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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.


Police & Fire Police: No ‘Special Treatment’ in Redskins’ Meriweather DUI Arrest

Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather was charged with driving under the influence this week after being stopped for speeding on Interstate 66, according to Arlington County police.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday, an Arlington officer observed a Lincoln going 73 mph on I-66 westbound in the vicinity of North Ohio Street, police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said.

The posted speed limit for that area is 55 mph.

The officer pulled the vehicle over and smelled the strong odor of alcohol coming from the driver, who was later identified as Meriweather, Sternbeck said.

Meriweather refused to take a breath test and subsequently failed a field sobriety test, Sternbeck said.

The football player told the officer that he had been drinking at a nightclub in Washington, though he did not indicate the name of the club, how much he had to drink or where he was going, Sternbeck said.

Meriweather was arrested and taken to Arlington County jail. He was released later Thursday.

“This DUI was no different than any other DUI arrest or traffic stop initiated by our officers,” Sternbeck said. “It was handled exactly the same from the initial stop to walking up to the vehicle to the identification process.”

Sternbeck continued: “Even though he is a Washington Redskins athlete, that does not grant him special treatment. He was speeding while under the influence of alcohol, and he’s got consequences he now must face.”

A spokesman for the Redskins did not return a phone message or email inquiring if or how this charge would affect Meriweather’s standing with the team.

Meriweather signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Redskins just last month, according to the Associated Press.

Bobby Brown arrested on suspicion of DUI

The Los Angeles Times reports that singer Bobby Brown was arrested in the San Fernando Valley on suspicion of driving under the influence. Officers pulled him over for talking on his cellphone but then administered a field sobriety test, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Two-day DUI blitz nets 373 arrests


INDIANAPOLIS(WANE) – Indiana State Police reported Monday that two-day campaign took 373 impaired drivers off state roadways over the weekend.

In addition to the DUI arrests on Friday and Saturday, between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., troopers also issued 3,717 traffic citations and 6,262 warnings. Officers also made 402 arrests for various criminal violations.

The purpose of the two day enforcement campaign was to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they caused needless pain, suffering, and death to innocent victims. The Indiana State Police is committed to reducing the number of impaired driving crashes.

ISP said impaired driving remains one of America’s deadliest problems. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, 33,808 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 10,839 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. That means every 48 minutes someone died in a crash involving an impaired driver. In Indiana, in 2009, there were a total of 189,676 crashes, 8,855 of them were alcohol related, resulting in 168 deaths.

Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.




Have you seen my baseballs? Denver has…

Have you seen my baseballs? Denver has...

640 Baseballs to represent the 640 DUIS that will occur in Denver over the 4th of July weekend

Woman, 77, charged with DUI manslaughter in biker’s death By David Breen, Orlando Sentinel

ImageA 77-year-old woman faces DUI manslaughter and other charges after a Saturday-night crash that killed a motorcyclist.

Barbara Dunn of Chatham, Mass., was driving northbound on Ocean Shore Boulevard in Ormond Beach when she drove into the southbound lanes, into the path of a group of motorcyclists, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Dunn’s van ran into a motorcycle driven by 64-year-old Charles Bixler of Concord, N.C. Bixler was killed in the 9 p.m. crash.

Motorcyclists Stephen Forstner, 63, of Cornelius, N.C., and Edward Hileman, 62, of Valdosta, Ga., suffered minor injuries when they drove off the road to avoid Dunn and overturned their bikes.

Dunn was booked into the Volusia County Jail on charges of driving under the influence, DUI causing property damage and DUI manslaughter.

Earlier Saturday, a motorcyclist was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Seville. Sunday, that motorcyclist was identified by FHP as 55-year-old William Johnston of Orange Park.

The crashes happened as bikers from around the country were in Volusia County for the annual Bike Week event.

Today is the last day of this year’s Bike Week.

Copyright © 2012, Orlando Sentinel

Gallegly Supports Deportation of Illegal Immigrants With DUI Convictions by Rebecca Whitnall

ImageCongressman Elton Gallegly issued a statement this week in support of H.R. 3808, the Scott Gardner Act, which would require the arrest and deportation of any illegal immigrant convicted of drinking and driving.

The resolution, named after a North Carolina teacher and father killed by an undocumented drunk driver, was introduced March 11 by Congress member Sue Myric of North Carolina.

Following is the statement issued by Gallegly:

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Drunken driving is a serious crime that resulted in 10,839 deaths in 2009.

Yet, there are numerous documented cases of illegal immigrants who receive convictions for drunken driving and then are not deported. Although these illegal immigrants have no right to be in our country, they remain in the United States. They are simply released and often go on to drink and drive again. This problem can’t continue to be ignored.

In a recent and egregious example, Carlos Martinelly-Montano drove while drunk, crashed into an oncoming car, killing one passenger and critically injuring two others. According to an ICE report, Montano had been arrested for drunken driving twice and reckless driving once. In two of the three cases, his immigration status was never checked – even though he was convicted and sent to jail for the first offense.

Even when he was placed in ICE “custody” after his second DUI arrest, he was released into the streets with a GPS device. However, GPS monitoring doesn’t prevent a released criminal from driving drunk. And we know that drunken drivers involved in fatal crashes are eight times more likely to have a prior drunken driving conviction than other drivers.

On August 1, 2010, Montano got behind the wheel of his vehicle yet again after he had been drinking heavily. This time, tragically, he plowed into a car with three Catholic nuns inside, killing one and severely injuring the two others. Montano was subsequently convicted of felony murder and involuntary manslaughter.

The report claims that Montano would have been detained under subsequent ICE guidelines because he was a repeat offender and he demonstrated himself to be a danger to public safety. However, an anonymous ICE official stated that two drunken driving incidents by an illegal immigrant “aren’t enough to warrant detention.” There is absolutely no reason for the administration’s outrageous policy.

Montano is not an isolated case. In June 2011, an illegal immigrant and habitual drunken driver named Saul Chavez ran over and killed Dennis McCann of Chicago. Chavez had recently finished a sentence of two years of probation for an earlier aggravated drunken driving offense. Chavez was apprehended at the scene of the crime and booked in a Cook County jail. ICE issued a detainer on Chavez, who already had a prior criminal record. The Cook County Jail ignored the detainer and allowed Chavez to post bond. Chavez has since failed to appear in court.

How many people must die before illegal immigrant drunken drivers are detained and removed? Why is it that they are not a priority for our administration? Congress has no choice but to act since the administration apparently is not going to. Rep. Myrick’s bill solves the problem and ensures that illegal immigrants who drink and drive are detained and processed by ICE.

The bill contains common sense measures that:

  • Requires the detention of illegal immigrants who are apprehended for drunken driving after they are released from custody by local law enforcement,
  • Instructs the Department of Homeland Security to prioritize the deportation of an illegal immigrant who is convicted of drunken driving,
  • Requires a state or local law enforcement officer to verify with federal databases the immigration status of a person who the officer has apprehended for drunken driving and has reasonable grounds to believe is an illegal immigrant,
  • Gives local law enforcement the authority to issue a federal detainer to keep an illegal immigrant arrested for drunken driving in custody until he or she is convicted or transferred to a federal facility.

I strongly support this bill. It ensures that public safety is maintained, that the law is enforced, and that dangerous killers are removed from our communities.



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