Woman suspected of DUI after driving on SMART train tracks

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system temporarily ground to a halt Saturday after a Santa Rosa motorist suspected of driving under the influence veered off the road and onto the SMART train tracks north of Rohnert Park Expressway, officials said.

According to Rohnert Park Police, 23-year-old Tyra Ingalls said she was driving west on Rohnert Park Expressway when another unidentified vehicle began swerving, causing her to leave the roadway.

Ingalls’ car came to rest 70 feet down the train tracks, stuck parallel with one of the rails.

SMART officials were on the scene at the time of the incident, police said, and halted all train service as a tow truck removed the car from the tracks. No passengers were put at risk during the incident. 

An investigation determined that Ingalls was driving under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance, with a blood-alcohol level of .263 percent — three times the legal limit, police said.

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Nick Nolte has been taking GHB ‘for four years’

Nick Nolte has been taking GHB 'for four years'

Nick Nolte has been taking the date rape drug GHB for “four years”.

The 76-year-old actor – who starred in ’48 Hours’ alongside Eddie Murphy – was arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence of alcohol and the drug, but he’s now admitted to being a regular user of the narcotic.

The actor said: “I’ve been taking GHB for four years and I’ve never been raped.

Despite checking into rehab, the actor continued drinking on and off until he stopped for good.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he explained: “Now I can have drink and stop, but I used to fill the gaps between adrenaline rushes with booze and drugs.”

While starring in acclaimed director Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’, the actor was unable to remember a line for the first 10 days.

Recalling the surreal experience, Nick said: “I started so high that I couldn’t remember a line for the first 10 days.

“And Ang came up and said ‘do you think it’s time we string two words together?’ And I said ‘just about’.”

Nick – who has a 31-year-old son called Brawley with his third wife Rebecca Linger and a nine-year-old daughter by his current wife Clytie Lane – also confessed being famous can make people feel lonely.

He shared: “Fame is a parenthesis you live in and when you die they close those parentheses.

“Then you get a real definition of who you were. It’s living under the spotlight. Your mistakes are going to be seen and then they’ll be glorified in not a positive way.

“It’s a lonelier kind of life than I think anonymity is. It also teaches you how much privacy is valued and how much it is really what the citizens of the world would prefer to have rather than constantly being scrutinised by cameras and questions.”

Fitchburg man faces OUI after allegedly fleeing traffic stop

FITCHBURG — A city man was arraigned Tuesday on multiple charges, including second-offense driving under the influence of alcohol, for allegedly fleeing a traffic stop on Saturday.

Charles D. Brawley, 53, of 409 Westminster Hill Road, was arraigned on charges he violated two traffic ordinances, drove under the influence of alcohol, failed to stop for police, and resisted arrest, according to court documents.

On Saturday around 12:19 p.m., an officer pulled over Brawley for speeding on Kimball Street, according to a police report of the incident.

The officer approached Brawley’s car and noticed his slurred speech and bloodshot eyes, according to the report.

Brawley sped off in his car when the officer walked away to speak with another officer who had arrived on scene, according to the report.

Police pursued Brawley to his home on Westminster Hill Road, where he was taken into custody, according to court documents.

Brawley was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court for a hearing on Oct. 24, according to court documents.

Fitchburg search ends in drug charges

FITCHBURG — A city man is facing multiple drug charges after a warrant search of his apartment on Friday morning.

Jason A. Page, 32, of 196 High St. Apt. 2, was arraigned Tuesday on charges of possessing a Class A and Class B substance, possessing a Class B substance with intent to distribute, and distributing a Class B substance, according to court documents.

Law enforcement officials from Fitchburg police, the North Worcester County Drug Task Force, and state police forced their way into the apartment Friday morning, according to a police report of the raid.

No one came to the door when officials identified themselves using the words “Police, search warrant, open the door,” according the police report.

Page was inside the apartment with his 2-year-old daughter and the child’s mother, according to the report.

Police used a K-9 officer to search the apartment. In the master bedroom, police allegedly found a satchel holding a container filled with crack and powder cocaine, according to the report.

Police allegedly uncovered another plastic container in the kitchen. It was filled with a substance Page told police was a form of MDMA known as “molly.”

Materials commonly used to package drugs were found with two digital scales, according to the report.

Page was released after posting $500 bail and is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Oct. 24, according to court documents.

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Virginia Beach police officer fatally shoots dog after traffic stop

Virginia Beach police officer fatally shoots dog after traffic stopSep 5, 2017 VIRGINIA BEACH — A Virginia Beach police officer fatally shot an aggressive dog after a traffic stop Monday.Police said the incident occurred about 9:20 p.m. when an officer stopped an SUV in an attempt to arrest a man for drunken driving.Police said the man, Theodore Stephen Schlossman, “released his dog” from the vehicle and that the dog “became aggressive” toward the officer, who fatally shot it.Schlossman, 38, was charged with DUI, refusal to submit to breath analysis, resisting arrest, obstruction of justice, threatening the life of a law enforcement officer, and possession of a schedule II narcotic and marijuana.

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Man Charged With DUI After Hitting Stepson Who Was Walking the…

A New York man driving under the influence struck his 13-year-old stepson, who was out walking the family dog, police said.

Scott Lipton, 42, was driving his 2017 Jaguar when he ran into the boy, breaking his leg, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.

Another stepson, age 9, was in the car with Lipton and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said.

He was treated and released from a nearby hospital. His older brother was airlifted to Stony Brook University Hospital, where his broken leg was treated.

Lipton and the dog were not injured, police said.

He pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of aggravated DWI with a child passenger under the age of 15 and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Suffolk County prosecutor’s office.

 

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Wayne Rooney drink drive girl confesses pair ‘had a kiss’ after footballer asked if her boobs were real

Credits: Twitter/@LSimps10Wayne Rooney’s drink drive girl has revealed the pair kissed after the footballer asked her if her boobs were real after a ten hour booze bender.Office worker Laura Simpson was with Wayne when he was arrested by cops after they got a taxi to her VW Beetle – she later said she was too drunk to remember where they were stopped.

The pair necked Prosecco and vodka at the fashionable Bubble Room cocktail bar – Wayne had already been boozing in Piccolino in Alderley Edge, Cheshire.

Lettings office manager Laura told MailOnline: “He kept admiring my clingy top and asking what size they were, saying “Are they real?” We had a kiss, a hug and some banter, harmless fun. I’m not a marriage wrecker.”

Simpson, a lettings officer, said Rooney was ‘p***ed off’ and ‘really worried’ when police pulled them over – though admitted she didn’t recall where they were at the time.

She told The Sun: “I didn’t know what to make of it, it all happened so fast. It was a whirlwind. I don’t know if it’s because I was that drunk but he didn’t seem that drunk to me.”

It comes as a ‘livid’ Coleen has reportedly flown back to the UK after Wayne was charged with drink driving.

The mum-of-three, who is four months pregnant, had been on holiday in Spain with the pair’s three sons, Kai, seven, Klay, four, and one-year- old Kit, when she learned of his late-night arrest.

Credits: Twitter/@LSimps10Coleen, who flew to Mallorca last weekend, is said to be “livid and embarrassed” by the incident.The 31-year-old’s last social media post came four days ago when she shared a sweet family shot with her sons on their trip.

“Dinner with my boys,” she captioned it.

Coleen was also snapped showing off her growing baby bump as she relaxed poolside.

Mirror Sport revealed her husband was arrested in the early hours of Friday morning and charged for drink driving after being stopped driving a VW Beetle.

Rooney, 31, was pulled over by police in the black vehicle at 2am on Friday morning in Wilmslow, Cheshire.

He was taken to a police station in Middlewich where he was quizzed by officers and later charged.

Rooney was seen at Italian restaurant Piccolino in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, at about 4pm, after training with Everton earlier in the day.

Later he was seen at The Bubble Room bar nearby with pals, believed to be footballer Wes Brown, who is leaving England for India, and the brother of Phil Bardsley.A fellow customer, Shropshire cricketer Jack McIver, posted a picture of himself with Rooney at the venue on social media at 10pm.

Rooney and his pals then moved on to cocktail bar Symposium in nearby Wilmslow.

Simpson says the pair got a taxi from the bar to pick up her car.

After being pulled over, Rooney was taken to a local police station where he was quizzed by officers.

At around 1.30pm Cheshire Police announced they had charged Rooney with drink-driving.

Laura said the police drove her car to a friend’s house and she didn’t see Rooney again.

On Friday night Laura’s black convertible Beetle was parked outside her home before she was seen leaving her house to move it further down the road.

Credits: InstagramThe brunette then ran back inside her home as a pal offered her a jacket to cover her head.Rooney was picked up by agent Paul Stretford from the Middlewich Custody Suite, Cheshire, in a black Range Rover on Friday, having spent several hours in custody.

Credits: REX/ShutterstockHe was released on bail and is due to appear at Stockport Magistrates’ Court on September 18 – the day after his first return to Old Trafford since his Manchester United departure.

The Everton striker lives a few miles away in a £6million home in Prestbury, where he, wife Coleen and his children have been for the last 12 years.

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Driver faces OVI, hit-skip after school bus accident

A West Carrollton man faces charges of OVI and leaving the scene of an accident after a car hit a Miamisburg school bus Monday morning and the driver fled, records show.

No injuries were reported as the bus en route to Miamisburg Middle School was hit from behind while stopped shortly after 7:30 a.m. on King Richard Parkway near Lea Castle Place, according to a school district official.

Roger L. Back Jr., 51, on Monday was charged with OVI and hit-skip/leaving the scene, according to Miamisburg Municipal Court records.

Miamisburg police records indicate Back was the driver of the car in the bus accident.

The number of students on the bus at the time of incident was unclear, said Miamisburg schools Director of Business Scott Gilbert, but “everybody was OK” and the bus incurred “very minor scrapes.”

Witnesses said a Honda was following closely behind the school bus when the bus stopped to pick up students, police records show. While the bus was stopped, the Honda “stopped very close” behind it, records show.

While attempting to pull around and pass the school district vehicle, the car hit the bus twice before it “backed up, pulled around the bus and left,” witnesses said in police records.

Back’s next court date is Sept. 27, court records show.

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Truck hits home’s gas meter

Truck WAUSAU (WAOW) -A 27-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after he crashed a truck into a Wausau home’s gas meter just before midnight Thursday, according to Wausau Police.Officials say the driver, Jacob Jackson, left a bar on 3rd Ave. in his girlfriend’s truck.He was heading northbound on S. First Avenue when he hit a parked car, pushing it a few hundred yards down the road. Authorities say, Jackson’s truck hit a gas meter on the side of a home, but only caused cosmetic damage.The home’s owner, along with a few other people kept Jackson on scene until law enforcement arrived.”We convinced him to get in the driveway, tried taking off, so we held him on the ground until police got here,” said Allen Eckes, the home’s owner.Jackson was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.Officials say speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.Jackson arrested for his second OWI, misdemeanor bail jumping, and he was issued multiple traffic citations. He was booked in the Marathon County Jail on Friday morning, and later released. No charges have been filed.

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Deputies: Merkel arrested after driving woman to site of prostitution bust

Deputies: Merkel arrested after driving woman to site of prostitution bustby WHAMMerkel.PNGAAVictor, N.Y. – A woman convicted in the crash that killed a Fairport teacher in 2012 is facing new charges in Victor.Megan Merkel, 28, was convicted of DWI and traffic charges in connection with the death of Heather Boyum, She is now accused by Ontario County Sheriff’s deputies of driving with a revoked license.Thursday, deputies and Canandaigua Police arrested Maria Platten, 24, of Rochester after they say she agreed to have sex with an undercover officer. Deputies said Merkel was seen driving Platten to the hotel. They later determined her license had been revoked.Merkel has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the second degree and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Deputies say she was in possession of crack cocaine.Platten was charged with prostitution and two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.The full criminal complaint can be read here:

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Ryan Winkle unanimously voted off Mesa City Council after DUI arrest

The Mesa City Council ousted Ryan Winkle from the board Thursday for violating the city’s charter following a DUI charge.

The unanimous decision came after three hours of witness testimony and back-and-forth between lawyers.

The council decided during the disciplinary hearingthat Winkle broke the board’s code of ethics and demonstrated a lack of fitness for office when police say he drove drunk in the early hours of May 7.

MORE: Winkle offers $2K to Mesa council to drop DUI disciplinary hearing

Winkle struggled to withhold tears while talking with the media after the vote.

“I love Mesa,” he said, eyes puffy.

A city spokesman said the council has 30 days to fill Winkle’s seat.

Winkle, 38, was a first-time councilman, who took office just four months prior to his DUI arrest. He runs a community-development consulting firm, and is highly involved in downtown revitalization and the city’s Asian business district.

He said his work with those causes won’t change. He just won’t have the councilman title any longer.

“It’s not the end of my story,” he said.

The hearing

Thursday’s hearing, although not a trial, had all of the characteristics of one.

The city hired an outside attorney, Charles Wirken, to oversee the proceedings. Wirken called witnesses, reviewed police documents and aired body-camera footage to show council members how Winkle acted in the moments following his arrest.

Winkle’s attorney, Tim La Sota, objected to many of Wirken’s maneuvers.

He said he didn’t understand why the lawyer had to bring in two police officers and a forensic scientist as witnesses when there was no objection over what occurred. Winkle had admitted to driving drunk, pleaded guilty in a court of law and had already served jail time, La Sota said.

RELATED: Ryan Winkle: Tent City much nicer for second DUI stint

But the council, acting as the judge and jury, allowed Wirken to continue.

A city staffer and Winkle also testified.

Most of the testimony focused on details of Winkle’s behavior that have widely been reported, like his lies to police officers and refusal to take an initial breath-test.

But the testimony did reveal a few other previously undisclosed details.

Most notably, Winkle said Mayor John Giles asked him to resign several times after his arrest.

Winkle also told the council that the day leading up to his arrest, he attended five community events. He drank at three of them, he said.

Winkle dropped off his son at his in-laws’ home in Scottsdale prior to attending the last event of the day: the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Black and White Ball. It was the first time his son would stay somewhere overnight without Winkle or his wife, he said.

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By the time he arrived at the ball, he said he did not plan to stay long. But after a few people brought him drinks, he decided to stay.

“Once (the drinks) kept on coming, now I feel like I can let loose a little bit after so many months and years of really running hard,” Winkle said.

He said he could not remember how much he drank that night.

A forensic scientist used a calculator to estimate how much Winkle drank.

She based the formula on his gender, 180 pounds of weight and a blood-alcohol content of 0.22 percent.

The result: The ethanol in his bloodstream was the equivalent of 10.7 “standard drinks,” like a 12-ounce beer with 4 percent alcohol, she said.

City staffer weighs in

Things got testy when Mesa Public Information Officer Randy Policar shared his story of Winkle’s conduct in the days following his arrest.

Policar said he was unaware of Winkle’s arrest until a reporter from The Arizona Republic called to ask him about it. When he talked to Winkle, the councilman downplayed the arrest and suggested it would be good for him because he could be a “keynote speaker” at DUI recovery events, Policar said.

“I do not feel that he had any shame or remorse, no,” Policar said.

MORE: Mesa staffer: Councilman Ryan Winkle said DUI not ‘a big deal’

Policar previously gave a sworn statement about Winkle’s desire to accuse police of making the situation seem worse than it was.

Winkle had never made those comments publicly.

Winkle and his lawyer vehemently denied Policar’s statements and criticized the city for asking one of its employees to “trash” Winkle in an affidavit.

Closing statements

In their closing statements, the two lawyers painted different pictures of Winkle’s behavior.

Wirken said Winkle’s lies to police and intentions of discrediting officers made a bad situation even worse.

“In this situation, the extreme DUI, which was really a super extreme DUI but it was pled down, is grave by itself. But the totality of circumstances are even worse.” Wirken said.

La Sota said that while Winkle’s misstep was severe, his crime did not involve violence and does not merit a severe discipline, like forfeiture of office.

“If we view this in its totality, it does not rise to the level of something that this body should remove a member for,” La Sota said. “This is a matter that should be left to the voters.”

He previously told council members that he did not believe the city charter allowed them to remove a fellow elected official over a misdemeanor DUI charge.

None of the council members spoke before casting their votes.

They voted unanimously, 6-0, to boot Winkle from his seat and quickly ended the meeting.

Then many of the council members and city staff hugged Winkle.

Angry supporters

After the vote, Winkle’s mother shouted at the council members.

“He has done more for the city of Mesa than you all know. And you all know it,” Barbara Rae said.

She also accused Giles of bias in her son’s disciplinary hearing.

La Sota was visibly frustrated with the outcome. He said the city should not have paid about $50,000 for a law firm to bring a case against Winkle when “they obviously were going to dump him no matter what.”

“It was just a very expensive charade, and they should have just taken action and not wasted all this money … orchestrating a political hit on someone who pled guilty anyway,” he said.

PREVIOUSLY: Winkle’s fans, foes and mom weigh in on possible discipline

After the vote, Winkle told reporters he could run for council again in 2018. But he’s not sure he will.

“I haven’t thought about it. Right now I’ve just been trying to get past this,” Winkle said.

He said he was disappointed in the council’s decision, but realized they were under a lot of political pressure to make a tough decision.

When asked if he thought the disciplinary process was fair, Winkle hesitated.

“I mean, you know, it’s as fair as it can be. It’s a highly pressurized thing,” he said.

In a statement released after the hearing, the council said, “It wasn’t a decision we came to lightly, but … we felt this was the appropriate course of action.”

“As elected officials we must hold ourselves to a higher standard of conduct to protect the integrity of the office and trust of the people we represent. We wish Ryan well and look forward to the future,” the statement said.

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