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.
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.
When many Washingtonians think about drinking and driving, they typically visualize someone driving in the usual car, truck or SUV. But the state of Washington takes a much broader view. Just ask a Washington man who was recently on DUI charges after driving a golf cart.
Just because authorities charge a Washingtonian with a DUI does not mean the person is guilty. Take, for instance, Sam Donaldson, the veteran ABC news anchor and co-host, who was driving after having a glass or two of win last December. Police stopped the 79-year-old for a traffic violation. Following the stop, police concluded Donaldson had been drinking. They then put Donaldson through a series of field sobriety tests, before charging him with drunk driving.
Seattle readers who keep up with the NBA or the Kardashians likely know about the most recent legal difficulties for Lamar Odom, the NBA player who is married to one of the Kardashian sisters. That legal trouble involves DUI charges.
Recently, in Federal Way, a suspected drunken driver allegedly struck a bicyclist. The bicyclist sustained serious injuries and was sent to a hospital in Seattle. Based on the report, the collision occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Military Road South. Police arrived at the scene of the crash and investigated the accident. The 31-year-old driver was apprehended by the police on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Blood alcohol tests are performed to determine if a person is intoxicated. DUI charges are sure to follow once the results of a blood alcohol tests show that the driver was driving above the threshold of 0.08 blood alcohol content.
Facing criminal charges can seriously tarnish a Washington State resident's reputation. For this reason, it's imperative for residents to know their civil rights as well as both the flaws and the proper procedure for administering tests. Understanding this gives residents an advantage in clearing their name in the event that they are faced with erroneous drunken driving charges.
Flashing lights, getting pulled over and being asked by a police officer to get out of the car are not the only concerns a defendant accused of drunk driving may have. If a defendant is convicted of a DUI charge, he or she may face penalties that could change their lives forever. Recently, Washington State police say a woman was arrested for drunk driving twice in eight hours.
Being pulled over for drunk driving may have many Seattle residents wondering what their rights are. May they reject a blood alcohol test? What are the consequences if they can reject a test? What penalties may an individual face if they are found to be over the alcohol legal limit? Recently, the Supreme Court was faced with questions stemming from blood alcohol tests in drunk driving cases.