Sir Isaac Newton: Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.
WESTPORT — Police arrested an Acushnet man on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana after a motor vehicle stop Monday night in Westport.
The arresting Westport officer, Jarrod Levesque, is a certified Drug Recognition Expert trained to focus on drug-related impairments, said Westport police Detective Jeff Majewski.
“DREs are becoming more valuable in recent months since marijuana legalization has increased recreational drug use, which has carried over to an increase locally of drugged driving,” Majewski said in prepared remarks.
Majewski said Raymond Morin, 35, of 16 Helen St. in Acushnet, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs and issued a $500 dollar violation for having an open container of marijuana inside a vehicle.
Around 7:35 p.m. on Monday, Majewski said Levesque observed a vehicle traveling west on State Road with its left directional on for several hundred feet passing four possible turn offs or breaks in the median. The vehicle was traveling approximately 28 miles per hour in a posted 55-mile-per-hour zone, Majewski said.
At the intersection of Gifford Road and State Road, Majewski said the operator turned south onto Gifford Road. Just as he passed the driveway to CVS, Morin then allegedly stopped his vehicle abruptly in the travel lane blocking the road.
Levesque approached the driver, who when he lowered the window “a cloud of marijuana smoke plumed from the vehicle.” Majewski said the officer also saw marijuana crumbs and residue in the driver’s lap.
Morin allegedly had difficulty producing his Registry of Motor Vehicle documents and was instructed to exit the vehicle to perform roadside assessment tests. Morin told the officer that he had smoked a marijuana blunt. He was arrested when he failed the sobriety tests, Majewski said.
Inside Morin’s vehicle, the police located a small quantity of marijuana in a Tupperware container, Majewski said.
Majewski said Levesque completed an in-depth evaluation of Morin. Majewski said indicators of drug impairment include the presence of body tremors, eyelid tremors, poor perception of time and distance, dilated pupils, elevated blood pressure, elevated pulse and poor completion of hand eye coordination assessments.
A man in Illinois had a case of mistaken identity when police officers approached him after he crashed his car into a ditch.
Police officers arrived on scene at 12:49 a.m. Friday after being notified of a man driving erratically in the parking lot, almost hitting a pedestrian and then crashing his car. When police approached the Galesburg, IL, man, he claimed his name was “Burger King.”
According to reports, the 34-year-old Bradley S. Galloway told officers his name was “Burger King,” and he smelled like alcohol. Officers noted Galloway’s eyes were bloodshot and glassy, WGIL reported.
Galloway failed to cooperate with officers or medical personnel, and refused medical assitance. During an inspection by the EMTs, Galloway made racial slurs towards the paramedics multiple times.
The man then refused to stand up by himself and required police to carry him into the police station.
Galloway continued to make “several unusual comments, including ‘Donald Trump is coming to beat up’” the officers, The Register-Mail reported.
Eventually, he was transported to the hospital, where he implied that a doctor was coming to give him a million dollars. When he was transferred back to the county jail, Galloway told officers, “You all believe in Satan. You all worship Satan. You all driving me to Satan’s town,” WGIL reported.
The man faces charges including driving under the influence, resisting arrest, reckless driving, failing to reduce speed to avoid and accident and operating an uninsured vehicle.
Witnesses alleged earlier that they tried to take his keys away from him when Galloway left the Showgirls bar, but were unable to.
Former state Rep. Brandon Hixon of Caldwell was arrested Saturday night on charges of driving under the influence and resisting or obstructing officers.
His booking into the Ada County Jail is listed on the Ada County Sheriff’s Office, with the Meridian Police Department as the arresting agency. Hixon was booked at 9:10 p.m. Saturday.
Officers were first alerted to Hixon after another motorist called police about a suspected drunk driver between Kuna and Meridian on Highway 69/Meridian Road northbound, according to a press release from the city of Meridian. The witness stated the driver was swerving and almost drove off the roadway.
A Meridian police officer located the vehicle Hixon was driving and initiated a traffic stop on Meridian Road at the Interstate 84 westbound on-ramp. Hixon refused to stop and continued driving before yielding to the officer on I-84 at Linder Road, according to the press release.
Hixon then refused the exit the vehicle, and officers, not knowing exactly what they were dealing with, conducted a high-risk stop, according to the release. Hixon eventually exited the vehicle and was taken into custody. Officers conducted standardized field sobriety tests, and Hixon submitted to a breath alcohol content test, which resulted in an alcohol level which indicated a blood alcohol content of almost twice the legal limit, according to the release.
Hixon was booked into the Ada County Jail for misdemeanor driving under the influence and misdemeanor resisting and obstructing officers, stemming from his initial refusal to stop his vehicle and his failure to comply with officers during the stop.
Hixon, 36, resigned from the Legislature in October after confirming through his attorney that he was under investigation by law enforcement. The investigation by the Caldwell Police Department has been turned over to the Idaho Attorney General’s Office for further investigation.
Caldwell police, Hixon’s attorney and the Idaho Attorney General’s Office would not disclose the details of that investigation.
Hixon was first elected to the Idaho House of Representatives in 2012, defeating Democratic challenger and teacher Travis Manning, whom he also defeated in 2014. Hixon won again in 2016 against challenger Jeremy Lopett.
During the 2017 legislative session, he served on the Business, Health and Welfare, and Transportation and Defense committees.
The Idaho Press-Tribune previously reported that Hixon received five misdemeanors before age 21, which he had referred to as “youthful indiscretions.”
In the wake of Hixon’s resignation, Gov. Butch Otter last month appointed Jarom Wagoner to fill Hixon’s seat in the Idaho House of Representatives.
A Square: To get to the other side
A man wanted on two warrants in Lake County was arrested Tuesday after he was found hiding under insulation in the attic of his home in Round Lake Beach, authorities said.
Dustin M. Serna, 31, was arrested in the 500 block of Pheasant Court by members of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Team and the U.S. Marshals Service’s Great Lakes Regional Fugitive Task Force, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Serna was wanted on one warrant for failure to appear on prior domestic battery and driving under the influence/alcohol cases. The other warrant was for an aggravated battery charge, the sheriff’s office said.
On Tuesday, members of the sheriff’s warrant team and Round Lake Beach police detectives learned Serna was inside of his residence. Authorities and a police dog located Serna in the attic hiding under insulation.
Serna was arrested without incident and transported to Round Lake Beach Police Department and later to the Lake County Jail, where he is being held on $75,000 bail.
He was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.
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