Drunk driving checkpoints are legal in California because they are considered to be administrative inspections like baggage searches at airports. According to law enforcement, placing sobriety checkpoints at busy intersections and in areas with numerous bars and restaurants acts a deterrent by reminding drivers of the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking. In addition to looking for signs of intoxication, police at sobriety checkpoints verify that driver's licenses and vehicle registrations are current and run records checks for outstanding warrants.
A California man, better known as the boyfriend of actress Heather Locklear, was arrested in Los Angeles on Feb. 26, accused of driving under the influence. The 56-year-old man was taken into custody shortly after midnight by the California State Highway Patrol. After receiving a citation, he was released and ordered to appear in court for the charges on April 26.
The California Highway Patrol said that a 28-year-old man was taken into custody after causing a wrong-way accident. According to police, the man was driving his Chevy Tahoe south in the northbound lane of the 405 Freeway when it collided with a Ford Explorer. The accident took place at about 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 15 just south of Wilshire Boulevard and involved two other vehicles.
California motorists facing DUI charges have plenty to be concerned about, because a conviction for drunk driving can carry severe consequences, including potential incarceration. The legal standards could become even stricter in the future, as there is a call to lower the current blood alcohol legal limit for drunk driving charges. This would mean that a person could be arrested for DUI after consuming fewer drinks, and this call has received backing from a government-funded study.
Skateboarder and TV personality Bam Margera was taken into custody in California on Jan. 7 on DUI charges. Reportedly, officers with the California Highway Patrol were detaining another motorist when Margera drove by them.
California country music fans may have become familiar with Michael Ray when his ballad 'Kiss You in the Morning" climbed to the top of the Billboard Country Airplay chart in 2015, but they may not be aware that the 29-year-old singer was taken into custody by police in Florida on drug possession and drunk driving charges during the early morning hours of Dec. 20. His brush with the law began when officers from the Eustis Police Department responded to a minor traffic accident at a fast-food restaurant at approximately 3:00 a.m.
A box truck driver is facing seven felony counts in connection with an accident that claimed the life of a California Department of Transportation worker. The 32-year-old Foster City resident has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and six counts of felony drunk driving by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office. A 46-year-old toll booth worker was killed when the box truck caused a chain reaction crash on the Interstate 80 approach to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the early morning hours of Dec. 2.
California residents that are fans of Fetty Wap might be interested in learning that the star was recently arrested by officers with the New York Police Department in Brooklyn. According to news sources, Fetty Wap was charged with drunk driving on Nov. 3.
A California man is facing drunk driving charges after smashing his pickup truck into multiple vehicles on Oct. 25 and refusing to pull over for police. The defendant, age 39, led police on a slow-speed chase that began in Carlsbad and ended in Vista.
A 20-year-old California woman has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter and felony drunk driving in connection with an Oct. 13 traffic accident that left her 20-year-old passenger dead and injured three others. Reports indicate that the woman was taken into custody following the accident and transported to the Ventura County Jail. Her bail has been set at $250,000.