Drunk driver crashes into police headquarters

An alleged drunk driver crashed through a fence at Chattanooga police headquarters late Friday night.

The driver was identified as Darwin Patterson, 45. He was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving left of the center line, reckless driving, driving under the influence 2nd offense, no proof of insurance and driving without a license.

A Chattanooga police officer pumping gas at the Amnicola Highway facility heard tires squealing and an engine revving before he heard a loud boom, more squealing tires and another boom shortly after 11 p.m., according to an affidavit. He then found a red pickup truck had crashed into a telephone pole before driving into a fence surrounding the service center.

The driver refused to answer the officer’s questions, stating over and over he was afraid of white police, according to the affidavit. He also gave the officer a fake name, according to the affidavit. The officer believed the man was drunk due to his slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. He was taken to a local hospital to get stitches in his lip from an injury sustained during the crash.

While at the hospital, Patterson cursed loudly and “got up into Officer Cookes face and squared up to him like he wanted to fight,” according to the affidavit.

Patterson was then restrained while the doctor finished stitching his lip. He was then taken to the county jail.

Officers served Patterson with a search warrant to test his blood alcohol level. Patterson refused to allow nurses to take a blood sample and attempted to fight the corrections officers, according to the affidavit. He was put into a restraining chair so blood could be drawn. Results of the test are pending.

Patterson was also charged with a DUI in 2003.

The department account tweeted the following message: “DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE, but if you choose to…crashing the vehicle you are driving at police headquarters makes it much easier for CPD Officers to arrest you. #dontdrinkanddrive”


Man faces charges in Knox County buggy crash that killed teen, hurt 2

MOUNT VERNON, OH (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man who struck an Amish buggy from behind, killing a teenage boy and injuring his father and younger brother, has been jailed and charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

The crash occurred Friday afternoon on State Route 3 in central Ohio’s Knox County. The State Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Earnest Bennett, of Fredericktown failed to stop in time, killing 13-year-old Andy Miller and injuring 5-year-old Leroy Miller and 35-year-old Albert Miller. All three were tossed from the buggy after it was struck.

Albert Miller was taken to a Columbus hospital for serious injuries. Leroy Miller was flown to a children’s hospital in Columbus for life-threatening injuries.

Grass poisoning could be cause for ‘drunk’ kangaroos

Kangaroos in Australia have been affected by canary grass, veterinarians said. VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Kangaroos in Australia have been affected by canary grass, veterinarians said.

— Veterinarians in Australia are conducting tests to determine whether kangaroos that appear to be drunk have actually suffered neurological damage because of a strain of grass.

The veterinarians, from the University of Melbourne, said Phalaris aquatica — a common pasture crop in central Victoria — have caused the suffering among eastern gray kangaroos. Wildlife officials said the kangaroos were suffering from Phalaris “staggers,” which is common among sheep and cattle that graze in Australia.

“A kangaroo with full-blown toxicity is just horrible,” Manfred Zabinskas from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue told Guardian Australia. “Their head flies around like they have got a broken neck; they summersault; they crash into fences and trees … they look like they are drunk.”

Phalaris, also known as canary grass, is a tall grass common to southeastern Australia. Some farmers have avoided planting the species because the “staggers” can cause heart failure among animals.

In domestic animals, the condition can be controlled by adding copper into their diet. But in kangaroos, the condition is believed to be irreversible.


County Sheriff Deputy arrested for OWI

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS 58 the deputy involved was already on suspension. Due to the suspension he had already surrendered his badge and gun and did not have the power to arrest people.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) — An off-duty Milwaukee County Sheriff Deputy has been arrested for OWI.

According to the West Allis Police Department, officers responded to a crash in the area of 74th and Becher around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle which had gone up the curb and struck a fire hydrant.

Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as an off-duty MCSO deputy. He was arrested and cited for first offense OWI.

The deputy was not armed at the time of the incident.

No one was injured in this crash


Man arrested for DWI after wrecking, catching truck on fire

A man was arrested for DWI after a Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a grass fire on June 9. (Courtesy: Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)

A man was arrested for DWI after a Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a grass fire on June 9.

According to the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy responded to a grass fire on County Road 21, one mile south of Highway 152. When he arrived, the deputy observed a pickup truck that appeared to have wrecked and caught fire.

A male then walked out of a field and stated that it was his truck that was on fire. The deputy noticed a strong alcohol smell coming from the man and performed field sobriety tests.

The man was then checked by Wheeler EMS before being transported to the Wheeler County jail and booked for driving while intoxicated.

PGA of America President Paul Levy arrested on DUI charge

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INDIO, Calif. (AP) — PGA of America President Paul Levy is facing a misdemeanor DUI charge after veering off a road in California and hitting a sign last week.

The PGA of America says it will support Levy as he seeks counseling and deals with the consequences of his arrest.

Palm Desert police says Levy was on Highway 111 late Thursday when he veered off the road and struck the sign. A report from the sheriff’s office says he was not injured, but police said he showed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution, and then booked into the Riverside County Jail.

He faces an Aug. 2 court date.

Levy, who was general manager of Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, took over as PGA president in November 2016. This is his final year of a two-year term.

“Paul Levy has accepted responsibility for his terrible lapse in judgment last Thursday,” the PGA of America said in a statement. “He has expressed deep regret and fully understands how irresponsible his actions were. The PGA of America will support Paul as he seeks counseling, faces the consequences of his actions and works through the legal process in the months ahead.”


Drunk teen stole golf cart for 3.5-mile McDonald’s run

A drunk teenager who stole a golf buggy and then drove through a McDonald’s drive-thru has been banned from the roads for a year.

Jamie Elliot, 18, took the buggy from Catterick Golf Club, in Catterick Garrison, U.K., and drove it for 3.5miles with a pal on the hunt for takeaway food.

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Northallerton Magistrates’ Court, North Yorks., heard the intoxicated teen had travelled to the fast food chain at around 4am before police were called to the scene.

Prosecutor Sarah Tyrer told the court: “The defendant had gone to the restaurant with friend Matt Redfern as his passenger when he was found by police.

“He had taken the golf cart from a nearby golf club and taken it 3.5 miles in distance.

“Police were called by restaurant by staff and the defendant provided a breath sample for analysis which proved he was over the limit.”

The incident, which occurred at the fast food chain outlet on May 29 this year, had been reported by McDonald’s staff.

Jamie Elliot arrives at court where he is charged with driving a golf buggy through a McDonalds drive through, June 19 2018. See Ross Parry story RPYBUGGY; Police officers arrested the driver of a  golf cart after he was allegedly seen driving it while drunk around a McDonald's Drive-Thru. The driver was not loving it after cops showed up to arrest him on an 'unusual job' as he had driven the illegal road vehicle to the fast-food joint. It is believed the stolen buggy was swiped from Catterick Golf Club in North Yorkshire - which is just a mile away from the burger-making franchise. North Yorkshire Police officers posted: "Most unusual job of the night.


Officers had tweeted a picture of the golf buggy parked up outside the McDonald’s restaurant in Richmond, North Yorks., which had been shared hundreds of times.

When mechanical engineering apprentice Elliot was breathalysed he was found to be over the limit with 47 microgrammes in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35microgrammes.

North Yorkshire Police also gave him a warning for taking the golf buggy without consent from the unsecured golf club.

Nick Woodhouse, defending, said: “The defendant made full admissions and co-operated with the police at the time.

“A couple of days after the incident he actually secured an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.

“This isn’t someone who sits around playing the Playstation all day long, he has actively found work which is something quite hard to find in rural areas.

“He was of low intoxication, of previous good character, there was no damage to the vehicle or anything else and no other vehicles were on the road at that time of night.”

Elliot, of Richmond, North Yorks., pleaded guilty to driving a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink.

He was disqualified this morning (tues) from the roads for 12 months.

Chair of the Magistrates’ bench Julia Svennevig told the defendant: “You will be disqualified for 12 months with an option to bring that down if you successfully complete a drink awareness road safety course.

“If you drive in that period of time, you will end up in prison and an even longer disqualification.”

Elliot was also fined £120, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £30 surcharge.


Denver now cracking down on marijuana tour buses

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

The city of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses said this week that marijuana tour buses are operating illegally, despite the drug’s legality in Colorado.

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

One person was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Eric Escudero with the Department of Excise and Licenses told 9NEWS his office has sent letters to the tour companies warning them that they are not operating within the law.

Escudero also said there’s also no legal way under current rules for these tours to become legal.

Jay Casillas, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department, said enforcement of the laws on pot buses was complaint-driven. He did not say how many complaints they’ve received.

According to its website, My 420 Tours is “at the forefront of cannabis tourism, offering visitors a glimpse into the cutting-edge world of cannabis legalization and marijuana news in Colorado and beyond.”

Its site also says the company has been around since 2013 and offers not just tours, but cannabis vacations, complete with “420-friendly hotels” with prices that start at $1,295.

Colorado Cannabis tours range from $29 to $99. As of this writing, the website appeared to still be accepting reservations.


9-1-1 dispatcher killed by suspected impaired driver

CHANDLER, AZ – Chandler police say one of their department’s 9-1-1 dispatchers was killed by a suspected impaired driver on Sunday.

The woman has been identified as 58-year-old Cathy Coppes.

According to police, the crash happened just after 10:30 a.m. on US-89 near milepost 432, approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff.

Police say Coppes was operating a motorcycle and traveling southbound when a northbound vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, crossed the center line and struck her head on.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coppes started her career with the Chandler Police Department in April 2002. She is survived by her husband, police said.

“She was a valued member of the Communications Staff and was instrumental in training and developing new employees,” police said in a news release.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, a 42-year-old man, was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Troopers say Coppes was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The investigation of the crash remains ongoing, and impairment has not been ruled out, according to DPS.

Woman arrested in connection with using her vehicle to strike man

A 31-year-old Council Bluffs woman was arrested early Friday in connection with a man being struck by her vehicle outside a Bluffs motel.

Council Bluffs police said they were dispatched around 1:50 a.m. to the American Inn near South 24th Street and Interstates 29/80 over an assault. Police said the woman had also crashed her vehicle into the 36-year-old Bluffs man’s vehicle, pushing it into the motel and causing minor damage.

The woman fled from the scene in her vehicle, police said. Later, officers stopped her vehicle and took her into custody.

Police said she was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, aggravated assault-domestic abuse, eluding arrest and first-degree criminal mischief.