WEST BEND — An OWI suspect in West Bend puts on a striptease for officers while he’s under arrest. The bizarre behavior was all caught on camera.
Officials say Craig Abel was placed in a holding cell at the West Bend Police Department after being arrested for allegedly crashing his vehicle into a house. That’s when he started to expose himself and make obscene gestures.
As soon as the handcuffs came off, so did Abel’s clothes.
The 46-year-old can be seen slapping his bare stomach and mooning the camera.
“It was just, I don’t know,” said Jeannine Waterson
The footage left Jeannine Waterson speechless knowing the reason behind Abel’s actions.
“I was just trying to get everything done, laundry put away, dishes in the dishwasher,” Waterson said. “And then all of a sudden I heard tires squealing and then a big crash and then the whole house shook.”
Just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, May 26 police say Abel crashed his vehicle into a home on Julen Circle, then drove off. When Waterson got outside, she discovered it was her neighbor’s side of the duplex that had been hit.
“If it had hit two feet over, it would have hit their bedroom,” said Waterson.
Charlene and John Pedersen were out of town for the holiday weekend. They came home to a gaping hole in their garage and a lot of questions.
“It was a shock. I just felt like I got hit in the face,” said Charlene. “How could this have happened to us?”
Police say this is Abel’s sixth OWI offense. The victims hope the seemingly silly video of his behavior after the crime shines a light on the serious consequences of driving under the influence.
“They need to make the law tougher for drunk drivers. This is just getting ridiculous because so many people are getting hurt, killed,” said Waterson.
In addition to an OWI, hit-and-run, and probation violation charge, Abel was also charged with disorderly conduct for exposing himself in the holding cell — as well as obstructing an officer for allegedly giving police a false name upon his arrest.
Ryan Heyd, whose DWI case was thrown out when a friend’s cellphone video contradicted what a deputy claimed a field sobriety test showed, is now suing in federal court over his 2016 arrest, claiming St. Tammany Parish Sheriff Randy Smith and then-Deputy Ricky Steinert violated his civil rights.
The criminal case against Heyd was dismissed a year ago, after the 22nd Judicial District Attorney’s Office discovered that Steinert fabricated information about Heyd’s field sobriety test.
On the police report, Steinert wrote that Heyd swayed, lost his balance and lost count during the test, but the video showed he did none of those things.
Steinert resigned from the Sheriff’s Office in the wake of an Internal Affairs investigation into the matter. According to the report on the investigation, he admitted cutting and pasting material from prior reports into his report on Heyd’s arrest.
The suit, filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, says that Steinert fabricated “facts” to justify the initial traffic stop on Heyd and also to support the claim that he did poorly on the field sobriety test.
Heyd, who lives in Slidell, was illegally arrested in January 2016 and prosecuted through May 26, 2017, his last trial date, the suit says. His liberty was curtailed during that period because he had to take random drug tests and also was required to install an ignition interlock device on his car. Since he couldn’t afford that, the suit says, he was unable to drive.
The conditions of his bond forbade him from traveling out of state.
“This pretrial detention and curtailment of his liberty and personal freedom occurred as a result of the wrongful institution of legal process,” the suit says, calling it a violation of his right against illegal search and seizure and his right to due process.
His arrest and prosecution, without probable cause, were also malicious under state law, the suit says.
A spokesman for Smith, Capt. Scott Lee, said in an email late Friday that the sheriff had not yet been served with a copy of Heyd’s lawsuit and therefore could not comment on specific allegations in it.
However, he said, “Sheriff Smith would point out that the incident in question occurred under the prior administration of Jack Strain, and that Sheriff Smith has asked the Louisiana attorney general to investigate this matter regarding former deputy Steinert’s conduct.”
When questions first arose about Steinert’s actions, Smith said he did not believe that Steinert had broken the law.
“I’m convinced that this type of police activity has been going on for years,” said Gary Bizal, an attorney for Heyd. “It’s great that there are now video cameras that can catch these guys in their lies.”
But the camera in question belonged to Heyd’s friend. St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office deputies do not have body cameras or dashboard cameras.
Without the video, it would have been Heyd’s word against that of the deputy. And Heyd, a 30-year-old National Guard member, had a previous DWI on his record.
Among other things, Steinert’s report said that Heyd lost his balance from the starting position three times before beginning a walk-and-turn test and missed four steps in all, stepping off the line.
But the video shows him walking heel to toe, arms at his sides, without wobbling.
His case was not the only one where evidence surfaced that Steinert, a former parish “deputy of the year” who made 117 arrests from 2015 until his departure last year, had fabricated results on field sobriety tests. An arrest report that Steinert wrote about Darren McFarland was identical to Heyd’s in key passages.
McFarland was found guilty of DWI despite blowing 0.063 on the breathalyzer, below the level where intoxication is presumed. Steinert was the only witness for the prosecution.
The DA’s Office later vacated McFarland’s conviction.
Steinert, who was hired by the Red River Parish Sheriff’s Office after leaving St. Tammany, was fired from that job in March after the agency there learned about the circumstances of his departure from St. Tammany.
HAGERSTOWN, Md – A woman was taken to a trauma center with serious injuries Tuesday after she was thrown off an erratic motorcycle and her head hit the ground.
The driver of the motorcycle, Gregory Schoen, 38, was charged with DUI, according to Maryland State Police.
MSP said the Hagerstown station was notified at about 4:49 p.m. Tuesday that a female passenger, later identified as Kaleigh Barr, 29, had been thrown off a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Leitersburg Pike near Longmeadow Road and may have been run over.
Police learned the man operating the motorcycle, Gregory Schoen, 38, had been seen speeding and passing vehicles at a high rate of speed while traveling south on Leitersburg Pike. A witness said Schoen was in the opposing lane of traffic passing vehicles when a vehicle began approaching him, and he quickly swerved back into his lane.
The maneuver caused Barr to be thrown off the motorcycle, police said. She struck her head on the pavement, causing her helmet to come off. She was not run over, as an initial report stated.
Barr was seriously injured and flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. She was released on Wednesday, police said.
After he completed field sobriety tests, police arrested Schoen for DUI. A breath test showed Schoen’s blood alcohol content was .10, police said. The state’s attorney may file additional charges against Schoen.
A man charged in a drunk driving wreck that killed New Orleans Police Officer Natasha Hunter in 2016 pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide Tuesday (May 29), and will face up to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced later this year.
Chau Nguyen, 35, who had been out of jail since posting bond four months after the wreck, was remanded to the sheriff’s office following his plea, according to court records.
Authorities said on June 5, 2016, Nguyen’s four-door Acura sedan hit the back of Hunter’s marked patrol car that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 10 near the Esplanade Avenue exit. She was investigating a crash when her car was hit around 2:30 a.m., and her vehicle’s emergency lights were flashing.
Hunter suffered traumatic head injuries in the crash, and died two days later.
Nguyen, who was in pharmacy school at the time of the wreck, also was injured in the crash. Prosecutors said he failed field sobriety tests and admitted to drinking alcohol at a casino prior to driving.
His blood-alcohol concentration measured at 0.16 after the crash, according to the district attorney’s office.
Hunter, 32, joined the New Orleans Police Department in December 2004. She was the mother of a 5-year-old girl.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Former tennis player Ilie Nastase was arrested twice in the space of six hours in his native Romania on Friday, first on suspicion of driving a car while drunk and refusing to take a breathalyzer test, and then for going through a red light on a scooter.
Nastase had a level of 0.55 mg of alcohol per liter, Bucharest chief police traffic officer Victor Gilceava said, an offense that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence.
Police initially stopped the 71-year-old Nastase around 4.45 a.m. while he was driving. They said he was visibly drunk. Gilceava said officers had to block Nastase’s vehicle as he failed to stop.
The former U.S. and French Open champion refused to take a breathalyzer and officers removed him from the vehicle and handcuffed him.
He was later released as police opened a criminal investigation against him for drunken driving and failing to take a breathalyzer test.
Police stopped him again about six hours later after he allegedly went through a red light on a scooter. His driving license had been suspended after the first incident.
Nastase admitted that he had drunk beer but claimed police had manhandled him and thrown him to the ground during his first arrest.
The second time he was apprehended, he was filmed mocking police officers and accusing them of acting like the communist-era militia. Nastase got in a police car and placed a police helmet on his head during that second arrest.
Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel is currently under investigation by the Charleston Police after he was accused of rape by his children’s former nanny, and he has also been accused of paying off another sexual assault victim $200k after a Tinder date. Lastly, a third woman who dated him says that Ravenel and his current girlfriend have been cyber stalking her, and legal action is in the works.
But Thomas Ravenel continues business as usual and doesn’t seem concerned. The former South Carolina Treasurer has lived in Charleston most of his life and has largely gone unscathed except for the matter of the federal government charges against him in 2007 for purchasing cocaine and sharing it with friends, says CBS. For this, Ravenel spent 10 months in federal prison and then spent the next several years on probation.
Ravenel complained that he was treated unfairly by the feds and that he got the same punishment as his drug dealer. With his political career behind him, he started on the Bravo show Southern Charmwhere he casually joked about his cocaine charges, saying that he was not a drug user, he just “liked the way it smelled.”
But now that the Charleston Police acknowledge that Ravenel is under investigation, he doesn’t seem too concerned, as not even Bravo has officially pulled the plug on his employment, despite the fact that the woman accusing him of rape was on Southern Charm for the first two seasons.
Perhaps it’s because Ravenel has always enjoyed a friendly relationship with the Charleston Police, and he trusts them to be fair to him. Back in 2010, there was an ATV accident at Thomas’ Edisto Island home, Brookland Plantation says the Post and Courier. Ravenel called it a “freak accident” when a friend lost his leg when an ATV rolled, pinning Kenneth M. “Marty” Boissoneault’s leg underneath. Ravenel was driving the four-wheeled Kawasaki Mule when it unexpectedly flipped, and neither man was wearing a seatbelt. Ravenel fell on his friend and was unhurt, but Boissoneault was airlifted and taken to the hospital where his leg was amputated.
Ravenel explained that the tires of the ATV must have gotten snared in the grass and that they were only doing approximately 10 miles per hour. Maj. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff’s office made a statement for the Post and Courier saying that no drugs or alcohol were involved in the matter, but legal action by Boissoneault claimed that both men were intoxicated at the time of the tragic accident.
But South Carolina Lawyers Weekly tells a different story, as the plaintiff, Kenneth Boissoneault (now deceased) successfully settled with Thomas Ravenel for $2.2 million. Charleston lawyer David Yarborough made what is called a Tyger River demand on Ravenel’s insurance company, Fireman’s Fund Insurance, and rather than go to court on the matter, the parties settled for $2.2 million. Yarborough thought that Ravenel and the insurance company would prefer to settle for the amount listed than risk a much larger amount in court.
Kenneth Boissoneault had already suffered economic losses at the time of the settlement, and the loss of his lower right leg (right tibia-fibula open fractures resulting in a below-the-knee amputation) was going to limit his future earnings, says Yarborough.
“He had a 30 percent whole-person impairment rating and he was going to have to wear a prosthetic device for the rest of his life. In a case of clear liability, which we believed this was, with potential for punitive exposure, the damages clearly could have exceeded the available policy limits.”
But the matter in the case that stood out in the negligence matter according to Yarborough was negligence on the part of Boissoneault and Ravenel, as both men had been drinking at the time of the accident, despite what the Charleston County officials had said.
“There was one problem for the plaintiff: Evidence that he and the defendant had been drinking alcohol on the day of the rollover.”
The plaintiff said that Ravenel had made the turn too suddenly which led to the rollover, but Yarborough said that an impaired driver was the reason for the rollover, even if the plaintiff had also been drinking.
“It cut both ways because the driver, obviously, should not have been operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. We believed that a jury would or could potentially bring back an actual damages verdict that exceeded the available policy limits as well as a punitive damages verdict that would have put the defendant’s assets at great risk.”
Ravenel agreed to pay the plaintiff’s estate but did not ultimately face any charges from Charleston County Police for operating an ATV while drinking, and all matters were settled out of court.
MONROE, Wis. – A woman is facing a repeat impaired driving charge after she was unconscious Thursday morning in the Green County Justice Center parking lot with a child in the vehicle, officials said.
The Green County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the justice center in Monroe for a report of a woman who was passed out at 10:15 a.m.
Tangy M. Grant, 30, of New Glarus, was arrested on suspicion of third-offense operating while under the influence of drugs with a passenger under the age of 16 and possession of a Schedule II narcotic, according to the report. Grant was taken to jail on the charges along with a probation hold through the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.
The driver of a semitrailer that crashed into a school bus Wednesday on Interstate 39/90/94 near DeForest injuring 20 people faces tentative charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing injury by vehicle, a Columbia County official said.
On Thursday, the State Patrol identified the semitrailer driver as 42-year-old Wayne Edward Murphy, of Indianapolis. He was taken to Columbia County Jail, an official said, and has no known prior OWI convictions.
One child remained in critical condition Thursday with injuries that were not considered life-threatening at UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital, UW Health spokeswoman Lisa Brunette said. Another child was listed in good condition at the Children’s Hospital, Brunette said.
Eleven other patients from Wednesday’s crash were treated at UW Health facilities.
The bus, operated by Lakeside Buses of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, was carrying about 30 people from Hope Christian School in Milwaukee when the driver pulled over on the shoulder near mile marker 122 in Columbia County due to mechanical problems.
The bus was rear-ended by the semitrailer, a 2016 Freightliner Power Unit, around 10:15 a.m. on the northbound side of the Interstate.
Ted Dahl, the owner of Dahl Trucking, which employed Murphy, said he has worked for the company for “quite some time” and that he would be off the road until the investigation is completed.
“At this point in time, all of our thoughts and prayers go to those kids and their parents and families,” Dahl said.
Several calls to Hope Christian Schools, which has multiple campuses throughout Milwaukee, were not returned Thursday.
In a Facebook post Wednesday, the school said the students were from the Semper campus and were on a year-end field trip.
The driver of the bus was 51-year-old Yvonne Gayton, of Milwaukee, according to the State Patrol, which initially erroneously named a 67-year-old Madison retiree on Thursday as the driver of the school bus.
Officials from Lakeside Buses said they are working closely with the State Patrol as the investigation into the crash continues.
“We look forward to their speedy recovery and return to HOPE Christian School: Semper for the end of the school year,” Lakeside Buses said in a statement.
At SSM Health’s Sun Prairie Emergency Center, 11 patients — three adults and eight children — were treated for minor injuries that included scrapes, bruises and broken bones, said SSM Health spokesperson Kim Sveum.
All had been treated and released by Wednesday night.
Two siblings with long rap sheets could see them get a little lengthier after the latest run-in with local law enforcement, a vehicle pursuit in the early morning hours Monday that resulted in their arrests.
Early Monday morning, just after 12 a.m., deputies with the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office observed Joshua Leon Boykin, 32, leaving Cherry Tree Lane operating a Chevrolet Tahoe and noticed his brother Jonathan Colanges Boykin, 34, in the passenger seat.
Jonathan Boykin was charged back in 2015 by Sampson County Sheriff’s authorities with driving while impaired (DWI) and other traffic offenses, a case that went to trial this past March. The state also sought a conviction on habitual DWI, which could bring a sentence of 10 years. Jonathan was out on bail during the trial and attended the first few days of his trial, but failed to show up for the remaining trial days, Sheriff’s Lt. Marcus Smith stated Tuesday.
The trial continued without Jonathan and he was found guilty by the jurors. Warrants were issued by the state for his arrest and sentencing, however sheriff’s authorities and other law enforcement agencies were unable to locate Jonathan in the months that followed.
That is, until Monday.
Upon seeing the Boykin brothers in the Tahoe, deputies activated their emergency equipment, but Joshua Boykin failed to yield for the deputies.
“A vehicle pursuit ensued and deputies were able to deploy stop sticks on the suspect vehicle, which deflated two of the vehicles tires,” Smith stated. “Despite having two flat tires, Joshua continued to flee in the vehicle from deputies.”
However, deputies deployed a PIT (Pursuit Intervention Technique) maneuver, which stopped the Tahoe. The Boykin brothers fled on foot and after a short chase, both were apprehended by officers.
“During the arrest of Jonathan, he failed to comply with officers commands, fought with deputies and assaulted the officer,” Smith noted.
During the confrontation, he received a minor laceration to the head and was transported to Sampson Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, where he was treated and released. One deputy also received a minor injury to the hand as a result.
It was discovered through the course of the investigation that the vehicle driven by Joshua Boykin was also stolen, reportedly taken from a family member on Lakewood School Road, Salemburg.
Joshua Boykin, whose address is listed as 2072 Claudes Drag Road, Roseboro, has been charged with felony flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, failure to stop at stop sign, failure to heed light or siren, reckless driving to endanger, injury to personal property, motor vehicle theft, possession of stolen motor vehicle and resisting public officer.
Jonathan Boykin, listed of the same Claudes Drag Road address, was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer inflicting injury and resisting public officer. He was also served the orders for his arrest on charges of habitual impaired driving, misdemeanor flee to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, simple possession of marijuana, driving while license revoked, no operator’s license and non-support of child.
Joshua and Jonathan were placed under secured bonds of $25,000 and $13,500, respectively.
”Both of the individuals have a long history with law enforcement,” Smith stated.
According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Joshua Boykin served seven years in prison following a 2006 robbery in Sampson, for which he was convicted in 2008. He was released in 2015. He was convicted of robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, possession of firearm by felon, larceny of a motor vehicle and possession of stolen goods.
Prior to that, he was convicted of assault on officer, driving while impaired and felony drug possession, all convictions coming in Sampson, NCDPS records note.
Jonathan Boykin has a slew of convictions dating back to 2001 in Sampson, Cumberland, Johnston and Bladen counties, court records show. He has convicted numerous times on charges of speeding to elude arrest, assault on officer and driving while impaired (including habitual impaired driving, his most recent conviction in Bladen in 2011).
He has also been convicted multiple times for reckless driving and related motor vehicle charges, simple assault and malicious conduct by prisoner.
A Zionsville man has been charged in the death of his friend a year and a half after he allegedly crashed his car and pretended his injured friend had been driving it.
Jack H. Kaplan, 22, Zionsville, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday after failing to turn himself in as agreed, said Ken Conley, Boone County Sheriff’s deputy and public information officer. Kaplan was booked into the Boone County Jail about 7 p.m. and was released on a bond of $25,005 within two hours.
Kaplan is accused of driving while intoxicated and wrecking his car, fatally injuring his passenger, 21-year-old James Dupler of Zionsville, on Oct. 20, 2016.
Boone County Fatal Alcohol Crash Team investigators believe Kaplan removed Dupler from the passenger seat and left him on the ground next to the driver’s side after crashing into a tree. Kaplan is accused of then sitting in the passenger side of the vehicle to await help.
Kaplan called his father, David Kaplan, instead of 911 and waited for his father to arrive at the crash and to call police, according to court records. Emergency responders said they found Kaplan in his father’s vehicle and Dupler on the ground near the driver’s side of the Explorer at County Road 300 South (also called 146th Street), just west of U.S. 421.
In all, Jack Kaplan was at the site nearly an hour before help arrived, police said. It took 26 minutes from the time he called his father to when his father called 911. Investigators estimate father and son had about 20 minutes alone at the crash site before emergency responders arrived within seven minutes of the father’s call, police said.
The younger Kaplan told police he and Dupler had been at an Indianapolis sports bar to watch a baseball game and had food, beer and a shot of alcohol, and then went to Marsh after that for snacks. Police concluded that Dupler bought bourbon at Marsh and both men had a swig before leaving the store grounds.
Kaplan told police he thought he was too drunk to drive and insisted that Dupler drive from the Marsh store.
Dupler was taken to St. Vincent Hospital Indianapolis, a trauma center. He died there, an estimated 2½ hours after the crash. The attending physician’s assessment said Dupler had several injuries, including a non-survivable traumatic head injury.
The elder Kaplan said he would drive his son to St. Vincent, but police later found them at Indiana University Health North Hospital in Indianapolis. The younger Kaplan was treated for an abrasion and small lacerations and released, according to court records.
The younger Kaplan’s attending physician noted, “Interestingly, father declined EMS transport and brought patient to this facility, a non-trauma hospital, despite patient’s apparent loss of consciousness.”
The passenger side of the vehicle was the most severely damaged, according to Boone County Sheriff’s Cpt. Mike Beard’s report. The doctor who performed Dupler’s autopsy concluded that the right side of his head and scalp were injured and his injuries indicated that he was on the passenger side of the vehicle when it crashed.
The doctor reported that Dupler was rendered unconscious by the crash and remained unconscious until lifesaving attempts ceased. She said it was “highly unlikely” that based on Dupler’s injuries he would have been able to free himself from the vehicle.
Investigators collected DNA samples from Dupler, Jack Kaplan and the Ford Explorer. DNA linked Jack Kaplan to the driver’s seat, driver’s headrest and steering wheel and excluded Dupler from those items. DNA also linked both occupants to the passenger side headliner.
The investigation took a long time because of waiting for DNA results and poring over the facts, Conley said, adding, “It took a lot of legwork.”
Boone County Deputy Prosecutor Brandon Knight filed the following charges against Jack Kaplan on Wednesday: failure to remain at the scene of an accident, reckless homicide, failure to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in death, causing death when operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing death when operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more, obstruction of justice, operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle while intoxicated, operating a vehicle with an ACE of .08 or more and public intoxication.
His initial hearing is scheduled for May 23.
“I want to extend my heartfelt sorrow to the Dupler family for their loss,” Sheriff Mike Nielsen said in a statement. “This is a sad and tragic event where no one wins in the end. But Mr. Kaplan will have his day in court, and hopefully the truth will prevail.”
Dupler’s family released the following statement: “Our family would like to sincerely thank the tireless efforts of the Boone County investigative team in finding the truth and honoring James’ memory. There is hope in Jesus, and a measure of peace in knowing the truth. We would also like to thank our family, friends and Trader’s Point Christian Church for their love and continued prayers of support.”