Mass. General surgeon charged with driving drunk, striking pedestrians

BOSTON (AP) — Authorities have charged a prominent Massachusetts doctor with driving drunk, striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk and then leaving the scene.

Dr. Michael Watkins, a vascular surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, was released on $1,500 bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to charges including assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and operating under the influence.

Prosecutors say the 64-year-old Watkins struck the victims just before midnight Friday in Boston’s South End. One victim told police the driver stopped, honked his horn and then accelerated, hitting the pedestrians. They are all expected to survive. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/05/15/mass-general-surgeon-charged-with-driving-drunk-striking-pedestrians

Watkins’ attorney said in court that his client was not beeping at the pedestrians, but at another car blocking the crosswalk and his blood-alcohol measurement was barely above the legal limit to drive. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/05/15/mass-general-surgeon-charged-with-driving-drunk-striking-pedestrians

Police captain suspended

NILES – Police Capt. Rob Miketa has been suspended one week after being convicted of a charge of reckless operation in Warren Municipal Court.

Miketa, who origninaly faced a charge of operating a vehicle while impaired that stemmed from a Sept. 21, 2018, traffic stop, will serve the suspension May 27 to June 2, according to Niles police Chief Jay Holland.

Miketa, who has no prior disciplinary record with the department, waived his appeal rights, according to the chief, who found the captain broke departmental rules over code of conduct and obeying laws and ordinances.

He was stopped by a trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol just before 2:30 a.m. on North Road for speed. Miketa refused to take a breathalyzer test.

Miketa on Wednesday pleaded no contest to the lesser charge in Warren Municipal Court. https://www.tribtoday.com/news/latest-news/2019/05/thu-11-a-m-niles-police-captain-suspended/

Van crashes into school bus; no injuries reported

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KENOSHA — A van’s driver was cited after reportedly crashing into an occupied school bus in Kenosha County. 

At 6:37 a.m. Thursday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Kansasville Fire and Rescue responded to the intersection of highways 142 and 75 for a crash involving a school bus and a van, according to a Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department news release.

The school bus was transporting two students from Westosha Central High School in Paddock Lake. 

A  Dousman Transport Company school bus was traveling south on Highway 75, making a left turn onto Highway 142, when a Grand Caravan traveling north on Highway 75 stopped at the stop sign for Highway 142 and continued through the intersection as the school bus was finishing its turn. https://journaltimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/van-crashes-into-school-bus-no-injuries-reported/article_c8595892-69c5-5ab5-adbe-c0468b749953.html#1

‘Not gonna lie I’m drunk’: Mother arrested after crashing car with children inside

ASHWAUBENON, WIS. — 

A Wisconsin mother was arrested and charged Friday after police say her blood alcohol level was three times the legal limit when she drove her SUV off the road — with three children inside, according to WLUK.

WFRV reported that Monica Mencheski, 32, faces nine counts, including three counts of second degree recklessly endangering safety and three counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated – third offense.

WFRV reported that, according to police records, Mencheski has been convicted of two prior operating while intoxicated penalties dating back to 2014.

In the May 10 incident, a criminal complaint said that officers got information about children being involved in a crash in a Ashwaubenon neighborhood.

Police said the vehicle was off the roadway and drove between two houses, hit a tree and continued through a yard, hitting a utility pole and ultimately getting wedged on a rock.

“Monica had the appearance of being highly intoxicated,” police said in the complaint, according to WBAY. “Her speech was extremely slurred and a very strong odor of alcohol was coming from her as she yelled and screamed about her children.”

Authorities said when they asked Mencheski to perform field sobriety tests, she responded, “I am too fat and wobbly to do this,” “I am too drunk” and “Not gonna lie. I’m drunk,” according to the complaint. WBAY reported that police said Mencheski could not list the name or ages of her children, who were not hurt in the incident.

According to WBAY, police said Mencheski’s blood alcohol level on a preliminary breath test was 0.24%, three times the 0.08% legal limit. Police also found a glass pipe in Mencheski’s SUV, which tested positive for marijuana.

Brown County Assistant District Attorney told WFRV that Mencheski was also charged with one count of bail jumping, one count of possession of drug paraphernalia and one count of operating motor vehicle with a revoked license.

Mencheski’s bond was set at $5,000, WBAY reported. She is due back in court May 29. https://www.ajc.com/news/national/not-gonna-lie-drunk-mother-arrested-after-crashing-car-with-children-inside/siBHSYHdwX9FCctk4vjk7O/

FC Cincinnati suspend Fanendo Adi after being charged with impaired driving

Relief for FC Cincinnati as MLS clear Fanendo Adi of substance abuse

FC Cincinnati have suspended Fanendo Adi from club activities after he was caught by police to be ‘Operating a Vehicle while Impaired’ [OVI].

Adi has missed his side’s last two games in the American top-flight after suffering an injury in an encounter against his former team Portland Timbers at the Nippert Stadium

In the early hours of Sunday before Cincinnati conceded a 2-0 defeat to Philadelphia Union, the 28-year-old was pulled over by police for speed violation.

According to reports, court documents show that the player is accused of traveling 102mph in a 65-mph zone in Butler County, north of Cincinnati and he was subsequently given a breathalyzer test during the traffic stop which showed his blood-alcohol level to be .124 with the legal blood-alcohol limit in Ohio set at .08.

The Nigerian forward is set to be investigated by officials at the Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program before he could return to help his team who are fifth in the Eastern Conference standings.

“Early Sunday morning, Fanendo Adi was stopped for speeding and cited for Operating a Vehicle While Impaired (“OVI”) by the Ohio State Highway Patrol,” read the club statement.

“FC Cincinnati takes these matters very seriously and upon learning of the incident, immediately reached out to Major League Soccer and local authorities.

“Per the MLS CBA, Fanendo will be assessed through Major League Soccer’s Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health (SABH) Program.

“He will be unavailable for all team activities until the assessment is complete and he has been cleared to return by SABH program doctors. In addition, MLS will undertake an independent review of the circumstances surrounding Fanendo’s citation, working closely with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“The club will have no further comment until that investigation is complete.”

Adi joined FC Cincinnati as their first designated player in July 2018 and he is yet to open his goal account for the 2019 Major League Soccer season after playing three games. https://uk.sports.yahoo.com/news/fc-cincinnati-suspend-fanendo-adi-145620373.html

Shooter McGavin actor to avoid jail time for DUI, might still make the Tour Championship

Christopher McDonald has appeared in nearly 200 films, yet he will forever be known as Shooter McGavin, his legendary character in the incredibly unrealistic golf classic, Happy Gilmore, which imagines what golf would be like if Beef won major championships. Clearly, LAPD have never seen the movie.

Back in October 2017, McGavin McDonald was arrested for drunk driving in the Lake Arrowhead area of Los Angeles, according to a report from TMZ, who obtained his all-time mugshot.

The 62-year-old actor reportedly lost control of his Porsche and crashed into a gas meter at around 9 p.m. local time. Before cops took him into custody, an eyewitness says McDonald told them he appeared in Happy Gilmore. Let’s see how it played out for him:

Believe it or not, L.A.’s finest were not amused, and took McDonald to a local jail to sober up before he can be released without bail. Now, nearly 18-months later, the 64-year-old actor has managed to (mostly) avoid jail time for his accident and subsequent DUI after being sentenced to 35 hours of community service, three years of summary probation, an alcohol education program and a single day in jail on Wednesday.

Considering this isn’t the first time McDonald has been arrested for drunk driving—in 2013, TMZ reported he was nabbed for driving while intoxicated—he can consider himself lucky. Here’s hoping Shooter learns his lesson this time and doesn’t really hurt himself (or drive his car straight into the TV tower). https://sports.yahoo.com/shooter-mcgavin-actor-avoid-jail-142400767.html

9 hurt when DUI suspect drives onto sidewalk in California

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses and emergency responders lifted a pickup truck off people trapped when a driver plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in Southern California early Sunday, injuring at least nine, authorities said.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the truck crashed into a popular area of Fullerton filled with people leaving bars and restaurants shortly before closing time.

“It was a very chaotic scene,” police Lt. Jon Radus said.

The Toyota Tacoma jumped the curb, struck people and then crashed into a tree, Radus said. Some of the victims were trapped under the truck.

“One of the girls was screaming, ‘Help, help!'” bystander Sohrab Gill said. “I saw some blood coming out of her nose.”

Injuries ranged from moderate to critical and the victims are between 18 and 49 years old, the Orange County Register reported.

Christopher Solis of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing great bodily injury. It wasn’t known if he has an attorney. https://news.yahoo.com/9-hurt-dui-suspect-drives-onto-sidewalk-california-175432810.html;_ylt=AwrXoCFI59ZcRTkA6gXQtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTEzOTM5aGhmBGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwMxMAR2dGlkA0I3NjE2XzEEc2VjA3Ny

Prattville High baseball coach faces DUI charge

Kevin Hall

Kevin Hall (Photo: Booking photo)

PRATTVILLE — Prattville police have charged the Prattville High School’s head baseball coach on driving under the influence charges.

Kevin Hall was arrested Thursday morning after a vehicle accident and charged with driving under the influence, Police Chief Mark Thompson confirmed. The arrest was made about 1:40 a.m.

Hall could not be reached for comment. Prattville Municipal Court records show he doesn’t have an attorney. Superintendent Spence Agee declined comment, saying it is board of education policy not to comment on personnel matters.

Hall has been head baseball coach for four years and also serves as an assistant football coach. He is a 1995 Prattville High graduate, he also played baseball at the school, according the PHS athletics website.

Hall was hired in Prattville in 2016 after a year at Stanhope Elmore. Before that, he was the head coach at Holtville for 5 years from 2009-2015.

After graduating from Prattville, Hall played junior college ball at Central Alabama Community College(1995-1997). From there, he went on to play at the University of Georgia(1997-1998) and finished his senior season at AUM(1998-1999).

He received his undergraduate degree from AUM and his graduate degree from the University of West Alabama. https://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/crime/2019/05/09/prattville-high-baseball-coach-kevin-hall-faces-dui-charge/1155669001/

Maine elementary school principal accused of drunken driving

Franklin County Detention Center via CBS 13 | BDNBrenda Sue Dwiggins, 61, of Farmington.By Christopher Burns, BDN Staff • May 9, 2019 7:20 am

The principal of Strong Elementary School was arrested in Farmington on Friday night after police say she drove under the influence of alcohol.

The Sun Journal reports that a Farmington police officer stopped Brenda Sue Dwiggins, 61, on Perham Street, near the Quebec Street intersection, for a defective tail light.

During the traffic stop, the officer became suspicious that Dwiggins was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test, after which Dwiggins was arrested, according to the Sun Journal.

Dwiggins, a Farmington resident, was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center, where she was charged with misdemeanor operating under the influence, the Sun Journal reports. She was later released on $150 cash bail.

She is scheduled to appear in court on June 18. https://bangordailynews.com/2019/05/09/news/mid-maine/maine-elementary-school-principal-accused-of-drunken-driving/?ref=also-like

‘F*** It, I’m Drunk, Take Me To Jail’: Florida Man Crashes Lawn Mower Into Police Car

HAINES CITY (CBSMiami)- Police officers have to worry about people driving under the influence or boating under the influence, but now, they’ll have to look out for those lawn mowing under the influence.

On May 5, one Florida man was charged with a DUI, or in this case an ‘LUI’,  after he allegedly drove his lawn mower into a police car while drunk.

According to Haines City police, an officer handling another incident inside of a local business in Haines City, in Central Florida, heard a loud noise from outside of the store. When the officer went outside, he found Gary Anderson, 68, behind the wheel of lawn mower and near the officer’s parked police car, which had minor damages to the bumper.    TOP ARTICLES2/5READ MORESUNSCREEN CHEMICALS ENTER BLOODSTREAM AFTER ONE DAY OF USE, STUDY SAYS

Haines City police said Anderson admitted to hitting the car and he told one officer at the scene, “F*** it, I’m drunk, take me to jail.”

The police affidavit said Anderson’s behavior shifted from being angry to joking multiple times and he had bloodshot eyes.

(Source: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)

After he failed to complete any of the field sobriety tests, Anderson was arrested and charged for driving under the influence.

Officers said Anderson agreed to take a breath test at the police department, but failed to provide an accurate sample because he tried to deceive the test.

Anderson then began claiming police poisoned him and he was transported to a local hospital where he was able to complete the breath test. His blood-alcohol content came back at .241, three times the legal limit. They also found cocaine in Anderson’s system.

Anderson was also charged with refusal to submit a DUI test with his license suspended.

He remains in custody at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on a $3,000 bond.

Police ran a criminal background check on Anderson and found his license had been suspended since 1978 and he was convicted of a DUI two other times as well.

“I’m proud of the professional demeanor our officers showed when dealing with this heavily-intoxicated, belligerent offender,” said Haines City Chief of Police Jim Elensky. “It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk, even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere.”

Anderson’s lawn mower was towed. https://miami.cbslocal.com/2019/05/07/drunk-florida-man-crashes-lawn-mower-police-car/