Suspected DUI Crash That Ripped Car in Half in Pasadena


On Monday morning, two women were hospitalized, and a car was ripped in half as the result of a suspected DUI crash in Pasadena.

The collision was reported near the intersection of Colorado Boulevard and Wilson Avenue just after 3 a.m., said the Pasadena Police Department.

The investigation is still going on, but it is believed that a black 2015 Dodge Charger driven by 26-year-old women from Pasadena ran a red light at a high rate of speed before crashing into a green 1995 Honda Civic.

The Dodge Charger then uncontrollably shifted and hit a wooden pole.

The Civic, driven by a 43- year old woman, was split in half as a result of the impact.

Both women involved in the crash were taken to a nearby hospital in stable condition, the police stated.

The unidentified driver of the Dodge Charger is suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, according to the Police Department.

The intersections were closed for several hours after the crash.

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DUI Drivers to Have Ignition System


A new law went into effect Oct. 1, 2018 in Nevada, cracking down on repeat DUI offenders. Anyone arrested for driving under the influence will be required to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles.

The device was designed to make it more difficult for impaired drivers to get behind the wheel.

Clark County prosecutors are on a mission to go after impaired drivers and make sure they learned their lesson.

The new law put into place hopes to prevent the same faces from coming back in to their courtrooms.

Senate Bill 259 was approved last June. It requires drivers busted with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 and above to get an ignition interlock installed in their vehicle for 90 days after an arrest.

If convicted, they will have to have the device for at least six months.

The Las Vegas Justice Court estimates they convict about 100 people a day. A judge can make an exception if the driver provides medical proof that they are unable to give a deep lung sample or if the driver lives more than 100 miles away from a manufacturer of the device.

The changes will crack down on tampering with the devices. It will be a misdemeanor to offer to give a sample breath for someone else.

An ignition interlock is a device installed in a vehicle that measures the level of alcohol in breath. Connected directly to a vehicle’s ignition system, drivers are required to blow into the attached mouthpiece to test their breath alcohol concentration. If alcohol is detected, the interlock device prevents the vehicle from starting. By law, ignition interlock devices are equipped with cameras to confirm that the individual who provided the breath is the one driving the vehicle.

According to the Office of Traffic Safety, states with the ignition interlock device laws saw a reduction of 16 percent in drunk driving related deaths.

The new law aims to save more lives.

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Electric scooter DUI Prosecution


City Attorney Mike Feuer said Thursday the prosecution of 28-year-old Nicholas Kauffroath was the first motorized scooter driving under the influence legal case with a charge in Los Angeles.
Nicholas Kauffroath was riding a Bird electric scooter on a sidewalk in West Los Angeles when he knocked down a pedestrian and neglected to stop or find help. Authorities later took Kauffroath into custody, where they found that he was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.
Nicholas pleaded no contest to one count of operating a motorized scooter while under the influence and one count of hit-and-run. He was placed on 36 months of probation, fined $550, required to complete a three-month DUI alcohol program and ordered to pay restitution to the 64-year-old pedestrian victim.
“Drinking while operating a vehicle, a bike — or a scooter — is not only illegal, but can lead to serious injury or worse,” Feuer said in a statement. “This conviction demonstrates our office’s continued effort to enforce our drunk driving laws and make our streets and sidewalks safer.”
Motorized rental scooters have taken cities across the U.S. by storm, as they are an affordable, convenient means of transportation. But along with their popularity, there has been a rise in concerns.
Before customers can ride, they are required to confirm that they will not ride while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication.
California’s laws against operating a vehicle while impaired are most commonly applied to drivers. But the restrictions also apply to motorcycles, bicycles and motorized scooters.

Don’t drink and scoot.

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Motorcyclist lost part of foot in DUI crash and kept on riding


A motorcyclist in Fresno lost part of his foot in a crash with a big rig but kept on riding, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A motorcyclist whose name was not disclosed was driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs Thursday night when he crashed into a large truck, according to the CHP.

The truck driver noticed blood on the side of his truck and notified authorities. The CHP was aware of the incident when a woman called and said her husband lost part of his foot and was at a gas station near Highway 99 and Mountain View Avenue.

When the officer arrived at the station he saw a man lying on the floor with a helmet nearby. The motorcycle was not at the scene and the CHP believes one of the man’s friends or family members left with it.

The man was rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. It was unclear how much of his foot he lost.

Driving under the influence of any drug is a crime often referred to as drugged driving, DUID or “driving stoned”. Section 23152(f) of the Vehicle Code provides that the crime has essentially the same legal effect as driving under the influence of alcohol:
• It is unlawful for a person who is under the influence of any drug to drive a vehicle.
• It is unlawful for a person who is under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug to drive a vehicle.

For more information on the effects of marijuana on driving, visit the firm’s materials on DUI Marijuana and DUI Drugs.

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LA Prosecutor Involved in Suspected DUI Crash with DJ Big Boy


A Los Angeles County prosecutor appeared intoxicated when he was involved in a collision with renowned radio host “Big Boy” this week in Calabasas.

Tuesday afternoon, Big Boy, whose real name is Kurt Alexander, was rear-ended by a BMW sedan on Parkway Calabasas.

The driver of the BMW was identified by authorities as Michael Pettersen, a longtime attorney with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Video footage from the scene shows clearly a drunk suspect drinking from a bottle of alcohol in the driver’ seat while Alexander and his party wait on the side of the road.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies struggle to drag Pettersen into a patrol vehicle as he collapses onto the ground, appearing drunk. He was booked on felony DUI charges.
Alexander’s driver was taken to the hospital with undisclosed injuries.

Pettersen worked for the DA’s office for 28 years before being placed on leave in January 2017. Even though he remains an employee of the department, the DA’s office said, “His law license was suspended in September 2017.”

According to court records, Pettersen was previously arrested for driving under the influence charges in Ventura County back in December 2014. A warrant was issued when he failed to appear for a court hearing.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license in September 2016. A warrant was issued earlier this year when he failed to appear to his court hearing for that case.

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