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July 5, 2006 (Parkville, MO)

Troopers say Drunk Driving May be to Blame for Teenage Accident, Troopers say drunk driving may be to blame for a one-car accident that lands four teens in the hospital.  Just after 1 a.m. the Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that 19-year-old Whitney Maxwell of Kansas City, Missouri missed a curve, drove down an embankment and over-turned her SUV.

July 1, 2006 (Perry County, MO)

Drunken driver may have caused fatal crash in Perry County, A fatal accident in Perry County that took the life of a recent high school graduate may have been caused by drunken driving, officials said Friday. The DWI / DUI accident occurred on Route B about a half-mile outside of Perryville, around 1:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol.

June 27, 2006 (Fulton, MO)

Patrol efforts yield five DWI / DUI arrests, dozens more, The Missouri State Highway Patrol's sobriety checkpoint and subsequent “saturation” Saturday effort sent five people to jail for driving while intoxicated (DWI).  According to Lt. Dave Earney, the patrol conducted a three-hour “DWI spot-check” at Route F and Airport Drive in Fulton and followed up with a two-hour saturation. The latter involves a concentrated number of troopers on local roads.  The checkpoint yielded one DWI arrest, two misdemeanor drug arrests and five misdemeanor traffic arrests.

June 27, 2006 (Moberly, MO)

Emphasis: Drive safely during July Fourth holiday, The Missouri State Highway Patrol would like to remind Missouri's travelers of the importance of safety during the upcoming July Fourth holiday. If you travel to visit friends and family during this summer holiday, remember to buckle up, pay attention, and obey the speed limit.  Last year, seven persons were killed and 622 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,217 traffic crashes. One person was killed or injured every 7.4 minutes. Troopers arrested 166 people for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in 2005

June 8, 2006 (Pulaski County)

State Patrol announces DWI checkpoints for Pulaski County, Capt. Randy Becker, commanding officer of Troop I of the Missouri State Highway Patrol based in Rolla, had announced that troopers will be conducting a DWI sobriety checkpoint in Pulaski County during the month of June.  The DWI checkpoint will be concentrated in an area and on a particular highway where a larger number of alcohol related traffic crashes have occurred.

May 28, 2006 (St. Louis, MO)

Memorial Day Weekend a Big Day for Missouri Water Patrol:  Boating While Intoxicated, The MIssouri Water Patrol arrested sixty-three people last year for boating while intoxicated.  The number this year has yet to be calculated.

May 25, 2006 (Holts Summit, MO)

The Holts Summit Police Department is working overtime to enforce  traffic laws from seat belt to DWI/ DUI, The department has received a $1,000 grant to assist in the regional Click It or Ticket enforcement and education campaign to enforce Missouri's traffic laws and increase safety belt and child restraint use.  The “Buckle Up in Your Pick-Up Truck” campaign yielded 56 total violations, from seat belt summons to DWI / DUI arrests.

May 23, 2006 (Phelps County, MO)

Signs Warning of Phony Drug Checkpoints Sidestep Court Rulings Making Drug Checkpoints Illegal, Signs announcing drug checkpoints are intended police to panic drug couriers.  The signs are phony.  The drug checkpoints are not real.  Drug checkpoints are illegal.  Phelps County Sheriff’s Department has used the phony signs frequently near the Sugar Tree Road exit of Interstate 44. The Missouri Highway Patrol says it conducts similar operations.

May 21, 2006 (Boone County, MO)

DWI / DUI Checkpoint in Boone County Nets 7 DWI / DUI Arrests,  Seven people were arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) or driving under the influence (DUI) during a DWI / DUI sobriety checkpoint Friday night conducted by the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

May 10, 2006 (Springfield, MO)

DWI / DUI Task Force to begin petition drive, The DWI / DUI Task Force will kick off a petition drive today at the Brown Derby Wine Center at 2023 S. Glenstone Ave. The DWI / DUI petition initiative seeks to ban anyone under 21 from Springfield bars, nightclubs and other establishments where alcohol is served and comprises 60 percent or more of gross sales.

May 5, 2006 (Johnson County, MO)

Johnson County Sheriff Receives Grant for New DWI / DUI Testing Van, Johnson County Sheriff's Office will be purchasing a new breath alcohol testing (BAT) van with grant money from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

May 2, 2006 (Kansas City, MO)

Former judge pleads guilty in DWI / DUI case, A former Riverside municipal judge cited for driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) and for leaving the scene of an accident has pleaded guilty in Kansas City Municipal Court. Charles McKeon of Parkville received a suspended sentence and was placed on two years’ probation on the DWI / DUI citation and one year’s probation for leaving the scene. McKeon, who resigned as Riverside municipal judge after his DWI / DUI Feb. 26 arrest, must also pay restitution for a vehicle he damaged and attend a 30-day inpatient substance abuse facility, said Kansas City prosecutor Beth Murano.

April 28, 2006 (Jefferson City, MO)

DWI / DUI grant helps sheriff obtain breathalyzers, More breathalyzers for the Cole County Sheriff's Department could be available thanks to a Missouri Highway Safety Grant. 

Cole County Commission members signed the agreement Thursday. It still requires approval from the state highway safety division. The grant would fund eight breathalyzers and five personnel to man five DWI / DUI checkpoints during the next five months. May through October are statistically the months with the highest amount of DWI / DUI accidents.  The Highway Patrol would partner with the sheriff's department for these DWI / DUI checkpoints.

April 27, 2006 (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Cape students receive education on effects of drinking and driving, Police hope a wrecked 1999 Trans Am conveys an important message to Cape Girardeau Central High School sophomores -- don't drink and drive. In, two passengers were killed when the drunk driver struck a tree.  The drunk driver, who survived, was charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of DWI / DUI assault. He is serving a 21-year prison sentence.

April 20, 2006 (Lake Ozark, MO)

Three arrested for DWI / DUI at patrol checkpoint, The Missouri Highway Patrol, at a checkpoint on Missouri 97 near Interstate 44, on Friday arrested three people for driving while intoxicated.  In eight hours, the patrol arrested 23 people for various infractions and issued warnings to 22 drivers. Troopers also ticketed five drivers for not wearing seat belts, six for speeding and two for careless and imprudent driving.

Septemberl 4, 2006 (Springfield, MO)

Springfield DWI Task Force Bar Plan Due May 10, Supporter of alternate idea says minors drinking in clubs aren't major problem.  A meeting of the Springfield DWI Task Force on Wednesday featured considerable debate but no official action regarding a proposal to ban anyone under age 21 from entering local bars and nightclubs.  Task force members said they expected to vote on a final version at the group's May 10 meeting, then begin gathering the signatures needed to put the proposal to a citywide vote.

April 7, 2006 (Columbia, MO)

DWI Tracking System Gets Little Use, Sheriff’s Department signs on, but city police yet to join. Some loopholes are big enough to drive a truck through. Drunk. With room leftover. Until a statewide system for instantly tracking DWI cases took some of the wiggle room out of the law, bureaucracy was letting some drunken drivers cruise right through the system and back onto the roads.

March 18, 2006 (Kansas City, MO)

One dies fleeing DUI / DWI checkpoint, A passenger in a car that tried to avoid a St. Patrick’s Day DUI checkpoint early Saturday died when the car’s driver sped away, crashed with another vehicle and struck a light pole. Police identified the dead passenger as Dominique D. Jones, 18, of Kansas City. 

The incident started about 1:15 a.m. when the 19-year-old driver approached the checkpoint at 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Parkway, a police spokesman.

March 18, 2006 (Kansas City, MO)

Man flees DUI / DWI checkpoint; passenger dies, I watched a young man flee a DUI / DWI checkpoint on the Country Club Plaza about 1:15 a.m. today and crash into another car and a lightpole. His passenger died.

March 13, 2006 (Kansas City, MO)

DUI / DWI checkpoint, St. Patricks' DayKansas City police will conduct a DUI / DWI checkpoint in Midtown Friday night - St. Patrick's Day. It's the third scheduled Midtown DUI checkpoint. The first, Feb. 17, was cancelled due to cold weather; the second, March 4, netted 12 drunk-driving arrests.
Most of these run 11 p.m. - 3 a.m. The briefing Friday is a relatively early 9 p.m., so this one may get going earlier.

March 8, 2006 (Fulton, MO)

MSHP to hold DUI / DWI sobriety field checks, The Missouri State Highway Patrol is hoping a series of random DWI / DUI sobriety checkpoints and saturations over the next few weeks will both help increase awareness about patrol presence and decrease the number of intoxicated drivers on state roadways.

March 1, 2006 (Caldwell County, MO)

Northeast Mo. prosecutor arrested for driving while intoxicted (DWI), (CALDWELL COUNTY, Mo.) A Northeast Missouri attorney who usually files DWI charges finds the tables turned. Sullivan County Prosecutor Jerry Hollon was arrested over the weekend for speeding and driving while intoxicated (DWI).

February 23, 2006 (Platte City, MO)

Drunken driver could face 15 years in prison on DWI / DUI manslaughter charge, A man charged with involuntary manslaughter as a result of a head-on collision that killed a woman could face 15 years in prison, the result of a stricter drunken driving law passed by the Missouri Legislature.

February 23, 2006 (Columbia, MO)

Asst. coach arrested on Driving while Intoxicated (DWI) charge, Omar S. Parker, director of player development for the MU men’s basketball team, was arrested by MU police on Feb. 15 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and failure to drive within a single lane. Athletic department spokesman David Reiter said the matter was handled internally, and Parker was suspended.

February 22, 2006 (Kirksville, MO)

Former Kirksville City Councilman in court again on driving while intoxicated (DWI) charge, in It's another day in court for a former Kirksville city leader. Former Kirksville City Councilman Rich Scott found himself in front of a judge again Wednesday. A few weeks agao, the Missouri Attorney General's office filed a charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) against Scott.

February 10, 2006 (Columbia, MO)

Arrogant DWI Task Force proceeds, Group ignores many concerns about bar ban. There will be no compromise. There will be no listening. There will be no informed decision making.

The DWI Task Force has chosen to close its eyes and ears, put its head down and charge straight ahead like a bull. Members voted Wednesday to attempt to ban all minors from bars and nightclubs in Springfield. The city attorney asked the task force to slow the process.

February 9, 2006 (St. Louis, MO)

Robert Pinson, ‘poster-child' for Missouri DUI / DWI law, gets three years, Robert J. Pinson, a habitual drunk driver from De Soto, will spend the next three years in prison after breaking probation, but that's the least of his concerns.  Pinson, 52, is the first person in Jefferson County to be charged under a new Missouri state DUI / DWI law as a "chronic offender," a charge that carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

February 9, 2006 (Kirksville, MO)

Embattled Kirksville PD officer back to work after suspension, The Kirksville police officer at the center of a controversy related to last year's DUI / DWI traffic stop of now-former Kirksville City Councilman, Rich Scott, has been disciplined and is now back at work. The whole ordeal goes back to November, when Adair County Prosecutor Mark Williams was forced to drop the DUI / DWI charge against Scott when one of three officers involved in the investigation shared information material to the case, months after the DUI / DWI traffic stop.

February 8, 2006 (Johnson County, MO)

Third, fourth DWI / DUI get man probation, In latest incident, he ran over and broke friend’s leg, Joseph Michael Henning pleaded guilty in December to driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol for the third and fourth times. The fourth time, he accidentally ran over a friend, who suffered a broken leg. The 23-year-old Lenexa man, in court this week for sentencing, admitted he has a problem with alcohol. But he told a Johnson County judge that he would do whatever it took to overcome it.

“I was stupid,” Henning replied, when District Judge Steve Tatum asked for an explanation of his actions. “I need help.”

February 4, 2006 (Kansas City, MO)

COMBAT director arrested on DWI / DUI charge,
The director of the commission that administers Jackson County’s anti-drug tax was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol Friday. Authorities allege that COMBAT Commission director Vicki Boyd was stopped after an officer noticed her driving erratically and that a breath test showed her blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.  Boyd was picked up in south Kansas City. Police said she was weaving, stopped at a green light and then made a turn after the signal had turned red.

February 3, 2006 (Hillsboro, MO)

Probation revoked, prison ordered for man with long DWI / DUI record, Robert J. Pinson's lucky streak ran out Thursday when a Jefferson County judge revoked his probation and ordered him to serve the remainder of a four-year prison sentence for his 12th alcohol-related driving conviction. Because of time he spent time in treatment, Pinson faces about three years in prison. But he also faces a new allegation of driving while intoxicated from an incident last year in Arnold.

January 27, 2006 (Kansas City, MO)

State ponders imposing tougher DUI / DWI penalties, Sex predators aren’t the only target this year of tough-on-crime Kansas lawmakers. Drunken drivers are also in the legislative crosshairs. The Kansas Senate Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that would double the penalties for intoxicated drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.16 percent, which is twice the current legal limit of 0.08 for someone to be charged with driving under the influence.  Lillian Spencer, executive director of Mothers Against Drunk Driving in Kansas and Missouri, testified Thursday that these are not social drinkers but people with a drinking problem.

January 27, 2006 (Columbia, MO)

CPD sergeant resigns over DWI controversy, Sgt. Gerald “Jerry” Greene, a Columbia police officer arrested on Jan. 16 on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, resigned Thursday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Greene in Audrain County and also charged him with speeding. Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm said he was unable to comment about whether he would have fired Greene if the officer did not resign.

“Resignation was an opportunity that I did offer to him,” Boehm said

January 25, 2006 (St. Louis, MO)

Law, experts clash over alcohol wipes in DUI / DWI tests, The practice has been barred by Missouri law for nearly a quarter-century, and Illinois State Police are trained to avoid it. The message: Don't use alcohol wipes to clean skin before drawing blood for a drunken-driving test.

January 22, 2006 (St. Louis, MO)

Ankle bracelet can catch DWI offenders who cheat, More and more area judges who order drunken drivers to avoid alcohol are using a snitch to monitor them that's more powerful than a nosy neighbor or suspicious spouse.

January 22, 2006 (St. Louis, MO)

Drunken driving case stirs police in area, With blaring sirens and flashing lights, a procession of 30 police cars from across the area headed down Market Street to Kiener Plaza on Sunday with a message for the judge who will sentence the drunken driver who maimed one of their own: Justice for city police Officer Matt Browning means a stiff sentence for the driver.

January 20, 2006 (Kirksville, MO)

Former Kirksville city councilman again faces DWI charge, The Missouri Attorney General's Office filed a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated (DWI) against Rich Scott of Kirksville.  Scott is the former Kirksville city councilman who was previously charged with DWI by the local prosecutor, but that charge was dropped due to a technicality discovered right before the case was set to go to trial last November.

January 19, 2006 (St. Louis, MO)

Alcohol swabbing caused DWI charged to be dropped against lawmaker, In August of 2004 Republican State Representative Charles Portwood from Ballwin lost control of his pickup, crashed through a private fence, and smashed part of a pool enclosure.  He was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and leaving the scene of the accident after toxicology reports showed he was legally drunk.  But, because Portwood's arm was swabbed with alcohol before blood was drawn, the blood alcohol content test results potentially were tainted and could not be used as evidence.

January 16, 2006 (Columbia, MO)

Columbia, MO Police Sergeant Accused of DWI / DUI, A Columbia police sergeant was arrested early yesterday by the Missouri State Highway Patrol on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI) and speeding in rural Audrain County.  The Patrolman said he didn’t know the results of a blood alcohol test conducted on Greene after the DWI / DUI stop.

January 16, 2006 (Columbia, MO)

Officer is arrested on DWI / DUI charge, The Columbia police sergeant has been placed on paid leave. Columbia police Sgt. Gerald “Jerry” Greene was arrested early Sunday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), according to the Missouri Highway Patrol. The arrest occurred at 12:43 a.m. in Audrain County, said Curtis Wilt, the arresting trooper.

January 13, 2006 (St. George, MO)

St. George offers amnesty program for DWI / DUI and other warrants, If St. George has a warrant out for your arrest on a DWI / DUI , driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana or drug paraphernalia, peace disturbance, speeding, improper lane use and expired license plates, or other misdemeanor charge, fear no more. Through Feb. 28 the city is offering amnesty for all of them.

January 11, 2006 (Springfield, MO)

Springfield DWI / DUI Task Force Calls to Ban Minors from Bars, Underage patrons could be banned from Springfield bars and nightclubs that serve alcohol by the end of the year.

January 6, 2006

New Missouri Beer Law Written by 5th-Graders, Clearly out of ideas on how to piss off responsible drinkers, Missouri is considering a law to curb DWI / DUI / drunk driving… suggested by the informed legislators at Jefferson Country elementary. Sploid has the best overview:  At the suggestion of a fifth-grader, Sen. Bill Alter has entered a bill that would ban the sale of beer at temperatures lower than 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The idea is to lower the likelihood of folks cracking a “road brew” on the way home from the store, thus reducing DWI / DUI / drunk driving.

January 5, 2006 (Jefferson City, MO)

MO Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Cold Beer Sales to Reduce DWI / DUI, A state senator wants to force Missouri stores to sell warm beer to reduce DWI / DUI. Under a bill by Sen. Bill Alter, grocery and convenience stores would risk losing their liquor licenses if they sold beer colder than 60 degrees. The intent is to cut down on drunken driving by making it less tempting to pop open a beer after leaving the store.

January 5, 2006 (Kirksville, MO)

DWI / DUI campaign focuses on "buzzed" drivers, A new public service campaign aims to reduce DWI / DUI.  Law enforcement officials warn partiers not to drink and drive.  You've heard the warning time and time again: don't drink and drive.  But this new public service campaign focuses on people who may have had just "one" too many to get behind the wheel.

January 3, 2006 (MissouriNet)

New Year's DWI / DUI arrest up this year, Missouri troopers arrest 151 for DWI / DUI on New Year's holiday this year, up from 121 in 2005.

January 1, 2006 (Washington, MO)

Greatest drop in DWI / DUI fatalites since 1982 for 18-29 year-olds, The bottom line is that DWI / DUI fatalities since 1982 are down 56% among 16- to-20-year-olds. Among those ages 21 to 29, DWI / DUI deaths are down 47%. U.S. traffic deaths unrelated to drinking rose about 30 percent in the same period.

December 30, 2005 (Kansas CIty, MO)

Expect patrols for drunken drivers this weekend, If you're making New Year's resolutions heading into the weekend, this might be a good one:Dont get a DWI / DUI .  Don't drink and drive.  Some of the largest police departments in the metropolitan area are bringing in extra manpower and advising extra vigilance on the part of their officers to take DWI / DUI / drunk and impaired drivers off of road for Saturday night's New Year's Eve revelry.

October 30, 2005 (Springfield, MO)

DWI / DUI arrests stable despite changes, Arrests rise after police shift focus to neighborhood policing, report shows. Amos Bridges and Jenny Fillmer News-Leader  The number of DWI / DUI arrests and traffic citations by Springfield police has remained relatively stable in the past three months.

December 28, 2005 (Jackson, MO)

Judge sees man drinking an hour after DWI sentencing, A judge who caught a man consuming alcohol an hour after sentencing him for drunken driving (DWI) ordered the man into rehabilitation on Tuesday.  Jacob Vandeven, 27, of Whitewater, entered a guilty plea before Judge William Syler on Dec. 5 to a reduced charge of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated (DWI) for causing an accident with injuries.

December 22, 2005 (Neosho, MO)

DWI / DUI bill would impound vehicles, If State Rep. Kevin Wilson (R-Neosho) has his way, judges will be given the option of impounding for up to one year the vehicles of those convicted of driving while intoxicated (DWI).

December 19, 2005 (Kirksville, MO)

Officer on paid leave in Rich Scott DWI controversy, Seth Shumaker, attorney for Officer Bob Hardwick, is trying to clear his client's name.  Hardwick was suspended with pay around the time that Adair County Prosecutor Mark Williams dismissed a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) charge against now-former Kirksville City Councilman Rich Scott.

December 18, 2005 (Ottumwa, MO)

It's 'DWI / DUI Prevention Month', (OTTUMWA) Since 1981, every president has set aside December as National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.  In 2004, more than 16,000 fatal crashes involved alcohol (DWI or DUI).  Experts say most alcohol-related fatalities occur during the holidays.

December 13, 2005 (Kansas City, MO)

DUI / DWI checkpoints to be set up Saturday in Kansas City, The Kansas City Star, Local law enforcement officers will stop drivers during sobriety checkpoints at two locations in the central part of Kansas City on Saturday night.

December 11, 2005 (Joplin, MO)

DWI Sobriety-checkpoint issues sobering, It was disturbing to watch.  As the tape rolled through more than 40 minutes of the stop and ultimate DWI arrest of Blake Wolf on Nov. 20, two themes struck me as potentially disturbing and worthy of public debate: How frayed should the Fourth Amendment get, and what role does simple, human kindness play when citizens intersect with law enforcement?

December 8, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Missouri Driver Charged with DWI after Crash with Injuries, Two Boonville women remained in critical condition this morning at University Hospital after the car in which they were riding crashed while the driver, who was allegedly drunk, was fleeing the scene of another accident and was arrested on suspicion of two counts of second-degree assault and driving while intoxicated (DWI).

December 4, 2005 (Joplin, MO)

Assistant prosecutor upset with DWI / DUI arrest, Blake Wolf has acknowledged that he was taking prescription Oxycodone for pain at the time of the traffic stop on Nov. 19 when he was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI). He said he had taken only one 40 milligram tablet that day.

December 1, 2005 (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Appeals judges appear in Cape, A conviction for domestic assault, a disputed divorce and whether a state trooper too zealously enforced drunken driving laws are typical of the bill of fare served up to Missouri Court of Appeals judges.

November 29, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Study shows repeat DWI offenders common, Despite an overall decrease in drunken driving among college students, a study by an MU researcher has found that many will drink and drive despite the consequences. Denis McCarthy, the MU assistant professor of psychology who conducted the study, said drunken driving has become far less common over the last 20 years with increased law enforcement. But some people are hard to change.

November 29, 2005 (Branson, MO)

Misouri Highway Patrol Arrest 139 People for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) over Thanksgiving Weekend, In all, the Highway Patrol investigated 397 traffic crashes, which included 180 injuries. Troopers also arrested 139 people for driving while intoxicated (DWI) in Missouri.

November 28, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Study: Arrests don’t get drunken drivers to quit, Negative consequences from drunken driving, such as an arrest and punishment, might not be effective deterrents for persistent offenders.  That’s a reported finding by University of Missouri-Columbia Professor Denis McCarthy, who surveyed 938 students on their attitudes toward alcohol consumption, driving and driving while intoxicated (DWI).

November 23, 2005 (Carthage, MO)

DWI / DUI charges not likely to be sought against assistant prosecutor, Breath test, medical condition cited by authorities, By Derek Spellman and Susan Redden, Authorities likely will not seek DWI / DUI charges against an assistant Jasper County prosecutor who was arrested at a DWI / DUI sobriety checkpoint.

November 23, 2005 (St. Louis, MO)

Man guilty in drunk driving accident that left officer badly hurt, ST. LOUIS - A St. Louis man pleaded guilty Monday in the drunken driving accident that cost a city police officer his leg

November 21, 2005 (Joplin, MO)

Asst. Prosecutor Arrested for DWI / DUI, An area law enforcement trainer at a local university is arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Dr. Blake Wolfe was arrested for DWI by the Jasper County Sheriff`s Department Saturday night. He was arrested near a DWI sobriety checkpoint at Highway 96 and D highways. Deputies say Wolf was arrested near the site when he attempted to turn around. Wolf was given a breathalyzer test and arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

November 19, 2005 (Kirksville, MO)

Prosecutor drops DWI charge against former councilman, KIRKSVILLE - Police are conducting a second internal investigation into a traffic stop involving a former city councilman after the prosecuting attorney dropped a DWI charge Tuesday.  Richard Scott was scheduled to go to trial this morning in Shelby County after a grand jury indictment for driving while intoxicated.

November 18, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Grant-Funded 3-Man Traffic Unit Nets 8 DWI Arrests in First Month, The unit was formed in response an increasing number of complaints about vehicles speeding and running stoplights in residential neighborhoods throughout the county. Deputies assigned to the new unit can concentrate on traffic complaints without having to respond to other calls. From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, one traffic deputy was on duty nearly every hour of the day, except for a brief stretch in the early morning. In that first month, the three-man unit issued eight summons for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and 12 summons for drivers under suspension or revocation.

November 17, 2005 (Moberly, MO)

Results of Highway Partol Troop B Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Enforcement Propgram, Captain J.W. Elliott announces the results of a Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Enforcement Program conducted from November 12, 2005 at 7:00 p.m. through September 4, 2006 at 3:00 a.m., in the entire 16 counties of the Troop B area. During the enforcement program, 17 troopers made 51 arrests and issued 154 warnings. Of those arrests, 11 individuals were arrested for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).

November 17, 2005 (Adair County, MO)

Inconsistencies prompt attorney to drop DWI charges, Mark Williams, Adair County prosecuting attorney, dismissed the pending DWI charge that was filed against former Kirksville City Councilman Richard Scott. Williams dropped the DWI charge because of a conflict of interest. One of the officers involved in stopping Scott for DWI revealed previously undisclosed information that caused Williams and Asst. Prosecuting Attorney Kristen Coffman to become potential witnesses.

November 16, 2005 (Jefferson County, MO)

'Chronic' De Soto drunk driver charged under new Missouri law, A De Soto man could be the first person in the county to be convicted under a new Missouri law that allows harsher penalties for repeat DWI offenders.  Robert J. Pinson, 52, has been convicted of at least four felony offenses for driving while intoxicated and has 11 alcohol-related convictions over the last 25 years.  Jefferson County Prosecutor Bob Wilkins calls Pinson "the poster child" for the new state law.

November 10, 2005 (Clay County, MO)

Teen's fourth DUI:  Charged with killing 2 two in crash

Teen just got his fourth DUI after causing an accident where two women died.  Vinzant has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and multiple alcohol and drug charges stemming from a Sept. 19 accident where 2 died when Vinzant's truck struck the womens' car. 

November 8, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Revived Missouri MADD branch targets teens, Before reopening Boone County’s MADD chapter, Betty Kidwell had been trying to take action against underage drinking on her own, but no one was listening. She decided she needed help from a stronger voice — she needed some muscle.  She found it in MADD, an organization that promotes alcohol-use responsibility and has influenced legislation regarding alcohol consumption.

September 4, 2006 (Ellivsville, MO)

Coker College athlete from Missouri fails to get bond in South Caorlina DUI case, A judge denied bond to a Coker College baseball player charged in connection with a vehicle collision that killed a Darlington County woman, S.C. Highway Patrol Senior Trooper Sonny Collins said.  Craig Zumwinkel, 22, of Ellisville, Mo., turned himself in Thursday afternoon, Collins said. Zumwinkel faces a felony charge of driving under the influence as a result of the Oct. 27 collision that killed 54-year-old Effie Mae Arthur of Hartsville.

November 2, 2005 (Kirksville, MO)

Kirksville man injured in DWI police chase, A police chase that ended in a car crash led to the arrest of a Kirksville man Thursday.  Dale E. Bowdre, 44, of Kirksville, was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), receiving stolen property and tampering with a stolen vehicle.

October 30, 2005 (Kansas City)

30 arrested in DWI / DUI checkpoint, by JAMES HART The Kansas City Star, A DWI / DUI sobriety checkpoint Saturday near the Country Club Plaza netted 30 arrests for driving under the influence (DUI), according to Kansas City police.  Police and the Missouri Highway Patrol conducted the DWI / DUI checkpoint in the southbound lanes of J.C. Nichols Parkway near 47th Street. Authorities stopped 1,086 vehicles.

October 28, 2005 (Jefferson City, MO)

Jefferson City PD gets grant for DWI / DUI enforcement, The Jefferson City Police Department has been awarded a $13,440 grant to help pay officers overtime to work various traffic safety enforcement details. Officers will primarily target speed and red light enforcement and well as DWI / DUI violators.

October 27, 2005 (Pineville, MO)

Stella man pleads guilty in fatal driving while intoxicated (DWI) case, PINEVILLE — A Stella man pleaded guilty Monday to involuntary manslaughter and stealing a backhoe, and received a three-year prison sentence for each charge.  Raymond Jessie Cook, 45, appeared before McDonald County Associate Circuit Court Judge John LePage Monday morning for a pre-trial conference. The Missouri State Highway Patrol said a 1964 International pickup driven by Cook collided with an ATV driven by Weems. Weems was pronounced dead at the scene. A Breathalyzer test conducted at the scene showed Cook was intoxicated.

October 22, 2005 (Joplin, MO)

SML presents Shattered Dreams DUI / DWI prevention program, By Lance Orr, The Eta Upsilon Chapter of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity is sponsoring Sitton Motor Lines’ "Shattered Dreams" program at Missouri Southern State University Oct. 28.  "Shattered Dreams" promotes responsible decision-making and the results of drunk driving accidents. The program, which will be simulated in the Hughes Stadium parking lot, begins with a car crash caused by a drunk driver.

Other scheduled activities include the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Drunk Driving simulator go-cart. The SML "No-Zone" truck demonstrates blind spots around tractor-trailers and buses. Spectators can try on drunk driving goggles, which allow them to experience the visual impairment of a drunk driver.

October 18, 2005 (Platte County, MO)

DWI stop encounter caught on dash cam by police led to the conviction of man for threatening judge, The Parkville man threatened Judge Daniel Czamanske in a statement to Parkville police after being arrested for driving while intoxicated. The dash cam video shown during trial sealed Manges' conviction.  In the video, Manges threatened to shoot the judge and "everybody else who comes in between.

October 17, 2005

Man cited for drunken driving ... in a golf cart, By Daily News staff, Police arrested a Missouri man Saturday night for driving a golf cart on a city street while allegedly intoxicated. Todd Allen Meinburg was driving the cart on Clubview Road near Winona Golf & Dining around 11:34 p.m. with the headlights off when police encountered him. He appeared intoxicated and was given a field sobriety test. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 percent, police said. The 42-year-old man from Hannibal, MO, was cited for fourth-degree DUI, unlawful use of an unregistered vehicle and driving with no headlights.

October 17, 2005 (Marshall, MO)

Slater man charged after weekend wreck, Monday, October 17, 2005, By Chris Post/Senior Staff Writer,  A Slater man faces multiple charges following a Saturday morning crash in rural Saline County. According to a report filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Lamichael E. Hopkins, 24, was cited for driving while intoxicated, driving while revoked, careless and imprudent driving, failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and failure to wear a seat belt.

October 17, 2005 (Hannibal, MO)

Missouri man cited for drunken driving ... in a golf cart, By Daily News staff, Police arrested a Missouri man Saturday night for driving a golf cart on a city street while allegedly intoxicated.

Todd Allen Meinburg was driving the cart on Clubview Road near Winona Golf & Dining around 11:34 p.m. with the headlights off when police encountered him. He appeared intoxicated and was given a field sobriety test. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.16 percent, police said.

October 12, 2005 (Kansas City, MO)

Parkville man convicted of threatening judge during DWI drunken driving arrest, By GLENN E. RICE, The Kansas City Star, A Platte County jury convicted a Parkville man this afternoon of threatening a judge during a profanity-laced tirade.

October 11, 2005 (Cape Girardeau, MO)

Drunken driving symposium to feature panel discussion, Tuesday, October 11, 2005, Southeast Missourian, A symposium on drunken driving will highlight Alcohol Awareness Week at Southeast Missouri State University.
"Drunken Driving: The Impact of One Choice" will be the topic of the symposium to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Show Me Center.

October 9, 2005 (Augusta, MO)

Drivers who have had too much wine focus of task force, Associated Press, AUGUSTA, Mo. - St. Charles County's growing wine business offers visitors beautiful scenery and a chance to sample fresh vintages in pleasant, small wineries.

It also offers those who aren't careful a chance to go to jail if they sample too much of the wine and then try to drive home on the county's highways. The county sheriff's department has an eight-member, specially funded DWI / DUI enforcement unit that sees plenty of business in October, generally considered peak wine season.

October 8, 2005 (Augusta, MO)

Wineries want sippers only, DWI / DUI drunk driving crackdown, by Nancy Cambria, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH, 10/08/2005, AUGUSTA, It's a picture-perfect October day in St. Charles' burgeoning wine country: The sun, the crisp air, the neatly ordered rows of twisting vines, the glasses of shimmering reds and whites. But Lt. Terry Martchink has no interest in the scenery. He says he's too busy looking for the carload of spirited wine sippers that swerves suddenly over the highway dividing line. Or the car that follows too closely behind another. Both are almost sure signs that the drivers are over Missouri's 0.08 legal limit for alcohol consumption, said Martchink, commander of the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department DWI Enforcement Unit. And if you think a few glasses of wine more than you're used to won't put you or your passengers in jeopardy, Martchink said, guess again.

October 7, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Punished for Partying, "A lot of people I know have been arrested for driving while intoxicated and MIPs, but the new law didn’t change the way they drink." By Sarah Koci, Staff Writer. Posted October 07, 2005.Columbia police arrested 97 people for 123 offenses the Friday and Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Of those, 91 were minors in possession of alcohol - and a new law made it a little easier for them to be arrested.  Before Labor Day weekend, a minor only could be arrested for possession of alcohol if he or she was holding an open bottle or container. Now, thanks to a law passed in August, a minor’s body is considered a container of alcohol. Minors with a blood alcohol content level of .02 or above can be charged with a minor in possession. However, the new regulations might not stop minors from partying, and most students seem to think the law is simply impractical.

October 6, 2005 (Hannibal, MO)

Hannibal City Council authorized grant contract for overtime pay for DWI / DUI enforcement and two in-car video camera, The City Council authorized the Mayor to sign two contracts for Missouri Department of Transportation grant money for the Hannibal Police Department. The first grant provides $1,800 in overtime for DWI enforcement activities, as well as the purchase of two in-car video cameras for $12,400, including a 50 percent match. The second grant, for $10,500, provides overtime funds for off-duty officers to conduct traffic enforcement of high traffic-crash areas.

October 4, 2005 (Marshall, MO)

Local teen faces charges after crash, Tuesday, October 4, 2005, By Chris Post/Senior Staff Writer, A Marshall teen faces numerous charges following a weekend accident in rural Saline County.  According to a report filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Jarid D. King was cited for driving while intoxicated, careless and imprudent driving and failure to wear a seat belt following the crash.

October 4, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Alcohol walk draws 800 students, By Karess Parks, Reporter, The 10th annual 24-hour Walk for Alcohol Responsibility began at noon on Friday at Stankowski Field.  Students walked to pay respect to those who had lost their lives because of drunk drivers in Missouri.

October 3, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

New traffic law unit added to Sheriff’s Department, By ELIZABETH A. PHILLIPS, The Boone County Sheriff’s Department grew Saturday, adding a new traffic law unit. "Traffic compliance complaints are one of the highest complaints this agency receives,” Maj. Tom Reddin said. “For years, we have been trying to get a traffic unit off the ground.”

The new unit, headed by traffic unit Sgt. Scott Ewing, will be staffed by two newly hired traffic officers, bringing the total number of enforcement officers at the department to 42. Reddin said the traffic unit officers will be trained in crash investigation and reconstruction, DWI / DUI checkpoints, Operation Slowdown, a program that creates special speed enforcement days, and other traffic-related areas.

October 1, 2005 ( Lee's Summit, MO)

U.S. Dept. of Education Grant fights underage drinking, Posted on Sat, Oct. 01, 2005,A Lee’s Summit effort to prevent underage drinking has been awarded $6,887 for a program aimed at adults.  The grant money is to be spent on an education and awareness campaign called “Those Who Host Lose the Most,” designed to encourage adults to play a more active role in keeping alcohol away from children. It will provide parents with information about the underage drinking laws and health dangers

September  30, 2005 (Buffalo, NY)

Akron woman faces jail for felony DWI charge, 9/30/2005,

An Akron woman faces a mandatory local jail term of up to two years on guilty pleas Thursday to a felony drunken driving charge for a recent Clarence arrest and for violating the terms of the nonjail probation she got two years ago for an earlier DWI incident., Erie County Judge Sheila A. DiTullio and State Supreme Court Justice Penny M. Wolfgang both ordered Rachel M. Wagner, 22, of Liberty Street, to remain in jail pending her dual sentencings in mid-December.

September 30, 2005 (Kansas City, MO)

Man Gets 170 Days In Jail For Fatal DWI Crash, Loophole In Law Prevented Longer Jail Sentence, KANSAS CITY, MO 4:31 pm CDT September 30, 2005 -- A 40-year-old Parkville man was sentenced to 170 days in jail for an alcohol-related crash that killed a 19-year-old man last year.

July 17, 2006(St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

Opinion Shaper: Roadside DWI / DUI drunk driving checks defended, Enterprise Journal, 09/28/2005, It is time to quit bashing your police department and city officials for enforcing the laws. Citizens and visitors of Millstadt, we are a rapidly growing and changing community and the police must be responsive to the community's needs.

September 26, 2005 (National News)

DUI / DWI Suspect Appeals Police Use Of Forced Blood Test, Tony Isley refused a breathalyzer test during a traffic stop in Palm Bay. So police got a search warrant on the spot to take a sample of his blood.  Currently Indiana, Missouri, and Texas use it, and the method has withstood appeals.

September 23, 2005 (Branson, MO)

Branson man gets seven-year sentence for drunk driving, By Beckie Ferguson, BDN Staff Writer
A convicted habitual drunk driver will likely be off the roads for at least the next seven years.  Bradley Ore, 45, of Branson, was recently given an enhanced sentence of seven years in state prison after being convicted of a third felony DWI, according to Taney County Prosecutor Rodney Daniels.

September 21, 2005 (Benton)

Wyatt man is facing 30 years, 09/21/05BENTON - A Wyatt man is facing up to 30 years for assaulting a law enforcement officer. According to the Scott County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Lonnie McCain, 41, was convicted by a Mississippi County jury on Friday of first degree assault of a law enforcement officer, driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license.

September 20, 2005 (Monett, MO)

Monett Police DWI enforcement leads to arrests, Special to The Monett Times, Published September 20, 2005 4:00 PM CDT, More infractions found than officers had sought in two-week effort, By MELONIE ROBERTS, As a part of the national campaign You Drink & Drive, You Lose, which took place August 19 through September 5, members of the Monett Police Department reported that they were able to take a total of six motor vehicle operators who were driving while intoxicated off area streets and highways.

September 18, 2005 (Jefferson City, MO)

Tougher Missouri alcohol laws dampen parties in college town, Posted: Sunday, Sep 18, 2005 - 06:08:28 am CDT,

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- On a Friday night early in the fall semester, the opportunities for drunken debauchery in this college town can tempt even the most temperate of underage undergrads. At Shiloh Bar & Grill near the University of Missouri-Columbia, Bacardi Girls beckon with belly button rings and shots of rum in test tubes as a pair of midget Elvis impersonators linger nearby.

September 17, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Tougher Missouri alcohol laws dampen parties in college town, ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press, COLUMBIA, Mo. - On a Friday night early in the fall semester, the opportunities for drunken debauchery in this college town can tempt even the most temperate of underage undergrads.

September 16, 2005 (Bentonville, MO)

Panel Takes On Wet-Dry Issue, By John T. Anderson, The Morning News BENTONVILLE -- A panel that included a prosecutor, a police chief and the head of a substance abuse facility had few discouraging words Thursday when questioned on the prospect of a wet Benton County

September 15, 2005 (Marshall, MO)

MVC students take turns behind wheel of drunken driving simulator, Thursday, September 15, 2005, Missouri Valley College students stepped up to what looked like a glorified arcade game while an open casket sat behind them. The rhythm of Led Zeppelin's "Black Dog" throbbed lightly in the background -- "... Oh, oh child, way you shake that thing, gonna make you burn, gonna make you sting..."

September 14, 2005 (Moberly, MO)

Extra funding for local law enforcement, highway patrol, By Amy Compney / City Editor, Traffic violators beware: Local law enforcement and the highway patrol have been given extra funding by the state to pay overtime so officers can enforce traffic law longer, better and tougher.

September 13, 2005 (Neosho, MO)

Checkpoint nets 4 DWI arrests, A sobriety checkpoint conducted by the Newton County Sheriff's Department and the Joplin City Police netted four arrests for Driving While Intoxicated Friday evening.  Funded by grants from the Missouri Department of Public Safety, the checkpoint was held in northern Newton County at the Joplin intersection of 34th Street and Hearnes Blvd. from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. A total of 476 vehicles were checked during that time.

September 12, 2005 (Monterey County, MO)

Drunken-driving accident puts strain on lifelong friendship, By Abigail Van Buren, Dear Abby: I was in a car accident two months ago. My best friend, "Heather," was driving. We grew up together and refer to each other as sisters. We were both under the influence, and I was so intoxicated I didn't realize how smashed Heather was. Anyway, I was really banged up in the accident. She got away without a scratch

September 8, 2005 (Marshall, MO)

Wrong-way driver on U.S. Highway 65 cited for DWI, Thursday, September 8, 2005, By Chris Post/Senior Staff Writer,

The fact that he was driving north in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 65 brought William D. Hughes of Lebanon to the attention of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. His actions after that helped ensure he won't soon be forgotten.

September 7, 2005 (Clay County)

State Trooper injured in high-speed chase, An Arkansas State Trooper suffered minor injuries in a wreck following a high speed chase Saturday night in Clay County. According to Sergeant Benny Cox with the Arkansas State Police, the pursuit was initiated after Missouri authorities requested assistance with a suspected DWI driver who was traveling west on U.S. Highway 412. The suspect entered Greene County and two Arkansas State Police officers, Sr. Cpl. Mike Carter and Trooper Tony Hill, began to pursue him at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday.

September 7, 2005 (Columbia, MO)

Missouri linebacker suspended for DWI arrest, COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) Posted 9/7/2005 12:07 PM, Missouri linebacker Marcus Bacon has been suspended indefinitely following his weekend arrest for driving while intoxicated. Missouri officials cited only disciplinary reasons for the suspension. Bacon, a 6-2, 220-pound junior, was the Tigers' leading tackler with eight tackles and 1.5 sacks in Saturday's season-opening 44-17 win over Arkansas State in Kansas City.

September 7, 2005 (Branson, MO)

Holiday weekend relatively safe, according to state patrols, By Beckie Ferguson, BDN Staff Writer, Local law enforcement, including highway and water patrol officials, reported a relatively quiet and safe Labor Day weekend.

No fatalities or even serious injury accidents were reported by Missouri State Water Patrol officials, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol said there was only one fatality in Troop D and none in Stone or Taney counties.

September 1, 2005 (Joplin, MO)

Miami official pleads guilty, Man will retain driver's license after DWI, Michelle Burhenn, Globe Staff Writer, 9/1/05, A Miami, Okla., city official has pleaded guilty in Joplin to a charge of driving while intoxicated, but as part of a plea bargain, Brian Barger will retain his driver's license as long as he does not have additional violations in the next year. 

After one year, the conviction will no longer be on Barger's record, but it could be used against him if he is charged in the future, said Dan Bagley, Joplin city prosecutor. The municipal judge accepted the plea bargain Tuesday.  Barger, director of community and economic development for Miami, also agreed to pay a $250 fine for an amended defective-equipment charge, as well as court costs and recoupment fees totaling $82.50.

August 29, 2005 (Saline County, MO)

Gilliam man injured in crash, cited for DWI, Monday, August 29, 2005, By Chris Post/Senior Staff Writer, A Gilliam man suffered minor injuries in an early-morning crash Sunday in rural Saline County.  According to a preliminary report filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 2:10 a.m. on Missouri Highway 240 at its intersection with County Road 126.

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