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Man faces DUI charge following fatal accident involving teen

A man in California was recently arrested and taken into custody after being accused of causing a fatal car accident due to drinking and driving. The collision took place on a Friday afternoon. The man facing a DUI charge is 31 years old.

According to police, the man was driving under the influence and suddenly crashed into a car in which a high school senior was riding. The senior was apparently slated to play in a football later that day. The crash occurred at a little past 2 p.m. at a street intersection.

Son of Nicolas Cage enters no contest plea following DUI arrest

The son of movie star Nicolas Cage recently pleaded no contest to driving under the influence in California. His 26-year-old son, Weston Cage, reportedly drove with a blood alcohol level of at least .08. The DUI incident took place in February of this year.

During the incident that led to the arrest, Weston reportedly led police on an automobile chase. The chase apparently occurred throughout the San Fernando Valley. Ultimately, his vehicle crashed into a tree as well as another car. He was initially charged with DUI along with hit and run (two counts) after he reportedly tried to flee the scene. His blood alcohol content was said to be .15, or almost two times the legal limit.

California apparently lenient in area of drunk driving

Research shows that the state of California ranks number 21 in strictness with intoxicated drivers when compared with the other 49 states in the United States. Thus, California is considered one of the more easygoing states with regard to drunk drivers. However, the state has received high marks for the preventative efforts it takes to curb drunk driving.

California is considered more lenient than many other states in the area of drunk driving, as its mandatory jail time minimums for both first and second DUI offenses are much lower compared with other states. Someone who is arrested on his or her first DUI will face at least four days behind bars in the state. If they are convicted of DUI once again, they will serve 10 days in jail.

14 face federal drug trafficking charges in California

A total of 14 individuals were arrested recently in California after being accused of operating seven sham medical clinics. They now face federal drug trafficking charges. According to authorities, the 14 who were arrested diverted a minimum of two million prescription pills to the streets, including addictive narcotics, such as oxycodone.

According to two indictments that a federal grand jury returned in late July in Los Angeles, those who took part in the conspiracy were able to profit from illegal prescriptions that were given out for no legitimate medical purposes. This was reportedly done through several clinics that opened and closed periodically. The alleged clinics were essentially pop-up style clinics.

Man accused of causing DUI accident pleads not guilty

A man in California recently pleaded not guilty to charges related to drunk driving and hit and run. The charges stem from an alleged DUI car accident that took place in January and resulted in a bicyclist's death. His not-guilty plea was entered on a Monday.

According to authorities, the 48-year-old man, whose prominent family runs a vineyard corporation, was driving one night and suddenly hit a bicyclist at about 9:30 p.m. The man reportedly ended up leaving the accident scene. Police said they later found him at a gas station and determined that he had been driving while under the influence.

Woman faces drug charges, also accused of vehicle theft

A woman in California was recently arrested for stealing a vehicle. She also faces drug charges. The incident that led to her arrest occurred on a recent Thursday night.

Police reported that an officer was patrolling a street that night and noticed the woman leaving a parking lot at around 11 p.m. The police officer apparently decided to keep following the woman not only because it was late but also because the type of car she was operating is known for being easy to steal. When police checked the automobile, they learned that the car had reportedly been stolen just a few days before.

DUI charge filed against 21-year-old man

A man in California was recently arrested for driving while under the influence. The DUI arrest took place on a Thursday morning. The man charged with drunk driving is 21 years old.

According to authorities, they responded to the single-car crash at around 1:30 a.m. While at the crash scene, they found an automobile that had struck the center median of the road. The car was disabled as a result of the collision.

Man faces weapons, drug charges in California

A man in California was recently arrested in connection with firearm and drug crimes. The arrests took place on a Monday afternoon. However, those facing weapon or drug charges in California are always presumed innocent unless and until prosecutors can prove their guilt in a court of law.

In the recent drug and firearm case, police reported that a call came to them at a little past 4 p.m. regarding a suspicious automobile near a street intersection. When they got to the area, they pulled the car over for violating a vehicle code. They then began their investigation of the automobile.

Alleged DUI accident leads to 1 death, 2 injuries

A truck passenger recently died in a California collision that police said was caused by driving under the influence. The alleged DUI crash occurred in the early morning hours on a Saturday. The man believed to have caused the crash now faces multiple criminal charges.

The car accident took place at about 2:40 a.m. According to police, a man who was driving his pickup truck while under the influence suddenly collided with a utility pole. When authorities arrived at the scene, they found two passengers inside the truck and determined that one had lost consciousness.

Man accused of committing weapons, drug crime

A man in California was recently accused of engaging in criminal activity involving drugs and weapons. According to authorities, the drug crime he committed involved dealing heroin, whereas the weapon crimes involved manufacturing machine guns and then selling those guns illegally. The U.S. Department of Justice brought these federal charges against the man on a recent Thursday.

According to the DOJ, the 39-year-old man sold many firearms to government agents. These undercover agents came from the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agencies reported that they covertly bought 19 firearms from the man during a period of multiple months last year. These firearms allegedly included ones that were fully automatic and that the man had developed on his own.

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