NJ Police Officer Killed by Drunk Driver

Ocean Gate Police Officer Jason Marles was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver early on Thanksgiving morning. Friends and family have been bringing flowers to the spot where the accident happened.

The suspect was captured with several friends after attempting to flee the scene. Marles was trapped in his personal jeep, according to police which then exploded into flames after it was pushed into a guardrail.

Ironically, the accident happened just after the father of two was finishing his shift working at a DUI checkpoint on Thanksgiving Eve.

Source: CBS New York

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Sober Sam on CBS 3 in Philadelphia at 4pm

Just a quick update, we are doing an interview this afternoon with CBS 3 of Philadelphia! The segment will air at 4pm eastern, obviously on Channel 3 🙂 If we are able to post a clip of it later, we will do so. Please have a safe and happy Thanksgiving Eve!

If you want to see the video of Sober Sam on CBS 3, Click Here and scroll through the videos until you see one entitled “Police Cracking Down on DUI This Holiday.” Thank you and be safe tonight and every night!

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Thanksgiving Eve Drinking and Driving Checkpoints

Undoubtedly there will be many DUI checkpoints in your area this Thanksgiving Eve. The easiest and safest way to avoid any issues with the law relating to drinking and driving is by designating yourself a sober driver.

We will be available for some last minute calls if you need us. Please give us at least an hour and be flexible to our availability as we are trying to help everyone we can. We have our reservations list filled up from 1am until 3am but we will do our best to squeeze everyone in.

Even if you chose not to call us, please be smart and plan ahead. Ask a parent, friend, or family member if they will be available to help you get home safely. If you plan on not going out or are choosing not to drink yourself, please offer yourself to your loved ones as an alternative to drinking and driving themselves. If you are not available to help your loved one, we have gift cards available to purchase.

These GIFT CARDS are a wonderful gift that are a win-win for all of us. You will have peace of mind, your loved ones will get home safe without a DUI, and any unsuspecting driver on the road will have one less obstacle to worry about if your loved one uses their Sober Sam GIFT CARD.

Thank you all very much for your support! We at Sober Sam hope you all have a fantastic Thanksgiving week and stay as safe as possible !!

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Thanksgiving Eve, A Night For Sober Sam


Make your reservations now for Wednesday….We are filling up quickly! Although we will be taking calls the day of …we are a first call first serve business. Reservations are appreciated but not necessary and we ask you all to be patient with us as we will be extremely busy and will do our best to get to you in a timely fashion.

If we are delayed feel free to have another drink because you will not have to worry about getting you and your car home safely with Sober Sam as your designated driver!!

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DWI suspect says she was headed to a party

Hilda Verduzco of Dallas, Texas, who is accused of killing two people in a DWI accident last Saturday claims she had a couple of margaritas and was heading for a “girls night out. “

It was early evening on Saturday when driving her black Mercedes, she rammed into another car, killing a mother and her young daughter. The two victims have been identified as 24-year-old Kina Williams and her 2-year-old daughter, Karmen Butler, who was in a child safety seat.

Verduzco was indicted on two counts of intoxication manslaughter and her bond is set at $200,000.

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Man Killed in Wrong-Way DWI Accident

Patrick Smith of Hackensack, New Jersey was killed when another car, going the wrong way on the Major Deegan Expressway, crashed into Smith’s car Saturday morning. Smith was a custodian and a father of three

Pablo Ovalles was driving a Cadillac Escalade and had just left the scene of an accident. When fleeing, Ovalles got on an exit ramp and proceeded the wrong way on the expressway. He is charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter.

Source: New York Post

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DWI suspect crashes car twice as Police watch

In Laguna Beach, California a man crashed his car twice after being pulled over by local police. Click Here For The Video

“Christian Aparicio drove into a gas station parking lot as he was being pulled over. [Officer Tony] White stopped behind the vehicle and walked over to driver’s side door. At the same time, Aparicio exited the car, but had apparently left the car in reverse. The car backed into the officer’s patrol car, crashing into the grill. Aparicio jumped back into the car to stop it, but instead put it in drive. The car sped forward and crashed into a pole directly in front of it.”

Source: KTLA.com

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Man gets 30 years for fatal DWI crash in NJ

A Philadelphia man was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison for a fatal 2009 crash in New Jersey.

On September 12, 2009, Philadelphia native John J. Lawless, had been drinking way too much, a habit dating back over twenty years. But on this fateful night, it would cost another family the life of a loved one. Lawless was traveling north on Route 9 near Cape May when his car careened into the southbound lane and crashing into the car of the Shelton family.

The husband, Frederick Shelton, died at the scene, his wife and young daughter by his side. His wife, Sheri Shelton, suffered a few broken bones and some internal injuries, their 13-year-old daughter Brittany was also hospitalized.

It was believed to be Lawless’ 8th DWI offense over the past 20 years. According to Court Judge Raymond Batten, “This defendant is simply unwilling or unable to abide by the law…The history of DWI offenses is clear. It is excessive. It is repetitive.”

Lawless was sentenced to 30 years in prison for DWI Manslaughter.

Source: The Press of Atlantic City

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