Traffic stop turns into drug arrests

Ramsey said he got all three occupants out of the car and that during questioning, the driver appeared to be nervous. Ramsey said he got his K-9, Storm, to walk around the vehicle and the dog indicated that there were drugs present. During a search of the vehicle, officers located some digital scales. A search of a female passenger turned up heroin, a syringe and other items of paraphernalia.

The driver of the car, Kenneth W. Taylor, 46, of Washington, was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance, operating a vehicle while intoxicated involving endangerment, conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic and maintaining a common nuisance.

Two passengers in the vehicle were also arrested. Thomas J. Hardcastle, 28, of Washington, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a syringe and visiting a common nuisance. In addition, he was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Johnson County for failure to appear.

Bethany Johnson, 27, of Washington, was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a syringe, possession of paraphernalia, conspiracy to commit dealing in a narcotic, possession of a narcotic drug and visiting a common nuisance.

“This was a surprise,” said Ramsey. “I really wasn’t expecting to find that. I guess you never know what in the world we will run into any more.”

Taylor, Hardcastle and Johnson were taken to the Daviess County Jail. Hardcastle is being held on $200,000 bond. Taylor and Johnson were being held on $100,000 bond each.

Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit had praise for the deputy and the community for their support in adding the K-9 officers. “We aren’t overwhelmed by heroin now, but we don’t want to be,” said Harbstreit. “This shows the importance of having an alert deputy and a K-9 available to stop the movement of drugs through our community.”

Authorities report 4.6 grams of heroin were confiscated during the stop. “That’s a large amount of heroin for our area,” said Daviess County Chief Deputy Gary Allison.

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Driver in Times Square car rampage indicted 

The 26-year-old man accused of plowing into pedestrians in New York’s Times Square, hitting and killing an 18-year-old woman and injuring 22 others, has been indicted by a grand jury, according to the New York County District Attorney’s Office.

Richard Rojas was indicted Wednesday, though the charges will not be made public until his arraignment July 13 in Manhattan Supreme Court.

His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

Following the May 18 rampage, Rojas, a U.S. citizen and resident of the Bronx, was arrested on charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder. Police said Rojas was driving down Seventh Avenue in Manhattan when he made a sudden U-turn and started driving the wrong direction from 42nd to 45th Street “at a high rate of speed both on and off the sidewalk, striking numerous pedestrians,” according to the criminal complaint.

Authorities said Alyssa Elsman, an 18-year-old tourist from Portage, Mich., was struck and killed, and that her 13-year-old sister was injured.

People described the horror on social media, saying a car had driven onto a sidewalk in Times Square, mowed down pedestrians and crashed. Witnesses said the wounded were “laying on the sidewalks” and others were “screaming and running, the place is swarming with emergency vehicles and cops.” Those in the area were told to shelter in place while emergency crews swarmed the scene.

The vehicle sat smoldering, eerily tilted on one side, at the corner of 45th Street.

After Rojas crashed the vehicle, police said, he ran from the scene and said that he wanted to “kill them,” according to the court documents.

Police said Rojas had glassy eyes, was unsteady and slurring his speech. Court records state that Rojas told police that he had been smoking marijuana laced with the mood-altering drug PCP. Preliminary tests showed that Rojas was indeed under the influence of PCP at the time of the incident, according to news reports.

Rojas has a criminal history that includes two arrests for driving while intoxicated — once in 2008 and again in 2015, authorities said. He recently pleaded guilty to harassment after he was accused of pulling a kitchen knife on a notary at his home in the Bronx, according to the Associated Press. Prosecutors said he told the notary, “You’re trying to steal my identity,” according to the news agency.

Rojas does not have to enter a plea on the charges of second-degree murder and attempted murder until his arraignment in Manhattan next month.

Source: Driver in Times Square car rampage indicted by grand jury after crash that killed teenage tourist – The Washington Post

Felony DUI for man who left Aspen emergency room

 A local man with a long criminal history was cited for felony DUI on Sunday after leaving Aspen Valley Hospital’s emergency room under the influence of narcotics, according to a police report.A nurse warned Benjamin Levy, 30, not to drive because of the medication he’d been given, but he apparently didn’t heed the advice, according to the report. So the nurse called a drunken-driving hotline and reported that Levy was driving a white Audi station wagon, the report states.An Aspen police officer spotted the vehicle pulling into the Local’s Corner gas station not long after and approached the driver’s side door. The officer noticed Levy wearing an AVH hospital bracelet and discovered that his license is suspended for failure to install an interlock device, the report states.”During my conversation with Levy, I could hear that his speech was slurred,” Officer Marcin Debski wrote in the report.Levy refused to perform roadside sobriety tests and had a breath-alcohol content of 0.0, according to the report.Debski called the AVH nurse, who explained that Levy “was under the influence of narcotics and should not be operating a motor vehicle,” the report states.Levy also refused to provide a sample of his blood for testing.Levy, who has three previous DUI convictions, was charged with felony DUI because it is his fourth, according to the report. He also was charged with driving with a suspended license, and had failure-to-appear warrants from Garfield County Court and Arapahoe County Court and another misdemeanor failure-to-appear warrant from the Denver Marshall’s Office.Levy has been arrested repeatedly since 2013, when he fired a gun inside his Woody Creek apartment and the bullet entered his neighbor’s apartment. No one was injured in that incident, though Levy also was charged with DUI later that same day.His latest arrest before Sunday occurred in August, when he was found unconscious next to a hypodermic needle he later admitted contained heroin.

Source: Felony DUI for man who left Aspen emergency room | AspenTimes.com

Oakland man facing DUI charge in fatal Route 28 crash

WILEY FORD, W.Va. — An Oakland man was charged with driving under the influence following a Friday head-on crash on state Route 28 that claimed the life of a Hampshire County, West Virginia, man, authorities said.

The Mineral County Sheriff’s Office reported 58-year-old Troya Smith of Shanks was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that occurred just before noon.

A warrant was signed Tuesday morning by Mineral County Magistrate Patrick A. Amoroso charging Tyler A. Sweitzer, 24, of Oakland with driving under the influence causing death. Sweitzer was listed in good condition Tuesday at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Preliminary investigation by the sheriff’s office indicated Sweitzer was operating a 2015 Ford Escape northbound on Route 28 near Press Little Market when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed into the southbound lane directly into the path of a 2004 Ford Ranger operated by Smith and pulling a trailer.

Witnesses told police Smith had no time to react when the Sweitzer vehicle traveled into his lane.

Deputies said the investigation also revealed possible use of a controlled dangerous substance by Sweitzer and speed was cited as a factor.

Upon conviction, the felony charge of driving under the influence causing death carries a maximum sentence of prison of three to 15 years and a fine of $1,000 to $3,000, according to the magistrate’s office.

According to Maryland electronic court records, Sweitzer was issued at least three speeding citations in Garrett County in the past two years.

Maryland State Police charged Sweitzer on April 18 for allegedly traveling 87 miles per hour in a 50-mph zone on state Route 135 at CCC Camp Road.

Sweitzer was cited by the Garrett County Sheriff’s Office on Feb. 5, 2016, for driving a vehicle in excess of reasonable and prudent speed on Pysell Crosscut Road. He was found guilty of that charge on March 18, court records indicated.

State police also charged Sweitzer with speeding on Interstate 68 at the 24-mile marker on Aug. 26, 2015.

Driver accused of being high in crash that killed teen to stand trial

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KALAMAZOO, MI — An 18-year-old Augusta man will stand trial for a crash that killed his friend.

Jacob Lyons was scheduled for a preliminary examination Wednesday on evidence against him in Kalamazoo County District Court.

Lyons waived the exam and instead will stand trial in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court.

Lyons is accused of driving under the influence of marijuana, causing a crash that killed Conner Blinn, 17, of Kalamazoo.

Police say Lyons’ vehicle left the road and struck several trees in the 9800 Block of North 32nd Street shortly before 2:30 a.m. Aug. 1.

Lyons faces charges of operating under the influence causing death and reckless driving causing death, both felonies.

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Man found passed out behind wheel charged with OUI drugs in Falmouth

Early Monday morning police found a vehicle stopped at the intersection of Hayway Road and Carriage Shop Rd for an extended period. Upon further investigation, the officer found the male operator passed out and slumped over the passenger seat. Field Sobriety Tests were administered after the officer woke up the operator. The tests indicated that the operator was impaired by narcotics and he was placed under arrest. The Falmouth Police log transcript identifies the suspect as Mitchell J. DeVincent, 25, of Hanover, MA. He was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating negligently to endanger, possession of a Class A substance, and possession of a Class B substance. Bail was set at $1040.00.

Source: Man found passed out behind wheel charged with OUI drugs in Falmouth

Man accused of using heroin, causing Cortland crash with daughter in tow

Man accused of using heroin, causing Cortland crash with daughter in towNeal Cowfer, Jr. was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on multiple charges on Tuesday: Neal Cowfer, Jr., 28, charged with aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs, and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugsCORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – A man accused of driving under the influence of heroin with his daughter in the car is set to appear in a Trumbull County courtroom later this month.Neal Cowfer, Jr., 28, was indicted on aggravated trafficking in drugs, trafficking in heroin, possession of heroin, aggravated possession of drugs and operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs charges.The charges stem from a crash in Cortland on March 30.

Source: Man accused of using heroin, causing Cortland crash with daughter in tow – WKBN.com

Proof of Driving/Rx Impairment

My son received a ticket for DUI while walking through Walmart in Thorton, CO. He was not around his car and did not have the keys. The tire center had his vehicle. He does not drink, but he was on medication for a severe back surgery he had had.

  1. The prosecution will have to prove he was driving. The will try to do this thru witnesses, your son’s statements and circumstantial evidence.
  2. The prosecution will attempt to prove that the medication was affecting his driving ability. Charges may be brought in this type of case as well as can be brought for alcohol, but it is tougher for them to prove.

What Police Are Doing About Stoned Drivers

On Nov. 8 voters in CaliforniaMaineMassachusetts and Nevada approved ballot measures to legalize recreational cannabis. It is now legal in a total of eight states. And this creates potential problems for road safety. How do we determine who’s impaired and who’s not?

The effects of alcohol vary based on a person’s size and weight, metabolism rate, related food intake and the type and amount of beverage consumed. Even so, alcohol consumption produces fairly straightforward results: The more you drink, the worse you drive. Factors like body size and drinking experience can shift the correlation slightly, but the relationship is still pretty linear, enough to be able to confidently develop a blood alcohol content scale for legally determining drunk driving. Not so with marijuana.

Source: What Police Are Doing About Stoned Drivers

Whitesboro woman accused of driving impaired with bus full of kids | WSTM

A Whitesboro bus driver was arrested on Saturday after driving a bus full of kids while impaired by prescription drugs, according to New York State Police.Troopers and DeWitt police pulled over 46-year-old Michele L. Daly on Route 481 north, just before exit 11 after the kids on the bus called 911 for help. Several students reported that the bus driver was driving erratically.After speaking with Daly, troopers found that she was driving under the influence of prescription medication. She was taken into custody and now faces three counts of aggravated DWI-Drugs, fourteen counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and a traffic violation. Daly was arraigned in the Village of East Syracuse Court and released to family until her next court appearance on May 5th.Troopers say there were 25 kids on the bus between the ages of 14 to 18-years-old and two coaches. They had left Whitesboro and were headed to Fulton High School for a lacrosse game. According to the school’s website, it was the boy’s team playing against Fulton.Trooper Jack Keller says the team was still able to make it to their game on Saturday. There were two buses driving to the game, so the second bus picked up the coaches and students on the side of the roadway and safely brought them to the game.

Source: Whitesboro woman accused of driving impaired with bus full of kids | WSTM