Police: Taxi driver pulled over near strip club was under influence of marijuana

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Springfield Police pulled over a taxi driver who they say was under the influence of marijuana early Monday morning.

Police say 61-year-old John Jelley of Eugene was driving the taxi on Mohawk Boulevard without headlights or tail lights on with a customer in the car.

Springfield Police say the taxi was taking the customer from the Sweet Illusions Strip Club when the officer stopped the vehicle.

Police say the driver showed signs of impairment when speaking to the officer.

“The officer contacted the driver and subsequent investigation determined that the driver was driving on intoxicants, specifically marijuana,” said Sgt. Brian Humphreys.

According to police, there was a distinct smell of burnt marijuana in the taxi.

In a search of the vehicle, police say they found marijuana paraphernalia.

Jelley was arrested and sent to the Springfield municipal jail.

Police stress to drivers that operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana is dangerous. They say don’t get into a car with someone you think may be impaired.

“Driving is a divided attention task and when you start to impair that it makes the task dangerous,” said Sgt. Humphreys. “So a lot of the things that officers look for, with impaired driving can stem from the use of narcotics, and stem from the use of marijuana–prescription drugs there is a lot of things, that can impair our ability to drive safely above and beyond just the use of alcohol.”

According to police, Jelley called another taxi driver to take the customer home.

Jelley is charged with DUII and reckless driving.


Mom used kids to push wrecked vehicle after DUI crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis mother is accused of driving under the influence, crashing her vehicle and then trying to push her damaged car away from the scene with the help of her two children.

The incident happened on Mays Glade Drive late Saturday night, according to WREG.

The mother, Krysten Scott, told authorities she was heading westbound when a sedan hit her car, according to the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Despite the significant damage to her vehicle, the Scott reportedly tried to drive away. When that didn’t work, witnesses said she jumped out of the vehicle and started pushing it home with the help of her children.

When one witness asked her what she was doing, according to WREG, she simply replied, “Can you help us push my car to my house?”

By the time authorities arrived on the scene, both children had walked home. Scott followed as police were taking witness statements, authorities said.

When investigators arrived at her door, she refused to answer. Several minutes later, she walked out of the house to make a call and was promptly put in handcuffs, according to the sheriff’s office. The arrest report noted Scott resisted officers and then “tested poorly” on the field sobriety test, despite her insistence she wasn’t drunk.

Scott was arrested and charged with driving under the influence, child abuse/neglect, resisting official detention and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury.

Mom used kids to push wrecked vehicle after DUI crash, police say

Sacramento restaurant creates cocktail for beloved bartender killed by drunk driver

Navarrete was driving home after working a Friday night shift around at Zocalo’s University Village location around 12:30 a.m. when he was hit at the intersection of El Camino Avenue and Evergreen Street.

The driver who allegedly hit Navarrete is 38-year-old Xoury Soukouang. He has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and is currently booked at the Sacramento County Jail on $350,000 jail.

Navarrete’s friends and co-workers remember their friend as a hard-working, loving person with the most infectious smile.

“He was the light of everyone’s life. He literally lit up the bar,” Jewel Carbone, who manages Zocalo-UV, said.

Nestor Jimenez, who worked with Navarrete for more than six years, said he had the best smile “hands down.”

“Best smile of all three Zocalos,” he said. “No one competes with that.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Navarrete’s funeral expenses.

In addition, Zocalo has created a cocktail in his honor called “La Sonrisa,” which means “the smile” in Spanish. It will be sold at all three Zocalo locations this week. Proceeds will go to Navarrete’s family.



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state police have charged two motorists with driving under the influence after two separate wrong-way crashes within hours of each other on Saturday night and Sunday morning. No one was seriously injured in the crashes.

The first crash was reported at 7:20 p.m. Saturday on Route 4 in East Greenwich, after a driver going north in the high-speed southbound lane crashed into a car going south.

Corey Stott Miller, 28, of 276 Weeden St., Pawtucket — the driver going in the wrong direction, according to the state police — was charged with driving under the influence, first offense; driving to endanger, resulting in physical injury; and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Miller was treated at Kent County Hospital for minor injuries while the driver and a passenger in the car struck by Miller’s vehicle were treated at South County Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

The second crash was reported at 2 a.m. Sunday when the state police received numerous 911 calls for a wrong-way driver going south in the northbound lanes of Route 95. The driver sideswiped a car as it crossed into Warwick and then crashed near Jefferson Boulevard, the state police said.

The driver, Cameron Wambolt, 25, of 306 Washington St., West Warwick, was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or greater and driving to endanger, resulting in physical injury.

Wambolt was not injured in the crash, but two people in the car hit by Wambolt’s vehicle were treated at Rhode Island Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and released.

In a third, unrelated incident, Tommy Price, 43, of 110B Columbia Heights Rd., Charlestown, was stopped by state police on Route 95 in Warwick Saturday night and charged with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

“There is simply no excuse for anyone to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” state police superintendent Col. Ann C. Assumpico said in a statement. “We have zero tolerance for people who drive while impaired or those who operate their vehicles in a dangerous manner that endangers the lives of others.”

Troopers say car drove into ice cream shop

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after a car crashed into a popular ice cream store.

Troopers reported to Katie’s Korner in Hubbard, across the street from Love’s gas station.

Highway Patrol says a small car crashed into the side of the building, causing some damage.

They say the cause of the crash is still unknown but one man was arrested with an OVI.

There were no reported injuries.

Alleged drunk driver crashes car just hours after buying it

A 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer was left unrecognizable after a rollover crash on northbound I-94, just south of Highway 11 in Racine County Thursday night.

The driver, a 44-year-old Kenosha man, was uninjured.

“That’s miraculous when you look at the damage to the vehicle,” said Racine County Sheriff Richard Schmaling. “I thought for certain it would be a deceased individual.”

Schmaling says the driver’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and this isn’t his first offense.

“This was his third OWI,” Schmaling said. “His own statement confirms he was out drinking and celebrating.”

Celebrating the purchase of his new car. The man bought the Trailblazer just a few hours before crashing it.

The number of drivers with multiple OWI’s on Wisconsin roads is escalating.

Schmaling says Racine County law enforcement agencies recorded at least 750 OWI arrests last year.

“The Sheriff’s Office made a little more than half of those arrests,” he said. “So far, we’ve seen about a 20 percent increase in OWI arrests this year. I expect that to continue to go up with all the economic development here, meaning additional people coming into our community. “

With the construction of Foxconn nearby – and other new businesses and housing subdivisions – impaired driving can create a very dangerous mix.

“We’ve been working very closely with the Tavern League,” Schmaling said. “They’re very receptive to the Safe Ride Program. You have Lyft, Uber and a number of others. But it’s really going to take changing the mindset of people who continue to get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state continue to advocate for stronger penalties.


FDNY boss loses control of vehicle in Manhattan, busted for DWI

Steve Cassidy (l.) jumped the curb and nearly careened into two women on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. around midnight, a witness said.© Joe Marino/New York Daily News Steve Cassidy (l.) jumped the curb and nearly careened into two women on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. around midnight, a witness said.FDNY honcho Steve Cassidy was busted for DWI and cocaine possession after his city-owned car careened onto a busy Midtown sidewalk — narrowly missing two women, cops said.
Cassidy, a former head of the firefighters union and current vice chair of the FDNY pension fund, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday after his vehicle jumped the curb on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St., authorities said.

Witnesses said he tried to bolt from the accident scene but was stopped and held by a pair of pedestrians.

Cassidy remained in custody Wednesday awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on the booze and drug charges. Police recovered a cocaine-filled yellow envelope tucked inside his wallet, officials said.

Eyewitness Jakob Grabel watched an incoherent Cassidy lurch from his car and collapse to the ground after the accident.

He looked “bewildered and out of it,” recalled Grabel. “He got out of the car and tried to walk off but two good Samaritans stopped him. I called 911.

“He was mumbling gibberish, not speaking any proper English,” the student added.

Cassidy, 62, identified himself as a fire marshal to two witnesses, according to Grabel.

A source indicated Cassidy could face additional criminal charges for impersonating a fire marshal. There was no response for comment from the FDNY, and the fire union declined comment.

The officers were “calm and courteous” and at one point placed their hands on Cassidy’s back to keep him from stumbling, a video shot by Grabel showed.

“I think people from different backgrounds would have gotten cuffed easily,” said Grabel, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Cassidy, the father of two, is currently separated from his wife. According to a source, Cassidy was recovering from double knee surgery and taking prescription medicine before having a few drinks.

The mix of meds and alcohol may have contributed to his woozy state, the source said.

Nobody was injured in the accident, and police said Cassidy had no prior arrests. It was unclear where Cassidy was coming from or where he was headed when his vehicle went up on the sidewalk.

Cassidy also appeared to violate city conflict of interest laws that bar employees from using government cars for personal business.

In 2016, City and State named Cassidy one of the city’s 100 most powerful people.

Cassidy was the first Uniformed Firefighters Association head to be elected directly from a firehouse, according to his bio.

The UFA is the largest fire union in the U.S., with about 8,500 active and 15,000 retired members.

In 2016, he left the union post to become the lead trustee and vice-chairman of the FDNY Pension and Investments Board — a move that raised the hackles of union members who saw his new job as a betrayal of the rank-and-file.

Critics accused Cassidy of violating the so-called “turncoat provision” passed after previous union president Tom Von Essen became fire commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The provision barred union officials from going to work for the city for three years after stepping down from their union duties.

As union president, Cassidy pushed for compensation for firefighters and first responders who suffered from the environmental effects of the 9/11 attacks.

He advocated for separate acknowledgment of emergency responders on the 9/11 memorial — in opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who favored a random list of names.


Police: Man unseats mayor, gets arrested for DUI hours after election

A victory celebration may have been just a little bit too much for one area mayoral candidate.

Officials in Nash County said Robert Williams, Jr. was arrested for a DUI hours after being elected the mayor of Sharpsburg.

He was booked into the Nash County Jail after 11:30 Tuesday night and bonded out early the next morning.

He’s charged with driving while impaired, carrying a concealed weapon, concealed gun after/while consuming alcohol, concealed handgun-private premises prohibited sign/statement, and two counts of resist/delay/obstruct public officer discharge duties.

Williams, who was the tri-county town’s appointed mayor from 2011-2013, defeated incumbent Randy Weaver in a do-over election.

In unofficial election results, Williams received 169 votes, or 50.90 percent, to Weaver’s 162 votes, or 48.80 percent.

Tuesday’s special election was called in response to irregularities found in a Wilson County precinct November 7.

Williams’ complaint was found to have merit and a Wake County Superior Court judge ordered a special election to determine the winner of the mayoral race.

Sharpsburg is divided between Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties.

Man accused of driving lawn mower drunk, cutting someone else’s grass


INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man was arrested and charged with driving a lawn mower while intoxicated, police said.

On Saturday, officers pulled over Barry Ridge, 46, of Franklin, Ind., while he was driving down County Road 100 North on a red lawn mower, according to the Johnson County (Ind.) Sheriff’s department.

The Franklin Police Department received a complaint early Saturday evening from someone upset that Ridge drove onto their yard and started mowing the grass. Ridge then headed down the road.

Officers said Ridge’s eyes appeared “glassy.” He failed a breathalyzer test, which found his blood-alcohol level to be 0.189%. In Indiana, the legal limit for intoxication is 0.08%.

This isn’t the first time Ridge was arrested for driving his lawn mower while drunk, according to police records. He was arrested in a Kroger parking lot for operating the mower while intoxicated and “causing a disturbance” on April 8. His Huskee lawn tractor was impounded.

Ridge is still awaiting trial for the first arrest. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail on Saturday.


Off-duty MSP trooper charged with OUI in Lynnfield

Massachusetts State Police headquarters in Framingham.

LYNNFIELD, Mass. – An off-duty Massachusetts State Police Trooper was arrested over the weekend for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. 

Two to three calls were made to State Police reporting a white SUV driving erratically on Routes 28 and 95.

Troopers from the State Police barracks in Danvers arrested Alfred G. Burgos, 35, after stopping him in the Goodwin Circle Rotary in Lynnfield at around 11:40 p.m. on Saturday.

The officer had been honored at the 19th annual awards dinner in Malden for the Irish American Police Officers Association.

Sources tell Boston 25 News that Burgos received the Medal of Valor for being on the front lines during the gun battle with armed suspects in Roslindale in October of 2016.

He was then charged for operating under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and committing a marked lanes violation.

The officer was bailed from the barracks and will be arraigned some time this week. He has been relieved of duty pending a departmental duty status hearing.

Burgos is assigned to the State Police Division of Investigative Services, and is expected to appear in front of a judge on Thursday.

State Police have not released any further information.