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April 2012 Archives

High Speed Police Car Crashes Attracting Attention

Police cars are often put in the position of driving fast, whether it is to pursue bad guys, or respond to an emergency.

But sometimes high speed police cars crash and it can be to devastating effect, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. In one case, an officer named James Stoudenmire, going 34 mph over the limit, crashed into and killed a 52-year-old by the name of Willie Allen Sargent Jr. While there was a $2 million dollar verdict afterwards, the tragedy had already claimed a life and wiped away a policeman's career.

Does Diplomatic Immunity Protect You From DUI?

Many people have heard of the abstract idea of diplomatic immunity, the notion that the diplomats and their families in foreign countries are more or less immune from the local laws. The rationale is that if there is malfeasance by a diplomat then the home country will take care of the issue on their own.

In a recent episode of diplomatic immunity it was the Mexican vice-council in Atlanta who was arrested for a DUI but eventually let go, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Canadian Football Star Odell Willis DUI in Dunwoody

Football by any other name would be just as sweet. At least that's what true football fans feel towards the Canadian Football League, which has produced such NFL stars as Doug Flutie. But just like NFL stars, CFL players can get in trouble with the law and have to bear the brunt of the spotlight.

One of the CFL's current stars, Odell Willis, who plays for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was charged for a DUI in Atlanta, reports Newstalk CKOM. He was arrested in the Dunwoody area.

Will Mobile Hangover Helper Services Lead to DUI's?

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, except if it is an innovation, in which case it might spread out to the rest of the country.

One of these promising and enterprising innovations that may soon spread to the rest of the country is a novel idea by a Las Vegas doctor that helps partiers to recover from their hangovers faster, reports The Associated Press.

Andrea Sneiderman Attorney DUI?

Atlanta seems to be going through an Andrea Sneiderman phase.

Andrea is the widow of murdered Atlantan Rusty Sneiderman who was shot and killed by Andrea’s extra-marital lover, Hemy Neumann. Even though Neumann was convicted for the killing, the news can’t get enough of Andrea. Not only is her heated battle with her in-laws over child custody getting a good deal of mention, now even the attorneys associated with her are making the front pages.

Overview of Georgia Ignition Interlock Devices

Ignition interlock device.

It might just sound like a made up phrase to some. It might be the name of a punk rock band. But actually, it is a term that is part of DUI law.

However, those familiar with Georgia DUI penalties might not fully know what an ignition interlock device is.

Bobby Brown DUI Plea is Not Guilty

Bobby Brown, the ex-husband of the late singer Whitney Houston, and one-time Atlanta resident, has pleaded not guilty in his latest DUI, reports The Associated Press.

Bobby Brown's DUI arrest occurred last month and he received DUI charges, as well as driving on a suspended license. A conviction would lead to six months jail time.

An attorney appeared on Bobby Brown's behalf as the one-time singer did not appear at the court in Van Nuys.

Wole Ralph's DUI Saga Continues With Not Guilty Plea

The case of Clayton County Commissioner Wole Ralph’s DUI has been going on for quite some time, as reported on FindLaw’s Atlanta DUI News Blog. Some of the twists have included kicking the case from one court to another due to Ralph’s friendship with Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed.

Now there is a new twist in the tale, as Wole Ralph has pleaded not guilty to DUI and a number of other charges, reports WSBTV.

Georgia State Patrol Nighthawk Taskforce Has Political Backdrop

People don’t tend to think that drunk driving laws and DUI enforcement in Georgia are connected to other political considerations.

However, this is often very much the case. It can come in the form of lobbying from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), to other types of political matters.

Herschel Walker Sports Bar at Gwinnett Gambling Resort

The Georgia football icon and former NFL star, Herschel Walker is planning a sports bar at a proposed gambling resort in Gwinnett County, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The resort, worth $500 million, has not yet received the backing of Governor Nathan Deal or even the Georgia Lottery Board, but hey, they got Herschell Walker.

There will be a whole lot of discussion about how the gambling might fund HOPE scholarships and the like, but many people will just want to get to Herschel Walker's sports bar and party there.

April Fool's DUIs in Cobb County Leads To 14 Arrests

The Cobby County Sheriff’s Office was busy on April Fool’s Day, arresting 14 people on the local roads, reports East Cobb Patch.

Reading through the reports of the arrest provided shows that nearly all of the Cobb County DUI’s were handed out after the police noticed another type of driving violation.

What is also noticeable is the amount of the bond posted in the Cobb County DUI’s, which largely ranged around $1,500 or so, with $5,000 in one instance. This is revealing because it illustrates that for all the numerous costs associated with a DUI arrest, one of the most immediate is a cool grand that you will owe.

Georgia Patrol Nighthawk Program Cracks Down On Drunk Driving

Georgia Patrols Nighthawk Unit, whose aim is to crack down on drunk driving, is taking off in a big way, reports 41 NBC, as a third taskforce will be added in Bibb County, which includes the City of Macon.

Funded by a grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), the Georgia Patrol's Nighthawk Unit will have 5 state troopers and a supervisor.

The Atlanta Braves season is just about to start and now they have a needless distraction in the form of reliever Cristhian Martinez's DUI, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

His arrest occurred at Steve Reynolds Boulevard where he was allegedly unable to maintain his lane. When he was pulled over, the officer smelled alcohol on his breath and administered a breathalyzer test, which showed that his BAC was 0.13, well over the legal limit.