A Virginia teenager who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a deadly DUI crash was sentenced to prison for 20 years. However, 14 of those years have been suspended, meaning he will only serve six years in prison.
A toxicology report has revealed that famous golfer Tiger Woods had several drugs in his system when he was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI in late May. The drugs included THC, Vicodin, Xanax, Ambien and Dilaudid.
A Virginia judge sent two men to prison on Aug. 8 in connection with an April 2015 drunk driving crash that claimed the life of a 33-year-old woman. A 34-year-old Chesapeake man will spend five years in prison and pay a $500 fine, and a 35-year-old Norfolk man was sentenced to a prison term of seven years and ordered to pay a $700 fine. The two men were convicted on charges of DUI, DUI maiming and DUI manslaughter. The accident took place at the intersection of Greenwich Road and Newtown Road in Virginia Beach on April 12, 2015, at approximately 2:30 a.m.
Music fans in Virginia and across the country who have been following former teen idol Aaron Carter's career may be interested in a case that is unfolding in the south. According to news sources, the 29-year-old celebrity is facing a number of drug-related charges following an incident in Habersham County on July 15.
More people in Virginia and across the United States are being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) due to marijuana rather than alcohol. Between 2007 and 2014, the number of drivers accused of operating vehicles under the influence of pot increased by 50 percent.
While driving under the influence of marijuana is illegal in Virginia, there is no comprehensive system that allows officers to test motorists reliably when out on the road. However, scientists are making progress when it comes to developing a portable marijuana "Breathalyzer".
Virginia basketball fans may be interested to learn that Derek Fisher has been charged with two counts of drunk driving on July 2. The former New York Knicks coach was involved in a one-vehicle crash in early June, though neither Fisher or his passenger suffered any injuries.
Virginia pro football fans likely remember Lawrence Taylor. In 2016, the former New York Giant linebacker was charged with DUI after hitting a motor home and sideswiping a police car near Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Taylor admitted to authorities that he had probably had too much to drink before getting into his vehicle. Taylor entered a guilty plea in the case, and he will not have to serve jail time as part of his sentence.
On June 9, it was reported that a Virginia woman who was convicted of causing a fatal car accident while drunk behind the wheel was sentenced to 73 years in prison. However, 40 of those years were suspended, meaning she will ultimately spend more than 30 years behind bars.
Virginia residents may have heard that golfer Tiger Woods had been taken into custody for impaired driving on May 29. He was arrested at about 3 a.m. before being taken to Palm Beach County Jail. He was released on his own recognizance at about 10:50 a.m. that morning. Woods claimed that the DUI was caused by a unexpected reaction to medication he was taking after a recent back surgery.