Danny Duffy’s DUI arrest, which we learned about a few hours ago, is — like all drunk driving incidents — a serious matter. The circumstances of his arrest, however, were . . . somewhat amusing? If that’s too much to say about a situation that could’ve resulted in someone’s injury or death, OK, that’s too much to say. But we can certainly say that the circumstances were . . . less than dignified.
According to Kevin Kietzman of Sports Radio 810 WHB in Kansas City, Duffy was passed out, or at least asleep, in the drive-through at a Burger King. His foot was on the brake with the car in neutral. An employee reached into the car and put it in park and then they called the police. When Duffy heard the police sirens he woke up and rather clumsily tried to climb into the passenger seat and attempted to get one of the other customers nearby to climb into the driver’s seat, presumably to make it appear as though he wasn’t drunk behind the wheel. Needless to say the gambit was not successful. He did not have it his way at Burger King is what I’m saying.
Duffy is expected to go on 810 WHB this afternoon and read a statement, but he’s not going to take questions. That’s probably OK, because all of this sounds pretty self-explanatory by now.
In a shocking twist, Rebecca Gayheart’s sister was arrested at the same hospital where she would later die in one week later, Radaronline.com can exclusively reveal.See video for cashew queso dip recipe!On September 30, 2015, Rachel Gayheart was handcuffed and taken to jail after police discovered she had been driving under the influence. She was charged with “operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs, failure to produce insurance card, and failure to provide license and maintain required insurance.”
The 38-year-old was a no show for her court date set on June 27, 2017. The judge found her guilty of Driving Under the Influence, and dismissed all other charges. A bench warrant was then set out for her arrest.Earlier this month, Rachel was cited and arrested for her failure to appear. Police can and cuffed her the following day on August 4 at Hazard ARH Hospital and she was transported to Perry County Jail in Kentucky.
“We transmitted her to the hospital… she died about three or four days later.”Rachel Gayheart died on August 11. According to several reports, the 90210 star has been an emotional wreck since her sister’s death, and friends are worried for her mental health.Last week Rebecca released a statement on Instagram. “My baby sister Rachel ‘ray’ has sadly passed away,” she wrote. “We buried her on the hilltop in Kentucky along with my grandparents and cousins. She was loved by everyone and had a wicked sense of humor and the most loving heart. Life has not been easy for you sis but now you can be peaceful.”
A woman who declared herself a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council earlier this year was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol — for the second time this summer.Tiffini ForslundTiffini Marie Flynn Forslund, 51, was pulled over early Sunday morning in Mounds View for driving on the shoulder of the roadway over the fog line with the right turn signal on, according to a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court.The officer identified Forslund by her license plate — with expired tabs — “hole-punched” driver’s license and expired insurance card, the complaint said. Her license had been revoked as well.Forslund was charged with second-degree refusal to submit to chemical test, third-degree operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol and driving after revocation.Earlier this summer, she was arrested after blowing a 0.09, just slightly over Minnesota’s 0.08 BAC. She had no DUIs prior to that.Forslund declared herself a Ward 6 candidate for Minneapolis City Council earlier this summer, running against current member Abdi Warsame. City campaign records show she had not filed for the seat by the Aug. 15 deadline, however.She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.Forslund also works as the parental relations director for Children Against Court-Appointed Child Abuse-CA3, is a member of the Board of Directors at Investible Children, Kids at Risk Action, a children’s rights advocacy network.
MADISON, Wis. – A Madison woman was reportedly driving impaired Friday night when she struck a man on a motorcycle, injuring him, officials said.The Madison Police Department said 31-year-old Lily Garcia is facing charges of operating while intoxicated and causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Police said Garcia was turning left from East Washington Avenue onto Melvin Court at 9:47 p.m. as a motorcycle was driving fast and the two vehicles collided. According to the report, a nurse was among passersby who came to the aid of the injured 23-year-old Madison motorcyclist. Doctors said the biker might have died if he hadn’t received immediate medical treatment.Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said Garcia was cooperative and shaken by the crash.”She told officers she thought she had time to make the turn, which turned out not to be the case,” DeSpain said. The motorcyclist suffered significant injuries and remained in critical condition Monday morning, police said.
A teenager who crashed into a house at 107 MPH last month in Frankfort, Indiana, was high on opiates when she lost control of the car, police said. Seventeen-year-old Alia Sierra killed two sisters who were watching television on the couch in the home she smashed into. Eight-year old Callie Fullerton and her sister, 17-year-old Haleigh Fullerton were pronounced dead at the scene.
Sierra faced 10 felony charges in the case and was to be tried as an adult. The counts include reckless homicide, causing death while operating a motor vehicle with controlled substances in blood, causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief.
A urine test taken after the crash revealed Sierra had opiates in her bloodstream, police confirmed. Four passengers were in the 2007 Honda Accord with Sierra, one of whom told authorities she asked Sierra to slow down. Sierra then hit a bump, the passenger said, and when she swerved to avoid hitting a tree, she crashed into the house instead. Authorities used an equation known as “Critical Speed Formula” to show that she had been driving at 107 MPH when she lost control of the car.
“I killed those kids, man,” Sierra told investigators when they arrived, according to an affidavit reviewed by People magazine.
The passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to WISH-TV. The girls’ mother inside the home was injured but was expected to recover fully.
“She destroyed our lives and she’ll have to face some consequences,” Todd Fullerton, the father of the two girls, said of Sierra, according to WTHR-TV. “Her life will go on and there will be another day for her. There won’t be another day for our girls.”
Sierra appeared in court Friday to enter a not guilty plea. Her lawyer requested that the case be moved back to juvenile court.
“You do everything that you can to keep your child safe,” prosecutor Christine Smith said Friday. “Your child is at home, they are in the living room, you know where they are and what they are doing and then within a matter of seconds, they are done. There is nothing that can bring that back for the family.”
The girls’ grandfather, Brad Fullerton, said the sister’s loved their quality time on the couch watching television together. He recalled what happened in the minutes after the crash to WTHR-TV.
“Saw the blast come out of the house,” he said. “Ran up. Bridget was already out on the driveway. We went in trying to pick the car up off the girls. We just couldn’t do it.”
MADISON (WKOW) — A Madison Police officer has been charged with first offense drunken driving, with a child under the age of sixteen in her car, but remains on the job, and on patrol.A criminal complaint against 41-year old Kelly Hoeft states her blood alcohol level after her arrest June 1 was .27, more than three times Wisconsin’s legal limit for drinking and driving.First offense drunken driving is a non-criminal offense, equivalent to a traffic ticket. But first offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a misdemeanor crime if a child under the age of 16 is a passenger. Court records state Hoeft’s passenger in a mini-van was five years old.The complaint also states Hoeft’s driving was erratic, according to a witness who called 911.”The caller reported that a vehicle had just plowed through the intersection of McKenna Blvd and Raymond Road and had taken out a couple of road signs in the median,” according to the complaint.The complaint states Hoeft refused to take a field sobriety test, but told responding officers about her consumption of alcohol. ” ‘I’ve definitely been drinking’,” the court record quotes Hoeft as telling investigators.Hoeft refused to come to the door when a 27 News reporter went to her Madison home, seeking comment on the case. Hoeft’s attorney, Sarvan Singh, also has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.Until recently, Hoeft was assigned to a special police unit, with the responsibility for making safety presentations to fourth and fifth grade children.Police Chief Koval said Hoeft has been removed from that duty, but remains on the job, and on patrol, behind the wheel of police vehicles. Koval notes Hoeft remains legally able to drive with an occupational driver’s license as her criminal case is pending. Koval also said there’s no work leave for Hoeft. “An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis,” Koval states.Hoeft was not booked into the Dane County jail at the time of her arrest. Arrests for first offense OWI do not require booking, with those arrested able to be released to a responsible party. But Hoeft’s arrest was for a crime, as a result of the child’s presence as a passenger.”There was nothing done in this case that would occasion the suggestion of preferential treatment,” Koval states. Available, online court records indicate Hoeft has no, previous criminal history.There’s no information available yet as to how long Hoeft has been a Madison Police officer.Koval said an investigation into whether the off-duty officer violated any employment rules or policies will take place after the criminal case is completed. Hoeft’s next court date is next month.Here is Chief Koval’s statement: “On 6/1/17, MPD officers, as well as a street supervisor (sergeant) responded to a traffic complaint regarding a hit-and-run vehicle which had struck some road signs and was driving erratically. Subsequent investigation led officers to the offending vehicle and driver, who was then placed under arrest for operating while impaired (first offense with a passenger under 16 years of age), operating with a prohibited alcohol content, and hit-and-run. The driver is a current Madison Police Officer (Kelly Hoeft) awaiting final adjudication of the charges that have been filed.Once MPD learned of the arrest of Hoeft, the information was turned over immediately to MPD’s Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Unit to conduct an internal investigation. That investigation has continued and is awaiting resolution of the criminal case before actively proceeding. A determination was also made that Officer Hoeft would not remain in her assignment (Safety Education), and that she would be reassigned to Patrol, provided that she was able to obtain an occupational driver’s license (which she did obtain).Madison Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) dictate that in cases of officer involvement in felonies or serious misconduct, the Chief, the PSIA Lieutenant, and the officer’s Commanding Officer must be provided a timely notification. This occurred in the immediate case. One must also remember that fundamental due process also applies to off-duty police officers; one cannot/should not be “sanctioned” unless/until a court decision would warrant such a step. An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis, taking a broad view of the circumstances.As Chief, I must be concerned with ensuring the public’s confidence that those who are entrusted to serving our community understand that there is an expectation of being held to a higher standard. When an officer makes a bad decision off-duty, it reflects poorly on all of us. I have spoken with this officer and I know how she deeply regrets what this incident has meant to both her personal reputation as well as tha
Michael Spencer, 59, of Kalamazoo, has been charged with four felony counts: reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury and a third offense of operating with any presence of drugs.
Spencer remains hospitalized and has not yet been arraigned, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Scott Brower said.
Spencer’s Pontiac was traveling at 102 mph just prior to the impact with the bus, according to data from the crash retrieval system.
The Pontiac was eastbound on West Michigan Avenue when it crashed into the front of the bus, which was westbound on Oakland Drive and heading west across West Michigan Avenue. The impact pushed the bus several feet and the car was buried in the bus, a public safety officer who witnessed the crash said in a report.
Spencer’s vehicle appeared to have run off the road to the left, went airborne and turned slightly on its side. It crashed into a street light pole and then a road sign, the officer wrote.
Spencer never activated the braking system before colliding with the bus, according to police.
The crash caused the bus driver, LaShon Diallo, to be pinned in the driver’s seat and severely injured. Other Metro Transit drivers have raised more than $2,300 for her recovery through the fundraising site GoFundMe.
Spencer’s record included four previous operating while intoxicated convictions, police have said.
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Two people are recovering after a vehicle slammed into a rehab center in Merritt Island.The crash happened around 9:30 a.m. at the Island Health and Rehabilitation Center on Alma Avenue. Florida Highway Patrol says the driver passed out while driving, crashed through a fence, drove through a grassy area, and then crashed into the rehab center.The vehicle crashed through the back of the building into a room where someone was sleeping. In the pictures above you can see the vehicle is fully inside the rehab center.Officials tell FOX 35 there were approximately 120 patients inside the building at the time of the crash.Brevard County Fire Rescue transported two patients, the driver and person sleeping, with only minor injuries.Troopers suspected that the driver was impaired by drugs. A blood sample was taken and charges are pending until those results are confirmed, according to FHP.The crash remains under investigation.
FRAMINGHAM – A New York man was originally only supposed to sleep in his friend’s Cadillac.But, authorities said Emanuel Ramsey, 23, took the car for a joyride on Thursday, driving around for more than an hour on the rim after shredding the tire before police finally arrested him on Beacon Street at 8:30 a.m.Police learned of the Cadillac at 6:45 a.m., when a caller reported a car driving erratically on Concord Street near Rte. 9, police spokeswoman Lt. Patricia Grigas said.The Cadillac was gone by the time police arrived.About a half hour later, an officer on a detail saw the Cadillac driving toward him on Franklin Street near Mount Wayte Avenue.“The officer tried to stop him, but (the driver) kept going,” Grigas said.Around 8:15 a.m., officers found the car in a parking lot on Beacon Street and spoke to Ramsey.“Officers realized he was impaired, significantly impaired,” said Grigas. “He admitted to smoking marijuana.”Police contacted the owner of the car. She said she was friends with Ramsey. Ramsey asked her for a place to stay and she let him sleep in her car while she worked at a gas station, Grigas said. Ramsey did not have permission to drive the car.Police arrested Ramsey, of 570 Fox St., The Bronx, and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, using a vehicle without authority, driving to endanger, failing to stop for police and driving with a suspended license.Ramsey is scheduled to be arraigned in Framingham District Court on Friday.
Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor is accused operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.AAVIDOR — A 35-year-old Vidor man has been arrested and faces multiple charges related to a fatal boating crash in Louisiana, which killed an 8-year-old boy.Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor is accused operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.Damian Haines, an 8-year-old Vidor boy who was on the boat with Dunwoody, was killed in the crash Sunday.Here is Monday’s news release from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries:Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) enforcement agents are investigating a fatal boating incident that occurred in Calcasieu Parish on Aug. 20.The fatal boating incident claimed the life of Damian Haines, 8, of Vidor, Texas. The incident happened around 5 p.m. on Old Sabine River near Niblett’s Bluff Park.According to the survivors, Eddie L. Dunwoody, 35, of Vidor, Texas, was operating a 19 foot bass boat with a 150 horsepower motor with four other passengers on board while towing a tube with three juvenile boys. He made a turn and the tube swung out striking the bank and ejecting the three boys.Haines was airlifted to the West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital in Sulphur where he was pronounced dead. Another boy was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont, Texas, for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The other boy on the tube suffered minor injuries and didn’t need any further treatment.LDWF agents arrived on scene and determined that Dunwoody was impaired and he tested over the legal limit for alcohol. Agents also drew blood from Dunwoody for a toxicology test. Agents also determined that Dunwoody was operating the vessel at the time of the incident in a no wake zone.Agents arrested Dunwoody for operating (driving) a vessel while intoxicated (DWI) with child endangerment, vehicular homicide, vehicular negligent injury, reckless operation of a watercraft, and violating a no wake zone and booked him into the Calcasieu Parish Prison.Vehicular homicide brings a $2,000 to $15,000 fine and five to 30 years in prison. Vehicular negligent injury carries up to a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. DWI with child endangerment carries a $300 to $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail with 10 days being mandatory for the first offense. Reckless operation of a vessel carries up to a $200 fine and 90 days in jail. Violating the no wake zone penalties are set by the parish.The LDWF Enforcement Division will be the lead investigative agency for this fatal boating incident.