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On September 20th police arrived at a Palm Beach Gardens home where they allegedly found a woman driving in circles trying to run over her son-in law with her SUV. According to the police report the driver, 58-year-old Kathleen Regina Davis, had previously been carrying on an extramarital affair with her daughter’s husband, 33-year-old Michael Sciarra.

Davis was enraged when she learned that Sciarra had confessed to his wife about their infidelity claiming it had destroyed her relationship with her daughter. She allegedly drove to Sciarra’s residence where she threw a considerable amount of eggs at his car and his home. When Sciarra came outside Davis began chasing him down with her vehicle. Sciarra claimed he was nearly run over and that he feared his life was in danger.

When Davis was questioned by the authorities, she allegedly told them that she wanted to run Sciarra over. She was placed under arrest, and is now facing criminal charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill. Two days after her detention Davis was released after posting $3,000 bond.

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Although the message of not drinking and driving is a simple one, DUIs account for about 3,200 arrests each day throughout the United States. Additionally, about one third of those arrests are by repeat offenders. The OC Sheriff and local police departments will be out in force on July 4 to nab those who are driving drunk, or even just buzzed. They may set up routine checkpoints to check whether drivers have been drinking, or they may target individuals who are driving erratically. Cell phones allow concerned citizens to act as an enforcement unit of their own, reporting drunk drivers on highways or in their neighborhoods. Those who have been reported may arrive home to find the police waiting for them in their driveway.

Police on patrols may be extra vigilant on holidays, paying close attention to drivers and the way they are driving. If you make an illegal U-turn, fail to completely stop at a stop sign, drive above the speed limit, or weave or drive erratically, they may be more inclined to stop you to check for a possible DUI. Once you are pulled over, there are certain things you should do, and not do, to get the best outcome for your situation:

  1. First, it’s important to realize that you don’t have to be drinking to be found guilty of DUI. If you are tired, drowsy, have taken sleeping pills, allergy medicine, prescribed or unprescribed painkillers, anti-anxiety, anti-depressant medication, have been smoking or vaping pot etc., a police officer may arrest you for generally “Driving while intoxicated.” If you have been drinking alcohol, you may also be arrested for the secondary “Driving while BAC > 0.08%” charge.
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The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is warning residents of Orange County to plan ahead for Labor Day festivities that involve alcohol. The agency will be deploying multiple DUI checkpoints throughout the area with the intention of arresting anybody who is driving a vehicle who is under the influence of alcohol.

Officials recommend planning ahead to get a safe ride home at the end of the night. Such plans can include designating a sober driver, using Uber or a taxi service, or calling a sober friend or family member to give you a ride home. They also recommend taking car keys away from any individual who appears to be intoxicated so they are unable to drive.

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