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.
Vince Vaughn was taken into custody by California police on drunk driving charges during the early morning hours of June 10. The 'Wedding Crashers" and 'Hacksaw Ridge" star has also been charged with resisting, obstructing or delaying officers, according to a Manhattan Beach Police Department representative. The sequence of events unfolded when Vaughn's car approached a DUI sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach at approximately 12:30 a.m.
Civil rights groups have questioned the constitutionality of DUI checkpoints, but they remain permissible under California law. Police departments say that high visibility enforcement techniques such as DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols deter irresponsible behavior and make the roads safer, and these arguments are supported by studies revealing that such checkpoints, when they are well-publicized, have been found to reduce drunk driving accidents by as much as 20 percent.
Actor Bam Margera was taken into custody in Los Angles in January 2018 after a traffic stop conducted by the California Highway Patrol (CHP). Authorities had originally stopped him for driving while on his cell phone. However, after making contact with him, they noticed an odor of alcohol. His poor performance on field sobriety tests resulted in being charged with two counts of DUI.
Steve Wilkos may be known to fans of his talk show in California and across the country for his hard-edged approach to the guests dealing with personal issues on his television program, but he is seeking the application of a softer touch to his own run-in with the law. Wilkos, known for his stint as security director on the Jerry Springer TV show before launching his own television talk program, flipped over his car in January 2018 in a drunk driving incident near his home in Connecticut.
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.