73-Year-Old Now Headed to Colorado DUI Class?

As a counselor for both in-class and online DUI classes I have heard thousands of excuses for why people chose to drink and drive. As a recovering alcoholic myself I have used hundreds, including the same one by the 73-year-old lady that is the subject of this blog entry.

That say you get wiser with age. That is not the case for a 73-year-old Boulder (Colorado) woman who was arrested on DUI and vehicular assault charges after she clipped a food truck with her SUV, drove into a University of Colorado student eating lunch and then struck the church where she had planned to attend an Alcoholic Anonymous meeting.

It is interesting to note that on a couple of occasions I used that excuse to try and get out of a speeding ticket. One time there were three of us in the back seat drinking (our driver was sober – we were responsible after all) and he told the officer who pulled him over speeding that we were late for our AA meeting. Surprisingly, the excuse worked.

Not so for Boulderite Brenda Geers who was driving her 1998 Toyota 4Runner when she clipped the Cheese Louise food truck parked in the lot before barreling into a table where the victim –18-year-old CU freshman Eric Anderson — was eating lunch. The SUV then ran into the church’s covered entryway. Anderson was transported to Boulder Community Hospital with a punctured lung and numerous broken ribs.

She told officers she was on her way to St. Aiden’s to attend an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. How shameful is that? Maybe she should have been to Colorado DUI Classes also?

I hope she takes a good alcohol class and continues to attend AA meetings. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I hope that is not the case for Geers.

Pittsburgh Steelers Linebacker Needs an DUI Class

The National Football League is a tough business. There was no pun intended. Rookies have a lot of stress and pressure to perform. Using drugs and alcohol is not the solution.

If one Pittsburgh Steelers rookie continues his actions, he will drink his career away. As reported in www.post-gazette.com.

For the second time in his life, Steelers rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu is facing charges of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol. The young player has made his situation worse and is facing multiple felony and misdemeanor counts after a police chase.

Ta'amu was a fourth-round draft choice from Washington.

He faces felony counts of fleeing police and aggravated assault while driving drunk; and three counts of aggravated assault for nearly running down police officers with his vehicle. He also is charged with 10 misdemeanors, including resisting arrest and attempting escape. During the chase his 2006 Lincoln Navigator collided with and severely damaged a number of other vehicles. What the heck was he thinking?

Ta'amu’s first DUI came from an incident in December, 2009, when Ta'amu was playing for the University of Washington.

It would be nice to see one of the veteran players, like his idol Dan Hampton, take him under their wing and make sure he gets help for what is obviously a drinking problem. He needs to take an alcohol class and get professional counseling as well. The NFL Players Association provides a program called "Safe Rides" in which players can call for a ride home if they feel as though they are unable to drive.

Jennie Garth Knows Amanda Bynes Needs an Alcohol Awareness Class

Celebrities’ issues with alcohol and drugs are well-documented. Amanda Bynes’ meltdowns have also been well-documented. From a driving under the influence (DUI) violation to stumbling out of bars, Bynes appears to be crying out for help.

Despite her cries, and the willingness of friends and family, she seems to be treading into deeper and deeper water and not accepting life preservers. One of those reaching out to her is fellow celebrity Jennie Garth (you might remember her from her stint in Beverly Hills, 90210) As reported in www.huffingtonpost.com.

Garth revealed that she has attempted to reach out to her former "What I Like About You" co-star in the wake of the young actress's meltdown, but to no avail. It appears Bynes won’t return calls, texts or emails.

Garth and Bynes co-starred on the WB series "What I Like About You" from 2002 to 2006. Garth played Val Tyler, the older sister of Bynes' Holly Tyler.

The troubled 26-year-old actress has reportedly ostracized not only Garth, but also many other people who were once close to her, including her parents.

It is not uncommon for celebrities to reach out to one another when they are going through a difficult period like substance abuse issues.

Rapper Eminem contacted Elton John when he was struggling with substance abuse. Other celebrities who have reached out to one another include: Mel Gibson allegedly helped Britney Spears after her breakdown. Lindsay Lohan admitted that Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels helped her overcome an eating disorder while on the set of "Mean Girls."

Hopefully someone will be able to get through to her before she becomes another Hollywood tragedy. An alcohol class, perhaps a drug class, and maybe even an intervention might be in order.

Fermented Tea Could Spike Debate for MIP Class in Elementary Schools

I’m not sure who needs the alcohol class here. Is it the parents who packed their young one’s lunch with fermented tea? Is it the youth who drank the tea? Or is it school administrators who are making a big deal about? I will ask you to judge for yourself.

The incident occurred in Orange County, California. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District has a hard-line policy against alcohol It will now re-examine that policy after an 11-year-old student brought to school a bottle of kombucha tea containing a tiny amount of alcohol. As reported in www.ocregister.com.

The boy, a seventh-grader, originally got in hot water for having a glass bottle in his lunchbox, then his situation got worse when school officials noticed that the label on the bottle of fermented tea said it contained less than 0.5 percent alcohol by volume. District policy states that anyone who possesses products with even trace amounts of alcohol could be subject to discipline.

The boy was told that the consequences of possessing alcohol could include a referral to a program to treat youth substance abuse. The vice principal initially recommended a five-day suspension, but officials later decided against any such punishment.

What do you think of this? Much ado about nothing, right?

Take an 12 Hour Alcohol Awareness Class before Drinking Hand Sanitizer

Hand sanitizer is great for killing germs externally on the dermal regions of the body. It can kill a person if ingested. That is what one woman almost found out first hand.

First off, I have to ask this question – why on God’s green Earth would someone willingly ingest hand sanitizer? It’s not as if alcohol is not readily available. As reported in www.complex.com.

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I thought I had heard all the stories of ways people had gotten drunk, and I had heard of a few people trying it when nothing else, like cough syrup, was available, but never to the extent that this 36-year-old woman did.

Jennifer Wilcox was charged with driving under the influence—happens all the time, right? As usual, police noted the heavy smell of alcohol on Wilcox's breath as they questioned her, but she denied having anything to drink. After miserably failing a breathalyzer test by blowing a .17, she admitted that she was drunk—on hand sanitizer.

Just how much hand sanitizer do you have to drink to blow a .17?

Wilcox admitted drinking half a bottle of hand sanitizer. Again why drink hand sanitizer? She claims she did it simply because it was there.

Let's be specific, though—she drank half of a big bottle of hand sanitizer. ER doctors say that's equal to 32 shots of vodka, which would damage even the most seasoned drunk.

Holy cow! Wilcox is so lucky she did not die. I hope she takes a 12 hour alcohol awareness class and seeks counseling for a serious drinking problem.

Archbishop Heading to an Alcohol Awareness Class?

Being an Archbishop in the Catholic Church is a serious job. Indiscretions are no laughing matter. Yet the recently appointed Archbishop in San Francisco is joking about a recent arrest for driving under the influence (DUI).

I am sure his superiors find neither his DUI behavior nor his light-hearted humor very funny. As reported in www.boston.com.

San Francisco’s new Roman Catholic archbishop, Salvatore Joseph Cordileone, made self-deprecating jokes about his recent drunken-driving arrest in san Diego (California) during his formal installation ceremony, which came just days after he pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

That does not seem like the time or the place to make jokes about DUI behavior!

But Archbishop, a strong supporter of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, did not refer to the distress his appointment has aroused in this gay-friendly city and mentioned marriage only obliquely Thursday.

It was the first Dui offense for the 56-year-old priest, the second-youngest U.S. archbishop.

Cordileone was arrested after he was stopped at a police checkpoint near San Diego State University. Adding to his embarrassment and humiliation, his mother and a visiting priest from Germany were with him in the car he was driving.

I would like to hear an apology for driving under the influence as well as for his remarks brushing off the incident. I also would like to see him enrolled in an alcohol class. For his sake, as well as those of Catholics around the globe, I hope there is no repeat performance.

TCU Quarterback Needs to Enroll in an 8-Hour DUI Class

He is already taking a full load of courses at Texas Christian University. Now Casey Pachal, the former stand-out quarterback for the Horned Frogs needed to add one more – an 8-hour alcohol class.

TCU quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended indefinitely, hours after he was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated – his second brush with trouble this year and one that clouds the 15th-ranked Horned Frogs’ push for a Big 12 title. As reported in atlantablackstar.com.

Coach Gary Patterson announced the suspension, saying his quarterback ”obviously needs help.”

The 21-year-old Pachall was arrested just after midnight when he was pulled over after running a stop sign near TCU’s Fort Worth campus, police Sgt. Pedro Criado said. Pachall’s blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08 percent, Criado said, declining to provide specifics.

A two-year starter for the Horned Frogs (4-0, 1-0 Big 12), Pachall was released on $1,000 bond from a jail in nearby Mansfield, said jail Officer Nathan Van Ryan. There was no information on an attorney for Pachall.

Pachall’s arrest came eight months after he admitted to police that he smoked marijuana and failed a drug test just two weeks before his roommate was arrested in a drug sting operation.

News of the arrest came as TCU coaches were finishing up the game plan for the Big 12 home opener Saturday against Iowa State (3-1, 0-1).

”I’ve got a young football team and a person who obviously needs help,” Patterson told The Associated Press. ”Until I can come up with some answers, it’s not about one season, it’s about a lot of seasons.”

Pachall has 948 passing yards and 10 touchdowns with one interception, and he’s fourth in the Big 12 and fifth nationally in passing efficiency.

After replacing Andy Dalton, the winningest quarterback in TCU history, Pachall set TCU single-season records last season with 2,921 yards passing and 228 completions. He threw 25 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Redshirt freshman Trevone Boykin is the likely starter at quarterback Saturday. Boykin has played in three games this season, completing nine of 10 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. He has 12 rushes for 122 yards.

Before Pachall’s arrest, there was anticipation that Boykin could see action at tailback against Iowa State since Matthew Tucker is dealing with an ankle injury. The Frogs had already lost leading rusher Waymon James to a season-ending left knee injury sustained at Kansas three weeks ago.

”This is not about this season,” Patterson said. ”This about a young man’s life, about a whole bunch of kids.”

Could Trick or Treater Have Been Saved by Alcohol Class?

As a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes at onlinealcoholclass.com I know first-hand the value alcohol education classes have on preventing driving under the influence (DUI) violations.

As a kid I knew my mother always worried I would get hit by a car while trick or treating on Halloween. As a parent I share this fear. Tragically, that is exactly what happened. As reported in lasvegas.cbslocal.com.

This incident happened back in 2011 when Justin Caramanica struck and killed a 12-year-old girl on Halloween night while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. For his crime he received the maximum sentence – 20 years behind bars.

The 41-year-old Caramanica is eligible for parole after eight years, but his crime has affected the lives of many people who never will be the same again.

Faith Love was trick-or-treating on Halloween night of 2011 when she was struck by Caramanica’s car on a residential street in Las Vegas.

Caramanica was under the legal limit for DUI of alcohol intoxication, but he also had marijuana and two kinds of prescription pain killers in his system.

Caramanica did not seem to learn from the tragic experience of killing a 12-year-old child. His bail was revoked after he hit a parked car in September while on prescription pain medication, even as he awaited sentencing in Faith Love’s death. Not only did he violate a court order not to drive, but did so whacked on prescription medication and with his own child in the car.

Hopefully while in jail he will come to see the light and never get behind the wheel after taking any medication or drinking alcohol. Hopefully he will lead a sober life free of alcohol and marijuana.

Drunk, Speeding Dad Needs Massachusetts DUI Class and then Some

This guy certainly is not going to win any father of the year awards.

Quite the contrary, this guy should be locked up as one of the worst parents of the year. Not only was this Massachusetts man intoxicated while driving his young children, but was traveling in excess of 120 miles per hour! As reported in www.wpri.com.

Officers couldn’t help but notice his vehicle as it flew by them in a construction zone. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and noticed that his eyes were bloodshot and watery, and that his speech was mumbled. They also observed three children in the backseat.

The children were ages 2, 3, and 4.

The moronic parent is 25-year-old Derek Greene who was transported to the police station after he refused a breathalyzer test.

Greene did admit to drinking earlier in the evening, but claimed that he was not drunk.

How big a moron is this guy? Obviously very after driving drunk at 120 MPH with his kids. He claimed to have consumed four shots of hard liquor, but took some Dayquil to wake himself up.

This was an absolute recipe for disaster. He should be thanking God and the police for saving the life of his children.

Greene has been charged with reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was also issued traffic summonses for speeding, conditions requiring reduced speed, due care by driver, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Oh yeah, he was also on probation for a previous offense. What a moron!

"DUI Guy" in Dire Need of Alcohol Class and Sobriety

You know you have a serious drinking problem when you are personally known to local law enforcement officials and are referred to as “DUI Guy.” The logic here is that you must have numerous driving under the influence violations.

There's something to be said for knowing when you've had too much to drink. Although if you're lying on the ground, it's probably already a little too late. As reported in www.cbsnews.com.

Antonio Candelaria is well-known in the town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was arrested again by local police officers for drunken driving. The difference this time was not that he was sober, but that he called police on himself.

Candelaria recently was arrested when officers found him drunk in his driveway and lying on the ground with his foot stuck in his motorcycle.

It is not that the 50-year-old was a good Samaritan trying to protect the public from his DUI behavior but for help after getting his foot stuck.

Candelaria's breath test results came out above .16, which is twice the legal limit in New Mexico.

Court records showed that Candelaria had a long list of DWI arrests and a handful of convictions.

Sounds like he should have his own hot-line to police headquarters. I hope he gets a good alcohol class and makes a commitment to not drinking alcohol. That is the only way to ensure he will not drink and drive again.