On Sept. 18, a 51-year-old California man pleaded not guilty to charges he was drunk when he attempted to flee a police DUI checkpoint in July. The incident occurred in Desert Hot Springs.
On Aug. 15, the Walnut Creek Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2 a.m. During that time, they made contact with 1,060 drivers and asked six to pull over for further examination. Of those who were asked to pull over, two drivers were taken into custody for driving under the influence.
Prosecutors in California entered into a plea agreement with the UFC fighter Nick Diaz in July 2015 in connection with a number of criminal charges including two counts of driving under the influence. The former welterweight title contender had been facing significant jail time, but a deal struck by his attorneys will see him spend just one day behind bars. Diaz was charged with DUI in 2013 and 2014.
When an individual is charged with drunk driving, it does not mean that the person is guilty of a crime. There may be a variety of defenses to the charge that the defendant and counsel can employ. For instance, it may be possible to show that an individual drove while intoxicated to prevent a greater harm from being committed.
California residents may have heard that that the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard was taken into police custody on May 25 after he was accused of driving under the influence of alcohol in New Mexico. Security at a downtown Santa Fe restaurant reportedly notified the authorities after they spotted the playwright attempting to drive while possibly intoxicated.