A police officer in Chandler who specialized in DUI enforcement was killed early this morning after being rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver. Officer David Payne, a seven-year veteran of the department, was stopped at a red light on his patrol motorcycle around 12:40 a.m. today when he was rear- ... More >>
The Arizona Department of Public Safety is warning of "stepped-up DUI enforcement" around the Phoenix metro area on Super Bowl Sunday."The Super Bowl DUI Saturation Operation will be highly visible and staffed by additional DPS Highway Patrol Officers along with those Officers who are normally sched ... More >>
Christine Jones' DUI story just doesn't add up. Jones, the former Go Daddy general counsel now running as a Republican candidate for Arizona governor, said during an April 2004 stop she'd just had one drink nearly five hours earlier. Yet two breathalyzer tests showed her BAC at .102 and .103.
It appears that there has been no shortage of alcohol-related high jinks in Tempe in advance of the new semester.Classes start today, and the Tempe Police Department has been running a "Safe and Sober" campaign, with an emphasis on alcohol-related crimes. The result: 371 arrests in three days.
A woman who was arrested in Gilbert informed a police officer that she was "glad" the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots died in the Yarnell Hill Fire last month, because they were white.According to court documents obtained by New Times, the woman, 58-year-old Merry Finley, also said that she is "happy w ... More >>
A DUI suspect who passed out in the middle of a Phoenix street while behind the wheel of his SUV was apparently sleeping for so long that he ran out of gas.Jason Taylor, 22, was found shortly after 5 a.m. by a newspaper deliveryman. Taylor was slumped over the steering wheel of his Jeep Compass on a ... More >>
A 20-year-old Arizona State University student in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was dumped at a hospital by his "friends" after a tequila-drinking contest, which nearly killed the student, who had a .47 blood-alcohol level.Tempe Police Sergeant Michael Pooley tells New Times that the student, w ... More >>
A former Phoenix firefighter who was driving drunk when he hit a teenager and drove away in 2011 will spend a little time in jail.Mark Nehrenz was sentenced to 45 days in jail and three years on probation for the incident, which left the teenager with a broken hip.See also:-Phoenix Firefighter Mark ... More >>
For the millions of people who now use marijuana legally under their states' laws, driving in Arizona is a technically a crime. Motorists with pot metabolites in their bloodstreams who want to avoid a marijuana DUI -- which comes with nasty fines and a one-year suspension of driving privileges, in ... More >>
If you're looking for evidence that some city slickers have made their way into the state Legislature, look no further than House Bill 2631.The bill, sponsored almost entirely by Democrats, would make it a felony to negligently shoot a gun with a blood-alcohol level of drunk-driving caliber -- .08.
Pictures from Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's fatal September 18 crash and published by a southern Arizona news site show open containers of liquor -- and Dever's lifeless body. Click here to see the report by the Cochise County Record. David Morgan, a semi-retired news blogger and political ... More >>
Catalina Clouser put her 2-month-old baby in a car seat after smoking some weed with her boyfriend at a Phoenix park Friday night.The minor detail she missed was that the 19-year-old left her kid on the roof of the car and drove away, and realized this mistake about 12 miles down the road, police sa ... More >>
Turns out, the baby belonging to 19-year-old Catalina Clouser was allegedly put into harm's way by two acts of moronic driving Friday night.As we told you this morning, Phoenix police say Clouser put her kid in a car seat late that night, but forgot to put the baby/car seat into the vehicle, and dro ... More >>
Tori Vance, who was crowned Miss Arizona Teen USA in 2010, was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Los Angeles last weekend. Media reports state that Vance, who's from Ahwatukee, made an illegal U-turn in Hollywood on Saturday night and was pulled over. Her blood-alcohol level tested at higher than .08, ... More >>
Image: Maricopa County Sheriff's OfficeJames Morang, 32, caused the deaths of three people on the Loop 101 early Saturday after he drunkenly rear-ended an SUV while speeding, cops say. A suspected drunk driver speeding north on the Loop 101 slammed his Hyundai into the back of an SUV early Saturd ... More >>
Kiowa Gordon, 21, was NOT arrested on suspicion of DUI on Monday, police say. But Gordon was arrested for two outstanding warrants.Police put out an all-points correction this morning on incorrect news reports that Kiowa Gordon of Twilight series fame was arrested for suspicion of DUI.He wasn't e ... More >>
The 1980's dreamboats that all the girls loved, Rick Springfield, has been arrested for a reported DUI in Malibu, according to Spinner.Springfield was pulled over for speeding on the Pacific Coast Highway Sunday night. Drunk driving was the cause for his fast and furious actions. He was driving w ... More >>
MCSO Not loving it. Zulema Espinoza terrorized her three children, her husband, and a fellow motorist while out drinking and driving Saturday night. According to court documents obtained by New Times, Espinoza, 30, was driving drunk near 33rd Avenue and Thomas Road about 9 p.m. when she si ... More >>
www.icanhazcheezberger.comSpring has sprung, which means one thing for high school seniors and tuxedo-rental stores: prom season.No prom is complete without the risk of a potential unplanned pregnancy coming nine months after the big night, and nothing helps an able-bodied teen get laid qui ... More >>
Photo by Matthew HendleyIn a DUI even Governor Jan Brewer probably couldn't get away with, police say an allegedly drunk 56-year-old man crashed his truck straight into Phoenix police headquarters early Thursday. Phoenix police Sergeant Tommy Thompson tells New Times the man was driving his 2003 ... More >>
In the 24-hour news cycle, it can be difficult to keep up. We have the solution. Check back on Valley Fever every evening for highlights from each of New Times' blogs. Today's entries:
If there was a contest for drunkest driver, a Prescott man would be in contention to take the gold.According to Prescott police, 41-year-old Lloyd Kennie was found passed out in his running car at a school bus stop Thursday afternoon. His blood alcohol content was bordering on the ridiculous.
Be careful on the roads this holiday season, Arizona motorists. Aside from the terror of knowing Governor Jan Brewer might be driving home from a Christmas party, there's also the increased risk of getting stopped for a DUI (unless of course you're Jan Brewer, in which case you're apparently ... More >>
Zachary Snow A Glendale man was taken into custody yesterday after running two red lights and crashing into three cars. When asked about the wreck, the man told police "Spice" is to blame.As you may know, "Spice" is a brand of synthetic marijuana, and after (ahem) extensive research, was de ... More >>
Glug, glug, Jan.A week before the November election, the Arizona Republic was given by Terry Goddard's campaign seems to have stumbled upon Department of Public Safety records detailing a 1988 car wreck, where Governor Jan Brewer rear-ended a mini-van after throwin' back at least two scotches.The ... More >>
New TimesRob and Sue KrentzOur hearts, once again, go out to Sue Krentz, the widow of murdered rancher Robert Krentz.Krentz was hit by an alleged drunk driver as she and a friend were walking outside of their church on Saturday night.Police in Douglas say Krentz and a friend, Shirley Gregory, wer ... More >>
MCSOSergio VazquezDUIs happen everyday, usually without any of the newsworthy flare needed to make headlines. A Phoenix man apparently decided to go big or go home because in the course of his alleged DUI he managed to break just about every drinking-related law on the books.According to court re ... More >>
More details have emerged over the weekend regarding the fatal car crash that killed local hip-hop artist Abay Lattin (a.k.a. Carnegie) of Silver Medallion early Saturday morning. Tempe Police Department spokesperson Molly Enright stated that alcohol was likely involved in the crash and that the ... More >>
There's no disputing that driving drunk is stupid. You could kill someone, hurt someone, or, at the very least, get stopped by a cop, pay a hefty fine, and possibly spend some time in the tents at Joe Arpaio's jails. Nobody wants that.You could also get away scot-free, which is often the thinking ... More >>
In the spirit of giving this holiday season, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is conducting the Holiday DUI Task Force all across the state and this week's big winner when it comes to "giving" DUI citations is the Phoenix Police Department.The Task Force, which is statewide, will be in eff ... More >>
www.ks-net.comA 19-year-old Tucson man awaiting sentencing for a fatal crash got busted driving under the influence -- again. After being convicted on October 30 of driving with an illegal drug in his system and leaving the scene after causing a fatal crash, Pima County Superior ... More >>
www.theblueline.comThe Mesa Police Department announced Wednesday that the city has seen the greatest reduction in crime since 1963. According to police, among other declines, there has been a 39 percent drop in auto theft and 31 percent decrease in homicides.
Some of the Phoenix firefighters who were in New York City after September 11, 2001 recounted their experiences to KTAR.com, including current fire chief Bob Khan, who says of being at Ground Zero, "To this day, it was a surreal experience"...Colleen Clark, the President of the ... More >>
www.thereheis.comPolice say that on Sunday night, a couple witnessed a man struggling to get into his car outside of a restaurant near Tucson.When the man finally staggered his way into the driver's seat, and drove off erratically, police say the couple called police.Little did the couple know th ... More >>
www.thesharkguys.comWe would never recommend driving drunk, but this weekend, we really don't recommend it.Starting Friday, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety is beginning the national 2009 Labor Day holiday drunk-driving law enforcement campaign: "Over the Limit. Under Arr ... More >>
Arizona's three state universities will receive a boost next week, as the federal government begins dishing out $154 million in stimulus funds. The universities permanently reduced their budgets by 20 percent this year, but university officials say the funds will still help save hundreds of jobs. ... More >>
Image: www.fatalvision.comDUI goggles like these supposedly simulate how drunk people see We've heard of night putting with the daughter of the dean, but "DUI goggle putting" is a new one. Seems like cops really know how to have a good time when not in uniform.The gimmicky golf hole is actually "eve ... More >>
The only thing more dangerous than a drunk driver is a drunk driver behind the wheel of a massive dump truck.But that's who's responsible for a chain-reaction collision on the westbound off-ramp of the Loop 202 at Country Club Drive in Mesa today, says the Arizona Department of Public Safety.Michael ... More >>
Joey Kamka Drummer Joey Kamka from local metal purveyors Autumn's End was hit on his motorcycle on Saturday, January 27 by a drunk driver, according to reports I'm getting. This is what the band is reporting: On January 27, 2007 at 3:00am Autumn's End's drummer, Joe Kamka was hit by a drunk driver ... More >>
Letters from the week of September 30, 2004
Rodeo makes for a gay old time at Rawhide
A new suds squad seeks to build a roster in Phoenix
Covering the tracks of Truckers on Speed's raucous new CD
Longtime barkeep remembers when drinking was dignified
Senator John McCain may have turned his back on tobacco, but alcohol still gets a free ride
THIS LAWYER'S TAKEN ON ALL THE POWERS THAT BE. NOW HE'S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS LICENSE.