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Most people understand that someone who meets the criteria for a DUI in Los Angeles has a good chance of getting hurt if he or she gets behind the wheel. But people in Wisconsin–and perhaps in other states as well–are more likely to get hurt from falls when they’re under the influence than from driving a motor vehicle.wisconsin-dui-los-angeles-dui

According to an article in the Madison, Wisconsin, Capital Times, officials recorded 349 deaths in Wisconsin from alcohol-related falls in 2012 (the latest year for which figures are available). Meanwhile, they recorded only 223 alcohol-related traffic deaths that same year. The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project (part of the University of Wisconsin Law School) gathered the data for this report.

The newspaper story notes that DUI-related fatalities in Wisconsin have declined significantly since 1979, when 593 people were killed in such crashes. By 2013, yearly fatalities had decreased to 185. Fatal falls related to alcohol, on the other hand, have increased by 36 percent since 2004.

The Wisconsin Alcohol Policy Project links this increase to the aging of Wisconsin’s population. Older people have continued to drink, even as they become less steady on their feet and/or take medications that make them more susceptible to alcohol’s effects.

There is one positive aspect to this development. Unlike DUI drivers, who can kill or severely injure several other people when they’re out on the road, someone who falls because they are intoxicated usually injures only themselves.

A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health identified Wisconsin as the hardest-drinking state in the country. In 2011, the annual alcohol consumption in the Badger State was 634 drinks per person for those over the age of 14. That compared to an average 468 drinks per person in the U.S.

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Anyone who’s ever run out of gas while traveling knows just how much of a problem it can be to get the car to a safe place, call for help and wait until that assistance arrives. But if cops show up and discover that drivers have another problem—like enough alcohol in their systems to be arrested for a DUI in Los Angeles—those drivers are more likely to be headed to jail instead of to the nearest gas station.out-of-gas-dui-los-angeles

Just ask Jason Kinthiseng of Cortland, New York. When his car ran out of gas around midnight on May 4th, he flagged down an officer who was returning from handling another call. It didn’t take Sergeant Christopher Marinelli long to figure out that at that moment Kinthiseng needed a breathalyzer test more than he needed gas for his vehicle. Kinthiseng’s blood alcohol content measured .18–more than twice the legal limit. The news story doesn’t mention whether or not Kinthiseng eventually got gas for his vehicle, but he did get a charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated.

Then there was 30-year old Jovanna Dawn Talks from South Dakota. Her running-out-of-gas incident not only yielded two counts of DUI but also three counts of abuse or cruelty to a minor and one count of hit and run.

Talks had her three young children–all under five years old–in the car with her when she rear-ended a 2001 Ford Edge at an intersection in Argus. Instead of stopping, Talks allegedly kept driving and got onto I-229, where she ran out of gas. It was 3:20 a.m. when the police found her and her kids in the car, resulting in the charges against her.

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When police arrest someone for a Los Angeles DUI, the suspect is usually driving something like a sedan, an SUV, a motorcycle or a truck. But that doesn’t mean that DUI arrests are limited to people driving this type of motor vehicle. The three people mentioned below could tell you that the determining factor is not what you drive but what your blood alcohol content is when you’re driving it.lawnmower-dui-in-los-angeles

In Clay City, Kentucky, police arrested 57-year-old Billy Strange for driving a lawn mower while intoxicated. Strange was moving along Third Street around 10 p.m. on the night of Friday, May 2, when police pulled him over. His blood alcohol content was .151—well above the state’s legal limit of .08.

Then there was Jay Doyle Wallace of Rogersville, Tennessee. Police found him at the scene of an accident on Highway 70 north on April 11th. But he hadn’t wrecked a car—Wallace was driving an Agco Allis farm tractor at the time. He claimed the accident had been caused by another vehicle swerving into his lane of traffic. Police charged Wallace, who had two prior DUI arrests, with a third-offense DUI, failing to exercise due care and violating the state’s implied consent law, since he refused a blood alcohol content test.

But a 40-year-old man from Scotland may have the distinction of most unusual DUI in recent months. Officers found Paul Hutton driving a pink child’s Barbie car down a road in Clacton-on-Sea in Essex at 10 p.m. at night. Hutton said he had been drinking while customizing the car for his son, and he didn’t realize he was over the limit when he decided to drive over to a friend’s house to show off the vehicle. (His BAC was twice the legal limit.) Since it was Hutton’s second DUI (we assume the first was for driving a regular vehicle), he lost his license for three years.

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How many times can police charge a driver with a Los Angeles DUI before that driver gets the message that he (or she) is doing something wrong?4_DUI-los-angeles

Many people change their ways after cops arrest them just once for that offense. But one driver from Rhode Island doesn’t seem to have understood that he was doing something wrong.

John Lourenco may have set a record for being arrested for DUI four times in 30 hours, especially since he managed to do it while driving four different vehicles. According to the Smoking Gun website, the 53-year-old’s DUI odyssey began in Providence on a Sunday afternoon in late September, when his Dodge pickup truck hit an SUV carrying two children. Fortunately, the accident didn’t cause any serious injuries to the kids. Lourenco was released to the custody of his elderly parents.

Lourenco’s next three arrests came in Cumberland. Around 7:15 on Monday morning, morning, with a blood alcohol level of .22, he rear-ended another vehicle while behind the wheel of a Chevy Malibu. Four hours later an officer pulled Lourenco over as he was driving a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda. The final time the police picked Lourenco up he was using a dump truck as his vehicle of choice—and he was still drunk. In just 30 hours, Lourenco had managed to hit three cars and a tree. Each time the police called his parents to come pick him up.

The DUI repeat offender got his day in court in late April 2015. The judge sentenced him to two years in the state prison, which will give him plenty of time to consider the error of his ways.

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Some drivers pulled over for DUI in Los Angeles may fantasize about getting even with the cop who arrested them. They may be too impaired at the time of their arrest to realize this isn’t a good idea, but when the alcohol fumes dissipate their plans for revenge usually disappear as well.fake-affair-dui-los-angeles-revenge

That wasn’t the case with one Illinois man arrested on February 2 for DUI, reckless driving and fleeing police. Justin Cochran, 37, threatened the Macon County Sheriff’s Deputy Markes Rodgers, who corralled him on a road near Decatur Airport after a brief chase.

According to the Decatur Herald Review, Cochran threatened revenge because his wife was less than pleased after receiving a call from her jailed husband. Cochran told Rodgers that he (the deputy) had ruined his life and his marriage.

So Cochran tried to destroy Rodgers’ marriage by faking a series of letters to Rodgers’ wife. He pretended to be a female corrections officer who was having an affair with the deputy. At one point Cochran even sent a pair of pink women’s panties to Rodgers.

Rodgers immediately alerted his superiors, who began an investigation. They finally traced the letters to Cochran through an Easter card he sent to Rodgers asking him to take the supposed affair to the next level. After discovering that Walmart sold the card, investigators were able to use surveillance video and credit card information to link it to Cochran.

Revenge will not be sweet for Cochran, who has already lost his license for three years for refusing a breathalyzer test and faces DUI charges. Now he’s also looking at felony charges for threatening a witness (Rodgers) and for forgery.

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Testing drivers for an alcohol-related DUI in Los Angeles is a relatively straightforward process that may involve a breathalyzer and blood tests. But when pot is a driver’s choice for getting high, it’s been a lot harder for police to identify just how much cannabis is in a driver’s bloodstream and what constitutes impairment.Cannibuster

Two biomedical engineering graduate students from the University of Akron in Ohio claim to have solved that problem. According to CBS News, Mariam Crow and Kathleen Stitzlein said they’ve invented a “Cannibuster” that can quickly gauge the amount of THC-the psychoactive ingredient in pot–in someone’s system.

The Cannibuster measures THC levels through a saliva sample taken from a suspected impaired driver and passed through a series of chambers before yielding a reading. Colorado and Washington, two states that have legalized the use of marijuana, have established five nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood as the threshold for impairment. Police now rely on blood tests to measure the THC levels, but there’s been no good way to take a reading when they pull over a driver suspected of DUI.

The Cannibuster researchers have received grant money to continue refining their device, and hope to conduct field tests later this year.

Even if the technology proves effective, however, there’s likely to be some controversy ahead. For one thing, it’s not clear how valid the current THC limits are in actually determining if a driver is impaired due to pot. According to an article in the New York Times last year, European studies suggest that the five nanogram threshold is too high, and that a better limit would be closer to one nanogram THC per milliliter of blood.

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People who enjoy a few too many drinks before getting behind the wheel may attempt to show off their driving skills—speeding along busy highways, taking tight turns, and similar maneuvers that are likely to get them involved in an accident or picked up for a Los Angeles DUI.daredevil-driving-DUI

So what happens when a real-life driving daredevil allegedly drinks too much before speeding in his SUV? A four-car pile up.
Like his father, stuntman Evel Knievel, Robbie Knievel has made a career of daredevil motorcycle jumps. But he was driving a 2005 GMC Yukon when he ran a red light in Butte, Montana, on the evening of April 21. According to the Montana Standard, he was traveling at high speed when he rammed into a Honda Accord, which hit a Ford Taurus, which hit a Hummer.

Knievel sped away in his SUV, parked it a few blocks away and was walking down the street when the cops caught up with him. Knievel refused a breathalyzer test, so the officers got a warrant for a blood alcohol test. They charged him with felony DUI because he has three previous drunken driving convictions. He also faces the misdemeanor offenses of leaving the scene of an accident, operating a vehicle without an interlock device and running a red light.

Photos of the daredevil’s arraignment show him sporting an orange jail jumpsuit, a big change from his trademark red, white and blue performance outfits. Knievel, who is 52, could be looking at some fairly serious consequences due to the DUI charge—up to five years in prison and $50,000 in fines.

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Motorists who cause an accident while driving under the influence may try to escape the consequences by fleeing the scene. But their respite from arrest is usually brief, and they’re picked up and charged with a Los Angeles DUI or some similar offense.
But it’s not always easy to make a clean getaway. Just ask William Yeckering of Owens, Illinois. He rammed into another vehicle while allegedly driving under the influence and tried to run away. But he had made the mistake of hitting a car owned by 6’ 2” high school football player Evan Williams. football-tackle-DUI-arrest

The senior guard and defensive tackle put his on-field skills to use by chasing after Yeckering and bringing him to the ground. Williams held Yeckering down until police arrived at the scene.

Williams was dressed up for his impromptu chase—he and his date were leaving the prom when Yeckering hit their car.

The abrupt end to the chase wasn’t the only unpleasant surprise that Yeckering faced that evening. When police arrested him, they found he had a gun in his car, for which he did not have a permit. They also discovered that he had four previous DUI driving arrests—and that he was driving on a suspended license.

Whether or not alcohol is involved, leaving the scene of an accident in California can get a driver charged with a hit and run misdemeanor or felony. For a misdemeanor charge, involving damage to property, fines can run to $1,000 and drivers face six months in county jail. When a driver leaves the scene of an accident involving personal injury, the fines can go up to $10,000 and the driver could end up in state prison for as long as four years.

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Getting caught driving after you’ve had a few too many drinks could land you in jail on a charge of DUI in Los Angeles. But apparently you could also be in trouble, at least as far as your driving abilities, if you drink too few non-alcoholic beverages before you hit the road.Loughborough-University-DUI-study

Researchers at England’s Loughborough University found that motorists who were even mildly dehydrated made as many mistakes while driving as those whose blood alcohol content measure over the .08 mark.  The study measured the responses of drivers who had only 25 millimeters (about .8 ounces) of water an hour.

Quoted in the British newspaper The Telegraph, Professor Ron Maughan said “There is no question that driving while incapable through drink or drugs increases the risk of accidents, but our findings highlight an unrecognized danger and suggest that drivers should be encouraged to make sure they are properly hydrate.’

According to the Leicester Mercury, too-thirsty drivers made 101 mistakes such as lane drifting, lane braking and touching or crossing lane lines. The number of mistakes went down to 47 when they drank sufficient water, which researchers said is about 6.8 ounces of water per hour.

This was the first study of how dehydration can relate to driving errors and accident risk, according to Maughan, who served as leader of the study and emeritus professor of sport and exercise nutrition at Loughborough University. Other effects of dehydration included impaired mental functioning, changes in mood, and reductions in concentration, alertness and short-term memory. (That does sound a lot like the effects of too much alcohol.)

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What could be worse than getting picked up for a Los Angeles DUI? Getting picked up in Nevada while driving under the influence and carrying a gun–and then punching a state trooper in the face. Under those circumstances, being the brother of a high-profile U.S. Senator may not be of any help.larry-reid-DUI-mugshot

Larry Reid, the younger brother of Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, was apparently driving his black Lexus SUV in the median of Highway 95 between Boulder City and Searchlight, Nevada around noon on February 2. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that when a Nevada trooper stopped Reid around noon on February 2, the 73-year-old was slurring his words so badly that the officer couldn’t understand what he was saying.

Reid wanted to leave and began cursing when the officer told him no. He put the vehicle into gear, and when the trooper reached into the car to move it back into park, Reid allegedly slugged him twice in the face. The trooper subdued Reid after a scuffle, then searched the SUV and found a gun. Reid ended up spending the night in the Clark County jail.

The Senator’s brother is facing a barrage of charges, including DUI, battery on a protected person, driving in or across the median, failure to obey or comply with an officer, violation of the seatbelt requirement and possession of a gun while under the influence of alcohol, according to Fox News.

The morning after the arrest, Reid reportedly had no recollection of what had happened. He thought he had been in an accident.

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