A popular rap star is facing DUI and other charges following a traffic incident on Nov. 3. Authorities say that Willie Maxwell, who is perhaps best known by music enthusiasts in Washington as Fetty Wap, was allegedly drag racing another vehicle at approximately 1 a.m. when he was pulled over by New York City police. Information regarding the second vehicle has not been released.
Washington residents may know Christopher McDonald from his performances in films such as "Thelma and Louise" and "Happy Gilmore", but it is not the 62-year-old character actor's thespian talents that media outlets have been discussing. McDonald was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in 2013 while visiting North Carolina, and media outlets are reporting that he is now facing a second DUI charge after crashing his car in California on Oct. 28.
Washington residents may recall the media furor that ensued when Tiger Woods was charged with driving under the influence in May. Toxicology reports reveal that the former world number one was under the influence of prescription medications along with marijuana when he was discovered unconscious behind the wheel of his car, but he was scheduled to enter a guilty plea to a reduced charge of reckless driving at a Palm Beach County hearing on Oct. 25.
According to law enforcement officials, a woman from Pierce County in Washington has been charged with multiple counts related to drunk driving after colliding with three other vehicles. The 55-year-old woman has had previous DUI incidences.
On Oct. 5, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to require those who were accused of driving under the influence to submit to random urinalysis tests as a condition of their being released before trial. Three individuals had challenged the requirement for participation in random urinalysis testing, resulting in the case being brought before the court.
Washington residents might like to know about an incident involving a wrong-way driver that necessitated roadblocks and ended with a crash in Mount Vernon. The event took place on Oct. 4 at around 4:10 a.m. in Whatcom County when a 1987 Pontiac Fiero headed south in the northbound lanes of I-5. The driver traveled the wrong way for 19 miles, and it is suspected that the motorist was inebriated at the time of the incident.
On Sept. 13, a Washington woman was accused of drunk driving after she drove her vehicle over a 100-foot embankment. Her 1-year-old child was in the car when the incident occurred.
In a DUI trial, there may be step between the preliminary hearing and the beginning of the trial. This is referred to as the pretrial motion, and it is the time when a defense attorney or prosecutor may ask to have certain evidence excluded or compel someone to testify. In some cases, a request may be made to drop the case at this point.
On Aug. 30, Pierce County authorities reported that the same 30-year-old man was taken into custody twice. The Washington resident was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol for the first incident and for domestic violence assault for the second incident.
In the state of Washington, police officers are only legally allowed to initiate traffic stops when there is reasonable suspicion of criminal activity. In fact, even DUI checkpoints, which are legal in 38 states, are illegal in Washington. However, if an officer does have the requisite reasonable suspicion, he or she can stop a motorist for a short period of time in order to conduct a limited investigation.