Drunk driver tells cops his name is ‘Burger King’

A man in Illinois had a case of mistaken identity when police officers approached him after he crashed his car into a ditch.

Police officers arrived on scene at 12:49 a.m. Friday after being notified of a man driving erratically in the parking lot, almost hitting a pedestrian and then crashing his car. When police approached the Galesburg, IL, man, he claimed his name was “Burger King.”

According to reports, the 34-year-old Bradley S. Galloway told officers his name was “Burger King,” and he smelled like alcohol. Officers noted Galloway’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, WGIL reported.

Galloway failed to cooperate with officers or medical personnel, and refused medical assitance. During an inspection by the EMTs, Galloway made racial slurs towards the paramedics multiple times.

The man then refused to stand up by himself and required police to carry him into the police station.

Galloway continued to make “several unusual comments, including ‘Donald Trump is coming to beat up’” the officers, The Register-Mail reported.

Eventually, he was transported to the hospital, where he implied that a doctor was coming to give him a million dollars. When he was transferred back to the county jail, Galloway told officers, “You all believe in Satan. You all worship Satan. You all driving me to Satan’s town,” WGIL reported.

The man faces charges including driving under the influence, resisting arrest, reckless driving, failing to reduce speed to avoid and accident and operating an uninsured vehicle.

Witnesses alleged earlier that they tried to take his keys away from him when Galloway left the Showgirls bar, but were unable to.

https://nypost.com/2017/12/11/drunk-driver-tells-cops-his-name-is-burger-king/

Former state Representative arrested by police

Brandon Hixon
Brandon Hixon

Former state Rep. Brandon Hixon of Caldwell was arrested Saturday night on charges of driving under the influence and resisting or obstructing officers.

 

His booking into the Ada County Jail is listed on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, with the Meridian Police Department as the arresting agency. Hixon was booked at 9:10 p.m. Saturday.

Officers were first alerted to Hixon after another motorist called police about a suspected drunk driver between Kuna and Meridian on Highway 69/Meridian Road northbound, according to a press release from the city of Meridian. The witness stated the driver was swerving and almost drove off the roadway.

A Meridian police officer located the vehicle Hixon was driving and initiated a traffic stop on Meridian Road at the Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp. Hixon refused to stop and continued driving before yielding to the officer on I-84 at Linder Road, according to the press release.

Hixon then refused the exit the vehicle, and officers, not knowing exactly what they were dealing with, conducted a high-risk stop, according to the release. Hixon eventually exited the vehicle and was taken into custody. Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests, and Hixon submitted to a breath alcohol content test, which resulted in an alcohol level which indicated a blood alcohol content of almost twice the legal limit, according to the release.

Hixon was booked into the Ada County Jail for misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing officers, stemming from his initial refusal to stop his vehicle and his failure to comply with officers during the stop.

Hixon, 36, resigned from the Legislature in October after confirming through his attorney that he was under investigation by law enforcement. The investigation by the Caldwell Police Department has been turned over to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.

Caldwell police, Hixon’s attorney and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office would not disclose the details of that investigation.

Hixon was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Democratic challenger and teacher Travis Manning, whom he also defeated in 2014. Hixon won again in 2016 against challenger Jeremy Lopett.

During the 2017 legislative session, he served on the Business, Health and Welfare, and Transportation and Defense committees.

The Idaho Press-Tribune previously reported that Hixon received five misdemeanors before age 21, which he had referred to as “youthful indiscretions.”

In the wake of Hixon’s resignation, Gov. Butch Otter last month appointed Jarom Wagoner to fill Hixon’s seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.

http://www.newspressnow.com/news/national/former-state-rep-brandon-hixon-arrested-by-meridian-police/article_f2a98094-8593-59e8-8d49-ff63015814cb.html

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Man wanted on warrants found hiding under insulation in attic at Round Lake Beach home

A man wanted on two warrants in Lake County was arrested Tuesday after he was found hiding under insulation in the attic of his home in Round Lake Beach, authorities said.

Dustin M. Serna, 31, was arrested in the 500 block of Pheasant Court by members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and the U.S. Marshals Service’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Serna was wanted on one warrant for failure to appear on prior domestic battery and driving under the influence/alcohol cases. The other warrant was for an aggravated battery charge, the sheriff’s office said.

On Tuesday, members of the sheriff’s warrant team and Round Lake Beach police detectives learned Serna was inside of his residence. Authorities and a police dog located Serna in the attic hiding under insulation.

Serna was arrested without incident and transported to Round Lake Beach Police Department and later to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $75,000 bail.

He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/news/ct-met-round-lake-beach-fugitive-caught-20171206-story,amp.html

Social media helps Albuquerque police locate drunk driving suspect

Pete PerezALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police caught a repeat drunk driver thanks to the power of social media.

Dispatch was alerted to a crash on the Valley High School campus Saturday because of several social media posts.

A car had run through some landscaping and into a fence. When officers got there, they found 35-year-old Pete Perez unconscious behind the wheel.

The officer says he was unable to awake Perez so he was transported to the hospital.

Officers found a nearly empty bottle of Fireball in the car. They also found Perez had five prior DWI convictions.

He’s now facing his sixth and a charge of reckless driving.

http://krqe.com/2017/12/04/social-media-helps-albuquerque-police-locate-drunk-driving-suspect/amp/

NJ lawmakers push bill to ban people from flying drones drunk

The New Jersey state legislature is considering making it illegal to operate a drone while under the influence, NorthJersey.com reported Monday.

Lawmakers are considering the measure as the use of drones for personal and commercial purposes grows in popularity. A bipartisan bill criminalizing certain uses of a drone passed out of an Assembly committee on Monday.

If the measure passes, operating a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or using a drone to harm wildlife or endanger people or property, would be considered a disorderly persons offense, according to the news outlet.

Using a drone to interfere with first responders or endanger the security of a correctional facility would also be punishable with jail time and a fine if the bill passes.If Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs the bill before leaving office on Jan. 16, it would be the state’s first law regulating drone use in New Jersey, NorthJersey.com reported.

Christie has previously declined to sign legislation that would have required law enforcement agencies in the state obtain a warrant before using a drone in an investigation, the news outlet reported.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/363430-nj-lawmakers-push-bill-to-ban-people-from-flying-drones-drunk

Man arrested for OWI after truck struck transformer box knocking out power

Driver strikes transformer box, bar in West Bend (PHOTO: Amanda H.)

WEST BEND — A Kewaskum man was arrested Sunday evening, December 3rd after crashing his truck into a We Energies’ transformer box and a bar in West Bend — knocking out power to hundreds.

It happened around 6:00 p.m.

West Bend police said the 47-year-old driver left the roadway and struck the transformer box and then the building on N. Main Street near Barton Avenue.

We Energies crews were called out to the scene to restore power. Police noted though that “due to the extent of the damage, We Energies is unable to give an estimate as to when power will be restored.” As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the We Energies Outage Map showed nearly 400 customers without power.

The driver showed signs of intoxication, failed the standard field sobriety tests, blew a .15 in a preliminary breath test and was arrested for OWI.

Driver strikes transformer box, bar in West Bend (PHOTO: Amanda H.)

Driver strikes transformer box, bar in West Bend (PHOTO: Amanda H.)

There were no injuries.

Assistant prosecutor charged with DWI resigned from job

The Mercer County assistant prosecutor charged with drunken drivingin September has resigned from the county prosecutor’s office, a Mercer County spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Parrey, LinkedIn photo 

Stephen Parrey, 28, resigned from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct. 19, Mercer County spokeswoman Julie Willmot.

He was suspended without pay a few days after his Sept. 8 arrest in Hamilton.

Parrey, the son of Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr., was charged after rear-ending a car on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road near Estates Boulevard. No one was injured in the collision.

The status of the drunken driving case against him was not immediately available Thursday. His lawyer, Les Hartman, was not immediately available for comment.

In police camera footage of his arrest, Parrey told arresting officers he had one beer. His blood alcohol content, tested at the police station, was .20, police reports show. The state’s legal limit is .08.

Chicago cop given community service in DUI crash that injured pedestrian

A Chicago police officer was given community service Friday for striking a pedestrian while driving drunk — a sentence championed by the victim and her mother who hoped he could learn from the pain they endured.

A Cook County judge sentenced Officer Erin Mowry to 30 months of probation and 480 hours of community service in the 2015 crash that nearly killed Courtney Cusentino, now 23.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Mowry will work with brain-injury patients as Cusentino and her mother, Kathy Kean, pushed for in a novel approach.

“It is something I will have to carry for the rest of my life,” Mowry, 42, told Judge Timothy Joyce after he pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated DUI.

Mowry’s voice cracked as he noted the “heartache and pain my actions have caused.”

In addition to the community service, Mowry was sentenced to six months in Cook County Jail, but his time on electronic monitoring after being charged will satisfy that requirement.

In a front-page story in the Chicago Tribune last month, Kean explained how she had spent more than two grueling years assisting her daughter’s slow recovery, helping her relearn to walk and speak. She said she saw no value in Mowry doing time in prison and instead proposed he work with brain-injury patients to learn firsthand the damage he had done.

Last month, Joyce announced he would grant the family’s request and impose a sentence that included community service if Mowry pleaded guilty to the DUI charge.

Mowry is suspended with pay, but his felony conviction likely means the Police Department will seek his firing.

Cusentino was crossing the street on Chicago’s Northwest Side in July 2015 when Mowry hit her with his Mercedes, prosecutors have said. The impact knocked her airborne, and she landed on her head, suffering brain injuries so traumatic that doctors initially gave her a 5 percent chance of survival, Kean said Friday in court.

“I had to watch my once vibrant, funny, loving, caring, beautiful daughter lay strapped to a bed … unable to communicate in any way for months,” said Kean, reading from a victim-impact statement.

But after months in the hospital and rehab facilities as well as extensive physical therapy, Cusentino can speak, bathe, dress herself and walk with the aid of a walker. She recently got a job, an accomplishment her family once thought would be impossible, her mother said.

“What we are not sure of is if she will ever ride a bike again, run, learn to drive a car or fulfill her dream of doing hair and makeup,” Kean said in a calm and steady voice.

Mowry was not administered a Breathalyzer test until more than four hours after the crash and still registered a 0.092 blood-alcohol level, above the legal limit of 0.08.

Kean said she suspected that Mowry, as a police officer, was given preferential treatment by other officers.

Joyce could have imposed a sentence of up to 12 years in prison.

After court, Kean said she is still hopeful that Mowry, through his community service, will see up close the kind of pain her daughter — and other family members — went through.

“I think he’s willing to do his best and make things right,” she said of Mowry.

But Cusentino said she had hoped to hear a more personal apology from Mowry.

“I want more than just ‘yeah, I feel bad,’ ” she said.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-cop-dui-crash-guilty-20171201-story,amp.html