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Police in Las Vegas say former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelled of alcohol when he was found in his damaged sports car this week and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Lynch’s attorneys responded Thursday with a statement saying Lynch was in a parked car, not driving, and a DUI charge won't stick. The arresting officer says police found markings suggesting Lynch’s black Shelby GT500 hit sidewalks before stopping in an industrial part of downtown Las Vegas. The 7:30 a.m. Tuesday arrest came after the Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that Lynch had been hired as a team broadcast special correspondent. In 12 NFL seasons, Lynch also played for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.

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Police in Las Vegas say former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch was asleep and smelled of alcohol when he was found in his damaged sports car this week and arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Lynch’s attorneys responded Thursday with a statement saying Lynch was in a parked car, not driving, and a DUI charge won't stick. The arresting officer says police found markings suggesting Lynch’s black Shelby GT500 hit sidewalks before stopping in an industrial part of downtown Las Vegas. The 7:30 a.m. Tuesday arrest came after the Seattle Seahawks announced Monday that Lynch had been hired as a team broadcast special correspondent. In 12 NFL seasons, Lynch also played for the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders.

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A jury has acquitted a commercial truck driver of causing the 2019 deaths of seven motorcyclists in a collision in northern New Hampshire. Twenty-six-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy, of West Springfield, Massachusetts, had pleaded not guilty to multiple counts of negligent homicide, manslaughter, and other charges. The jury deliberated for less than three hours before returning the verdict. Zhukovskyy has been in jail since the crash on June 21, 2019, in Randolph. The seven who died were part of a Marines motorcycle club and were from New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The trial began July 26.

Las Vegas police say former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch has been arrested on suspicion of driving impaired. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said officers stopped the vehicle the 36-year-old Lynch was driving at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. They say officers determined Lynch was impaired and detained him. He was booked at the Las Vegas City Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence.  Jail records did not show whether he had a lawyer who could speak on his behalf. Lynch played 12 season the NFL, mostly with the Seattle Seahawks. He had 10,413 career rushing yards and 85 rushing touchdowns from 2007-19 with the Seahawks, the Buffalo Bills and the Oakland Raiders.

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Authorities in Texas say a grandfather, two of his grandchildren and a niece were the four people killed in a weekend collision involving a golf cart in the island resort area of Galveston. Authorities say an SUV driver accused of being intoxicated ran a stop sign and crashed into a pickup truck, which then collided with the golf cart carrying six people. Police on Monday identified the four people killed as 49-year-old Felipe Bentancur; his niece, 25-year-old Destiny Uvalle; and two grandchildren, 4-year-old Kaisyn Bentancur and 14-year-old Brailyn Cantu. Two others on the golf cart were critically injured. The driver of the SUV is charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter and remains jailed.

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Police say four people riding in a golf cart were killed — including two juveniles — when an allegedly intoxicated man driving an SUV ran a stop sign at an intersection in Southeast Texas. Police say 45-year-old Miguel Espinoza has been charged with four counts of intoxication manslaughter in the late Saturday wreck in Galveston. Police say investigators believe that after the SUV failed to stop, it struck a pickup truck, which crashed into the golf cart. Two others who were riding in the golf cart were hospitalized and police say they were in critical condition. Police say Espinoza was being held in Galveston County jail Sunday on $400,000 bond. Jail records did not list an attorney for him.

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New Mexico officials say a drunk man barreled an SUV through a parade that celebrates Native American culture and that least 15 people were injured, including two Gallup police officers. The state police agency said Friday they have no reason to suspect the crime was motivated by hate. The incident stoked fear in the crowd of thousands who lined the parade route in front of businesses selling Native American jewelry, arts and crafts. Police arrested 33-year-old Jeff Irving and said his blood-alcohol content was three times the state's legal limit for driving. Court records didn't list an attorney who could comment on his behalf

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The husband of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence charges in connection with a May car crash in Northern California's wine country. Paul Pelosi did not appear in person Wednesday at Napa County Superior Court. His attorney entered not guilty pleas on his behalf. The charges are driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level or higher, causing injury. California Highway Patrol officers responding to the crash said Pelosi was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. Nancy Pelosi is traveling in Asia this week.

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A woman with an open bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey in a bag was arrested for driving a golf cart on Florida’s busiest interstate while drunk. According to a police report, the 58-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night on the shoulder of Interstate 95. She is now facing misdemeanor charges of disorderly intoxication in a public place and resisting an officer without violence. According to the report, a semitruck driver spotted the woman driving in the golf cart in the center lane of Interstate 95 in Brevard County. The truck driver used her semi to steer the golf cart driver to the shoulder of the interstate.

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The husband of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence charges in connection with a May car crash in Northern California's wine country. Paul Pelosi did not appear in person Wednesday at Napa County Superior Court. His attorney entered the not guilty pleas on his behalf. State law allows for DUI misdemeanor defendants to make court apperances through their attorney unless ordered. The charges are driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury and driving with a .08% blood alcohol level or higher, causing injury. Nancy Pelosi is traveling in Asia this week.

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A California woman has been sentenced to between 21 years and life in prison for killing a mother and father and injuring their three young children in a drunk driving crash while the family was out looking at Christmas lights. The Orange County District Attorney’s office says 23-year-old Grace Coleman was sentenced Friday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of murder and other charges. Authorities say Coleman was driving with a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit in December 2020 when she ran a red light and crashed into the car driven by Henry Saldana-Mejia as he took his family to see Christmas lights.

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A prosecutor says that a commercial truck driver charged in the deaths in 2019 of seven members of a Marine motorcycle club told police he caused the crash and wasn’t looking, while his lawyer said it was the fault of the lead biker, who looked over his shoulder at his fellow riders moments beforehand. The prosecutor said Tuesday that 26-year-old Volodymyr Zhukovskyy had taken heroin, fentanyl and cocaine on June 21, 2019, and “weaved back and forth repeatedly” before the head-on crash along U.S. Route 2 in Randolph, New Hampshire. Zhukovskyy's lawyer said the lead biker was drunk and came into contact with Zhukovskyy's truck first. Zhukovskyy pleaded not guilty to negligent homicide, manslaughter, driving under the influence and reckless conduct.

Authorities say a Southern California woman was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after her 8-year-old daughter was killed in a collision that injured several other people including three children. The highway patrol says the crash occurred Sunday evening along State Route 79 near Temecula in Riverside County. The 33-year-old woman was driving a Honda Pilot in westbound lanes when the SUV drifted right onto the dirt shoulder and then swerved into the opposing lane. The Pilot collided with a Chevy Silverado heading east. The 8-year-old died at the scene. A total of three adults and three children were hospitalized.

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Former U.S. women’s national team star goalkeeper Hope Solo has pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, almost four months after she was found passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle in North Carolina with her 2-year-old twins inside. Solo also was charged with misdemeanor child abuse and resisting a public officer in connection with the March 31 incident. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that her attorney said the remaining two charges were voluntarily dismissed. A judge gave Solo a suspended sentence of 24 months and an active sentence of 30 days. She was given 30 days' credit for time she spent at an in-patient rehabilitation facility.

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