From Raw Story:
A Los Angeles police officer posted a “don’t drink and drive” Instagram video hours before he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence over a fatal crash that killed three people.
Edgar Verduzco, 26, was speeding on the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Whittier, southern California, when he struck the back of two cars, one of which was carrying three members of a family, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said, according to CBS Los Angeles.
The car carrying the family burst into flames and killed the three people inside. The victims have since been identified as Mario and Maribel Davila, a married couple, and their 19-year-old son Oscar Davila, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help with funeral costs.
Hours before the crash, a video was posted to an Instagram account belonging to Verduzco. The 10-second video featured a cartoon avatar honking the horn of a car, which is captioned #dontdrinkanddrive. The video appears to be shot in a bar; a glass of beer is seen in the background, KTLA 5 reported.
The Instagram account has not been confirmed as belonging to Verduzco, but other photos and videos posted on the account suggest it is his: one post in July has Verduzco’s name badge on display, KTLA 5 reported.
Verduzco was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and vehicular manslaughter and is being held on $100,000 bail, the The Washington Post reported. He suffered a broken nose in the incident.
Read the entire story here: https://www.rawstory.com/2017/09/la-cop-posted-anti-drink-driving-video-before-crash/
Cedric Benson, the former Bears running back, who was cut from the team after being arrested twice in 2008, once for boating under the influence and then for driving under the influence, has been arrested again for DUI.
I should point out that after he was cut by the Bears, Benson was found not guilty for both 2008 arrests.
From CBS Sports:
The former running back who played for the Bears, Bengals and Packers over eight NFL seasons, and was taken with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, was pulled over and arrested in Austin, Texas for a DUI charge, the Austin American Statesman reports.
And when he was pulled over, things got a little awkward.
According to a police affidavit obtained by the paper, Benson declined to stay in his vehicle after pulling over into a 7-Eleven parking lot, instead appearing to inform the officer he wanted to enter the convenience store.
The Statesman reports police described Benson’s as as “glassy.” He was also “swaying” and “his speech was mumbled and he smelled of alcohol.”
Benson is described in the affidavit as “talkative, uncooperative [and] cocky.”
Additionally, police wrote in the affidavit that Benson “refused sobriety tests.” Benson was asked to recite the alphabet and “stated he couldn’t do that because he played 8 years in the NFL.”
Benson told police he couldn’t count any higher than the number three.
This is not Benson’s first arrest and it’s not even his first arrest in Travis County, Texas. Benson was arrested in 2011 for assault on a family member, while having other legal issues in Austin pending. In 2014, Benson was arrested in Austin for public intoxication.
Benson was released by the Bears in 2008 after being busted for drunk driving and drunk boating (yes, both of them). He latched on with the Bengals but struggled to find a home as a free agent in 2012.
There were two NFL DUI stories in the news over the past couple of days:
From Pro Football Talk:
Wide receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded guilty to extreme DUI to settle the criminal case related to his December arrest in Arizona.
Floyd faced seven charges, but the other six were dropped when he entered a guilty plea in Scottsdale on Thursday. Jonathan Roy of FOX 10 in Phoenix reports that Floyd was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 24 of those days to be served at a Maricopa County facility. The other 96 days of the sentence will be served via home detention.
Floyd also needs to do 30 hours of community service and was fined $5115.99.
and from TMZ:
NY Jets player Austin Seferian-Jenkins has cut a plea deal in his DUI case from last year and won’t spend any time behind bars … TMZ Sports has learned.
The 24-year-old tight end was arrested on September 23 in Florida after a cop pulled him over for a traffic stop and thought he seemed wasted. Dashcam footage from the incident showed him slurring.
According to court docs, Seferian-Jenkins pled no contest to a reckless driving charge and in exchange, got 1 year probation and 50 hours of community service.
He also has to attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.
From the Washington Post:
Former Maryland and NBA star Steve Francis’s weekend arrest on a misdemeanor drunken-driving charge in Houston could be just the beginning of his legal worries. According to KTRK-TV, authorities in Manatee County, Fla., issued a warrant for Francis’s arrest on a burglary charge after hearing about his Texas DUI.
KTRK reports that Francis posted bond on his drunken-driving charge but is now back in Houston police custody because of the Florida charge, which stems from a June incident outside a restaurant in Bradenton.
TMZ has obtained the police report from the Florida incident, in which Francis allegedly asked a bartender at the Cortez Clam Factory for a flashlight on the evening of June 15. Police say he then ransacked a BMW parked outside the restaurant and took $7,252 worth of jewelry, makeup and cash from the car. Francis also, police say, showed up at the station two days later with a clear plastic bag full of the goods and said: “I just robbed somebody. Take me to jail. I’m turning myself in.” He left the station without being charged.
Francis, 39, was pulled over by police in Houston late Saturday night for going 88 mph in a 65-mph zone. Police say Francis smelled of alcohol, refused a sobriety test and was verbally abusive, drawing a felony retaliation charge for threatening a public servant, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The 2000 rookie of the year and three-time all-star played nine NBA seasons after his one standout year at Maryland, last appearing for the Houston Rockets in 2007-08. He averaged 18.1 points, six assists and 5.6 rebounds per game.
Rhonda Crawford, the law clerk who was was running unopposed for judge this November and was allowed to put on a judge’s robes and hear traffic cases as part of an unofficial “training” has been indicted and charged with official misconduct, according to the Tribune.
She is still running in the election, although now she is opposed by write-in candidate Maryam Ahmad. Assuming that Crawford wins election, she will be sworn in as a judge but will probably be put on administrative duty while this is pending.
Every year, the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists releases statistics regarding DUI arrests. Here are some of the numbers:
Top Arresting Departments:
Illinois State Police (statewide): 6,584
Chicago Police: 3,315
Top Cook Suburb: Cicero: 300 (runner-up Berwyn: 225)
Top DuPage Suburb: Carol Stream: 464 (runner-up Naperville: 369)
The whole list can be found here: https://www.aaim1.org/stats_dui.asp
They also produce a list of the “Top Cops” who made the most DUI arrests, which can be found here: https://www.aaim1.org/stats_topcops.asp It is interesting to me that the top 5 cops all are stationed in the Chicago area, and they make up 8 of the top 10. Overall, there were nine Chicago cops who made 100 or more DUI arrests in 2015, as well as another 2 Illinois State Police Officers patrolling the Chicago highways. Three officers had more than 225 arrests, and one had 310! Considering that the average officer works less than 250 days of the year, that is at least one DUI arrest per shift.