DUI

Crime
11:36 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Police Chief Calls Transition To Local Control 'Seamless'

Police Chief Sam Dotson, left, and Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce look on as Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson talks about the city's "no refusal" policy with drunk drivers. Prosecutors will now seek warrants to draw blood if somebody refuses a breath test.
Credit Bill Greenblatt/UPI

The end of state control of the St. Louis Police Department was literally centuries in the making. But St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the change hasn’t been obvious to city residents. 

  

And that, he said, is a good thing.

“Local control has been a significant step for the metropolitan police department,” Dotson said. “And really, you haven’t noticed anything. It’s been seamless and transparent like it was supposed to be.”

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Law
10:18 am
Wed April 17, 2013

US Supreme Court Sides With Missouri Man, Says Warrants Needed For Most DUI Blood Tests

(via Flickr/David Sledge)

Updated 4:49 p.m. with reporting from KRCU's Jacob McCleland

The United States Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a Missouri case that police cannot take a blood test from a drunk driving suspect without a warrant during a routine drunk driving arrest.

Tony Rothert is the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri and says the decision requires police officers to consider all circumstances during a drunk driving arrest when deciding if a warrant is necessary.

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DUI/Illinois Supreme Court
3:03 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

How bad do you have to drive to get stopped for a DUI check?

(via Flickr/jonrawlinson)

Reporting from WUIS' Rachel Otwell used in this report.

The Illinois Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on just how bad one has to drive before police are justified in stopping to check for Driving Under the Influence, or DUI.

Dennis Hackett was driving in Joliet when his car twice crossed "slightly" into another lane. A sheriff's deputy saw it, followed the driver for a while and eventually pulled him over.

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Christine Miller
2:52 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Former Sunset Hills police officer Miller sentenced to 8 years in prison for DUI crash

Christine Miller after she was arrested in 2009.
(St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office)

Updated at 5:00 p.m. March 10, 2011 with additional comments.

Former Sunset Hills police officer Christine Miller received her sentence today for the 2009 drunk driving accident that killed four people.

Miller was sentenced today after pleading guilty to all five counts against her in December 2010. She faced 4 counts for involuntary manslaughter and 1 for second-degree assault.

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Illinois Road Enforcement
2:22 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

How much will that DUI or seat belt violation cost you? New data out in Illinois, enforcement up

Illinois law enforcement officials will be increasing their efforts over the holiday season by targeting drivers who are intoxicated and those not wearing seatbelts. (Julie Bierach, St. Louis Public Radio)

Of course, you should never drink and drive or be in a moving car without wearing a seatbelt, but Illinois motorists will want to be especially mindful this holiday season.

Illinois State Police and local law enforcement are stepping up enforcement on impaired drivers and unbelted motorists this holiday season in what they're calling  the "You Drink and Drive, You Lose/Click It or Ticket Holiday Crackdown."

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