Court docs: Vancouver woman drove over woman, caused miscarriage

A Vancouver woman was under the influence of methamphetamine and other drugs when she ran over a woman and caused her to have a miscarriage, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Jessica Mill, 30, appeared in court Tuesday. She’s facing a charge of vehicular assault.

The court document from Clark County says that just before 2 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2017, Mill was driving to Muchas Gracias in Vancouver in a 1997 Plymouth Neon.

Her passenger was Jameshia Carter.

They ordered food and parked in the parking lot. The court document says Mill then walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle and began arguing with Carter.

Mill grabbed Carter’s purse and while they fought over the purse, they broke the vehicle’s right front window.

Mill then climbed back in the vehicle and Carter thought she was going to leave without her, so she started getting back into the passenger seat.

As Carter was partially in the vehicle, Mill put the vehicle in reverse and backed up.

While the vehicle was reversing, Carter said she was struck by the open passenger door and knocked to the ground. Mill continued driving in reverse and ran over Carter with the right front tire.

Mill kept driving backwards onto the sidewalk on the north side of the restaurant, causing the door to hit the building and fold forward. She then drove forward through the parking lot, over a curb and crashed into a tree.

A deputy who responded to the scene suspected Mill was impaired on illicit drugs. After obtaining a search warrant to collect a blood sample, investigators discovered her blood contained 0.021 mg/L of amphetamine, 0.16 mg/L of methamphetamine, 12ng/mL of Carboxy-THC and 0.083 mg/L of Alprazolam.

Carter suffered a fractured left side rib, an abrasion to her left hip and right knee and a contusion of her left knee. She was about two months pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.

http://katu.com/news/local/court-docs-vancouver-woman-drove-over-woman-caused-miscarriage

Florida Man Calls 911 To Report Himself Drunk Driving

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) – Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year’s Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving.

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Michael Lester (Photo: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene.

When the dispatcher asked Michael Lester where he was, he said, “I’m too drunk. I don’t know where I’m at.”

And when she asked what he’d been doing all night, he said “I don’t know, driving around, trying to get pulled over, actually.”

“I’m driving on the wrong side of the road,” he said later.

The operator repeatedly urged him to park his truck and wait for officers to find him. Unfortunately, he chose the wrong spot.

“Look, I’m parked in the middle of the road,” he said. Sirens could be heard in the background a short time later.

Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he’d barely slept for several days.

The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester’s criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he’d barely slept for several days.

The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester’s criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2018/01/08/florida-man-calls-911-to-report-himself-drunk-driving/amp/

Motion filed in Lake Tulloch boat injury case

Motion filed in Lake Tulloch boat injury case
Dean Allen Payne

A motion was filed in Calaveras County Superior court on Dec. 26 that seeks to alter the guidelines surrounding the case of man accused of striking two women with his boat while under the influence of a controlled substance last year.

Dean Allen Payne, 53, of Copperopolis, is awaiting trial for allegedly striking and injuring two women with his boat in the waters of Lake Tulloch on July 24, 2016, while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Robin Tsai and Rachael Pringle, the two victims in the case, fell into comas due to injuries sustained during the incident.

The first item on the motion requested that the jury be allowed to inspect the boat that Payne was allegedly controlling during the collision. According to the motion, the boat is currently being held at the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, adjacent to the courthouse.

“The best way to demonstrate the size and nature of the defendant’s vessel is to let the jurors look at it,” the motion reads.

The second item in the motion sought to admit photographs of the victims before and after the date of the alleged offenses.

“Similarly, the photographs in this case, while highly relevant, depict severe trauma to the human body,” the motion said.

The photographs, according to the motion, are relevant to each count following Payne’s not guilty plea.

“While the people anticipate introducing testimony by medical doctors describing the injuries, the photographs will aid the jury in understanding that testimony, and corroborating evidence, should not be excluded as cumulative,” the motion reads.

The motion also seeks to limit the use of the word “accident.” According to the motion, the word accident carries various connotations and opens the door for “misuse” by the defense and the jury.

Accident, per the motion, can be used in two different ways: to infer a “state of mind” and to infer an “event.” The motion seeks to keep the term accident close to the “event” definition, and not the “state of mind” of the person who allegedly committed the crime.

“Jurors, upon hearing the word ‘accident’ will no doubt conjure up ideations congruent with the lay definition of accident. Even if prior to deliberations the court instructs the jury that ‘accident’ means something very different in the eyes of the law, the people will have already suffered undue prejudice,” the motion reads.

The prosecution is also attempting to bar the testimony of defense expert Michael Braun unless a report or statement is issued.

“If Braun prepared (prepares) a written report regarding the subject of his testimony, the people are entitled to a copy. If Mr. Braun does not prepare a written report, the people are entitled to discovery of the handwritten or typed notes of Mr. Braun.”

The motion also said that if the defense fails to comply with the discovery obligations, the defense should be barred from calling Braun as a witness.

The final two portions of the motion involve prior convictions for driving under the influence. According to the motion, Payne’s prior convictions should be allowed to be admitted as evidence. Payne was previously convicted for driving under the influence on O’Byrnes Ferry Road.

Payne is currently scheduled to return to court on Jan. 9 for a trial readiness conference before returning to court on Jan. 16 for a trial confirmation conference. According to court records, a 10-day jury trial is expected to begin on Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_1f7879be-f1af-11e7-ab37-7ff69c1c2a46.html

Orlando VA doctor charged with DUI after crash near medical center

UPDATE 6/21/2018: The DUI charge was dismissed after re-evaluation of evidence.

An Orlando VA Medical Center doctor was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of narcotics after he crashed a few miles away from the hospital Tuesday, records show.

  • Orlando VA hospital doctor arrested on DUI charges
  • Troopers say he was under the influence of narcotics before crash
  • VA declined to say if he arrived or left work under the influence

In an arrest report, Florida Highway Patrol troopers said that 66-year-old Dr. Charles Young seemed “lethargic” and “dazed.”

He crashed his car into another vehicle before 9 a.m. at the corner of Narcoossee and Tyson roads in the Lake Nona area, shortly after a trooper said he spotted Young driving down Tavistock Lakes Boulevard, then hit a curb and keep driving.

The accident happened a day after Young’s birthday 3 miles away from the medical center, where the Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that Young has worked as an ophthalmologist there for almost a decade.

According to the arrest report, the other driver involved in the collision said that, “[Young] just slammed into the back of me and I have two small children in the back seat,” adding, “He could’ve killed us.” The report said there were no injuries from the crash.

Young performed “poorly” on field sobriety tests, according to troopers, but was not drunk, passing a Breathalyzer test.

An FHP dashboard-camera video shows troopers administering the test to Young.

“I want you to follow it with your eyes only and do not move your head,” a trooper is heard saying.

Soon after, a trooper says, “Turn around. I’m going to place you under arrest.”

The FHP determined that the doctor was under the influence of a depressant and narcotic pain medication and charged him with DUI and damaging property.

The VA would not comment on whether Young reported to work under the influence or whether they made him leave after arriving.

It released a statement:

“We are aware of the arrest and are investigating this matter fully, to include determining if this was a medical, alcohol or substance abuse issue. The Orlando VA Medical Center takes very seriously any allegations of alcohol or substance abuse among its clinicians. Appropriate action — up to and including termination — will be pursued if warranted. Any physicians or health care providers charged with a legal infraction involving substance abuse immediately have their clinical privileges suspended until the matter is settled, and a clinical case review is completed.

Dr. Charles Young is an ophthalmologist with the Orlando VA Medical Center and he has been employed since March of 2008.”

A few hours after his arrest, Young bonded out of jail for $1,000. According to court records, he has an arraignment hearing on Jan. 10.

 

http://www.baynews9.com/content/news/baynews9/news/article.html/content/news/articles/cfn/2017/12/28/orlando_va_doctor_charged_dui.html

Man with green tongue can’t beat conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana

A motorist whose tongue was green when a state trooper pulled him over has failed to beat his conviction for driving under the influence of marijuana.

A state Superior Court panel made that call in upholding the DUI conviction a Lancaster County judge slapped on 33-year-old Donyai Corbett of Coatesville.

In the state court’s opinion, President Judge Emeritus Correale F. Stevens rejected Corbett’s claim that the county judge prevented his lawyer from asking a relevant question during his nonjury trial.

Corbett fell afoul of the law by failing to signal while making a turn on Nov. 16, 2015. Trooper Peter Minko pulled him over and claimed he noticed a strong odor of marijuana coming from Corbett’s car.

Although Corbett registered no alcohol intoxication from a breath test, he failed field sobriety testing, and showed visible signs of intoxication, including bloodshot eyes and “a green tongue consistent with recent marijuana use,” the trooper said.

During Corbett’s trial before county Judge Margaret C. Miller, the defense attorney asked Minko whether he had asked Corbett for permission to search his car.

The prosecutor objected to that question, claiming it was irrelevant to whether Corbett was intoxicated. Miller sustained the objection.

Corbett claimed on appeal to Stevens’ court that the question was relevant in that the failure to even try to find any marijuana in his car could have bolstered his argument that he was not in fact under the influence of the drug.

Stevens didn’t bite. Instead, he found the absence of marijuana didn’t prove Corbett’s innocence, especially since physical signs of his intoxication were evident to an experienced trooper.

“The lack of contraband in a vehicle reasonably leads only to the inference that the visibly impaired driver must have ingested the marijuana at some moment before the stop,” Stevens wrote.

The state court ruling also affirms Corbett’s 72-hour to 6-month prison sentence.

https://articles.pennlive.com/news/2018/01/man_with_green_tongue_cant_bea.amp

Woman had half-empty vodka bottle in vehicle while DUI

WESTPORT — A Westport cop may have stopped a possible wrong-way crash last night when he stopped a wrong-way driver trying to get onto the Merritt Parkway while driving under the influence.

Police charged Gina Heckel, 49, of Fairfield, with driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs, driving the wrong way on a highway, possession of narcotics and narcotics possession in its original container.

Around 9:15 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle — later found to be driver by Heckel — trying to get onto the Merritt Parkway at exit 41 northbound off ramp while traveling southbound. The officer turned on his overhead lights and followed the vehicle onto the ramp before cutting in front of it.

“(The officer’s) quick thinking and action prevented what could have been a tragic incident on the highway, not only for the part involved, but also for other innocent travelers,” said Police Lt Jillian Cabana in a news release.

The officer had Heckel pull into the nearby commuter lot. As he spoke to Heckel the officer said he detected a strong odor of alcohol and asked her to perform the standardized field sobriety tests, which she failed.

When Heckel was taken into custody, the officer took her cell phone and purse from the vehicle and saw a half empty bottle of vodka and loose pills — later found to be prescription pills that were not prescribed to her.

At police headquarters, Heckel was given a breathalyzer test and was found to be over the legal limit. She was released from custody after positing a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 8.

http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/Westport-cops-Fairfield-woman-had-half-empty-12463762.php

Drug driving arrest as tree hits car

A35 tree strike

A falling tree injured two men when it crashed through the roof of a car in Hampshire during Storm Eleanor.

The driver and passenger were travelling on the A35 through Hinton Admiral when the tree fell on to the Ford Focus shortly after 03:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Police said both men were taken to hospital.

The road was closed by the Cat and Fiddle pub for more than three hours while the tree was cleared.

Police initially reported the driver had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Hampshire Constabulary later said: “We are investigating the full circumstances, but no arrests have been made.

“Apologies for any confusion after what was tweeted in the early hours of this morning.”

A35 tree strike

The Environment Agency had issued flood warnings and alerts across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, with coastal areas under threat from a combination of a high tide and large waves.

There were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads across Dorset in the wake of the high winds.

Dorset Police said there was “a morning of chaos” across the county on Wednesday.

The Met Office said gusts of up to 89mph (143km) were recorded on the Isle of Wight at about midnight.

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Woman arrested for driving on frozen river

According to state police, Jamie English was driving under the influence in Curwensville Borough around 8 p.m. on New Years Eve, when she drove her car down a boat launch and into the Curwensville River.

That’s when her car allegedly became stuck on the ice, and officials discovered that she had been driving drunk.

Officials tell us she will be charged with driving under the influence.

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/news/woman-arrested-for-driving-on-frozen-river/896935048

Weapons, ammo found in resident’s room in Hyatt Regency Downtown

Houston police have arrested a man who was initially going to be charged with drunk and disorderly conduct at a downtown hotel, until officers discovered an arsenal of weapons in his room.

 

Houston police uncovered a small stash of weapons and ammunition Sunday morning after showing up to arrest a drunk man at a downtown hotel that hosts one of the city’s largest New Year’s Eve parties.

After hours of investigating, police charged 49-year-old Russell Lawrence Ziemba with assaulting a peace officer and trespassing.

“This was not Las Vegas,” said an official familiar with the case. “There was not an arsenal.”

Chief Art Acevedo took to Twitter to reinforce that sentiment.

“Situation from this morning at downtown hotel is contained,” he wrote. “No specific threats.”

Staff at the Hyatt Regency Houston initially called for police around 1:30 a.m. for help handling a highly intoxicated man at the hotel bar.

At first, security at the 1200 Louisiana hotel tried sending the argumentative guest to his room, but he started fighting with them, officials said. So security called the Houston police.

The first officer planned to arrest him for trespassing, but discovered the man was drunk and belligerent.

When the officer spotted ammunition lying around Ziemba’s hotel room, he decided to call for backup.

While gathering up the suspect’s belongings, police reportedly found an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun, with many rounds of ammunition. But it wasn’t immediately clear why Ziemba brought guns and ammo to the hotel, and investigators had to wait for the alcohol to wear off before getting answers.

“He’s intoxicated so they won’t be able to interview him till he’s sobered up a bit,” Lt. Gordon Macintosh said early Sunday. The FBI confirmed it assisting with the case, but declined to offer any statement.

Authorities said they’d found and towed his truck to look for more weapons. Police said they questioned Ziemba until early afternoon.

“Based on limited amount of ammunition, interview and other investigative findings no unlawful intent found,” Acevedo tweeted just after 2 p.m.

An official familiar with the case said it appeared all three guns were legally owned, despite earlier reports to the contrary. Ziemba didn’t make any threats, the official said.

At the time of his arrest, the Tomball man was out on bond following a Dec. 23 misdemeanor arrest for allegedly carrying a handgun in his car, court records show. Previously, he’d been convicted twice for drunk driving.

Hyatt officials said the hotel will still hold its New Year’s Eve party featuring a 50,000-balloon drop at midnight from the top of a 33-story atrium. About 2,000 people are expected to attend.

“The safety and security of our guests and colleagues is our top priority, and consistent with the hotel’s prepared security plans, heightened measures are in place on New Year’s Eve,” hotel manager Tom Netting said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with authorities on an investigation, and further questions should be directed to the Houston Police Department.”

 Houston police have arrested a man who was initially going to be charged with drunk and disorderly conduct at a downtown hotel, until officers discovered an arsenal of weapons in his room.
Media: Metro Video

One Hyatt guest who said he observed the arrest said the hotel didn’t tell him anything about the incident, though the police presence didn’t have much impact on the lobby crowds as patrons came back from nearby bars.

“There wasn’t a big disruption,” said 32-year-old Zedshan Zakir, who had returned from a wedding reception when he spotted a man in cuffs on one side of the atrium.

By mid-morning Sunday, the police presence had died down and the Hyatt lobby was quiet even as the hotel geared up for a big night ahead.

“Heightened security measures, including support from local authorities, are in place and will continue through the hotel’s New Year’s Eve celebration this evening,” the company said in a statement.

Acevedo said Sunday that police and SWAT teams will be heavily deployed throughout the city.

“Proud of officers & Hyatt,” he wrote. “As always be vigilant & report suspicious activity to authorities.”

With amped up security, Houstonians went about their days downtown, some still making plans to attend the celebration.

Kelly Persaud said she anticipated turning out for the hotel’s festivities as she has in years past.

“They caught him,” she said. “You can’t live in fear, right?”

http://www.newstimes.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Arsenal-found-in-resident-s-room-in-Hyatt-Regency-12464555.php

Democrats running for Massachusetts governor in 2018 hope to repeal mandatory minimum sentences

The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee hosted the three Democratic candidates for Governor Wednesday night. Committeee chair Candy Glazer, second from with the candidates Jay Gonzalez,left, Bob Massie and Setti Warren, right.The event was held at the Greenwood Center.   (MARK M.MURRAY/THE REPUBLICAN)
The Longmeadow Democratic Town Committee hosted the three Democratic candidates for Governor Wednesday night. Committeee chair Candy Glazer, second from with the candidates Jay Gonzalez,left, Bob Massie and Setti Warren, right.The event was held at the Greenwood Center.

All three of the Democrats running for governor in 2018 support repealing some mandatory minimum sentences, but they differ on exactly which ones to repeal.

Criminal justice reform is going to be a major priority for the Legislature in 2018, even before voters decide whether to replace Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, who is running for re-election. The House and Senate both passed versions of a criminal justice bill that, among other things, would eliminate some mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders.

But where the Democratic candidates stand could be relevant if the House and Senate fail to reach a compromise next year or if activists push for further changes in 2019 or beyond.

Newton Mayor Setti Warren favors a similar policy to what lawmakers are considering: repealing mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent drug offenders. These are typically drug dealers.

“As opposed to putting them in the criminal justice system, let’s put people in treatment,” Warren said.

“What we know is evidence-based research that shows that mandatory minimums do not reduce criminal activity nor does it address the crisis in opioids we have here in the state of Massachusetts,” Warren said.

Former health insurance executive and state budget chief Jay Gonzalez wants to go further and eliminate all mandatory minimum sentences except for murder. These would include firearms crimes, operating under the influence and stalking, which all have mandatory minimums under certain circumstances.

“We should eliminate all mandatory minimum sentences except for murder and let judges do their jobs and take the individual circumstances of every particular case into account in determining the right sentence for that person,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said the current system is not rational. For example, there is no mandatory minimum sentence for rape but there is for less serious offenses.

“The truth is we have them for some and not for others,” Gonzalez said.

He noted that there is also a significant racial disparity, where the people most likely to be hurt by mandatory minimum sentences are black and Hispanic.

Environmentalist and entrepreneur Bob Massie said he opposes mandatory minimum sentences, except “maybe” for the most violent crimes. “Discretion should belong to the judge,” Massie said.

In general, all the Democrats support policies that would result in fewer people being incarcerated.

Warren said it is important that people with nonviolent drug problems are diverted out of the criminal justice system and into treatment. He wants to ensure that people in jail have access to any necessary mental health or substance abuse treatment. And, he said, it is important to provide support services, such as help finding jobs, to people who have been released from jail.

Gonzalez said although Massachusetts has one of the lowest incarceration rates in the U.S., rates are still higher than in many countries. “We need to be focused much more on addressing the underlying causes of crime,” Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez supports investing more money in diversionary programs and specialty courts to keep people who need services like drug addiction treatment out of the criminal justice system. He supports more programming to help former inmates be successful when they reenter society.

Gonzalez also supports eliminating cash bail and reforming fees and fines to make sure the state is not incarcerating people solely because they are poor.

Massie similarly favors reforming the justice system in ways that lock up fewer people and make it easier for prisoners to rejoin society. “We need to rethink what it is we expect prisons to do — lock people up or move them through a process where they can re-enter society,” Massie said.

Massie wants to see more addiction treatment and education in the prison system. He believes solitary confinement should be eliminated as a “form of torture.”

Warren and Gonzalez both opposed marijuana legalization, but now say the state must act to implement the law as efficiently as possible. Massie supported legalizing marijuana.

https://articles.masslive.com/politics/index.ssf/2017/12/democrats_running_for_governor_3.amp