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Drunk Driving Archives

Lab backlog delays DUI cases

There is a significant backlog of DUI cases in Washington due to thousands of requests for blood tests for drivers accused of using drugs before driving. In 2017, the state toxicology lab, run by the Washington State Patrol, handled 15,945 cases. This figure signifies an increase of 9 percent over 2016. The number of such cases has grown by 45 percent in the previous five years.

Drunk drivers could face harsh consequences

Motorists who are detained on suspicion of DUI in Washington and other states may want to know more about the potential charges that could follow. Drunk driving charges may be connected to the use of alcohol, illegal substances or prescription drugs. In some situations, DUI charges are combined with manslaughter.

Man facing felony drunk driving charges after fatal crash

A 27-year-old professional skateboarder has been charged with vehicular assault and vehicular homicide in connection with an August 2017 car accident in Washington state. The crash claimed the life of one of the man's passengers and left the other severely injured. Police say that the man was traveling at highway speeds in an area with a posted speed limit of 15 mph when he lost control of his vehicle on a curve.

Senior Washington lawmaker charged with DUI

Washington lawmaker Timm Ormsby has apologized to voters for his 'very poor choice" after being charged with driving while under the influence. The Democrat, who has served in the legislature since 2003 and chairs the influential House Appropriations Committee, was taken into custody on Feb. 10 after being involved in a one-car accident on 58th Avenue NW about three miles west of the Olympia city limits. Reports indicate that Ormsby lost control of his Jeep Cherokee as he made a turn.

Washington looks at law around urine testing after DUI charge

According to Washington state's highest court, random urine tests for drugs and alcohol for people charged with but not yet convicted of DUI are unconstitutional because they are too invasive. The court, which reached its decision with a 5-4 majority, also said that based on state law, urine testing at the pretrial stage could only be done for people who had prior DUI convictions or who were facing felony charges.

How pretrial detention may affect a person's case

Some Washington defendants might be pressured to plead guilty to charges because they are unable to afford bail. A study that appeared in the American Economic Review found that people who are released before a trial are 14 percentage points less likely to be found guilty. This is mostly because people who remain in jail have a weaker bargaining position and are more likely to plead guilty.

Report supports a reduced BAC limit

Currently, the legal blood alcohol limit in Washington state is .08 percent. This is also true in every other state in America until Dec. 30 when a Utah law lowering its legal limit to .05 percent takes effect. A report issued by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine suggests that all states should adopt the .05 percent threshold. Doing so may reduce or eliminate the 10,000 alcohol-related traffic deaths in the United States each year.

Seahawks player faces DUI charge

Jeremy Lane of the Seattle Seahawks was taken into custody for drunk driving in Washington during the morning of Jan. 14. In a tweet published after the arrest, the football player claimed he had a blood alcohol content of .03 percent when he was taken into custody. This is below the legal limit in the state of .08 percent.

Phone use while driving leads to DUI charge

Professional skateboarding fans who reside in the state of Washington may be interested in knowing about a drunk driving case that is unfolding elsewhere on the West Coast. According to entertainment news sources, Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera is facing a DUI charge after driving past California Highway Patrol officers on Jan. 7 while using his phone. Sources report that this is the first time that the television personality and stunt performer has been taken into police custody on allegations of DUI.