attorneys argue that they need more time to review the videos, news organizations have complained that there is no basis under Florida law that allows attorneys to withhold the footage.
The collection of media groups has asked the judge to grant it access to the videos and has promised that the Associated Press will review the content.
If the videos are obtained, the AP would guarantee that the footage meet the news co-operative’s standard of publication.
Miami Beach Police have already released one jail video, which features the singer getting a pat-down after he removed his outer clothing.
The video was reportedly released without police notifying Bieber’s lawyers.
On Monday, Opposing Views reported on the tragic wrong-way car crash that killed six people in Diamond Bar, California. Authorities initially determined that the driver, Olivia Carolee Culbreath, might have been drunk when she sped down California’s 60 Freeway in the wrong direction.
Now, police say that 21-year-old Culbreath had a history of driving offenses, including a DUI conviction at the young age of 16. According to reports, Culbreath had a slew of other offenses that earned her restrictions on her license, but just last week, all of those restrictions were supposedly lifted.
Police have now been able to identify the six victims who died in the crash. The two passengers in Culbreath’s car, 21-year-old Kristin Young and 24-year-old Maya Louise Culbreath, Olivia’s sister, were both killed in the accident. The car that was hit head on had four passengers inside, and all unfortunately died. That family of four included Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, Ester Delgado, Leticia Ibarra, 42, and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20. Jessica Mejia was the daughter of Gregorio Mejia-Martinez and Leticia Ibarra, and Ester Delgado was Jessica’s grandmother.
“We are just in a lot of pain right now,” said an unknown member of Culbreath’s family. “We are just devastated for everyone else involved.”
Culbreath herself survived the accident and was taken to the hospital in stable condition after suffering a broken femur and a ruptured bladder. The 21-year-old is facing serious charges for her drunk driving wreck that killed six others.
Reports note that Maya Culbreath, Olivia’s sister who perished in the crash, also had a string of DUI convictions and had her license taken away last year. An investigation is still ongoing.