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Crash into backyard in California yields drunk driving claims

Though car accidents can happen at any time, some drivers may especially struggle when driving during the early morning hours due to fatigue and lack of visibility, particularly when driving in an area known to those who live there as dangerous. Unfortunately, police say that two people are lucky they did not lose their lives in a recent accident in California. The driver, however, is now facing drunk driving accusations.

The incident reportedly happened during the early morning hours of a day in May. Reports claim that a 23-year-old male made an "unsafe turn." As result, his vehicle allegedly crashing through a fence into the backyard of a home. The vehicle almost went into the deep end of the home's pool, according to reports.

California crash results in vehicular manslaughter allegations

A car accident can happen at any time of the day or night. Something as simple as slightly veering toward the side of the road can have catastrophic consequences. Despite this, it may be easy to assume that an accident was the result of a driver who was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For example, a man in California now faces vehicular manslaughter accusations after he was allegedly involved in a fatal crash.

The incident reportedly happened on a day in early May. According to reports, the incident involved a trailer that contained a family of four who were sleeping. Police believe that a 33-year-old man was driving at a high rate of speed when his vehicle exited the roadway, allegedly causing it to crash into the trailer.

DUIs are strict in California: Here's what you need to know

If you drive while under the influence of alcohol, you could face a DUI charge. If this is not your first offense or you harm others with your actions, you could end up facing a felony DUI charge.

You may not be aware of this, but California has some of the strictest DUI laws in the United States. A first offense alone will cost you up to $2,000 in fines and leave you in jail for at least 48 hours. Third or greater offenses within 10 years lead to up to 16 months in prison, over $18,000 in fines and an order to head to a local alcohol treatment program.

Drunk driving suspected in officer-involved California crash

Most drivers in California are committed to protecting their personal safety as well as the safety of others they may encounter. However, even the most diligent of drivers can sometimes overlook a traffic sign, especially when driving at night. Unfortunately, one man was recently arrested, suspected of drunk driving, after he was allegedly involved in a traffic accident involving a police officer.

The incident reportedly happened just before 11 p.m. on a day in late April. According to reports, a 60-year-old man is accused of failing to stop at a stop sign at an intersection. As a result, his vehicle reportedly struck an on-duty police officer's patrol car.

Veteran with PTSD charged with attempted murder in California

Many people from California and other areas of the country are willing to sacrifice their lives in order to protect others, including by joining the military. Unfortunately, many people who are deployed overseas will not return home in the same condition in which they left. While physical injuries are obvious, many members of the military suffer mentally as a result of their experience. Issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder can often have lifelong consequences. In fact, a mother in California speculates that the effects of PTSD are the only thing that could have prompted her son -- who is now charged with multiple counts of attempted murder --  to commit the crimes of which he is accused.

The incident that led to the 34-year-old man's arrest reportedly happened on a day in April. According to police, the man -- described in media reports as a former U.S. Army sharpshooter -- deliberately drove into a group of pedestrians on a crosswalk. Eight people were reportedly injured in the incident.

California boating accident leads to vehicular manslaughter claim

At this time of year, many people in California have their thoughts turned to hot weather and time spent with friends and family. Unfortunately, a day that is meant to be filled with fun and freshly-made memories can turn to tragedy in the blink of an eye. In fact, a man is now charged with vehicular manslaughter following a fatal boating accident.

The incident that resulted in the loss of a life and criminal charges against a 30-year-old man reportedly happened on a day in May 2018. According to reports, the man was was operating a ski boat. Unfortunately, the boat is said to have crashed into the shore of the lake.

Lawmakers propose changes to California drunk driving laws

In California, drivers can face criminal charges if caught behind the wheel with a blood alcohol content of .08 or more. If convicted of drunk driving, drivers could face penalties that range from loss of driving privileges to time behind bars. Drunk driving is a serious criminal offense, and proposed changes to DUI laws could mean more people may face these charges in the future.

Two state lawmakers have recently proposed changes that could lower the BAC threshold for drunk driving to be .05. These lawmakers suggest that people who are technically not drunk according to legal standards could still be dangerous behind the wheel. By lowering BAC levels, they say the roads will be safer. Other groups plan to fight the proposed bill, saying that it would unnecessarily punish mindful, responsible drinkers. 

More California parents caught up in admissions scandal

Federal prosecutors have cast a wide net to snare parents, students and others caught up in the nationwide college admissions scandal. As such, some California parents and their children who attend top schools like the University of Southern California (USC) have found themselves under scrutiny.

A Laguna Beach resident who works in the finance sector and a wealthy heiress from Newport Beach are two of 16 individuals — some of whom are award-winning actors — who were indicted recently on felony charges of fraud, conspiracy and money-laundering. The charges stem from revelations about the college admissions scandal that federal prosecutors allege involves wealthy and influential parents around the nation.

Man faces drug charges after California traffic stop

For many people in California and across the country, a confrontation with a law enforcement officer is an inherently stressful situation. Despite this, officers may interpret any displays of anxiety, for example, as "abnormal behavior" worthy of additional suspicion. It is this scenario that recently resulted in the arrest of a man on drug charges.

Reports indicate that the incident that led to the man's arrest happened on a day in late March. The California Highway Patrol claims that an officer initiated a traffic stop because a vehicle reportedly had tinting of the front windows that was illegal. However, the officer claims that the driver was "acting strange," specifically claiming that he was being evasive.

Young California woman charged with shoplifting from Target

For many people in California and across the country, Target is a store that carries almost anything needed. Unfortunately, police believe that a young woman recently attempted to steal from the store. As a result, she was arrested and now faces accusations of shoplifting.

The incident reportedly began on an afternoon in March. According to reports, the 21-year-old woman walked around the store, placing several items in a cart and basket. One of those items, police say, was a six-pack of beer.

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