TLC’s DUI show to return June 28th

TLC’s DUI show will return for its second season June 28th. As you may recall, this show followed Oklahoma patrol officers, with each episode highlighting two DUI arrests, from stop through court resolution.

Here is video from the first episode of the upcoming season:

If you search this blog by clicking the tag at the bottom of this post for TLC’s D.U.I. show, you can read my comments about the first season.

Amongst my criticisms of the first season were:

  • the officers were treated like experts; and no one was ever brought on camera to critique the manner in which they did their job or how they determined that someone was under the influence (even though 25% of the defendants depicted were found not guilty, and others were given reduced charges);
  • no lawyers were on the show, to explain the legal process or to raise doubts about the prosecution’s case, or just to provide some context to what was going on; and
  • there was very little discussion about the diseases of alcoholism and drug addiction, and the options for curing it.

I plan to continue to blog my comments about this show when it airs. Stay tuned!

Detroit Lion’s Nick Fairley arrested for DUI

Nick Fairley, the Detroit Lion defensive tackle who so far has been more noteworthy for the things he has done off the field instead of on, had his second arrest of the off-season this Memorial Day Weekend, this time for DUI.  He was previously arrested in April for possession of marijuana.

According to the local Fox affiliate:

MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) – Nick Fairley, a local football star and NFL player, was arrested early Sunday morning for driving under the influence and attempting to elude police.

Alabama State Troopers say Fairley was arrested shortly after 1:00 a.m. Sunday on I-10 near the intersection of Highway 90 in Tillman’s Corner.

According to troopers Fairley initially refused to stop for the emergency lights and sirens.  When he finally pulled over, troopers said Fairley seemed impaired.  The Detroit Lions defensive tackle  is facing several charges including DUI, attempting to elude police, and reckless driving.

It’s his second arrest in less than two months…

Fairley was also arrested on April 3 near the same subdivision.  Investigations said they found marijuana in the vehicle’s ash tray…
Fairley is free on is free on a 17-hundred dollar bond.

He was charged with DUI and attempting to elude police, but troopers also said Fairley was ticketed for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and having an open container.



Expect DUI checkpoints this weekend

Police Departments throughout the area are planning DUI checkpoints this weekend.  The Illinois State police and many local departments have announced that they will have strong enforcement for Memorial Day weekend.

Here are a three road blocks that I have found, and I am sure that there are several others that are planned elsewhere:

The Chicago police have announced two for this weekend:  Friday night at on the West Side Austin District at 5400 West Madison, starting at 8:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. Saturday morning; and Saturday night in the South Side Gresham District (the exact address has not been announced yet) starting at 8:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. Saturday.

Gurnee Police will be conducting a roadblock near the Six Flags Great America at 5300 block of Grand Avenue Friday night from 10:00 p.m. until the early morning hours.

Jenna Jameson arrested for DUI after crashing car

TMZ is reporting that porn actress Jenna Jameson was arrested for DUI earlier today after she crashed her vehicle into a light pole.  According to the web site, she performed field sobriety tests for the officers.  She allegedly refused medical treatment, and it is unknown whether she submitted to a breath or blood test.

Of course, Ms. Jameson is presumed innocent until proven guilty.  In fact, this week I obtained a finding of “not guilty” for a client who also crashed into a light pole.  So lets wait until all the evidence is in before making any judgments.


Weirdest DUI of the Week

From ABC news:

Police in Dubuque, Iowa, responded to an unusual call this week: reports of a zebra and a parrot in the front seat of a truck parked outside a bar. The striped animal and his fine feathered friend were there to keep their owner company, but weren’t allowed in the bar.

Jerald Reiter, 55, told police the zebra and maccaw parrot enjoy going for rides in his truck, so he brought them to the bar, which he says usually allows animals inside, ABC affiliate KCRG-TV reports.

When the motley crew got to the bar, they were told because food was being served, the animals wouldn’t be allowed inside. Bar owners told KCRG no animals are ever allowed inside.

When officers arrived on the scene, they stopped Reiter in the parking as he was driving his truck away. Field sobriety tests found he had a blood alcohol level of .14, nearly twice the legal limit, according to police.

His girlfriend, Vickie Teters, told KCRB the animals are like their children, and do everything with them.

“They love going for rides. They’re just a part of the family,” Teters said. “They were not left alone in the car, not even a second.”

Reiter also disputes the drunk driving charge, saying he realized he was too drunk to drive, and was about to let a passenger take the wheel when he was arrested.

Watch out for a DUI Roadblock by Six Flags Friday night

From the Lake County News-Sun:

The Gurnee Police Department along with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday officers will be conducting a roadside safety checkpoint Friday on Grand Avenue near Six Flags Great America.

The checkpoint will begin around 10 p.m. in the 5300 block of Grand Avenue and go until the early morning hours of Saturday.

The checkpoint is conducted in an effort to promote seat belt use and to ensure that motorists are operating their motor vehicles in a safe and sober manner. It is part of the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket” campaigns.