Man arrested in fatal DUI crash that killed his brother

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

A Cook County judge called the case of Johnathan Rios ‘profoundly tragic’ at his initial court appearance Thursday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Rios, 28, is accused of being drunk when he crashed early Tuesday on Interstate 55, causing his brother to be thrown from the SUV and killed.

Shortly after midnight, Rios was driving a 2004 Toyota Highlander north near Cicero Avenue when he tried to pass other vehicles waiting to exit by veering across several lanes of traffic, Cook County prosecutors and Illinois State Police said.

The Toyota slammed into a guard rail on the exit ramp, throwing 22-year-old Christian D. Barrajas from the vehicle, authorities said. Barrajas, of the Clearing neighborhood, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Prosecutors said Rios was driving five other passengers in addition to Barrajas, who was riding in the rear hatchback of the vehicle and was not in a seat. State police said no one in the Toyota was wearing a seat belt during the crash.

Two other passengers, a 20-year-old woman and a 21-year-old man were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, state police said. Prosecutors said the man suffered a broken shoulder and will likely require a skin graft.

Rios appeared in court Thursday on felony charges of aggravated driving under the influence causing death and aggravated driving under the influence causing bodily harm.

He walked slowly into the courtroom and had to sit in a chair during his hearing before Judge Mary Marubio. His face showed bruising from the crash and he cried softly at times.

Rios’ blood alcohol content was 0.148 after the crash, prosecutors said. Rios told state police investigators he smoked marijuana, drank shots of Crown Royal and consumed six beers the night before.

Rios’ license was suspended at the time of the crash due to a 2010 DUI conviction, for which he received court supervision, prosecutors said.

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33 year old mom charged with sixth DUI

From the Chicago Tribune:

A Montgomery woman faces felony charges for what police say is her sixth drunken driving offense.

Leah Behrens, 33, of the first block of Chatham Place, Montgomery, was charged with felony drunken driving, felony obstructing justice, felony driving on a revoked license and other misdemeanor and traffic violations in connection with two crashes on Feb. 6 that took place about five minutes apart.

In the first crash, about 6:45 p.m. Feb. 6, the 2002 Mitsubishi Gallant Behrens was driving struck two cars stopped at the light at Lake Street and Illinois Avenue, Aurora police said in a Facebook post. One car, a 2000 Honda Civic, was driven by a 23-year-old Aurora man, and the other, a 2005 Saturn Vue, was driven by a 27-year-old Glendale Heights man with a 25-year-old woman as passenger. All three declined medical attention, police said.

Behrens did not stop, police said. About 6:40 p.m., less than three miles away, she was southbound on Broadway and tried to turn left onto Hazel, police said. She drove in front of a northbound 2011 GMC Sierra pickup truck a 36-year-old Plano man was driving with his three sons, ages 4, 12 and 14, causing a crash, according to police. They also did not require medical attention, police said.

“The second crash happened to occur near a restaurant where a couple of Aurora police officers were eating dinner,” police stated.

Another patron told them about the crash, and they went to investigate, police said. They found Behrens outside of her car, “displaying obvious signs of intoxication,” police said.

Police said Behrens was treated and released from an Aurora hospital, and was later taken to another Aurora hospital for a court-ordered blood and urine draw. She refused to cooperate, leading to the obstructing justice charge, police said. Kane County prosecutors authorized the felony charges.

A sixth DUI is a Class X felony, punishable from 6 to 30 years in prison.

Shameless star charged with DUI pleads to reduced charge of reckless driving

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From TheWrap.com:

“Shameless” star Ethan Cutkosky, who plays trouble-prone youth Carl Gallagher on the Showtime series, has reached a plea agreement in the DUI case he was facing.

Cutkosky, 18, pleaded Thursday guilty to one count of reckless driving, a representative for the Burbank, Calif., city attorney’s office told TheWrap on Thursday. In exchange for the plea, the DUI charge was dismissed, and the actor received two years of probation.

The actor must also attend either 26 Narcotics Anonymous sessions, or a 12-hour class.

Cutkosky’s attorney, Troy Slaten, told TheWrap, “I think it was a good, fair result,” noting that any allegation involving alcohol or drugs against his client was “completely dismissed.”

Cutkosky was arrested on Nov. 2, after being stopped just after 10:30 p.m. by officers of the Burbank, Calif., police department for unsafe speed, an unsafe turning movement and lane straddling. Police told TheWrap that officers noticed “the distinct odor of burnt marijuana” on the 18-year-old actor, who told police that he had smoked weed earlier that evening.

NFL player Edwin Jackson killed in accident with suspected drunk, undocumented, twice deported driver

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From the Indianapolis Star:

Indianapolis Colts player Edwin Jackson and an Uber driver were both killed early Sunday after being struck by a suspected drunken driver along Interstate 70.

According to the Indiana State Police, the crash happened shortly before 4 a.m. Sunday along the westbound lanes of I-70, just west of Holt Road.

Police said Jackson and 54-year-old Jeffrey Monroe of Avon were standing near a stopped vehicle when a black Ford F-150 pickup truck drove onto the emergency shoulder and struck them both.

The driver accused of killing Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe was an undocumented immigrant who used a fake name and has been deported twice in the past.

Indiana State Police detectives have determined the driver was 37-year-old Manuel Orrego-Savala, a citizen of Guatemala. He gave police the alias Alex Cabrera Gonsales after the early Sunday crash that killed Jackson and Monroe.

Officials said he had been deported in 2007 and in 2009

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Dennis Rodman arrested for DUI … while on probation

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Dennis Rodman was arrested for a DUI, and it is very possible that he will be sentenced to jail time, because he was on probation at the time.

From the New York Daily News:

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman was on probation during his DUI arrest over the weekend, making the possibility of jail time a near slam dunk, a legal expert said Monday.

“Assuming the allegations are true and he was driving impaired, there’s absolutely no question in my mind he’s going to receive some custodial time. The real question is how creative does his lawyer get in working with the court,” California DUI attorney Trent Copeland told the Daily News.

“He’s likely to get some jail time, and I expect there will be an additional component including time spent in rehab,” Copeland said. “Either way, there’s going to be a component where he is going to be not free to leave.”

Rodman will check into a rehab center by the middle of the week, according to Darren Prince, his agent and longtime friend.

“He’s been dealing with some personal stuff for the past month and a half, two months, much more than usual, and I told him, this gives him an opportunity to shut it down,” Prince told the Daily News. “I’ve told him, ‘put yourself into a rehab center and find out why this is happening. Get to the underlying root.'”

Rodman’s lawyer, Paul Meyer, said it was too soon to forecast outcomes.

…Rodman, 56, was arrested late Saturday on suspicion of DUI in Newport Beach, Calif.

Police said he was pulled over for a traffic violation and failed a field sobriety test.

The Hall of Fame inductee who played on several championship-winning Chicago Bulls teams in the 1990s submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit, cops said.

He was released from custody Sunday morning.

At the time of his arrest, Rodman was on probation for driving his Range Rover the wrong way in carpool lane on the I-5 Freeway in southern California in June 2016.

He allegedly drove head-on toward another vehicle, causing the driver to swerve and crash into a concrete wall.

Under his plea deal last year, Rodman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving the wrong way on a divided California highway, providing false information to an officer and driving without a valid license.

Orange County prosecutors dropped the more serious hit-and-run charge.

Rodman was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 hours of community service and victim restitution.

Country music singer Michael Ray arrested for DUI after rear-ending car in drive-thru

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From the New York Daily News:

Country singer Michael Ray was arrested Wednesday morning for driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana after a fast-food fender-bender.

The “Kiss You in the Morning” singer, 29, was in a McDonald’s drive-thru in Eustis, Fla., when he told cops his foot slipped off the pedal of his Jeep Wrangler and rear-ended the car in front of him, according to a police report obtained by the Daily News.

When cops arrived, they noticed the singer’s eyes were bloodshot and he was slurring his speech.

Ray informed them he had come from a bar, and subsequently failed several field sobriety tests, the arresting officer said in the report.

During a search, cops found weed oil in Ray’s pocket, and arrested him for DUI and possession of marijuana around 3 a.m.

He was released from the Lake County Jail around 1 p.m. Wednesday after being held on a $6,000 bond.