Yes, That’s Santa Arresting The Abominable Snowman For DUI In Oregon

arrested for dui in oregon The weather outside is frightful, and so are the conditions on the roads in Oregon state. That’s where, according a news release by St.Helens Police Department, a strange white creature that goes by the name of Abominable T. Snowman was arrested for DUI in Oregon.

It sounds like a tall tale, but it’s not a plot you’ll see in any holiday movie. Abominable T. Snowman was arrested for drunk driving by an honorary police officer named Officer Claus. Apparently Officer Claus is an elusive officer who only appears during the busiest drunk driving season of the year. This year he managed to nab his prime suspect after he made the poor choice to drive while over the legal limit.

He admitted to driving home after a party where he imbibed too many glasses of peppermint schnapps, and Mr.Snowman was “arrested” on charges of DUI in Oregon. He was also charged with reckless driving. When asked what his blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was at the time of arrest, Officer Claus stated that he was .16, double the legal limit.

arrested for DUI in OregonMr.Snowman was fingerprinted and sent to cool his heels in a jail cell, and the last anyone heard of him he was waiting for his court date to appear on DUI charges. Officer Claus made a stern statement in response to the arrest: “Mr. Snowman is very lucky that more serious property damage or injury to a pedestrian or fellow driver did not occur. However, his holiday season will be significantly less cheery this year as he faces potential jail time and fines. We hope that he can be a lesson to anyone that may consider drinking and driving during the holidays.”

Whether you’ve been drinking alcohol, using marijuana, or have ingested some other type of drug, it shouldn’t take the example of a mythical creature like Mr.Snowman to stop you from getting behind the wheel while impaired. That’s why the moral to this story is simple: the best way to stay safe during the most dangerous time of the year is to always drive sober.

Friday Fallout: Mom Shouldn’t Have Driven Drunk With Kids

driving with kidsWhen you’re a parent you know you have eyes watching you all the time, and the choices you make as your kids grow up may be the choices they make when they’re older. Thankfully it appears as though some kids are already equipped to make smarter choices than their parents, because they know that drunk driving with kids in the car is not an option.

Given the PSAs, videos, and in-class education kids receive these days, it’s not surprising that an Oregon 11-year-old called 911 to report that his mom was drunk when she picked him up from his baseball game.

friday-falloutThe family lives in Hillsboro, and the boy called 911 from the back of the car just before nine p.m. after he thought his mother might be drunk. She was driving erratically and he was scared, and he talked to the 911 operator and gave him landmarks so police could find them. Several other concerned drivers spotted her driving all over the road too.

When the mother was pulled over in front of her home shortly after, police asked her to submit to a breathalyzer. That’s when she blew almost twice the legal limit of .08, and she was taken into custody after she was arrested for driving under the influence in Oregon.

Drunk driving with kids in the car is a really bad idea in any state, and some states have felony drunk driving charges designed to penalize people who decide to take any minor under the age of 16 with them when they drive drunk. In this case the mother is facing child endangerment charges, and that could be extra penalties or jail time if she’s convicted.

Although it can seem as there’s no end to the drunk drivers on the roads these days, there is hope that a new generation of drivers will take the danger of mixing alcohol and a car seriously. It’s only when the mindset of people changes that the USA will finally see an end to drunk driving.

 

Here’s Why Some People Don’t Plead Guilty To DUI

not guilty plea for DUI It was surprising when Abby Wambach entered a not guilty plea for DUI in Oregon (driving under the influence). When Portland police stopped her after running a red light, she failed standard sobriety tests, her blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was almost double the legal limit at .13 percent, and she even released a tweet that apologized and took responsibility for her actions.

Why would someone enter not guilty plea for DUI when they were clearly guilty? In the case of a standard DUI where no one is injured or killed, the offender is most likely hoping to reduce the charges or accept a deal from the prosecutor. That deal would let them decrease the standard penalties they would have received if the person would  plead guilty as charged.

A lot of celebrities and sports stars arrested for DUI begin by pleading not guilty, but change their plea after the first court date, and that seems to be the case with Wambach too. She’s since changed her not guilty plea to guilty so she can enroll in Portland’s DUI diversion program available to first-time offenders in the state. She’ll also have to install an ignition interlock in any vehicle she drives and attend drug and alcohol treatment.

Wambach joins other celebrities and sports stars in pleading down a DUI charge. Justin Beiber pleaded not guilty to a suspected DUI charge in Miami, and it was dropped after he pleaded guilty to careless driving and resisting arrest. He received counseling and was required to attend a program that teaches kids about the impact of drunk driving.

Michael Phelps is another sports star arrested for DUI not once but twice, but he made the choice to plead guilty. A 2009 DUI charge ended with him receiving probation, and although his second offense in 2014 should have netted him jail time, he decided to plead guilty and was let off with probation.

Entering a not guilty plea for DUI doesn’t mean the person is not guilty; it can mean anything from taking advice from an attorney to seeking a more lenient set of penalties than those set out by the state. Your best option when deciding is to seek out your own legal advice from a lawyer who knows DUI.

At the end of the day, what matters when the sentence is passed is that the person who drove drunk doesn’t do it again. Let’s hope these celebrities stick to sober driving.

Why did Abby Wambach Plead Not Guilty To Drunk Driving In Portland?

wambach arrested for drunk driving in PortlandOregon has been in the spotlight this past week, and not in a good way. World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach drew attention to the state when she was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Portland.

After Wambach, the leading career scorer in international soccer, retired from the game recently and had been living in Portland. When she ran a red light near the downtown district, police noticed and pulled her over. She was asked to take a field sobriety tests which she failed, and she also failed her breath test. Wambach was booked into county jail on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) and released the following morning.

Shortly after her release, she posted a note on her Facebook page apologizing for her behavior and saying it was a mistake that will never be repeated. That’s why it’s so surprising she submitted a not guilty plea through her attorney.

drunk driving in portlandWambach was not required to be at her arraignment for DUII, and with her next court date of April 26th, there’s a lot of time for others to speculate on her reasoning and comment on her arrest. One of her sponsors, citing brand values, has even decided to withdraw ads with her in them.

With a not guilty plea, Wambach may have a trail in her future. If she’s found guilty of drunk driving in Portland, she’ll be convicted of a misdemeanor and subject to Oregon’s penalties for a first offender. Oregon is an all offender ignition interlock state, so in addition to up to one year of jail time, up to $2,000 in fines, and one year driver’s license suspension, Wambach will also be required to drive with an ignition interlock when she receives her driver’s license back.

It’s always surprising to fans when sports stars are arrested for drunk driving, but it might be even more surprising to the sports star that they’re held to the same standard and subject to the same fines and penalties as anyone else.

 

Life After DUII In Oregon

life-after-duii-oregonOregon is a great place to live, but receiving a driving while under the influence of intoxicant (DUII) conviction has the potential to change your life, and it definitely wouldn’t be for the better.

Let’s start with what will happen if the police stop you and you turn down a breathalyzer. In Oregon, that’s a big mistake, because the state has an implied consent law. Implied consent means that if the police suspect you of drinking and driving and you turn down a breathalyzer, you will immediately lose your driver’s license for 1 year. If you choose to decline a breathalyzer test more than once, you can lose your driver’s license for up to 3 years.

Life after a first DUII offense in Oregon

Rolling green hills, bustling cities, and the ocean just hours away—if you decide to drink and drive and you’re charged with a DUII in Oregon for the first time, you can say goodbye to the scenery for awhile because you may be going to jail. First offenders in Oregon will spend anywhere from 48 hours up to one year in jail. If you don’t receive jail time, you’ll be putting in up to 80 hours of community service.

But the ordeal isn’t over just because you completed your jail time. That DUII will also empty your bank account, because a fine for a first offender in Oregon will run you approximately $1,000. In addition to those fines, you’ll have to pay for an ignition interlock device after your 90-day driver’s license suspension, and you’ll have that monthly cost to cover for an entire year.

And last but not least, to make sure you don’t make the choice to drink and drive again, you’ll be required to attend a Victim Impact Panel called ‘Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.’

There is good news though—you may qualify for Oregon’s DUII diversion program. If you do, you won’t have your first DUII register on your permanent record. If you qualify, you’ll have to pay extra fines, install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle, and commit to not drinking alcohol for the entire year of your program.

Once you see what life is like after a DUII in Oregon, you’ll agree that it’s not even tempting to put the keys in the ignition after drinking.

Ignition Interlock And DUII Laws In Oregon

ignition interlock systemOregon has their own classification for driving under the influence (DUI) – driving while under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), and this broad category covers everything from liquor to a substance like marijuana. If you’re convicted of DUII in Oregon, you’ll receive penalties like a driver’s license suspension, fines, jail time, and the possibility of an ignition interlock system.

Like many states, Oregon has an implied consent law. That means by the very act of driving a vehicle in the state, you’re required to submit to a breath, blood, or urine test if a police officer asks you to take one. If you refuse to take a test, you’ll lose your driver’s license for 1 year to 3 years depending on if you have a previous DUII offense on record.

For a first time DUII offender in Oregon, the penalties are as follows:

  • Loss of license for a period of 90 days up to 1 year if you have a previous DUII on record
  • Jail time of 48 hours to one year in jail or 80 hours of community service
  • Fines payable up to $1,000 to $10,000
  • You’ll be required to install an ignition interlock system for 1 year after your driver’s license suspension. For subsequent DUII offenses, you’ll be required to install an ignition interlock system for 2 years after your initial suspension.
  • Attendance at a Victim Impact Panel called ‘Trauma Nurses Talk Tough

Oregon also has a DUII diversion program, and if you complete the program you will not have a DUII conviction on your record. You’ll have to qualify for the program as well as pay the fees including $490 for the program plus $150 for alcohol screening. You’ll also have to install an ignition interlock system in your vehicle and not drink alcohol for the duration of the 1-year program.

Receiving a DUII in Oregon is no laughing matter, and all it can take is one or two drinks before you’re over the legal limit. For more information on Oregon state DUII laws, visit the Guardian Interlock Oregon page.

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