PORT RICHEY, Fla. (FOX 13) – A New Port Richey man was arrested for DUI after driving away from deputies at a slow speed, they said.
Late Thursday night, a Pasco County deputy noticed a white van run a red light. The deputy attempted a traffic stop but the driver of the vehicle refused to pull over.
Deputies said the vehicle continued to drive away at speeds between 15 and 35 mph, despite their marked vehicles following with their emergency lights and sirens activated. They said they observed the vehicle strike a basketball hoop.
Eventually, deputies said the vehicle finally stopped after they deployed stop sticks — causing three of the four tires to deflate — near the intersection of Embassy Boulevard and Glen Moor Lane in Port Richey. The driver, 56-year-old Gordon Ormond, was the sole occupant, they said, and exited the vehicle. Deputies said he tried to pull away from them as they attempted to place him in a patrol vehicle.
Ormond also told them his license suspended, deputies said. They checked and it turned out his driver’s license was revoked on July 5, 1991, and he had four previous DUI convictions.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A man convicted of killing an Indianapolis Colts player and his Uber driver during a drunk-driving crash in 2018 will spend time in federal prison as well.
Manuel Orrego-Savala was sentenced to 16 years on state charges in the crash that killed linebacker Edwin Jackson and Uber driver Jeffery Monroe. A federal judge sentenced him to an additional 42 months (3.5 years) for illegally reentering the U.S. after being deported. Orrego-Savala had pleaded guilty.
Federal prosecutors said Orrego-Savala was in the country illegally after having been deported twice before.
On Feb. 4, 2018, Orrego-Savala was driving a pickup truck on westbound I-70 when he hit the two men, who were standing at the side of the road after Jackson became sick. Orrego-Savala’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
Jeff Monroe (left) and Edwin Jackson (right).
The 42-month sentence will be served consecutively to his 16-year state sentence, according to U.S. District Chief Judge Jane E. Magnus-Stinson. He’d previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death while operating a motor vehicle. The judge gave him the maximum sentence.
Orrego-Savala is originally from Guatemala. He was deported from the U.S. in 2007 after being convicted on drug charges. He came back to the U.S. in May 2009 before being deported a second time. Federal prosecutors said he illegally reentered the U.S. yet again.
A Mexican property developer from one of the country’s wealthiest families has been arrested after his 11-year-old son died during a boating trip.
Javier Burillo, 57, was held on suspicion of manslaughter and operating a boat under the influence, police in California said.
The boy and his older brother were allegedly thrown overboard by a wave and then struck by the boat.
Mr Burillo posted $1m (£800,000) bail on Monday, local media reported.
Tiburon Police Chief Michael Cronin said Mr Burillo and his family were on a family trip on Sunday in waters near San Francisco when the boys, 11 and 27, were knocked overboard.
The boys were then allegedly hit by the vessel Mr Burillo was operating. Mr Cronin said there was a “fair possibility that they were swept under” or were hurt when their father turned the boat to rescue them.
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The older son had cuts to his leg, but his younger sibling “sustained severe traumatic injuries”, a police statement said.
The father took his two sons to the Corinthian Yacht Club, where his younger son was pronounced dead, police said. Mr Burillo contacted police on Sunday night and failed an alcohol breath test, local media reported.
Police arrested Mr Burillo at his home in Belvedere on charges of vehicular manslaughter with a vessel, wilful harm or injury to a child and operating a boat while under the influence.
Mr Burillo is a part of the prominent Azcárraga family, who founded the Mexican television channel Televisa and broadcasts across Latin America.
Police pulled over the vehicle when they noticed a case of beer on the roof and that the men driving were drinking out of open containers.
“It is a vehicle. It’s on the roadway and the OVI (Operating a Vehicle Impaired) laws do apply,” Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Joe Dragovich told KALB “You’re not allowed to drink and drive or operate a buggy.”
The officers found a 12-pack of Michelob Ultra on top of the buggy and say the men were drinking other alcohol while they drove, according to WAVY. KALB specifies that the bottles they were drinking contained spiked iced tea.
When the men were pulled over, a short chase ensued, police said. It concluded when the men fled into a wooded area, leaving the horse and buggy behind. Authorities had the buggy towed and the horse was taken to a temporary home, KALB reported.
Now, authorities are hoping the men will come forward.
“Maybe there’s just that fear of the consequences and that would be a reality for them, that there are consequences,” Dragovich said. “But I encourage him to come forward get their buggy and horse.
Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said police are recommending that Jason A. Natcone, 44, of Oregon, be charged with homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle and hit-and-run involving death.
Antoine K. Tempel, 32, of Madison, was arrested after the crash on tentative charges of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle, hit-and-run causing death, third offense OWI and operating while revoked.
Tempel denied being the BMW driver, but investigators determined he was the driver, police said at the time.
However, further investigation concluded that Tempel was a passenger in the BMW and tentative charges against him have been dropped, DeSpain said.PauseCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Stream TypeLIVELoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute
Natcone is in the Dane County Jail for a suspected violation of his state Department of Corrections supervision. According to DOC records, he was last released from prison on extended supervision in March 2018 after serving a sentence for his seventh drunken driving conviction.
The crash happened shortly after 1 a.m. on Aug. 8 on eastbound East Washington Avenue just short of the Yahara River bridge. Witnesses said a BMW convertible was traveling an estimated 80 to 100 mph when it rear-ended a Chevrolet HHR that was driving the speed limit in the middle lane of East Washington, police said.
Frederick Majer, 71, of Chicago, who was driving the compact SUV, was killed in the crash, while his 69-year-old wife was not seriously injured.
Three occupants of the BMW fled on foot after the crash, but Tempel and a female passenger returned “many minutes” later, DeSpain said in a statement at the time.
Play VideoDuration -:-Driving high? Police demonstrate swab test to detect impairmentPolice demonstrate the Alere DDS2, a saliva swab test some authorities are using to determine marijuana impairment, in May at the Capitol in Sacramento.
Drivers suspected of being high on pot may soon face the same type of roadside breath test cops use to catch drunken drivers, as several firms prepare new devices for the street.
Hound Labs of Oakland expects to have a marijuana breathalyzer ready by the second half of 2020, according to Mike Lynn, a medical doctor and co-founder of Hound Labs. Another firm, SannTekof Canada, also is racing to have a product ready in that timeline.
Both developers also see uses for the devices on job sites to ensure workplace safety.
Convicting drivers who officers believe just finished smoking weed before getting behind the wheel has been problematic for prosecutors and police since marijuana became popular in the 1960s. At the same time, establishing just when a driver smoked the weed has made it difficult for a defense attorney to argue that his client should not be charged, because he smoked the day before.
Hound Labs says its test will show whether a motorist smoked marijuana within a three-hour window before driving. That, Hound Labs’ Lynn asserted, is the time frame when drivers are most impaired. He cited statistics indicating that 14.8 million Americans have used marijuana within an hour of starting a car.
SannTek’s Noah Debrincat, a nanotechnology engineer from the University of Waterloo in Canada, said his device also can identify a driver who has gotten high within three hours of driving.
Lynn said he expects the Hound Labs device will also be used in the workplace, where employers can ensure that workers are not high on the job, and employees won’t face sanctions if they partied the day before.
Debrincat said there is demand for the breathalyzer in jobs like truck driving and construction, where workers are operating heavy machinery.
“I actually do see it as benefiting all parties” in the workplace, he said. Presently, most employers rely on urine tests, designed 30 years ago. Those tests can show that an employee smoked weed as much as a month ago, but don’t establish that they are high on a test day.
Lynn, who also serves as a reserve deputy for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, has worked in Level One trauma centers, and also argues that that the THC tester will make things more fair for both sides. He began work on the tester six years ago.
HOW FIELD TESTS ARE DONE NOW
Without a field test for marijuana, police who make traffic stops in Fresno and most other California cities currently rely heavily on Drug Recognition Officers to check drivers who appear to be impaired but aren’t showing signs of being drunk. The officers undergo special training to spot marijuana users as well as others who have consumed both illegal and legal drugs before driving.
That usually means the driver is taken to a hospital for what police call a “blood draw” to determine what’s in their system. It’s expensive and time-consuming for officers and the driver.
DRE officers also spend a lot of time in court, where they testify as expert witnesses.
Debrincat noted that some police agencies now use a swab test to collect saliva samples from drivers in a field test. But he said he doubts that kind of procedure is popular with police in the field.
Developing the breath test has been “amazingly challenging science,” but building a device to do it has grown exponentially more important as more and more jurisdictions legalize both medical and recreational marijuana use, Lynn said.Play VideoDuration -:-How does an officer recognize a stoned driver?
After California’s passage of the Proposition 64 recreational marijuana initiative, authorities are on guard for impaired drivers for alcohol, pot, prescription drugs or all of the above. A Highway Patrol training supervisor explains the challenge By PETER HECHT
CHALLENGES TO BUILDING A POT TESTER
Building the device is difficult because an intoxicating amount of THC in the human body is a billion times less than the amount of alcohol in an impaired driver, Lynn said.
“We had to completely create the device. It’s like looking for (a certain) 25 grains of sand on a beach a mile long,” Lynn said.
Hound Labs relied extensively on help from the University of California at San Francisco for the research, he added. Assisting was pathologist Dr. Kara Lynch, an expert in looking at small samples of molecules in breath.
Nanotechnologists like Debrincat are involved in the study and the manipulation of atoms and molecules.
POLICE ‘DON’T WANT TO BE THE FIRST’
Police agencies are still largely on the sidelines in terms of plans to purchase the devices.
Madera Police Chief Dino Lawson said he’s taking a wait-and-see approach.
“I think it’s interesting technology, but we don’t want to be the first to jump on it,” he said. “Absolutely, there’s a need for it. I hope they perfect it.”
Janelle Dunham, public information officer for the CHP, said, “The California Highway Patrol is always interested in testing and evaluating new and emerging technology.”Play VideoDuration -:-Marijuana forum: Is there a breathalyzer for marijuana?
SAN ANTONIO – A man is facing driving while intoxicated charges after hitting a DPS trooper’s vehicle from behind and trying to drive away, according to police.
Officers responded to the scene at the corner of East Southcross and Clark streets around 10:45 p.m. Saturday. They say the driver of a pickup truck rear-ended the trooper’s vehicle, then tried to drive away. But instead of getting away, he drove right into a bank ATM.
Police tested the man for driving while intoxicated, and said he showed signs of impairment. He could also face charges for attempting to drive away.
A dump truck driver is facing charges in connection with a crash in New Jersey.Tuesday, September 10, 2019 7:37PMSOUTH BRUNSWICK, New Jersey — Authorities say a Pennsylvania man who was driving a dump truck that crashed into a New Jersey home last month had not slept in 32 hours before the crash and was under the influence of drugs.
South Brunswick police say Donald Epps is charged with endangerment, driving under the influence and numerous motor vehicle charges. It wasn’t known Tuesday if the 55-year-old Morrisville man has retained an attorney.
Authorities say Epps drove into the home around 4:20 a.m. on Aug. 14. He was seriously injured and had to be extricated from the vehicle, but three people sleeping inside the home were not hurt.
Authorities say Epps was high on cocaine and fentanyl at the time of the crash.
An Armstrong County man suspected of driving under the influence Wednesday in New Kensington told police he tried to run away because he was wanted on a warrant, but was “too fat” to get away.
Now, Danial James Hilton Dopson, 31, of Cadogan, faces charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, escape, driving under the influence, drug possession and traffic violations. He remained in Westmoreland County Prison on Thursday after failing to post $50,000 bond.
New Kensington police Officer Jerry Hobeck said he tried to pull Dopson over after he caught him speeding on Seventh Street and Stevenson Boulevard shortly after 9 p.m., according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.
Police said Dopson was traveling up to 49 mph on Seventh, where the speed limit is 25 mph, and up to 59 mph on Stevenson, where the speed limit is 35 mph.
The complaint said Dopson also sped through a gas station parking lot, didn’t stop at a stop sign and struck a center median twice.
Police said Dopson eventually pulled into the Seventh Street Sportsmen’s Club parking lot. He then got out of the car and began walking away with his hands in his pockets, police said.
Hobeck said he drew his gun and told Dopson to get on the ground. Dopson eventually complied. However, as Hobeck went to arrest Dopson, he got up and tried to run, the complaint said.
Hobeck was able to arrest Dopson after a brief struggle. According to the complaint, Dopson had an “overpowering odor of alcoholic beverage emanating off his breath and his speech was slow and slurred.”
Police said they found a glass crack pipe in his pocket.
Dopson allegedly told police, “I tried to run, but I realized I was too fat,” the complaint said.
When police went to check Dopson’s license, they discovered it was under a DUI-related suspension. Police also were informed that Dopson was wanted on warrants out of Westmoreland County.
Dopson submitted to a blood-alcohol test, but the criminal complaint did not list the results.
Hobeck was treated at Allegheny Valley Hospital for injuries he received during the arrest, the complaint said. He suffered cuts and scrapes to his right arm, hand and knee.
Former Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda, now top cop in Fort Collins, Colorado, said legalized marijuana is one more thing that police officers have to worry about.
A former Elgin police chief who now leads a police department in Colorado said legalized recreational marijuana brings a variety of challenges, from driving enforcement to hiring practices.
Jeff Swoboda has been police chief for about a year in Fort Collins, a town with an estimated 175,000 residents and 10 retail marijuana shops, 10 retail marijuana cultivation centers and four manufacturing facilities of retail marijuana products, plus one pending. There are also medical marijuana centers.
“It’s very prevalent,” Swoboda said. “You smell it routinely.”
There are many forms of the drug, from oils to edibles, so being high doesn’t necessary come with the telltale smell, he said. The department has 225 officers, including two certified drug recognition experts who make about two arrests per week for driving under the influence of marijuana, he said.
“It’s difficult for enforcement because there is no simple test,” Swoboda said. “It’s based on how they drive.”
Arrests can be time-consuming because officers take drivers to the hospital for a blood test, he said. People can refuse the test but they face suspension of their driver’s license. Forced blood tests occur on the fourth DUI charge, a felony, he said. Blood test results often are challenged in court, because marijuana can stay in the system for days or weeks, Swoboda said.
“It’s definitely messy,” he said.
The Fort Collins Police Department has a policy that all job applicants must submit to a urine test and cannot have smoked marijuana for at least a year, Swoboda said. Marijuana use seems to have become more acceptable, particularly among youths, so it isn’t always easy to find such applicants, he said.
One recent job applicant said he smoked “occasionally,” then clarified that he meant about five times a week, Swoboda said. “That’s a different mentality,” he said.
Legalized marijuana also brought a “black market” problem to Fort Collins, because people grow marijuana, often in vacant houses, to sell and ship pot across state lines, he said.
Still, beyond impaired driving, alcohol causes more problems than marijuana, Swoboda said. The city is home to Colorado State University, which has about 34,000 students. Alcohol can cause people to be belligerent and get into fights, but marijuana doesn’t seem to do that, he said.