Arizona Cardinals defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was arrested in Scottsdale two weeks ago on suspicion of speeding and driving on a suspended license, according to Scottsdale police.
According to a police report, Nkemdiche, 24, was driving 75 mph in a 45-mph zone at 6:39 a.m. on June 6 near Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. When he was pulled over at the Shell station on the southwest corner of the intersection, Nkemdiche told police he was on his way to practice at the team’s Tempe training facility.
Nkemdiche had a warrant out for his arrest for driving on a suspended license and failing to appear for a court hearing.
Robert Nkemdiche booking mug (Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)
According to the report, police found and impounded a small, metal credit card case that had a white powdery residue, consistent with cocaine, on it. Nkemdiche told police that “it was possibly a bathroom product,” the report said.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances, it was decided not to pursue testing of the credit card holder in lieu of impending the item for destruction with Robert’s cooperation,” the police report said.
Police also impounded Nkemdiche’s car, a black 2019 Chevrolet Corvette, based on the suspected drug paraphernalia.
Earlier this year, the Cardinals declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Nkemdiche, who was the team’s first-round pick out of Mississippi in 2016. Since being drafted, his professional career has been riddled with injuries and inconsistency. As a result, he’s played in just 27 of 48 games over the past three seasons.
Nkemdiche suffered a torn ACL in December and although he has been at the team’s facility for offseason workouts, he hasn’t been able to participate in any drills on the field while he continues to rehabilitate his knee.
He isn’t expected to be ready for the start of training camp, which will begin in late July.
Roisin Hamilton bit a police officer after drunkenly walking toward her car
She was almost five times over limit while driving on Armagh’s Jubilee Park
Faces being struck off after shouting ‘f*** off, I’ll kill you’ at Duty Free workers
Says she is ‘mortified’ and her behaviour arose from anxiety and depression
Roisin Hamilton (pictured today in Manchester) unleashed a series of drunken outbursts and faces being struck off at a medical tribunal
A violent NHS doctor who unleashed a series of public, drunken attacks over a period of three years faces being struck off.
Dr Roisin Hamilton attacked police, airport staff and her own husband over a three-year period and was charged with misconduct after she was repeatedly arrested.
The 38-year-old threw hot coffee over a Duty Free worker and vomited after getting drunk on vodka when her plane was delayed by three hours.
One of the haematology expert’s violent outbursts forced her estranged husband to shut himself in her family home away from the mother of two.
Hamilton even bit a police officer after colleagues stopped her driving away from a hospital while drunk.
Her latest outburst occurred when police had to arrest Hamilton for being drunk and abusive during a store opening at a shopping mall in Northern Ireland. As they detained her, Hamilton dug her finger nail into one officer’s arm and shouted: ‘F*** you!’ before repeatedly punching a WPC sat next to her in a patrol car.
The mother of two doctor struggled so violently she had to be put in handcuffs and leg restraints before being placed in a cell to sober up.
She has blamed her outbursts on chronic alcohol addiction arising from diagnosed anxiety and depression. Hamilton said she was ‘mortified and ashamed’ of her actions and said they ‘did not represent her as a person’ in a statement heard by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.
Hamilton, of Bearsden, East Dumbartonshire, was suspended from medical practise in October over the three incidents and her crashing her car while almost five times the alcohol limit.
The incidents began in June 2015 after the Aberdeen and Glasgow hospitals completed a Masters Degree in Haematopathology.
Colleagues saw her drunkenly approaching her car and persuaded her to hand over the keys before Hamilton bit a police officer’s finger as he asked to take a breath test.
She paid a £980 fine and was banned from driving for a year after admitting failing to provide a breath specimen and assault on police.
But the next year officers arrested her as after she stumbled through Glasgow airport’s Duty Free area while waiting for a flight to rehab in Northern Ireland.
Staff offered to help, only for her to vomit on the floor and throw scalding coffee onto the foot of an employee.
She then screamed ‘f* off, I’ll kill you’ and ‘f* off you fing b*’, while lashing out with her hands and legs after workers erected a privacy screen to shield her from view.
The doctor vomited and then threw hot coffee over a staff member at Glasgow airport’s Duty Free shop as she waited for a flight to a rehab centre
Hamilton hit, kicked and scratched her husband in a drunken rage as he threw her out of their home. She threw a desk organiser at the house and police arrested her again.
In January 2017 Hamilton was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 compensation for threatening behaviour and assault – but the following August police arrested her again for drink-driving on Jubilee Park, Armagh, after she crashed a fence and wheelie bin, while pedestrians were in the vicinity.
She had 161 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and fined £300 fine and disqualified from driving for 18 months in September 2017.
The latest incident took place at 3pm on February 3 2018 when Hamilton was seen in a drunken condition at the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry.
Police called an ambulance as she sat unresponsive after security staff held her for causing a disturbance, General Medical Council lawyer Susanna Kitzing said.
She swore, shouted and lashed out at paramedics with her arms and verbally abused officers as elderly people and children looked on, Ms Kitzing added.
Hamilton tried to break out of a police vehicle and officers arrested her for disorderly behaviour, she said.
‘She was described as acting in an erratic manner, her pupils were dilated and officers believed she was under the influence of a substance,’ the lawyer said. The doctor dug her nails into an officer who was searching her and said: ‘F*** you.’
As she sat in the police vehicle, she punched an officer in the right arm several times, the tribunal heard.
‘The officer said Dr Hamilton became increasingly aggressive and hence they were forced to remove her from the vehicle and restrain her on the ground,’ the lawyer said. ‘As they were removing her from the car, Dr Hamilton kicked out at the legs of the officers several times.
Officers placed her in leg restraints before they put Hamilton back in the police vehicle, she added, then said ‘thank you’ as officers cautioned her before they put her in a cell to calm down.
‘The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now’
While Meghan Markle looks after her new royal baby in her mansion on the grounds of Windsor Castle, her older half-brother claims he has lost his job and his home.
In a new interview, Thomas Markle Jr. reveals that he has reached the “lowest point” in his life after being evicted from his modest rental home in Grants Pass, Oregon. The 52-year-old, who reportedly has long been estranged from the Duchess of Sussex, said that he, fiancee Darlene Blount, her son and their two dogs are living in a small hotel room.
Remarkably, Markle Jr. blames his sister’s global fame for starting him on the downward spiral that has left him unable to find a new job or lease a new house or apartment in this southern Oregon community.
“And it’s all because my life suddenly got catapulted into the spotlight – through no fault of my own,” Markle Jr. complained to The Sun. “The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now.”
Thomas Markle Jr says his every move has been “put under the microscope,” since his half-sister Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle’s half brother reveals he’s homeless and at the ‘lowest point’ of his life
Thomas Jr says his every move has been “put under the microscope,” since his half-sister Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry.
But from Markle Jr.’s accounts, as well as from news reports, it doesn’t appear that he’s all that blameless for his downward spiral, which includes health problems, work problems, landlord problems and run-ins with the law.
Ever since the Los Angeles-born Meghan became engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, Markle Jr. claims he has been forced to live “under a microscope” with no help or support from his famous sibling.
“I’ve gone from being a private person to having everything I’ve ever done in my life out there for everybody,” he added.
The former TV actress and her half-brother share a father, Thomas Markle. Markle Jr. and his sister, Samantha, are children from Thomas Markle’s first marriage.
Meghan is the product of Markle’s second marriage, to Doria Ragland. It’s well known that Meghan and Ragland, a Los Angeles yoga instructor, enjoy a close bond. But it’s also known that Meghan has fraught relations with her father’s side of the family.
For example, Markle Jr. and Samantha Markle used news of Meghan’s engagement to Harry to criticize her for being an ambitious social climber and to claim she turns her back on family and friends if she believes they are of no use to her.
However, Meghan’s fans have called her half-siblings opportunists who are exploiting her fame to grab headlines and possibly lucrative opportunities for themselves.
Prior to her May 2018 wedding, Meghan and her 74-year-old father appeared to be getting along well enough that she asked him to walk her down the aisle. But their relationship famously fell apart when the retired Hollywood lighting designer was caught getting paid to pose for paparazzi photos just before the globally televised wedding.
Markle Sr. soon began to give interviews in which he also criticized his daughter’s new royal life and alleged that she had stopped returning his phone calls or texts.
The May 6 birth of Meghan and Harry’s son, Archie, has done little to heal the Markle family rifts. Indeed, Markle Jr. responded to the baby news by once again criticizing his half-sister.
“I’m hoping that becoming a mother will open up her eyes and shed light on what family means,” Markle Jr., said in an interview. “Maybe she will see the importance of family now — and open up to my dad and let him be part of the baby’s life.”
At that time of this interview, Markle Jr. didn’t mention being homeless. In his new interview with The Sun, Markle Jr. also failed to mention his legal troubles.
It’s possible that his run-ins with police contributed to residents in Grants Pass having an unflattering view of him.
In January 2017, Markle Jr. was arrested on suspicion of holding a gun to his fiancee’s head during a drunken argument, The Sun reported. He subsequently apologized and said he was “seeking help.”
But this past summer, Markle Jr. and Blount got into another fight while under the influence that resulted in Blount giving Thomas a black eye, USA Today reported. Blount was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault.
In November, the couple told the Daily Mail they had quit drinking as part of a deal that would get the assault charges against Blount dropped.
But in early January, Markle Jr. was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by Oregon State Police, USA Today reported. He was “visibly intoxicated,” failed field sobriety tests and drew a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent.
In his Sun interview, Markle Jr. focused on people and circumstances that he believes have done him wrong. For example, he said he had to leave his job as a glazier because of health problems.
Despite explaining his situation to his landlord, Markle Jr. told The Sun the landlord issued an eviction notice. Markle Jr. and the landlord went to court, but he agreed to vacate the property without an eviction. He also said he left the property in good condition.
But the landlord had a different view of his ex-tenant and gave interviews in which he called Markle Jr. a “lowlife” who owed him back rent and who trashed his property, according to The Sun.
Markle Jr. told The Sun that the landlord’s accusations made it difficult for him to find a new place to live in the area.
“I had a really nice place lined up where I was going to live out in the woods and I was going to do work on the property but I lost that because of all this,” Markle Jr. said.
Living in a small hotel room is taking a huge toll on his relationship with his fiancee, Markle Jr. added.
When it comes to a DWI, counting glasses of wine is a poor measure to determine dangerous behavior. Gender, weight, type of food consumed and time are all controlling and confounding factors. Rather, the standard should always be the actual level of impairment—an objective measure that uses blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels and their expected impact on driving skills.
University and government funded studies in this area provide perspective on impairment levels. According to the University of Utah, for example, driving while talking on a hands free cell phone generates equal impairment compared to driving at the current national drunk driving standard of 0.08 BAC.
Consequently, if the legal limit were lowered in the state to 0.05 BAC, a driver will be charged with a DWI and subject to imprisonment, skyrocketing insurance costs, lawyer’s fees and fines totaling $10,000 for being far less impaired than driving while on a phone call.
And the consequence for a substantially more impaired talker? In California, it’s a $20 fine.
The second reason why lowering the legal limit to 0.05 BAC fails to make sense is that the typical drunk driver is usually drinking far in excess of the current 0.08 BAC limit. What logic or science supports the idea that tightening the definition of “drunk driving” will deter those who are already violating the current law? Would dropping the speed limit by five miles per hour make sensible drivers out of those presently considered reckless?
So who or what is behind the plan to lower the legal drinking limit? There is some evidence that the .05 issue is more of an anti-alcohol rant than one based on traffic safety. Specifically, the proponents can’t seem to find the right criminal to justify the law change. In California, the proposal to move to a .05 standard was triggered by a DWI fatality involving a driver with a 0.12 BAC—50 percent higher than the current arrest threshold. Would a .05 law have made a difference?
And Michigan’s recent .05 proposal follows a similar storyline. The legislation was introduced after a drunk driver caused a fatality with a registered BAC of 0.306. That’s six times the arrest level of .05. How would moving to a new definition of DWI have made any difference?PauseCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Stream TypeLIVELoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute
All the current and historical government statistics show that the moderate social drinker is not central to our DWI concerns. Yet that is where this proposed law focuses. You could put the drunk driving arrest level at anything above zero and there will still be drunk drivers just as there will be many other types of crimes committed irrespective of the law.
A better idea to advance traffic safety is to enforce the laws already on the books. Having a court imposed sentence for DWI that requires an ignition interlock makes sense when people drink to excess.
That would stop the worst criminals who have had multiple arrests. Yet even Utah, the only state to have passed a .05 law, has a disappointing record of enforcing their own law on interlocks—reporting a dismal 28 percent compliance rate. California is not much better.
It’s clear we need to do a better job of policing existing law before creating new ones.
DWI fatalities invoke angry passions, as do many other senseless crimes. But the answer won’t be found in the arrest of law abiding citizens visiting a tasting room.