In May, the Lakewood Police Department shared data showing that at least 75 percent of DUI arrests in the city between 2009 and 2013 involved alcohol, not drugs -- and in many years, the disparity was even greater. In the months since then, however, LPD spokesman Steve Davis tells us the number of ... More >>
Last summer, we told you about a fatal crash following a Grand Lake 4th of July fireworks display for which Lucas Ackerman had been accused of vehicular homicide, a felony, as well as driving under the influence. But what initially seemed like a straightforward case has become unexpectedly complicat ... More >>
As we've reported, a slew of Denver police officers have gotten into trouble lately -- and a number of the incidents, including a brawl apparently spurred by wife swapping, featured alcohol. And that's not to mention assorted busts involving law enforcers and drunk driving. Could some of these epis ... More >>
In January, Keith Kilbey, 23, was among the first people to be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs in the wake of limited recreational marijuana sales becoming legal; he crashed into a Colorado State Patrol vehicle and damaged a second one. Local media organizations that covered Kilbe ... More >>
In the months since limited marijuana use and possession became legal for adults 21 and over, we've been seeking out statistics related to driving under the influence of marijuana in the hope of determining how the number of offenses compares to alcohol-related DUIs. Earlier this month, for instance ... More >>
Safety T.J. Ward, a high-profile free-agent recently signed by the Broncos, is wanted for misdemeanor assault in relation to a reported May 9 incident at PT's Showclub, a strip joint. (Fun fact: PT's was once The Family Dog, a legendary Denver rock club that hosted performances by the Doors and Van ... More >>
Update: Earlier this week, we reported about legislation that would have established a felony DUI law in Colorado, as well as the arguments in favor of the bill made by Mother's Against Drunk Driving; see our previous coverage below. In the end, however, the measure fell short, and a representative ... More >>
We recently posted about a call by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to support a bill creating a felony DUI law in Colorado; the initiative failed yesterday. Readers were split on whether the measure was a good idea or not, with some arguing for harsh punishment and others decrying the current system. ... More >>
Before the ball drops tonight, the cops could get a drop on you: Once again, the Colorado Department of Transportation and the Colorado State Patrol have teamed up with 76 law-enforcement agencies throughout Colorado to increase DUI enforcement through Thursday, January 2. During last year's New Yea ... More >>
It was one of the most sadly ironic events of the year: On Labor Day weekend -- when the heat was on to catch drunk drivers -- cannabis activist Jenny Kush was killed by one of those drink drivers, as related in our September cover story, "The life and tragic death of Jenny Kush." Now her death ha ... More >>
New data is out in regard to DUI enforcement over Halloween, and the numbers show 386 confirmed arrest for driving under the influence took place in Colorado during the reporting period, with a hefty percentage of them taking place in Aurora and Denver. We've got the breakdown below. While the 386 ... More >>
In February, shortly before the Colorado Rockies' season got underway, first baseman Todd Helton was busted for drunk driving. Helton wound up retiring at the end of the mediocre campaign, and now, Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort has been taken into custody on suspicion of the same crime. Monfort ... More >>
During the Labor Day enforcement period related to the Colorado Department of Transportation's "Heat is On" campaign, law enforcers arrested a staggering 1,342 people for impaired driving. Surprisingly, this figure represents a slight improvement over similar stretches in 2011 and 2012. But another ... More >>
As a general rule, three similar items make a trend. But we're suspending that regulation in honor of two schmucky incidents that took place on CU-Boulder's Regent Drive within 24 hours or so. One involved an alleged drunk driver taking out some parking meters. The other found another alleged drunk ... More >>
Given that we're in a quiet period for NFL news, the DUI arrests for two Broncos executives -- director of player personnel Matt Russell and director of pro personnel Tom Heckert -- quickly became the league's biggest story on ESPN and other sports outlets. Not that such incidents are highly unusua ... More >>
Yesterday, we posted about the ten Colorado counties with the most DUIs in 2012, using statistics from the NoDUIColorado.org website. But in addition to bust numbers, the site determines the average blood alcohol content of arrestees in each county. That allows us to figure out which county's drunk ... More >>
At this writing, HB 13-1114, a bill to set THC driving-impairment standards, is being debated by the House judiciary committee -- and it differs substantially from the version that failed twice before. This time, the THC limit is part of wide-ranging legislation that makes changes in the way driving ... More >>
The news that the Denver Police Department will now be enforcing state drunk cycling laws and giving out DUIs to intoxicated riders has sparked a lot of debate. But as word spread earlier this week, DPD officials said it was unclear how DUIs for cyclists would affect their driving licences. Now, ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported that Denver Police are now enforcing state drunk-cycling laws -- meaning intoxicated cyclists can be charged with DUIs just like inebriated drivers. Some cycling advocates question whether this is good public policy -- and a look at parallel laws around the country shows that ... More >>
In the wake of Elvis Dumervil's Miami bust over the weekend, the Denver Post noted that the Broncos are third in the NFL since 2000 (behind only Minnesota and Cincinnati) in an extremely dubious category: most arrests. The paper's source: an amazing database created by the San Diego Union-Tribune, w ... More >>
Our coverage of Jenna Breen's tragic death, allegedly caused by a crash with a multiple DUI offender, has generated plenty of heartfelt commentary. Here's the view of a reader who would like to see tougher penalties for drunk-driving recidivists.
Former cop and current state investigator Joe Sandoval is still a candidate for city council in Commerce City, according to the city clerk's office. But if he stays in the race, he'll have some uncomfortable questions to answer about being busted for driving under the influence -- and the way a poli ... More >>
Rosenthal.The new status report from Independent Monitor and Westword profile subject Richard Rosenthal contains a real whopper: He says off-duty Denver officers caught driving drunk in Denver may be scoring get-out-of-jail free cards. Since 2005, ten off-duty Denver officers have been buste ... More >>
Big pic below.The case of Lisa Norton, who's accused of trying to swim away from a fatal accident she allegedly caused, keeps getting more bizarre. Authorities now confirm that she was sentenced to probation for DUI last Thursday, just two days before the crash that killed Gabriel Nielsen -- ... More >>
9NewsBetsy Long, the former green-biz entrepreneur who blew a .252 blood alcohol content following a crash that killed Mary Warren, a young woman bound for the Peace Corps, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and more in December. But accepting responsibility didn't result in a small sentenc ... More >>
9NewsA short time ago, 9News reports, Betsy Long, who was accused of causing a July crash that killed Mary Warren, a young CSU grad bound for the Peace Corps, pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of an accident and DUI. Regarding the last charge, Long re ... More >>
David Dolan.Back in March, TV viewers across the state saw Colorado State Patrolman David Dolan get pulled over by Douglas County officers for alleged drunk driving -- likely the first time a CSP member was busted for DUI on the job. Now, Dolan has reportedly been sentenced to ten days in jai ... More >>
David Cox isn't dropping his candidacy.For politicians, being arrested is never a good thing -- and the combination of alcohol and firearms doesn't improve the situation. Yet David Cox, one of three Republicans running for Colorado House District 54, has no plans to stop running -- and he's ... More >>
Cory Gardner swears he doesn't like drunk driving!More evidence that the Democratic Party sees Representative Betsy Markey as among the more vulnerable freshmen in Congress -- an attack on her opponent, Cory Gardner, by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which accuses him of "po ... More >>
The "100 Days of Heat" campaign, in which local police agencies step up their efforts to put drunk drivers behind bars before they can kill anyone, is in full force this weekend in at least a couple of local municipalities. Lakewood is announcing a handful of sobriety checkpoints to be put in plac ... More >>
"DUI Arrest Stats Staggering," from Sunday's Denver Post, more than lives up to the assertion in its headline. The package smacks readers in the face from its first sentence: "Each year, roughly 10,000 drunken drivers are busted in Colorado for driving drunk again -- and during a recent three-year s ... More >>
Madd at Dustin. Dustin Lee Chady didn’t want to go to jail. He really didn’t. And since Chady knew he might get thrown in the slammer if he didn’t attend a court-ordered drunk driving meeting in Colorado Springs last Monday, he made every effort to get there, including bum-rushing the doors ... More >>
Attack ads heat up the governor's race.
There's nothing that can bring back Sonja DeVries. But the Colorado Republicans just added insult to fatal injury when it sent out a release using the case of Sonja DeVires (sic) — killed by a drunk driver on July 18, 2004, when she was just nineteen— to bash Bill Ritter. In "Collision ... More >>
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A WAITRESS IS CLEARED OF A DUI CHARGE BUT STILL LOSES HER LICENSE.