The Phoenix DUI Law Blog

January 2011 Archives

Alleged Drunk Driver Crashes Into Hot Tub

Here's a DUI case that some Arizonians are probably laughing about.

A Prescott Valley woman allegedly drove her car into a residential hot tub just outside of a Northern Arizona home on January 22. Perhaps it's a good thing that the vehicle came to a halt when it hit the pool of water or else the car may have driven straight through the house.

FOX News reports that police officers arrested 32-year-old Atrina Sprague on suspicion of DUI, reckless driving, criminal damage and endangerment last week after the accident. As of last Wednesday, the drunk driving suspect was still being held at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.

Wrong Way Driver Arrested For DUI on Loop 101

Wrong way drivers most definitely pose a threat to traffic safety in the state of Arizona. This is why the local police officers will work together to cite drivers who are seen traveling on the wrong side of the road. reports that when a Phoenix police officer saw a woman driving east in the westbound lanes of Loop 101 on January 25, the officer got the Department of Public Safety and the Scottsdale Police Department to control traffic flow while Phoenix officers pursued the wrong way driver. While the wrong way driver allegedly tried to flee from patrol cars, officers were able to box the truck in with their vehicles.

Arizona State University Takes Action To Enforce Alcohol Violations

As the Spring semester at Arizona State University kicks off, law enforcers are conducting their own campaigns to enforce traffic laws and crack down on campus alcohol violations. A university press release stated that Arizona State University's Police Department and the Tempe Police Department are now working together to enforce traffic laws on campus and in the college town.

Police officers with both agencies say that they will be out in force during the first few weeks of the semester, making traffic safety a priority. They will reportedly be focusing on the areas that include University Drive and College Avenue, Apache Boulevard and College Avenue and Apache Boulevard and McAlister Avenue. It is always a good idea for students to designate a sober driver and avoid driving under the influence, but especially in these areas.

DUI Suspect Arrested in Whispering Winds Trailer Park

Witnesses say that they saw 41-year-old Ernie Beguin crash his vehicle into other cars, live power lines, an electric box, and a fence on January 16. Hence, it’s no surprise that Pinal County deputies suspected that the man was “extremely intoxicated” when he was driving his pickup truck erratically through the Whispering Winds Trailer Park in Coolidge.

The Phoenix New Times reported that deputies located the suspect in the trailer park about 300 yards from where the truck came to a stop. Authorities found him hiding in a ditch, where Beguin admitted that he had been drinking at a bar called The Galloping Goose. He reportedly told the deputies at the time of his arrest, “I just went crazy, I think someone slipped something into my drink at the Goose.”

Jorge Rios May Have Been Impaired During High Speed Chase

A Phoenix man that was allegedly involved in a high speed chase with police officers in Mesa may have been impaired at the time of incident. Authorities say that the suspect failed field sobriety tests when the police were finally able to get a hold of him. The Arizona Republic reported that the suspect, Jorge Rios, also was found with a pipe and meth inside of his pockets at the time of the arrest.

Former Arizona Cardinal Shaun King Charged With DUI

Shaun King, who used to play for the Arizona Cardinals after playing for three seasons on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, is now in trouble with the law after a recent DUI arrest. The St. Petersburg Times reports that the former quarterback was pulled over by law enforcers for a traffic violation in Hillsborough County, Florida. He was then arrested after refusing to take a blood-alcohol test.

King reportedly works as an analyst for Bright House Sports Network and only briefly addressed the issue of his DUI arrest on the show, by saying that he couldn't comment on the matter.

Red Wine Has Health Benefits

Is red wine healthy to drink? The Independent reports that researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found that red wine is good for the heart, as the drink can block the signals of molecules that lead to the build-up of plaque in the arteries. Hence, moderate consumption of red wine can prevent heart attacks and can lower the risk of heart disease. The formation of blood clots can also reportedly be reduced with moderate wine consumption.

Underage Drinking Messages Displayed On Prescott Pizza Boxes

If you ordered a pizza in the town of Prescott, Arizona during the holiday season, you may have noticed a message displayed on the top of the box that discouraged underage drinking. The Associated Press reported that the idea to make pizza box toppers display messages that encourage parents to talk to their children about alcohol consumption was put fourth by the Prescott Police Department's Underage Drinking Task Force.

SAMHSA: 140 Million Drive Under the Influence Each Year

Just when you start to think that it's safe to drive on Arizona roadways, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) releases a report saying that 30 million Americans drive drunk each year and 10 million Americans drive under the influence of drugs each year. According to Business Week, the SAMHSA data indicates that within a year, an average of 13.2 percent of people aged 16 and older drive under the influence of alcohol and 4.3 percent drive under the influence of an illegal drug.

Over 3,500 DUI Arrests in Arizona Over Holidays

Now that the holiday season is over, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and law enforcement agencies across the state of Arizona are tallying up the total number of DUI arrests over the past several weeks. According to the Arizona Republic, numbers are showing a total of 3,534 DUI arrests in the state in the period from Thanksgiving, until New Year's Day. This is about 1,000 fewer arrests compared to the number of DUI arrests during the same time period of 2009.

Phoenix Among the Top 40 Drunkest Cities in America

Based on factors that include average alcohol consumption over a month, highest levels of binge drinking, and the number of deaths from alcoholic liver disease, The Daily Beast has put together a list of the 40 drunkest cities in America. The city of Phoenix made the list in the No. 34 spot and it's neighbor Tuscon ranked as the 26th drunkest city in America.