Social media helps Albuquerque police locate drunk driving suspect

Pete PerezALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police caught a repeat drunk driver thanks to the power of social media.

Dispatch was alerted to a crash on the Valley High School campus Saturday because of several social media posts.

A car had run through some landscaping and into a fence. When officers got there, they found 35-year-old Pete Perez unconscious behind the wheel.

The officer says he was unable to awake Perez so he was transported to the hospital.

Officers found a nearly empty bottle of Fireball in the car. They also found Perez had five prior DWI convictions.

He’s now facing his sixth and a charge of reckless driving.

http://krqe.com/2017/12/04/social-media-helps-albuquerque-police-locate-drunk-driving-suspect/amp/

NJ lawmakers push bill to ban people from flying drones drunk

The New Jersey state legislature is considering making it illegal to operate a drone while under the influence, NorthJersey.com reported Monday.

Lawmakers are considering the measure as the use of drones for personal and commercial purposes grows in popularity. A bipartisan bill criminalizing certain uses of a drone passed out of an Assembly committee on Monday.

If the measure passes, operating a drone while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or using a drone to harm wildlife or endanger people or property, would be considered a disorderly persons offense, according to the news outlet.

Using a drone to interfere with first responders or endanger the security of a correctional facility would also be punishable with jail time and a fine if the bill passes.If Gov. Chris Christie (R) signs the bill before leaving office on Jan. 16, it would be the state’s first law regulating drone use in New Jersey, NorthJersey.com reported.

Christie has previously declined to sign legislation that would have required law enforcement agencies in the state obtain a warrant before using a drone in an investigation, the news outlet reported.

http://thehill.com/policy/technology/363430-nj-lawmakers-push-bill-to-ban-people-from-flying-drones-drunk

Man arrested for OWI after truck struck transformer box knocking out power

Driver strikes transformer box, bar in West Bend (PHOTO: Amanda H.)

WEST BEND — A Kewaskum man was arrested Sunday evening, December 3rd after crashing his truck into a We Energies’ transformer box and a bar in West Bend — knocking out power to hundreds.

It happened around 6:00 p.m.

West Bend police said the 47-year-old driver left the roadway and struck the transformer box and then the building on N. Main Street near Barton Avenue.

We Energies crews were called out to the scene to restore power. Police noted though that “due to the extent of the damage, We Energies is unable to give an estimate as to when power will be restored.” As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday, the We Energies Outage Map showed nearly 400 customers without power.

The driver showed signs of intoxication, failed the standard field sobriety tests, blew a .15 in a preliminary breath test and was arrested for OWI.

Driver strikes transformer box, bar in West Bend (PHOTO: Amanda H.)

Driver strikes transformer box, bar in West Bend (PHOTO: Amanda H.)

There were no injuries.

Assistant prosecutor charged with DWI resigned from job

The Mercer County assistant prosecutor charged with drunken drivingin September has resigned from the county prosecutor’s office, a Mercer County spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Parrey, LinkedIn photo 

Stephen Parrey, 28, resigned from the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office on Oct. 19, Mercer County spokeswoman Julie Willmot.

He was suspended without pay a few days after his Sept. 8 arrest in Hamilton.

Parrey, the son of Trenton Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr., was charged after rear-ending a car on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road near Estates Boulevard. No one was injured in the collision.

The status of the drunken driving case against him was not immediately available Thursday. His lawyer, Les Hartman, was not immediately available for comment.

In police camera footage of his arrest, Parrey told arresting officers he had one beer. His blood alcohol content, tested at the police station, was .20, police reports show. The state’s legal limit is .08.