The Phoenix DUI Law Blog

August 2012 Archives

The woman accused of killing a motorcyclist while driving the wrong way on Loop 101 was allegedly hopped up on a cocktail of drugs that would make Hunter S. Thompson jealous.

According to authorities, 59-year-old Carol Ann Sacca told police she took morphine, Soma, Doxepin, Trazodone, Protonix, Singulair, Amitza, Lasix, Spironolactone, and Cyproheptadine the night before she struck and killed Scott Benson, AZfamily.com reports. If you don't know what half of those drugs are, you're not alone. Sacca is now facing a second-degree murder charge.

Arizona Diamondbacks announcer and ex-pro baseball player Mark Grace has taken an "indefinite leave of absence to seek personal assistance" after he was arrested on DUI charges last week, Fox 10 News reports.

This is the second DUI offense in 15 months for the former Diamondbacks and Cubs first baseman. On top of that, Grace was allegedly driving on a suspended license and without a court-ordered ignition interlock device. He's now facing aggravated DUI charges.

One person was killed this morning when a pickup truck reportedly plowed into a Mustang at 51st Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix, AZfamily.com reports.

According to authorities, the driver of the truck ran a red light at the intersection, killing the Mustang's driver. Police believe the driver of the truck was drunk at the time of the accident.

What's causing Arizona motorists to drive straight into heavily flooded areas? Are they drunk, high, or just impatient?

Apparently it happens frequently enough that state legislators felt compelled to act, Fox News reports. Under section 28-910 of the Arizona Revised Statutes, often referred to as the "Stupid Motorist Law," motorists who become stranded after driving around barricades to enter a flooded area can be charged the cost of his or her rescue.

Not Your Father's Beer Run

Going on a beer run used to mean running over to the liquor store to buy more beer. Lately, however, Valley gas stations and liquor stores have been plagued with a new kind of “beer run.”

More and more people are running into Phoenix stores, grabbing beer, and running out without paying, CBS New reports. The beer runs are not only dangerous but are costing taxpayers money.

Arizona's roads are apparently becoming more dangerous. After years of declines, Arizona's traffic deaths rose in 2011, The Arizona Republic reports.

According to state data, 825 people died in traffic crashes in 2011. That's about one every 11 hours. The new data stands in sharp contrast to the previous year's figures.

In March 2010, 49-year-old Michael Jackscht slammed a dump truck into a group of motorcycle riders on the Carefree Highway. Four of the riders died, while five others were injured.

Jakscht argued that he wasn’t impaired at the time of the accident, but that a mechanical failure was responsible for the accident. On Wednesday, a jury though differently, and convicted Jakscht on four counts of manslaughter, five counts of aggravated assault, and several counts of endangerment, AZfamily.com reports.

For some reason, police cars are magnets for drunk drivers. Impaired drivers seem to flock toward squad cars like moths to a flame.

On Monday morning, a 20-year-old man rear-ended a police car in Phoenix, The Arizona Republic reports. Police believe the driver was under the influence at the time of the accident.

Police aren’t sure what David Kerhoulas was on when he hit a pedestrian in his truck on Sunday morning, but they know he was on something.

The 32-year-old victim of the accident was hospitalized with serious head injuries, CBS News reports. Kerhoulas was arrested on aggravated assault and endangerment charges. When the toxicology report is ready, Kerhoulas will likely receive DUI charges as well.

Officers have arrested a 21-year-old man who reportedly led them on a dangerous chase before slamming into several police cars, The Arizona Republic reports.

The chase ended when the man's Ford Mustang flipped, leaving the suspect in critical condition. While the investigation is still ongoing, police believe that the suspect may have been impaired during the incident.

Many country singers of yore, like Johnny Cash and Townes Van Zandt, had an outlaw image that seems completely absent from the CMT-centric country world of today. Of course much of that mystique came from the two singers' long struggles with substance abuse.

Country singer Randy Travis had quite a few run-ins with the law while growing up in North Carolina, but in recent years he seemed to have put his troubled past behind him. Over the past decade, Travis has recorded a string of gospel albums. On Wednesday, however, Travis' outlaw side returned with a vengeance. The country star was charged with DWI in Texas after crashing his car and threatening the responding officers, CBS reports.

All while completely naked.

Yet another parent has been arrested for driving high with a kid in the car. On Thursday, Mesa police arrested a mom who allegedly crashed into a propane tank while driving high with her one-year-old son in the car, The Arizona Republic reports.

Brianne Marie Bird has been charged with aggravated DUI for the incident. The worst part: it was Bird’s second DUI charge in two days.

Drunk drivers aren’t the only ones who can be held liable for DUI accidents. Did you know that victims of drunk driving accidents in Arizona can also sue the bar or restaurant that served alcohol to the driver?

Two west Valley bars are learning that lesson the hard way. Calico Jacks in Glendale and Taps in Good Year have agreed to pay out a total of $1 million after a man who was drinking at the bars caused an accident that left Alisha Trejo dead, ABC News reports. Adrian Guzman, a former Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office detention officer, is currently serving time for the crime.

Drunk drivers are already dangerous enough, without throwing guns into the mix as well. On Friday night, a Mesa driver was arrested after he allegedly pointed a gun at another driver while driving drunk, The Arizona Republic reports.

Road rage apparently got the best of 21-year-old Christopher McKee-Roblee. He's been charged with aggravated assault and aggravated DUI for the incident.