Well, this comes as a bit of a surprise. According to the NFL, former USC CB Eric Wright, currently employed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will not face DUI charges after all. He was arrested earlier this month after a collision. He admitted to drinking and refused a breathalyzer test on scene.
We know what you're thinking: favorable treatment. That's quite possible. It's also quite possible that the officer fumbled something during the arrest or paperwork. And it's possible that Wright was completely and totally innocent. We'll never know.
What we do know is that a refusal of a blood or breath test usually carries a pretty hefty penalty, including a lengthy license suspension.
In other news, the Fourth of July DUI Crackdown period, which stretched from the weekend before through the weekend after Independence Day, netted nearly 1200 DUI arrests, reports the Daily News. (Seriously bros, we told you that there was an app for that.)
Don't think this weekend will be an easier either. Probably due to summertime and students on break from school, enforcement will be pretty insane this weekend. The following checkpoints are known at this time:
- North Hills - Nordhoff Street at Woodley Avenue - 8:00 pm to 2:00 pm
- Los Angeles - Vermont Ave between 6th Street and 5th Street - 7:00 pm to 3:00 am
- Santa Ana - 1400 S. Bristol Street - 7:30 pm to 1:30 am
- Compton - Undisclosed location - 6:00 pm to 2:00 am
- Glendale - Undisclosed location - Undisclosed hours
- Los Angeles - Sobriety & Driver's License Checkpoint - Sunset Boulevard at Reservoir Street - 8:00 pm to 2:00 am
Checkpoints courtesy of @CheckpointsDUI on Twitter
It's summertime. Go out, do stupid things, and have a fabulous weekend. Just make sure you plan ahead and arrange sober transportation.
- Consult a Los Angeles DUI Attorney (FindLaw)
- Independence Day Weekend: 500 DUI Arrests in LA BEFORE the 4th (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)
- California's Implied Consent: Blood or Breath? (FindLaw's Los Angeles DUI Blog)
- Implied Consent (FindLaw's LawBrain)