On Thursday, an off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer was arrested on suspicion of DUI after a traffic collision in Glendale. Ramon Muniz, 44, was driving when he hit another vehicle at the intersection of Sinclair Avenue and Chevy Chase Drive. According to the Glendale Police Department, the two-vehicle collision occurred around 1:30 P.M. on Thursday. Fortunately, no injuries were reported. Both drivers cooperated with authorities.
According to Glendale Police Sgt. Dan Suttles, officers later visited Muniz’s home and “from what they were observing, they (the officers) thought the motorist may have been intoxicated.”
Suttles further stated that the officers performed a sobriety test on Muniz, who was arrested shortly after on suspicion of drunken driving and taken into custody. According to Suttles, it was not immediately known if Muniz was still in custody as of Thursday evening.
Field sobriety tests are often used by law enforcement to assess if a citizen is intoxicated. There are about 12 kinds of tests, even though just 3 have proven to be effective in detecting intoxication. Contrary to popular belief, field sobriety tests are not legally required. You can decline to submit to them. Learn more about field sobriety tests and how they can and cannot be used in court.
This Fourth of July, California Highway Patrol reported making a total of 389 arrests across the state in a 30-hour period starting Tuesday. This figure does not include any local DUI arrest statistics.
CHP designated a Maximum Enforcement Period (MEP) for the holiday and found that during this time, a DUI arrest was made on average every five minutes. During Maximum Enforcement Periods, higher numbers of officers go on patrol to watch out for impaired driving. DUI checkpoints are also set up to monitor the roads.
Tragically, 18 people died in auto crashes during the same period Maximum Enforcement Period this Fourth of July. It is not clear how many of these deaths were DUI-related. Regardless, holidays can be a dangerous time for drunk driving. Be extra cautious on the roads, drive defensively, and be on alert. Most of all, do not drink and drive!
If you have been charged with DUI, it is important to understand the penalties and the options you have for your defense. It is vital that you hire a qualified DUI Defense lawyer who understands the complexities of the field. Hiring a general attorney to handle your DUI case is like hiring a general practitioner to perform your brain surgery. You’ll be in the best hands with a DUI expert.
A Florida man appeared in court last week after telling law enforcement officers during a DUI stop that his dog was the one driving. Scott Garrett, 56, was arrested for drunk driving in Martin County, Florida on May 16. Garrett was in a Nissan sedan on the I-95 from Becker Road when he crossed into a state trooper’s path. A trooper stopped the Nissan after observing the vehicle drifting and traveling 15 mph under the 70 mph speed limit.
Once the Nissan pulled over, investigators observed the smell of booze from inside the car. Garrett spent several minutes searching for his driver’s license but could not find it. A trooper noticed a license in a wallet in the passenger seat. Right next to the wallet was an open bottle of 92 proof Sailor Jerry spiced rum.
The trooper asked Garrett where he was coming from, and at first he couldn’t recall. Later, Garrett told officers he left his girlfriend’s residence after a fight about their dog. Garrett was not wearing shoes, and told officers he had consumed “a bunch of drinks.” According to an investigator in the case, Garrett stated “he wasn’t driving the vehicle but it was…actually his dog.”
Garrett submitted to several field sobriety tests and requested a ride home before he was charged for DUI. His BAC results were 0.252 and 0.248, more than triple the legal limit of 0.08%. Florida Highway Patrol verified that Garrett has three prior DUI convictions on his record. With prior DUI convictions, a citizen may be charged with a felony DUI and could be sentenced to prison time.
In Palmdale, California this past weekend, a 24-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was arrested on suspicion of DUI. The deputy hit his pickup truck into five parked cars at approximately 2:45 am on Sunday.
According to CHP, Nicholas Smith of Palmdale drove his 2014 Chevrolet Colorado northbound on 30th Street East, north of Avenue Q-6, when his truck drifted to the right, crashing into several cars. This collision set off a chain reaction that damaged a total of five parked vehicles. Three of those vehicles were owned by the same family. At least one of the vehicles was totaled and air bags went off. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.
Smith remained at the scene after the crash. He submitted to field sobriety tests and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He is being held on a $30,000 bail and is due for a court appearance today.
The sheriff’s department verified that Smith is a deputy who had only been employed by the department for six months. Following the incident, he was relieved of his duties.
Finding a qualified attorney who specializes in DUI defense is essential to get the best outcome for your case. Beware of attorneys who guarantee a specific outcome—in DUI cases, the outcome is always uncertain due to the complexity of the field. The best option is to hire a lawyer who holds an Approved Board Certification (ABA) from the National College for DUI Defense. Learn more about finding a skilled DUI attorney.
Last week, on June 7, the president of PGA (Professional Golf Association) of America, Paul Levy, was arrested and charged for DUI in California.
The arrest report revealed that police in Palm Desert responded to a call of a single-vehicle accident around 11:22 pm. 57-year-old Paul Levy was going eastbound on Highway 111 when he went off the road and hit a sign.
Law enforcement suspected drunken driving played a role in the accident and arrested Levy. Levy remained unharmed from the crash but was still brought to the hospital, where he was released and then booked into Riverside County Jail in Indio.
A spokesperson from PGA of America released a statement saying, “Paul Levy has accepted responsibility for his terrible lapse in judgement. He has expressed deep regret and fully understands how irresponsible his actions were. The PGA of America will support Paul as he seeks counseling, faces the consequences of his actions and works through the legal process in the months ahead.”
Levy began his term as PGA president back in November of 2016.
DUI charges affect every aspect of your life, and the impact they can have on your professional life is especially difficult. A qualified and competent attorney specializing in DUI can help ensure that your job remains secure and that your licensing and security clearance remain intact. Don’t let DUI charges mean the loss of your job–let a premier DUI law firm protect your employment.