N.M. State Police: Colorado man arrested in 11th DWI: A Colorado man arrested by New Mexico State Police late last week is behind bars on his 11th DWI charge, according to a news release and court records.A state police officer pulled over Terry Huff, 56, of Greeley, Colo., on Friday night near Pecos after emergency dispatchers received reports of an erratic driver. A statement of probable cause the officer filed in the San Miguel County Magistrate Court says Huff’s 4-year-old son was with him in the black Nissan SUV.According to a breath test, Huff had a blood-alcohol content of 0.24, three times the legal limit of 0.08, when a driver is presumed too drunk to drive.An officer found an unopened bottle of Importers vodka in Huff’s vehicle, the court document says.Emergency dispatchers told the state police officer that Huff had 10 prior DWI arrests, according to the court document. It’s not immediately clear where those prior arrests took place, but statewide court records don’t show any prior convictions for Huff in New Mexico.A family friend who lives in the area took custody of Huff’s child, the officer’s statement says, adding that the child’s mother told police she was in Denver getting treatment for cancer.Huff is charged with DWI, child abandonment and reckless driving, according to court records. He is being held in the San Miguel County jail in lieu of a $15,000 cash-only bond.
Police find man suspected in DUI wreck drinking a beer. He allegedly ran while receiving medical treatment HELLERTOWN, Pa. – The Northampton County man accused in the drunk driving crash that sent his truck through a storefront was allegedly drinking a beer when police found him following a search.Keith A. Zerby Jr., of Clauser Street in Hellertown, is facing DUI and related charges in connection with the wreck about 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 600 block of Main Street. District Judge Antonia Grifo arraigned the 36-year-old Friday evening, setting bail at $30,000.Authorities said Zerby crashed his flatbed truck into three vehicles before plowing through the front of the VapeMeister store at 650 Main St. A borough police officer said Zerby appeared confused and disoriented after the wreck and summoned paramedics to treat minor cuts to his face, according to court records.Police also planned on having him evaluated for a suspected DUI.An officer told Zerby that he needed to speak with him before he was taken to the hospital. While the officer gathered information about the other vehicles damaged in the crash and assisted with a fuel leak from the truck, Zerby allegedly hopped out of the ambulance and ran west on Main Street, according to records.Police searched for Zerby for about 45 minutes. Lower Saucon Township police found him drinking a beer in the Cinder Banks area near the Saucon Creek.He was taken into custody, and authorities obtained a search warrant for a blood draw, which was done at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill.Police charged Zerby with driving under the influence, escape, flight to avoid apprehension and careless driving. He was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for April 25 after failing to post bail.
Man accused of knocking down utility poles with car charged with OUI: Worcester police arrested a man on Main Street Wednesday afternoon after he crashed into two light poles while allegedly driving under the influence of drugs.Police responded to 1140 Main St. around 12:09 p.m. for the reported motor vehicle accident. When police arrived, they observed that two vehicles were involved in the crash.One man was already being treated for injuries when police arrived. Witnesses told police that the man, later identified as Robert Kniskern Jr., was the driver who struck the two aluminum light poles.The driver was near Park Ave Auto when he suddenly swerved into one of the poles, the impact of which forced his vehicle across the street into a second pole, police said. After striking the second pole, Kniskern crashed into another car, operated by a 56-year-old man.Police said witnesses observed Kniskern slumped over the driver’s wheel prior to the crash.Before Kniskern was transported to the hospital, police spoke briefly with the driver. Based on their conversation with Kniskern, witness reports and evidence from the scene, police ascertained that he was operating under the influence of narcotics.A background check also showed that Kniskern was wanted for two outstanding warrants. Kniskern was placed under arrest and charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating a vehicle to endanger and operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license, his third offense.Police received a search warrant for Kniskern’s vehicle and discovered a hypodermic needle and syringe with a bottle of 50MG Natrexone Hydrochloride.No other injuries were reported at the scene.Kniskern is expected to be arraigned in Worcester District Courthouse Thursday.
Prosecuting and defense attorneys are recommending a three-year prison term for a man who caused a drunken-driving crash that ended a woman’s pregnancy.
Tony S. Muldrow, 39, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the Aug. 13, 2016, crash on the East Side.
The maximum combined penalty for the offenses is 10 years, but the attorneys recommended a lesser sentence as part of a plea agreement. The conviction also will bring a mandatory driver’s license suspension, which can range from three years to a lifetime.
Franklin County Common Pleas Judge Jenifer French ordered a pre-sentencing investigation and scheduled sentencing for May 25.
Muldrow was driving south on South Hamilton Road when his GMC Yukon went left of center and slammed head-on into a northbound Honda Accord that was stopped at a traffic light in the left-turn lane at Dundee Avenue, said Assistant Prosecutor William Walton.
Muldrow drove off but was apprehended when his SUV became disabled on the ramp to eastbound Interstate 70. His blood-alcohol level was measured at 0.186 percent, Walton said. It is illegal to drive at a level of 0.08 or above.
The passenger in the Honda, Ghislain Ngolo, 23, was injured, and the fetus she was carrying was killed. The driver of the car, Roseline Keni, 36, also was injured.
Muldrow will remain free on bond while awaiting sentencing.
Trial rescheduled for Charles Pickett Jr. in fatal bicycle crash: Charles Pickett Jr. appears in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for a motion hearing Thursday, March 16, 2017. Pickett’s trial is expected to begin April 25 in Judge Paul J. Bridenstine’s courtroom. Pickett faces five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury in the June 7, 2016 crash. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder. (Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com) (Mark Bugnaski)People in the courtroom watch as Charles Pickett Jr. appears in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court for a motion hearing Thursday, March 16, 2017, Judge Paul J. Bridenstine’s courtroom. (Mark Bugnaski/MLive.com)CLOSEMore share options:By Emily Monacelli | firstname.lastname@example.org CLOSEFollow on TwitterKALAMAZOO, MI — The trial has been rescheduled for Charles Pickett Jr., a Battle Creek man accused of driving drugged and plowing into a group of bicyclists in Kalamazoo County, killing five and injuring four.Pickett’s trial is expected to start with jury selection Sept. 18 and opening statements Sept. 19 in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court Judge Paul J. Bridenstine’s courtroom, according to court documents. His trial had been scheduled for jury selection on April 24 and opening statements April 25.A settlement conference is scheduled for Sept. 15.Pickett’s defense attorney Alan Koenig in March filed a notice to use the insanity defense in Pickett’s case. He has been ordered to undergo an evaluation for criminal responsibility at the state’s Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ypsilanti, which has caused a delay in the case.Pickett, 50, faces five counts of operating while intoxicated causing death, five counts of second-degree murder and four counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury in the June 7, 2016 crash on North Westnedge Avenue in Cooper Township. He could face up to life in prison if convicted of second-degree murder.Several witnesses testified at Pickett’s preliminary examination in November they saw Pickett driving erratically, and a Kalamazoo Township police officer who was at the scene said he was “completely out of it” after the crash, was slurring words and seemed under the influence of something.Police say Pickett crashed his pickup truck into the nine bicyclists who were out for ride as part of the “Chain Gang” bicycle group. Pickett’s girlfriend told police he downed handfuls of pain pills and muscle relaxers before getting behind the wheel. Several witnesses testified at Pickett’s November preliminary examination they saw him driving erratically before the crash.Pickett was found competent to stand trial in August 2016 and ordered to stand trial in November.Meanwhile, Bridenstine also will decide whether a previous DUI arrest of Pickett can be used as evidence at trial. He was arrested for operating under the influence in Rhea County, Tenn., in February 2011, but the charges were later dropped.Killed in the crash north of Kalamazoo were: Debra Ann Bradley , 53, of Augusta; Melissa Ann Fevig Hughes , 42, of Kalamazoo; Fred Anton “Tony” Nelson , 73, of Kalamazoo; Lorenz John “Larry” Paulik , 74, of Kalamazoo and Suzanne Joan Sippel , 56, of Augusta.The four seriously injured were Paul Douglas Gobble, 47 of Richland, Sheila Diane Jeske, 53, of Richland, Jennifer Lynn Johnson, 40 of Kalamazoo and Paul Lewis Runnels, 65, of Richland.
Driver wearing ‘Hold my beer’ shirt arrested for DUIBy Fox 61 Published April 11, 2017Facebook Twitter Email PrintHarrison Wootton.A man arrested for driving under the influence early Monday after an accident, had his mug shot taken while he was wearing a t-shirt that said “Hold my beer and watch this.”
Under current law, a person who commits a third DUI offense must spend a minimum of 60 days in jail. On the fourth offense, they may only face probation and never see the inside of a jail cell.
If this bill passes, anyone who commits a fourth or subsequent DUI offense will be in jail for a minimum of 90 days.
“Really surprising and shocking and horrifying that we would find someone with their fourth or fifth offense would actually serve no jail time at all in this state,” said bill sponsor Representative Lori Saine.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) connects with survivors of DUI related incidents. The organization believe this bill would advocate for the victims.”
“We worked with several families victims who had been affected by repeat drunk drivers and their main question was why wasn’t something more done,” said MADD State Executive Director Fran Lanzer. “There would be accountability for people especially those who continue to drive drunk or impaired.”
Sponsors introduced the bill in March. It will go before representatives again on Thursday at 1:30 p.m.
Sentences have ranged from no jail or prison up to 16 years in prison so far.
Man Facing Charges After Driving Lawn Tractor While Intoxicated With Small Boy As Passenger: Shortly after 9:00 p.m., officers received an anonymous complaint regarding a male driving a lawn tractor on the road near the Parkland area. Police were also advised that the male was holding his young son on his lap and that he was driving on and off the roadway. Officers headed to the area and noted a garden tractor leave the roadway and proceed south on the sidewalk along Park Street. When the Police vehicle pulled up to the garden tractor and activated the emergency lights to stop it, the driver was observed throwing a beer onto the ground, and also that he was holding a small boy. The driver identified himself and stated he was coming from the bar. He had difficulty standing and speaking, but was cooperative with officers. A search of his person produced three unopened cans of beer. He was placed under arrest for impaired driving and transported to the police office. Breath testing produced two readings of 150mg/%. Investigation also revealed that his driver’s licence was under suspension. The man, age 41 and resident of Winkler, faces charges of Impaired Driving, Driving over .08, Driving while Disqualified, and Unlawful Transportation of Liquor in a Motor Vehicle. He was released to his wife who signed a release form accepting responsibility for him.
College student from Greenville killed in DWI crash – A college student from Greenville was killed in a drunk driving accident Sunday night in Durham.Durham police say 18-year-old Myiah Andrews was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck head-on by a suspected drunk driver.The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. on East Greer Street.Natasha Taylor, 25, of Durham, has been charged with felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired and failing to maintain lane control.Andrews was a freshman pre-nursing major at North Carolina Central University and died at the scene. Pitt County Schools says she graduated from South Central High School in June.Three other NCCU students were in the vehicle with Andrews and were all injured in the crash.Taylor was jailed on a $250,000 bond and appeared before a judge Monday morning.”I would ask that you keep Ms. Andrews family, friends and classmates in your thoughts and prayers during their time of grief,” said NCCU Interim Chancellor Dr. Johnson Akinleye. “The sudden passing of a promising young person who was just beginning her journey is indeed heartbreaking and causes us to lean on one another for strength as members of a unified Eagle family.”
Catholic priest charged with driving while intoxicated: Police charged Father Carlos Zuniga of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco, Texas with driving while intoxicated. (Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office)AAWESLACO, Texas (KGBT) – Police have charged a Catholic priest with driving while intoxicated.Officers arrested Father Carlos Zuniga of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Weslaco, according to Hidalgo County jail records.Zuniga is charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.Details about the arrest weren’t immediately available. CBS 4 News filed a request for the criminal complaint with the Weslaco Municipal Court.A spokeswoman for the Catholic Diocese of Brownsville couldn’t be reached for comment Monday afternoon. Zuniga didn’t respond to a message left at the church.An orphan who felt called to the priesthood at 8 years old, Zuniga served in south McAllen, Texas before moving to St. Pius, according to a story published by The Monitor newspaper. In September 2013, he was accused of inappropriately interfering in the Weslaco City Commission election by distributing fliers in the church bulletin. Zuniga said he simply wanted to draw attention to the city’s high water rates.Associate Municipal Judge Miguel Wise set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond for Zuniga.Officers booked Zuniga at the Hidalgo County jail at 12:30 p.m. Monday. He was released at 2:02 p.m.