Tawney Kitaen, actress and ex-wife of Anaheim Angels pitcher Chuck Finley, was arrested for drunk driving in Newport Beach; according to The Orange County Register. Kitaen may have been under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs or both, Newport Beach police said. She was apparently arrested for DUI near John Wayne Airport after she was involved in a traffic collision. However, there were no injuries or damages to either vehicle.
Driving under the influence is a serious violation of California law. California Vehicle Code Section 23152 (a) states: “It is unlawful for any person who is under the influence of any alcoholic beverage or drug, or under the combined influence of any alcoholic beverage and drug, to drive a vehicle.” The law also states that it is illegal for any person with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more to drive a motor vehicle. Driving under the influence of drugs – whether they are recreational or prescription drugs – is also illegal.
The consequences of a DUI in Orange County, especially if you have had prior DUI convictions, can be significant. You could lose your driving privilege, face jail time, hefty fines, and other serious penalties. If you have been charged with driving under influence in California, whether it is a misdemeanor or a more serious felony case, please contact an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free and confidential consultation. Our goal is to get your DUI charges dismissed or reduced. We have also obtained alternative sentencing for first-time and repeat offenders in DUI cases. Call us today at 866-430-8383 to find out how our skilled criminal defense team can help you.