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An Ohio appeals court has reversed a Franklin County judge’s decision to dismiss drunken driving charges against a man who was found slumped over his car’s steering wheel in the parking lot of a dog day care center.
In an opinion issued in late June, the 10th District Court of Appeals said the ruling issued by Municipal Court Judge James E. Green wrongfully granted a motion to suppress evidence in the case against Scott E. Cochran, who faced drunken driving charges.
The charges stemmed from an encounter that Cochran had with Columbus police in the parking lot of The City Dog, a Downtown dog day care. Police had received a call from an employee of the day care, saying she was concerned about Cochran, who had come in to pick up his dog.
Police arrived and found Cochran slumped over his steering wheel in the parking lot, with the keys in the ignition and the dog in the passenger seat, court documents show. The officers began talking to Cochran, who said he was taking a nap and wanted to sit there while he waited for someone to pick him up.
One of the officers noticed that Cochran had glassy eyes and slurred speech, the documents say. He also noticed a bottle of liquor on the floor of the car, but Cochran kicked it under his seat. When the officer asked how much he had had to drink, Cochran said, “not that much” and that he was going to the hospital later that day to get a “detox treatment.”
At one point, Cochran himself said, “I’m not good to drive,” but refused to get out of the vehicle or submit to a field sobriety test, the court filing says. The officers removed him from the vehicle and arrested him, finding that his blood-alcohol level was .361 percent, more than four times the limit at which a person is considered to be driving drunk.
At issue was whether the officers were justified in arresting Cochran and conducting a search without a warrant. Cochran asked the trial court to exclude the evidence of his intoxication and the court agreed, saying the officers lacked the required “reasonable and articulable suspicion” to detain or question Cochran, lacked justification for pulling him from his vehicle, and lacked justification for requesting him to take a field sobriety test and breath-alcohol test.
Judge Betsy Luper Schuster wrote the appellate opinion, which said that police were, in fact, justified on all fronts. The 3-0 opinion stated the police did not need reasonable suspicion of criminal activity when they were “exercising community caretaking functions.” They only needed, she said, reasonable grounds to believe there was a need to protect the community.
The 10th District reversed the trial court ruling to suppress evidence and vacated the decision to dismiss the case, sending it back to the lower court.
Cochran’s legal team said it will file an appeal.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Sims was pulled over for speeding and an improper lane change upon exiting a stretch of interstate highway a few miles west of downtown Minneapolis about 1 a.m. on June 6. The state trooper observed signs of alcohol impairment, and Sims registered a .20 blood-alcohol content. That is more than twice the legal limit in Minnesota.
In a statement from the organization, the Lynx said they were aware of the incident and taking the matter “very seriously.” The Star Tribune reported that Sims has a court appearance scheduled for July 16 on two gross misdemeanor charges of third-degree driving while impaired.
Sims scored 15 points for Minnesota in a game about 18 hours after the arrest. She was acquired in an offseason trade with Los Angeles. https://sports.yahoo.com/minnesota-lynx-guard-odyssey-sims-214937389.html
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An FDNY lieutenant was arrested for drunk driving in Queens after he crashed his SUV, police said Friday.
George Hopkins, 51, was off-duty and allegedly driving drunk shortly after 8:50 p.m. Thursday when he crashed his Kia Soul in the area of Homelawn and 173rd streets in Jamaica Hills, cops said.
When police showed up, he exhibited signs of intoxication, such as the strong smell of alcohol, slurred speech and watery eyes, authorities said.
He was taken to an area hospital, where he allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test, cops said.
Hopkins, who has never been arrested before, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired, police said. https://nypost.com/2019/07/12/off-duty-fdny-lieutenant-busted-in-queens-for-drunk-driving/
Danish police have arrested 28 people in Copenhagen for riding electric scooters while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Over the weekend 24 people were caught drink-driving scooters while four were intoxicated from recreational drugs.
The force announced the arrests on Twitter following a crackdown on the unsafe use of scooters in the Danish capital earlier this year.
Intoxicated drivers are liable for a 2,000 krone ($300; £235) fine.
Electric scooters have seen a surge in popularity in Copenhagen since traffic rules were adapted to make them easier to use.
The scooters are hired out by an app and can be parked anywhere within a particular zone.
The transport receives mixed reviews, with locals complaining about the increase in injuries and inconvenience they allegedly cause.
Electric scooters have also been introduced in several cities across Europe, as well as San Francisco, Mexico City and New York.
In June, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced a crackdown on scooters following a rise in injuries.
She said the situation was “not far from anarchy” and the city needed to implement “order and rules to assure road safety”. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-48916918?intlink_from_url=&link_location=live-reporting-story
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Coming forward. Real Housewives of Orange County star Gina Kirschenheiter pleaded guilty to driving under the influence on Tuesday, July 9, Us Weekly can confirm.
The reality star, 35, was arrested on January 31 after she was pulled her over for a traffic violation on Santa Margarita Parkway in Santa Margarita, California. A source told Us that Kirschenheiter took responsibility for her blunder.
“She has been candid about this being a stupid mistake from the beginning,” the insider noted to Us. “She’s into taking accountability for her actions and knows it was a mistake and wants to move forward.”
According to court documents obtained by Us, she pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol and one misdemeanor count of driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 percent or more. She was sentenced to three years’ informal probation and has to submit to six months in an offender alcohol program and complete 20 hours of community service.
Kirschenheiter told Us in a statement on February 1 that she didn’t make a sound decision by choosing to drive while intoxicated.“I made a very bad choice the other night after a mom’s night out,” she told Us at the time. “I am extremely disappointed in myself and regret my actions wholeheartedly. I have learned a valuable lesson and hope to show you all that this one incident does not define me.”
Kirschenheiter then got candid with fans about her headline-making situation in an Instagram Opens a New Window. post later that month. She noted in the post, which featured an image that read, “The best apology is changed behavior,” that “bad choices have bad consequences.”
“As embarrassed and hard on myself as I’ve been in these past few days, I’ve been shocked by the astonishing amount of ‘it could have happened to anyone’ and ‘we’ve all been there’ that I’ve received through friends both close to me and on social media,” she wrote. “I could easily join in with the chorus saying, ‘You’re right, it could be any of us,’ but it shouldn’t be any of us. EVER! It’s terrible that this has become a social norm. I am disappointed in myself and that I am a part of this social norm. Especially since everyone who knows me knows I’m the queen of Uber/Lyft.”
The Bravo star continued to stress that she “made a conscious decision to do something epically stupid.” She also pointed out that “one time is one time too many.”
Kirschenheiter joined the RHOC cast for season 13 in July 2018. The New York native split from her husband Matthew Kirschenheiter during the filming of her debut season. The former couple share sons Nicholas, 7, and Luca, 3, and daughter Sienna, 5. https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/rhocs-gina-kirschenheiter-pleads-guilty-to-dui/?yptr=yahoo