8 charged with BUI in boating crackdown

Joel Crabtree | Maine Dept of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
A game warden looks out onto Sebago Lake for boating activity. Last weekend, Maine wardens put in over 1,200 hours of work during a weekend of heightened awareness for drinking and boating.

During a three-day raised presence on the state’s lakes, rivers and ponds, Maine game wardens charged eight boaters with operating under the influence, and issued 100 summonses and 328 warnings for various boating violations, according to the Maine Warden Service.

Operation Dry Water, a campaign that started in 2009, is a national initiative aimed at decreasing the number of Americans who boat while impaired, according to the Operation Dry Water website.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife said in a press release that 80 wardens participated in a three-day awareness event that kicked off Friday, June 29. “Those game wardens spent over 1,200 hours enforcing recreational boating activity, inspecting nearly 2,500 watercraft with 5,400 operators and passengers,” the press release stated.

The most common violations game wardens encountered had to do with safety equipment, registration requirements and safe operation. The wardens encountered close to 50 nonboating related violations as well, two of which included adults providing a location for minors to consume alcohol, according to the press release.

This three-day raised awareness event is always scheduled around the Fourth of July, a holiday usually associated with drinking, according to Operation Dry Water. According to Maine Game Warden Cpl. John MacDonald, good boating weather contributes to the number of people on the water, and to violations.

“More than anything it follows weather patterns,” MacDonald said.

The Fourth of July usually kicks off the summer boating season, which means wardens will still be on the water. “It isn’t just a matter of, ‘We’ve done it and now it’s done,’” MacDonald said.

8 charged with OUI in Maine boating crackdown

BUI for smoking pot in a kayak?

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and Friday through Sunday, officers from federal to local levels will have patrols on waterways across the state looking for impaired boaters.

But the law isn’t just for power boats. It’s also illegal to operate any boat while high or drunk, including, but not limited to, boats such as kayaks, canoes, row boats and inflatable rafts.

KIRO 7 looked over the Coast Guard‘s boating statistics for 2017, which show fewer boat crashes and deaths compared to the previous year, however, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in deadly boat crashes.

Five people were killed in alcohol-related boating crashes last year as compared to three in 2016.

Authorities want to send a message ahead of Independence Day that there is zero tolerance for putting others at risk by operating any boat while under the influence, whether it be alcohol, marijuana or another intoxicating substance.

For lakes and waterways that allow power boats, officers will often look for speeders, and once stopped, they look for any signs of boating under the influence.

Refusing to submit a blood or breath test when asked will leave you with a civil infraction and could cost you more than $2,000.

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/bui-for-smoking-pot-in-a-kayak-it-could-happen/779620363

Woman charged with third OWI after toxicology shows meth use

A Monona woman is facing a felony charge following a December arrest in Portage for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated as a third offense.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Sarah Scholl, 37, on Monday after receiving toxicology results from the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, showing the alleged presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

The Portage Police Department received an anonymous report of a suspicious driver just before 7 p.m. Dec. 8. An officer stopped Scholl as she was parking at the Walgreens parking lot on New Pinery Road.

When the officer asked about damage to her vehicle, Scholl reportedly said her dog must have hit the gear shift and caused the vehicle to hit a pole or something near O’Reilly Auto Parts or Tim’s Ministorage.

While they were talking, the officer noted she seemed to be clenching her face, having muscle spasms and her hands were fluttering while she had balance issues.

She was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle while drugged, driving with a revoked driver’s license, failure to install an ignition interlock and two counts of felony bail jumping.

On April 4, Scholl was convicted in two felony cases and entered a plea of no contest to charges of possession of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping from incidents on Jan. 5 and Jan. 17. At her sentencing hearing, Scholl was given a withheld sentence and three years of probation, contingent on 60 days in jail, which she is currently serving.

In her current case, if convicted, she faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days in jail and maximum of one year in jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a third offense, with up to two additional years for being a repeated offense.

Painted Post man struck patrol car, charged with DWI

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A Painted Post man struck a marked patrol car while driving while intoxicated with a revoked driver’s license, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 11:45 p.m., while a deputy was assisting a motorist who had broken down on Front Street in Binghamton, a motorist driving south in a 2005 Dodge vehicle sideswiped the deputy’s marked patrol car where it was parked.

The passenger-side mirror of the vehicle struck the left rear quarter panel of the patrol car, officials said.

The driver of the vehicle, Tiko Gray, 43, of North Hampton Road in Painted Post, was administered a series of field sobriety tests and taken into custody.

 

Gray’s driver’s license had been revoked due to a prior arrest for driving while intoxicated in 2013, investigators determined. His vehicle was also missing the ignition interlock device he was required to use.

Gray was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, aggravated driving while intoxicated (having been convicted within the past 10 years), both felonies. He also was charged with failure to use an ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor, and the following violations: moving from lane unsafely, failure to use due care while approaching an emergency vehicle, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

He was remanded to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, and the vehicle he was operating was towed from the scene.

https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/public-safety/2018/07/02/painted-post-man-struck-patrol-car-binghamton-charged-dwi/750952002/

Bottled water spills onto I-95 in NH after intoxicated trucker crashes tractor-trailer

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (WHDH) — A trucker from Massachusetts was impaired behind the wheel when he crashed a 53-foot box trailer on Interstate 95 Monday night, spilling his cargo of bottled water along the highway, New Hampshire State Police said.

John Keller, 49, of Dracut, was driving southbound in a 1995 Peterbilt with a 53-foot box trailer about 10:10 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, left the highway, and struck several trees along the shoulder, state police said. The crash caused the trailer’s cargo of bottled water to spill along the shoulder of the highway.

Keller was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with no significant injuries and was later arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to state police.

He was released on bail and is expected to appear in Seabrook District Court on July 26.

A portion of I-95 southbound was closed for about five hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Trooper Dan Peete at 603-679-3333.

Police: Bottled water spills onto I-95 in NH after intoxicated trucker crashes tractor-trailer

Four County deputies suspended after melee at bar

Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo said four deputies have been suspended as the department investigates their roles in a bar fight last weekend in Saratoga Springs. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN / 20043247A

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Four Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies have been suspended as the department investigates their roles in a large bar fight last weekend in Saratoga Springs that had to be broken up by city police.

The melee took place at 3 a.m. Saturday at The Reserve night club on Caroline Street when the off-duty deputies became involved in a brawl that spilled outside. A person briefed on the case said the off-duty deputies had been partying for hours and had attended their PBA’s annual golf outing at the Fairways of Halfmoon that began on Friday morning.

A person briefed on the incident said the deputies, who appeared intoxicated, physically threatened and briefly tangled with uniformed officers from the Saratoga Springs police force.

The fight followed a day of drinking that began at the annual golf outing for the sheriff’s deputies PBA at the golf course in Halfmoon. Some of the deputies left that event and went to The Mill, a bar in Round Lake, and later to Saratoga Springs.

Sheriff Michael Zurlo confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he had suspended the four deputies without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“There’s no indication of any criminal activity,” the sheriff said.

Saratoga Springs police Chief Greg Veitch on Monday said that he had not reviewed video footage of his officers’ body-worn cameras, but he denied that they used force or were assaulted.

“Our officers were not involved in any sort of physical altercation with anyone, either patrons or the bouncers,” Veitch said. “The officers that were assigned to Caroline Street were flagged down by employees of The Reserve. As they approached the bar they saw the altercation spill onto the street. … They escorted the individuals out of the area.

Veitch confirmed that off-duty deputies were involved, but he said no one wanted to file a criminal complaint.

A person who attended the golf outing the prior day at Fairways of Halfmoon said some of the participants in that event drove a golf cart off a trail and into the woods.

Bruce Tanski, owner of the Fairways of Halfmoon, said his superintendent reported that no carts were damaged.

“In the past when carts have been damaged the police union would pay for the damage,” Tanski said.

Veitch declined to immediately release police records on the incident.

“Whenever something like this happens I always do an internal investigation about how we handled it,” he said. “That is going to delay us releasing anything.”

https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Four-Saratoga-County-deputies-suspended-after-13027598.php

Drunk driver strikes police patrol car overnight

Abilene police said a man believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol struck a parked patrol vehicle after leaving a South 14th Street bar early Friday morning.

According to a police report, the driver fled the scene, but police were able to locate his vehicle at 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue.

When asked what happened, he told police he hit something but was told to keep driving by his passengers.

Police said the man was highly intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tests administered at the scene where he was stopped.

A small amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle as well, police said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana, according to police.

https://www.reporternews.com/story/news/crime/2018/06/29/drunk-driver-strikes-abilene-police-patrol-car-overnight/745490002/

Head of Professional Standards Division arrested on suspicion of DUI

The head of the Portland Police Bureau’s Professional Standards Division was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of intoxicated driving, police say.

Commander Steve Jones, who’s been with the Bureau for 23 years, hit a telephone pole while driving a city vehicle on Southwest Third Avenue, according to Portland police. Jones was off-duty and traveling alone, police said. He wasn’t injured.

The Oregon State Police cited Jones for driving under the influence of intoxicants and released him, as is standard practice for the agency in Multnomah County, according to Portland police.

Portland police said they asked the state police to process the investigation because of Jones’ status as the Professional Standards Division commander. State police will continue the criminal investigation.

Jones is on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure, pending the results of the investigation. Captain Jeff Bell will serve as the division’s acting commander in Jones’ absence.

An administrative investigation will be presented to the Police Review Board, which is made up of Bureau and community members.

“As law enforcement officers, we are held to a higher standard, regardless of rank or classification, that demands accountability,” Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. “This incident will be thoroughly investigated.”

https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2018/06/portland_police_professional_s.html

Bus driver convicted of OWI, drug possession

A jury has convicted a former Brookfield school bus driver of driving while under the influence of drugs and drug possession.

Penny Wolf said she took an over-the-counter supplement to make her less anxious, unaware it contained the same active ingredient as the prescription sleeping pill, Ambien.

“Pretty much normal routine. I got up, made my tea, put a little bit of Phenibut in there because I’m very socially anxious, and that’s supposed to help with that,” Wolf said during her testimony Wednesday.

During the trial Tuesday, Swanson Elementary School parents relived that December 2016 day, when their kids had a scary school bus ride. Witnesses said Wolf was speeding, driving recklessly and blowing past stops.

“What stuck most in my mind was going past the children, and the children, which was not normal, going into the street to board the bus,” parent Christine Schnabl said.

“My daughter had to trudge through the snow to get on the bus, and I regret that I got her on the bus because I knew something was wrong,” parent Nicole McCumber said.

Swanson staff said she struck a curb pulling in the kids and didn’t seem right. They called police. Officers caught up with Wolf at the school bus terminal in Brookfield.

Body camera video shows her failing sobriety tests. They recovered a loaded handgun from her jacket, and three Adderall pills for which she didn’t have a prescription.

Wolf explained she must have been affected by an over-the-counter supplement she mixed in her tea not realizing it was a sedative.

She was acquitted of taking loaded gun on school grounds.

The judge ordered Wolf to remain jailed ahead of her sentencing next month. She could face three years in prison

http://www.wisn.com/article/former-brookfield-bus-driver-convicted-of-owi-drug-possession/21969075

Mistrial in Case of Driver Accused of Causing Deadly Crash While High on Extremely Potent Marijuana

The lack of training and education of dispensary employees was part of the defense for a woman accused of murder in San Diego.

Mistrial in Case of Driver Accused of Causing Deadly Crash While High on Extremely Potent Marijuana

A mistrial has been declared in the trial for a San Diego accused of driving high on marijuana and causing a crash that crumbled a vintage Porsche and killed a passenger two years ago

Her attorney told jurors Wednesday she was “catastrophically impaired” after smoking a strain of unrealized potency and argued she was not guilty of murder because she was given little or no warning of its strength.

Hyun Choi, 33, faces three felony charges including murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI under the influence of drugs causing injury.

Woman Who Killed Driver in Head-on Crash While High in Court

The crash happened on Easter 2016. NBC 7’s Melissa Adan reports from the courthouse.

(Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018)

She was arrested on March 27, 2016, following a collision on Pomerado Roadbetween Caminito Alto and Sycamore Test Road.

Amanda Walzer, 43, was riding in a 1956 Porsche that had only lap seat belts and no airbags

When Choi’s vehicle traveled over the raised median, it collided with the Porsche, killing Walzer and injuring the Porsche driver.

An image of the fatal collision shown in court.
Photo credit: San Diego County District Attorney’s Office

When her trial began Wednesday, attorney Stephen G. Cline told jurors that his client cannot be convicted of murder because his client had been sold Jupiter OG after a brief visit to a licensed medical marijuana dispensary.

Choi “made a naive and negligent mistake,” he said, adding the lack of training of marijuana dispensary staff compounded the issue.

Choi, who had a medicinal marijuana card for social anxiety disorder, purchased the marijuana based on the packaging after “roughly 9 minutes” of consultation with dispensary employees, Cline said.

He said she pulled over on her way home, took a couple of puffs and started driving.

Trial Begins for Woman Suspected of Driving High in Deadly Crash

Opening statements have begun in the trial against a former San Diego State student accused of driving under the influence of marijuana in a deadly crash. NBC 7’s Melissa Adan reports.

(Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018)

The collision took place approximately six miles from the dispensary.

Cline said his client lost her hearing as well as control over her arms and legs before the crash.

“She had no idea what she left that store with in regards to strength,” the attorney told jurors.

Officers found two different types of marijuana in Choi’s vehicle as well as a marijuana pipe that was still warm to the touch, the prosecutor said.

An officer testified in court Thursday that Choi tried to hide a pipe after the crash. Her attorneys challenged the statement and a judge ordered the prosecution to produce a report of the officer’s observation.

When they could not find the report, the judge determined the officer’s testimony tainted the jury and a mistrial was declared.

The judge and attorneys are scheduled to meet next week to determine a new trial date.

NBC 7 has reached out to the dispensary involved to get more information regarding Choi’s visit.

Choi faces a maximum of 22 years to life if convicted of all three charges.

Suspected DUI Driver Causes Major InjuriesSuspected DUI Driver Causes Major Injuries

A woman in her 30s allegedly smoking marijuana hit two people, a 49-year-old man and a 43-year-old woman, in a 1956 Porsche Sunday authorities confirmed. NBC 7’s Matt Rascon reports.

(Published Sunday, March 27, 2016)