The Phoenix DUI Law Blog

July 2012 Archives

This summer, Arizona has experienced an epidemic of parents driving drunk with children on board. It seems like every week there’s a new case in the headlines.

Driving drunk with a child in the car not only puts the child’s life in danger, but can get you an aggravated DUI charge as well. Below, we’ve included a round-up of the recent reports of parents driving drunk with kids in tow.

On Sunday, Phoenix police arrested a 19-year-old man accused of causing a fatal accident while driving drunk, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to authorities, Eduardo Soto Ramirez ran a red light in west Phoenix on Sunday night and collided with a truck driven by Viridiana Espinoza, killing Espinoza. Ramirez has been charged with reckless manslaughter and aggravated assault for the accident.

Sometimes you wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Other times you wake up to an SUV slamming into your bed.

On Wednesday, a Mesa couple was jolted awake when an SUV crashed through their bedroom wall, the Phoenix New Times reports. Michael Abbott was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence for the incident.

Yet another Arizona parent has been arrested for driving under the influence with kids in the car, The Arizona Republic reports.

On Wednesday, Mesa police arrested 27-year-old Jozef Butler, after he allegedly caused an accident while driving drunk. Two children, ages 2 and 3, were in Butler’s truck at the time of the accident, police say. Butler has been charged with three counts of aggravated DUI.

On Thursday, an elderly Prescott man experienced a drunk driver’s worst nightmare: he crashed into a cop car.

Gary Edelbrock was allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol when he sideswiped a Prescott Police car, CBS News reports. Edelbrock has been charged with DUI, endangerment, and criminal damage for the incident.

Earlier in the month, Jason Kidd announced that he was signing a three-year deal with the New York Knicks. Unfortunately, Kidd may have celebrated a bit too hard on Sunday.

According to police, Kidd smashed his Escalade into a telephone pole after a night out in the Hamptons. The former Phoenix Suns point guard was arrested and charged with misdemeanor DWI for the incident, NY Daily News reports.

The summer heat wave has claimed another victim. On Monday, Mesa police arrested a man for aggravated DUI, after the 4-month-old girl the man was babysitting reportedly died from heat exposure, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, 19-year-old Shawn Lewis Dale got lost while driving Teonna George-Brown around on Monday evening. Unfortunately, Dale’s car didn’t have air conditioning and the heat proved too much for the infant.

On Tuesday, a 32-year-old man was arrested after causing several accidents on Carefree Highway, crashing his SUV into a house, then assaulting the home’s residence, AZfamily.com reports.

Scottsdale police have identified the driver as Mark Bradley Webb, of Prescott. Authorities believe that Webb was high on some kind of drug at the time of the incident. (Bath salts, anyone?)

When you’re a rock star, going on a drunken joy ride in a stolen golf cart is just par for the course. On Sunday night, Ted Nugent’s drummer was arrested for doing just that, CBS News reports.

Mick Brown, an Arizona resident, was arrested for allegedly stealing a golf cart after a Ted Nugent show in Bangor, Maine. Now Brown is facing DUI, driving to endanger, theft, and assault charges, authorities say.

On Friday morning, a baby was delivered after his mother was killed by a suspected drunk driver in Phoenix, CBS News reports.

Karlisha Randolph, who was nine months pregnant, died after her SUV was struck by a red Volvo driven by a suspected drunk driver. Fortunately, doctors were able to deliver Randolph’s baby boy Friday morning, authorities say.

On Saturday night, yet another Arizona parent was arrested for DUI with kids on board, CBS News reports.

Mohave County sheriff’s deputies arrested 33-year-old Celestina Cristal Castillo after they found her driving drunk with three children in the car, authorities say. Castillo has been charged with aggravated DUI, extreme DUI, and DUI for the incident.