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Celebrity DUI Arrests

Celebrity DUI Arrests: More Common Now than Ever?

Lately, it seems like arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) of celebrities have been in front page headlines more than ever.

  • Motley Crue frontman arrested for Vegas DUI: In June 2010, police stopped Vince Neil on suspicion of driving under the influence in Las Vegas, Nevada, and booked him at the Clark County jail.
  • Melrose Place actress charged with vehicular homicide: In June 2010, Amy Locane-Bovenizer hit the passenger side door of a car pulling into a driveway in Montgomery, New Jersey, killing the passenger and leaving the driver in critical condition at the hospital.
  • Warrant singer Jani Lane sentenced to two years in jail after second DUI: Lane, most famous for singing “Cherry Pie,” was arrested after plowing into a parked car in Woodland Hills, California in May 2010 and sentenced two months later.
  • MTV Real World participant arrested for DUI after an accident in San Diego: In March 2010, Puck, a one-time participant on Real World: San Francisco, was charged with a DUI while lying in a hospital bed, after he failed to negotiate a turn with his son in the car. Puck—a.k.a. David Rainey—suffered numerous injuries, including a broken clavicle and sternum, but his son, who suffered bruised internal organs, managed to exit the car and flag down help.
  • Former star of The Hills arrested for California DUI: In March 2010, police arrested Jason Wahler, former lead in The Hills, for suspected DUI in Newport Beach.

The list could go on: American Pie actor Chris Klein, actress Joyce DeWitt of Three’s Company, and, of course, perennial newsmaker Lindsay Lohan…

Maryland DUIs

A little closer to home, Cynthia Busch, wife of Maryland House Speaker Michael Busch, was arrested for a DUI in Annapolis in August 2008. The State House Majority Leader, Kumar Barve, who sponsored the law lowering Maryland’s legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit from .1 to .08, was arrested for DUI in August 2007. The Washington Redskin’s Byron Westbrook was arrested for DUI in February 2010, and police arrested former Redskin Quinton Ganther on the same charges in July 2010.

Why all the Arrests and Jail Time?

States across the country—including Maryland—are cracking down on drunk drivers, lowering the BAC limit, and aggressively prosecuting repeat offenders. Also, instead of giving celebrities a get-out-of-jail-free pass, many states are choosing to prosecute them to everyone else.

If you are arrested for a Maryland DUI or DWI, contact experienced Bowie area attorneys as soon as possible. Like those celebrities, you face possible fines, jail time, and license revocation.

Skilled Hanover area DUI attorneys may be able to minimize your DUI penalties

Hartel, DeSantis & Howie LLP has almost 40 years of combined experience defending those accused of DUI in Hanover, Annapolis, and throughout Maryland, D.C. and Virginia.

By Michael A. DeSantis | Published September 5, 2012