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When a Garden Grove woman was pulled over for reckless driving on Saturday morning, police discovered she was carrying a rather large quantity of prescription narcotics in the vehicle.

Shauna Kester had been driving near the Festival of the Arts grounds in Laguna Beach when she was reportedly seen by an on-duty officer while operating the vehicle erratically. With the assistance of another patrolman in the vicinity Kester was pulled over.

The officers requested that Kester step out of the vehicle, and they began to question her. She disclosed that she had been smoking marijuana earlier in the evening. The officers then searched her car and located a cosmetic storage case containing hundreds of prescription pills comprised of over fifteen different kinds of medication.

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A Washington couple engaged in sexual activity while driving with the woman’s 3-month-old daughter in the car were the victims of an accident when they slammed into a tree on Wednesday. They were both intoxicated at the time of the crash.

The day before Thanksgiving Michael Tonkin was driving down a winding mountain road with a female companion and her baby. Tonkin and the woman were fully disrobed, and she was reportedly straddling him in the driver’s seat as they has sex. According to statements by police both Tonkin and the woman were inebriated.

Tonkin allegedly lost control of the car as he tried to navigate the bends in the road, causing him to swerve off of the shoulder and crash into a tree. Onlookers said they spotted the pair emerging from the vehicle completely nude after the wreck.

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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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