RACINE — A Racine man is facing his fifth OWI charge after police say he jumped into Lake Michigan to try and escape. It all happened at the Reefpoint Marina on Friday night, Aug. 9. Police say the man jumped into the water and hid under one of the docks. What he said was in the water had police questioning his sobriety.
Body camera footage captured the man struggling with officers trying to arrest him.
“He indicated he was looking for pedophiles and cartel, and that he was going to bust the cartel,” said Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling.
Racine County Sheriff Christopher Schmaling said statements made by 38-year-old Cesar Angeles, are just more proof that he should have never been behind the wheel of a car.
Angeles is accused of first backing his car into the car of a security guard before fleeing the scene of the accident on foot. He then jumped into the water.
“Our boat patrol happened to be in the area and located him hiding in the water underneath a pier,” said Schmaling.
Schmaling says once out of the water, Angeles resisted arrest and refused all field sobriety tests.
“This all could have been prevented,” Schmaling said. “Think about how many people’s lives he put at risk last night.”
What concerns Schmaling about the arrest, is Angeles already has four OWI convictions.
“He still has, well did have a valid driver’s license up to this point which should be concerning to all of us. He clearly hasn’t learned his lesson and I’m hoping this fifth offense, once he goes in front of a circuit court judge, that they make an example out of him.”
Angeles is being held on the following charges with a bond set at $5,300:
Sriram Venkitaraman, an IAS officer, was driving the car that rammed into Kerala journalist Basheer, killing the latter.
Powered by Minute Media Kerala woke up to the grim news of a journalist who was killed in a road accident on Saturday. Basheer, the Thiruvananthapuram bureau chief of Siraj newspaper, was hit by a car which, police officers and eyewitnesses say, was driven by Survey Director Sriram Venkitaraman IAS in the wee hours of Saturday.
Though Basheer was rushed to the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College hospital, he passed away by the time they reached.
Sriram sustained minor injuries and has been admitted to the KIMS hospital, where the police have recorded his statement. His blood has been drawn for testing blood alcohol limits to ascertain if he was driving under the influence of alcohol when the accident occurred. Though it is yet to be confirmed, one of the eyewitnesses of the accident had posted on social media that the driver of the car was heavily inebriated.
Timing of test – a crucial factor
In cases of suspected drunk driving, timing can prove to be a crucial factor in determining whether the person at the wheels was under the influence of alcohol when he or she caused the accident.
A retired Additional Superintendent of Police says that the driver must be secured and taken to a government hospital for a medical test within 24 hours of the accident.
Adding that there are different levels of alcohol influence that the doctors categorise the accused into, the ADSP says, “One category is ‘Consumed alcohol and unable to drive vehicle’, second one is ‘consumed alcohol and is conscious’ and the last level is ‘only smell of alcohol but no symptoms of alcohol disorder’,” he explains.
Section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act (Driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) will be added to the FIR if the accused falls under the first two categories.
Consent of the accused
The ADSP, however, says that consent of the accused, if not inebriated, is necessary before extracting body fluids from him or her.
Another senior police officer in Tamil Nadu police confirms this but adds that if the accused is in an ebriated condition, then his consent is not mandatory since he will be considered incapable of giving consent.
Moreover, according to Section 204 (2) (b) of the Motor Vehicles Act, if the person having been required, whether at the hospital or elsewhere, to provide a specimen of breath for a breath test, has refused, omitted or failed to do so, a police officer can take blood sample if he or she has reasonable cause to suspect the accused of having alcohol in the blood.
In the Kerala case, a senior cop had initially told the media that Sriram had refused to give a blood sample.
In practice, police officers generally coax the accused to give the samples for testing if they suspect drunk driving.
“Actually in any case, if an accident happens on the road, we arrest the driver. Drunken or otherwise. We then take him to a government hospital and coax him to give samples for the medical test to ascertain if he was driving under the influence of alcohol,” says another police officer who works in the Traffic division in Tamil Nadu.
Breathalyser tests are the basic results which the police fall back on, given the delay involved in taking blood alcohol tests. “If the breathalyzer results show alcohol levels above 30mg per 100ml of blood, then we file the FIR under section 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act as well. When breathalyzer machines are not available, then police depend on blood and urine test results to add that section in the FIR,” he explains.
When people suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol are brought to a hospital, the physician starts with simple tests on the suspects.
“The examination of the accused by doctors is done in two stages. One is the subjective exam which is checking the pupillary response (response of the pupils of the eye) of the accused, making him speak to see if his speech is slurred and asking him to walk a few steps to see if he is physically stable. The lab tests are a method to ascertain the blood alcohol levels objectively,” a doctor working in Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai told TNM.
Poorvisha Ravi, a Scientific Officer in the Department of Forensic Sciences, Tamil Nadu, says that the results will be different in every case since the alcohol content keeps decreasing inside the body as time lapses.
“Honestly, alcohol is metabolised completely in about four to six hours in the body. It means that it becomes difficult to trace after that point and the traceability becomes more tough as time lapses. However, the urine test can be a better gauge to test alcohol traces in the body since it is not eliminated immediately and is collected and stored for quite a while within the body,” says.
As the home of the fourth meal, visiting a Taco Bell late can sometimes feels like stepping through a portal into another universe where seemingly anything can happen. Sometimes intoxicants are involved. Sometimes the police get involved. Fittingly, this particular story involves both of those things.
Recently, an Oregonian woman was the subject of what the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said registered as the “WEIRDEST DUII [driving under the influence of intoxicants] ARREST OF THE WEEKEND.” Why? At approximately 1:20 AM on Saturday, 23-year-old Elianna Anguilar-Anguilar was trying to turn up in a Taco Bell drive-thru lane by attempting to pour some Hennessy in the mouth of the Taco Bell employee.
From my perspective, this is exactly the kind of behavior that fits the definition of Taco Bell’s “Live Mas” mentality. Unfortunately, the cops who were waiting in line right behind her didn’t really see it that way. Yup. It appears that Anguilar-Anguilar lacked the situational awareness to realize that Washington County Sheriff’s department officers also were waiting on some Taco Bell. That may explain why she ended up blowing a BAC of .12 (150% of Oregon’s legal limit), leading to an arrest.
The worst part: WSMV reports that officers spoke to the Taco Bell employee, who said most of the Henny spilled on him, and that he didn’t actually drink any of it. What a tragic waste.
An Ohio appeals court has reversed a Franklin County judge’s decision to dismiss drunken driving charges against a man who was found slumped over his car’s steering wheel in the parking lot of a dog day care center.
In an opinion issued in late June, the 10th District Court of Appeals said the ruling issued by Municipal Court Judge James E. Green wrongfully granted a motion to suppress evidence in the case against Scott E. Cochran, who faced drunken driving charges.
The charges stemmed from an encounter that Cochran had with Columbus police in the parking lot of The City Dog, a Downtown dog day care. Police had received a call from an employee of the day care, saying she was concerned about Cochran, who had come in to pick up his dog.
Police arrived and found Cochran slumped over his steering wheel in the parking lot, with the keys in the ignition and the dog in the passenger seat, court documents show. The officers began talking to Cochran, who said he was taking a nap and wanted to sit there while he waited for someone to pick him up.
One of the officers noticed that Cochran had glassy eyes and slurred speech, the documents say. He also noticed a bottle of liquor on the floor of the car, but Cochran kicked it under his seat. When the officer asked how much he had had to drink, Cochran said, “not that much” and that he was going to the hospital later that day to get a “detox treatment.”
At one point, Cochran himself said, “I’m not good to drive,” but refused to get out of the vehicle or submit to a field sobriety test, the court filing says. The officers removed him from the vehicle and arrested him, finding that his blood-alcohol level was .361 percent, more than four times the limit at which a person is considered to be driving drunk.
At issue was whether the officers were justified in arresting Cochran and conducting a search without a warrant. Cochran asked the trial court to exclude the evidence of his intoxication and the court agreed, saying the officers lacked the required “reasonable and articulable suspicion” to detain or question Cochran, lacked justification for pulling him from his vehicle, and lacked justification for requesting him to take a field sobriety test and breath-alcohol test.
Judge Betsy Luper Schuster wrote the appellate opinion, which said that police were, in fact, justified on all fronts. The 3-0 opinion stated the police did not need reasonable suspicion of criminal activity when they were “exercising community caretaking functions.” They only needed, she said, reasonable grounds to believe there was a need to protect the community.
The 10th District reversed the trial court ruling to suppress evidence and vacated the decision to dismiss the case, sending it back to the lower court.
THE 40-TON ARMORED VEHICLE TORE THROUGH THE STREETS OF PAJĘCZNO, POLAND, SHORTLY BEFORE 10PM.
A drunk driver was arrested last week for driving a tank through the streets of Pajęczno, Poland.
The vehicle, a Soviet T-55 tank that’s at least 60 years old, belonged to the Polish military. But on June 12 shortly before 10pm it looked like it was attacking residents, who quickly called police.
According to Polish newspaper Twoje Pajęczno, the unnamed driver, 49, was only responsible for putting the tank on and off its trailer. But the trailer broke and, when it was being repaired, he drunkenly decided to take the war machine out on a joyride.
By the time the cops arrived, he had parked the 40-ton machine, which was uninsured, on a main street and was standing nearby. Another man, believed to be his passenger, was also present.
It’s not clear if the muddled motorist caused any permanent damage to Mickiewicza Street but he was arrested and, once he sobered up, questioned by police. He faces up to eight years in prison if charged with creating “direct danger of a catastrophe in land, water or air traffic,” or two years for driving under the influence.
Located about 200 miles from Warsaw, Pajęczno has less than 7,000 residents.
The armored vehicle had to sit until 5am the following morning, when an ex-soldier who knew how to operate it could come load it onto a tow truck and take it to a guarded parking lot.
Introduced shortly after WWII, T-54s and T-55s became the go-to tanks for armored army divisions belonging to the Soviets, Warsaw Pact nations and other countries. The most-produced tanks in military history, they’ve been involved in many armed skirmishes since the 1950s and ’60s. The T-55 is reportedly easier to operate than comparable tanks designed in the West, and does not require a high level of training or education.
Last year, a Russian man was nabbed after stealing an armored personnel carrier and riding it through the front of a local supermarket.
According to RIA Novosti, the man stole the tank-like vehicle, which uses treads, from a military driving school near his home in Apatity, just south of the Arctic Circle, in January 2018. He drove the juggernaut through town, badly damaging a parked car before smashing into the the grocery.
The unnamed suspect—believed to be intoxicated at the time, as well—climbed out of the hatch, made his way through the rubble and tried to steal a bottle of wine before he was apprehended by authorities.