Two men suspected of drunk driving have been arrested after crashing into Wichita police patrol cruisers over the weekend.
James Dale Johnson and Lesster O. Raudales-Varela were arrested after separate incidents on Saturday, Officer Charley Davidson said Monday. The men both have two prior DUI convictions, according to police records.
The first crash happened at around 2:15 a.m. in west Wichita when an officer was responding to a call of a wrong-way driver at Kellogg and Maize. A white Ford F-350 driven by Johnson was traveling the wrong way on Kellogg, Davidson said, and collided head-on with the patrol vehicle.
The officer tried to avoid the wreck, police said. The pickup continued east in the westbound lanes of the divided highway before crashing into the median at Kellogg and Meridian. The officer was treated at a hospital for minor injuries and released, and Johnson was not hurt.
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The second wreck happened at around 10:50 p.m. in south Wichita while police were working an unrelated accident on Hydraulic under the I-135 overpass. An officer was sitting in his patrol vehicle blocking the southbound lanes of traffic when a white BMW 3 Series driven by Raudales-Varela crashed into the side of the police cruiser, Davidson said.
The car also hit a gray Ford Taurus occupied by a 19-year-old woman. After police stopped the car, officer found that Raudales-Varela was under the influence of alcohol, police said. No serious injuries were reported.
Sedgwick County Jail booking reports show Johnson, 58, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, DUI after second conviction, driving the wrong direction on a one-way road, driving on an expired driver’s license and failure to stop at an injury accident. Raudales-Varela, 37, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after second conviction, reckless driving and transporting an open container.
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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – A U.S. District Court judge in Cedar Rapids sentenced a man to 2 years in prison after police said he illegally entered the country after being deported twice.
In March 2019, Sergio Sanchez-Juarez, 32, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to coming into the country illegally after having been convicted of a felony.
According to the plea, “Sanchez-Juarez admitted he had previously been deported from the United States in September 2017 and November 2017 and illegally reentered the United States without the permission of the United States government.”
Officials said Sanchez-Juarez has illegally entered the United States at least six times. He was deported after an OWI conviction in September 2017.
He also has prior convictions in Linn County, Iowa, in January 2011 and June 2014 for OWI, according to court records.
“Sanchez-Juarez was found by immigration agents in November 2018 after he was charged in Linn County, Iowa, with OWI. He was convicted of this fourth OWI offense in February 2019. Sanchez-Juarez was also deported to Mexico in February 2007 and July 2014.”
ROME — Raymond Meier, who formerly served as a state senator and Oneida County executive, is facing drunk driving charges after he was arrested Saturday in Rome, according to the Rome Police Department.
Police said Meier was charged at approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday with common law DWI and aggravated DWI, which indicates a blood alcohol content of 0.18 percent or higher, after almost hitting several vehicles. Additional details were not immediately available.
Meier served as a state Senator of New York’s 47th district from 1997 to 2007. Before that, he served as the county executive from 1991 to 1996. During his tenure as a state senator, Meier ran unsuccessfully for Congress in 2006 against Michael Arcuri.
A state lawmaker from Broken Arrow was charged Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court with felony DUI — the culmination of a recent arrest and a prior misdemeanor conviction.
Rep. Dean Davis, R-Broken Arrow, posted $1,000 bail to be released from the Tulsa County jail about 10 days ago after being arrested on complaints of DUI-first offense, speeding 11-15 mph and obstructing or interfering with a police officer.
Davis, 47, now faces charges of DUI-second offense, speeding in excess of the lawful maximum limit and obstructing an officer.
Prosecutors allege he refused an officer’s commands to put his hands behind his back during his Aug. 2 arrest, according to the information sheet.
Davis issued a statement apologizing after his most recent arrest, saying that “I will ensure this does not happen again.” He did not immediately respond to the Tulsa World’s request for comment on his prior arrest.
Florida sorority Alpha Delta Pi has been suspended after allegations of its members posting an explicit photo, offering payment to complete schoolwork and swapping IDs to buy alcohol.
According to public records obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle from the University of Central Florida, on July 8, an unhappy Alpha Delta Pi (ADPi) member emailed complaints to Woody Joseph, the president of Fraternity & Sorority Life.
The member claimed that a photo of her sorority sister naked from the waist down and lying next to a toilet in a bar (with a cake emoji covering her genitals), was shared in a mass chat on the GroupMe app. She reported the photo to her chapter president because the student “couldn’t have given [consent] seeing how absolutely plastered she was,” but no action was taken.
Additionally through chats, wrote the member, sisters sold prescription drugs and swapped driver’s licenses in order to purchase alcohol. One message read, “Will send nudes and mula for a blonde ID,” and a member admitted she drove to work “blackout” drunk from the night before, a statement that was allegedly “liked” by the group president.
There was also a “serious accident” from which the victim, who partook in underage drinking, was still recovering, alleged the letter-writer.
“I will not stand for this behavior anymore, and it makes me question the entire organization of ADPi, not to mention how Greek life is conducted at UCF in general,” she wrote. She also complained about the sorority’s “nasty” theme song, with the lyrics, “giving head and doing blow.”
The letter-writer said she talked to national and local Greek leaders who took no disciplinary action and in fact, she was “dragged” by executives for reporting the incidents.
According to a letter from UCF’s Office of Student Conduct, the Alpha Delta Pi sorority was suspended on July 15 for drug, alcohol and academic misconduct and possessing and/or providing false and misleading information. During its suspension, the group cannot recruit new members or participate in any fundraisers or social events, on or off-campus.
A hearing to decide next steps will be held on July 30.
Beth Wright, the marketing and communications director for Alpha Delta Pi tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “We have learned of allegations of improper conduct by some members of the Zeta Omega chapter of Alpha Delta Pi at the University of Central Florida. The behavior in question does not align with our values or our high standards of academic excellence. Alpha Delta Pi’s International Officers and Executive Office staff are working closely with the University to conduct a thorough investigation.”
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Arizona Cardinals Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Minegar was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.
Minegar, 60, was spotted in Chandler, Ariz., failing to stay in one lane and driving into the bike lane for a period of time before he was pulled over for speeding, according to FOX10 Phoenix.
Police then arrested Minegar on suspicion of DUI and he was later cited and released from jail, according to the Arizona Republic.
The Cardinals released a statement on the incident.
“Ron Minegar’s actions last night are inexcusable. He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself,” the statement read. “According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the No. 1 cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”
Ron Minegar, 60, was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of DUI. (Chandler Police Department)
Minegar is starting his 20th season with the organization. He joined the Cardinals in 2000 from Disney Sports. He is responsible for overseeing the team’s business operations and developing the team’s strategic plans.
It is the second time in more than a year that a Cardinals executive has been arrested on a DUI charge.
Police believe a driver who hit a power pole in Yellowknife with their truck in broad daylight was above the legal limit at the time.
Residents witnessed a blue truck hit a pole on Reservoir Road – by the Tommy Forrest ballpark – at around 11:30am on Thursday, with police and municipal enforcement officers on the scene soon afterward.
RCMP said no injuries were reported but charges are pending against the driver, who was not named.
Those pending charges are operation while impaired – which can apply to either alcohol or drug use – and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 mg per 100 ml of blood, which is a charge specific to drinking.
A downed power pole on Reservoir Road. Emelie Peacock/Cabin Radio
“The 41-year-old female driver was taken into custody as part of an impaired driving investigation,” RCMP confirmed. “At this time, no charges have been sworn, so no further information can be released. A court date of September 24 has been set.”
Images from the scene show a power pole lying demolished in front of the truck, which sustained significant damage to its hood.
“Yellowknife RCMP remind all motor vehicle drivers of the dangers and potentially serious consequences of operating a motor vehicle while impaired,” police said in a statement to Cabin Radio.
“Our message remains: do not drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis, prescription, illegal drugs, or a combination thereof. This applies to all licensed motor vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs and, in the winter, snowmobiles.