Drunk Driving NEWS

Amtrak train hits vehicle in Ventura. Women arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

December 6, 2016

The Sunday evening (November, 20) incident took place on the rail tracks in Ventura. According to the police report, an Amtrak train slammed into an abandoned car around 7:30 p.m. at Garden Street and Harbor Boulevard. The Amtrak train was moving at 15-20 mph. As soon as the train driver noticed the car, he intended to stop it, but didn’t succeed to do it immediately. At the time of the crash the train carried 60 passengers. No one was injured. The train came two hours behind time due to the police survey. The strayed car was empty. The car owner Arcelia Delgadillo, 27 and one more car occupant had managed to leave the car shortly before the accident took place. […]

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The LA Rams cornerback Troy Hill was arrested on suspicion of DUI

November 26, 2016

The LA Rams cornerback Troy Hill is in trouble with the law once again. This time he was detained for drunk driving. First time the Mr. Hill was arrested on Dec 2013. He was accused of domestic abuse during his student years in Oregon. This time the 25-year-old NFL player was taken into custody early Sat morning, Nov 19, after his Mercedes rammed into the back of a semi-truck. The CHP reported that at 7: 43 a.m. they received a call that there was a car accident on 101 Highway in Encino, Los Angeles. The CHP arrived to the accident site shortly and contacted the persons involved in the accident, one who whom was Troy Hill, the LA Rams player. […]

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Thanksgiving DUI Checkpoints. What You Should Know!

November 23, 2016

Thanksgiving holiday season is often associated with turkey, eating festive dishes and having fun with family. For law enforcement, this, as well as other holidays, is often associated with an increase in the number of DUI arrests and other cases involving impaired driving. During the holidays, there is an increase in DUI accidents and traffic-related fatalities. According to statistics, the number of car accidents during the Thanksgiving celebration days is almost the same as the number of accidents throughout the year despite this being a day where there are a lot less cars on the road. The reason the number of accident stays the same is an increase of drunk driving during the holiday. As with any holiday, alcohol or drugs […]

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WIFE OF SHERIFF’S DEPUTY AND A DUI VICTIM SUES DRUNK DRIVER

November 15, 2016

Last month Jurors found Kevin Hogrefe guilty in a DUI murder of Yevhen “Eugene” Kostiuchenko, a Ventura County Sheriff’s Deputy. After long-lasting proceedings in a case, jury declared that 27-year-old DUI driver was guilty of second degree murder and felony hit-and-run. The wife of deceased Deputy, Maura Kelley, filed a civil lawsuit against Kevin Hogrefe. Kelley claim is for compensatory damages and other fees. An accident took place on October 28, 2014. An intoxicated driver crashed into Yevhen Kostiuchenko near the 101 Freeway and Lewis Road at 1:15 a.m. and drove off. Deputy Kostiuchenko died instantly after being struck by the defendant’s vehicle when walking back to his vehicle after releasing a traffic violator. The driver continued driving with a […]

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DUI Celebrity Cases in California 2016

November 10, 2016

Television Host of the Award Winning Cooking Show and Chef of 2013 Year Michael Chiarello was arrested earlier this week in California. He was allegedly driving under the influence and possession of a controlled substance. The police pulled over Michael Chiarello in the early hours of Wednesday morning in Napa County, a county in Northern California. The Emmy-Award chef was behind the wheel of his Porsche on the highway in the Eastern part of Napa Valley. He was coming from one of his restaurants, Bottega Ristorante, in Yountville. The law enforcement officers suspected that he was driving under the influence. In addition, the police recovered controlled substance near or on Mr. Chiarello. Mr. Chiarello was arrested but released later on […]

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Torrance Police Officers Kills a Suspected DUI Driver

November 7, 2016

After police officers attempted to pull over an allegedly impaired driver, who injured an officer, they shot and killed the driver. On Monday, October 31, Torrance police officers responded to numerous 911 calls of a uncontrolled female motorist driving allegedly under the influence in downtown area of Torrance, California. When the police arrived to the scene, they saw Ford Fusion, driving hazardously. It was driven on the wrong side of the road, almost crashing into several vehicles. Sergeant Paul Kranke reported that the car had obvious signs of previous collisions with something or someone. They also noticed deployed side airbags. The driving pattern was very dangerous and frantic. The police chased Ford Fusion for about 8 minutes through the streets […]

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DUI Offender Acknowledge Driving Drunk, Fighting with Hemet Police

October 26, 2016

A probationer accused of drunk driving draws a reduced sentence when pleads guilty to a DUI and arrest resistance. A 30-year-old resident of Hemet, CA, Tony Ponce, was detained on the suspicion of a DUI and resisting arrest on Saturday, October 15. Around 11:15 am the Hemet police officers observed an erratically driven vehicle in the area of Santa Fe Street and Mayberry Avenue. When the police initiated an traffic enforcement stop, the driver speed up attempting to flee. The officers chased the offender around 10 minutes before he stopped his Ford Mustang in the 900 block of Leslie Drive. When the officers tried to arrest the driver, he scuffled with the officers attempted to escape. Evidence found at the […]

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Reasonable Suspicion for a Traffic Stop in California

October 24, 2016

Most people dread the sound of the approaching police siren. In some cases you are aware why the police stop you. May be you have an expired registration or you know that you drove faster then the speed limit. But in many situations you can be puzzled when the law enforcement officers ask you to pull over. According to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution a police officer must have a “reasonable suspicion” to pull you over. In other words, there must be visible signs of a crime. If the officer witnesses a traffic violation, it’s enough to stop you. California Vehicle Code 2804 states, that a representative of California Highway Patrol may require a driver to stop and […]

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$3.5 million in compensatory damages for DUI?

October 20, 2016

No matter where you live, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense with the long lasting consequences. If you face first offense DUI in California with no aggravating factors, you can be punished not as strictly as in other states. Also, first offense DUI is usually a misdemeanor in California, unlike some other jurisdictions. But even in California, you may have to pay extremely high DUI-related expenses if you are arrested or convicted. The expense include: insurance rate increase, towing and storage fee for impounded vehicle, DUI school programs, DMV reinstatement fee, fines and court costs, bail, and possible attorney fees. All around, the DUI expenses can easily cost thousands of dollars. If you want […]

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$250,000 grant funds fight against DUI

October 17, 2016

The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides grants that are used to finance some local and state public agencies every year. The main aim of the OTS programs is to reduce fatality and injury accidents’ rate on the roadways and to reduce the economic losses caused by drunk driving in California. This aim is accomplished through additional law enforcement and through raising the public awareness of dangers of DUI related offenses. On October 5, 2016 the Ventura County Behavioral Health Department in conjunction with OTS embarked upon a year-long “Driving Clearly” campaign, aimed to prevent DUI-related injuries and fatalities in the city. The financing for this campaign is provided by a $250,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic […]

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