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.
Rick Springfield was arrested on Sunday night on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Springfield formerly played Dr. Noah Drake on "General Hospital" and is also the singer of the hit song "Jessie's Girl." Earlier on that same day, Springfield had been promoting his recently released autobiography, "Late, Late at Night" at the Festival of Books in Los Angeles.
A judge has tossed a DUI case against a 59-year-old woman who was being tried for driving under the influence on the basis of one failed field sobriety test -- one not even appropriate for her age. According to WTAE, the judge dropped the case against the woman because he said having failed the one-leg stand field sobriety test was an unreliable indicator that she had been intoxicated when involved in a car accident.
Do the law enforcement members receive special treatment from their coworkers when they themselves break the law? What about their children or relatives? Some Georgia police officers are claiming that this is exactly what happened yesterday in Toccoa, Georgia, where a police chief's daughter failed on on-site breathalyzer exam yet was not charged with a drunk driving.
Former teen heartthrob David Cassidy was arrested for DUI on Wednesday night. According to CNN, Cassidy, 60, has been charged with drunk driving after failing a field sobriety test and registering a blood-alcohol level of .14 on a breathalyzer test; the legal limit is .08. A police officer also found a half-empty bottle of bourbon under a seat of Cassidy's car.
In weird-but-true Halloween news, a nineteen-year-old man dressed in a breathalyzer costume was arrested early Monday morning for drunk driving. According to The Smoking Gun, The man had been out celebrating Halloween and was still wearing his costume when he was pulled over and arrested by Nebraska police.
Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway held a press conference apologizing for the wrongful DUI arrest of County Commission Chairman Charles Bannister a mere three days after saying he stood by his deputy's decision to arrest the 71-year-old.