Hearing scheduled in OVI case against Sheriff’s wife

— A change of plea hearing has been scheduled in the OVI case involving the wife of the Miami County Sheriff, according to court records.

Sheri Duchak, 52, the wife of Sheriff Dave Duchak, previously pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and operating a vehicle with a blood-alcohol content greater than .236 that were filed in Miami County Municipal Court stemming from her Aug. 8 arrest in Piqua.

The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 11.

Retired Kettering Municipal Court Judge Thomas Hanna has been assigned to the case, and a special prosecutor was appointed.

According to a Piqua Police Department report, police at Pisenbarger Park saw a woman, later identified as Duchak, drive across the center line of South Street and strike a curb, then drive across a sidewalk, through the grass and over the parking lot curb. Her vehicle also hit a grass island barrier with a concrete curb before pulling up to a cruiser parked in the parking lot. The officer reported Duchak appeared confused with bloodshot and glassy eyes.

During the incident, Duchak told the officer that her husband is the Miami County sheriff and repeatedly told the officer to call “Bruce,” referring to Piqua Police Chief Bruce Jamison, and said they would lose their jobs, the report stated.

In an audio recording of the conversation, obtained by this news organization through a records request, Duchak told officers, “the two of you are in peril.”

On Aug. 23, Piqua police reported they received the results of Duchak’s urine test, which showed her blood-alcohol content was .360. This is more than four times Ohio’s legal driving limit of .08.

Jamison and Sheriff Dave Duchak both praised the department’s professionalism in handling Sheri Duchak’s arrest.

According to court records, attorney Jack Hemm is representing Duchak.

https://www.whio.com/news/local/change-plea-hearing-scheduled-ovi-case-against-miami-county-sheriff-wife/aRCntT3Fmp9CP7xbKNrYdJ/

Woman jailed on OVI, weapon’s charges

Nickoli
A Norwalk woman spent the Thanksgiving holiday behind bars, thanks to a traffic stop that resulted in a felony charge.

After police administered field sobriety tests, Nickoli, 43, of 62 Simpson Ave., was arrested on a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI). She was taken to the police station, where she refused to submit a breath sample, police said. She was issued a citation for the OVI and traffic offenses.

A loaded handgun and other suspected contraband were located inside Nickoli’s vehicle after her arrest, police said.

As a result, Nickoli also was charged with improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle, a fifth-degree felony, police said. She was taken to Huron County Jail, where she remained as of Friday morning.

The matter was referred to the Law Director’s Office for review and consideration of additional charges.

https://norwalkreflector.com/Law-Enforcement/2018/11/23/Norwalk-woman-jailed-on-OVI-weapon-charges.html?ci=stream&lp=2&p=

Man arrested after fleeing from deputies, attempting to jump off overpass

 

MILWAUKEE COUNTY, Wis. (CBS 58) — A West Allis man has been arrested for third OWI after causing a one-car crash and attempting to flee from authorities.

Deputies were called to a one-car crash on I-94 westbound near General Mitchell Blvd around 9:45 p.m. on Saturday.

The car was located off the freeway in a grassy ditch.

The driver, later identified as Edwaljer Coats, attempted to leave the scene and walk in traffic.

Coats then allegedly walked to the overpass above Mitchell Blvd and straddled the bridge wall.

Officers were able to get him to come back over but he allegedly became combative.

Coats is now facing charges of 3rd OWI and Resisting/Obstructing.

http://cbs58.com/news/west-allis-man-arrested-for-3rd-owi-after-fleeing-from-deputies-attempting-to-jump-off-overpass

Contractors can’t account for 234 seized vehicles, audit says

 

NC contractors can’t account for 234 seized vehicles, audit saysRALEIGH, NC (WNCN) – Contractors hired by North Carolina to tow, store and auction vehicles seized during DWI cases cannot account for 234 vehicles, according to a state audit.
Martin Edwards & Associates, Inc. and Eastway Wrecker Service, Inc. were contracted to handle vehicles as part of North Carolina’s DWI/Felony Speeding to Elude Vehicle Seizure Program.
The vehicles handled by the contractor would be connected to repeat DWI offenses and for felony speeding to elude arrest cases.
Read the audit
The audit states Martin Edwards & Associates can’t account for 221 vehicles of the 4,772 it seized.
Eastway was unable to provide documentation for 13 of the 4,018 vehicles, the audit states.
The vehicles had an approximate value of $634,000.

The audit report includes a six-page list of automobiles that were seized by the state and are now unaccounted for.
“Because contractors were unable to provide documentation supporting the status or location of these vehicles, there is a risk that contractors inappropriately benefited from the contract,” the audit states.
The vehicles were seized between July 1, 2013, and June 30, 2016.
The Department of Public Instruction was in control of the program from Dec. 1, 1997 to Feb. 29, 2016.
The Department of Administration’s State Surplus Property Agency took over the program as of March 1, 2016.
Auditor Beth Wood told CBS North Carolina her investigators had great difficulty in trying to get information from Martin Edwards and Associates.
She says they were “uncooperative and rude” and at one point a company staffer “threw a subpoena at one of her auditors” when they were ordered to produce documents.

According to the audit report, Martin Edwards and Associates
Actively hindered the audit
Was unwilling to produce requested documentation
Had poor record keeping
Could not produce over 440 documents
When consumer reporter Steve Sbraccia called the company to try to get answers and said he was as a reporter, a person identifying herself as Nicole said, “let me stop you right there. We have no comment.”
“It is our recommendation that the state of North Carolina not do business with that eastern vendor,” said Wood.
The state seized the cars under a program that takes away vehicles from those arrested repeatedly for DWI or those who flee police during high-speed chases.
Martin and Associates writes on its website that it in fact gets many of the cars it auctions from the state seizure program under its contract with the state.
The auditor wants that contract pulled.
“The bottom line, the DPI did not do their job,” said Wood.

In a response letter attached to the audit report, DPI says it was never set up to oversee a vehicle auction program as this is not part of our core function.”
Some of the money generated by sales from the seized vehicles is supposed to go the state’s public schools, which is why the seizure program was supposed to be overseen by the Department of Public Instruction.
Auditor Wood says the program was moved from DPI to the Department of Administration last year and that DOA is now taking steps to insure a situation like that won’t happen again.
She explained what DOA must do.
“The Dept of Administration needs to look at the number of vehicles seized monthly and tie it back to documentation from the vendor saying it’s been released, sold or on their lot,” said Wood
Meanwhile the search is on to locate the hundreds of vehicles that can’t be accounted for.
CBS North Carolina has learned the state License and Theft bureau is now on the case, trying to track down what happened to the vanished vehicles. The auditor says it will be up to that agency to decide if criminal charges need to be filed once it completes its investigation.

The audit report also says Eastway Wrecker Service cooperated fully regarding the investigation into the 13 vehicles it couldn’t account for.
The audit scope included a review of Program activities between July 1, 2011, and June 30, 2016.
The audit recommends the Department of Administration should monitor contractors regularly and determine to what extent the contractors are able to provide these services under current and future state contracts.
The Department of Administration said it began monitoring the program as soon as it was handed to them in March 2016 and agrees with the audit’s findings.
Martin Edwards released the following statement Thursday afternoon:
“Martin Edwards is disappointed that we were not given an opportunity to either review or respond to the state’s audit prior to its release to the media. The report currently indicates that the paperwork for 221 vehicles was not provided. Martin Edwards, in fact, complied with requests for document production on four different occasions, sending more than 3500 pages of documents to the state auditor’s office. Martin Edwards has cooperated fully with this audit.

http://www.wbtv.com/story/36483493/nc-contractors-cant-account-for-234-seized-vehicles-audit-says/

Deputy injured in early morning I-65 crash

A Jefferson County deputy was injured in an early morning crash on I-65 involving a DUI suspect, according to authorities.

State Troopers say a DUI suspect lost control of his vehicle on I-65, left the roadway, struck a guardrail and reentered I-65 where he hit a tanker truck. The vehicle finally came to a rest in the middle of a dark roadway.

Following the initial crash, a Jefferson County deputy traveling in the area struck the suspected DUI driver’s vehicle which sent the patrol vehicle into the guardrail, crossed over into I-65 SB and flipped multiple times. Authorities say the deputy and DUI suspect were taken to UAB for treatment. Neither of their injuries are believed to be serious.

https://abc3340.com/news/local/deputy-injured-in-early-morning-i-65-crash