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MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA FOR FATAL CRASH

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. – The man charged with driving under the influence of marijuana in a crash that killed his older brother appeared in court Monday, April 9.

The fatal crash happened on April 11, 2016 in Muskegon County near Casnovia. Michael O’Berry, 25, hit a semi-truck on Apple Avenue while driving on Trent Road. His older brother Nathan O’Berry died in the accident.

A urine sample confirmed a presence of active THC in Michael O’Berry’s system, said Muskegon County Prosecutor Chief Trial Attorney Matt Roberts Monday. The felony charge for driving under the influence of a Schedule I controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Drunk driving accidents took the lives of more than 10,000 people in 2016, a report by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. But “drugged driving” accidents are an increasing problem. And the National Institute of Drug Abuse said marijuana is the drug most-linked to impaired driving after alcohol.

In fact, driving on drugs was linked to more deaths in 2015 than driving drunk, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

In Michigan, an at-fault driver with any amount of a Schedule I drug, including marijuana, can be criminally charged like O’Berry. However, state courts have said if the driver is a medical marijuana cardholder, the prosecutors have to prove the driver was “impaired by the presence of marijuana in his [or her] body.”

Some states have laws for marijuana-impaired driving set to a specific number of nanograms. Michigan needs to create a sliding scale system for marijuana-impaired driving legislation, or punishments will be unbalanced, said Andrew Rodenhouse, a criminal defense attorney at Rodenhouse Kuipers PC in Grand Rapids.

“If somebody doesn’t feel the effects of THC…they pass the roadside sobriety tests, only to—later on—have blood results come back saying they had a de minimis amount…they will be prosecuted,” Rodenhouse said.

http://www.wzzm13.com/mobile/article/news/local/muskegon/grand-rapids-man-charged-with-driving-under-influence-of-marijuana-for-fatal-crash/69-536711074

  Aldon Smith’s Blood Alcohol Level Was Deadly High At .40

BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS DEADLY HIGH

Aldon Smith’s blood alcohol level was so high on Friday, it’s a miracle he’s not dead … because a .40 can KILL most people.
TMZ Sports broke the story … the embattled NFL star was arrested Friday when his court-ordered SCRAM alcohol monitoring device went off.
Now, officials say the device measured his B.A.C. at a whopping .40 … 5 TIMES the legal limit to drive.
In Smith’s case, the judge in his domestic violence case had ordered him to be completely sober while wearing the device … but officials say he went WAY over the edge.
In fact, according to an organization for responsible drinking, most people with a .40 or higher are probably in a coma.
“The nerve centers controlling your heartbeat and respiration are slowing down. It’s a miracle if you’re not dead,” the report says.
On Wednesday in court, it was revealed that prosecutors and defense attorneys are looking into sending Aldon to an inpatient substance abuse facility.
Smith is currently in jail and will likely remain there until his next hearing on Friday.

http://www.tmz.com/2018/04/11/aldon-smith-blood-alcohol-level-arrest/?__twitter_impression=true&__twitter_impression=true

Woman hit man, kept driving with dismembered body in windshield

What started out as a night of bar hopping with friends two years ago has ended with a young woman’s murder conviction.

Driving home from a night of drinking in her hometown of Oceanside, San Diego County, Esteysi “Stacy” Sanchez’s impaired judgement caught up to her in a gruesome scene that eventually led to her second-degree murder conviction last week in San Diego.

The incident took place at dawn in June of 2016 when Sanchez, then 29, plowed into 69-year-old Jack Ray Tenhulzen, a homeless man who was reportedly either walking to or from a local soup kitchen.

Reports state Sanchez’s Pontiac sedan was moving so fast that one of the man’s legs was ripped from his torso, flew through the back window and landed on the car’s trunk. The rest of his body slammed into the front windshield, shattering it and leaving him impaled in a jagged hole of glass.

But that didn’t stop Sanchez, who kept driving with the man’s body in her car and his severed leg on the vehicle’s trunk for another three quarters of a mile until abandoning it in a cul-de-sac near her house and walking home.

https://www.mrt.com/bayarea/article/Calif-woman-hit-man-kept-driving-with-12826087.php

Woman believed to be on drugs arrested after almost driving into officer at checkpoint

SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old Malaysian woman believed to be on drugs was arrested last week at Woodlands Checkpoints for not complying with the instructions of officers.

The woman, who was driving a Malaysia-registered car, was stopped by a traffic police auxiliary police officer at about 8.35pm on April 3, the Immigration and checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The police officer had been regulating traffic towards Woodlands Checkpoint. The woman did not comply with the officer’s instruction and made an unauthorised right turn from Woodlands Centre Road towards the checkpoint during restricted hours.

She was directed to the traffic control post at Woodlands Crossing for her summon to be processed.

However, as she was driving towards the control post, she accelerated dangerously up the ramp towards the checkpoint, almost knocking into an ICA officer.

When her vehicle came to a stop at the checkpoint, the woman refused to alight from the car and instead locked herself inside, ICA said.

Checkpoint officers noticed that she seemed to be experiencing breathing difficulties after ingesting a white tablet.

Despite attempts to persuade her to unlock the car door, she refused to comply.

Officers had to break the front passenger window of the car to reach her and an ambulance was activated.

After it was assessed that she did not need to be taken to hospital, the woman was arrested for failure to comply with the instruction of authorised officers.

The Police K-9 unit conducted further checks on the woman and her car and uncovered one Erimin-5 wrapper on the centre console of her car.

Another Erimin-5 tablet was found inside her handbag.

Known also as Nimetazepam, the drug is a type of depressant taken orally in tablet form.

While it helps a person calm down and sleep, excessive use can lead to harmful effects such as loss of consciousness, distorted judgment and sight, as well as difficulty in speaking and moving.

Suspecting that she was driving under the influence of drugs, officers swabbed her hands and belongings, which yielded positive results for controlled drugs.

The woman was also in possession of a vape device, which was believed to also contain a controlled drug.

The woman and her car were handed over to the police and the Central Narcotics Bureau. Investigations are ongoing.

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/malaysian-woman-believed-to-be-on-drugs-arrested-after-almost-driving-into-ica-officer-at-woodlands-checkpoint/ar-AAvK4Rl?li=BBr8YXF

DUI charge dropped against top prison doc

The top doctor for the Oregon Department of Corrections will not be charged with a crime following an arrest late last year for alleged driving under the influence of intoxicants.

Last week a Deschutes County judge approved an order dismissing charges against Bend resident Christopher Peter DiGiulio, who was pulled over Dec. 2 and arrested on suspicion of DUI.

DiGiulio’s attorney, Brian Donahue, said lab work showed his client’s blood alcohol level was low enough the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office decided to not pursue charges.

“I think the DA’s office did the right thing,” Donahue said. “For Chris, this was huge … He feels vindicated.”

DiGiulio, the clinical director for the Department of Corrections, was still fined $650 for refusing a breath test for alcohol.

According to the arrest report, DiGiulio was pulled over in his white BMW on NE Third Street near Wilson Avenue in Bend because his tail light was out. He allegedly admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the day to Deputy Aaron Myers of the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office.

“This is a reminder that not everyone is guilty just because they were they were charged with a crime,” Donahue said.

http://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/6154107-151/dui-charge-dropped-against-oregons-top-prison-doc

DUID driver gets 15 years following fatal crash

The driver pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide by vehicle in the first degree along with misdemeanor counts of driving while license suspended, no proof of insurance, and affixing of the plate to conceal or misrepresent identity.

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Driver in fatal Sunriver crash charged with manslaughter

Brian Jay Harris died when his truck was rear-ended and struck a tree

The driver involved in a fatal crash in December on U.S. Highway 97 near Sunriver that killed a Bend man is facing multiple criminal charges.

Shannon Ray Rogers, 55, of Goldendale, Washington, was indicted in March on charges of first-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless driving, second-degree criminal mischief and nine counts of recklessly endangering another person.

Roger’s indictment occurred after a lengthy Oregon State Police investigation. Troopers arrested Rogers in Goldendale last week, and he was booked this week in Deschutes County jail.

He is free after posting $30,000 of his $300,000 bail.

The fatal crash occurred about 10:15 a.m. Dec. 6. Rogers was traveling from Fresno, California, in his 2006 Nissan Quest minivan when he rear-ended a white 1991 Toyota pickup, driven by Brian Jay Harris, 56, of Bend, according to the state police. Harris died at the scene.

Harris was heading north on Highway 97 when his pickup was struck from behind, sending him off the road and into a tree, according to the state police.

Rogers veered off the road and also slammed into a tree. He was injured and transported to St. Charles Bend.

According to court records, state police believe Rogers was under the influence of intoxicants and speeding when he rear-ended the pickup.

A blood sample taken at the hospital showed Rogers’ blood alcohol content was 0.22 percent, more than double the legal limit, court records show.

A search of Rogers’ minivan found a bottle of Smirnoff vodka in a brown paper bag, a “Top Shelf” marijuana tube with residue, a pink vape pen with a charger and a silver marijuana pipe with marijuana. The search found paper receipts and a black cell phone with black “Otter Box” case.

An Oregon State Police trooper on the scene noted “Rogers’ face appeared flushed, and his eyes appeared glassy and watery,” according to court records.

Another trooper visited Rogers at St. Charles Bend after the crash and said Rogers “smelled of an alcoholic beverage as he was being treated by hospital staff,” court records show.

A woman who witnessed the crash while traveling north on Highway 97 told investigators Rogers was driving at about 90 mph and passed her so fast, it scared her, according to court records.

The woman said she had to drive off the shoulder of the road so the minivan would not crash into her. She described the minivan as “all over the road,” and swerving as it passed her.

An initial hearing for Rogers in Deschutes County Circuit Court has not been scheduled.

 

http://www.bendbulletin.com/home/6146972-151/driver-in-fatal-sunriver-crash-charged-with-manslaughter

Delaware police officer pleads to lesser charge in drunken-driving case

DELAWARE — A Delaware police officer, charged last year with his second driving under the influence violation in just over 10 years, was sentenced Friday morning to a minor misdemeanor.

Jared T. Wood, 34, who was hired in 2013, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless operation and fined $100 and court costs by retired Greene County Judge J. Timothy Campbell.

Wood was stopped for swerving out of his lane on Sept. 21 in downtown Delaware, said attorney Brad Tammaro, special prosecutor in the case from the Ohio Attorney General’s office. A State Highway Patrol trooper smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Wood refused both breath and field sobriety tests.

In accepting the plea agreement, Campbell noted that Wood had completed a three-day alcohol assessment and treatment program. He also served two weekends in jail.

Wood’s first DUI was in July 2007, for which he was sentenced to one year of community control.

Had the second offense fallen within 10 years of his most-recent, he could have faced up to six months in jail.

Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski said he was disappointed in Wood, who has been on unpaid leave for six months.

“We take this seriously, Pijanowski said. “There will be discipline and it will rise to the level of what he did.”

http://www.dispatch.com/news/20180406/delaware-police-officer-pleads-to-lesser-charge-in-drunken-driving-case

Masters bus patron thankful ‘everybody’s alive’

 

Masters golf fans hurt when bus overturns on interstate

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a tour bus that injured passengers heading to the Masters golf tournament (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A passenger injured when a charter bus crashed on the way to the Masters golf tournament says he’s thankful ”everybody’s alive.”

Doctors Hospital in Augusta released video Thursday evening of Kip Plowman describing the crash as he waited in the emergency room to have broken glass removed from his hand.

Plowman said the bus careened off the road and spun around one and a half times before skidding on its side a good distance. He said the bus was filling up with smoke as he climbed through a window above his head.

Plowman said he felt badly for other injured passengers as well as for Masters ticketholders stuck on Interstate 20 as it was shut down after the crash. He said: ”It’s not the way we planned the day.”

3:20 p.m.

A Georgia hospital says it’s treating nine passengers – including one in critical condition – who were injured when a charter bus overturned on the way to the Masters golf tournament.

Doctors Hospital in Augusta said in a statement Thursday that six of the nine passengers taken there were either in good condition or had been treated and released.

Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol says 18 passengers were riding the bus from Atlanta to Augusta for the first round of the Masters when the bus overturned on Interstate 20. The driver, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence.

Wright said none of the passengers suffered life-threatening injuries, though several had broken bones and head injuries.

1:45 p.m.

A Georgia state trooper says passengers riding a charter bus to the Masters golf tournament told investigators the driver veered off the roadway twice before he swerved a third time and caused the bus to overturn, injuring 15 people.

Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol told The Associated Press one passenger told troopers he had decided before the crash: ”I’m not riding back with him. I’ll call an Uber.”

The bus was taking 18 passengers from Atlanta to the tournament in Augusta when it crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 20. Wright said some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries.

The driver, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence. Wright said authorities believe he had been using drugs, not alcohol.

12:03 p.m.

Authorities say a tour bus headed to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate, injuring at least a dozen people.

The bus driver has been charged with DUI.

Georgia State Patrol officials say the bus carrying 18 people crashed on Interstate 20 around 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Sixty-one-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer is also charged with failure to maintain lane.

Authorities say Hoppenbrouwer ran off the side of the road and overcorrected before the bus overturned on the median.

Several people were taken to hospitals but the patrol says the injuries were not life-threatening.

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<a href=”../news2018/thursday.html”>Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene</a>

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who has had her license revoked several times for drunk driving, and had her children taken away by authorities in Minnesota, was arrested Monday night in west suburban Riverside.

Police said officers found her trying to fill up her gas tank with kerosene, and with an open bottle of whisky in her car.

Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated drunk driving, and two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving. She was also charged with driving without insurance, driving on a revoked license, and transportation of open alcohol while driving.

Police said she has a lengthy record of drunk driving arrests, and had her children taken away from her last year, after driving drunk with five children in her car, and starting to breastfeed a baby while intoxicated.

“This is one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made. Schneider’s history of six prior DUI’s in six states, with three outstanding warrants from various states speaks to her transient nature. When she was arrested in a state, she would just not show up in court unless she was held in custody. That’s one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

Riverside police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Monday about a woman passed out behind the wheel of her car at a gas station at 34th and Harlem.

When officers arrived, they found Schleicher sitting in a running car, awake and alert. Police said it appeared she had tried to fill up her car with kerosene instead of gasoline.

Officers also noticed she was highly intoxicated, had bloodshot eyes, and had a strong scent of alcohol on her breath. They also spotted an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the front passenger’s seat.

alcohol in car Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Riverside police found an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the passenger’s seat of Tasha Lynn Schleicher’s car when she was arrested for drunk driving on April 2, 2018.

Witnesses told police she had been drinking from the bottle before officers arrived.

“Her clothes were literally falling off her when officers escorted her to the rear of the car for field sobriety testing,” police said in a news release.

Police said Schleicher told officers she could not find her 11 children, but police could find no children nearby, and witnesses said she was the only one in the car when she pulled up to the gas station.

When she was arrested, she allegedly gave police a fake name, birthdate, and social security number.

After taking Schleicher’s fingerprints, officers discovered she had several previous drunk driving arrests in multiple states, dating back to 2007, police said. She was also wanted on three out-of-state warrants connected to drunk driving charges.

Police said Schleicher continued to insist she had been with her kids; and also insisted she was pregnant, bleeding, and having a miscarriage. Police took her to the hospital, where doctors determined she was not pregnant, nor suffering any medical problems.

Weitzel said he believes she made up the pregnancy in an effort to escape when she got to the hospital.

When Riverside officers contacted police in her home town of New Hope, Minnesota, they learned her children had been taken away from her after allegedly driving drunk with five children in the car, and breastfeeding one child while intoxicated last September.

In that case, according to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 on Sept. 23, 2017, when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

According to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 at 3:42 p.m. Saturday when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

Riverside police said Schleicher claimed she was in Illinois to drop off the only child she still has custody of, a 15-year-old boy, so he could “party” in Indiana for spring break.

“We’re working on locating that child, but so far haven’t been successful because she’s not cooperative. We’re dealing with Minnesota Child Protective Services and other social agencies to try to get a lead on the 15 year old in Indiana,” Weitzel said in an email.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/latest-driver-worried-masters-patrons-bus-crash-175535407–spt.html

Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who has had her license revoked several times for drunk driving, and had her children taken away by authorities in Minnesota, was arrested Monday night in west suburban Riverside.

Police said officers found her trying to fill up her gas tank with kerosene, and with an open bottle of whisky in her car.

Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated drunk driving, and two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving. She was also charged with driving without insurance, driving on a revoked license, and transportation of open alcohol while driving.

tasha lynn schleicher Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Tasha Lynn Schleicher is charged with aggravated drunk driving in Riverside, Illinois. Police said she has several DUI arrests in multiple states. (Credit: Riverside Police)

Police said she has a lengthy record of drunk driving arrests, and had her children taken away from her last year, after driving drunk with five children in her car, and starting to breastfeed a baby while intoxicated.

“This is one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made. Schneider’s history of six prior DUI’s in six states, with three outstanding warrants from various states speaks to her transient nature. When she was arrested in a state, she would just not show up in court unless she was held in custody. That’s one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

Riverside police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Monday about a woman passed out behind the wheel of her car at a gas station at 34th and Harlem.

When officers arrived, they found Schleicher sitting in a running car, awake and alert. Police said it appeared she had tried to fill up her car with kerosene instead of gasoline.

Officers also noticed she was highly intoxicated, had bloodshot eyes, and had a strong scent of alcohol on her breath. They also spotted an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the front passenger’s seat.

alcohol in car Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Riverside police found an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the passenger’s seat of Tasha Lynn Schleicher’s car when she was arrested for drunk driving on April 2, 2018. (Credit: Riverside Police)

Witnesses told police she had been drinking from the bottle before officers arrived.

“Her clothes were literally falling off her when officers escorted her to the rear of the car for field sobriety testing,” police said in a news release.

Police said Schleicher told officers she could not find her 11 children, but police could find no children nearby, and witnesses said she was the only one in the car when she pulled up to the gas station.

When she was arrested, she allegedly gave police a fake name, birthdate, and social security number.

After taking Schleicher’s fingerprints, officers discovered she had several previous drunk driving arrests in multiple states, dating back to 2007, police said. She was also wanted on three out-of-state warrants connected to drunk driving charges.

Police said Schleicher continued to insist she had been with her kids; and also insisted she was pregnant, bleeding, and having a miscarriage. Police took her to the hospital, where doctors determined she was not pregnant, nor suffering any medical problems.

Weitzel said he believes she made up the pregnancy in an effort to escape when she got to the hospital.

When Riverside officers contacted police in her home town of New Hope, Minnesota, they learned her children had been taken away from her after allegedly driving drunk with five children in the car, and breastfeeding one child while intoxicated last September.

In that case, according to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 on Sept. 23, 2017, when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

According to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 at 3:42 p.m. Saturday when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

Riverside police said Schleicher claimed she was in Illinois to drop off the only child she still has custody of, a 15-year-old boy, so he could “party” in Indiana for spring break.

“We’re working on locating that child, but so far haven’t been successful because she’s not cooperative. We’re dealing with Minnesota Child Protective Services and other social agencies to try to get a lead on the 15 year old in Indiana,” Weitzel said in an email.

Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene