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Minnesota Assistant Coach, Saul Smith, Suspended After Being Charged with DUI

Minneapolis, MN-Gopher’s assistant coach Saul Smith has been suspended following his weekend arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Smith was stopped by police early Saturday morning after leaving a local restaurant. While traveling westbound on I-394 and officer observed Smith driving on the shoulder and speeding. Police say he was traveling 70 to 80 miles per hour; the posted speed limit is 55 mph.

While conducting the traffic stop, the officer noticed that Smith’s eyes were bloodshot and watery. His speech was slurred and he displayed a slow reaction time. There was also an odor of alcohol from within the car.

Following a field sobriety test, Smith was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving.

Minnesota’s athletic director Norwood Teague placed Smith in unpaid leave pending the result of Smith’s Dec. 3rd court appearance.

“We just can’t have behavior like that,” Teague said, “It’s just not good for anyone, it’s embarrassing and I won’t tolerate it. With a coach doing this, it’s disappointing. The timing is one thing. The other thing it it’s just not what we want.”

In the past several months there have been many pro and college athletes arrested for DUI, so, it makes you wonder if there is a serious drinking problem within the world of athletes?

Too often a DUI arrest can adversely affect a person’s current job or their future job prospects. Though DUIs are fairly common, some employers are reluctant to hire people that have a criminal record and a DUI conviction is nearly impossible to remove. This is why it so important to hire a DUI attorney to keep a DUI conviction from marring a person’s record and shield […]

By |October 23rd, 2012|DUI News|Comments Off|

Teen Charged with Felony DUI Following Fatal Car Crash

North Carolina Teen Drunk Driver 300x225RALEIGH, North Carolina – A Millbrook High School student has been charged with felony DUI for causing a car crash that killed his 17-year-old passenger.

According to police, 16-year-old driver Garrett Prince lost control of his Jeep SUV just after 2 a.m. Saturday, ran off the road, crashed into a mailbox and then into a tree. Police reported he was traveling 75 mph in a 30 mph zone.

Prince, was treated for injuries at WakeMed, and now faces charges of felony death by motor vehicle, DUI, careless and reckless driving, speeding, driving with an open container, and possession of marijuana. His passenger, Elizabeth Molloy, 17, also a Millbrook High School student, died at the scene of the accident.

Prince is scheduled for his first court appearance on Monday.

A DUI is a serious charge that can have life-long consequences for the motorist if they are found guilty. Punishments for DUI charges include costly fines, driver’s license revocation, having to attend rehab, and even possibly going to jail. A DUI conviction can also affect a motorist’s personal life, hindering their chances of getting or keeping a job as well as their chances of obtaining financial assistance. However, there is a way to beat a DUI charge. If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, contact a DUI lawyer immediately for help to contest your charges and fight for your rights.

DUI attorneys will investigate the incident and speak to any witnesses involved to make sure all the details of your case were accounted for. Sometimes, motorists are arrested for DUI solely on […]

Florida man arrested for seat belt infraction has previous conviction for DUI manslaughter

A Jacksonville, Florida man was stopped by police early in Sunday for not wearing a seat belt. The Ybor City police discovered that Aaron Burney, 27, was convicted of DUI manslaughter.

During the routine traffic stop, Burney furnished police with a fake driver’s license, which according to authorities was “very bad”. People who retain a DUI lawyer may be able to keep their driver’s license if their DUI conviction doesn’t involve injury to another.

Burney pleaded guilty to DUI manslaughter in 2007. In 2006, Burney was driving while intoxicated when he crashed; one of the passengers in his car was thrown and died. Another passenger was injured. He was sentenced to 2 years in jail and 5 years’ probation. His driver’s license was permanently revoked as part of his sentencing. He was arrested again less than two months later for driving away from his court appearance with a suspended license.

After Sunday’s arrest he was charged with driving on a revoked license and violating probation. He is being held without bail.

An intoxicated person can cause many hazards on the road; in Burney’s case his carelessness killed another human being. A person who gets arrested for a DUI is advised to contact a DUI attorney.

Because of this the police and courts, do their best to keep the roads safe and often his entails strict punishment and heavy fines. Hiring a DUI attorney can make it possible for their clients to have their sentences reduced.

Lynwood Clerk makes first court appearance since fatal DUI accident

LYNWOOD, Illinois – Lynnwood Clerk Roel Valle appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to charges following a car crash last month that killed a mother of four.

Valle, 64, was using a wheelchair due to injuries sustained to his leg sustained in the accident. The public official of over 20 years was charged with one count of reckless homicide and six counts of aggravated drunken driving.

“This is a tragic case,” said Ray Garza, Valle’s attorney. “(Valle) is grief stricken about the loss here. He is beside himself, to say the least.”

According to prosecutors, Valle attended a political fundraiser on Feb. 3 where he drank too much and then drove a village-issued 2008 Ford Taurus to a tavern in Crete. He then drank alcohol at the bar for roughly an hour before getting back in the vehicle to head to another bar.

At around 1:15 a.m., Valle was driving north on the southbound lanes of Illinois Highway 394 and crashed into two vehicles. His blood alcohol content was reported as 0.135 percent, almost twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

As a result of the accident, Melikah Little, 32, a mother of four from Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood was killed.

Little’s family has filed a lawsuit against Valle and the village of Lynwood.

Driving while intoxicated is against the law for everyone – even political figures. If you are found guilty of DUI, you may be faced with hefty fees and fines as well as be punished by losing your driver’s license, having to install an interlock ignition device, being ordered to attend rehab or being sent to prison.

If you have incurred a DUI charge, there is still help available. Contact a DUI […]

By |April 7th, 2011|DUI News|Comments Off|