The Phoenix DUI Law Blog

September 2012 Archives

It looks like former Miss Arizona Teen USA Tori Vance won't be doing any time for her DUI arrest. Vance entered into a plea agreement earlier in the month, and prosecutors dropped the DUI charge, TMZ reports.

According to TMZ, 18-year-old Vance was pulled over in May after she made an illegal U-turn in her Mini Cooper while driving in Hollywood. The arresting officer said that Vance showed signs of intoxication.

Fleeing from the scene of an accident doesn't pay. On Monday, a man was killed when he crashed into a fence and was impaled by a metal fence pole while speeding away from an accident he caused, reports.

A passenger in the car ran away from the scene before police arrived. Investigators think that alcohol may have been a factor in the crashes.

Four people were injured this weekend when a 16-year-old driver allegedly ran a red light and crashed into another car, reports.

Authorities believe the driver and his passengers had stolen the car. They also suspect that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident.

On Tuesday afternoon, Jorge Silva-Santana hit eight vehicles while driving in the wrong direction on 43rd Avenue in Phoenix, according to That has to be some kind of record.

Silva-Santana's blood-alcohol content was allegedly almost three times the legal limit. The 46-year-old from Peoria was booked into jail on suspicion of extreme DUI, endangerment, and several other charges.

Glendale Police Lt. Rachael Bousman now knows what it's like to be on the other side of the law.

Bousman was arrested early Friday after getting her car stuck on a parking block, reports. Police suspect that Bousman was drunk at the time.

Patrick Nissley of Paradise Valley caused a head-on collision that killed a pedestrian in November 2010. Prosecutors say Nissley was on heroin and meth at the time.

But Nissley, now 27, blames the crash on his Type 1 diabetes, The Arizona Republic reports. His defense lawyer claims Nissley's blood sugar was at a dangerously low level, causing him to lose consciousness.

A 22-year-old Flagstaff woman has been accused of killing an NAU student while driving drunk Sunday night, the Arizona Daily Sun reports.

According to authorities, Kelsey Lou Cody struck and killed Jordan Mahoney, 21, while she was riding her bike. Cody then allegedly fled the scene. She's been charged with manslaughter and failure to stop after the fatal accident.

An Arizona mom was arrested for her fourth alleged DUI last week. This time it was an aggravated DUI.

Cynthia Trapp, 40, was allegedly driving on a revoked license and had her kids in the car at the time of her arrest. Trapp may still be reeling from the tragic death of her son two years ago, according to ABC 15 News.

It's amazing how many drunken drivers crash into cop cars. What are the odds?

Add one more to the tally. Evelyn Rivas, 24, was arrested Thursday night after she rear-ended a Phoenix patrol car, reports.

Rivas was charged with aggravated DUI and three counts of endangerment, according to authorities.

Five o'clock is generally considered the time of day when drinking becomes socially acceptable. However, that may be a thing of the past.

According to Scottsdale law enforcement, more and more people are getting sloshed before happy hour and then hitting the road, Fox 10 News reports.

What's behind this potentially dangerous phenomenon?

The results are in from law-enforcement agencies' annual Labor Day weekend crackdown: Arizona officers made fewer traffic stops and fewer DUI arrests than last year, reports.

Were there fewer DUI arrests because fewer people were pulled over, or were there actually fewer drunken drivers on the road this year? Your guess is as good as mine. Let's hope it's the latter.