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Underage Drunk Driver Accused of Evading Police

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jul 04, 2013 | 0 Comments

A 14-year-old boy is accused of driving under the influence and leading police on a chase near Bellingham before crashing his car, reports KIRO TV. The Washington State Patrol arrested the minor, Darren Olsen Jr., on Wednesday morning after noticing the child weaving and driving well under the s...

Washington's New DUI Laws Take Another Step Forward

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last week, a Senate committee approved Washington's new tougher drunk driving laws. This week, a House committee also approved the new measure, pushing the bill that much closer to becoming law, reports MyNorthwest. The House Public Safety Committee approved a version of the bill that would stre...

Car Passenger Arrested for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

With Memorial Day upon us, it's a good reminder to stay sober if you plan on driving back from that barbecue or night out. This is true even if you plan on driving for only a short period of time. In a strange case out of North Carolina, two young women were driving in a car when the sober drive...

Seattle Seahawks QB Arrested for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | May 21, 2013 | 0 Comments

No, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback arrested was not Russell Wilson. Instead, backup quarterback Josh Portis was arrested for a suspected DUI, reports The Seattle Times. The arrest occurred on May 5 when Portis was clocked going 80 mph in a 60 mph zone while driving his Range Rover. After being...

Silverdale Man Arrested for DUI Twice in 24 Hours

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Silverdale man Edward Yedinak was reportedly arrested for two DUIs in the span of 24 hours, writes the Kitsap Sun. In the first incident on April 5th, police responded to a call of a reckless driver. As deputies responded to the call, the 54-year-old Yedinak nearly ran down an officer before he ...

Lawmakers Consider Sobriety Checkpoints in Washington

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Apr 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

New drunk driving laws are typically prompted by tragedy and that appears to be the case with the recent deaths of two pedestrians who were plowed into by a repeat drunk driver. Mark Mullan was busted for three DUIs in just the past few months. He was required to have an ignition interlock devic...

UW's Austin Seferian-Jenkins Busted for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Mar 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The star tight end for the University of Washington football team was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving in the University District over the weekend. Austin Seferian-Jenkins was allegedly driving a vehicle with several passengers in it when he was pulled over late Saturday night, reports Th...

Backseat Driver in Virginia Arrested for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Feb 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

An actual backseat driver in Virginia has been charged with a DUI. You might be wondering how someone in the back of the car can be charged with driving under the influence. Well, apparently 23-year-old Brandi Snow Williams was able to grab the steering wheel from the back seat of the car she wa...

Ignition Interlock Devices To Be Equipped With Cameras

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Jan 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

You know that old trick where you get someone else to blow into the ignition interlock device so that you can get the engine started? Well, apparently, Washington state lawmakers and the police are aware of this trick too. So beginning January 1, 2013, all new ignition interlock devices will com...

How Many Drinks Can You Have Before Getting Drunk?

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Dec 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

New Year's Eve is only a few days away and you may be getting ready for the revelries. In fact, you may have even checked out one of several online blood alcohol calculators or apps that would supposedly measure how many drinks you can safely have before reaching the legal driving limit of 0.08 ...

Two Off-Duty Seattle Police Officers Arrested for DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Dec 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

Two off-duty Seattle police officers were arrested on suspicion of DUI and may have also been involved in a hit-and-run. The incident happened early Monday morning in the Sodo District. Someone reported a collision and said that a woman was driving a Nissan Altima with significant front-end dama...

Tips to Avoid a Holiday DUI

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Dec 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you were driving over the weekend, you may have noticed a lot more police officers on the roads looking for drunk drivers. This was no coincidence as police departments across Washington state made a concerted effort to step up DUI patrols during the holiday season. On Friday alone, there wer...

Can I Refuse a Breathalyzer in Washington?

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Dec 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you get stopped for suspicion of drunk driving, you may be wondering whether you can refuse to take a Breathalyzer test under Washington law. As with most drunk driving legal questions, the answer is complicated and confusing. Washington has implied consent laws (RCW 46.20.308). These laws b...

15-Year-Old DUI Suspect Leads Police on Chase

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Dec 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

A Washington State Patrol officer travelling on I-405 saw a suspected DUI driver get on the freeway at about 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night. The suspect was driving without any lights on and was driving in an erratic fashion. When the patrol officer tried to get the vehicle to stop, a car chase ens...

Increased Patrols on Superbowl Sunday

Posted by Aaron J. Wolff | Feb 06, 2012 | 0 Comments

It was an exciting game between the Giants and Patriots yesterday in Superbowl 46. Millions of people gathered with friends and family to watch the spectacle on television. Following the game, drivers in the Seattle area faced increased DUI emphasis patrols on the streets and highways. The evening of the Superbowl game has typically led to dozens of arrests for suspicion of a DUI. Between 2009 through 2011, law enforcement made 191 arrests for DUI in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties following the big game. The increased emphasis for last night’s game was a part of Target Zero Team (TZT). With the support of the Washington Traffic Safety Commission, TZT is an ongoing partnership between the Washington State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies to reach the goal of eliminating all fatal and serious injury crashes caused by alcohol and drugs by the year 2030. While we do not have the specific number of arrests made last night following the game, there were significantly increased patrols on the streets and highways surrounding Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond and Kirkland looking for DUI drivers. Anyone who was stopped and arrested for DUI following the Superbowl yesterday needs to take immediate action. It is imperative that they memorialize everything they remember regarding their contact with law enforcement. Furthermore, they should consult with an experienced Washington State DUI attorney to discuss their case and options.

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