The Atlanta DUI News Blog

June 2012 Archives

Police often rely on blood alcohol tests to give them the probable cause to arrest people who they suspect of DUI. That means a blood alcohol test can mean the difference between going free and spending the night in jail.

While most people have at least a passing knowledge of what happens when a person is pulled over on suspicion of DUI, there are some important details about blood alcohol testing of which many people are unaware. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you ever find yourself find yourself being pulled over for a DUI.

Yet another Georgia officer has been charged with DUI. Last month, Atlanta police officer Jarvis Farley was arrested for allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit.

Farley, who was going 128 mph in a 55 mph zone, was also charged with reckless driving and speeding, WSBTV reports.

It seems like the topic of NFL player DUI offenses has been in the news a lot lately. Now, former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson is joining Justin Blackmon and David Diehl in the DUI hall of fame.

On Sunday morning, Anderson was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving just northeast of Atlanta, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. According to DeKalb police, Anderson was driving so slow that he was holding up traffic. Anderson is facing DUI charges for the incident.

Seven people were arrested this weekend for boating under the influence on Lake Lanier, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

In the wake of a fatal boating accident that took place on the lake last week, law enforcement officers stepped up their efforts to crack down on drunk boating on Saturday and Sunday.

The summer months usually see an upswing in DUI cases, as students are off from school and many people are staving off the heat with a cold one.

That's why police officers, sheriff's deputies, and state troopers across Georgia are launching a new program to combat drunk driving over the next few weeks, The Associated Press reports.

Operation Zero Tolerance begins this Friday and will run through July 4.

Vehicular homicide has been in the news a lot lately. It's possibly the most serious motor vehicle offense that a person can commit in Georgia.

Generally, a person who causes the death of another person while committing another driving offense can be charged with vehicular homicide. Below, we've included the circumstances under which a vehicular homicide charge can arise.

On Tuesday, police arrested a man who allegedly caused a boating accident that left two boys dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Paul J. Bennett was charged with boating under the influence. A 9-year-old boy was killed when Bennett’s fishing boat reportedly collided with a pontoon boat on Lake Lanier. The boy’s 13-year-old brother hasn’t been seen since the accident.

On Friday morning, Bryan County Deputy Robert Crapse was killed when his cruiser collided head on with a car driving in the wrong direction on I-95, the Savannah Morning News reports.

Patricia Ann Collins, the driver of the other car, was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition, authorities say. Police are currently awaiting the results of her blood-alcohol test.

The tables have turned for one DeKalb County police officer. On Sunday, Fredrick A. Hicks was arrested for driving drunk, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Hicks, a 10-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department, was pulled over on I-85 on suspicion of DUI, authorities say. He's been charged with DUI, reckless driving, driving in an improper lane, and speeding for the incident.

Eight NFL players have been charged with DUI offenses since January, according to SportingNews.com.

Now, Roger Goodell, the league's commissioner, is pushing for harsher penalties for players who are convicted of driving under the influence, Yahoo! Sports reports. Earlier This week, Goodell issued a memo to the league reminding both players and coaches of the league's policy on drunk driving and the consequences it imposes.

When you're feeling sleepy behind the wheel, it's probably a good idea to pull over and get some shut eye. Earlier this month, a Gwinnett wrestling coach forgot the pulling over part.

Joshua Dane Stephen, head wrestling coach at Collins Hill High School, stopped his truck in the middle of the road and fell asleep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Stephen has been charged with DUI and obstructing the flow of traffic.

“Wait ‘til you see my ticket,” Ying Yang Twins member D-Roc is probably singing to himself right now.

Earlier this month, D-Roc was arrested after Gwinnett police found him driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs with his two kids on board, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Deongelo Marquel Holmes, who raps under the moniker D-Roc, has been charged with a myriad of crimes for the incident, including DUI child endangerment.

On Tuesday, Georgia State Police arrested a man accused of causing a fatal accident while driving drunk, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Timothy Michael Van Hoose caused an accident in Bartow County that left one man dead, authorities say. Van Hoose has been charged with DUI and first-degree vehicular homicide. Other charges are pending, according to police.

On Tuesday, bond was set for a father who is accused of driving drunk on Sunday night, causing a wreck that killed his 15-year-old daughter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Anthony Johnson has been charged with DUI, vehicular homicide in the first degree, and endangering the life of a child while DUI. According to police, Johnson was driving under the influence with his four children in the car on Sunday night, when he lost control of the vehicle.

According to a new study, driving drowsy can be as dangerous as driving drunk, Reuters reports.

A study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that both drunk drivers and tired drivers were at least twice as likely to get into an accident as sober and well-rested drivers. Will DWS (Driving While Sleepy) be against the law one day?