Latest Driving under the influence News

Mayor of Eagan arrested for drunken driving

Jan. 21, 2020 7:43 AM EST

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of Eagan is accused of driving drunk and crashing into a snowbank with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. Mike Maguire was arrested near his home Jan. 11 after police responded to a report of an SUV stuck in a snowbank. A responding officer smelled...

Suburban police officer charged with DUI after fatal crash

Jan. 20, 2020 3:07 PM EST

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A suburban Chicago police officer has been charged with driving under the influence after she was involved in a traffic crash in which another police officer riding with her was killed. Joliet Police Officer Erin Zilka, 35, was driving on Interstate 55 early Sunday in Will County when...

Driver gets prison term for highway crash that killed couple

Jan. 17, 2020 8:25 AM EST

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A driver who caused the deaths of a couple killed when a crash sent their minivan plunging into frigid waters has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in state prison. Amish Patel, 31, was sentenced Thursday. The Delanco man had pleaded guilty in November to drunken driving and two...

Sioux City man pleads guilty in fatal summer crash

Jan. 17, 2020 7:22 AM EST

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man acknowledged Thursday that he ran a stop sign and caused a fatal crash last summer. Julian Espinoza, 32, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide by driving recklessly, causing the crash that killed Ronald Hacker, of Sioux City, according to the Sioux City Journal. The...

Driver pleads guilty in Georgia crash that killed two men

Jan. 17, 2020 7:09 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A man accused of driving under the influence and speeding has pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a crash that killed two men in Georgia. Michael Sean Shake, 43, entered a cold plea Thursday, to charges in a 2017 collision in Columbus, the Ledger-Enquirer reported. The cold plea...

Prosecutor: Dentist had 150 pills, 2 guns in car after crash

Jan. 17, 2020 2:44 AM EST

RADFORD, Va. (AP) — A Virginia dentist who was involved in a crash has been accused of driving under the influence with two guns, 150 pills and brass knuckles. Matthew Scott Mower, 40, had a bond hearing Thursday in Radford, The Roanoke Times reported. The crash happened Jan. 10. Mower told officers he had...

Dozens of alcohol-breath devices back in service in Michigan

Jan. 16, 2020 3:28 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 40 of Michigan's 203 desktop alcohol-breath devices have been returned to service, the state police director said Thursday as he updated lawmakers on an investigation that could raise questions about some drunken driving cases. Col. Joe Gasper also identified eight police...

W.Va. school bus driver charged with DUI after crash

Jan. 16, 2020 12:58 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A Kanawha County school bus driver has been charged with a DUI after the vehicle was involved in a four-car collision that sent two students to the hospital Thursday morning. The Charleston Police Department officers responded to the crash to find six children on the bus, two of...

Lawmaker charged with DUI won't seek reelection

Jan. 15, 2020 3:40 PM EST

A Connecticut lawmaker charged with drunken driving in October announced Wednesday that he will not seek reelection, but said his decision had nothing to do with the DUI charge. State Rep. Joe Verrengia, D-West Hartford, told the Hartford Courant that the demands of being a legislator take away from his time with...

This undated photo released by the Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility shows New Mexico state Sen. Richard Martinez. Martinez has been released from custody after he served his four-day sentence for aggravated drunken driving. Court records show the Democratic senator was booked into the Santa Fe County jail Friday and was released Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Martinez was sentenced earlier this month to five days in jail, but received a one-day credit for time served after his arrest. Martinez also received 85 days of supervised probation, is required to attend DWI school and must have an ignition interlock device installed in his vehicle. (Santa Fe County Adult Detention Facility via AP)

New Mexico senator serves DWI sentence, released from jail

Jan. 15, 2020 12:15 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A county jail has released New Mexico state Sen. Richard Martinez after he served his four-day sentence for aggravated drunken driving. The Democratic senator was booked into the Santa Fe County jail Friday and was released Tuesday, court records said. Martinez was sentenced earlier...