MADISON (WKOW) — A Madison Police officer has been charged with first offense drunken driving, with a child under the age of sixteen in her car, but remains on the job, and on patrol.A criminal complaint against 41-year old Kelly Hoeft states her blood alcohol level after her arrest June 1 was .27, more than three times Wisconsin’s legal limit for drinking and driving.First offense drunken driving is a non-criminal offense, equivalent to a traffic ticket. But first offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a misdemeanor crime if a child under the age of 16 is a passenger. Court records state Hoeft’s passenger in a mini-van was five years old.The complaint also states Hoeft’s driving was erratic, according to a witness who called 911.”The caller reported that a vehicle had just plowed through the intersection of McKenna Blvd and Raymond Road and had taken out a couple of road signs in the median,” according to the complaint.The complaint states Hoeft refused to take a field sobriety test, but told responding officers about her consumption of alcohol. ” ‘I’ve definitely been drinking’,” the court record quotes Hoeft as telling investigators.Hoeft refused to come to the door when a 27 News reporter went to her Madison home, seeking comment on the case. Hoeft’s attorney, Sarvan Singh, also has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.Until recently, Hoeft was assigned to a special police unit, with the responsibility for making safety presentations to fourth and fifth grade children.Police Chief Koval said Hoeft has been removed from that duty, but remains on the job, and on patrol, behind the wheel of police vehicles. Koval notes Hoeft remains legally able to drive with an occupational driver’s license as her criminal case is pending. Koval also said there’s no work leave for Hoeft. “An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis,” Koval states.Hoeft was not booked into the Dane County jail at the time of her arrest. Arrests for first offense OWI do not require booking, with those arrested able to be released to a responsible party. But Hoeft’s arrest was for a crime, as a result of the child’s presence as a passenger.”There was nothing done in this case that would occasion the suggestion of preferential treatment,” Koval states. Available, online court records indicate Hoeft has no, previous criminal history.There’s no information available yet as to how long Hoeft has been a Madison Police officer.Koval said an investigation into whether the off-duty officer violated any employment rules or policies will take place after the criminal case is completed. Hoeft’s next court date is next month.Here is Chief Koval’s statement: “On 6/1/17, MPD officers, as well as a street supervisor (sergeant) responded to a traffic complaint regarding a hit-and-run vehicle which had struck some road signs and was driving erratically. Subsequent investigation led officers to the offending vehicle and driver, who was then placed under arrest for operating while impaired (first offense with a passenger under 16 years of age), operating with a prohibited alcohol content, and hit-and-run. The driver is a current Madison Police Officer (Kelly Hoeft) awaiting final adjudication of the charges that have been filed.Once MPD learned of the arrest of Hoeft, the information was turned over immediately to MPD’s Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Unit to conduct an internal investigation. That investigation has continued and is awaiting resolution of the criminal case before actively proceeding. A determination was also made that Officer Hoeft would not remain in her assignment (Safety Education), and that she would be reassigned to Patrol, provided that she was able to obtain an occupational driver’s license (which she did obtain).Madison Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) dictate that in cases of officer involvement in felonies or serious misconduct, the Chief, the PSIA Lieutenant, and the officer’s Commanding Officer must be provided a timely notification. This occurred in the immediate case. One must also remember that fundamental due process also applies to off-duty police officers; one cannot/should not be “sanctioned” unless/until a court decision would warrant such a step. An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis, taking a broad view of the circumstances.As Chief, I must be concerned with ensuring the public’s confidence that those who are entrusted to serving our community understand that there is an expectation of being held to a higher standard. When an officer makes a bad decision off-duty, it reflects poorly on all of us. I have spoken with this officer and I know how she deeply regrets what this incident has meant to both her personal reputation as well as tha
Michael Spencer, 59, of Kalamazoo, has been charged with four felony counts: reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury and a third offense of operating with any presence of drugs.
Spencer remains hospitalized and has not yet been arraigned, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Scott Brower said.
Spencer’s Pontiac was traveling at 102 mph just prior to the impact with the bus, according to data from the crash retrieval system.
The Pontiac was eastbound on West Michigan Avenue when it crashed into the front of the bus, which was westbound on Oakland Drive and heading west across West Michigan Avenue. The impact pushed the bus several feet and the car was buried in the bus, a public safety officer who witnessed the crash said in a report.
Spencer’s vehicle appeared to have run off the road to the left, went airborne and turned slightly on its side. It crashed into a street light pole and then a road sign, the officer wrote.
Spencer never activated the braking system before colliding with the bus, according to police.
The crash caused the bus driver, LaShon Diallo, to be pinned in the driver’s seat and severely injured. Other Metro Transit drivers have raised more than $2,300 for her recovery through the fundraising site GoFundMe.
Spencer’s record included four previous operating while intoxicated convictions, police have said.
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Two people are recovering after a vehicle slammed into a rehab center in Merritt Island.The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Island Health and Rehabilitation Center on Alma Avenue. Florida Highway Patrol says the driver passed out while driving, crashed through a fence, drove through a grassy area, and then crashed into the rehab center.The vehicle crashed through the back of the building into a room where someone was sleeping. In the pictures above you can see the vehicle is fully inside the rehab center.Officials tell FOX 35 there were approximately 120 patients inside the building at the time of the crash.Brevard County Fire Rescue transported two patients, the driver and person sleeping, with only minor injuries.Troopers suspected that the driver was impaired by drugs. A blood sample was taken and charges are pending until those results are confirmed, according to FHP.The crash remains under investigation.
FRAMINGHAM – A New York man was originally only supposed to sleep in his friend’s Cadillac.But, authorities said Emanuel Ramsey, 23, took the car for a joyride on Thursday, driving around for more than an hour on the rim after shredding the tire before police finally arrested him on Beacon Street at 8:30 a.m.Police learned of the Cadillac at 6:45 a.m., when a caller reported a car driving erratically on Concord Street near Rte. 9, police spokeswoman Lt. Patricia Grigas said.The Cadillac was gone by the time police arrived.About a half hour later, an officer on a detail saw the Cadillac driving toward him on Franklin Street near Mount Wayte Avenue.“The officer tried to stop him, but (the driver) kept going,” Grigas said.Around 8:15 a.m., officers found the car in a parking lot on Beacon Street and spoke to Ramsey.“Officers realized he was impaired, significantly impaired,” said Grigas. “He admitted to smoking marijuana.”Police contacted the owner of the car. She said she was friends with Ramsey. Ramsey asked her for a place to stay and she let him sleep in her car while she worked at a gas station, Grigas said. Ramsey did not have permission to drive the car.Police arrested Ramsey, of 570 Fox St., The Bronx, and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, using a vehicle without authority, driving to endanger, failing to stop for police and driving with a suspended license.Ramsey is scheduled to be arraigned in Framingham District Court on Friday.
Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor is accused operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.AAVIDOR — A 35-year-old Vidor man has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to a fatal boating crash in Louisiana, which killed an 8-year-old boy.Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor is accused operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.Damian Haines, an 8-year-old Vidor boy who was on the boat with Dunwoody, was killed in the crash Sunday.Here is Monday’s news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Calcasieu Parish on Aug. 20.The fatal boating incident claimed the life of Damian Haines, 8, of Vidor, Texas. The incident happened around 5 p.m. on Old Sabine River near Niblett’s Bluff Park.According to the survivors, Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor, Texas, was operating a 19 foot bass boat with a 150 horsepower motor with four other passengers on board while towing a tube with three juvenile boys. He made a turn and the tube swung out striking the bank and ejecting the three boys.Haines was airlifted to the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur where he was pronounced dead. Another boy was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other boy on the tube suffered minor injuries and didn’t need any further treatment.LDWF agents arrived on scene and determined that Dunwoody was impaired and he tested over the legal limit for alcohol. Agents also drew blood from Dunwoody for a toxicology test. Agents also determined that Dunwoody was operating the vessel at the time of the incident in a no wake zone.Agents arrested Dunwoody for operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone and booked him into the Calcasieu Parish Prison.Vehicular homicide brings a $2,000 to $15,000 fine and five to 30 years in prison. Vehicular negligent injury carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. DWI with child endangerment carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail with 10 days being mandatory for the first offense. Reckless operation of a vessel carries up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail. Violating the no wake zone penalties are set by the parish.The LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.
CECILTON, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say an off-duty trooper has been charged with driving while impaired after he rear-ended a car while driving a state police vehicle.The police agency said in a news release that the crash happened late Sunday in Cecil County, just west of the Delaware border. Authorities say Trooper First Class Tanner Nickerson was driving a state police vehicle when he ran into the back of a car.Officials say the driver of the car and a 10-year-old passenger were treated at a hospital for minor injuries. Nickerson was not hurt.Nickerson is charged with driving under the influence, driving while impaired, failure to control speed to avoid a collision, reckless driving and negligent driving.Nickerson, a 6-year veteran of the agency, was suspended with pay.
Mike Mutnansky, a host on sports radio station WEEI, was arrested last Monday in Saratoga, N.Y., and charged with driving while intoxicated.
According to a news release from the New York State Police, the 37-year-old Mutnansky was observed by troopers on the evening of Aug. 7 driving a gray Toyota Camry that was failing to stay in its lane on East Avenue.
Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop and interviewed Mutnansky. The release stated that he “illustrated signs of impairment’’ and admitted to drinking alcohol earlier in the evening.
He was arrested for driving while intoxicated after troopers administered several standard field sobriety tests.
— A truck driver overdosed on heroin while driving during rush hour Friday, causing his tractor-trailer to jackknife in the middle of I-74 when he lost consciousness, according to a news release from Green Township Police and the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.Authorities said that when Scott Kinmon’s tractor trailer rolled to a halt on the interstate, other motorists extracted him from his vehicle and began CPR. A 911 caller said he was unconscious and drooling when they found him.Deputies and officers called to the scene were able to revive him with Narcan, at which point they transported him to Mercy West Hospital.Kinmon, 28, of Crittenden, Kentucky, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to maintain control of his vehicle and operation of a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance.Kinmon isn’t the first commercial driver accused of overdosing with the motor running this year. Another, Kristopher Phoenix, was arrested July 12 in Cleves after overdosing at a gas station. Police said another customer found him slumped on the floor, bleeding from his nose, and called authorities. Pain pills and heroin were discovered inside the truck.
A man who struck a telephone pole in the area of Route 15 and Wilson Drive on Friday was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a narcotic and other possession-related offenses, police reports said.At approximately 7:15 p.m., Sparta Police responded to a report of a minivan striking a utility pole.The driver, Tomas Molina, 31, of Bloomfield, stated that he fell asleep at the wheel.Police officers at the scene, Cpl. Frank Schomp and Cpl. Josepgh Antonello, noted that Molina’s pupil’s were constricted, an indication of narcotic use.When questioned, Molina admitted that he had snorted a bag of heroin while driving.Further investigation led to Molina’s arrest for driving under the influence of a narcotic and having narcotics and drug paraphernalia in his vehicle. Molina was transported to Sparta Police headquarters for processing.Sgt. Joseph Sanfillipo, a certified drug recognition expert of the Ogdensburg Police Department, responded to Sparta Police headquarters to conduct testing relating to narcotics affecting Molina’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. After testing concluded, Molina was charged with possession of heroin, possession of marijuana, possession of drug-related paraphernalia, being under the influence of a narcotic, driving while intoxicated, restless driving, careless driving, failure to maintain lane and the possession of a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle.Molina was advised of a mandatory court appearance and was released to a responsible adult.
A Florida woman faces DUI and child abuse charges after she was caught swerving over the road and failed a breathalyzer test, all with an unbuckled child in the backseat of her car, officials said.
Brandy Lerma, 31, of Boynton Beach, was spotted by a tow truck driver swerving all over the road and almost hit four nearby cars, WPEC reported.
A responding deputy smelled alcohol coming from the car and saw an unrestrained 3-year-old in the backseat when he pulled Lerma over, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver’s speech was slurred and she couldn’t find her driver’s license, despite it being in plain view of the officer.
Lerma reportedly fell twice during a DUI roadside test, and took two breathalyzers tests in which she blew a .200 and a .187. She reportedly told police she took Percocet, Xanax, and drank two fireballs.
The legal blood alcohol level limit in Florida is .08.