A MassDOT electrician arrested Wednesday for allegedly driving under the influence in Providence has been suspended without pay after he reportedly struck multiple cars in his state-owned vehicle after leaving a North Attleboro job site, according to an official’s account.
Rhode Island State Police arrested the man, identified in e-mails between senior MassDOT officials as Robert Chaves, on suspicion of drunk driving in the vicinity of the Lower South Providence neighborhood.
MassDOT officials were notified of the arrest at around 12:25 p.m. after Chaves was ordered off a job site Wednesday morning when he got into a verbal altercation with a state contractor over that worker’s “method of installation,” according to a written description by a MassDOT official of the sequence of events.
The details of the incident were revealed in a chain of e-mails between MassDOT management inadvertently sent to the News Service as they discussed the latest information available to them and a public response should they get questions from the media.
The Rhode Island State Police confirmed Chaves’s arrest to the News Service early Wednesday evening on charges of operating under the influence, and said the prisoner was still being processed as additional charges were considered. Damage to the vehicles hit by Chaves was minor, according to police, and no one was injured.
Acting Massachusetts Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, District 5 Highway Director Mary-Joe Perry and MassDOT spokeswoman Jacquelyn Goddard were among the officials on the e-mail chain.
Goddard, when contacted by the News Service, declined to discuss the details of the incident or the identity of the state employee involved.
“MassDOT is aware of this incident of very serious and unacceptable behavior, and has taken immediate steps to suspend the Highway Division employee in question from work without pay until the results of the law enforcement investigation become available,” she said in an official statement.
MassDOT District 5 engineer Bill Travers relayed one version of the morning’s events in an email to other MassDOT management as told to him by Chaves’s supervisor Michael Mulkhern. Based on that account, Chaves was working on a traffic loop installation project in North Attleboro Wednesday morning when he began “yelling and cursing” at one of the contractors.
Mulkhern “de-escalated” the situation and ordered Chaves back to the electrician’s depot in Middleborough.
After the incident was reported to the District 5 office, Mulkhern relayed orders to Chaves that he report to district offices in Taunton, but Chaves showed up again near the job site in North Attleboro before being told a second time to go to Taunton.
Instead of going there, it appears that Chaves drove to Rhode Island and Rhode Island State Police called the District 5 office to report that he had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after striking several vehicles, according to Travers’ e-mail.
According to Travers, the MassDOT vehicle Chaves was driving sustained “minor damage,” but was towed by state police to a lot in Providence because it had run out of gas.
Chaves, according to the e-mails, has been employed as a MassDOT electrician since August 2016.
A fuel truck driver whom police said overdosed with the motor running outside a gas station has been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence before, according to records from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.Police discovered Kristopher Phoenix bleeding from the nose and slumped to the floorboard of his truck after an overdose Wednesday morning, Police Chief Rick Jones said. Phoenix’s driver record indicates this wasn’t his first drug- or alcohol-related encounter with law enforcement: He was convicted of OVI in Ottowa County October 20, 2004. His license was suspended for eight months as a result of that arrest and conviction. Phoenix’s driver record also contains three other suspensions for infractions related to non-compliance and improper equipment. Phoenix’s tanker was stopped at a BP station along U.S. Route 50 and state Route 264 Wednesday when a passerby spotted his prone body and told a clerk inside.”It was kind of the perfect scenario of a bad storm, because you’ve got a fuel tanker truck with some sort of flammable liquid throughout the whole thing parked at a BP gas station with a driver who has overdosed on heroin,” Jones said. “You could not ask for a worse scenario.”The chief said he startled Phoenix when he got inside. Phoenix admitted to using heroin, Jones said, but he didn’t need naloxone to be revived. The truck also contained pills.Jones said Phoenix was on the clock; WCPO contacted his employer, but no one was available to talk about his arrest.
A suspended Franklin attorney is facing more than a decade in prison after her third arrest for drunk driving.Julia Compton was arrested on December 29, 2016, in Johnson County and charged as a habitual vehicular substance offender.Johnson County prosecutors also filed three other criminal charges against Compton including operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a felony, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.“We have every intention of arguing that she spend some time in prison,” said Johnson County deputy prosecutor Rob Seet. “We have every intention of proving her guilty.”Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also pushing for Compton to receive a prison sentence.”Based on her history and her convictions of drinking and driving, I am concerned she’s going to hurt herself or somebody else, and I want to keep this community safe,” said Lael Hill, Indiana spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Call 6 Investigates was unable to get video of Compton’s December 2016 arrest because the case is still pending.However, Call 6 Investigates did obtain video of her March 29, 2012 arrest in Fortville.Police pulled over Compton after officers saw her driving on the shoulder.After failing her field sobriety and breath tests, police removed alcohol bottles from her car and struggled to get the handcuffs on her.When they took her back to the Fortville police station, Compton told them she was an attorney.At the time of her arrest, Compton was a licensed attorney in Franklin.“I’m an attorney, please don’t do this,” Compton told the officer. “I will do whatever you want me to do.”A chemical test showed Compton’s blood alcohol at .23, nearly three times the legal limit.“I’m a f****** lawyer, alright?” said Compton. “I will call the judge, ok?”Just a few months after the March 2012 arrest in Hancock County, Compton was arrested again in June 2012 for drunk driving in Johnson County.Johnson County prosecutors filed seven criminal charges against Compton including OWI with prior OWI within 5 years, OWI with a BAC of .15% or more, driving while suspended with a prior, and resisting law enforcement.Compton’s actions caught the attention of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, the agency that investigates allegations of attorney misconduct.In 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended Compton’s law license for six months, citing multiple alcohol related arrests within three and a half months.She also had to serve two years of probation with monitoring from JLAP, the judges and lawyers assistance program.In November 2013, Compton went to work at Marion County’s juvenile court as Best Practices Director where she handled court cases involving abused and neglected children.She resigned in October 2016, and in December 2016, Compton was arrested a third time in Johnson County for drunk driving.She’s facing more than a decade in prison if convicted.It wasn’t until after Call 6 Investigates started asking questions about Compton’s case that her driver’s license was suspended in court on May 30, five months after her third drunk driving arrest.Deputy prosecutor Rob Seet said Compton’s driver’s license suspension should have been automatic because Compton refused to take a test.It’s unclear exactly why the suspension did not happen immediately following Compton’s arrest.“I checked her license as I was kind of getting ready for trial, and I noticed that it was valid,” said Seet. “That’s a problem.”Seet said they moved to impose Compton’s license suspension on the day they noticed, which was on May 19, and the court chose to address the issue at the May 30 hearing.The BMV said they did not receive an order to suspend Compton’s license until June 1.MADD is concerned about Compton driving on the road with other Hoosiers.
Micaya White, who helped lead Texas to the NCAA women’s volleyball final last season, will appear in court next month on a DWI charge.According to Travis County state district court records, White is scheduled to appear Aug. 4 after being charged with driving while intoxicated by University of Texas police following a March 18 traffic stop. The Austin American-Statesman reported that White failed a field sobriety test.The 20-year-old White, who will be a sophomore this season, is an outside hitter from Frisco, Texas, and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year last season. Texas opens the season Aug. 25 against Florida.Coach Jerritt Elliott said in a statement that the team has been aware of the situation and is addressing it internally.
Aaron Carter and his girlfriend Madison Parker were arrested on DUI and drug charges in Georgia, authorities say. (Habersham County Sheriff’s Office via AP)Aaron Carter’s words have come back to haunt him.The singer and his girlfriend Madison Parker were arrested over the weekend in Georgia on DUI and drug charges in Georgia, according to authorities. Last Monday, the couple was asked in a video obtained by TMZ taken in Tampa, Florida, about actor Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf was arrested July 8 for public drunkenness, disorderly conduct, and obstruction in Georgia. “You won’t catch me getting any DUIs, I don’t have any DUIs,” Carter said at one point in the clip. Carter and Parker were arrested Saturday, Habersham County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Floyd Canup said. SHIA LABEOUF APOLOGIZES FOLLOWING RACIAL RANT DIRECTED AT POLICE OFFICERCarter was released on bail Sunday. Canup said Parker was eligible for bail but has not been released and remained in jail for “unknown reasons.”Display nothing; This is on Publish with no configured ImageCarter tweeted Sunday, “I’m coming to get you baby.” Online jail records indicate both Carter and Parker have both been released. Carter is accused of drunken driving and possession of less than 1 ounce of marijuana and paraphernalia. Parker was arrested for obstruction, possession of less than 1 ounce of pot and paraphernalia.Carter’s vehicle was stopped on a highway in Cornelia. He was set to perform in Kansas City, Missouri, on Saturday night. A tweet from his account hours before the show said he wouldn’t make it because of “transportation issues.”Carter is the younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter, who said in a Sunday tweet directed at his sibling, ” I am here and willing to help you get better.”
BCSO releases mugshot of deputy arrested on drunk driving charge. Michael Magana, 25, faces a charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail at 5:35 a.m. on a $1,000 bond.A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Thursday morning after he was caught allegedly driving drunk.Michael Magana, 25, faces a charge of driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail at 5:35 a.m. on a $1,000 bond. He has since bonded out. Magana was initially stopped for traffic violations around 2:30 a.m. in the 5700 block of Industry Park, according to a preliminary police report. A San Antonio police officer thought Magana had been drinking, performed a field sobriety test on him and arrested him on the drunk driving charge.According to Sandra Pickell, a spokeswoman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, Magana was hired in Oct. 2015 and served as a detention officer.
SPRINGFIELD — Antonio Spicer was trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint on Memorial Avenue in West Springfield, but ended up being charged with operating under the influence of alcohol anyway.
Assistant District Attorney Robert Schmidt told Hampden Superior Court Judge Mary-Lou Rup Wednesday that state police troopers saw Spicer turn away to avoid a checkpoint on the night of June 11, 2016.
Spicer drove to the lot of a closed business, where he was stopped by police. Troopers detected a strong odor of alcohol and said Spicer had “red, glassy eyes” and “slow and slurred speech.”
Spicer, 53, of Springfield, pleaded guilty Wednesday to operating under the influence of alcohol, third offense; and operating after his license was suspended for operating under the influence of alcohol.
The sentence recommendation, agreed upon by prosecution and defense, was 18 months in the Hampden County Correctional Center in Ludlow on the operating under the influence charge.
On the charge involving license suspension, the recommendation was for a sentence of two and one half years to the Ludlow jail, with 60 days to be served and the rest suspended with probation for five years.
That sentence would run concurrently with the 18 month sentence.
Defense lawyer Francis E. Flannery asked Rup to let Spicer have 90 days before he had to report to start the sentence. Flannery said Spicer owns a construction business and needs to arrange for others to take over for him while he is in jail.
Rup said she would delay sentencing Spicer, who has not been held while awaiting trial, for 90 days. Rup said during those 90 days Spicer must use a sobrietor, have no alcohol or illegal drugs and not operate a motor vehicle.
The sobrietor is a remote alcohol breath-testing device placed in the defendant’s home. Breath tests are usually to be done at specific times in a day.
She said if he violates any of those conditions it may affect whether she accepts the recommended sentence.
Flannery pointed out possible defenses that could have been raised at trial, including the opinion troopers formed about Spicer’s condition.
Schmidt said Spicer failed the field sobriety test, but no blood alcohol test was done.
Spicer will have a two year sentence hanging over his head if he violates probation, Schmidt said.
Family members said the girls, 17-year-old Haleigh and 9-year-old Callie Fullerton, were watching TV in the living room when the car plowed into the house just before 9:30 p.m. They were killed on impact, according to WXIN-TV.
It’s still unclear what caused the driver, who police say was traveling at about 80 miles per hour, to lose control, sending the car careening into the home, located 100 feet away from the roadway.
The Clinton County Sheriff’s Office says they asked the prosecutor to charge the driver with criminal recklessness resulting in death. At a press conference earlier in the day, officials with the sheriff’s office said the driver may have been under the influence of opioids and she could face more serious charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury if the presence of opioids is confirmed.
When Clinton County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene, they found a white vehicle in the living room. Several people were still in the vehicle, according to the sheriff’s department.
The girls’ mother, 37-year-old Bridget Fullerton, was walking into the room as the car came crashing through the home; she was flown by helicopter to an Indianapolis-area hospital for treatment. Her condition is unknown at this time.
A third sibling was upstairs at the time of the crash, and he was uninjured. Father Dennis Fullerton was not home when it happened.
Investigators say there were three other juveniles in the car at the time of the crash. They were treated with non-life threatening injuries at the scene.
The home has major damage, and local members of the Fullertons’ church helped secure it.
The vehicle involved in the incident has been impounded by authorities. The driver was taken to the juvenile detention center in Delaware County.
The prosecutor’s office will determine if the 17-year-old driver will face charges as an adult.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for those who would like to provide donations for the Fullertons.
The case for a Red Deer school bus driver charged with impaired driving is due back in court July 26.Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, 42, faces counts of impaired operation of motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle over 80mg, dangerous operation of motor vehicle, and failing to remain at scene of a collision.She made a brief appearance in Red Deer court on Wednesday.It was on the afternoon of June 5 when a bus carrying 18 students from École Barrie Wilson School, between the ages of 5 and 12 years old, struck a tree in the Vanier Woods neighbourhood.Red Deer RCMP say a witness who observed the collision called 911 after the bus collided with a tree and a sign, then continued to drive for a short distance before stopping. No one was injured in the collision.