Be alert when driving this weekend, check points and increased patrols will be out to catch impaired drivers.
The Colorado State Patrol wants drivers to be aware that they will be running checkpoints on roads throughout Colorado this April and for months to come. The number of patrol officers on the road will also be increased in an attempt to catch intoxicated drivers on Colorado highways.
Following a tip, news sources have confirmed the March 28th DUI arrest of Deputy Jose Guadalupe Luna. After his arrest almost two weeks earlier, Deputy Luna remains employed by the Adams County police department. Luna was a patrol officer for 13 years and is now working in the jail division although he is currently under investigation.
A new bill would create a permissible inference that someone was under the influence when their blood contains five nanograms of THC per milliter. The bill has passed the Colorado House vote and now moves to the Senate for approval. Similar legislation to set a DUI blood standard for marijuana has failed in the Senate before.
Former Councilman and retired Army Special Forces major speaks on how DUI arrest was a turning point in his life.
U.S. Army Major Diggs Brown was arrested for DUI in October 2012. On Thursday, he stood before the judge and admitted that the DUI incident got him the help he needed. Brown spoke openly about his struggles with PTSD at the time of his arrest. He has admitted to using alcohol to self-medicate and encourages other veterans struggling with PTSD and alcohol abuse to get help.
Jeremy Rice has been charged with two counts of vehicular homicide, DUI and careless driving for an accident that took place in July on Diagonal Highway. Rice’s preliminary hearing was held earlier this week in Boulder District Court. The Judge in the case upheld felony charges against Rice who initially claimed he was not the driver in the accident.
Both a mother and her son were pulled over and arrested on DUI charges within minutes of each other. In two separate incidents, 49-year-old Joyce Curley and her 21-year-old son Brett Curley were arrested for drunken driving. Both were stopped for speeding on Rocky Mountain Avenue in Loveland after leaving a Colorado Eagles hockey game.
The Colorado House of Representatives has approved a bill that proposes a new felony DUI law in an effort to protect pregnant women who lose pregnancies due to the intentional or reckless actions of another. The bill’s proposed law is unique because it would create a brand new felony DUI that could mean up to six year in jail for those convicted, even with no prior DUI offenses. The bill now moves on to the Senate after passing the House vote with support from both parties, 50-14.
106 law enforcement agencies statewide will be operating in full force this weekend cracking down on drunk drivers. Last year during St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebrations, 424 arrests were recorded in the State of Colorado. Chief of Colorado State Patrol, Col. Scott Hernandez stated; “This year, law enforcement will continue to be out on the roads…Be forewarned.”
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Steamboat cop arrested on DUI and weapons charges after car crash avoids jail as a ‘favor’ from another officer. A good DUI lawyer can ensure you are treated fairly too.
A Steamboat Springs, Colorado sheriff’s deputy was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of DUI after crashing his vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the incident. The officer, Jesse Lee McAvoy was off-duty when his personal vehicle hit a patch of ice on the road and crashed into a nearby bank of snow. After breath tests results indicated a blood alcohol content level of .093, Deputy McAvoy was arrested by the Colorado State Patrol on charges of DUI, careless driving and possessing a weapon while under the influence of alcohol. McAvoy has been with the Sheriff’s Office for three years and is currently on paid leave while the department is undergoing an administrative investigation.
House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, succinctly sums up why the legislature should pass a bill he’s sponsoring that hikes the penalty for some DUIs.
“Colorado is one of just five states left with no felony DUI law,” Waller said last week, as reported by Fox 31 news. “So you can be convicted of your fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh DUI and get the same penalty every time.”
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