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July 2012 Archives

DeKalb County police have released new details in a weekend wreck that left a 19-year-old man dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Early Sunday morning, a Ford Mustang struck a Toyota Camry that was stopped on the eastbound side of I-20. Michael Kennedy, a passenger in the Camry, was killed in the accident. Karen Belmar, the driver of the Mustang, was arrested and charged with numerous charges, including vehicular homicide and failure to maintain lane.

Police have arrested a woman who is accused of crashing her car into a child's bedroom in Lithonia while driving drunk, WSBTV.com reports.

Fortunately, the boy wasn't in his bedroom at the time of the crash. The woman has been arrested on DUI charges, according to authorities.

The NFL DUI epidemic is still in full swing, apparently. On Friday, Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt was arrested and charged with DUI in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, The Associated Press reports.

According to authorities, Britt tried to pass through a security gate at the Fort Campbell Army installation, but was nabbed for drunk driving. For many, the recent arrest comes as no surprise, considering it's Britt's eighth incident involving the police since he was drafted in 2009.

A new member has joined the NFL DUI club. On Wednesday, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was charged with DUI in Alameda County, California, The Seattle Times reports.

Early Saturdays morning, Lynch was arrested for drunk driving in his hometown of Oakland. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has recently pushed for harsher penalties for players who are convicted of driving under the influence. Penalties from the league are currently pending.

Atlanta police have arrested a 36-year-old man who's accused of causing a fatal accident on I-85 while driving drunk, CBS News reports.

According to authorities, 31-year-old Ronnie Bascom Jr. was inspecting damage to his car at an exit ramp, when Joshua Taylor's car struck Bascom, killing him. Taylor has been charged with vehicular homicide and DUI less safe for the incident.

A blood alcohol test could mean the difference between going free and spending the night in the drunk tank. The Breathalyzer is by far the most popular blood alcohol test, but its accuracy has long been contested.

Some experts have argued that breath tests often pick up alcohol residue in the mouth, rendering a false positive. Now, an Atlanta company claims that its new product, Breathalyzer Equalizer, solves the "false positive" problem, CBS News reports.

The summer has already seen its share of boating casualties. Last month, brothers Jake and Griffin Prince were killed by drunk boater Paul Bennett on Lake Lanier.

Now Georgia House Speaker David Ralston is pushing lawmakers to lower the blood-alcohol limit from boating under the influence, from .10 percent to .08 percent, CBS News reports. The shift would put the state's BUI limit in line with its current DUI limit.

An Atlanta city employee has been accused of drinking on the job while driving a truck belonging to the city, Fox News reports.

A whistleblower has come forward and alleged that several employees at the Atlanta water department drink and smoke pot while on the job. Gary Blackwell, one of the accused employees, is currently being terminated from his position with the city.

Anyone who’s seen MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” knows that the teen parents featured on the show aren’t always the most responsible human beings.

Last week, Weston Gosa, the father of Whitney Purvis’ child, illustrated that point by allegedly crashing his car while drugged driving in Floyd County, TMZ reports. According to authorities, Gosa was under the influence of prescription drugs at the time of his arrest.

Last week, DeKalb County Police Department released more details in the arrest of former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson on DUI charges, The Associated Press reports.

Even though driving drowsy is as dangerous as driving drunk, there currently isn't a law making it illegal to drive while sleepy. Anderson's attorney has taken advantage of this fact, announcing that Anderson wasn't drunk at the time of his arrest, merely tired.

Some people never learn their lesson. Rodolfo Delacuesta is apparently one of those people.

On Saturday night, Gwinnett County police arrested Delacuesta for driving drunk with an 8-year-old in the car, WSBTV reports. The DUI charge is Delacuesta’s third in the last year, authorities say.

On Sunday, teenaged Brittany Sailors was killed by a suspected drunk driver when she entered a Gwinnett intersection, CBS News writes.

Sailors died in the accident, and three others were injured. Mutajah Paasewe, the driver of the vehicle that hit Sailor's car, has been charged with driving under the influence, and could, as the facts are discovered, possibly face a vehicular homicide charge as well.