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June 2010 Archives

Corey Dillon Pleads Not Guilty to DUI Charges

There are many professional athletes in the Los Angeles area that are formally charged with driving under the influence each year. Former NFL running back Corey Dillon, for example, was recently charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or higher. Associated Press reports that the football player pleaded not guilty to both charges last week in Malibu Superior Court.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints - 6/25/10 - 6/26/10

Drivers can expect to see Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints in the area this weekend, including at least one checkpoint in Studio City and another checkpoint in the Southern Los Angeles region. According to press releases, the Los Angeles Police Department has already confirmed sobriety and driver's license checkpoints at the following locations:

Nicole Richie's DUI Probation Extended For Another Year

E! Online reports that the former of star of Simple Life isn't going to be putting her 2006 DUI behind her just yet. The reality television star was supposed to be done with her probation next month, but a Los Angeles judge has actually extended Nichole Richie's probation until March 2011 because she has failed to attend too many mandatory alcohol education classes.

Does this story sound familiar at all? It looks like Nichole Richie is following the steps of Lindsay Lohan who has become notorious for missing her court mandated DUI education classes. Nichole Richie claims that she has been unable to complete the terms of her probation because she has been too busy taking care of her newborn son Sparrow along with her two-year-old daughter Harlow. The mom now has until February to complete the remainder of her alcohol education classes.

Lohan's DUI Attorney Plans Defense After SCRAM Bracelet Sounds

After Lindsay Lohan's alcohol monitoring device sounded at the MTV Awards after party on June 7, Los Angeles DUI attorney Shawn Chapman Holley has been doing everything she can do defend her celebrity client. CBS News reports that the actress' SCRAM bracelet signaled a blood-alcohol level between .03 and .04 percent.

Yet Lindsay Lohan asserts that she has not been drinking since May 24, when she was put on court order to stay sober until her next DUI probation hearing. She was ordered to wear a SCRAM bracelet after failing to show up to a court hearing while she was at Cannes film festival.

Los Angeles Police Arrest American Pie Star Chris Klein For DUI

The man best known for his character of Oz in the "American Pie" comedies will soon be giving a call to his Los Angeles DUI attorney, as the man was arrested yesterday on suspicion of drunken driving. The Los Angeles Times reports that the actor Chris Klein was weaving across three lanes of traffic on the westbound 101 Freeway, which caught the attention of law enforcers and led to the pulling the actor over.

Chris Klein's breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol level was almost three times the legal limit and that this is the actor's second DUI arrest in the last six years, TMZ states. So perhaps the man already knows a DUI attorney in Los Angeles. Now that he's in danger of becoming a two-time DUI offender, it looks as though he'll be needing the best lawyer possible.

L.A County Hops On Bandwagon For Ignition Interlock Requirements

DUI offenders convicted of driving under the influence after July 1 will be facing an additional punishment of being required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle, even if they're a first-time DUI offender.

Los Angeles County is one of four California counties participating in the five-year pilot program through Assembly Bill 91, where courts mandate the installation of ignition interlocks for five months with first time DUI offenders, 12 months for two-time DUI offenders, and 24 months for a third drunk driving offense. The program may turn into a law across the state, as the state Legislature will be evaluating the effectiveness of the Assembly Bill 91 program in 2015. 

Former Deputy Facing DUI Charges

A recent arrest in Orange County shows that law enforcers are not above the law and can also get themselves into legal trouble for driving under the influence. The Los Angeles Times reports that a former Orange County sheriff's deputy was charged with one felony count of driving under the influence causing bodily injury and two felony counts of selling a substance in lieu of cocaine, with a sentencing enhancement for causing great bodily injury.

Deputy Allan James Waters allegedly hurt a 78-year-old woman in an accident while he was driving under the influence of prescription drugs. According to the Los Angeles Times, this was the second accident of the evening for Allan Waters on March 1. He was reportedly off-duty at the time of the accident, but now no loner works for the department.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoints 6/11/10 - 6/12/10

If you're out drinking this weekend in L.A, make sure that you drive carefully and designate a sober driver because there will be DUI checkpoints in the area. The Los Angeles Police Department has confirmed through press releases that there will be at least two checkpoints this weekend, one checkpoint will be in Southern Los Angeles in the Harbor Area and the other will be in the 77th Street Area. LAPD has announced that the checkpoints will be in the following locations.

  • Friday June 11: West Slauson Avenue between Buckler Avenue and Edgemar Avenue, between 8:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.
  • Saturday June 12: Pacific Coast Highway between Vermont Avenue and Dodge Avenue, between 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m.

Probation Violation Could Land Lindsay Lohan in Jail

Up until now, Lindsay Lohan has been lucky to avoid jail time stemming from her 2007 DUI charges, but her luck may have just run out. FOX News reports that the actress was issued another bench warrant for her arrest because of a violation with her probation. This comes just a couple weeks after posting $100,000 bail on an arrest warrant that was issued after the actress missed her court date.

Her most recent arrest comes from setting off her alcohol-monitoring SCRAM device. At her latest hearing, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Marsha Revel ordered Lindsay Lohan to refrain from using alcohol and mandated that she wear a SCRAM device to enforce her soberness.

Assembly Rejects Bill to Ban Repeat DUI Offenders From Driving

A proposed law that would have taken away a three-time drunken driver's license for life in California didn't even make it past the state Assembly's Appropriations Committee. Now, the San Mateo County Times reports that the bill has been revised so that a three-time DUI offender will only have his or her license revoked for a maximum of 10 years if the bill is passed. The current California law revokes a driver's privilege for a maximum of three years.

Yankee Baseball Player Suspected of DUI in L.A County

Hideki Irabu's drunk driving case shows that it's not that uncommon for athletes to be arrested for DUI. The former Major League Baseball pitcher was recently arrested in suburban Los Angeles after police saw the man drift outside traffic lanes and nearly hit a parked vehicle.

KTLA News reports that Hideki Irabu, who played for the New York Yankees, Montreal Expos and Texas Rangers from 1997 to 2002, was pulled over on May 17 at Redondo Beach Boulevard. When he pitched for the Yankees, he won two World Series rings with the team. The former pitcher currently resides in Rancho Palos Verdes and was able to post $5,000 bail on the night of his arrest so that he can get out of jail.

Memorial Day Weekend Roundup: Recent DUI Arrests And DUI Deaths

Memorial Day weekend traditionally brings out a lot of drunk drivers on the roads in Los Angeles and across the entire country. Here is a roundup of recent DUI arrests and DUI deaths: According to the Long Beach Press-Telegram, 287 people were arrested in Los Angeles County for driving under the influence on Memorial Day Weekend 2009 and two people died in drunk driving crashes during that same time period.

This year's trends are slightly different, as the California Highway Patrol reports that there were more drunk driving deaths and less DUI arrests during this year's holiday weekend. Ten people in Los Angeles County died on the roadways and only 220 arrests were made.