Director of drug/alcohol rehab center has recent alcohol-related arrests on his record


The leader of New Horizons Therapeutic Services, a drug and alcohol addiction rehab center in Montgomery County, has multiple arrests on his record, some just within the last year.

News Center 7’s Molly Koweek digs deeper into this case and why investigators did not charge him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Two police reports from Trotwood and Dayton incidents tell similar stories.

Police say Terry Hill Jr., the executive director of New Horizons, was caught intoxicated while in control of a car. Not once, but twice in the past year.

When Koweek went to the facility on North Main Street to speak with Hill, he shut the door.

Hill later spoke over the phone, and admitted to a July arrest, saying he’d had a few drinks and was tired so he pulled over to sleep but says he wasn’t drunk. 

A Trotwood police report tells a different story, saying his car was “in the median.” 

The vehicle wasn’t running, but the keys were in the ignition. 

The officer said when they asked Hill why he was parked there, “he answered that he was going to his hotel here” and pointed at a nearby nursing home. 

The officer said Hill tried to hand over his debit card instead of his driver’s license. 

And, the report showed he failed two of three sobriety tests. 

He was arrested for being in physical control of a motor vehicle while intoxicated, and later was found guilty. 

Hill’s run-in with the law just six months later has a similar narrative. 

It shows University of Dayton police officers found him sleeping in his car in a parking lot, and this time the car was running. 

The officer said when she woke up Hill, he said “She’s fine, she’s fine. She is running around here. She is so funny.”

And, police said he smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech and had glassy eyes. 

He was arrested for OVI and later found guilty of a lesser charge of having phyisical control while intoxicated. 

At New Horizons Therapeutic Services today, staff said Hill was unavailable for an interview.–law/director-drug-alcohol-rehab-center-has-recent-alcohol-related-arrests-his-record/19cPsy0pi8BddiWOpohnML/

Mother, 30, admits to picking her daughter up from school while FIVE times the legal alcohol limit – just hours after her licence was disqualified for drink driving

  • A mother who was charged with drink driving had left court only hours earlier
  • Teachers called police when Caroline Throwden arrived at school drunk
  • The 30-year-old was taken to Nelson Bay police station, where she blew 0.252
  • Incident occurred hours her license was suspended for a separate offence

A mother has admitted to trying to pick up her daughter from school while intoxicated, just hours after her license was suspended for a separate drink driving offence. 

School teachers called police when an intoxicated Caroline Ashthore Throwden arrived at her six-year-old daughter’s school in Salamander Bay, in NSW’s Hunter region, on March 11.

Her two-year-old son was with her at the time, and officers who arrived on the scene noted she was swaying and slurring her words.

The 30-year-old was taken to Nelson Bay police station, where she blew 0.252 – five times over the legal limit. 

School teachers called police when Caroline Ashthore Throwden (right) arrived at her six-year-old daughter's school in Salamander Bay, in NSW's Hunter region

School teachers called police when Caroline Ashthore Throwden (right) arrived at her six-year-old daughter’s school in Salamander Bay, in NSW’s Hunter region

Just three hours earlier, the 30-year-old was disqualified from getting behind the wheel for three months and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond for a second drink driving incident.

On Monday, Throwden pleaded guilty to high range drink driving in Raymond Terrace Local Court, where her previous drink driving conviction was revealed.

Police are now hoping to also charge her for driving while disqualified. 

Throwden pleaded guilty to high range drink driving in Raymond Terrace Local Court (pictured) on Monday

Throwden pleaded guilty to high range drink driving in Raymond Terrace Local Court (pictured) on Monday

Because her conviction was so new, police were unaware she was not allowed to be driving during her second arrest and she made no mention of it to officers.

She did admit to driving to the school, but swore she was intending on walking home with her children.

Police said: ‘she smelt strongly of alcohol, was a little unsteady on her feet, the whites of her eyes were dark and appeared bloodshot and her speech was slurred’. 

‘There is a large number of children that attend [the school]… and that coupled with the extremely high alcohol reading had the potential for a catastrophic outcome,’ police said.

Ann Arbor city council member drove with twice the legal blood-alcohol limit

Candidate Zachary Ackerman looks at live election results at an election party at Pizza House in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Hunter Dyke | The Ann Arbor News
Candidate Zachary Ackerman looks at live election results at an election party at Pizza House in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. Hunter Dyke | The Ann Arbor News

ANN ARBOR, MI – An Ann Arbor city councilman is serving a year of probation for drunken driving.

Zachary Ackerman, D-3rd Ward, was sentenced in February for driving under the influence in Novi, northeast of Ann Arbor, court records show.

Now, he’s apologizing for the incident, calling it the wake-up he needed to be diagnosed with severe alcohol dependency and seek treatment.

“I’m sorry that this happened,” he said when reached by The Ann Arbor News on Wednesday. “You hope to live your life as a model of how it should be lived, but life is real.”

“And so, I just want to be clear that I never intended to hide this story for malicious reasons. I simply hoped that I could live my private life privately, but I do have to own what happened on the night of Jan. 2.”

Ackerman, 25, of Ann Arbor, was arrested about 5:35 p.m. Jan. 2, after police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash, said Novi police Detective Sgt. Kevin Gilmore.

The councilman was driving south on Beck Road, north of 10 Mile Road when he rear-ended another vehicle, Gilmore said. No one was injured, but Ackerman appeared under the influence, Gilmore said.

“Eyes were bloodshot – glossy,” Gilmore said. ” (He had) slurred speech, smell – odor of intoxicants coming from the vehicle and then his person.”

Ackerman submitted to field sobriety tests but refused a breathalyzer at the scene, Gilmore said.

At the jail, testing showed Ackerman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.2 percent – more than twice the legal limit for driving in Michigan – Gilmore said.

He was held until about 5 a.m. the next day, Gilmore said.

Ackerman was originally charged under the state’s so-called “super drunk” law, court records show. The law allows for heftier penalties for those who test at 0.17 or above.

However, Ackerman pleaded no contest before the end of January to a misdemeanor charge of operating while ability impaired, court records show.

He was sentenced on Feb. 20 to a year of probation and five days of community service, court records show.

Ackerman began drinking in college, where he said there was a cultural emphasis on binge drinking, he said, and that carried over into his professional life after graduation.

He declined to comment on why the charge was reduced or where he was coming from at the time of the crash, but said he began researching treatment the next day,

The arrest was, in fact, a blessing, he said, noting the last three months have been the happiest and healthiest of his life.

“I am today in recovery,” he said. “I have not had a drink since that night and I’m committed to being able to still say that on my deathbed decades from now.”

Ackerman said he doesn’t plan to resign and doesn’t believe that the outcome of an addiction should lead to being removed from council. He remains excited to do important work in the community, he said.

As to not alerting his constituents or fellow council members sooner, he believed the incident should be dealt with as a health issue, not a moral issue, he said.

“I also understand there was a public safety element because of the fact that I got behind the wheel and for that I am sorry, but, again, I’m trying to focus on what good can come of that night and not the night itself,” Ackerman said.

He said he hopes those with concerns about possible substance use disorder can feel comfortable coming to him to talk, and pointed to recovery options at Michigan Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Health System and Dawn Farm.

Ann Arbor Mayor Christopher Taylor expressed support for Ackerman on Wednesday, saying that though he just learned of the matter, he believed it to be a private concern and not grounds for removal from council.

“Council Member Ackerman’s work for Ann Arbor on council and elsewhere has been exemplary, careful and thoughtful,” he said. “… Ackerman has a medical problem for which he has sought and received medical treatment. I support and stand by him.”

He later added that he supports all members of Ann Arbor’s recovery community.

Jack Eaton, D-4th Ward, too, offered support to Ackerman, also calling the incident a private matter.

Though he said he didn’t know details of the arrest or Ackerman’s health condition, Ackerman had told council members he was going to outpatient rehabilitation as a reason for missing some city meetings.

Ackerman confirmed missing meetings, noting he needed to be healthy to better serve residents.

“I’m back to full time,” he said.

The temporary absence from meetings seemed to be the only possible impact on Ackerman’s role on council, Eaton said. Ackerman has, indeed, been attending more meetings recently.

“It’s unfortunate,” Eaton said. “Drinking and driving is a huge social problem and I’m sorry that he drank and drove … I hope that he gets the help that he needs and I look forward to serving with him.”

Ackerman was first elected to council in 2015, when he became the first University of Michigan student to win an Ann Arbor council race in 23 years. He was re-elected in 2017 to a term until 2020 and now works for Denison Consulting downtown.

Authorities say man was under the influence of meth in N. Whitehall crash that injured several people

Lehigh County authorities say Nicholas Strohl, 32, was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of a Dec. 2 crash in Slatington that injured several people. (Northampton County Jail)

Lehigh County authorities say a Slatington man was under the influence of methamphetamine in a December crash that seriously injured several people.

Nicholas Strohl, 32, faces numerous charges including aggravated assault by vehicle while under the influence of methamphetamine, possession of drugs and various traffic summaries, according to a news release issued Friday by District Attorney Jim Martin.

Strohl is in Northampton County Jail on unrelated charges and will be arraigned on the Lehigh County charges at a later date, authorities say.

According to the news release:

The three-vehicle crash happened around 4:40 p.m. Dec. 2 near Route 145 and Mauser Road in North Whitehall Township.

State police say Strohl’s car, a Honda Accord, was speeding when he hit another vehicle while driving in the wrong lane. After hitting that vehicle, police say Strohl then hit another car.

Police say the driver of the first vehicle hit by Strohl, 57-year-old Charles Karanik of Jim Thorpe, suffered multiple fractures and underwent “numerous” surgeries after the crash.

A driver and passenger in the second car involved in the crash also suffered minor injuries. Police say the passenger inside that car, identified as Cassidy Pitts, 18, is undergoing physical therapy for neck injuries she received in the crash.

Strohl was also injured in the crash, authorities say, but they did not provide further details.

Strohl has an extensive criminal record in both Lehigh and Northampton counties dating back to 2005 for mostly drug offenses, according to court records.