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Florida Man Charged for Fatal DUI and Fleeing the Scene, How Many People are Killed by Drunk Drivers on an Annual BasisDecember 7th, 2012 Posted in DUI News
Sarasota, FL- A Sarasota man was killed early Friday morning after a drunk driver t-boned his vehicle and fled the scene on foot. While this was a tragedy, fatal DUIs are not unusual; just how many people are killed by drunk drivers annually?
The tragedy on Florida unfolded just before 1 a.m. Friday morning at the intersection of U.S. 301 and 47th Street. Siosaia Founa, 29, of Bradenton was driving a 1995 Mercury in the northbound lanes of U.S. 301 when he slammed into a Ford Mustang driven by Scoot Parker, 55, The Sarasota Patch reported.
The front of Founa’s Mercury crashed into the left side of Parker’s Ford. Founa then fled the scene on foot, leaving his car behind.
Parker was pronounced dead at the scene.
Founa was later located by police and taken to a local hospital for minor injuries and police determined he was intoxicated. He has been subsequently charged with DUI manslaughter, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.
Court records showed that Founa has an extensive criminal record which included previous DUI charges, and felony robbery, The Sarasota
In 2001, Founa was charged with his first DUI which resulted in probation, which he later violated.
Founa once again was charged and convicted of DUI in 2009. He also received a third charged of driving on a suspended license.
Though courts try to impose penalties to discourage drunk driving, at least 50 percent of convicted drunk drivers will become repeat offenders and subsequent DUIs can become deadly as the incident in Florida clearly demonstrates.
The most recent study of alcohol-impaired accidents conducted by the NHTSA in 2010 found that one person is killed in the U.S. is killed every 51 minutes by an impaired driver.
In 2010, there were 10,228 traffic fatalities caused by drivers with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, accounting for 31 percent on road fatalities.
Florida came in at number three of states with the highest rate of fatal DUI accidents, trumped only by California at number one and Texas at number two. Overall, 1,846 fatalities were caused by drivers who had a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
Though innocent people are frequently killed by intoxicated drivers, the majority of fatal injuries are incurred by the driver, 6,627, sixty-five percent of total alcohol-related deaths. Passengers in vehicles with drunken drivers were also more likely to be killed and accounted for 17 percent of total fatalities.
Night is by far the most deadly time on the roads. The NHTSA study noted “The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2010 was four times higher at night than during the day.”
And younger drivers are more likely to cause intoxicated driving accidents. Those aged 21 to 24 years, had the highest percentage of drivers involved in fatal crashes, making up 34 percent of total fatalities.
Our courts have long-recognized how the dangers that impaired drivers present. If convicted of a DUI-related fatality, offenders risk being sentenced to jail anywhere from five years to life depending on their initial charges and the circumstances regarding their collision.
With the holidays approaching it’s important that people realize how deadly DUI accidents can be. This knowledge may make drivers think twice before they drink and get behind the wheel, especially if they realize they may be the ones killed.
SAN JOSE, CA – A DUI stop got a whole lot more dangerous than expected after a bomb squad was summoned to the scene of the incident.
A pipe bomb was discovered in the drunk driver’s van and the San Jose Police Department’s MERGE Unit (the city’s SWAT equivalent) was called to action shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday night
The incident began when officers spotted a motorist they considered was driving under the influence. They then stopped the white 1998 Ford Windstar van off Highway 101 and when questioning the driver, found evidence to arrest him on suspicion of driving under the influence and narcotics.
While officers were searching the vehicle, they uncovered a live pipe bomb and summoned the bomb units. No evacuations were ordered and by early Thursday morning, the team safely detonated the device. No injuries or major damage were reported, though residents nearby reported hearing and feeling the explosion.
The suspect, 35-year-old James Francis Magill, of San Jose, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a destructive device on top of the DUI and drug offenses. He was booked into County Jail without bail.
While this is a special case, motorists are arrested for driving under the influence every day. If you are one of them, did you know that help is available to you right now to contest your charges? All you have to do is turn to a DUI lawyer to file a case and protect your rights.
Many motorists are arrested for driving while intoxicated without sufficient evidence proving they were drunk or intoxicated on illicit substances. If you believe you were one of those persons wrongfully accused of DUI, your DUI attorney will do everything possible to have your charges lowered or dropped.
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Terry Robert McFarland, a 26-year-old St. Petersburg man, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) after the intoxicated crash.
The incident occurred at around 2 a.m., when the fire truck was crossing the intersection of 8th Street North and 1st Avenue North. The lights on the truck were on, but apparently, weren’t bright enough for McFarland to see through his “beer goggles”.
According to authorities, McFarland, who was driving drunk in a Hyundai sedan, ran a red light and crashed into the rear end of the truck, causing it to overturn on its side. The two paramedics inside the truck had to be extricated and were taken to an area hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
A passenger in McFarland’s car suffered non-life threatening injuries, but McFarland was not hurt.
Driving under the influence is a serious crime, punishable by several penalties, including driver’s license revocation, fines, community service and even jail time. However, all is not lost. If you have been arrested for DUI, speak to a DUI lawyer right away for assistance.
With the help of a DUI attorney, you will be able to contest your charges and ensure that the best possible outcome for your case is attained. Many times, motorists are unfairly arrested for DUI, but if your criminal attorney finds that you were arrested without sufficient proof of intoxication, they will see to it that you are cleared of your charges.
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Ormond Beach, FL- A Florida man is facing a number of charges, including drunk driving after he crashed into a police car and fled the scene.
A Volusia County police officer was at a truck stop on U.S. 1 when he noticed Calvin Robinson was passed out behind the wheel of his car at a gas pump at roughly 4:45 a.m. Saturday morning. The store manager called the police and reported that a driver was very intoxicated.
Robinson’s car door was slightly ajar when the officer arrived and turned on his patrol car’s emergency lights. As the officer got out of his car and approached the vehicle, Robinson became alert and attempted to close his door and drive away,
The officer was able to keep Robinson from closing his door, but he “was able to shift his car in reverse and quickly back up, striking the deputy and pinning him against the gas pumps, which were damaged,” Sherriff’s Spokesman Brandon Haught said, “Robinson then switched gears and sped forward. He rammed the deputy’s patrol car, reversed again and finally drove off.”
The deputy was not seriously injured.
Police in the area pursued Robinson, but had to use stop sticks to flatten his tires. Police reported that Robinson “reeked of alcohol” when they approached him and his eyes were bloodshot. They also fund empty beer cans in his vehicle. So what charges is Robinson facing?
Aside from the DUI, Robinson is facing aggravated battery on a police officer, eluding police, driving with suspended license, criminal mischief and resisting an officer with violence.
Beating a DUI alone is difficult, but not impossible. When an offender needs a strong defense, an accomplished DUI attorney is up to the task and can keep their clients from getting a tough penalty, which could include a jail sentence, and stop a DUI from going on their record.