Massachusetts Woman Arrested for Drunk Driving in Minivan at 111mph

A Massachusetts woman was recently arrested for driving her minivan drunk at 111 mph.

This news comes from a recent news article published by the Franklin Sun Journal.

1360987_car_speed.jpgAuthorities say the incident occurred late on a Sunday afternoon. A state trooper clocked her speed as she passed him on a stretch of road where the speed limit is 55 mph. When she allegedly failed to stop immediately for his activated lights and sirens, he gave chase.

After eventually getting driver to pull over, trooper approached her vehicle and immediately suspected she was under the influence of alcohol. At the state trooper's barracks, he administered a breath alcohol test on defendant, and she reportedly blew a 0.14. As our Boston drunk driving accident lawyers understand, this is nearly two times the state and federal legal limit of 0.08 grams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of blood.

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Massachusetts Motorcyclist Killed in Crash - Driver Arrested on DUI Charges

Being involved in a crash while riding a motorcycle often results in injuries more serious than those those riding in a car, truck or SUV. According to a recent news article from ABC 5 News Boston, a motorcycle rider from Massachusetts was killed in a drunk driving accident.

engine-1344508-m.jpgAuthorities say 46-year-old alleged drunk driver turned his car into the path of a motorcycle rider traveling in the opposite direction, and the two motor vehicles collided with each other. Motorcycle operator, a 59-year-old man, died as result of the fatal collision. His daughter, who was riding behind him as a passenger on the motorcycle, was injured in the accident, though her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities also report alleged drunk driver did not remain on the scene, as he attempted to flee at high speed. A witness to the alleged drunk driving accident followed defendant and reported his license plate number and description to the police. Defendant's vehicle was also damaged in the accident, and witnesses called police when they allegedly saw a car with three wheels driving down the road. Police were able to catch up with defendant, and when they arrived at his location, he had reportedly already fled the car on foot and ran into the woods. At this point, authorities say defendant climbed up a tree, but when their K9 unit located defendant and started barking, he decided to climb back to the ground, and officers placed him under arrest.

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Twitter's "Pothead Princess" Sentenced to 24 Years in Prison for Fatal DUI Crash

According to a recent news article from The Washington Post, a woman who allegedly called herself the "Pothead Princess" was just convicted of drunk driving resulting in two fatalities and sentenced by the court to 24 years in state prison followed by a long period of probation.

dutch-weed-2-jpg-1206038-m.jpgAuthorities say defendant Tweeted "2 Drunk 2 Care" before getting behind the wheel of her car and driving at speeds up to 80mph. While driving in the wrong direction on Florida's Sawgrass Expressway at such high rates of speed, she crashed head-on into a car carrying two 21-year-old women returning from a night out.

One of the victims died on the scene of the fatal drunk driving accident, and the other died several days later at a local hospital. As for defendant, she was underage at the time of accident and did not have a driver's license. Court records show she consumed two "fishbowl sized" margaritas and also had traces of marijuana in her system at the time of the accident.

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Former NFL Player Jerramy Stevens Sentenced to Jail - Drunk Driving Charges

According to a recent report from Huffington Post, former NFL football player Jerramy Stevens was sentenced to jail following a drunk driving conviction. Stevens, now 35-years-old, played for nine years in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before retiring. He is now married to U.S. Woman's Soccer Team goalkeeper Hope Solo.

451055_football_american_texture.jpgAuthorities say he was pulled over on January 19, 2015 after driving his van without headlights operating in a suburb of Los Angeles. After being placed under arrest, Stevens refused to take a breath test upon police request. At this point, police obtained a search warrant allowing them to draw Steven's blood to perform a blood test, and police determined his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was above the legal limit of 0.08 grams of ethanol per 100 milliliters of blood.

Defendant pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and driving with a .08 blood alcohol content (BAC). His sentencing judge sentenced him to 30 days in jail followed by a two-year outpatient alcohol program and four years of probation.

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Actor Dalton Gray Seriously Injured in Drunk Driving Accident

Actor Dalton Gray, best known for his role as Master Mike on American Horror Story, suffered serious personal injury when an alleged drunk driver crashed into his car in Texas, according to Inquisitir. Dalton is 17-years-old.

PoliceLights.jpgAuthorities say Gray was riding in a vehicle along with some of his friends when, without warning, another vehicle crashed into the side of their vehicle. This type of crash is typically referred to as being t-boned.

Witnesses say Gray suffered a fractured hip, pelvis, and femur, lacerations and bruises on his face, and substantial eye trauma. It has been reported doctors needed to reconstruct a large portion of Gray's face and extract shards of glass from one of his eyes. He is currently experiencing serious vision problems in that eye, but ophthalmologists believe he will make a complete recovery with respect to his eyesight.

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Sen. Rand Paul's Son Arrested on Drunk Driving Charges

Senator Rand Paul has been in the news a lot lately. He is likely going to run for the Republican presidential nomination and has been making many statements in opposition to funding the social security program. This time, he is in the news for a different reason.

classic-greek-inspired-building-1431377-m.jpgAccording to a recent news article from Lex 18, police arrested Senator Rand Paul's son, William Paul for allegedly driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (DUI). Lexington authorities say they arrived at the scene of a car accident and observed William Paul sitting the driver's seat of a car, which appeared to have crashed into a parked car. Police reported suspect as having bloodshot and watery eyes, behaving a belligerent manner, and having slurred speech.

One witness told police she allegedly saw William Paul sitting in the intersection revving the engine of his vehicle. A few minutes later, witness said she heard a loud crash. It is believed William Paul did not own the vehicle he was allegedly driving, and it was an uninsured motor vehicle.

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Breath-Testing Equipment Problems in Massachusetts

When a driver is arrested in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol (OUI), local police or state troopers will attempt to administer a series of field sobriety tests. Three of these tests are considered standardized field sobriety tests, which were developed with help from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

breathalyzer-465392-m.jpgIn addition to these standard field sobriety tests, there are also a variety of unapproved field sobriety tests, such as asking suspect to recite the alphabet. This test has not been validated as accurate. There are even some stranger tests, such as dropping a coin on the ground an asking a suspect to pick it up to see how their balance is affected. This test is not done all too often, because, in addition to it not generally being admissible in court, suspects have fallen over and hit their heads on the asphalt.

Even approved tests such as the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN) test are often not admissible in our state's courts, unless an expert witness can validate the results. This leaves the breath test machine (colloquially called a breathalyzer, which is a genericized trademark) as the gold standard in proving whether a driver was drunk.

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Dehydrated Driving vs. Drunk Driving

Everyone knows how dangerous it is to get behind the wheel while drunk, even though people are still willing risk their own lives and the lives of others on a nightly basis. A new study shows driving while dehydrated may be just as bad as drunk driving, according to a recent news report from Inquisitir.

bottle-1119962-m.jpgIn a study, drivers who were intoxicated above the legal limit and drivers who were dehydrated made two times as many mistakes as those who were sober and properly hydrated. It should be noted, this was not severe dehydration where the people were risking death, but rather mild dehydration. Researchers wanted to be clear the purpose of their study was not to minimize dangers of drunk driving, but rather the make people aware of a danger with is largely unknown at this time by the general public.

Specifically, even mild dehydration can lead to negative effects on a person's mood and reduced concentration, alertness problems, short-term memory trouble, fatigue, and headaches. All of the symptoms make it much more difficult to concentrate on driving a motor vehicle safely as to prevent a car accident.

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MBTA Bus Driver Arrested on DUI Charges in Personal Vehicle

When we get on an MBTA bus or any other T vehicle, including green line trolleys, we assume the driver will be sober. It is not just passengers who are concerned about the dangers of a drunk mass transit driver, as MBTA policy and United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations require drivers to submit to pre-employment drug an alcohol testing, as well as random tests during the course of their employment.

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Massachusetts Man Arrested for Fifth DUI

According to a recent report from My Fox Boston, a Marlborough, Massachusetts district court judge held defendant without bail after he was arrested for his fifth drunk driving arrest. Prosecutors allege 55-year-old defendant was driving his SUV when he crashed into an unmarked police vehicle. His car is said to have struck the passenger side area of the police car. Authorities also alleged defendant's 14-year-old daughter was also in his SUV at time of the crash. First responders treated his daughter for minor injuries. Police also report the detective allegedly hit by defendant's car was treated and released from a local hospital.

12754_hand_cuffs.jpgCourt records indicate police administered a series of field sobriety tests, which he reportedly failed. Court records also indicate defendant was convicted of drunk driving in 1982, 1983, 1985, and 1998. In this instance, prosecutors charged defendant with operating under the influence (OUI) of intoxicating liquor fifth offense, as well as child endangerment and other moving violations. Defendant is scheduled for a dangerousness hearing at the Marlborough District Court.

In the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, courts generally do not release people on bond, as people are familiar with from TV and other jurisdictions. This is because of a dislike for bail bond recovery agents (bounty hunters) chasing people through the Commonwealth with unlicensed weapons. Instead defendants are generally released on their own personal recognizance, held on small amounts of cash bond, or held without bond after a dangerousness hearing. It is important to note defendant has not been convicted of any crimes in connection with his recent arrested and is presumed innocent unless and until his proven guilty.

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Ridesharing Company Develops Breath Testing Kiosks to Stop Drunk Driving

In recent years, ride sharing companies have become an increasingly popular way for people to get home from bars and nightclubs when they are too intoxicated to drive home. This is largely because of the expense of taking a taxicab and public transportation options being limited in the early morning hours in Boston. While many young people have chosen to take the T's Night Owl bus home from the bars in Government Center at least once, the experience of being on a bus with 49 drunk people is not one many people care to repeat.

brbreathalyzer.jpgAccording to recent news feature from ABC News, Uber, a successful ridesharing firm, has tested a new program/marketing campaign where they operate kiosks that function as alcohol breath testing devices to tell people if they are too intoxicated to legally drive home.

This program called "You Drink, We Drive" was first tested in Canada. The kiosk was designed to dispense a disposable straw into which the user must blow for six seconds. The device then uses what is either a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS) device or an infrared mass spectrometer to calculate users blood alcohol content (BAC) and will display the result on the screen.

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Massachusetts Man Arrested for Fatal Alleged Drunk Driving Car Crash

According to a recent news article from CBS Boston, a man from Massachusetts has been arrested in connection with an alleged drunk driving accident in which a couple was killed. Providence authorities say defendant was driving in the wrong direction on a highway when he hit victim's vehicle.

wrong-way-sign-232552-m.jpgTroopers report the 24-year-old defendant, who is from Webster, Massachusetts, hit victim's vehicle and killed the 21-year-old woman who was driving the car and her 23-year-old boyfriend. Family members say the couple had a 6-year-olddaughter and were going to get married later this year. The family has also set up an internet fund collection website to raise money to care for the victims' surviving daughter.

Prosecutors have charged defendant with drunk driving homicide and driving to endanger resulting in death. A judge has ordered defendant to be held on $100,000. As of this point, all criminal charges are only allegations, and defendant has not been convicted of any crimes in connection with this fatal drunk driving car accident.

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Massachusetts Woman Arrested after Drunk Driving Car Crash

While drunk driving crashes occur all the time, some make the news and others do not. In one recent drunk driving accident arrest, the story was picked up by a variety of news organizations, because this particular defendant decided to stick her tongue out at the camera when police were taking her mug shot. While some mugshots are more interesting than others, drunk driving crashes can and do have serious consequences for those in the at-fault driver's car and innocent pedestrians and other drivers throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

449966_handcuff.jpgFortunately, while this particular drunk driving crash did result in property damage, there was no personal injury associated with the car accident. Police say they were called to the scene of a car accident in which alleged at-fault driver had run into a wooden fence.

When police arrived on the scene, defendant allegedly told authorities she ran off the road and crashed into the fence because she was talking on her cellphone to obtain driving directions and was writing them down while behind the wheel and crashed her vehicle as result of the distraction.

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Pregnant Woman Arrested for Drunk Driving

According to a recent news article from Fox 6 Springfield, a pregnant woman was arrested for drunk driving after she crashed her SUV into another car. She also had two young children with her at the time of her arrest.

beers.jpgAuthorities say defendant, who was six months pregnant, was driving with her 18-month-old twins when she rear-ended another vehicle. When police responded to the scene of the crash, officers report smelling a strong odor of intoxicating beverages and found beer inside defendant's vehicle. Police administered field sobriety tests, which she allegedly failed, and then she took a breath test and blew 0.36. This is three times the legal limit in the United States, including in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

After police placed defendant under arrest, the father of her twins took custody of the children. Police notified the state department of child services of defendant's alleged drunk driving with children not properly restrained in the vehicle. While there were minor injuries reported, luckily no one was seriously injured in what could have been a much more serious car accident.

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Secret Service Makes New Rules on Drunk Driving for Agents

In response to the recent wave of bad press after two high-level special agents allegedly showed up to a bomb threat investigation drunk and possibly ran over the suspect package, the United States Secret Service is tightening regulations involving use of agency vehicles.
New regulations prohibit Secret Service personnel from driving official vehicles within 10 hours of consuming any amount of alcohol, according to a recent news article from CBS.

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