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March 2012 Archives

Former KORN Drummer David Silveria Arrested for DUI

David Silveria, the former drummer of multi-platinum rock band Korn, was arrested on Sunday morning for driving under the influence, according to TMZ. Silveria was driving in Huntington Beach and rear-ended another car. When police officers arrived on the scene, they put him through a series of field sobriety tests and arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Silveria claims that the Breathalyzer machine detected a blood alcohol reading of 0.00. He further stated that he had not been drinking, but had taken a sleeping pill on Saturday night due to insomnia. The officers arrested him after he told them about the sleeping pill.

LAPD Cop Under Fire for Unfairly Targeting Latinos

Many people associate traffic stops with DUIs. But in Los Angeles, people are slowly learning that it's not always the case. Some believe that traffic stops put undocumented citizens at an unfair disadvantage.

Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reported that an LAPD Officer has been under investigation for targeting Latinos in traffic stops. Officer Patrick Smith allegedly stopped motorists of Hispanic ethnicity and falsified records to show that they were Caucasian, according to the probe.

Bobby Brown DUI: Arrested in Broad Daylight in The Valley

After the tragic death of his ex-wife, Bobby Brown is on the front page of entertainment news again. The latest news has nothing to do with the passing of former diva, Whitney Houston, however.

The notorious bad-boy was allegedly arrested on DUI suspicion, reports

Weekend DUI Checkpoints: Why is it Important to Publicize?

The Los Angeles Police Department has announced its weekend checkpoints. Before we enumerate this weekend’s LA DUI checkpoints, let’s have a look at why the LAPD announces the checkpoints in advance.

According to a 2010 interview with LAPD Chief Charlie Beck in the LAist, checkpoints are not about garnering arrests but rather, about changing behavior.

Upland Woman Finds Polite, Half-Naked Drunk Man in Her Home

An Upland woman awoke to a rather unpleasant surprise over the weekend. She opened her eyes to find a half-naked drunk stranger standing over her bed, reports the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.

Luckily for the woman, the man was easy to reason with. She was able to convince the intruder to leave her apartment, and was unharmed in the process.

How to Get a Liquor License in Los Angeles

So, you'd like to obtain a liquor license in Los Angeles? Perhaps you're opening up a restaurant to cater to the high and mighty of Hollywood's elite. Or maybe you just want to own a cherished local dive.

Well, you can't serve alcohol without a liquor license and if you want to do so, you better get the ball rolling ASAP. Los Angeles has many applicants for liquor licenses, so you need to have your items in order if you want the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to move fast on your application.

The process could take months. But here is some useful information to help you move things along and show you a bit about how to get a liquor liscense in L.A.

Cops Find Baby in Car After High-Speed DUI Chase and Crash

A known gangster led the Los Angeles Police Department and the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed chase on Tuesday, with a woman and small baby in the vehicle. The chase came after cops from the LAPD’s Hollenback Station attempted to pull the driver over near Ditman Avenue and Sixth Street in East Los Angeles on suspicion of a DUI.

The chase began at 10:12 p.m. on March 13 and ended nearly fifty minutes later in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Bell. The footage of the chase and subsequent arrest (below) was captured by a helicopter.

More DUI Checkpoints This St. Patrick's Day Weekend!

More DUI checkpoints! With St. Patrick’s Day fast approaching, local and state authorities are stepping up their game in an effort to crack down on drunk drivers. There have been several announced DUI checkpoints for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Counties across the Los Angeles region are setting officers in place for the festivities. Here are just some of the Los Angeles area DUI checkpoints this weekend:

Update: Weekend DUI Checkpoints from Fresno to Inland Empire

So far, March has been a month full of DUI checkpoints in the weeks leading up to St. Patrick’s Day. Numerous checkpoints were in effect this weekend alone, in and around the Los Angeles area and along the San Francisco-L.A. corridor.

There were checkpoints all weekend, from the Inland Valley all the way to the Central Valley.

Danae Miller Gets 4 Years for DUI and Texting Death

Driving while intoxicated and texting? Fatal combination.

Ask Danae Marie Miller of Newport Coast, CA.

The 23-year-old woman was sentenced to four years in state prison last week by Orange County Superior Court Judge Craig Robinson after Miller pleaded guilty last Tuesday to killing a bicyclist while under the influence, reports The Orange County Register.

Miller was charged with one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated for her role in the February 2011 crash. Due to her guilty plea, Miller spared herself the maximum sentence of ten years.

Rodney King Takes Plea Deal, Has DUI Charges Dropped

Rodney King pleaded guilty last week to misdemeanor reckless driving in Riverside County, reports KPCC News. The plea was in response to his arrest last July in Moreno Valley, just southeast of L.A., where his BAC registered at 0.06 percent.

While King's BAC was below the state's limit of 0.08 percent, King admitted to being under the influence of medical marijuana. At the time, he was charged with two counts of misdemeanor DUI.

Los Angeles Car Impound Policy Changes

Unlicensed drivers are out there and have been getting their cars impounded. So far, under the LAPD's rules, their cars would be impounded for thirty days, but now that rule has been changed, reports Brentwood Patch.

As a result of the rule change, unlicensed drivers that have valid identification, car registration, and proof of insurance, can avoid the mandatory thirty-day impounding.