The Atlanta DUI News Blog

August 2012 Archives

Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. With many people off from work and getting sloshed, the streets can start to resemble a Mad Max movie.

Police see more alcohol-related wrecks from mid-August through Labor Day than any other time of the year. That's why Georgia law enforcement officers will be out this holiday weekend in full force as part of the national "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over" campaign, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

A high-level staffer with the Atlanta Mayor's Office resigned Tuesday after being arrested on suspicion of DUI, Channel 2 Action News reports.

Stacii Johnson, 41, was pulled over last week while driving a Porsche on loan from a Porsche event Johnson had attended. The arresting officer smelled alcohol coming from Johnson's window. When approached by the officer, Johnson apparently tried to throw her weight around a bit as a high-level staffer.

Scott Wilson, an actor on AMC's "The Walking Dead," was arrested for DUI in Peachtree City on Saturday, Channel 2 Action News reports. During his arrest, Wilson allegedly admitted to drinking and offered to perform yoga moves.

While Wilson is a Los Angeles native, he's been in Coweta County filming a new season of "The Walking Dead." In the show, Wilson plays an alcoholic farm owner. Maybe the whole incident was a Brando-esque method-acting exercise to help Wilson get into his character's headspace?

Kelly Stevens, co-host of B 98.5's "Vikki and Kelly Show," had a close call Friday morning. During his morning commute, Stevens had a run-in with a wrong-way driver on Ga. 400, CBS Atlanta reports.

Fortunately, Stevens received only non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. Wrong-way driver Carlyn Emily Royball, 22, of Alpharetta, was killed. Investigators are currently looking into whether alcohol played a role in the accident.

On Tuesday, a head-on collision in Cherokee County left a 29-year-old man dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jemail Raymont Jones was reportedly fleeing from the police when he crashed head-on into a truck. While alcohol isn't suspected, state troopers reported smelling "burnt marijuana" in Jones' car.

If you ever plan on running for public office, drunken driving is probably a no-no. A candidate in this week's Democratic primary run-off for a state House seat is learning that lesson the hard way.

T.J. Copeland was arrested for DUI and other charges in Atlanta in November 2010, The Citizen reports. Nearly two years after the arrest, Copeland is still fighting his DUI charge.

A dispute at an Exxon gas station culminated with a taxi driver being run off the road and killed last week. Laronda C. Robinson was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree vehicular homicide for the alleged road rage incident that left taxi driver Karl Green dead, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The dispute itself was either over a cell phone Robinson believed she left in Green's taxi or bootleg pornographic DVDs Robinson was reportedly selling out of her trunk. Authorities aren't sure which.

From now through the Labor Day Holiday, Georgia authorities will be turning up the heat on drunk drivers, under the slogan: "Drive Sober, or Get Pulled Over," WSBradio.com reports.

The Georgia program is part of a nationwide effort by law enforcement to curb drunk driving in the final weeks of summer. They hope to do so by increasing their patrol presence and setting up DUI checkpoints to catch impaired drivers.

Two people died this morning when a wrong-way driver collided head on with another vehicle on Ga. 400, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Frampere Ingle caused the accident by driving southbound in the northbound lanes, authorities say. Ingle and the driver of the other vehicle were killed. Police believe that 24-year-old Ingle may have been intoxicated at the time of the accident. What else could explain driving in the wrong direction?

On Sunday, a Georgia woman was killed by a drunk driver while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Florida, NewsHerald.com reports.

Kerri Ann Hall died when a car driven by 22-year-old Robert Michael Dick slammed into the Hyundai she was riding in. Dick told police that he was black-out drunk at the time of the crash. He was arrested on DUI-related charges.

Most people are aware that a person injured in an alcohol-related accident can sue the drunk driver responsible. But did you know that victims of drunk driving accidents in Georgia can also sue the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver?

Many states, including Georgia, have "dram shop laws," allowing a person who's been injured or a family whose loved one has been killed in a DUI accident to sue an establishment for serving alcohol to the intoxicated person. A successful dram shop action will require the bar or restaurant and its owners to pay personal injury damages to the victim or the victim's family.

Country singer Randy Travis had quite a few run-ins with the law while growing up in North Carolina. In recent years, however, Travis seems to have cleaned up his act and found Jesus, recording a string of gospel albums over the past decade.

On Wednesday, Travis' outlaw side returned with a vengeance. The country star was arrested for DWI after crashing his car and threatening to kill the responding officers, CBS News reports. All while completely naked -- allegedly.

Police have arrested an Atlanta woman who allegedly caused an accident on I-285 while driving drunk with her 6-year-old daughter in the car, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Karen Smith Morton has been charged with DUI and child endangerment for the incident. Fortunately, Morton's daughter wasn't hurt in the accident. Two other people who weren't so lucky were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

In June, 9-year-old Jake Prince and his brother, 13-year-old Griffin Prince, were killed when a drunk boater slammed his fishing boat into the pontoon boat carrying the boys. Now, over seven weeks after the incident, the driver of the fishing boat has been arrested and charged with homicide by vessel in the first degree, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Paul J. Bennett was initially only charged with BUI for the incident. However, following the Department of Natural Resources’ investigation of the accident, Bennett was charged with the much more serious crime of homicide by vessel.

Apparently NFL stars aren't the only football players getting DUIs these days. In May, University of Georgia linebacker Chase Vasser was arrested for DUI in Atlanta, Online Athens reports.

According to the incident report, Vasser initially denied being drunk, but broke down soon after. He's been suspended for two games in accordance with NCAA policy.

Last month, several employees of the Atlanta water department were accused of drinking on the job. According to authorities, the drinking continues, Fox News reports.

In early July, a whistleblower came forward and alleged that several city workers were drinking and smoking pot while operating city-owned vehicles and heavy machinery. Gary Blackwell, one of the accused employees, was fired over the accusations. Blackwell's termination apparently didn't make a strong enough impression because a number of water department employees are reportedly still drinking on the job.