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Commissioner indicted in car crash that killed 2

Texas City Commissioner-At-Large Dee Ann Haney was indicted Thursday on manslaughter charges connected to a crash that killed a father and son last year on I-45, according to the Galveston County district attorney.

A Galveston County grand jury handed up indictments on two counts of manslaughter against Haney in the July 3 crash last year that killed Hong Phuc Le, 33, and his father, Van Duoc Le, 58.  Both charges are second degree felonies, carrying a range of punishment anywhere from probation or 2 to 20 years in prison.

Haney was also charged last year with two other counts of intoxication manslaughter in connection with the crash.

Haney and her attorney, Kevin Rekoff, did not respond to a request for comment.

Alexa Curtin Charged With Driving Under Influence Of A Drug

Alexa Curtin was reportedly charged recently with driving under the influence of a drug. Court records show that The Real Housewives of Orange County star Lynne Curtin’s daughter Alexa, who has had various legal issues, was charged with allegedly driving under the influence on June 6, 2017. Now she’s been charged with that — and was also cited for driving without a valid driver license.

Law enforcement sources told The Blast that Costa Mesa police officers were called to the scene of an accident at around 2:45 PM on that day in June. Insiders claimed to the website that Alexa had crashed her car and cops came to investigate.

While on the scene, the police believed that Alexa, who had been driving the car, appeared to be under the influence. “Police had her perform a field sobriety test, which we’re told she failed,” The Blast reported.

Alexa submitted to a blood test by police and the results came back allegedly showing a cocktail of prescription drugs, including Clonazepam (aka Klonopin) and opioids.

The RHOC wild child was officially charged on April 18 in Orange County Court and an arraignment has been set for June.

https://radaronline.com/exclusives/2018/04/rhoc-daughter-alexa-curtin-charged-with-driving-under-influence/

Man caught driving with gun, marijuana

NICE >> What started as a traffic stop ended as an arrest for the illegal possession of a firearm and driving under the influence of one Nice man on Wednesday.

Jose Gustavo Mena III, 43, was caught by a Lake County Sheriff’s Deputy driving while on his cellphone in the area of Liberty Street and Buckingham Way during the evening hours.

The deputy followed the vehicle, a black BMW, and noticed the driver moving around and leaning toward the passenger side. He was then stopped on Highway 20 and Butte Street.

There, the deputy smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the car. Mena told the deputy the BMW belonged to a family member who smoked. He was then ordered to step outside, where the deputy later determined Mena was under the influence of the controlled substance.

He was placed under arrest after that.

During a search of the vehicle, the deputy located three marijuana cigarettes, a lock pick set, and a loaded 9mm handgun in the pocket located on the back of the passenger seat. The handgun was not registered.

Mena was transported to the Lake County Jail where he was booked for several felonies including carrying a loaded, concealed firearm and driving under the influence.

It was also determined that Mena had a felony arrest warrant out of Texas for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Mena remains in custody at the Lake County Jail with his bail set at $50,000.

http://www.record-bee.com/general-news/20180427/nice-man-caught-driving-with-gun-marijuana

Two LAPD Officers Arrested for Alcohol Offenses in Glendale

 

A Los Angeles police commander and sergeant were arrested Friday for alcohol-related offenses, authorities said.

 

LAPD Commander Nicole Mehringer, 47, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of allegedly being drunk in public near Lomita Avenue and Brand Boulevard about 1 a.m., according to Glendale police and L.A. County Jail records.

Sgt. James Kelly, 46, was arrested at the same location for allegedly driving under the influence. His arrest happened at 1:37 a.m., according to Glendale police and jail records.

Mehringer, whose married name is Nicole Alberca is currently assigned to the department’s Employee Relations Group, LAPD officer Chris No said. Kelly also works in the same unit, No added. Both officers were placed on administrative leave, he said.

Tahnee Lightfoot, a Glendale police spokeswoman, said their arrests came as part of a DUI investigation, not at a checkpoint. Glendale police released a conflicting statement which read “Nicole Mehringer was detained (not arrested) for public intoxication and taken into custody. She was later released after several hours.

James Kelly was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was later released pending a court appearance.”

Mehringer posted $250 in bail and was released at 4:13 a.m. Kelly posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody at 4:14 a.m. He is scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. May 1 in Glendale.

This afternoon, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck released a statement on the arrests of the two officers.

“I have been briefed on the circumstances of these arrests and am extremely concerned about the allegations. In addition to the criminal cases we have initiated personnel investigations, which can result in serious consequences,” Beck said.

Kelly’s father, James Kelly Sr., told NBC4 that his is not known to drive when drinking and he doesn’t even drink that much.

https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Two-LAPD-Officers-Arrested-for-Alcohol-Offenses-in-Glendale-481114911.html

Dippin’ Dots CEO arrested for alleged drunk driving crash in which he hit iron pole, 2 homes

Stephen Fischer mugshot

The CEO of ice cream empire Dippin’ Dots was arrested earlier this month after he allegedly crashed his car into a power line pole and two houses in Oklahoma, police revealed Wednesday.

Edmond Police said 38-year-old Stephen Scott Fischer was charged with driving under the influence for an incident that occurred after he left a local children’s hospital just after midnight on April 8.

Police said an officer encountered Fischer at the scene of a crash on Boulevard Street near Covell Road.

Stephen Scott Fischer, the CEO of Dippin’ Dots, was arrested after he allegedly crashed his vehicle while driving under the influence of alcohol.  (Edmond Police Department)

In the police report, obtained by Fox News, the officer said he noticed that power lines were arcing and a power pole had been hit. Further up the road, the office said he found a white BMW that had crashed against a house.

The driver, who identified himself as Fischer, was uninjured from the crash, but pinned inside the car, officials said.

The businessman admitted he drank at least three mixed drinks at a Dancing for a Miracle event sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Foundation, authorities said. According to the event’s website, Fischer was listed as one of the “dancing celebrities.”

“I asked [Fischer] about the accident and he said he did not remember anything from the accident and could not remember how the accident happened,” the police report stated.

The affidavit said Fischer was “swaying back and forth, his speech was slowed and slurred.”

Police eventually determined Fischer’s car spiraled off the road, crashed through a fence and hit two other homes before coming to a stop.

Fischer was taken to a local hospital for treatment. He was arrested on a complaint of driving under the influence after refusing to take a blood test and would not cooperate with police.

A spokesman for Dippin’ Dots said in a statement to News9 that it would be “inappropriate to comment on specific details.”

“We are grateful that Mr. Fischer did not suffer any life-threatening injuries as a result of this single car accident,” the statement said. “He remains most appreciative of the firefighters, first responders and medical personnel who assisted him.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/26/dippin-dots-ceo-arrested-for-alleged-drunk-driving-crash-in-which-hit-iron-pole-2-homes.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fnational+%28Internal+-+US+Latest+-+Text%29&utm_content=Yahoo+Search+Results

Drunk driver teacher caught out by her own dashcam as she swerved across roads

Drunk driver teacher caught out by her own dashcam as she swerved across roads

The camera never lies.

Which is a disaster for drunk teacher Louise Willard whose own dashcam caught her swerving all over the road and hitting speeds of up to 51mph along residential streets.

The shocking footage showed Willard, 41, who was three times over the limit hitting curbs, going into grass verges and narrowly missing workmen in the road and oncoming traffic during the 20 minute drunken drive.

Her white Vauxhall Corsa even crashed into the back of parked Audi in Bexhill.

Louise Willard even smashed her car up before driving again (SWNS)
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Undeterred, Willard reversed off in her damaged car but stopped a short distance later.

Sussex Police were first alerted at 5.24pm on 4 April by a member of the public who reported the Corsa repeatedly clipping the kerb on the A259 Marsh Road.

Shortly afterwards, a second call was received reporting the same car erratically driving before crashing into a parked Audi A4.

She was found uninjured by officers in her car and failed a roadside breathalyser test blowing 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath when the legal limit is 35mcg.

The dashcam showed her swerving into obstacles on the road (SWNS)
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She pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to stop at Hastings Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was banned from driving for two years.

Willard of Bexhill was also handed a 12-month community order, requiring her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

PC Nathan Langley, of the Polegate Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘The scary thing is this isn’t a particularly unusual or extraordinary example of drink-driving; the driver has displayed a number of characteristics which you would typically expect.

Report criticizes ex-State Police head for arrest report rewrite

Former State Police colonel Richard McKeon.

Wrapping up a five-month investigation, Attorney General Maura Healey won’t seek criminal charges against former top State Police officials who ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from the arrest report of a judge’s daughter. But Healey will ask the state Ethics Commission to review the case for possible conflict of interest violations, according to a report released by her office Friday.

A separate review, conducted by an outside investigator at the request of the Massachusetts State Police, found that then-colonel Richard McKeon used “flawed judgment” when he ordered a trooper to alter the report on the judge’s daughter, Alli Bibaud, who was arrested in October in Worcester for operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

McKeon and the command staff “eroded confidence in the management abilities of the [State Police,] both within the organization and among the public,” former state public safety secretary Kevin P. Burke wrote in his report, also released Friday. He called McKeon’s actions “unprecedented.”

Driver indicted in death of local teen girl

The force of the crash that killed 14-year-old Chelsea Bowman in October 2016 was so powerful, it split the car she was riding in, in half, and threw her from the car.

Eighteen months after the deadly head-on crash, the driver of the Dodge Neon Bowman was riding in, 21-year-old Merle Jay Lunsford II of Dayton, was indicted for vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana and OVI.

Prosecutors said the teen was ejected from a rear seat of the car when Lunsford crossed the center line on Frederick Pike and hit an oncoming car.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Merle Jay Lunsford II.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/crime–law/driver-indicted-death-local-teen-girl/vX5ARY2TferFd3YT7KCTYP/

Both drivers charged with drunk driving in crash

Michelle QuinnPost-Tribune

 

A Hammond woman and Michigan City man were both charged with driving drunk after their vehicles crashed Saturday evening.

Jacqueline Adan 21, of Hammond, was attempting to exit onto Interstate 94 West from State Road 249 North with two passengers when she lost control of her SUV, according to an Indiana State Police release.

Police said Adan ran off the roadway going northeast through the grass when she hit a late-model minivan driven by Leonard Scott, 32 of Michigan City. Scott was slowing down for the stop sign at the end of the ramp, according to the release.

Both vehicles came to rest in the I-94 westbound left-turn lane, the release said.

Adan and a her passengers, who are from Hammond as well, were taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Adan was eventually taken to the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso, where she was charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment.

Scott was also taken to Porter Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release. He also was taken to the Porter County Jail where he was charged with OWI refusal, police said.

Both vehicles had extensive damage, the release said.

The Portage Police, Fire and EMS departments and Precision Towing assisted the Indiana State Police in the incident.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-blotter-two-duis-crash-st-0423-story.html

Appeals court recommends ‘DWI judge’ lose bench seat

Appeals court recommends ‘DWI judge’ lose bench seat

A​n upstate judge who encouraged sheriff’s deputies to “shoot” an unruly defendant in her courtroom, then cursed out troopers who arrested her for drunk driving — on her way to work — and after that took a vacation to Thailand instead of attending a hearing on the DWI arrest is finally being recommended for removal from the bench.

Suspended Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will continue to collect her $187,00-a-year salary until the state’s Court of Appeals rules on her ouster. That could be as late as the fall. But she was less eager to return to court for a follow up hearing on the drunk driving arrest. In May 2017 she jetted off to Thailand instead of attending the hearing over contempt charges for trying to drive her vehicle while intoxicated after her DWI arrest.

Astacio’s troubles started the same month she first took the bench in January 2015, when she refused to recuse herself from the arraignment of a former client, then let an accused thief off with a $50 bail as a “courtesy,” according to a ruling from the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

“I totally love him. I’m so sad that he’s in jail right now,” she said in open court at the time.

Later that month the judge told sheriff’s deputies​ ​— “tase her,” “shoot her,” and “well, punch her in the face and bring her out here”​ ​— when she heard that a young female defendant was biting and spitting on people on her way to court.

By August 2015 the judge still hadn’t learned how to behave on the bench, the ruling says. She joked that a sexual assault victim had a “case of buyer’s remorse” because the victim was hesitant to sign a statement against her attacker. When a prosecutor didn’t laugh at the crude remark the judge said, “I don’t mean to be inappropriate. I thought that was freakin’ hilarious.”

Off the bench Astacio was nabbed for drunk driving Feb. 13, 2016 when a state trooper tried to give her a Breathalyzer on her way to work.

It was 7:54 a.m.

She told the trooper to “mind his own f—ing business” before blowing a .19. The legal limit is .08.

While locked up for the infraction she tried to use her position as a judge to get out, pleading, “I have court right now.”

Astacio, 36, admitted that she’d “engaged in some misconduct” but claimed that her ouster “was too harsh.”

The judicial conduct commissioners disagreed.

“The totality of respondent’s misbehavior as shown in the record before us demonstrates her unfitness for judicial office,” they said in a ruling released Tuesday,
Astacio’s attorney, Robert F. Julian, said, “I will be reviewing the decision with my client and she will make a decision regarding an appeal shortly.”

https://nypost.com/2018/04/24/appeals-court-recommends-dwi-judge-lose-bench-seat/