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July 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Electronics retailer Sharper Image Corp. agreed Friday to stop selling personal breathalyzers and pay $1.2 million in restitution as part of a settlement regarding the devices. The company incorrectly claimed the digital breath alcohol testers were accurate to 0.001 of a percentage point of blood-alcohol content, according to tests by San Diego's Consumer Protection Unit. Sharper Image also agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties for inaccurately advertising the effectiveness of the testers.
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February 26, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Wearing bright orange shoes and sticking his arms out to help steady himself, Justin Bieber stumbled at least twice during a toe-the-line sobriety test at a Miami Beach jail. The video from a jail surveillance camera was among the few scenes that captured Bieber, according to media reports, among 10 hours of video footage released Wednesday by the Miami Beach Police Department. Evidence in criminal cases is public record in Florida once turned over to the defense. Media covering the 19-year-old pop singer's DUI case requested the video's release.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 1990
Signs announcing a sobriety checkpoint ahead on Pacific Coast Highway didn't deter 12 people from driving through and being arrested on suspicion of drunk driving. The California Highway Patrol set up the checkpoint at 9 p.m. Friday along northbound lanes at Broadway because of the beginning of spring break for many schools. A spokesman said that by the time the checkpoint shut down at 2:15 a.m. Saturday, 1,350 motorists had been checked. None of those arrested were teen-agers.
NATIONAL
April 17, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Police officers usually must have a search warrant before requiring a suspected drunk driver to have his blood drawn, the Supreme Court said Wednesday. In an 8-1 decision, the justices rejected Missouri prosecutors' contention that police should have the freedom to act quickly and dispense with a warrant because alcohol dissipates in the blood. Instead, the court said it would hold fast to its view that the 4th Amendment's ban on "unreasonable searches" means the police usually need a warrant from a magistrate before invading a person's privacy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The blood alcohol test results of three off-duty police officers involved in a street fight outside a bar last November can be released publicly, a judge ruled Monday. Officer Alex Fagan Jr., the son of department Acting Chief Alex Fagan Sr., is one of the officers facing a felony trial this spring. Officers Matt Tonsing and David Lee also are charged. The tests were conducted by the department's internal affairs division several hours after the 2:30 a.m. altercation on Union Street.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1992 | DEBRA CANO
Halloween revelers who drive along Harbor Boulevard on Saturday night may be stopped by police and asked to take a sobriety test. The Police Department will begin the first in a series of 12 sobriety checkpoints during the next year. "The program is intended to educate drivers that if they drive drunk, they are likely to be stopped and arrested," said Sgt. Larry Griswold. Griswold said the checkpoint will be on Harbor Boulevard at the north end of the city between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m.
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September 8, 1988 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
While many people think a driver has to be falling-down drunk to be dangerous, police apply a more subtle standard. If you can't smoothly perform the following tasks, which are commonly required of drivers suspected of being under the influence, you stand a good chance of being arrested and hauled off to jail: WALK AND TURN--Take nine steps heel-to-toe along a straight line with hands at your sides, then turn and take nine steps back.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 21, 1992 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An attorney for Rodney G. King on Monday denounced his client's recent drunk driving arrest as harassment and said he has strong evidence contradicting police assertions that King was driving erratically and failed his sobriety tests. Lawyer Steven A. Lerman said comments from at least a dozen witnesses indicate that King was not driving recklessly and had actually passed the sobriety tests during his arrest by the California Highway Patrol outside a Denny's restaurant in Orange last Thursday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2002
Eighteen people were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint by Costa Mesa police Friday night and early Saturday morning. The checkpoint, at 19th Street and Newport Boulevard, was in operation from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Police and California Highway Patrol officers screened about 880 of the 3,430 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. The arrests resulted from 28 field sobriety tests by officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1999
Eight people were arrested on drunk-driving charges Friday night at a DUI checkpoint in Costa Mesa. City police set up the checkpoint between 9:15 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday on eastbound 17th Street at Westminster Avenue. Officers screened 769 drivers from the more than 1,300 cars that passed through the checkpoint, said Sgt. Larry Hicks, and performed field sobriety tests on 60 of them. Eight were charged with driving under the influence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2012 | By Lauren Williams and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times
Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Jim Righeimer has accused local employee associations of being behind a 911 call that led to an officer giving him a field sobriety test outside his home. "This has gone way over the line," Righeimer said at a news conference Friday outside City Hall. "I understand that pensions are a tense issue, that pay is a tense issue. I understand that some people may disagree, but when what looks like someone is paid to follow me around town and set me up for a DUI in front of my kids and my house, it's crossing the line.
SPORTS
January 7, 2009 | Associated Press
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of drunk driving. Jackson failed sobriety tests shortly after 2 a.m. on State Route 52 in San Diego, a California Highway Patrol officer said. Jackson, whose blood-alcohol level was unknown, was on probation for a previous DUI arrest. The player was taken to the San Diego County Jail and released. Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith said he was aware of Jackson's "off-the-field issue."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 8, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
Paris Hilton's arrest early Thursday for allegedly driving drunk on the streets of Hollywood in her rare Mercedes was less "Dragnet" and more reality TV. The entire episode was recorded exhaustively by paparazzi. It included a guest appearance by a star of the HBO television show "Entourage" and culminated with Hilton cheerfully describing the incident on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. There was none of the secrecy that surrounded actor-director Mel Gibson's DUI arrest last month.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Electronics retailer Sharper Image Corp. agreed Friday to stop selling personal breathalyzers and pay $1.2 million in restitution as part of a settlement regarding the devices. The company incorrectly claimed the digital breath alcohol testers were accurate to 0.001 of a percentage point of blood-alcohol content, according to tests by San Diego's Consumer Protection Unit. Sharper Image also agreed to pay $100,000 in penalties for inaccurately advertising the effectiveness of the testers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The blood alcohol test results of three off-duty police officers involved in a street fight outside a bar last November can be released publicly, a judge ruled Monday. Officer Alex Fagan Jr., the son of department Acting Chief Alex Fagan Sr., is one of the officers facing a felony trial this spring. Officers Matt Tonsing and David Lee also are charged. The tests were conducted by the department's internal affairs division several hours after the 2:30 a.m. altercation on Union Street.
NATIONAL
January 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Breath-alcohol detectors installed in the cars of convicted drunk drivers prevented them from driving under the influence more than 10,000 times in the first year of Pennsylvania's Ignition Interlock Law, according to a study by the Pennsylvania DUI Assn. Drivers whose licenses have been suspended for two years may get them back after one if they agree to have the device installed. They must pass a breath test before the system will allow them to start their vehicles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2002
Eighteen people were arrested at a sobriety checkpoint by Costa Mesa police Friday night and early Saturday morning. The checkpoint, at 19th Street and Newport Boulevard, was in operation from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m. Police and California Highway Patrol officers screened about 880 of the 3,430 vehicles that passed through the checkpoint. The arrests resulted from 28 field sobriety tests by officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 2002 | Steve Harvey
It's time for another action-packed episode in the city of Paramount's monthly newsletter, which recounts how a motorist was pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving the other day and demanded to know why. He was told it had something to do with the fact that his car was missing one tire and that he was leaving a shower of sparks as he maneuvered down the street. Dueling signs: Henk Friezer of Eagle Rock found a couple of notices that were linked only by tape (see photo).
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