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July 2011 Archives

Deputy Michael Anthony Grundy Gets Drunk Driving Charge

In another case of deputies behaving badly, Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Michael Anthony Grundy has been relieved of duty without pay after he was charged with two felony counts related to driving under the influence and another count for fleeing the scene, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Grundy has pled not guilty.

The charges stem from a January incident where Grundy allegedly drove into another car and injured the driver while he had a blood-alcohol content level that was twice the legal limit and was under the influence of another drug.

Justin Mark Drake Charged with Vehicular Manslaughter for DUI Death

Justin Mark Drake is facing one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after his longtime girlfriend, Kelly Pham, was killed in a car crash caused by his alleged drunken driving early Sunday morning, reports The Orange County Register.

The 23-year-old La Mirada resident faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office stated, according to The Register.

Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is one of several charges a drunk driver can face after an accident results in the death of a passenger or another driver. Other charges include gross vehicle manslaughter and second-degree murder.

L.A. Residents in the Dark after Bianca Alvarado's Suspected DUI Crash

Several Stanton homes were left in the dark this past Monday morning after a suspected DUI crash occurred when driver Bianca Alvarado slammed into a power pole, reports The Orange County Register .

Although no one was reportedly injured, the homes were still out of power hours after Alvarado took out the pole at 3:08 in the morning, Orange County Sheriff officials said.

According to the Southern California Edison website, approximately 3,700 customers were still affected, The Register said.

The 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Double DUIs: Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Suspected DUI Scene

The domino effect was in play Sunday night after a suspected drunk driver crashed into a fire truck that had arrived in response to a crash caused by another suspected DUI, reports KTLA.

Firefighters were already on the scene in Sylmar after a suspected male drunk driver went on a hitting spree and plowed into a mailbox, a telephone pole and a parked car before finally crashing into a fire hydrant.

Barron Hilton Ordered to Pay Gas Station Attendant for DUI Crash

For former gas station attendant Fernando Tellez, it pays to get nailed by a relative of Paris Hilton.

Barron Hilton, the younger brother of the infamous heiress, must pay $4.9 million to Tellez after he plowed into him with his Mercedes-Benz in 2008, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The judgment includes $4.6 million for pain and suffering, medical expenses and loss of earnings; $225,000 in punitive damages; and nearly $71,000 in interest.

Legally Troubled Rodney King Out on Bail for DUI

You would think that out of all the people living in Southern California, Rodney King, the iconic figure of police brutality, would know better than to give the police a reason to pull him over while driving a car. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. King was once again subject to the hands of the law on Tuesday after police arrested him for “several traffic violations” while allegedly under the influence in Moreno Valley, and is now out on bail, reports KTLA News.

In fact, this incident wasn’t the first time King has had a run-in with the law since he became an infamous figure after a videotape depicting the Los Angeles police brutally beating him was released in 1991. Over the past twenty years, King has been placed on probation for crashing his car into a wall with a blood-alcohol level that was twice the legal limit, was convicted of a hit-and-run, and was sentenced to jail for driving 100+ mph under the influence of PCP, among other unsavory activities, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Controversy over DUI Checkpoint Apps Continues

DUI checkpoint apps - a menace to society or a great way to avoid Los Angeles traffic?

The controversy rages on over the smartphone and tablet applications that provide real time alerts and geographic locations of drunk-driving checkpoints, even entering the national political arena when a few Congress members stepped in to request that Apple Inc., Google Inc. and Research in Motion Ltd - creators of the Blackberry - remove them from their app stores.

Rick Springfield Pleads Not Guilty to DUI

As reported in an earlier post, singer and General Hospital star Rick Springfield was arrested on suspicion of DUI on May first of this year. Attorneys for the actor were present in a Malibu court this week to answer to those charges.

The answer was not guilty.

Los Angeles DUI Checkpoint 7/1/11

The Los Angeles Police Department will be holding a DUI checkpoint tonight in North Hollywood in order the emphasize traffic safety over the long Fourth of July weekend. This LAPD checkpoint is supposed to be extra special and extravagant because it will be preceded by a news conference featuring Los Angeles city council members, LAPD officials and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) representative.

The news conference will begin at 5:00 p.m. tonight at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Red Line Station in North Hollywood and the DUI checkpoint will immediately follow the conference at 5:30 p.m. Hence drivers can expect there to be a checkpoint tonight near the Red Line Station at 5350 North Lankershim Boulevard.