Man arrested for drunk driving after fixing truck and crashing into his home

According to Clare County Sheriff's Office, 38-year-old David Wesley Wright had repaired his 2000 Dodge Durango and decided to take it for a test drive and ended up crashing into his home. Police arrested him for drunk driving.
According to Clare County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old David Wesley Wright had repaired his 2000 Dodge Durango and decided to take it for a test drive and ended up crashing into his home. Police arrested him for drunk driving.
(Courtesy | Clare County Sheriff’s Office)

HAYES TWP, MI — A man was three times the legal limit when he was arrested for his third drunk driving charge early Monday, according to police.

It was about 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 20 when a call came through to Clare County Central Dispatch reporting a suspicious situation involving a vehicle on Oak Flats Road in Hayes Township.

David Wesley Wright
 According to Clare County Sheriff’s Office, 38-year-old David Wesley Wright had repaired his 2000 Dodge Durango and decided to take it for a test drive.

Somehow, Wright drove the vehicle into his own home and when officers arrived at the scene they found him intoxicated and arrested him for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, according to police.

Wright was arraigned Monday in the Clare County 80 th District Court for operating while intoxicated third offense and bond was set at $10,000 or 10 percent.

https://articles.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2017/11/man_arrested_for_drunk_driving.amp

Fort Bend County deputy recovering after being hit by DWI driver, officials say

 RICHMOND, Texas – A driver is in custody after a deputy-involved crash in Richmond, officials said.

Fort Bend County Deputy Crystal Schooler was out of her vehicle investigating a suspicious person on the 11000 block of Harlem Road near the Grand Parkway at 1:15 a.m. Saturday.

Investigators said a driver hit the deputy’s vehicle, knocking it into her and the person she was questioning.

According to officials, the deputy reportedly has a concussion and a fractured tibia.

Deputies said the person she was speaking to suffered minor injuries.

The driver was arrested for a DWI.

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The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Monday posted a message from Schooler:

“First and foremost I would like to thank God for watching over me. I’m truly blessed and grateful to be alive.

“I would like to thank everyone for all the text messages, calls and visits. To my FBCSO family, thank you so much for the love and support. I truly appreciate y’all going the extra mile in my time of need. I feel happy knowing that y’all will have my back with whatever may come.

“I would like to thank Sugar Land P.D., Stafford P.D., Missouri City P.D, and Houston P.D. for assisting the FBCSO with providing a police escort all the way to Memorial-Hermann Hospital – The Medical Center due to Life Flight not being available.

I also would like to thank Fort Bend County EMS and Fire for their support and help in my time of need. As well, I would like to thank the nurses and doctors of Memorial-Hermann Hospital – The Medical Center for their treatment and care.

“I also appreciate all of the flowers and cards I have received. To my family and friends, I appreciate the love and support you have given me. I also appreciate the citizens of Fort Bend County and surrounding areas who have been outpouring their support for me in this situation.

“Last but not least, a special thank you to my husband for being by my side this whole time. I hope to have a speedy recovery and get back to work as soon as I can. Much love.”

https://www.click2houston.com/news/fort-bend-county-deputy-hit-injured-by-dwi-driver-officials-say

Cannabis sales must avoid mistakes made by alcohol deregulation

University of Alberta professor Dr. Elaine Hyshka says the Alberta government needs to make sure it sets proper regulations for looming cannabis legalization.

University of Alberta professor Dr. Elaine Hyshka says the Alberta government needs to make sure it sets proper regulations for looming cannabis legalization. (The Canadian Press)

As the province begins developing a framework for legalizing cannabis, a University of Alberta doctor said she hopes Alberta learns from past mistakes with alcohol deregulation.

Dr. Elaine Hyshka said the government has some decisions to make before legalization takes place on July 1.

“I’ll be watching to see how government maintains control over things like price, advertising and marketing, the density of outlets and other factors that really are critical for really trying to encourage moderate use,” Hyshka told CBC’s Radio Active Wednesday.

Hyshka is speaking at the University of Alberta Thursday about what the Cannabis Act means for Canadians. The presentation at 5 p.m. will be livestreamed on their website.

She said Alberta’s cannabis price point can’t be so low people are encouraged to use it, nor can it be so high that users turn to the black market for cheaper prices.

Ontario has proposed a $10 per gram price, which, with the proposed federal tax plan, would cost $11 in Alberta. A mid-level dealer in Calgary told CBC News in October that he typically sells for anywhere between $6 and $8 a gram.

Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci has rejected the federal cannabis tax plan and the Alberta government has not set a price yet.

Hyshka said she’ll also be watching how many stores selling cannabis will be allowed in a particular area. She said the amount of liquor stores on every corner, some of which are open until 2 a.m., is a mistake the government shouldn’t repeat.

Elaine Hyshka

Hyshka says restrictions should be placed on marketing and advertising cannabis. (CBC )

“Although cannabis as a substance is less harmful than alcohol, we’d be wanting to see some new restrictions put in place that really set the standard for how we regulate psychoactive substances,” she said.

She also hopes marketing of the product is restricted to prevent influencing a new generation of cannabis users.

“[Hopefully, we] don’t go out of the way to stimulate a new market or stimulate a new demand for what is not a harmless substance,” she said.

Cannabis still ‘liberally available’

Hyshka said that though there are documented benefits of cannabis, such as for those in chronic pain, that doesn’t mean it isn’t harmful — or, in the case of impaired driving, dangerous.

But she said concerns raised recently by the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police about impaired driving, while valid, are not new.

“It’s important to remember that cannabis is liberally available right now through the illegal market and many people are using it and some people are driving while impaired,” she said.

“Enforcing cannabis impaired driving or other sorts of infractions is not new.”

But Hyshka and the police chiefs place importance on a common, primary goal: discouraging those who don’t use cannabis from starting.

“I think that’s a main objective,” she said. “[And] if you are going to engage in cannabis use, how can you do so responsibly in a way that is going to try to, as much as possible, protect your health.”

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/cannabis-marketing-advertising-legalization-1.4415063

The Drunkest City in Every State: Colorado

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6. Colorado
> Drunkest city: Fort Collins, CO
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 21.0% (top 25%)
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.1% (15th highest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 30.6%

Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins is a midsize college city located along the Cache La Poudre River in Colorado’s Front Range. College students drink more than nearly any other group. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 3 in 5 U.S. college students aged 18 to 22 drink alcohol. In the Fort Collins metro area, some 11.6% of the population are enrolled in college or graduate school — nearly the largest share in Colorado — and 21.0% of adults drink to excess or binge drink, the largest share in the state.

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Man in Care Bear costume charged with DWI on moped

Keith Hurley
Keith Hurley 

A Morganton man dressed in a Care Bear onesie was charged with driving while impaired Saturday after an officer spotted him driving his moped without its lights on, according to an arrest report.

Officer E.W. Connor with the Morganton Department of Public Safety was driving on West Union Street around 4 a.m. when he noticed the moped, driven by Keith William Hurley, 39, coming toward him in the opposite lane, the report said.

Connor noticed Hurley was wearing a black helmet and a light blue fleece onesie, “which was later determined to be a care bear costume,” the report said.

Hurley turned into the First Baptist Church parking lot on West Union Street after Connor turned around to stop him, the report said.

When Connor pulled into the parking lot and drove toward Hurley, he noticed him digging underneath the moped’s seat, the report said.

Connor asked why Hurley did not have his lights on, and he replied that he had a short, the report said. Hurley said he had a DOT-approved flashlight he was attaching to the front of his moped.

Connor noticed the onesie Hurley was wearing was a Grumpy Bear Care Bear costume, the report said. The costume was unzipped almost to his waist, and Hurley had glitter on his face and chest, the report said.

Hurley told Connor that he was coming from work at a downtown eatery, where he is a manager, the report said. Hurley told the officer his work was having a Halloween event, and that’s why he was dressed like a Care Bear.

Connor noticed alcohol on Hurley’s breath and that his eyes were red and glossy, the report said. Hurley said he had a couple of beers at a downtown bar and had been sitting at the bar to sober up, the report said.

Hurley also told Connor he thought he was sober enough to leave the bar and that he knew the lights didn’t work, the report said. He thought it was fine because he was “only a few blocks from home,” the report said. Google Maps, however, lists his home as being 3 miles away from the bar, the report said.

Hurley attempted field sobriety tests, but “performed poorly,” the report said.

Connor charged Hurley with driving while impaired, the report said.

“Was there something wrong with my driving,” Hurley asked, according to the report. “You saw I was driving fine.”

While at a local jail, Hurley refused to take a breath test, the report said. Hurley said that because his license already was suspended, he did not see a reason to consent to the test, the report said.

A search warrant was granted to Connor to get a sample of Hurley’s blood, the report said. Hurley said he would not consent to the blood draw either and that officers would have to “strap him down,” the report said.

“It is my body, and you have no right to take blood from me,” Hurley said, according to the report.

Officers explained that they had the right to take his blood because of the warrant, the report said.

“I’m not consenting to a sample, but I will not fight,” Hurley said, according to the report.

Connor transported Hurley to the magistrate’s office, where he was given a $1,000 bond, the report said. He was then placed in a local jail, the report said.

http://www.morganton.com/news/man-in-care-bear-costume-charged-with-dwi-on-moped/article_1b380eaa-bdac-11e7-8063-fb27c95c07e9.html

Man arrested, alleged to have had over 1 lb. of marijuana, DUID

A Fort Collins, Colorado man is facing charges of felony Possession of a Controlled Substance- Marijuana in Natrona County, after Troopers say they found over a pound of marijuana in his vehicle.According to court paperwork 33-year-old Ira Whitney was taken into custody, during the late night hours of November 16th.

Highway Patrol Troopers say that Whitney was observed driving a black Pontiac G6, on I-25, near milepost 184. Reports say that the Pontiac was observed going 90 mph, in a posted 80 mph zone.

Troopers say that they further observed the Pontiac fail to maintain it’s lane of travel while driving.

A stop was initiated and an arrest affidavit says that when the Pontiac pulled over it struck the curb, and the driver stopped the car with the vehicle’s front passenger tire parked on the curb.

Troopers contacted Whitney and note that they could smell an odor of marijuana and alcohol about the suspect’s person. Troopers also report seeing a black canister labeled “THC,” and a multi-colored glass pipe with suspected marijuana in the bowl. The affidavit says that both the canister and the pipe were in plain view on the passenger seat.

When questioned, Troopers say that Whitney admitted to having a gram of marijuana in the vehicle, and saying that his last drink had been a rum and cola, at a bar in Fort Collins, two hours before the stop. Whitney further advised that he worked at the bar.

Whitney was taken into custody, and a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded an open Bud Light bottle that was described as “cool to the touch,” found in between the passenger seat and center console. Further, Troopers report finding a six pack of Bud Light in the car, with two of the bottles removed.

In the trunk of the vehicle Troopers discovered approximately 1.2 pounds of suspected marijuana, divided up between four separately packaged vacuum sealed bags.

After a field sobriety test, Whitney was placed under arrest just after midnight.

During his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court, Whitney was charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Under the Influence. Whitney’s bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.

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Medical-marijuana doctor arrested

Medical-marijuana doctor arrested
Dr. Richard J. D’Amico

PLATTSBURGH — The only physician in Clinton County authorized to prescribe medical marijuana has been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs.

Dr. Richard D’Amico, 48, of Plattsburgh was arrested Friday, Nov. 10, and charged with driving while his ability was impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, after a traffic stop on the downtown stretch of Margaret Street.

Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Bradley Kiroy said a plainclothes police officer reported to Plattsburgh City Police that he saw D’Amico park his car and get out and that he was visibly intoxicated.

When officers arrived around 9:54 p.m., D’Amico was pulling out of the parking space and heading north on Margaret Street.

They saw him swerve from his lane without using his turn signal, Kiroy said.

Police pulled D’Amico over and had a blood test performed.

“The results of the test have not been returned,” Kiroy said.

Besides the DWAI charge, D’Amico was ticketed for failure to keep right on a two-lane road and failure to use his turning signal.

He was held and then arraigned the next morning in Plattsburgh City Court before Judge Mark Rogers, then released on his own recognizance.

D’Amico could not be reached for comment Friday. His lawyer, Patrick McFarlin, said his client had no comment on the arrest.

D’Amico is due back in court on Thursday, Dec. 21.

http://www.pressrepublican.com/news/local_news/medical-marijuana-doctor-arrested/article_826ecbba-3e59-5f3c-8274-05a46832984d.html

Fire official charged with drunk driving

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WELLSBORO – Wellsboro Fire Department First Assistant Fire Chief Robert S. McCarthy, 53, of Wellsboro faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and careless driving after he allegedly cut the corner on the way to a dispatch Oct. 27 and ran onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting several people.

According to documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb’s office in Elkland, McCarthy was driving a Freightliner fire truck too fast around the corner of East Avenue and Main Street about 10:30 p.m., causing adults standing in front of the Wellsboro Diner to pull children back out of the way and jump out of the way themselves to avoid being hit.

McCarthy will appear before Edgcomb in District Judge Rob Repard’s courtroom Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m.

Illinois Supreme Court Weighing Seizure Of Woman’s Harley

Petra Henderson was the designated driver on a bar crawl with her husband. But after the last stop of the night, she says he jumped on her Harley and offered a choice: get on the back or walk home.

An argument ensued, but Henderson eventually got on board. It was only 12 blocks to their home in Robinson, but police saw the motorcycle swerving, and the husband was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The government says Henderson consented to letting her husband drive drunk — and on a suspended license — so it moved to seize the Harley.

A trial judge approved the seizure, saying he didn’t believe the Hendersons’ story, but that was reversed on appeal.

Arguing for the government Wednesday was Assistant Attorney General Jason Krigel. He told the Illinois Supreme Court that the state has an interest in preventing alcohol-impaired driving, and only allows forfeiture in a narrow range of cases.

“It doesn’t apply to every DUI. It doesn’t even apply to every aggravated DUI,” Krigel said. “The General Assembly has identified particular crimes that warrant this additional deterrence and punishment. For instance in this case, claimant’s husband was intoxicated; he also had to be driving on a revoked license and it had to have been revoked because of a previous DUI conviction.”

Krigel also says Henderson is culpable for her husband’s crime because she consented to let him drive home. That drew a skeptical inquiry from Justice Anne Burke: “In real life, what is she supposed to do? Drag him off the motorcycle? So what kind of consent is that?”

Krigel says the trial judge didn’t believe that story.

For her part, Henderson says she paid $35,000 for the motorcycle in 2010, and was still paying it off when it was seized in 2014. She argues that taking it is an “excessive fine,” prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.

“I would submit, your honor, the thing that Petra did wrong that night was exercise bad judgment,” her lawyer, James Campion, told the justices. “The facts show that she was arguing with her husband in the parking lot at 12:30 at night — of the bar — as to whether he should drive or not. Knowing that the trip was only going to be three to five minutes, she then made the decision to allow him to drive while he was intoxicated.

“For this act of hers, this bad judgment, the state feels that the taking of her valuable motorcycle … was justified,” Campion said. “We would submit that under the facts of this case, the forfeiture Petra Henderson’s motorcycle was an excessive fine, and in fact was in violation of the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution.”

http://peoriapublicradio.org/post/illinois-supreme-court-weighing-seizure-womans-harley#stream/0

ICE arrests dozens during sweep targeting convicted DUI offenders

LONG ISLAND, New York (WABC) — More than two dozen people were arrested by immigration officials on Long Island last week as part of a crackdown on drivers convicted of driving under the influence.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the arrests of 25 people during a six-day sweep, dubbed Operation Secure Streets.All but one of the people arrested have been convicted of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, ICE officials said.Those in custody are being detained pending removal proceedings. They are nationals from Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Ukraine.Among those arrested were:* A 41-year-old, previously removed Guatemalan man convicted of driving while intoxicated. He was arrested in Patchogue on Nov. 4 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.* A 40-year-old, previously removed Brazilian man convicted of driving while intoxicated.. He was arrested in Ronkonkoma, Nov. 5 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal to Brazil.* A 31-year-old citizen of Guatemala with a prior convictions of criminal trespass in the 2nd degree and driving while ability impaired. He was arrested in Riverhead, Nov. 6 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.* A 35-year-old previously removed Honduran man with prior conviction of assault in the 3rd degree. He was arrested in Hempstead on Nov. 7 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal to Honduras.* A 40-year-old Salvadoran national with a prior conviction of driving while intoxicated, identified as a MS-13 gang member. He was arrested in Shirley, Nov.7 and will remain in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.”This operation targeted those who were convicted of driving under the influence, some with children in the car, solidifying ICE’s commitment to remove public safety threats from our communities,” New York field office director Thomas Decker said.Here is a list of communities where the arrests were made: In Nassau County: Glen Cove, Hempstead; and in Suffolk County: Amityville, Bayshore, Calverton, Central Islip, Commack, Coram, Hampton Bays, Huntington, Medford, Moriches, Patchogue, Port Jefferson, Ronkonkoma, Riverhead, Sag Harbor, Shirley, West Babylon, and Wheatley Heights.Those arrested who returned to the U.S. illegally after being previously removed will be immediately deported. The rest will have a hearing before an immigration judge.

Source: ICE arrests dozens during sweep targeting convicted DUI offenders on Long Island | abc7ny.com