Seattle Seahawks fans might be interested in learning that cornerback Jeremy Lane has been charged with driving under the influence. The incident occurred on Jan. 14 at 5:30 a.m.
Seattle fans of TV personality and skateboarder Bam Margera might be interested to learn that he was detained on Dec. 7 on charges of DUI. Margera has never faced DUI charges before although he has been open about his struggles with alcohol abuse and finding sobriety. His friend Ryan Dunn died in a drunk driving accident in 2011.
Washington residents who are convicted on a drunk driving charge may have to wear a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitoring (SCRAM) bracelet. Typically, they are reserved for those who are on probation, parole or have otherwise been released early. This may be used instead of an ignition interlock device in a vehicle. The main benefit is that it may be possible to monitor a person's blood alcohol content remotely.
Police in Washington have reported that a woman in her early 20s was taken into custody on the night of Dec. 14 on suspicion of drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. The woman allegedly struck a Washington State Patrol vehicle with her Honda sedan while under the influence of alcohol and then attempted to flee the scene. Media outlets picked up the story because the patrol vehicle involved was being used by an officer who was assisting with the arrest of another drunk driver at the time.
Seattle drivers should be particularly careful over the Christmas and New Year's holidays, a time of year when fatalities from car accidents are on the rise. To help combat the problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration runs a yearly campaign against drunk driving called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Law enforcement agencies in Washington and around the country generally step up their efforts to reduce impaired driving during the holiday season. As part of these efforts, the Trump administration has proclaimed December 2017 as National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. The president's Nov. 30 proclamation pledged to provide the nation's police departments with the resources and tools they need to keep drunk drivers off the roads. It also vowed to reduce the number of regulations faced by companies offering an alternative to driving home such as ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft.
Country singer Randy Travis recently lost another legal bid to keep video footage of his 2012 drunk driving arrest under wraps. Washington music fans may be aware that he has been fighting to stop the video's release for several years.
Washington residents that enjoyed Happy Gilmore might be interested in the fact that actor Christopher McDonald, who was in the film, was recently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The incident happened on Oct. 28 at 9:27 p.m.
Washington golf fans should not expect to see Tiger Woods compete again anytime soon. The 41-year-old professional golfer has agreed to a deal with prosecutors that would require his attendance at a diversion program for intoxicated drivers. The plea bargain imposes a conviction for reckless driving, which places a less serious mark on his record than driving under the influence.
A 30-year-old man in Gig Harbor kept sheriff's deputies busy on Aug. 30. In one day, the Pierce County Sheriff's Department arrested him twice. His day began with a traffic stop after a deputy observed him driving away from a squatter home on 115th Street in the Key Peninsula. The deputy reported that the man smelled of intoxicants and asked him to get out of the truck.