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Federal Transportation Officials Want States to Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Levels to 0.05

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

States are considering whether to lower legal blood-alcohol levels from 0.08 to 0.05 in an effort to curb car accidents, CBS 13 in Sacramento reports. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for the change for the second time, saying the reduced limit would save nearly 1,000 lives.

“Alcohol remains the No. 1 killer on our roadways,” said Chris Cochran with the California Office of Traffic Safety.

All lowered states their legal limit to 0.08 in 2013.

“Individual states can change it if they want to, but there is an incentive not to. They’ll lose federal dollars,” he said.

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TSA Screener Forced Off Restricted Area After Cops Said She Was Driving Drunk

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunken TSA screener was forced off the road by Port Authority cops early Sunday when she was spotted driving in a restricted area, The New York Post reports. 

Authorities said Kimberly Flemming, 33, was off duty and driving at twice the legal limit for alcohol when she refused to comply with orders to pull over near Newark Airport.

Police forced her to stop by pulling in front of her 2103 Nissan Altima.

Police found her wearing one boot with the other off.

She allegedly was drinking at a nearby bistro but insisted she wasn’t drunk.

“I’m not drunk,” she told the police.

She was charge with driving while intoxicated.

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‘Affluenza’ Teen, His Mother Were Detained in Mexico After Fleeing Over Probation Violation

Ethan Couch.

Ethan Couch.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A wealthy Texas teenager who was given leniency after killing four people while driving drunk has been captured in Mexico with his mother, The New York Times reports. 

Ethan Couch gained national notoriety when a judge gave him probation in 2013 after his lawyer called a witness who claimed he suffered from “affluenza,” a so-called psychological condition marked by an unwillingness to know the difference between right and wrong because of family wealth.

Couch, 18, was facing prison this month after allegedly violating probation by drinking alcohol.

Authorities said he and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, fled to Mexico before they were arrested near the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta.

FBI Agent at Bureau’s Indianapolis Field Office Charged with Drunken Driving

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent found himself on the wrong side of the law after crashing his bureau-issued car into a motorcyclist in Indiana.

Robert Middleton, assistant special agent in charge of the Indianapolis Field Office, was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of drunken driving in Hamilton county, the Indy Star reports. 

The agent was placed on administrative leave.

The Office of Inspector General also is investigating.

Police said Middleton was behind the wheel of a 2012 Dodge Charger that collided with a motorcycle stopped at a red light. The motorcyclist was taken to the hospital for minor head injuries.

Secret Service Has Strict, New Policy Limiting When Agents Can Drive After Drinking

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service is implementing a new policy that bars agents and other employees from driving government cars within 10 hours of drinking alcohol, The Washington Post reports. 

The policy comes after the embarrassing discovery that two agents allegedly interrupted a bomb-threat investigation scene at the White House earlier this month.

The new rules also came a day before Secret Service Director Joseph P. Clancy testified before a House committee.

“Secret Service employees are responsible for conducting themselves in a manner that reflects the highest standards of the United States Government and must maintain an appropriate state of awareness and mission preparedness,” says the Monday memo to staff.

Anyone who violates the policy will be “subject to the full range of available disciplinary and adverse actions up to and including removal from employment,” the memo read.

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FBI Probing Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Accused of Lying During Testimony in Drunken-Driving Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper appears to be under FBI investigation after a judge revealed she lied during testimony in a drunken-driving case, KUTV reports.

The question is whether Trooper Lisa Steed, who has been fired, violated the civil rights of the person accused in the DUI, KUTV reported.

At least one witness has been questioned by the FBI .

Secret Service Agent Gets Time Served for Drunken Driving in Iowa

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Secret Service agent Daniel Valencia’s drunken driving ordeal in Iowa has come to an end.

The WCF Courier reports that Vaencia, who had gone to Decorah, Iowa ahead of President Obama’s visit last year, was sentenced Friday to two days in jail, but credited with time served. He was off-duty when arrested.

Valencia, 40, of D.C., was sentenced Friday in Winneshiek County District Court  in Iowa.

The paper reported that he had entered an Alford plea, which means he did not admit guilt but admitted there was sufficient evidence for a conviction.

He was arrested Aug. 13 at about 1:30 a.m. after he ran a red light.

He must also pay a $1,250 fine and surcharge of $437, the paper reported. But the court will waive those costs if he produces a temporary restricted driver’s license to the court within 30 days, the paper reported.

 

Secret Service Agent Busted in Iowa for Drunk Driving

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The good news: At least Daneil L. Valencia wasn’t driving the President around.

The bad news: The Secret Service agent, who lives in D.C., was busted in Decorah, Ia. on Saturday for drunk driving after running a red light about 1:30 a.m., according to the Des Moines Register.

President Obama visited Decorah on Monday.

The paper reported that Valencia was alone in the car and had bloodshot eyes and smelled of alcohol. He told the cops he had two drink, the Des Monines Register reported.

A field sobriety test determined he was too intoxicated to drive, the paper reported. He was released from jail on Monday.

Secret Service spokesman George Ogilvie said the matter had been turned over to the Office of Professional Responsibility.