BJ Pasquel resigned recently as head football coach for Coronado High School in Scottsdale for "personal and family reasons," says a February 5th Arizona Republic article. New Times has learned that the resignation came just before Pasquel settled an extreme DUI conviction with the city of Scottsda ... More >>
A DUI can happen to anyone who drinks and has a driver's license. And it's happened to a lot of us fellow Arizonans: 656 last Labor Day alone. That doesn't stop us from digging stories about politicians, celebrities, pro athletes or other notables who found themselves wasted and in handcuffs on the ... More >>
In case you missed any news action this week, we've got you covered.Here's our recap of the most-read news stories of the week:
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's not even the election year yet, but the campaign of former Go Daddy lawyer and GOP candidate for governor Christine Jones is not going well.Yesterday, our colleague Ray Stern reported Jones' 2004 DUI conviction, although history (Governor Glug-Glug) shows that's not the end of the world.
Over Labor Day weekend, 656 Arizonans celebrated with a good ol' fashioned DUI arrest.Of those arrests, 126 were for driving of the influence of drugs, which is the highest in recent history.
The weekend before classes started at Arizona State University, a task-force focused on alcohol-related crimes in Tempe arrested 371 people in just three days.In the first weekend after classes started, the same task-force went out and nabbed 486 people in a three-day stretch, which seems to mean th ... More >>
A Black man has filed a lawsuit against the City of Surprise, alleging that being cited for DUI with zero alcohol in his system was more like being cited for DWB -- Driving While Black.Surprise Police Chief Michael Frazier has since issued a statement saying he couldn't go into specifics about the c ... More >>
Pot by itself was not much of a factor in injury and fatal crashes probed last year by the Arizona Department of Public Safety. Fewer than 1 percent of suspected impaired drivers involved in such crashes tested positive for nothing but marijuana. New Times' findings, based on a records request sat ... 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 >>
The high blood-alcohol content found in Cochise County Sheriff Larry Dever's body after his fatal crash last month suggests the sheriff had a strong tolerance for booze, experts say. In other words, Dever -- known by many as a Mormon who didn't drink -- may have been a problem drinker. If so, did hi ... 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 >>
Judd Herberger, son of the late Valley philanthropists, was sentenced today to four months in state prison for a felony DUI he received last year in Scottsdale. The 70-year-old businessman had been driving drunk despite the fact that his driver's license had been revoked after his extreme DUI co ... More >>
Judd Herberger, the son of late Valley philanthropists Kax and Robert Herberger, will be sentenced tomorrow on a felony DUI charge.Court records don't show how much time he'll get, but Herberger, 70, was booked into jail after he pleaded guilty on February 23 to aggravated DUI, a class 4 felony. ... More >>
Cops found James Polinori pissing on himself during a DUI stop over the weekend. When you gotta go, you gotta go -- even if you're getting stopped for a DUI.When police found 36-year-old James Polinori stopped on the side of the road Saturday night, he was pissing all over himself -- and his .254 ... More >>
MCSOJeffrey Hendershott, son of ousted former MCSO Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, stopped for DUI...again.As you may have heard, the son of Dave Hendershott, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's shamed former chief deputy, was stopped over the weekend for his second (alleged) DUI in two weeks.T ... More >>
MCSOJeffrey Hendershott, son of ousted former MCSO Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, stopped for DUI...again.Phoenix police confirm to New Times that for the second time in two weeks, Jeffrey Hendershott, the son of ousted former MCSO Chief Deputy Dave Hendershott, was arrested for DUI.The kicker: t ... More >>
Scottsdale Police Department Mark GraceBombing around Scottsdale boozed up on "two glasses" of scotch, former Arizona Diamondbacks ballplayer Mark Grace was busted by Scottsdale Police with a BAC of .128, according to court documents obtained by New Times. The famed former ballplayer, who ... More >>
Image: Mesa policePolice say Michael Abbott, 19, crashed his Mazda into an GMC Yukon, sending the SUV careening into a home. When the tremendous sound and rumble shook the Mesa house at 3:30 a.m., 19-year-old Sepi Tengei's first thought upon awakening was "earthquake."She and other family mem ... More >>
scottsdalearizonanews.comProfessional athletes beware. Scottsdale doesn't mess around when it comes to DUIs.With news of former Diamondbacks first baseman Mark Grace getting arrested for DUI in Scottsdale making headlines yesterday, he now joins the ranks of several prominent sports stars who get ... More >>
www.icanhazcheezburger.comThe nice part about "holidays" like St. Patrick's Day, New Year's Eve, and Cinco De Mayo is that police literally tell you they are going out of their way to arrest drunk drivers. They tell you when, for the most part where, and advise that to avoid getting a DUI people ... More >>
Robert SotoA story about a Mesa man getting a DUI Monday night probably wouldn't be news worthy... unless at the time he had three kids in the trunk of his car, which he did.Robert Soto, 23, was stopped by police Monday night after a police helicopter responding to a road rage incident spotted hi ... More >>
L. Paul Larkin, Pinal County Assessor Lewis Paul Larkin, the elected county assessor from Pinal County, was arrested on suspicion of DUI last night following a citizen's complaint to a county Web site. Here's what the complaint said: The Pinal County Assessor frequents the Kokopelli Mo ... More >>
Christopher McCollumTrying to steal a stop sign is a good way to find yourself in a world of somewhat-serious legal shit, but a Prescott man didn't stop there. While trying to steal a stop sign, 19-year-old Christopher McCollom managed to hit the trifecta in terms of criminal stupidity.Ya see, no ... 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 >>
If you needed a reminder not to drink and drive this holiday weekend ...A 40-year-old woman from Sells, Arizona is facing negligent homicide, criminal damage and driving under the influence charges in connection with the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Cops said that based on field sobriety ... More >>
www.coventry.comThe Arizona Supreme Court ruled this morning that in order for police to collect blood from a person suspected of DUI the suspect either has to give specific consent or police need to get a warrant.In other words, if you get stopped driving drunk and cops take your blood without p ... More >>
An ASU student lost a leg in the recent Haiti earthquake. Graduate student Christa Brelsford was volunteering to teach literacy in Haiti when the quake hit. She is currently recovering at the University of Miami Jackson Memorial Hospital and says she's thankful to be alive...Higley Unified School ... 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.
Colleen Clark, the boozing president of the Maricopa Community College Governing Board, will serve 30 days in jail for her "super-extreme" DUI conviction. The Arizona Republic reported Clark's sentence a few minutes ago, but we were disappointed to see which photograph the newspaper chose to acco ... More >>
Colleen Clark, a conservative Christian activist and governing board president for the Maricopa Community College District, revealed at a recent board meeting she'd gotten a DUI in July. This should disabuse anyone of the notion that just because you say you love Jesus and camp ... More >>
Police say Joseph Cummings was arrested twice yesterday for DUI. Well. lesson learned we guess...twice.While we would never encourage driving drunk, sometimes even smart people "slip up." However, to "slip up" twice in the same day would take a complete and udder nitwit.Guess what; we got one.A t ... More >>
52 people will become new U.S. citizens today in a naturalization ceremony in Phoenix. The soon-to-be citizens range in age from 20 to 75, and come from countries including Lebanon, the Philipines, and Mexico. As part of the ceremony, which takes place this afternoon at Burton Barr Central Lib ... More >>
An Arizona court of appeals has upheld the conviction of Roman Catholic priest Paul LeBrun, who was found guilty of sex crimes while working parishes in Tolleson and Avondale. The judge in the original 2006 trial, Crane McLennen, gave LeBrun the max sentence: 111 years...US Airways will eliminate 60 ... More >>
NME: Kelis and Nas' divorce details released Pitchfork: Dead Body Found at Bonnaroo Waved Rumor: The Horrors coming to Tempe! Spin: New Air Album Due in October Rolling Stone: Former Warrant Singer Jani Lane Arrested For DUI in Los Angeles Idolator: Millionaires Never Forget To Floss, For Bett ... More >>
Congressman Luis Gutierrez pointed out that Irish and Italians were labeled as bringing crime to this country, just as Mexicans are now. Avondale, Arizona, resident Julio Mora was the first witness for the House Judiciary Committee after it came back from it's break for voting. Mora is a ... More >>
Andy Hartmark Bryant WilkersonFor three weeks, jurors heard testimony in State v. Bryant Wilkerson, as the Maricopa County Attorney's Office attempted to a convince them that a 28-year-old Fountain Hills man was guilty of manslaughter, aggravated assault, and multiple c ... More >>
Charles Barkley's mugshot met the definition of "shitfaced," and so did his blood alcohol level on the night he got caught for driving drunk in Scottsdale. The former Suns b-ball player's blood registered .149 on the alcohol dial, say reports, just barely missing the state's .1 ... More >>
"I can tell you with absolute certainty that every breath test result on an Intoxilyzer 8000 is inaccurate," Nesci says.
The vexed vulture swoops down on mean ol' Sheriff Joe, then sides with a nativist (for a change) against the mothers of MADD
The brazen buzzard outs anti-Semites at the Chandler 9/11 conference, and sheds a tear for the Tribune's Slim Shady and a few more for the near-deceased Chez Nous
The Phoenix Suns superstar has more to worry about than his ailing knees
Letters from the week of September 30, 2004
"I think I hit a very empathetic chord with the people of Arizona."
Longtime barkeep remembers when drinking was dignified
DEAD is what Angela Maher is -- struck down in her prime by accused drunken driver Gloria Schulze. GONE is what Gloria Schulze is-- allowed to escape by a judicial system that might as well have booked her flight.
THIS LAWYER'S TAKEN ON ALL THE POWERS THAT BE. NOW HE'S ABOUT TO LOSE HIS LICENSE.