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September 2011 Archives

Marine's attorney says untreated PTSD, brain injury led to DUI crash: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a man facing DUI manslaughter charges plans to plead guilty by reason of insanity. The man's lawyer claims that his client suffered a dissociative episode and blackout on the night that he hit another car head on while drunk, and the DUI accident was caused by the man's untreated post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. Symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, anxiety and dizzy spells. Sometimes a veteran will self-medicate through substance abuse if they do not receive medical help.

Marine's attorney says untreated PTSD, brain injury led to DUI crash: Part 1

A man who is on trial for DUI manslaughter has pled not guilty and his attorney plans to use the insanity defense because he says the accident was a result of his client's untreated brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The accident occurred when the 38-year-old man drove the wrong way down a highway and hit another car head on. The DUI accident killed the 48-year-old driver of the other car and injured his wife who was riding as a passenger.

Bar held liable for DUI crash that killed young Georgia mother

A Douglas County bar and strip club has been held liable for the death of a 22-year-old woman in a drunk driving crash in 2008. The crash was caused by a Mableton man who was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.398, which is five times the legal limit in Georgia of 0.08.

UGA student arrested on charges of DUI after minor accident

A 22-year-old UGA student was arrested on Saturday night after being involved in a minor car accident. When police arrived, he was apologizing to the four women from the Redcoat band involved in the accident and saying it was his fault. The officer noted that he was talkative and had slurred speech and was apologizing repeatedly. These factors made the police officer suspect that he was driving while impaired by alcohol. He also thought that the young man had the smell of alcohol on his breath.

Man sentenced to 25 years in prison for fatal DUI crash

An Atlanta man was sentenced this week to 25 years in prison after being convicted of causing a fatal car accident when he was driving under the influence of alcohol. The DUI crash occurred in 2006 when the man hit a taxi with his car. The car crash killed a passenger in the taxi and critically injured that passenger's boyfriend by blinding him. The driver was also critically injured and left with permanent damage to his brain.

Anniversary of first DUI arrest was Friday

On September 10, 1897, the first person to ever be arrested for driving while intoxicated was taken into custody after crashing into a building with his taxi cab in London. The 25-year-old man, George Smith, was the first person to be charged and later convicted for drunken driving. The man pled guilty. He was fined 25 shillings for the conviction.

T.I. back in prison in Atlanta to finish prison sentence

Last fall, this blog covered the legal troubles of rapper T.I, who is from the Atlanta, Georgia, area. The 30-year-old rapper was convicted of federal weapons charges in 2009, but was allowed to served a fraction of the five-year maximum prison sentence if he paid a fine and did community service while on house arrest. Also a part of the deal was that he had to stay out of trouble through his probation.