Traffic stop turns into drug arrests

Ramsey said he got all three occupants out of the car and that during questioning, the driver appeared to be nervous. Ramsey said he got his K-9, Storm, to walk around the vehicle and the dog indicated that there were drugs present. During a search of the vehicle, officers located some digital scales. A search of a female passenger turned up heroin, a syringe and other items of paraphernalia.

The driver of the car, Kenneth W. Taylor, 46, of Washington, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated involving endangerment, conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic and maintaining a common nuisance.

Two passengers in the vehicle were also arrested. Thomas J. Hardcastle, 28, of Washington, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance. In addition, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Johnson County for failure to appear.

Bethany Johnson, 27, of Washington, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic, possession of a narcotic drug and visiting a common nuisance.

“This was a surprise,” said Ramsey. “I really wasn’t expecting to find that. I guess you never know what in the world we will run into any more.”

Taylor, Hardcastle and Johnson were taken to the Daviess County Jail. Hardcastle is being held on $200,000 bond. Taylor and Johnson were being held on $100,000 bond each.

Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit had praise for the deputy and the community for their support in adding the K-9 officers. “We aren’t overwhelmed by heroin now, but we don’t want to be,” said Harbstreit. “This shows the importance of having an alert deputy and a K-9 available to stop the movement of drugs through our community.”

Authorities report 4.6 grams of heroin were confiscated during the stop. “That’s a large amount of heroin for our area,” said Daviess County Chief Deputy Gary Allison.

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Driver in Times Square car rampage indicted 

The 26-year-old man accused of plowing into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, hitting and killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others, has been indicted by a grand jury, according to the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Richard Rojas was indicted Wednesday, though the charges will not be made public until his arraignment July 13 in Manhattan Supreme Court.

His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Following the May 18 rampage, Rojas, a U.S. citizen and resident of the Bronx, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder. Police said Rojas was driving down Seventh Avenue in Manhattan when he made a sudden U-turn and started driving the wrong direction from 42nd to 45th Street “at a high rate of speed both on and off the sidewalk, striking numerous pedestrians,” according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities said Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Mich., was struck and killed, and that her 13-year-old sister was injured.

People described the horror on social media, saying a car had driven onto a sidewalk in Times Square, mowed down pedestrians and crashed. Witnesses said the wounded were “laying on the sidewalks” and others were “screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops.” Those in the area were told to shelter in place while emergency crews swarmed the scene.

The vehicle sat smoldering, eerily tilted on one side, at the corner of 45th Street.

After Rojas crashed the vehicle, police said, he ran from the scene and said that he wanted to “kill them,” according to the court documents.

Police said Rojas had glassy eyes, was unsteady and slurring his speech. Court records state that Rojas told police that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the mood-altering drug PCP. Preliminary tests showed that Rojas was indeed under the influence of PCP at the time of the incident, according to news reports.

Rojas has a criminal history that includes two arrests for driving while intoxicated — once in 2008 and again in 2015, authorities said. He recently pleaded guilty to harassment after he was accused of pulling a kitchen knife on a notary at his home in the Bronx, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors said he told the notary, “You’re trying to steal my identity,” according to the news agency.

Rojas does not have to enter a plea on the charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder until his arraignment in Manhattan next month.

Source: Driver in Times Square car rampage indicted by grand jury after crash that killed teenage tourist – The Washington Post

Grandson of Shaw cinemas founder gets 8 weeks’ jail and $10k fine for third time drink driving

When you’re a scion of one of Singapore’s wealthiest families, perhaps you’d think nothing about driving under the influence. For his third drink driving conviction, Howard Shaw of the prominent Shaw family was sentenced to eight weeks in prison and a $10,000 fine.The 46-year-old pleaded guilty to drunk driving in the wee hours of Jan 31 along Whitley Road with more than double the legal amount of alcohol in his blood, Channel NewsAsia reports. Along with the hefty fine and jail time, the grandson of Shaw cinemas founder, Runme Shaw, also received an eight-year ban from driving.The penalties aren’t new to the man, really. In 1997, he was slapped with a $3,000 fine and a two-year driving ban; while in 2006, Shaw was jailed for a week, fined $8,000, and disqualified from driving for four years.

Source: Grandson of Shaw cinemas founder gets 8 weeks’ jail and $10k fine for third time drink driving

Fired prosecutor sentenced after pleading no contest to hitting neighbor while DUI

WAGONER — A former Wagoner County prosecutor has been given a deferred sentence after pleading no contest to a February incident in which authorities allege he backed his vehicle into a neighbor while under the influence of alcohol and drove away.

Eric Jordan was handed a one-year sentence for driving under the influence and a one-year sentence for a DUI personal injury accident, according to a plea agreement dated May 12. The sentences, to be served concurrently, were deferred in favor of inpatient treatment.

Jordan also must pay restitution, which will be determined at a later date, according to court documents.

Jordan served as a Wagoner County assistant district attorney until he was fired in February after the incident.

Wagoner County First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp previously has said the person who was struck by Jordan declined medical treatment.

Jordan was driving was driving a 2014 Ford F-250 at the time of the incident in the Whitehorn Cove area of Wagoner County.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers took a report and arrested Jordan, booking him into the Wagoner city jail on Feb. 3. He was charged March 21.

Prosecution of Jordan’s case was handled by the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office.

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Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Car Into Sheriff’s New Anti-DUI Vehicle

He got the message, but apparently only once it was too late. Police in northwest Florida say they charged a man with Driving Under the Influence after he crashed his car into a sheriff’s office vehicle that was being used to warn motorists against drink driving.

Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said Paul Wilkins, 63, struck the cones at a traffic control point in Crystal River at 10 p.m. Saturday night.

He then slammed his car into a patrol car, pushing it 30 feet into another cruiser which was emblazoned with the slogan “a cop or a cab, you decide” ― the rear of which was made to look like a taxi.

“The irony!” the office wrote on Facebook.

Florida Highway Patrol officers arrested Wilkins. Deputies later transported him in the same anti-DUI vehicle to Citrus County Detention Facility.

Source: Suspected Drunk Driver Crashes Car Into Sheriff’s New Anti-DUI Vehicle

DUI Enforcement

A police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible drunk drivers.At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb and try his keys on five different cars before he found his. Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes.Everyone left the bar and drove off. Finally, he started his engine and began to pull away.The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered a Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.The driver replied, “Tonight, I’m the designated decoy.”

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