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Driving Under the Influence: What NFL Presidents, Rock Stars and Random Guys from New Hampshire Have in Common

Arrested after driving with a blood alcohol content more than twice the legal limit on Friday, Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand says he is deeply sorry and in “active recovery.”  He also told authorities on the scene of the arrest that he hadn’t had a drink for a year and a half and that he was acting as designated driver for a friend that evening.  Nonsensical speech from a guy who consumed the equivalent of a dozen 12-ounce beers in 4 hours?  How strange.  And as if the Lions needed any more problems as NFL pre-season rounds the corner.

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand

Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand

A few short days later, Motley Crue’s Vince Neil found himself in a similar predicament.  Neil was initially pulled over early Monday morning in Las Vegas after a woman told authorities the singer had broken her camera after she took his picture Sunday night.  It was then that they discovered the 49-year-old singer was intoxicated, leading him to Clark County Jail where he is being held on $2,000 bail.  In 1984, Neil pleaded guilty to DUI and vehicular manslaughter after driving with a BAC of .17 and killing Hanoi Rocks drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley.  I hope he’s not the one they call Dr. Feelgood.

It appears as though some people have a hard time giving into the idea that human beings are not impervious to consequence.  Because as if the alarming trend of DUI/DWI cases that seem to keep increasing isn’t enough, here’s a case of another repeat offender who still hasn’t learned his lesson.  And this time, someone else had to pay for it.

A New Hampshire man crashed his SUV into two motorcycles participating in a charity fundraiser over the weekend, making this his second New Hampshire DUI as many days.

Forty-nine year old Marceline Weaver of Salem was riding on the back of her husband William’s motorcycle Saturday as they joined 300 others in “The Knight Ride,” a charity fundraising ride in honor of a fallen Massachusetts police officer.   With less than 10 miles to go, their motorcycle was struck by an SUV operated by 46-year-old Randall Stewart of Windham, N.H.  While William suffered only minor injuries, his wife Marceline was killed.  James Sousa, also of Salem, was riding the second motorcycle struck by Stewart and was airlifted to a Boston hospital where he remains in critical condition.

In an ironic twist, Stewart was also arrested in Pelham on Friday under another DWI charge where he was accused of driving erratically with no headlights on Bridge Street.  Yet he found himself intoxicated and behind the wheel just 12 hours after being released from police custody, only this time with fatal consequences.

On Monday, Stewart was ordered held on $100,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to negligent homicide and drunk driving charges.  He is being accused of crossing the center line on Route 111 in Hampstead when he hit the riders and killed the mother of 2.  Police on the scene say they never smelled alcohol on his breath, but Stewart admitted to taking a muscle relaxer just before getting behind the wheel.  Details are still being sorted.

As determined by New Hampshire drunk driving laws, had it not been for the unfortunate death of Marceline Weaver, Stewart may have only faced up to 30 days in prison, even with his increased frequency of drunk driving charges.  However, according to a New Hampshire DUI attorney, consequences could be greater depending on the exact situation.

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  1. Diana
    June 30, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you for posting this and spreading the word about my mother. She was deeply loved and we all miss her more everday. She also had a stepdaughter in addition to her two children whom she loved as if she was her own.

    Sincerely,
    Diana

  2. roseswinton
    July 1, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Diana,

    Thank you for sharing a little bit about your mother, as well as mentioning her stepdaughter. We’re deeply sorry for your loss and are glad to help spread the word about these unfortunate circumstances so that hopefully one day they will end.

    All the best.
    R

  1. August 15, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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