A 25-year-old woman who had once appeared on a reality show produced by Lifetime is headed to prison after she entered guilty pleas for manslaughter, driving the wrong way and disobeying highway signage. A judge in a Virginia court sentenced her to 16 years because she had caused a fatal accident while intoxicated.
Accidents caused by intoxicated drivers kill 29 people every day in Virginia and around the country, and experts say that these crashes cost the United States economy about $44 billion each year. Efforts to curb drunk driving include powerful public information campaigns and stricter DUI penalties, but a growing number of road safety advocates are calling for the nationwide .08 percent blood alcohol concentration threshold for intoxication to be reduced to .05 percent. This would bring the United States into line with other developed countries and save about 1,800 lives each year according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
People in Virginia who follow professional baseball know that players sometimes get into trouble with authorities. Jayson Werth, who retired from the sport in June, was arrested at a traffic stop in April. The police officer reported that he stopped Werth for an expired registration. While conversing with Werth, the office became suspicious about the driver's sobriety.
Virginia football fans may be interested to learn that Los Angeles Rams center Aaron Neary was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Sept. 16. The incident took place in Simi Valley, California.
For drivers in Virginia, DUI charges can be serious at any age. However, they can be at their most severe for people who are arrested and charged with underage DUI. For people who are legally driving but not yet legally drinking because they are under the age of 21, DUI charges can be leveled even when the driver is under the legal limit of 0.08 percent BAC. Drivers with alcohol in their systems under the age of 21 are subject to a different legal regime that can put their driving privileges at risk.
A woman who once appeared on a reality TV show produced by the Lifetime cable network awaits her sentencing in jail after a fatal crash that happened in November 2017. She entered guilty pleas for manslaughter, DUI, disobeying traffic signs and driving the wrong way. According to the Virginia State Police, she drove a 2011 Cadillac the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 264 and struck a 2009 Mazda.
Virginia fans of Vince Vaughn may be interested to learn that the actor was recently arrested for driving while intoxicated. Reports indicate that the he was detained at a DUI checkpoint on June 10 at approximately 12:30 a.m. in Southern California. According to media sources, the actor has not released any statements on the charges.
A Virginia man is facing drunk driving charges after allegedly leading deputies from the Stafford County Sheriff's Office on a high-speed vehicle chase on U.S. 17 and Interstate 95 and then fleeing on foot. The incident took place on April 30.
Police in Virginia say that 29-year-old woman was distracted and drunk when her vehicle was involved in an accident in Chesterfield County on the afternoon of March 6. The woman, who works as an elementary school teacher, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for following the vehicle ahead too closely and texting while driving. A breath test conducted about two hours after the accident is said to have measured the woman's blood alcohol level at .23 percent. That is almost three times the .08 percent legal limit.
On March 7, a Virginia woman was sentenced to five years in prison for striking and injuring two bicyclists in a drunk driving accident in May 2017. She pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI with maiming in November.