82-year-old driver charged with OWI in church bus crash

A church bus sits in the area between guardrails late Monday on the Indiana Toll Road, just before the Cline Avenue exit. The driver was intoxicated and drove off the road, police said.

HAMMOND — An 82-year-old was slurring his speech and had bloodshot eyes the night he crashed a church bus with 47 children and adults on board, sending five to the hospital, police said.

Wilton B. Carr, of Gary, was charged Wednesday with three felony counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated/endangering a person younger than 18 and one misdemeanor count each of operating a vehicle while intoxicated/endangering a person and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, according to court records. 

Carr also was charged with an OWI with bodily injury, a Level 6 felony, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department confirmed. 

Lake County Prosecutor Bernard Carter said he has requested an additional investigation from the Indiana State Police. He said Carr could face more charges based on the number of victims and their injuries.

Carr was driving a bus owned by Jesus Saves Missionary Baptist Church in Gary back to Indiana from a trip to the United Center in Chicago, police said.

Carr was slurring his speech, had a strong odor of alcohol, and his eyes were watery and bloodshot, according to a police report. Carr was taken to St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago, where test results showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.094. 

At 10:37 p.m. Monday, Carr drove straight off the road on eastbound I-90 just before the Cline Avenue exit and into a rocky area between two guardrails, police said.PauseCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Stream TypeLIVELoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute

The bus hit a gravel and dirt embankment, causing its front tires to leave the ground, police said. The impact caused passengers to be thrown from their seats.

A 49-year-old and four children ranging in age from 10 to 14 were taken to local hospitals for leg injuries and head and neck pain, police said. Others were checked at the scene and released.

Carr was taken to a local hospital for an alcohol test, which he failed, police said.

After the crash, he was taken to the Lake County Jail. https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/year-old-gary-driver-charged-with-owi-in-church-bus/article_e3c5e80a-3858-588d-bdcf-ce0a062dda26.html#1

Mother accused of crashing into multiple cars near middle school released from jail

A woman is facing charges after she was accused of crashing her vehicle several times while dropping her son off at school in Anderson Township.

Parents and students at Nagel Middle School said they were shocked when they saw Ellen Craven, 50, crash into multiple cars Tuesday.

“She hit several cars and she is leaving the parking lot,” the person who called 911 said in the call. “Right now, she is off the curb in the grass.”

Police said they arrested and charged Craven with operating a vehicle while impaired and child endangerment for having her son in the car.

Craven appeared in court for the first time Wednesday.

“No one was injured, which is a plus. She did blow a point .000, she complied and gave them a urine sample. We will know the results of that in six to eight weeks,” said Craven’s attorney, Hal Arenstein.

Arenstein told the judge Craven called off work sick Tuesday for flu-like symptoms.

The prosecutor said Craven was barely able to get out of the car and stand, so they couldn’t complete a field sobriety test.

“She is not a drug user of any kind or alcoholic. She never operates a vehicle under conditions like that. We are concerned as to why this happened,” said Craven’s husband, Kenton Snowball.

“She admitted to taking a prescription medication that causes your pupils to dilate. However, she had very constricted pupils,” said prosecutor Dave Wood in court.

Snowball said Craven’s family is concerned for her well-being and he would like to get a doctor involved.

“She does have prescription medications, but they are not opioids. She would never abuse them,” Snowball said.

Craven was released on her own recognizance. https://www.wlwt.com/article/video-911-calls-released-from-pileup-with-more-than-100-cars-on-wisconsin-highway/26537798

Church bus crash sends 5 to hospitals, driver to jail on suspicion of drunken driving

A church bus sits in the gore area between guardrails late Monday on the Indiana Toll Road, just before the Cline Avenue exit. The driver was intoxicated and drove off the road, police said.

HAMMOND — An 82-year-old church bus driver was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after driving off the road between two guardrails in a crash that injured several passengers, police said.

Wilton B. Carr, of Gary, was driving a bus owned by Jesus Saves Missionary Baptist Church in Gary back to Indiana from a trip to the United Center in Chicago, police said.

About 47 people, including adults and children, were on the bus when Carr drove straight off the road on eastbound Interstate 90 just before the Cline Avenue exit about 10:37 p.m. and into a rocky area between two guardrails.

The bus hit a gravel and dirt embankment, causing its front tires to leave the ground, police said. The impact caused passengers to be thrown from their seats.

A 49-year-old person and four children ranging in age from 10 to 14 were taken to local hospitals for leg injuries and head and neck pain, police said. Others were checked at the scene and released.

Carr was taken to a local hospital for an alcohol test, which he failed, police said.

He was taken to the Lake County Jail on suspicion of felony counts of operating while intoxicated causing bodily injury and operating while intoxicated with passengers under 18, and two misdemeanor counts of operating while intoxicated. https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/article_2c908c85-82cc-5232-a36e-623845ac7197.html

Passed-out driver awakens, hits police car, is arrested

(Las Vegas Review-Journal file)

Las Vegas police arrested a man suspected of driving while impaired in the eastern valley on Monday morning.

Officers responded to call at 2:2 a.m. involving a white Toyota SUV stopped at the intersection of South Hollywood and East Charleston boulevards with an unconscious male driver, according to Metro Lt. David Gordon.

Officers positioned vehicles at the front and rear of the SUV to minimize danger if the driver woke up and accelerated forward or backward, Gordon said.

Officers attempted to wake the driver. When he regained consciousness, the driver accelerated forward, striking the bumper of the patrol vehicle. The driver stopped the vehicle and was taken into custody. Officers suspected impairment and administered field sobriety tests before arresting the man for DUI, Gordon said.

No injuries were reported. There was minor damage to both vehicles, Gordon said. https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/passed-out-driver-awakens-hits-las-vegas-police-car-is-arrested-1604953/

Man sentenced to 7 years for drunk driving

GALVESTON

A Galveston man convicted five times in eight years for driving while intoxicated was sentenced Thursday to seven years in prison, according to the Galveston County District Attorney’s Office.

Alexander Drake, 40, of Galveston, was sentenced by Galveston County District Court Judge Kerry Neves, after pleading guilty Tuesday to two counts of driving while intoxicated, according to the district attorney’s office.

The charges stemmed from two separate incidents that happened over the course of five months in 2017 and 2018.

Drake was arrested on Dec. 23, 2017 in Galveston after he was reported to be driving erratically on Interstate 45 in Dickinson. He failed a field sobriety test, and his blood alcohol content was measured at .158, nearly twice the legal limit, according to the district attorney’s office.

In May 2018, Drake was stopped for speeding in Jamaica Beach. He again failed a field sobriety test, and his blood alcohol was measured at .179, more than twice the legal limit.

Drake also was convicted of misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in 2010, 2012 and 2015, according to Galveston County court records.

Drake will have to serve a quarter of his sentence before being eligible for parole, according to the district attorney’s office. https://www.galvnews.com/news/free/article_7688e4a3-8fd2-5e27-bc76-ede0e26e8734.html?block_id=531919