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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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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.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2012/04/20/samples-from-dui-cases-being-re-tested/

Golfer Rachel Connor’s DUI while giving ex-NFL-er Eddie George a ride

This just in from the Random News desk. LPGA golfer Rachel Connor was arrested early Wednesday morning (March 7) in Sarasota, Fla. after the police noticed her speeding and weaving in her lane, according to TMZ. When she was pulled over, she blew a .133 and a .137 and was having trouble walking, so she was booked with a DUI.

Who was her passenger? Former NFL star and Heisman trophy winner Eddie George. He was not arrested and a took a cab home after Connor was arrested. George later told TMZ he was not cheating on his wife Tamara George, but had merely gotten a ride from Connor because she was “trying to be nice.”

George continues, “As part of a two-day charity golf event, a group of us who had played together on Tuesday celebrated at dinner. The group included Rachel Connor. After dinner, as everyone left the restaurant together, we realized that Rachel lived the closest to where I was staying. So she offered to drop me off.  I believed her to be competent to drive and not impaired at all. We were stopped shortly after we left. At first, I hesitated to respond to this story. But I now see that people are willing to think the worst. So my wife, Tamara , and I believe we have to address this.”

The above image is one Rachel Connor tweeted out. Eddie George is in the middle and Connor is on the left.

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Golfer Rachel Connor’s DUI while giving ex-NFL-er Eddie George a ride – Pop2it – Zap2it.

Man sentenced to prison after racking up 25 DUI arrests in Virginia, Alabama and Georgia

By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, March 9, 10:36 AM

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A Virginia Beach man who racked up at least 25 arrests for drunken driving in several states has been sentenced to seven years in prison.WVEC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/wDOsR8 ) that a judge sentenced 39-year-old Tracy Michael Decker on Tuesday. Decker is also banned from driving for 20 years after DUI arrests in Virginia, Alabama and Georgia.
Decker spent more than four years in a Virginia prison after a 2006 arrest on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. His blood alcohol-content was .28, he had an open container and two 4-year-old children who were not in car seats. Decker was released from prison in 2010, but arrested for DUI in Alabama four times within eight months.His new arrests violated the conditions of his release in Virginia.Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Breathalizer in your Car

About the size of a cellphone, it requires the driver to blow into it before attempting to start the vehicle.  The BAIID (breathalizer) analyzes the amount of alcohol in the driver’s system and will not permit the vehicle to start if the amount exceeds a preset level – .025 in Illinois.  It also records activity, including when the driver has blown into it and what the BAC analysis showed.”

-Illinois Bar Journal

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