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Breath Test Submissions Decline in New York

When you are stopped by the police on suspicion of drunk driving, you are faced with a huge question: Do I take a breath test? No matter what type of blood-alcohol content test you are offered, you may feel complied to do so due to the stress of the situation. If you refuse in New York, you are not alone. One in three DUI suspects in Erie and Niagara Counties refuse to submit to such tests. According to News 4, most DUI suspects who were ultimately convicted faced lesser charges if they did not take the test. Of those convicted, 66 percent...

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Superintendent Arrested for Second DUI This Year

Right or wrong, we tend to hold public officials to a higher standard. That is why, in part, it is disappointing to the community of El Dorado County that their superintendent has been arrested for his second DUI. According to police reports from the California Highway Patrol, Jeremy Meyers, the El Dorado County Office of Education Superintendent, was arrested last Thursday for his second DUI. Not only was it his second alleged offense, but it his second in only five months. Meyers was being followed by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy who witnessed him crash his vehicle into a tree near Mortara Circle...

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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro Candid About DUI Arrest

‘Cake Boss’ star Buddy Valastro was arrested for a DUI and has learned some hard lessons. The popular reality television star is not the only celebrity to be hit with a driving under the influence charge, but he may be one of the minority who so openly speaks about it. In a candid interview with Fox411, Valastro commented on his arrest. According to Valastro, he made a mistake when he chose to get behind the wheel. He knew he shouldn’t be driving, but chose to do so anyway. He is thankful that he was pulled over because the police stopped him before...

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Man Tries to Beat Breathalyzer with Toilet Paper

Man tries to beat breathalyzer with toilet paper. That is a catchy headline that might be comical if it weren’t true. It is exactly what Ross McDonald, 39, did to try to avoid DUI charges. According to Iowa City Police, the man was driving the wrong way down a one-way street in costume. After his arrest, he was taken to the police station for processing and decided to eat toilet paper. When asked why, the man told police he thought it would help him pass the breathalyzer. The toilet paper didn’t work, and McDonald registered a .165 on the machine, twice the...

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Man Sentenced to 30 Years After Fourth DUI

In August, a Georgia man pled guilty to charges of DUI manslaughter and leaving the scene of a crash. Early last month, that man, Matthew David Frye, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his part in the incident that took the life of John Leone, 19. According to reports, Leone was driving his motorcycle eastbound on West Gate Parkway. Frye attempted to turn his vehicle into the Thornton Park Apartments, failing to yield to Leone. The motorcycle driver crashed into the front end of the car driven by Frye and died just 11 days later. Frye did not remain on...

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OSU Football player Jhajuan Seales Charged with DUI

A wide receiver on Oklahoma State’s football team, Jhajuan Seales, was arrested Sunday and charged with driving with an open container and driving under the influence. According to court records, the football player was officially charged on Wednesday with a count of operating a motor vehicle while having a blood or breath alcohol content of .08 or more and having an open container of alcohol in his vehicle. The 21-year-old football player was released on bond. A spokesman for the college said that Head Coach Mike Gundy is aware of the incident and the charges and is currently handling the situation internally. Being...

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Drunk Driver Defense Declared “Too Intoxicated to Consent”

Earlier this year, a Georgia Supreme Court ruled that drunk drivers would be able to get key evidence against them suppressed. How? By claiming that they were too intoxicated to consent to any field sobriety or blood alcohol content tests. Drivers across the state are proving to judges that they were not thinking clearly when they submitted to any one of the many tests that are used to determine intoxication. Does it sound like a tricky legal maneuver? It’s not says attorney Mike Hawkins of The Hawkins Firm. What it is is a sound constitutional argument. “It certainly is a rule...

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Grants Offered for Troup County DUI/Drug Court Program

Two grants were accepted by the Troup County Board of Commissioners on October 20, 2015. Both grants are for the DUI/Drug Court program. Courts nationwide were awarded the funds by the Bureau of Justice Assistance Drug Court Discretionary Grant. The Troup DUI/Drug Court was the only one in the state to receive the monies. Covering the next two years, the $80,355 grant will be used to pay the salary of a full-time case manager. Scott Smith, DUI/Drug Court coordinator, said, “The case manager will focus on connecting participants with resources they need to improve their education, employment, housing and other risk factors....

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Clayton Elementary Principal Arrested for DUI

Clayton Elementary School principal, John Hultquist, was arrested for driving under the influence last Friday and is now on a voluntary paid leave of absence. According to reports, officials at the Cherokee County Adult Detention Center booked Hultquist at 9:41 p.m. He was charged with weaving over the roadway, driving under the influence, and a misdemeanor charge of attempting to elude police. The principal was released on a $3,000 bond the next day. Barbara Jacoby, a spokesperson for Cherokee County School District, said that Hultquist is currently on a voluntary paid leave of absence. According to Jacoby, Hultquist “immediately complied with School...

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Halloween Fatalities Spur Warnings from Georgia Governor’s Office

Halloween is typically a holiday when drivers are warned to watch out for children in the street and to be cautious of how much alcohol they consume at their own celebrations. This year, the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is warning citizens to not let their guards down when it comes to their own safety and the safety of others. Because Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, alcohol is expected to play an even bigger role among adults. People do not have to get up and go to work the next day, and they are likely to feel free to...

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