There's one night you've looked forward to for months. It's not date night or your birthday or the premiere of the new Gilmore Girls revival. It's girls' night. The kids are at home with your significant other or a babysitter, and you get to unwind and catch up. While the location and activity may vary, there's often one common denominator for all girls' nights - adult beverages.
After a 22-year-old Salinas woman crashed her car into a plant box in the center median on Gabilan Street in Salinas, she was arrested for DUI, and her two friends were arrested for public intoxication. The impact with the planter was forceful: The engine reportedly flew out of the car and was destroyed. However, all three passengers received only minor injuries. Officers determined that the 22-year-old driver's blood alcohol content was three times the legal limit of .08 percent. In general, most drunk driving accidents and stops result only in the driver being arrested. However, the two passengers were reportedly so intoxicated that they were charged with public intoxication. The group was taken to a hospital and then booked at the Monterey County Jail.
Drivers spotted a car going the wrong way on California Interstate 280 on March 21 and alerted the highway patrol. A 60-year-old San Bruno man was arrested for alleged drunk driving a short time later. The man was traveling on Interstate 280 near Farm Hill Boulevard in Woodside. His car was going south in the northbound lanes. The highway patrol officer created a traffic break, used his vehicle to block the man's path. The car going the wrong direction came to a halt after lightly tapping bumpers with the patrol car. The driver was stopped earlier in March for another DUI charge.
On the evening of Feb. 3, a 27-year-old Millbrae man hit two cars and lost control of his motorcycle while speeding on Highway 280. He lost control of the motorcycle after he hit the second car and sustained serious injuries. He has been hospitalized and is facing DUI charges. The man swerved out of his lane while going south on 280 and hit the back of a Subaru traveling in the same direction and then swerved again and hit the rear of a Toyota. That impact caused the man to lose control of the motorcycle, and his passenger was also thrown from the bike and taken to the hospital with scrapes and complaints of pain.
A holiday crackdown on individuals who drink and drive in Southern California has resulted in drunk driving arrests for 456 people. The campaign began in mid-December and ran through midnight New Year's Day. The intent of the program was to reduce deaths caused by impaired drivers. Law enforcement agencies participated in efforts to arrest impaired drivers during regular shifts at checkpoints and with the use of DUI patrols. Thus far, the deaths of two pedestrians this season have been blamed on drinking and driving.
A 44-year-old Fairfield man was parked on the shoulder of Highway 29 with his hazard lights flashing while using his cellphone. He glanced in his rear-view mirror just in time to see a pick-up truck driven by a 32-year-old Napa man slam into the rear of his vehicle at a high rate of speed. Both vehicles were badly damaged, and the Napa man was treated for a possible broken jaw. The man driving the pick-up was arrested after he was released from the hospital and charged with suspicion of felony DUI. Other charges pertaining to the accident may be pending as well. The driver facing possible drunk driving charges may want to consider seeking the services of an experienced DUI attorney.
People in Alameda County and the surrounding areas like to kick back on their weekends off. On holiday weekends, many people get together with friends and family to eat food and have some drinks. As Labor Day approaches, however, make sure to watch your alcohol intake or have a sober ride home because Alameda police are in the middle of a crackdown on drunk driving.
In late March, an assemblyman from Southern California was charged with DUI after being arrested in Concord. The assemblyman, however, is fighting back.