Florida Man Calls 911 To Report Himself Drunk Driving

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) – Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year’s Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving.

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Michael Lester (Photo: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene.

When the dispatcher asked Michael Lester where he was, he said, “I’m too drunk. I don’t know where I’m at.”

And when she asked what he’d been doing all night, he said “I don’t know, driving around, trying to get pulled over, actually.”

“I’m driving on the wrong side of the road,” he said later.

The operator repeatedly urged him to park his truck and wait for officers to find him. Unfortunately, he chose the wrong spot.

“Look, I’m parked in the middle of the road,” he said. Sirens could be heard in the background a short time later.

Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he’d barely slept for several days.

The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester’s criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he’d barely slept for several days.

The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester’s criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2018/01/08/florida-man-calls-911-to-report-himself-drunk-driving/amp/

Motion filed in Lake Tulloch boat injury case

Motion filed in Lake Tulloch boat injury case
Dean Allen Payne

A motion was filed in Calaveras County Superior court on Dec. 26 that seeks to alter the guidelines surrounding the case of man accused of striking two women with his boat while under the influence of a controlled substance last year.

Dean Allen Payne, 53, of Copperopolis, is awaiting trial for allegedly striking and injuring two women with his boat in the waters of Lake Tulloch on July 24, 2016, while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Robin Tsai and Rachael Pringle, the two victims in the case, fell into comas due to injuries sustained during the incident.

The first item on the motion requested that the jury be allowed to inspect the boat that Payne was allegedly controlling during the collision. According to the motion, the boat is currently being held at the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, adjacent to the courthouse.

“The best way to demonstrate the size and nature of the defendant’s vessel is to let the jurors look at it,” the motion reads.

The second item in the motion sought to admit photographs of the victims before and after the date of the alleged offenses.

“Similarly, the photographs in this case, while highly relevant, depict severe trauma to the human body,” the motion said.

The photographs, according to the motion, are relevant to each count following Payne’s not guilty plea.

“While the people anticipate introducing testimony by medical doctors describing the injuries, the photographs will aid the jury in understanding that testimony, and corroborating evidence, should not be excluded as cumulative,” the motion reads.

The motion also seeks to limit the use of the word “accident.” According to the motion, the word accident carries various connotations and opens the door for “misuse” by the defense and the jury.

Accident, per the motion, can be used in two different ways: to infer a “state of mind” and to infer an “event.” The motion seeks to keep the term accident close to the “event” definition, and not the “state of mind” of the person who allegedly committed the crime.

“Jurors, upon hearing the word ‘accident’ will no doubt conjure up ideations congruent with the lay definition of accident. Even if prior to deliberations the court instructs the jury that ‘accident’ means something very different in the eyes of the law, the people will have already suffered undue prejudice,” the motion reads.

The prosecution is also attempting to bar the testimony of defense expert Michael Braun unless a report or statement is issued.

“If Braun prepared (prepares) a written report regarding the subject of his testimony, the people are entitled to a copy. If Mr. Braun does not prepare a written report, the people are entitled to discovery of the handwritten or typed notes of Mr. Braun.”

The motion also said that if the defense fails to comply with the discovery obligations, the defense should be barred from calling Braun as a witness.

The final two portions of the motion involve prior convictions for driving under the influence. According to the motion, Payne’s prior convictions should be allowed to be admitted as evidence. Payne was previously convicted for driving under the influence on O’Byrnes Ferry Road.

Payne is currently scheduled to return to court on Jan. 9 for a trial readiness conference before returning to court on Jan. 16 for a trial confirmation conference. According to court records, a 10-day jury trial is expected to begin on Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_1f7879be-f1af-11e7-ab37-7ff69c1c2a46.html

Orlando VA doctor charged with DUI after crash near medical center

UPDATE 6/21/2018: The DUI charge was dismissed after re-evaluation of evidence.

An Orlando VA Medical Center doctor was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of narcotics after he crashed a few miles away from the hospital Tuesday, records show.

  • Orlando VA hospital doctor arrested on DUI charges
  • Troopers say he was under the influence of narcotics before crash
  • VA declined to say if he arrived or left work under the influence

In an arrest report, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that 66-year-old Dr. Charles Young seemed “lethargic” and “dazed.”

He crashed his car into another vehicle before 9 a.m. at the corner of Narcoossee and Tyson roads in the Lake Nona area, shortly after a trooper said he spotted Young driving down Tavistock Lakes Boulevard, then hit a curb and keep driving.

The accident happened a day after Young’s birthday 3 miles away from the medical center, where the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that Young has worked as an ophthalmologist there for almost a decade.

According to the arrest report, the other driver involved in the collision said that, “[Young] just slammed into the back of me and I have two small children in the back seat,” adding, “He could’ve killed us.” The report said there were no injuries from the crash.

Young performed “poorly” on field sobriety tests, according to troopers, but was not drunk, passing a Breathalyzer test.

An FHP dashboard-camera video shows troopers administering the test to Young.

“I want you to follow it with your eyes only and do not move your head,” a trooper is heard saying.

Soon after, a trooper says, “Turn around. I’m going to place you under arrest.”

The FHP determined that the doctor was under the influence of a depressant and narcotic pain medication and charged him with DUI and damaging property.

The VA would not comment on whether Young reported to work under the influence or whether they made him leave after arriving.

It released a statement:

“We are aware of the arrest and are investigating this matter fully, to include determining if this was a medical, alcohol or substance abuse issue. The Orlando VA Medical Center takes very seriously any allegations of alcohol or substance abuse among its clinicians. Appropriate action — up to and including termination — will be pursued if warranted. Any physicians or health care providers charged with a legal infraction involving substance abuse immediately have their clinical privileges suspended until the matter is settled, and a clinical case review is completed.

Dr. Charles Young is an ophthalmologist with the Orlando VA Medical Center and he has been employed since March of 2008.”

A few hours after his arrest, Young bonded out of jail for $1,000. According to court records, he has an arraignment hearing on Jan. 10.

 

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/12/28/orlando_va_doctor_charged_dui.html

Man with green tongue can’t beat conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana

A motorist whose tongue was green when a state trooper pulled him over has failed to beat his conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana.

A state Superior Court panel made that call in upholding the DUI conviction a Lancaster County judge slapped on 33-year-old Donyai Corbett of Coatesville.

In the state court’s opinion, President Judge Emeritus Correale F. Stevens rejected Corbett’s claim that the county judge prevented his lawyer from asking a relevant question during his nonjury trial.

Corbett fell afoul of the law by failing to signal while making a turn on Nov. 16, 2015. Trooper Peter Minko pulled him over and claimed he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from Corbett’s car.

Although Corbett registered no alcohol intoxication from a breath test, he failed field sobriety testing, and showed visible signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes and “a green tongue consistent with recent marijuana use,” the trooper said.

During Corbett’s trial before county Judge Margaret C. Miller, the defense attorney asked Minko whether he had asked Corbett for permission to search his car.

The prosecutor objected to that question, claiming it was irrelevant to whether Corbett was intoxicated. Miller sustained the objection.

Corbett claimed on appeal to Stevens’ court that the question was relevant in that the failure to even try to find any marijuana in his car could have bolstered his argument that he was not in fact under the influence of the drug.

Stevens didn’t bite. Instead, he found the absence of marijuana didn’t prove Corbett’s innocence, especially since physical signs of his intoxication were evident to an experienced trooper.

“The lack of contraband in a vehicle reasonably leads only to the inference that the visibly impaired driver must have ingested the marijuana at some moment before the stop,” Stevens wrote.

The state court ruling also affirms Corbett’s 72-hour to 6-month prison sentence.

https://articles.pennlive.com/news/2018/01/man_with_green_tongue_cant_bea.amp

Woman had half-empty vodka bottle in vehicle while DUI

WESTPORT — A Westport cop may have stopped a possible wrong-way crash last night when he stopped a wrong-way driver trying to get onto the Merritt Parkway while driving under the influence.

Police charged Gina Heckel, 49, of Fairfield, with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, driving the wrong way on a highway, possession of narcotics and narcotics possession in its original container.

Around 9:15 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle — later found to be driver by Heckel — trying to get onto the Merritt Parkway at exit 41 northbound off ramp while traveling southbound. The officer turned on his overhead lights and followed the vehicle onto the ramp before cutting in front of it.

“(The officer’s) quick thinking and action prevented what could have been a tragic incident on the highway, not only for the part involved, but also for other innocent travelers,” said Police Lt Jillian Cabana in a news release.

The officer had Heckel pull into the nearby commuter lot. As he spoke to Heckel the officer said he detected a strong odor of alcohol and asked her to perform the standardized field sobriety tests, which she failed.

When Heckel was taken into custody, the officer took her cell phone and purse from the vehicle and saw a half empty bottle of vodka and loose pills — later found to be prescription pills that were not prescribed to her.

At police headquarters, Heckel was given a breathalyzer test and was found to be over the legal limit. She was released from custody after positing a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 8.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Westport-cops-Fairfield-woman-had-half-empty-12463762.php