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5 charged at Elliot City DUI stop

Five motorists were arrested for drinking and driving during a time span of just a few hours at a Howard County DUI stop. The DUI charges were filed at the checkpoint when authorities observed more than 600 drivers who passed through the stop. Three agencies were present, including the Maryland State Police, the Howard County Police Department and the Howard County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.). One of those arrested was also found to be driving on a suspended license. The stops combat those who are driving while they drink or use drugs by placing numerous authorities in a small geographic area. A grant provided some of the funding for the checkpoint, which is part of a national campaign to reduce drinking and driving.

Driver in fatal accident facing multiple DWI charges

The 24-year-old man who allegedly caused a fatal two-vehicle accident has been charged with two DWI charges. The accident took place in Kingsville, Maryland. According to reports, the young driver's Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck crossed the center line and collided head-on with a Mazda Protege. The driver of the Mazda sustained serious injuries because of the crash. His passenger was thrown from the vehicle and was transported to Franklin Square Medical Center, where he died from his injuries. He was not wearing a seat belt. Both drivers, who were reported to be in stable condition after the accident, were emergency airlifted to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center. While the driver of the pickup truck has been charged with driving under the influence, a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department said that charges were not related to either illicit drug use or alcohol.

Conviction for former FBI agent charged in Maryland wreck

After a DUI charge that resulted in serious injury to one teenager and the death of another, an ex-FBI agent was convicted of manslaughter and additional charges. He could receive up to 13 years in prison even though sentencing guidelines set a maximum prison term of four years. According to the authorities, the man rammed into the side of the victim's car nearly two years ago in Brandywine, Maryland. According to the prosecution, the victim was driving defensively, but the defendant was under the influence as he sped along the road. The prosecutor added that the man's negligence and illegal actions caused the accident and subsequent injuries and death.

Woman accused of smashing into cruiser while driving drunk

When someone is involved in an accident, one of the first things that Maryland police will consider is whether the driver has been drinking and driving. Employing a field sobriety test can offer the police a possible insight into the state of mind of the driver. However, it is very important to remember that field sobriety tests are not always conclusive and do not necessarily result in a DUI conviction.

Talk in Maryland about cracking down on first time DUI offenders

Though Maryland drunk driving laws have been tightened in recent years, many special interest groups are lobbying to increase the severity of such penalties to an even greater degree. The focus of many such groups is now on the individual charged for the first time of such an offense.

Maryland police officer commits suicide when pulled over for DUI

There is now a stigma that goes along with being arrested for drunk driving. Being pulled over for a DUI could lead to large fines and significant jail time. However, because such arrests are often publicized in local newspapers before there has even been a determination of guilt or innocence, those individuals arrested often face public embarrassment and the possible breakup of their family as well.

Maryland sting operations during St. Patrick's Day weekend

A number of individuals were arrested by Maryland State Police for DUI during increased law enforcement presence over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Probably no one would be surprised at the increased number of arrests that occurred since the holiday did fall on a Saturday night.

Two drivers impaired in fatal Maryland crash?

A recent fatal Maryland accident demonstrates the difficulties when it comes to trying drunk driving' cases. Finding exactly what occurred will be extremely complex as it is alleged that both drivers involved in the crash were labeled as being drunk.

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