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May 2011 Archives

Estella Warren Arrested For Felony Drunk Driving

Actress Estella Warren is now in trouble with the law after allegedly crashing her Toyota Prius into at least one parked car in Los Angeles on May 23. This may have been less of a problem for the model/actress if she hadn't reportedly left the scene after the crash and if she hadn't been allegedly driving under the influence at the time of the accident, reports The Los Angeles Times.

Warren is best known for her acting roles in "Planet of the Apes" and "Kangaroo Jack." Last week's accident on Harper Avenue in West Los Angeles officially makes Warren the latest celebrity to be facing DUI charges.

Los Angeles County to Pay Settlement After Deputy's DUI Crash

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Moran was convicted of driving under the influence after he crashed his sheriff’s SUV into a smaller car in 2008. The deputy was able to keep his job, but a judge sentenced him to six months of imprisonment, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Yet Moran was not the only one that was punished for the DUI crash that seriously injured another driver. Los Angeles County taxpayers will also have to pay for Moran’s mistake. Last week, the county Board of Supervisors approved a $4.75 million settlement in this case. The money will go to to Elias Aldana and Savanah Kirifi, the two accident victims who were in the other vehicle.

Drunk Driver in Laguna Nigel Crashes Into Patrol Car

There are many people who get away with drunk driving crimes each year. In fact, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that the average drunk driver operates a motor vehicle 87 times while impaired before his or her first DUI arrest.

Yet it's difficult to get away with driving under the influence after an accident, especially if the accident involves a crash with a law enforcement vehicle. KTLA reports that 42-year-old Michael Jones of Laguna Nigel crashed into a Sheriff's Department patrol car on Saturday in an apartment complex. While nobody was injured in the crash, the crash prompted Sheriff's deputies to interrogate Jones and conduct field sobriety tests.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoint 5/20/11 - 5/21/11

Watch out for law enforcement officers this weekend when you hit the road, as officers with the Los Angeles Police Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers through drivers license and sobriety checkpoints. So far, LAPD has announced DUI checkpoints at the following locations:

Drug Overdose Caused Death of Teens Found With Four Loko

Many people in the Huntington Beach community still haven’t forgotten about the mysterious deaths of 15-year-old Aaron Saenz and 16-year-old Chelsea Taylor. KTLA News reported that the two teenagers were found dead on January 21 in a vacant apartment on Huntington Village Lane. Police officers found an empty can of Four Loko inside of the apartment, leaving many people to believe that Taylor and Saenz had died of a Four Loko overdose.

Now it looks like the mystery of the two teenage deaths has been solved. An Orange County coroner has determined that they both died from an accidental drug overdose.

Christian Antonio Martinez, 5, Dies in DUI Accident

Victims of drunk driving accidents can be of any age and may not even be in a vehicle at the time of a fatal accident. The Los Angeles Times reports that a 5-year-old boy was killed by an alleged drunk driver in a Huntington Park neighborhood on Sunday, as he was crossing the street. As of Monday May 16, an autopsy for the child was pending.

The 5-year-old victim from Montebello, who died at the scene of the accident, was identified as Christian Antonio Martinez. The suspect in this case, Robert M. Rivera, did not resist arrest and was immediately booked on suspicion of DUI. Apparently the suspect and the victim were neighbors and lived on the same street, Poplar Place, between Long Beach Boulevard and Santa Fe Avenue.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoint on 5/13/2011

Before you go out and grab drinks tonight, make sure that you designate a sober driver for the road. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department are setting up sobriety checkpoints tonight to crack down on impaired drivers. So far, LAPD has announced checkpoints at the following times and locations:

Will Apple or Google Pull DUI Checkpoint Apps?

The smartphone apps that warn drivers about DUI checkpoint locations in their local area have become quite controversial over the past several months. Hence, it might soon be time to officially say good-bye to apps like Checkpointer, Buzzed, or Fuzz Alert Pro.

Some people argue that these apps encourage drunk driving and that traffic safety is at risk now that there are free tools out there to help drivers avoid checkpoints. As we've reported in earlier blog posts, BlackBerry maker Research In Motion agreed to stop selling the apps that help users avoid DUI checkpoints after U.S. senators requested that these programs be pulled from the market.

Breathalizer Test Indicates 20-Year-Old Had .30 BAC Level

Leann Renee Arriaga celebrated her 21st birthday on Saturday. But just a few days before this celebratory day, Arriaga was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Santa Ana. KTLA News reported that police saw the driver run through a red light at First Street and Harbor Boulevard, which prompted law enforcers to pull the vehicle over and interrogate Arriaga.

Some people might say that it is rather unfortunate to be arrested for DUI just before your 21st birthday, especially since the penalties for an under-21 DUI are much more severe than the penalties of a typical misdemeanor DUI for adults of the legal drinking age. However, it looks like Arriaga clearly shouldn’t have been driving based on some pieces of reported evidence.

Desperate Housewives Star Ricardo Chavira Arrested For DUI

Actor Ricardo Chavira made the mistake of cutting off a police vehicle early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles, which led to authorities interrogating the actor. After the star failed field sobriety tests, Chavira was arrested on suspicion of DUI.

New York Daily News reports that Chavira refused both breath tests and blood tests, which means that it could be difficult for prosecutors to determine how impaired Chavira was at the time of the arrest, if this case goes to court. Officers with the Los Angeles Police Department, however, did note that Chavira was cooperative with the arrest. The suspect simply just refused to go along with chemical testing.

Rick Springfield Arrested on Suspicion of DUI

Rick Springfield, the rocker best known for his song “Jessie’s Girl,” is the latest celebrity to be accused of driving under the influence in Southern California. LAist reported that sheriff’s deputies arrested the ’80s star in Malibu on Sunday after he was seen driving erratically in his little 1963 Corvette on the Pacific Coast Highway.

Authorities found that Springfield had a blood-alcohol level of .10 percent once he was taken into custody, which is above California’s legal limit of .08 percent. Before deputies even made the arrest in Malibu, they noticed that the singer displayed signs of impairment during the failed sobriety tests. Now if only “a woman like that” were able to get him out of the legal trouble associated with a DUI charge. Assuming of course, she’s a lawyer.