New Jersey company to pay for drunk man’s $1,600 Uber ride home from West Virginia

A New Jersey man who got drunk in West Virginia and mistakenly ordered a $1,635 Uber ride to his home state will be reimbursed by a food delivery company.

Jamie Giovinazzo, founder of Eat Clean Bro in Freehold, New Jersey, says his company will pay the fare to thank Kenny Bachman for choosing not to drive while drunk. Giovinazzo says Bachman’s decision helped keep the roadway safe for other motorists.

Bachman intended to get a ride to the house where he was staying near West Virginia University. He fell asleep in the car and awoke two hours into the 300-mile journey to his home in Gloucester County.

Bachman had requested donations via GoFundMe to pay the fare. That money will instead go to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/weird/ct-new-jersey-drunk-uber-ride-20180307-story,amp.html

Woman Charged With Lying In Manchester Court About Previous DUIs

Kara Yetishefsky, 41, faces one count of perjury, police said.

Manchester police arrested Yetishefsky on March 31, 2016, on a DUI charge. In court on Aug. 15, Superior Court Judge Laura Baldini asked Yetishefsky, under oath, whether she had participated in the state’s alcohol education program, or any similar program, and if she had ever been convicted of operating under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Yetishefsky answered “no” to both questions, state investigator Anthony Duarte wrote in a warrant application.

Yetishefsky had a previous arrest in California and two previous arrests in Oregon for allegedly operating under the influence, Duarte wrote. She was placed into a diversionary program for the first offense in Oregon and jailed for seven days and fined $1,793 for the second, he wrote.

Police: Under-the-influence Uber driver nearly crashes into Dunkin Donuts

Denys N. Corso was arrested by Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan after police say he nearly struck a Dunkin Donuts while allegedly driving while high on drugs.

ARLINGTON POLICE

Denys N. Corso was arrested by Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan after police say he nearly struck a Dunkin Donuts while allegedly driving while high on drugs.

An Uber driver was arrested on Monday for nearly running into a Dunkin Donuts shop after crashing over the curb, Arlington police said.

Denys N. Corso, 49, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating to endanger, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said he was standing outside the shop talking to a resident when Corso drove into the parking lot in a blue Ford Explorer. He drove over the curb and flower bed, nearly hitting the building, police said.

Police said it was clear that Corso was impaired. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. Officers determined that Corso may have used opioids before driving, and several unknown pills were found in his car, police said.

“This was a dangerous situation, where an individual allegedly under the influence of drugs drove recklessly through a busy parking lot and nearly struck a building,” Ryan said in a statement. “What matters most is that no innocent people were hurt.”

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/03/05/under-influence-uber-driver-nearly-crashes-into-dunkin-donuts/apYZkoAHimMEYv5jBpuBEM/amp.html

Man Charged With DUI After He Allegedly Trots Onto Highway


Police in California pulled over a man for suspected DUI, but he wasn’t driving a car — he was riding a horse.

The California Highway Patrol says the suspect was spotted in the greater Long Beach area atop a white horse named Guera on the 91 freeway.

“No joke,” the CHP tweeted with photos of the bizarre incident they say took place over the weekend. “We get a chuckle out of the interesting situations we encounter from time to time, but one thing the CHP does not do is ‘horse’ around with DUI.”

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Luis Perez of Placentia. Cops say Perez’s blood alcohol level was measured at twice the legal limit for operating a vehicle in California, according to CBS LA.

Perez was jailed, while the horse, which was unharmed in the incident, was placed in the care of Perez’s mother, according to CHP social media posts.

Department officials poked fun at the unlikely arrest, while also leaving followers with a firm message about the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

“No, you may not ride your horse on the freeway, and certainly not while intoxicated,” they wrote. “Don’t put yourself, your beautiful animal, or others in danger of being killed in traffic.”

Perez was held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

http://nbc4i.com/2018/02/26/man-charged-with-dui-after-he-allegedly-trots-onto-highway/amp/

Airboat skipper smoked weed before fatal crash, test shows. But he can’t be charged

The airboat that crashed last year in the Everglades, killing recent University of Miami graduate Elizabeth Goldenberg. Prosecutors this week decided they could not criminally charge the craft’s skipper.

The airboat that crashed last year in the Everglades, killing recent University of Miami graduate Elizabeth Goldenberg. Prosecutors this week decided they could not criminally charge the craft’s skipper. Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office
A veteran airboat captain had a high level of marijuana in his blood when his boat flipped in the Everglades, hurling tourists into the swamp and drowning a recent University of Miami graduate pinned under the craft.

But nearly a year after the crash, prosecutors this week ruled out charging Steve George Gagne with any crime, including boating under the influence.

The reason: Witnesses said Gagne showed no signs of being high before the crash that killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Goldenberg, according to a newly released report by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. But the concentration of THC, the active compound in marijuana, in his blood was nearly triple what would have gotten him arrested in states where marijuana use is legal such as Colorado or Washington.

Florida has no such law and the case underscores the unsettled standards surrounding use of marijuana. Even as more states legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use, there is no consensus — in the law, science or medicine — on how best to measure whether someone is stoned while behind the wheel of a boat or a car.

http://amp.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article202864709.html

Doc accused of violating probation: I don’t have money for attorney

Former doctor's probation violation hearing set next week

ANDERSON — Former Pendleton physician Eric Jones, who faces an allegation of parole violation, said during a court hearing Wednesday that he doesn’t have the money to hire an attorney.

Jones, 47, had his initial hearing Wednesday following his arrest on Feb. 20 in Hamilton County on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 blood alcohol content or more and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The state limit for blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent.

Jones is serving six years on probation after pleading guilty to charges of dealing in drugs, perjury and voyeurism.

The terms of his probation prohibited the use of alcohol and not to commit another criminal offense.

Judge Thomas Newman, Madison Circuit Court Division 3, could sentence him to six years in prison for violating probation.

Jones is being detained at the Madison County Jail without bond.

“I’m confused right now,” Jones told Criminal Magistrate Steve Clase. “I thought a hearing was going to happen today. I assumed I would go before Judge Newman and my family and friends could speak on my behalf.”

Jones is scheduled to appear before Judge Newman at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday on the probation violation.

When asked by Clase if he would hire an attorney, Jones said a week ago he had $130 to his name.

“I don’t have any money,” he said. “The only way to hire an attorney is if my parents will pay. I don’t think they will.”

Jones was sentenced in 2016 through a plea agreement to six years probation.

He pleaded guilty to felony charges of two counts of dealing in a controlled substance, one count each of unlawful dispensation of a controlled substance, perjury, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He also entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanor charges of voyeurism.

At the time of his sentencing the state dismissed 26 other charges.

His attorney, Bryan Williams, said at the time of sentencing it was the appropriate outcome for the case.

“It’s not likely that Dr. Jones will find himself back involved with the legal system,” he said.

At the plea hearing Jones admitted to providing controlled substances to patients when not medically necessary and for failing to keep proper records.

Jones admitted to recording sexual activity with two patients without their consent or knowledge, which led to the conviction on the voyeurism charges.

Previous affidavits include allegations that Jones conducted “botox” parties arranged through a Carmel modeling agency.

According to a court affidavit, the DEA found a video on a computer dated June 25, 2014, in which Jones is having sex with a patient in his office.

According to the affidavit, in a February 2014 text message recorded from one of the doctor’s cellphones, the same patient asks to pick up a prescription for the drug Adderall at the Pendleton office.

“I think you owe me an office visit,” Jones reportedly wrote in a text. “I guess … but we better get naked soon. Your envelope is at the front desk.”

http://www.goshennews.com/indiana/news/former-pendleton-doc-accused-of-violating-probation-i-don-t/article_b1d98579-96a2-5390-9175-70fc053ce837.html

Fetty Wap ordered to pay fine after pleading guilty to drunk drag racing

A judge ordered Fetty Wap to pay a fine and attend safe driving programs after the rapper admitted to drag racing while drunk on a Brooklyn highway last year.

The New Jersey-born hip hop artist, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, avoided trial and pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated, his attorney Chris DiLorenzo said.

Maxwell, 26, was behind the wheel of his 2012 Mercedes Benz on the Gowanus Expressway by the Hamilton Ave. exit in Red Hook on Nov. 3 when he was busted for a host of offenses including reckless endangerment, illegal speed contest, drunken driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a car and illegal lane changing.

Zaine Richards, 31, who was tailing Maxwell in another car, was also arrested.

http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/new-york/nyc-crime/fetty-wap-pay-fine-pleading-guilty-drunk-drag-racing-article-1.3849539

Jamestown woman driving stolen car while under the influence

A Jamestown woman was charged with driving under the influence of drugs when stopped in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle, police said.

Stephanie A. Gould, 33, was stopped near the intersection of Barrows and English streets at about 8:45 a.m. Saturday, according to Jamestown police. She was charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs, unlawful possession of marijuana, criminal possession of stolen property and driving with a suspended license.

A man in the car with Gould attempted to flee when the vehicle was pulled over, but was caught nearby, police said. The man, Samuel L. Critzer, 31, also of Jamestown, had three outstanding bench warrants, police said. Critzer was charged with those bench warrants as well as resisting arrest.

http://buffalonews.com/2018/02/25/jamestown-woman-driving-stolen-car-while-under-the-influence-police-say/

St. Charles Parish president begins diversion program to avoid DWI prosecution

Larry Cochran mug

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran on Thursday began participating in a substance-abuse treatment program in an effort to avoid prosecution on a charge of driving while intoxicated last year, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick’s office said.

Office spokesman Paul Purpura said Cochran enrolled in a six-month “diversion” program.

Cochran was eligible for the program, which he must complete to avoid facing trial, because it was the first time he was cited for DWI when police pulled him over in the early morning hours of Sept. 2.

Enrolling in the diversion program requires participants to accept responsibility for the offenses they are accused of, though it does not constitute a guilty plea.

Cochran’s attorney, Wiley Beevers, maintains his client was not impaired on the night he was pulled over. But the law prohibits drivers from having any trace of a controlled dangerous substance — such as a painkiller — in their system, Beevers said.

Cochran, 55, tested positive for a combination of prescription painkillers but had no detectable alcohol in his system after he was pulled over.

“We were very happy the district attorney afforded us this opportunity,” Beevers said about the diversion program. “And we are availing ourselves of it.”

Cochran was pulled over after police received a call about his Chevy Tahoe weaving over the roadway and even going onto the neutral ground on Joe Yenni Boulevard in north Kenner.

An officer pulled the car over, and Cochran performed poorly on a field sobriety test while displaying bloodshot eyes and slow speech, police said.

Police said Cochran made unusual remarks to officers, telling them, “I guess this means I should fill out my resignation papers,” and also bit off the mouthpiece of an alcohol testing device.

They suspected he was impaired by drugs and jailed him on counts of driving under the influence as well as reckless driving. A blood test showed the presence of oxycodone, hydrocodone and oxymorphone.

Beevers said Cochran had been prescribed the first two drugs, commonly sold as Oxycontin and Vicodin, because of surgeries. Oxymorphone is a byproduct of oxycodone and not a separate drug, he said.

Beevers said his client had not taken the medications for several days before he was pulled over and denied he was driving recklessly. “He was not impaired,” he said.

Participants in the Jefferson diversion program are required to blow into a device preventing anyone intoxicated from starting a car. They also must undergo counseling, take drug and alcohol tests, and meet with a Mothers Against Drunk Driving panel.

 http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/news/crime_police/article_de96dbee-1813-11e8-966f-0334f2f724cc.html

Colorado Starts a ‘Cannabis Conversation’ On Driving While High

More than half of marijuana users surveyed said they “consistently” drove while high in the last 30 days.

Driving while high has not risen to the level of havoc caused by drunken driving but it has become enough of a problem that government officials in Colorado and the state’s marijuana industry have teamed up to address it.

In 2016 alone, the state had 77 fatal wrecks that involved drivers with THC in their bloodstream, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation. THC is the chemical ingredient in cannabis that is psychoactive – in other words, it’s what causes the high feeling.

Officials in the Rocky Mountain State have partnered with the marijuana industry to launch a new project that offers state residents the chance to participate in a “Cannabis Conversation” by taking an online survey.

The survey is designed to gather the opinions of state residents regarding the drugged driving issue and collect information on their habits and behavior regarding marijuana use and driving.

That information will, in turn, guide public officials and the marijuana industry on practical ways to reduce drugged driving. It’s a multi-year effort. It’s also needed because both law enforcement officials and businesses involved with legal marijuana recognize past efforts have not worked.

Complicated and controversial

Driving under the influence of cannabis is a complicated, and even controversial, topic for many reasons. State police, academic researchers and private companies are still looking for ways to accurately determine whether a driver is impaired. There is continued debate over what even constitutes driving while impaired by cannabis.

The issue also has been politicized. Fatality figures such as the one from 2016 in Colorado are used by marijuana opponents to argue against legalization.

Industry advocates point out such numbers have not been treated as a litmus test for legalization of products. Our own federal government reports that more than 16 million Americans live with diseases caused by cigarette smoking. Also, excessive use of alcohol led to about 88,000 deaths every year between 2006 and 2010.

That offers perspective, but no one argues drugged driving is an issue that can be ignored.

The Colorado Approach

Both Colorado officials and marijuana industry leaders have led public education efforts in the past to educate against drugged driving. The state Department of Transportation reports that those efforts have reached 90 percent of those who use marijuana in the state. They now understand they can get a DUI for drugged driving. However, more than 50 percent of marijuana users “consistently” report they drove while high in the last 30 days.

What gives? State officials suspect that people have a different view of drugged driving than they do drunk driving. They hope the “Colorado Conversation” will provide insight into people’s attitudes on the issue, as well as more information on how often they do it and under what circumstances.

Sam Cole, safety communications manager at Colorado Department of Transportation, told the CBS affiliate in Denver that the initiative is about “hearing from many different voices on the topic of driving high and understanding how we can more effectively connect with people about the dangers of doing so.”

Cole also noted that while drunk driving has been a topic in the national conversation for decades ”we aren’t having the same conversations about driving high.”

Kristi Kelly, executive director of Colorado’s Marijuana Industry Group, said cannabis businesses are partnering with the state on the program because “responsible consumption and reducing marijuana-impaired driving is a shared priority.”

https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/article/Colorado-Starts-a-Cannabis-Conversation-On-12630728.php