The Phoenix DUI Law Blog

November 2012 Archives

Gabriel Enriquez, a Tucson father of two, was killed last year when he was hit by a drunken driver on Interstate 10.

The accident should never have happened. Ryan Membrila was awaiting trial for a prior DUI arrest and probably shouldn't have been driving at all, let alone driving drunk.

Membrila pleaded guilty last month to manslaughter and aggravated DUI. Last week, he was sentenced to 10 1/2 years in prison, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

John Edward Morken was allegedly high on the prescription drug Lorazepam when he caused a fatal wreck on Interstate 10 last week, AZfamily.com reports.

Authorities say Morken, who was driving a stolen Porsche, rear-ended a Chevy Suburban, killing a 14-year-old passenger and injuring five others. Morken is now facing a number of charges, including second-degree murder.

A few years back, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport spent a cool $10 million to upgrade its perimeter security and access gates. Apparently the improvements weren't enough to keep an allegedly impaired mom out.

Koko Nicole Anderson reportedly crashed her car through an airport gate and drove onto the runway Thursday, The Associated Press reports.

Anderson wasn't alone: Her young child was in the car with her, according to police.

Michael Lee Messer was apparently in a downward spiral after being administratively discharged from the United States Air Force earlier this year.

The 24-year-old was reportedly drunk when he caused a three-car collision on Interstate 10 in February, killing Ivy Michelle Johnson. An evidentiary hearing in the manslaughter case began this week, Arizona Range News reports.

With gas prices up, people are going to absurd lengths to fill their tanks.

Herbert C. Ridge reportedly fashioned a homemade electric gas siphon to steal fuel from other people's vehicles, AZfamily.com reports. Unfortunately for Ridge, the gadget malfunctioned, setting fire to himself, his truck, and a nearby home.

Ridge suffered severe burns and is now facing some serious charges, including DUI and felony criminal damage.

Matthew Cochran was apparently on meth when he went on a "Grand Theft Auto"-esque rampage through Mesa on Sunday morning.

According to authorities, Cochran tried to run over at least three pedestrians before plowing his truck into a cinder-block wall, The Arizona Republic reports.

When Mesa police arrived, Cochran reportedly attacked one of the officers. He's now facing half a dozen charges including aggravated DUI and aggravated assault.

State Rep. David Burnell Smith knows a thing or two about DUI law. At his day job with the Smith Law Firm in Scottsdale, he specializes in DUI and DWI defense. Now, the state lawmaker reportedly has some hands-on experience with drunken driving under his belt as well.

Smith was pulled over last month after police allegedly spotted him swerving in his car. When officers asked Smith to submit to a field sobriety test, he refused and incoherently tried to claim legislative immunity, The Arizona Republic reports.

Unfortunately for Smith, the state legislature was not in session, so immunity didn't apply.

A little more than a year ago, Marc Dodge was killed as he was crossing the street in Tucson.

Matthew Foster, the driver responsible for the accident, had a blood alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, along with a previous DUI conviction.

On Tuesday, Foster was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to nine years in prison, the Arizona Daily Star reports.