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Amanda Bynes News – Amanda Bynes Sideswipes Yet Another Car – Celebuzz

Yikes, Amanda Bynes has been involved in another car accident!

Just nearly a month following her DUI arrest after hitting a police cruiser, the 26-year-old She’s The Man star sideswiped yet another vehicle while driving around Los Angeles earlier this Friday. Bynes’ black Range Rover allegedly sideswiped a pick-up truck at an intersection near Crescent Heights and Melrose Blvd. and continued to drive off without stopping. The other driver followed Amanda’s car and quickly informed the police of the incident.

“At 4:25 p.m., we were notified of a possible hit-and-run,” LAPD Sgt. Ben Zucker told People. “The caller followed Miss Bynes for a short distance to a gas station.”

Was Amanda charged with anything this time around?


Reportedly, the damage was so minor that police decided not make any arrest and simply took a traffic report before sending her on her way.

“It turned out the damage to the pick-up truck was so minor that it was very plausible she had no idea that she hit anyone,” Sgt. Zucker added. “There were no arrests made and no one was injured.”

According to the LAPD, Bynes was cooperative and there was no indication she was under the influence.

The actress’s driving records have not been the best recently. On April 5, an intoxicated Amanda was pulled over after scrapping a police cruiser in Hollywood. She was later released after posting $5,000 bail. Just days later, Bynes was seen texting and driving outside the Chateau Marmont — an illegal offense in the state of California.


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Marijuana DUI Bill Back Before Colorado Senate

DENVER (AP) – A divisive proposal to set a marijuana blood standard for drivers is back before the Colorado Senate, which rejected the idea last year.

The Senate was scheduled to debate a bill that says drivers would be considered impaired if they test positive for 5 nanograms or more of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, per milliliter of blood. Some dispute whether a blood THC test is a fair gauge of whether a driver is impaired.

Senators were handed graphs showing a big uptick in cases of drivers testing positive for marijuana. Some marijuana activists argue that blood tests are invasive and inaccurate gauges of impairment.

The White House has called for all states to adopt drugged driving standards.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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DUI Arrests Double it Myrtle Beach This Year

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Eleven DUI arrests were made between Saturday and Sunday in Myrtle Beach. Police said this number was higher than a typical weekend.

In 2012, 159 arrests have been made in connection with driving under the influence. In 2011 at this time, only 49 arrests had been made.

Myrtle Beach Traffic Division Police Officer Kevin Cast said there are many reasons for the influx in arrests. He said the new training offered to recruits allows officers who enter the field for the first time to be completely trained to detect an impaired driver.

It is a certification in advanced DUI detection that recruits receive. Cast said until now, officers in the past had gone up to three years before receiving that specific type of training.

Cast said there is also an increased number of field sobriety instructors. Two years ago, there were only two certified field sobriety instructors compared to the seven officers the Myrtle Beach Police have now.

Local Criminal Defense Attorney, Amy Lawrence, said she thinks the nice weather earlier than usual is a reason for the high rate of arrests.

“We have better weather earlier in the game, so we have a lot more people. Anytime in Myrtle Beach, we can have hundreds of thousands of extra people and a lot of those are families and people here on vacation and so the influx in people alone is what brings our numbers up a lot,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence said finding balance between getting dangerous drivers off the roads and making unnecessary arrests could be really tough.

“We’ve got a state and city who’s trying to protect their constituents and family members and we’ve got all these tourists and the issue becomes, do we arrest more people in an abundance of caution or do we let it go and not have those DUI’s?  I think they’re just willing to arrest, and ask questions later,” Lawrence said.

Officer Cast said so far in 2012, there has been one vehicle fatality that was related to alcohol.

Copyright 2012 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

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1,700 Blood Alcohol Test Redone After Mistakes Revealed in DUI cases

The Colorado Department of Health is currently reviewing more than 1,700 blood alcohol test samples after it came to light that an employee may have made mistakes in many drunk driving cases. The fact is that although these tests are scientific, human error can be introduced-and even if not, they may not be 100 percent accurate.

According to the state’s health department, an independent test revealed that a certain lab employee misreported the results of several blood alcohol level tests. The findings have called into question the reliability of many of the blood alcohol tests that the state has received from the health department. Scientists and lab technicians are putting in night and weekend hours in order to retest the samples in question, according to CBS News.

Ten of the first 250 samples have so far proven to have been reported incorrectly. While the health department is not aware whether the employee, who has since been fired, was making the mistakes on accident or on purpose, the investigation demonstrates the importance of questioning such DUI evidence.

Fatal shooting suspect arrested in DUI crash with kidnapped women in car Chad Barrera pleads not guilty to murder, kidnapping, carjacking, DUI, firearm drug charges

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Purchase ImageChad Barrera, 31, of Cathedral City is arraigned at the Larson Justice Center in Indio on Tuesday. He is accused of homicide. / Wade Byars, The Desert Sun
Written by Kate McGintyThe Desert Sun

PALM SPRINGS — The man accused of a fatal shooting early Friday was arrested minutes later after he drunkenly crashed his car with two kidnapping victims inside, Palm Springs police said Monday.

Chad Patrick Barrera pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder, kidnapping, carjacking, injury DUI with blood alcohol level over .10, being a felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, all felonies.

He was arraigned this afternoon at the Larson Justice Center in Indio and is due back in court May 3 for a felony settlement conference.

Police say Barrera, 31, shot and killed a man early Friday in an apartment in the 300 block of West Mariscal Road.

Ryan Potts, 36, of Palm Springs was declared dead at the scene.

Eleven minutes after the shooting was reported, Barrera crashed his car on eastbound Interstate 10 near Date Palm Drive, authorities said Monday.

Two women, ages 21 and 24 years old, were inside the car, Sgt. Mike Kovaleff said.

Barrera, Potts and the two women were all acquaintances, Kovaleff said.

The California Highway Patrol arrested Barrera about 2:10 a.m. on nine preliminary felony charges, including DUI, felon with a firearm and infliction of great bodily injury.

The CHP then alerted Palm Springs police that someone may have been killed, Kovaleff said, without elaborating.

Barrera was being held late Monday in the Indio Jail with no bond. Jail records do not list attorneys for inmates.

Barrera has two felony convictions — a 2002 felony grand theft charge and a 2003 receiving stolen property charge for which he was sentenced to 16 months in prison — in Riverside County courts.

He also was arrested Feb. 12 and cited with misdemeanor entering land to illegally dump debris, according to online court records. That case was filed April 12 and is still active.

The shooting victim, Potts, was a wanted parolee who failed to complete drug treatment, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported Monday.

The newspaper cited the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, which could not be reached Monday.
City News Service contributed to this report.

Kate McGinty can be reached at (760) 778-6451,, or @TDSKateM.

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Ga. police release DUI diplomat | The Augusta Chronicle

ATLANTA — Police in an Atlanta suburb say they released a Mexican diplomat accused of drunken driving without holding him in jail after they learned of his government position.

Mariano Saynez Ruiz Duran had a blood-alcohol level of 0.126 and had been clocked at 91 mph on Georgia 400 early Friday morning, a Roswell police report states.

He was released after police learned that he’s a vice consular at the Mexican Consulate General’s Atlanta office, Roswell police Lt. James McGee said.

Officers confirmed he has partial immunity from law enforcement actions after calling the U.S. Department of State, according to the police report.

It wasn’t known whether the 39-year-old north Fulton County resident has an attorney, and a home phone number for him could not be located.

Duran’s wife drove him away, and police would not have allowed him to drive himself because of public safety concerns, McGee said.

The officers who released him were following protocol that’s followed when diplomats and others are stopped, McGee said.

The diplomat was given citations accusing him of drunken driving and speeding, Roswell police Officer Lisa Holland told WSB-TV, which first reported the case.

“It’s going to be up to higher authorities as to what they’re going to do about the charges,” McGee told The Associated Press early Wednesday. “It’s going to be up to them at this point what they want to work out.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Ga. police release DUI diplomat | The Augusta Chronicle.

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Detroit’s Delmon Young Apologizes After Arrest

NEW YORK (AP) – Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young has apologized following his arrest on a hate crime harassment charge.

Police say Young got into a fight with a group of men early Friday outside the team’s midtown Manhattan hotel and yelled anti-Semitic epithets.

Young says in a statement “I sincerely regret what happened last night.” He apologizes to the Tigers owners and organization, his teammates, family and Detroit fans.

Young adds, “I take this matter very seriously and assure everyone that I will do everything I can to improve myself as a person and player.”

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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