‘Grown Ups’ star actor Nadji, 18, was arrested on Saturday for a drugged driving related offense in Burbank during a traffic stop, police have confirmed.
Jeter, from Burbank, was arrested shortly after 7 p.m. at Buena Vista Street and charged with driving under the influence of illicit drugs, notably marijuana according to Burbank Police.
Drugged driving, also referred to as DUI drug driving, is becoming increasingly popular amongst DUI defendants throughout LA and greater California.
It goes without say that the illegal use of drugs has become a common phenomenon among drivers, but previous arrests have not reflected on this increase. One major drawback police officers experienced in the past was the non-availability of the Drug Recognition Evaluator or Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) officer which facilitates for immediate and quick chemical testing. With the absence of tools that enabled drug usage recognition and symptoms, officers lacked the necessary equipment and expertise for probable cause of reasonable suspicion to carry out an arrest so that blood samples can be taken and examined at the precinct or some medical testing facility.
Following recent incidents caused by drugged driving, the trend of DUI drug arrests is set to rapidly spread from the LAPD (innovators of DRE training) to different law enforcement agencies across the country. This process will involve cheek swabs, getting results within 7 minutes using a system recently procured from a German manufacturer ‘Draeger’.
With the New Year having come and gone, crackdowns on drugged driving using portable drug testing machines have continued to be prevalent on Los Angeles roads. These are used to take oral swabs for cocaine, heroin, meth, marijuana and other illicit drugs.
Although voluntary swabbing was carried out 50 times towards the end of 2014, LA City Atty. Mike Feuer is calling for it to be used in more checkpoints as enforcement agents try to mitigate the amount of drivers impaired by different substances to alcohol.
Feuer expressed that DUI checkpoints previously focused on drunk driving are good, but further stressed expanding on drug collection techniques and strongly enforcing impaired driving laws.
People arrested on drunk driving charges under the influence of drugs or alcohol must adhere to a blood test and face DUI consequences if they refuse to do so. Prosecutors in the state agree that the test has the potential to become a more effective resource to curbing drug driving cases.
There were 598 cases DUI cases filed at the Los Angeles attorney’s office in 2014, compared to 577 cases involving drunk driving that were filed in that year’s winter holiday alone. 1,520 were arrested across Los Angeles for drunk or drug driving in the two weeks leading to Christmas 2014.
Los Angeles DUI checkpoints are no longer all about drunk driving. If you or your loved one are facing charges for driving under the influence of drugs, speaking with an attorney that has extensive experience assisting defendants with similar charges could be very beneficial. Those facing charges can call (888) 250-2865 to obtain a free case evaluation from attorney Randy Collins with no obligation to hire.