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Spokane officer charged with DUI

When Washingtonians push the limit of drinking and driving, police may pull the driver over, conduct a field sobriety test and ultimately arrest the driver. It happens every day. What doesn't happen every day, however, is that police arrest one of their own for driving under the influence.

Although police are seemingly seldom on the unhappy side of a drunk driving arrest, a Spokane officer recently was. While off duty, the officer reportedly was in a drunk driving accident. Police responded to the scene and arrested the officer on DUI charges.

Washington man facing fifth DUI charge

It is not uncommon for a driver to get pulled over once or twice in their lifetime. For some, they can get by with just a warning, but some drivers are not so fortunate. If an officer suspects that a driver is under the influence, the diver could face a traffic ticket, fines and even criminal penalties.

The Washington State Patrol reportedly arrested a man for what would be his fifth DUI violation. He is being charged with felony DUI. The arrest took place after a late-night traffic stop on Silverdale Way in the vicinity of Northwest Byron Street.

Colts owner facing DUI and drug charges

Seattle Seahawks fans likely know Jim Irsay, the owner of the Colts. He became nation-wide news when the Colts parted ways with Peyton Manning. But his latest appearance in the national spotlight is about something far more serious than losing Peyton Manning to the Broncos: police recently arrested Irsay on DUI charges.

Police pulled Irsay over this past weekend after seeing him driving slowly, stopping in the road and failing to use his turn signal. Following the stop, police administered several roadside field sobriety tests, each of which Irsay allegedly failed. But reports did not specify whether police gave Irsay a breathalyzer and, if so, what Irsay's BAC level was.

Washington group alleges THC rate on the rise

It is still too soon to know the full effects of Washington's recent legalization of marijuana. But early data, according to Project SAM, an anti-pot group, suggest Washington roads have become more dangerous.

The data comes from a state toxicologist and shows that the rate of THC has increased in the blood of Washingtonians facing DUI charges; THC is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In 2012, Washingtonians tested for driving under the influence contained a THC level of close to 19 percent. In 2013, that figure rose to nearly 25 percent.

Kennedy acquitted of DUI charges

Washingtonians accused of a crime should take solace that a criminal charge is hardly a guarantee of a criminal conviction. Take, for example, the experience of Kerry Kennedy, a high-profile human rights activist and daughter of the assassinated presidential candidate Robert Kennedy. Kennedy was recently acquitted of drugged driving charges following a four-day trial.

The trial ended an ordeal that started in 2012 when Kennedy accidentally took an Ambien instead of her intended thyroid medication. After accidentally taking the Ambien, Kennedy headed to the gym in her car. On the way, she began driving erratically and eventually hit a tractor trailer. Afterwards authorities pulled her over and conducted several sobriety tests, each of which she failed. When taken to a nearby police station, however, Kennedy passed the tests.

Suspected drunk driver hits Seattle police cruiser

For most residents of Washington, seeing a police car tends to make them drive more carefully. They drive slower, pay more attention and keep extra space between them and the car in front of them. Apparently, that is not true of everyone. For example, one driver recently rear-ended a Seattle police cruiser.

According to reports, while approaching a red light, a driver failed to stop in time. The driver struck a Seattle police cruiser, which caused the cruiser to hit the car in front of it. The chain-reaction accident resulted in minor injuries to a Seattle police officer as well as the driver of the third car.

Washington driver blows stop sign, totals car

Many Washingtonians take driving for granted. They wake up, drive to work and then come home, safe and sound. The amount of time people spend in cars can deceive them into thinking that cars are risk-free. However, even something as seemingly innocuous as stopping at a stop sign can result in vehicular assault or homicide.

For instance, a recent car accident shut down a highway north of Poulsbo for nearly four hours. According to the Washington State Patrol, a Dodge Caravan collided with a Honda Prelude after the Honda failed to stop at a stop sign. The Honda Prelude was totaled and its driver was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

House felony DUI bill dies in committee, Senate bill continues

Readers of this blog know that the state legislature has considered several DUI bills this session. One recently died in the state House of Representatives, but another continues to make progress in the Senate.

The House bill would have raised a felony DUI conviction from a class C to a class B felony. The main distinction, according to the bill's prime sponsor, is the court's authority to order community custody and other treatment options following the end of a person's sentence. Class C felony guidelines do not give courts the authority to do so; class B guidelines, on the other hand, do.

Washington woman falls asleep at the wheel

Many Washingtonians periodically enjoy a social drink or two with friend. This behavior is most oftentimes harmless, but when a drink or two turns into more, sometimes many more, bad things can happen, especially when the drinker decides to drive. The consequences could include getting in an accident or facing a drunk driving charge.

That may have been the case in a recent one-car accident on state Highway 14. According to reports, a 40-year-old woman was driving eastbound in a 1993 Dodge Dakota pickup truck. While driving, she allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, crossing the center line and crashing into an embankment on the westbound shoulder. Following the accident, the woman was taken to a hospital, treated and then released.

Bieber arrested on drunk driving charges

As many Washington residents have likely seen by now, teen pop star Justin Bieber has been in the news for a number of unflattering reasons in the last year and a half. In the latest round of news, Bieber finds himself facing a drunk driving charge.

According to reports, Bieber and a friend were drag racing when they were pulled over by police. The authorities claim Bieber swore at them and later admitted to drinking alcohol, taking prescription drugs and smoking marijuana. Following the charge, a judge set Bieber's bond at $2,500 and then released him from jail.

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