Will California MIP Class Help Teen with 7 Felony DUIs?

You want to talk about royally screwing up your life. How can a teenager possibly have 7 felony driving under the influence violations? It is true – a California teenager has been charged with 7 felony DUIs after a deadly crash in Nevada.

Five people were killed in the crash, which occurred on Interstate 15 about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, and another two were injured. J As reported in www.inquisitr.com.

The driver, Jean Ervin Soriano managed to escape the crash with his life but he is now being charged with 7 felony DUIs. Soriano also faces two misdemeanors for driving without a license and failure to decrease speed.

Would it surprise you to know that Soriano was a fugitive at the time of the crash, having just escaped the Youth Guidance Center in Santa Ana, California, on March 1? The Guidance Center is a facility that treats young drug and alcohol abusers.

The 18-year-old Soriano is currently being held on $3.5 million bond after he and another passenger rear-ended a van which flipped over and five of the seven people inside, including a 13-year-old girl, were killed.

There was no doubt Soriano had been drinking as police found empty beer cans in Soriano’s car and the teenager reportedly told police that he was the one who had been driving. Soriano had a blood alcohol level of .12 at the time of the crash.

What a tragic waste of life. I would like to think that Soriano could lead a productive life after taking an California online MIP course, but who could overcome killing so many innocent people.

Three DUIs in 45 Hours? Get to a Utah DUI Class ASAP

In all of my years as a counselor for both in-class and online alcohol classes I never have heard of someone receiving three driving under the influence (DUI) violations in less than 48 hours. I have heard of people with two, and some really serious boozers with 10 or more DUIs, but this guy take the cake.

As you begin to read about 42-year-old Daniel Kropf I ask you to think about something – how many DUIs do you think he had before these three. As reported in www.sltrib.com.

Kropf, from St. George, Utah was arrested for three DUIs in less than 45 hours last summer. How can that even happen? I have heard about a few people who were so drunk at their first arrest that after being released the next morning they got behind the wheel again and were re-arrested. But three?

He now faces up to 5 1/2 years of incarceration for the crimes. As part of a plea deal, Kropf pleaded guilty to two DUI charges, one as a third-degree felony and the other a class B misdemeanor. The third DUI charge was dropped as part of the deal.

Utah law makes a driver’s third DUI a felony — but only after the driver’s been convicted twice. Prosecutors had planned to hold three separate trials for Kropf, with one slated to start next week, but he took a plea deal to avoid the felony charge. Talk about three strikes and you are out – things could have been a lot worse for this guy who has a long career of driving infractions.

He was arrested on July 8th the first time. The next night, a medical call brought police to the parking lot of a Super 8 Motel where Kropf was found in an Escalade totally hammered. It was less than 24 hours later that he was again pulled over after officers noticed his Escalade swerving all over the road.

I hope he gets a good Utah alcohol class and attends AA meeting and decides to stay sober.

DUI Court Uses Alcohol Education Classes

Trying to keep people from driving under the influence is a full-time job – for thousands and thousands of people. One of the few bright spot in helping prevent repeat behavior has been DUI courts.

The purpose of the DUI Court is to help a person get clean and sober instead of sending them to prison. I have known countless success stories of repeat DUI offenders who found their way back to sobriety through the efforts of DUI Court. As reported in www.gainesvilletimes.com.

DUI Court gives people a second chance at life.

Bennett’s recovery and the recovery of others speak to the effectiveness of the DUI Court, program leaders said. Often times, people in the grips of addiction feel shame, despair and helplessness.

Instead of jail time, DUI Court holds offenders accountable and gives them the chance to do the right thing.

Their time in the program is as long as the judge deems necessary, based on their sentence and cooperation. They must attend weekly court and counseling sessions and submit to random drug screenings, or face reincarceration.

The program lasts a minimum of 15 months, divided into three phases, each five months long. The average length of time is about 16 months.

Unlike in drug court, DUI Court is not a way to erase the charge but is a part of probation after conviction, in most cases a second or third conviction.

Statistics as to the success of DUI Court are just now streaming in. In 10 years, only 10 percent of DUI Court graduates wound up back in court with a DUI conviction.

Another impressive statistic: a 98 percent employment rate upon graduation, versus 66 percent prior to the court’s creation.

I like to see the DUI Court mandating online alcohol, drug, and DWI classes for all offenders. Drunk drivers need education to transform their behavior. Once they learn more and decide they truly want to be liberated, then they can finally have control over the substance.

Stripper Driving Hummer Needs Drunk Driver Educational Course

Am I the only one who finds it ironic that a stripper drives a Hummer?

A Las Vegas strip club dancer is facing a felony charge of driving under the influence after a weekend crash that killed a man and injured a child in his car. As reported in www.sfgate.com.

Shauna Diane Miller, a 26-year-old stripper from Las Vegas, was being held on a charge that could get her up to 20 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Miller was driving a maroon 2003 Hummer H2 that plowed into a 1997 Ford Escort less than a mile from White's apartment and from the Spearmint Rhino.

The 33-year-old father was pronounced dead at the scene. A 2-year-old boy in a child seat received scrapes and bruises. Miller told investigators she drank two beers at the club and had taken the anti-anxiety medication Xanax (non-prescribed) the night before.

Miller is also a liar. She told police she hit the brakes but couldn't avoid White's car as it turned in front her vehicle. However, a crash reconstruction team determined that White's car wasn't turning, and that the Hummer didn't skid before hitting it.

This is a tragedy that never should have happened. We all wish Miller would not have chosen to drink and drive. She should seriously consider getting well educated.

Tight End Needs Washington DUI Education

Having a full-ride scholarship to a major university is a serious privilege. It is worth more than $100,000. Why would a student-athlete jeopardize this blessing by driving under the influence? I’ll tell you why – because they are a young man and young men are prone to some very stupid decisions.

University of Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been suspended indefinitely pending an investigation into his arrest on charges of driving under the influence, according to coach Steve Sarkisian. As reported in www.usatoday.com.

Seferian-Jenkins will be suspended from all team activities while the university proceeds with its investigation. Officers found Seferian-Jenkins standing outside of his car after a one-car accident, visibly intoxicated, with a bloody nose. He was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment.

Sarkisian said Seferian-Jenkins made decisions that fall short of expectations for student-athletes who represent the University of Washington and he will be disciplined internally in accordance with team and departmental policies.

Seferian-Jenkins made 69 receptions for 852 yards and seven touchdowns in 2012, earning second-team all-Pac-12 honors after being named an honorable mention all-conference selection as a true freshman in 2011. While only a junior, he already owns Washington tight end records for career receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.

To his credit, Seferian-Jenkins has apologized profusely for the incident. I hope that he gets a second chance. He is a great young player with a long future ahead of him. If he tackles a good Washington DUI program and learns from this mistake his future will be bright.

Youth Need MIP Classes to Keep Them From Experimentation

There is no doubt kids understand and believe that drugs and alcohol are dangerous and that you should say no to both. Somehow, from the time they are really young – under 11 or so, as they change, their willingness to experiment with alcohol and other drugs comes alive.

The experimentation can begin earlier but the primary ages are 13-17. Then from the ages of 18 to 25, substance abuse occurs. This is due in part because of a period of freedom and lack of concrete obligations. As reported in www.dukechronicle.com.

If we have them set with concrete obligations – like athletics, politics, employment or social services do you think this would help?

The period between the ages of 18 to 29 is commonly referred to as emerging adulthood. Psychologists have determined that five things can distinguish and dictate the decisions a person makes about substance use. These include identity exploration, instability, self-focusing, feeling in-between and anticipating the possibilities that will determine the outcome of the rest of life.

Partly it is to have stories to tell friends about “extreme” behavior. From risky sports to drugs. Partly it is to fit in with their friends who are doing drugs.

Binge drinking peaks from the ages of 18 to 22, but this age group also shows a tendency to abuse drugs too. At that age, people tend to focus on developing themselves and experimenting with their identity before becoming responsible for others.

Despite their use and abuse of alcohol and drugs, especially prescription meds, it is crazy that an amazing 89% of this surveyed in a recent poll, believe they will get everything they want out of life. Is that youthful optimism or the drugs talking? Maybe it is low expectations.

I would like to see our public school system mandate drug education classes for all middle school and high school students. If we can keep them from experimenting with drugs and alcohol, maybe 89% will be able to get everything they want in life.

School Bus Driver Needs Tennessee DUI Class

As a parent I can tell you that one of your greatest fears always is the safety of your children. You would like to think they are safe aboard a large school bus. Thinking that the driver of the bus may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol is terrifying.

Parents in Cocke County, Tennessee have to feel relief that their children never were in danger. It was averted at the last minute as the school bus driver was arrested for operating a bus while intoxicated. As reported in www.wate.com.

Cheryl Hembree after deputies found her drinking a beer inside a running school bus.

The 39-year-old was a driver for Cocke County High School. She was arrested just 15 minutes before she was set to take a busload of students home.

Police had been alerted to the situation by a concerned citizen who witnessed Hembree into a convenience store, buy a can of beer and get back into the school bus.

Police spotted the bus in a church parking lot next door to the store, with Hembree sitting in the front seat drinking the beer. She quickly ditched the 24-ounce can of natural Ice (higher alcohol content) beer and jumped into the driver’s seat and started the engine. Police entered before she could drive off and noticed the nearly empty beer can on the floor.

Her excuse for drinking in the bus – she was nervous and needed a drink to calm her. Hembree's blood alcohol content was .09.

For me, it's really sickening to know that you can't even trust a school bus driver to get your children home safely without facing DUI charges. It's pitiful. I'm just glad they caught in time before she was actually en route with those children.

Cop Gets DUI - Needs an Educational Alcohol and Drug Class

Driving under the influence of alcohol is just plain stupid. The alcohol makes you do really stupid things. This police officer from Philadelphia is a perfect example.

A Philadelphia police officer drove drunk, crashed into two cars, and then threatened the occupants of the other cars. As reported in articles.philly.com.

Now 53-year-old Joseph Kelly, a 23-year veteran assigned to the Traffic Unit, has been charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence, criminal mischief, terroristic threats, simple assault, intimidation and reckless endangerment.

Now he could lose his job and his pension. Do you think he wishes he had taken a cab?

Online DWI Class needed for Man Who Crashed Into Strip Club

Some ramming occurred at a Los Angeles, California strip club. No, it did not occur in secret in some back room. Instead it happened right out in public, in the parking lot.

Terrence Conrad Meeks was charged with drunken driving after he smashed his BMW into two men standing outside a strip club, leading to leg amputations for both victims. As reported in www.sfgate.com.

The 40-year-old Meeks was leaving the strip club at about 3:30 a.m. when he rammed the men, pinning them against a Mini Cooper.

One victim lost both legs below the knee, the other had his right leg crushed and amputated. Both victims remain hospitalized. He faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

Do you think he wished he had taken a taxi? I hope Meeks takes a thorough DUI class and gets good counseling for the psychological trauma he undoubtedly will face after injuring two fellow human beings so seriously.

Does Goth Singer Peter Murphy Need a DUI Class?

I have written many times that you can receive a driving under the influence violation even if you blow under the legal limit of .08%. That is exactly what happened to Peter Murphy.

Murphy, the lead singer of Goth trailblazers Bauhaus, was arrested in March for his involvement in a hit-and-run accident in Southern California. The 55-year-old Murphy was driving a Subaru Forester when he reportedly rear-ended a Mercedes shortly before midnight, then fled the scene. A pickup truck driver on the freeway then noticed the singer's erratic driving and followed him off the freeway and into Los Angeles, where he boxed in Murphy's car with his own vehicle and called for police. He was arrested at the scene and charged with DUI, hit and run and drug possession charges. As reported in www.hollywoodreporter.com.

Murphy did not blow over .08 but still was arrested for DUI. The amount of alcohol found in Murphy's bloodstream was measured at 0.01 percent, a full 0.07 percent beneath the legal limit. Murphy blamed jet-lag and antidepressants for his erratic driving. What about his fleeing the scene of an accident?

Oh yeah and police found a small bag of crystal meth in his car. Murphy tried to ditch the bag in the back seat of a cruiser before they could find it.

It appears that at the very least Murphy could benefit from a drug or DUI class. He also should probably seek additional therapy for his depression and drug use.