Lindsay Lohan Checks Into Sober House
Actress Lindsay Lohan has hired celebrity attorney Robert Shapiro and checked herself into a sober living house that the lawyer started after his son died of an overdose. Shapiro, who became famous representing O.J. Simpson, told reporters he took her case only after she agreed to do her jail time and comply with her probation terms. Lohan is due back in court to report for jail this week.
Student Dies of Apparent Alcohol Poisoning
Authorities said that University of Idaho senior, Benjamin Harris, died of respiratory arrest due to alcohol poisoning at the Sigma Nu fraternity house. Police said Harris died after a night of drinking to celebrate his 21st birthday.
Officers Charged With Stealing Dealer's Heroin
Three Philadelphia police officers have been charged with stealing $15,000 worth of heroin from a drug dealer during a staged traffic stop and seizure. Federal authorities said the scheme was discovered when they tried to sell 300 grams of the drug to an undercover agent.
N.J. Court Reverses DUI Conviction
The New Jersey Supreme Court overturned a drunk driving conviction for Salvadoran native German Marquez because he didn't understand the consequences of refusing to submit to a breath test. The police read him the standard warning, but it was in English. The court said police have to warn drunk drivers in a language that they understand.
Court Rules in Favor of Drunken Driver
In 2009, Illinois police arrested 22-year-old Brittany Meye when they smelled a strong odor of alcohol on her and her passenger when they stopped to get gas at 3:30 a.m. They arrested her before she could drive away. Incredibly, a state court of appeals threw out the conviction because they said the officer should not have stopped her if his only reason was the smell of alcohol.
Man Arrested With 257 Pounds of Marijuana
If you are going to be transporting large amounts of marijuana on an Interstate highway, it might be best to try to maintain your traffic lane. Livingston Sylvester Roach, 42, of DeKalb County, Georgia was busted with 257 pounds of pot in Spartanburg, South Carolina when deputies saw him failing to stay in his lane. Roach gave the deputies permission to search his car, then ran into the woods where he was captured later.