Driver Crashes Into Ole Miss Confederate Statue

OXFORD, M.S. (localmemphis.com) –  A Confederate soldier statue in Mississippi was damaged Saturday night after investigators said driver slammed a pick up truck into the base of a monument on the campus of Ole Miss.In a tweet, the Ole Miss Police Department said the driver was driving under the influence. Local 24 is waiting on details surrounding the crash that left two people. The plaque on the base of the statue had to be removed due to damage. The plaque was added in 2016 to provide historical context to the monument, which honors local soldiers who fought in the Confederate army. The destruction on Rebel Drive attracted many onlookers, including James Thomas.”My immediate thought was, ‘I’ve got to go see it,” said Thomas.Thomas inspected the statue Sunday.”To be honest with you,” he said, “I was hoping that they had knocked it over but that didn’t happen.”Instead, Thomas found a barrier around the statute. It shifted on impact.Photos given to Local 24 by a viewer show the aftermath of Saturday night’s crash. The driver’s side of the truck was badly damaged.Campus police tweeted out information on the crash once word of the crash spread. It happened around 8:11 p.m.”Driver investigated for driving while intoxicated,” the department tweeted. “Driver & passenger got medical attention. No indication it was a deliberate act. Being investigated as a crash. Will consult with prosecutor/DA/FBI to determine if additional charges are to be filed.””I don’t know if the intent was to hit into the statue,” said Thomas. “I don’t know if there was intent behind it, if there was the intent to aim at the plaque, I don’t know. I’m going to consider all options.”Thomas is an assistant professor of sociology at Ole Miss and a faculty advisor for the university’s NAACP chapter. He told Local 24 he see’s the statue one way.”I see it as a testament to white supremacy,” he said.Thomas has pushed for the statues removal. Given the damage to the statue by Saturday’s crash he’s hoping the university will see this as a way to move forward.”Do they want to invest in money into repairing this monument or do they want to use that money to move it where, I think it should belong, which is off-campus?” he asked. Local 24 reached out to the university’s communication’s team for comment. We did not hear back from Ole Miss by deadline.Local 24 also has a call out to the district attorney’s office inquiring about charges. We will keep you updated as new information becomes available.

Source: Driver Crashes Into Ole Miss Confederate State – Story

Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries in collision with farm vehicle full of manure

Trooper Dave McKee, left, with Colorado State Patrol and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Gilliland investigate a crash involving a

Trooper Dave McKee, left, with Colorado State Patrol and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Gilliland investigate a crash involving a motorcyclist and a farm vehicle full of manure in the 2000 block of South County Road 7 south of Loveland on Tuesday evening. (Sam Lounsberry / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

A motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a collision with a dump truck full of manure just before 5 p.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of South County Road 7 south of Loveland.

The dump truck was a farm vehicle hauling manure for a Rocky Mountain Dairy operation. Only the man driving the motorcycle was hurt after being thrown from his vehicle in the collision, said Trooper Dave McKee with Colorado State Patrol.

The man suffered a severely broken leg, but was alert and able to speak with emergency medical personnel dispatched to transport him, McKee said. Due to the severity of the injury, a full trauma team was activated by Medical Center of the Rockies, according to McKee.

The motorcyclist was not wearing a helmet, McKee said.

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Dave McKee, left, and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Gilliland inspect debris left by a two-vehicle crash

Colorado State Patrol Trooper Dave McKee, left, and Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Gilliland inspect debris left by a two-vehicle crash involving a motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries Tuesday evening on South County Road 7 south of Loveland. (Sam Lounsberry / Loveland Reporter-Herald)

He was trailing the dump truck hauling manure, with both vehicles heading northbound on County Road 7. When the truck slowed to make a left turn into a driveway of the dairy farm, the motorcyclist tried to pass the truck on the two-lane road and clipped its left front corner before he was thrown west of the southbound lane into a muddy driveway, McKee said.

The driver of the dump truck was unhurt, and pulled over to the side of the road following the crash. There were multiple witnesses to the crash, McKee said.

Another trooper with Colorado State Patrol was at the hospital trying to ascertain from the motorcyclist whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash, McKee said. No official determinations had been made on whether the motorcyclist was impaired or whether speed was a factor at press time.

A press release from the Colorado Department of Transportation announced Tuesday the agency is launching a campaign to promote motorcycle safety in light of a sharp rise in the number of motorcycle crashes on the state’s roads recently.

This year alone, 72 motorcyclists have been killed on Colorado roads, the press release said. Motorcyclist fatalities hit an all-time high of 125 in 2016. While motorcycles account for just 3 percent of registered vehicles on the road, motorcyclists represent over 20 percent of fatalities.

http://www.reporterherald.com/news/loveland-local-news/ci_31296102/motorcyclist-suffers-serious-injuries-collision-farm-vehicle-full?source=rss

Analysts say that self-driving cars could make people drink more alcohol

Self-driving cars are going to transform city streets, making our roads safer and our lives more efficient.

But they will have other, less predictable consequences too — like helping people get way more drunk.

Analysts at Morgan Stanley recently assessed the potential impact of autonomous vehicles on the alcohol industry, and their conclusions are good news for anyone who likes a drink.

Alcohol consumption is likely to increase, they predicted, with significant accompanying benefits for drinks businesses.

Right now alcohol and driving do not go together. People drink less (or not at all) if they have to drive, and time spent driving is — obviously — time that can’t exactly be spent drinking.

“These markets should, for obvious safety reasons, be entirely mutually exclusive,” Morgan Stanley said.

But if your car can drive itself, this may soon change. People won’t have to worry about the “designated driver,” and can even drink while in the vehicle itself.

http://www.businessinsider.com/self-driving-cars-alcohol-consumption-morgan-stanley-2017-9?yptr=yahoo&r=UK&IR=T

Police: Drunken driver drives into bike tour, injuring 3

Police say a woman is in critical condition after a drunken driver plowed into a group of cyclists participating in a biking event in New York City.Three bicyclists were injured during the Sunday morning NYC Century Bike Tour in Brooklyn. Police say the 39-year-old driver of the van has been arrested and charged with vehicular assault, driving without a license and driving while impaired. Police say the man was intoxicated when he drove into the crowd of bicyclists who were stopped at a red light.Authorities say a 55-year-old woman from Queens is in critical condition.Police say a 31-year-old man is in stable condition, and a third suffered minor injuries.

Source: Police: Drunken driver drives into bike tour, injuring 3 | News | heraldcourier.com

Retired soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI in Oregon

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Retired World Cup soccer champion Abby Wambach was arrested for investigation of driving under the influence.

Portland police Sgt. Peter Simpson said in a statement Sunday that a sergeant stopped the 35-year-old Saturday night after she reportedly ran a red light in her Range Rover near downtown.

Simpson says Wambach failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. He says she also failed a breath test at the police precinct.

Wambach, who lives in Portland, was booked into Multnomah County Jail early Sunday on a charge of Driving Under the Influence of Intoxicants (DUII) — Alcohol. Jail booking records show she was released Sunday on her own recognizance.

Wambach is the leading career scorer — male or female — in international soccer with 184 goals. She retired in December after 15-years with the U.S. women’s national team.

She issued a statement on her Facebook page on Sunday morning, writing she was arrested as she was returning home from dinner at a friend’s house.

“Those that know me, know that I have always demanded excellence from myself. I have let myself and others down. I take full responsibility for my actions,” she wrote. “This is all on me. I promise that I will do whatever it takes to ensure that my horrible mistake is never repeated.

“I am so sorry to my family, friends, fans and those that look to follow a better example.”

The Portland Police Bureau said Wambach was “polite and cooperative throughout the investigation.”

One of Wambach’s sponsors, MINI USA, said Sunday night it was withdrawing ads for the automobile that feature Wambach.

“This behavior is against the values we promote as an organization and the safety of everyone on the road is a priority here at MINI. Because of this, we are re-evaluating her association with the brand and are pulling content that individually features Abby from our marketing,” the company said in a statement. “We will continue to assess the situation and weigh our options.”

Wambach capped her career last summer with the sport’s most prestigious championship when the United States defeated Japan 5-2 in Canada at the World Cup. It was the third World Cup title for the U.S. women, and first since 1999.

Wambach announced her retirement in October. Since she stepped away from the team, she has made several appearances in charity events and also campaigned for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She played her last match with the team in December, a 1-0 loss to China in New Orleans.

Wambach appeared in four World Cups with the national team. She also has a pair of Olympic gold medals from the 2004 Games in Athens and the 2012 Games in London. She did not compete in the Beijing Games because of a broken leg.

Wambach has also been active in fighting for equal rights for female athletes. She led a group of players in protesting FIFA’s decision to play the 2015 World Cup on artificial turf, which is considered by many players to be inferior to grass.

Source: Retired soccer star Abby Wambach arrested for DUI in Oregon

School bus driver pleads guilty to driving drunk

A Red Deer school bus driver who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to driving drunk was more than double over the legal alcohol limit when she drove 18 students home in June.Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, 42, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 in Red Deer provincial court. She is due to be sentenced on Nov. 6.Eighteen students from École Barrie Wilson School were on Kolodychuk’s bus when she collided with a stop sign and a tree on Valley Green about 4 p.m. on June 5. No one was injured.Crown prosecutor Ed Ring said the bus also drove up on to the sidewalk for a “few metres” and was seen swerving on the street by witness Kurt Stenberg.The Red Deer fire-medic jumped in his truck and found the school bus nearby. He got out and confronted the driver and then parked his vehicle so the bus could not pull away.Stenberg, who was not sure if a medical condition was involved, phoned 911.Ring said a police officer who arrived on the scene said Kolodychuk was crying, her speech was slurred and he detected a “slight smell of liquor” on her breath. A drink cup smelling of alcohol and some sort of fruity drink was found next to her in the bus.Kolodychuk was arrested and taken to the Red Deer RCMP detachment. Her speech, motor skills and movement were slow police noticed.Two breathalyzer readings were taken, both .200 — 2 1/2 times the legal limit of .08.Charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a collision are expected to be withdrawn by the Crown prosecutor.A pre-sentence report is to be prepared to help the judge in sentencing. Kolodychuk had no prior criminal record.Kolodychuk, who was joined by more than half a dozen supporters in court, did not speak.Asked by Judge Bert Skinner if Kolodychuk agreed with the Crown prosecutor’s statement of facts, defence lawyer Will Willms replied, “Your honour, she accepts these circumstances.”Supporters later formed a protective circle around Kolodychuk as she left the courthouse. Several of them hugged her before she left.

Source: School bus driver pleads guilty to driving drunk – Red Deer Advocate

Wyoming State Troopers stayed busy during eclipse event

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WYOMING — The Wyoming Highway Patrol stayed busy during the recent solar eclipse while observing a surge in traffic during the event. WHP Troopers around the state worked extended shifts to make sure all Wyoming residents and guests stayed safe while keeping traffic moving.
From Friday, August 18th to Monday, August 21st WHP Troopers responded to 7,505 calls for service throughout Wyoming. In comparison to 2016, there were 2,598 calls for service in that same time period. Crashes on Wyoming’s highways also increased with the WHP investigating 198 crashes in comparison to 98 crashes the previous year during the same time frame. Out of the 198 crashes, 31 of those crashes were with injury and one crash resulted in a fatality.
Troopers stopped over 5,000 vehicles while issuing 3,312 citations and 2,029 warnings for various violations. 157 of the citations were for seatbelt or child restraint violations. Troopers also arrested 25 individuals for driving under the influence and issued 62 citations for possession of illegal narcotics with 59 of those 62 being for possession of marijuana.

 

Source: PC Record Times | Wyoming State Troopers stayed busy during eclipse event

Retired city attorney’s false arrest suit dismissed

A lawsuit against the city of Medford filed by a retired city attorney claiming unlawful arrest during a traffic stop has been dismissed after a federal judge ruled that the two police officers involved had reason to continue their impaired driving investigation even after observing a blood-alcohol reading far below the legal limit.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the city and dismissed Ronald Lee Doyle’s case late last month in U.S. District Court in Medford, which argued that Medford police continued to hold Doyle handcuffed at a detox facility after Doyle’s breathalyzer reading showed a reading of .017 — well below the legal limit of .08 — and sought a warrant for a urine sample under false pretenses during a 2014 traffic stop, according to documents filed in the case Aug. 31.

Doyle worked for the city of Medford for more than two decades before retiring as city attorney in 2005.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled that Medford officer Paul Mellgren, who pulled Doyle over the night of Dec. 4, 2014, and officer Patrick Dennis, a trained drug recognition evaluator, had enough probable cause to arrest Doyle and transport him to detox.

“Even if Mellgren’s belief that probable cause existed was in error, that belief was reasonable under the circumstances,” McShane said in his ruling.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office never prosecuted Doyle on a Medford police arrest charging him with driving under the influence of intoxicants. In 2014, an administrative law judge reversed Doyle’s license suspension at a DMV hearing on grounds that Mellgren “lacked probable cause to arrest Doyle,” according to the ruling. McShane said that the federal court “carefully studied” the DMV proceeding but reached “its own conclusions.”

McShane’s ruling determined that “a strong odor of alcohol coming from Doyle, as well as Doyle’s bloodshot and watery eyes, slow movements and what Mellgren believed at the time to be slurred speech” met the “relatively low” threshold for probable cause in Oregon cases of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The ruling also determined that Mellgren and Dennis were within their rights to keep Doyle detained for a drug evaluation after Doyle’s low breathalyzer reading.

“Contrary to Doyle’s assertion, dissipation of symptoms is not the same as dissipation of probable cause, nor does a low BAC end a DUII investigation,” McShane’s ruling states, noting that an individual could be “impaired by something other than alcohol.”

Doyle had also claimed the officers made a false statement to a judicial officer in getting a search warrant for his urine sample. Mellgren told a judge he believed Doyle to be under the influence of fast-acting drugs or inhalants, but only marijuana metabolites were found in Doyle’s system.

McShane ruled that “the fact that no such evidence was ultimately found cannot sustain a claim for judicial deception.”

“At most, it could be said that Mellgren omitted the fact that Dennis was the source of his information about fast-dissipating substances, but the court cannot conclude that such an omission was material,” the ruling says.

McShane drew from dashcam video in the ruling, which notes that Mellgren “articulates some of his observations supporting probable cause to Doyle,” and also showed Doyle’s refusal to comply with Mellgren’s directions to step out of the vehicle and Doyle’s “odd speech patterns,” what Mellgren believed to be slurred speech, and a repeated statement that he is the former Medford city attorney and recording Doyle making an “improper request.”

Doyle was recorded saying to Mellgren, “Tell me what I can do to make this right with you.’

Source: Retired city attorney’s false arrest suit dismissed

Woman suspected of DUI after driving on SMART train tracks

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system temporarily ground to a halt Saturday after a Santa Rosa motorist suspected of driving under the influence veered off the road and onto the SMART train tracks north of Rohnert Park Expressway, officials said.

According to Rohnert Park Police, 23-year-old Tyra Ingalls said she was driving west on Rohnert Park Expressway when another unidentified vehicle began swerving, causing her to leave the roadway.

Ingalls’ car came to rest 70 feet down the train tracks, stuck parallel with one of the rails.

SMART officials were on the scene at the time of the incident, police said, and halted all train service as a tow truck removed the car from the tracks. No passengers were put at risk during the incident. 

An investigation determined that Ingalls was driving under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance, with a blood-alcohol level of .263 percent — three times the legal limit, police said.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Woman-suspected-of-DUI-after-driving-on-SMART-12185902.php

Nick Nolte has been taking GHB ‘for four years’

Nick Nolte has been taking GHB 'for four years'

Nick Nolte has been taking the date rape drug GHB for “four years”.

The 76-year-old actor – who starred in ’48 Hours’ alongside Eddie Murphy – was arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence of alcohol and the drug, but he’s now admitted to being a regular user of the narcotic.

The actor said: “I’ve been taking GHB for four years and I’ve never been raped.

Despite checking into rehab, the actor continued drinking on and off until he stopped for good.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he explained: “Now I can have drink and stop, but I used to fill the gaps between adrenaline rushes with booze and drugs.”

While starring in acclaimed director Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’, the actor was unable to remember a line for the first 10 days.

Recalling the surreal experience, Nick said: “I started so high that I couldn’t remember a line for the first 10 days.

“And Ang came up and said ‘do you think it’s time we string two words together?’ And I said ‘just about’.”

Nick – who has a 31-year-old son called Brawley with his third wife Rebecca Linger and a nine-year-old daughter by his current wife Clytie Lane – also confessed being famous can make people feel lonely.

He shared: “Fame is a parenthesis you live in and when you die they close those parentheses.

“Then you get a real definition of who you were. It’s living under the spotlight. Your mistakes are going to be seen and then they’ll be glorified in not a positive way.

“It’s a lonelier kind of life than I think anonymity is. It also teaches you how much privacy is valued and how much it is really what the citizens of the world would prefer to have rather than constantly being scrutinised by cameras and questions.”