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Baseball player accused of DUI challenged police

Tennessee baseball fans may be familiar with the performance of former Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth on the field. However, he has run into some legal difficulties after being arrested for drunk driving in April. A video shows Werth refusing a field sobriety test at the time of his arrest. The player, who retired from professional baseball several months after the incident, was in Scottsdale, Arizona, at the time.

Football player accused of drunk driving

Los Angeles Rams fans in Tennessee may have been celebrating their football team's resounding 34-0 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 16. However, a member of the team's practice squad was arrested by police the same evening on suspicion of drunk driving. Aaron Neary, 25, was pulled over by Simi Valley police after they received multiple reports of a driver moving erratically and colliding with stationary objects like a bus stop sign, mailboxes and trash cans.

State wins case involving warrant error

A woman who had been taken into custody in a DUI case in Tennessee had her blood drawn after a judge granted a warrant to do so. However, the defendant in the case had not been given a copy of that warrant. Therefore, a trial court ordered evidence related to the blood draw to be suppressed. This ruling was affirmed by an appeals court before the case went before the Tennessee Supreme Court.

Celebrity rapper accused of drunk driving

People in Tennessee may worry about running into a drunk driver when they get behind the wheel and take to the roads. The face of drunk driving can be prominent and unexpected; for example, the 26-year-old celebrity rapper Mac Miller was arrested in May on drunk driving charges. The performer was arrested for driving under the influence and hit and run after he allegedly ran his Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon into a utility pole in California's San Fernando Valley.

Talk show host to enter DUI diversion program

For fans of his show in Tennessee and across the United States, Steve Wilkos may be best known for his tough-guy approach to criminal justice issues and other conflicts facing his guests on the NBC television program that he hosts. However, Wilkos has opted for a diversionary program that could erase DUI charges from his record after successful completion of an alcohol education course.

Lawmakers mull changes to Tennessee implied consent law

A bill currently being considered by the Tennessee General Assembly would change the state's implied consent law in two significant ways. If House Bill 2450 is passed, drivers who refuse to submit to a breath or blood test would no longer face misdemeanor charges and police officers would be able to draw blood from drunk driving suspects without a warrant in certain situations.

Man charged with DUI after driving the wrong way

A 29-year-old Tennessee man was seen operating his vehicle slowly in the left lane on US Route 11E at about 2:10 a.m. on Feb. 24. Authorities say that the man's vehicle was driving in the left passing lane for about a mile before it crossed the white line. They say that the man then crossed into an oncoming traffic lane and stopped his vehicle.

Elements of felony drunk driving charges

As a general rule, a felony conviction for DUI carries longer jail terms and comes with other enhanced penalties. This is because Tennessee and most other states define a felony as a more serious offense. In New York, there are two levels of felony drunk driving. The type of felony a person receives depends on whether they have had past drunk driving convictions and when they occurred.

Fatal crashes increase on marijuana holiday

Tennessee drivers concerned about traffic safety and marijuana usage may have reason to worry. The American Medical Association's periodical JAMA Internal Medicine recently detailed an epidemiological study that shows a spike in traffic fatalities on April 20, the unofficial holiday upon which marijuana activists promote its usage.

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