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Man charged after car ends up in Pigeon River

SHEBOYGAN – A 33-year-old Sheboygan man, suspected of driving a car into Pigeon River before departing while the passenger stayed at the scene, was charged recently in Sheboygan County Court with several felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the March 25 incident.

Prosecutors charged Andrew F. Christian with felonies for hit and run causing great bodily harm, and operating while intoxicated causing injury (second and subsequent offense), both felonies. Christian is also facing misdemeanors for operating a motor vehicle while revoked causing great bodily harm to another, and for obstructing an officer.

According to a criminal complaint, a county sheriff’s deputy dispatched to a report of a car in the river found Christian in another vehicle along Rangeline Road. Christian had a large cut to the side of his head — which officials later said was consistent with evidence that the driver of the car found in the river would have struck his head against the windshield.

Christian told a deputy he’d been out for a walk and had fallen off a railroad trestle, though the deputy noted most of his pants were wet — “as if he had been walking in a river,” according to the criminal complaint.

The responding deputy also noted Christian’s words were slurred and that he had a hard time balancing. Christian later told deputies he’d been at a bar that evening, and that he had been walking along railroad tracks between Sheboygan and Haven.

At the scene of the crash, a deputy reported finding a 22-year-old man slumped over by the car, which was found in about 2 to 4 feet of water. The official noted swelling and “deformities” in the man’s right arm and on his legs. The report also notes his injuries, most seriously to his right side but none with significant bleeding, would have been consistent with him sitting in the passenger seat.

A deputy’s investigation indicated the car had appeared to leave the road “quite a distance” from where it was found in the river, and a criminal complaint notes the vehicle had apparently gone airborne before landing in the water: Nearby trees were sheared off, apparently by the car, about 12 to 15 feet above the ground.

The car had significant damage to its passenger side. The driver’s side was more intact, though a deputy’s report noted “a large amount of blood on the driver’s side,” including on the windshield, raising suspicions the driver had struck his head on the windshield.

At the hospital, Christian initially declined to offer a blood sample because, according to the criminal complaint, he said he hadn’t been driving, though he subsequently said “sure” to a deputy’s questioning and a medical technician drew his blood for testing. Results of the blood test were still pending by the time prosecutors filed charges.

The complaint notes Christian had previously been convicted twice, most recently in 2017, for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

https://www.sheboyganpress.com/story/news/2018/04/11/sheboygan-man-charged-after-car-ends-up-pigeon-river/508431002/

Allegedly High Driver Rear-Ends Cop Car, Sparking Fire

Allegedly High Driver Rear-Ends Cop Car, Sparking Fire: Police

A woman allegedly driving while high rear-ended a cop car inside a parking lot on Long Island, sparking a fire that quickly engulfed her vehicle before police officers were able to pull her out, authorities say.

Nassau County police say an officer was conducting a traffic stop at a parking lot on Burnside Avenue in Inwood Tuesday when the driver of a 2014 Audi came into the lot and crashed into the back of the police car.

The Audi burst into flames, and police pulled the driver, 34-year-old Marsha T. Ellis, from the car, Nassau police said. Inwood firefighters responded and knocked out the fire.

The police officer was taken to a local hospital with neck, back and shoulder pain.

Ellis, who was also taken to a local hospital with another officer for smoke inhalation, was arrested after investigation, police said. She’s accused of driving while ability impaired, and is also suspected of stealing an iPhone from a local store earlier in the day.

She’s charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, driving while ability impaired by drugs, third-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana, and nine vehicle and traffic law charges.

Ellis is expected to be arraigned in First District Court in Hempstead on Wednesday. It’s not clear if she has an attorney who could comment on the charges.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Audi-Driver-High-on-Drugs-Crashes-Into-Cop-Car-Sparks-Fire-Long-Island-479413713.html

Dentist seeks bond reduction in fatal crash

Jeffrey BilyakLAPORTE — A dentist accused of killing an ambulance patient from Portage in a head-on collision he caused while driving impaired wants his bond lowered.

Jeffrey Bilyak, 46, of Chesterton, appeared on video in LaPorte Circuit Court for his initial hearing Friday.

He was in the LaPorte County Jail when Judge Tom Alevizos scheduled a hearing for May 4 to decide whether to reduce his $20,000 bail.

Alevizos also ordered a background check to look over before ruling on the request.

Bilyak turned himself in Wednesday on arrest warrants for Level 4 felony operating while intoxicated causing death, Level 5 felony reckless homicide and two counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.

Heather Widing, 47, died a day after the Feb. 15 crash on U.S. 421 near LaCrosse.

She was heading to a hospital in Indianapolis in the back of an ambulance hit by an oncoming Bilyak while trying to pass in very dense fog in a no-passing zone, according to court documents.

Driver charged with DWAI after car hits house

The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry crashed

The driver of a 1999 Toyota Camry crashed his car into a house on Verazzano Avenue in Copiague Thursday evening and was arrested, police said.

 

A Selden man was impaired by drugs when he crashed his car into a house Thursday evening in Copiague, police said.

Taylor Lynne, 36, was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance, Suffolk County police said Friday morning.

Lynne was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry at 5:15 p.m. on Verrazano Avenue, near Dixon Avenue, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a home in the 200 block of Verrazano, police said.

Lynne was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. It was unclear when he would be arraigned.

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/copiague-car-house-1.17889922

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.