Police in California say that a call from a concerned citizen led them to a seriously impaired driver on the evening of Nov. 11. After receiving the call at approximately 11:19 p.m., emergency operators dispatched officers from the Petaluma Police Department to a fast food restaurant on East Washington Street. Upon arrival, the officers took a 36-year-old Sonoma County man into custody on suspicion of drunk driving charges.
At least one driver is arrested for DUI in Napa County every 12 hours during the summer months, according to statistics released by the California Highway Patrol and other agencies. They made 184 drunk driving arrests between June and August of this year. While Napa police arrested 40 people suspected of driving under the influence, the Sheriff's office arrested 36 more drivers. The California Highway Patrol conducted the vast majority of the arrests, seizing 108 people on DUI charges during that time.
California drivers who are traveling east for the holidays should be aware that on the day before New Year's Eve, Utah will drop its blood alcohol content limit from .08 percent to .05 percent, giving it the lowest drunk driving limit in the nation. The move comes at the recommendation of the National Transportation Safety Board, and other states, including California, could eventually follow suit.
In the early morning hours of October 23, a suspected drunk driver crashed his vehicle into several objects along a California street, causing it to burst into flames. The incident took place in Garden Grove.
On Sept. 16, California authorities arrested Los Angeles Rams football player Aaron Neary on suspicion of drunk driving. He was taken into custody in Simi Valley.
NFL player Daryl Worley expressed gratitude for his second chance to continue his career in California after signing with the Oakland Raiders as a cornerback. He had been expecting to play for the Eagles, but that team waived him after his arrest for drunk driving and possession of an unlicensed weapon. Worley said that he has not heard from the NFL yet about disciplinary actions for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Police in Petaluma, California located a vehicle that was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run collision just after 9 p.m. on July 14. When police approached the vehicle, they found a 28-year-old man sitting in the driver's seat. However, he was not the one authorities say was driving the car when the crash occurred. Instead, they say that a 28-year-old woman who was also in the vehicle had been driving when the accident took place.
Minors in California who drive after drinking any amount of alcohol may be charged with DUIs. Like other states, California has a zero-tolerance law in place for underage drinking and driving.
According to the Sonoma County Economic Development Board, 4.6 million people visit each year to drink beer and wine. This California county is home to 425 wineries and more than two dozen breweries. While it may be easy to assume that drunken tourists are responsible for roadway safety issues in this area, that is not the case. Instead, individuals taken into custody for impaired driving in Sonoma County were more likely to be coming from home or a bar.
Police in California have reported that three people were injured on the night of June 6 when a motorhome crashed into a house in Riverside County. The driver of the motorhome was taken into custody at the scene by Moreno Valley Police Department officers according to media reports. Two of the vehicle's five occupants were also placed under arrest after officers allegedly discovered that they had outstanding felony warrants.