Drunk Driving Accident

Three Doors Down Bassist Charged with Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication

By Cullan & Cullan on May 6, 2013 - Comments off

Courtesy of The Washington Post, the bass player for the rock band Three Doors Down, Robert Todd Harrell, has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication.

The bassist was jailed in connection with an interstate crash that caused the death of a Nashville area motorist according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.  The initial investigation by police found that Harrell was traveling west at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40 late night on April 19.  His vehicle came into contact with a pickup truck.  The truck hit a guardrail, went down a hill and overturned, ejecting the driver.  The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at a nearby Nashville hospital from injuries sustained.

According to police, Harrell displayed signs of being impaired via field sobriety tests.  He admitted to drinking hard cider and having taken prescription Xanax and Lortab.  In addition to being charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, Harrell was charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail.  A plastic bag containing 24 Oxycodone, four Oxymorphone, and eight Xanax pills was discovered by sheriff’s deputies during a booking-room search. Read the rest »

Douglas County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Admits to Driving under the Influence

By Cullan & Cullan on March 28, 2013 - Comments off

A sheriff’s lieutenant from Douglas County has admitted in court that he was driving while under the influence.  As reported by The Omaha World Herald, Richard J. Lally Jr., age 46, was accused of traveling the wrong way on a campus street at the University of Nebraska, Omaha.  Lally was at that time in charge of the Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and was driving an unmarked sheriff’s vehicle.

Although he has since been relieved of the job of Sheriff’s Office emergency services unit commander, Lally may assume his duties again when his probation ends.  That is according to Chief Deputy Marty Bilek, who added that after being charged, Lally had been assigned to a security detail post in Omaha at the City-County Building.

Lally was not on duty at the time the incident occurred.  The traffic stop was made at around 3:20 a.m. According to the police report, his unmarked patrol car was swerving while traveling the wrong way on University Drive South. Read the rest »

Safety Remembered by St. Patrick’s Day Revelers — Few Problems in Metro Omaha Area

By Cullan & Cullan on March 26, 2013 - Comments off

According to Omaha Police Sergeant Joe Collins, the fact that St. Patrick’s Day was on a Sunday this year may have kept more people sober and out of trouble.  The sergeant, who works in the police traffic unit, said having a prolonged holiday celebration helps to lower the number of drunken driving arrests.  This year, even on a so-called “drinking” holiday like St. Patrick’s Day, few problems had been reported in the metropolitan Omaha area by late Sunday.

According to The Omaha World Herald, in order to discourage drunken driving, additional police officers were put on duty on St. Patrick’s Day Sunday.  Bar owners and law enforcement officials worked together this year to encourage the use of designated drivers.  Party buses were more popular this year than in previous years. Read the rest »

Nebraska State Senator Cited for DUI

By Cullan & Cullan on March 8, 2013 - Comments off

As reported by Omaha.com, according to Chief Deputy Marty Bilek, Omaha State Senator Scott Lautenbaugh was cited for a first-offense DUI (driving under the influence) in the early morning hours of February 27. A Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy made the traffic stop at approximately 2:00 a.m. at West Maple Road and 147th Street.

The Nebraska DUI accident victim attorneys at Cullan & Cullan, LLC are aware that DUI vehicle crashes contribute to countless injuries and deaths on Nebraska highways. They want you to know your rights if you become the victim of a crash caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol. Nebraska law prohibits driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and allows recovery of compensation when an impaired driver causes you or your family harm. Read the rest »