Delaware police officer pleads to lesser charge in drunken-driving case

DELAWARE — A Delaware police officer, charged last year with his second driving under the influence violation in just over 10 years, was sentenced Friday morning to a minor misdemeanor.

Jared T. Wood, 34, who was hired in 2013, pleaded guilty to one count of reckless operation and fined $100 and court costs by retired Greene County Judge J. Timothy Campbell.

Wood was stopped for swerving out of his lane on Sept. 21 in downtown Delaware, said attorney Brad Tammaro, special prosecutor in the case from the Ohio Attorney General’s office. A State Highway Patrol trooper smelled a strong odor of alcohol. Wood refused both breath and field sobriety tests.

In accepting the plea agreement, Campbell noted that Wood had completed a three-day alcohol assessment and treatment program. He also served two weekends in jail.

Wood’s first DUI was in July 2007, for which he was sentenced to one year of community control.

Had the second offense fallen within 10 years of his most-recent, he could have faced up to six months in jail.

Delaware Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski said he was disappointed in Wood, who has been on unpaid leave for six months.

“We take this seriously, Pijanowski said. “There will be discipline and it will rise to the level of what he did.”

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Masters bus patron thankful ‘everybody’s alive’

 

Masters golf fans hurt when bus overturns on interstate

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the crash of a tour bus that injured passengers heading to the Masters golf tournament (all times local):

7:20 p.m.

A passenger injured when a charter bus crashed on the way to the Masters golf tournament says he’s thankful ”everybody’s alive.”

Doctors Hospital in Augusta released video Thursday evening of Kip Plowman describing the crash as he waited in the emergency room to have broken glass removed from his hand.

Plowman said the bus careened off the road and spun around one and a half times before skidding on its side a good distance. He said the bus was filling up with smoke as he climbed through a window above his head.

Plowman said he felt badly for other injured passengers as well as for Masters ticketholders stuck on Interstate 20 as it was shut down after the crash. He said: ”It’s not the way we planned the day.”

3:20 p.m.

A Georgia hospital says it’s treating nine passengers – including one in critical condition – who were injured when a charter bus overturned on the way to the Masters golf tournament.

Doctors Hospital in Augusta said in a statement Thursday that six of the nine passengers taken there were either in good condition or had been treated and released.

Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol says 18 passengers were riding the bus from Atlanta to Augusta for the first round of the Masters when the bus overturned on Interstate 20. The driver, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence.

Wright said none of the passengers suffered life-threatening injuries, though several had broken bones and head injuries.

1:45 p.m.

A Georgia state trooper says passengers riding a charter bus to the Masters golf tournament told investigators the driver veered off the roadway twice before he swerved a third time and caused the bus to overturn, injuring 15 people.

Sgt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol told The Associated Press one passenger told troopers he had decided before the crash: ”I’m not riding back with him. I’ll call an Uber.”

The bus was taking 18 passengers from Atlanta to the tournament in Augusta when it crashed Thursday morning on Interstate 20. Wright said some passengers suffered broken bones and head injuries.

The driver, 61-year-old Steven F. Hoppenbrouwer, has been charged with driving under the influence. Wright said authorities believe he had been using drugs, not alcohol.

12:03 p.m.

Authorities say a tour bus headed to the Masters golf tournament flipped over on a Georgia interstate, injuring at least a dozen people.

The bus driver has been charged with DUI.

Georgia State Patrol officials say the bus carrying 18 people crashed on Interstate 20 around 8:45 a.m. Thursday. Sixty-one-year-old Steven Hoppenbrouwer is also charged with failure to maintain lane.

Authorities say Hoppenbrouwer ran off the side of the road and overcorrected before the bus overturned on the median.

Several people were taken to hospitals but the patrol says the injuries were not life-threatening.

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<a href=”../news2018/thursday.html”>Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene</a>

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who has had her license revoked several times for drunk driving, and had her children taken away by authorities in Minnesota, was arrested Monday night in west suburban Riverside.

Police said officers found her trying to fill up her gas tank with kerosene, and with an open bottle of whisky in her car.

Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated drunk driving, and two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving. She was also charged with driving without insurance, driving on a revoked license, and transportation of open alcohol while driving.

Police said she has a lengthy record of drunk driving arrests, and had her children taken away from her last year, after driving drunk with five children in her car, and starting to breastfeed a baby while intoxicated.

“This is one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made. Schneider’s history of six prior DUI’s in six states, with three outstanding warrants from various states speaks to her transient nature. When she was arrested in a state, she would just not show up in court unless she was held in custody. That’s one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

Riverside police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Monday about a woman passed out behind the wheel of her car at a gas station at 34th and Harlem.

When officers arrived, they found Schleicher sitting in a running car, awake and alert. Police said it appeared she had tried to fill up her car with kerosene instead of gasoline.

Officers also noticed she was highly intoxicated, had bloodshot eyes, and had a strong scent of alcohol on her breath. They also spotted an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the front passenger’s seat.

alcohol in car Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Riverside police found an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the passenger’s seat of Tasha Lynn Schleicher’s car when she was arrested for drunk driving on April 2, 2018.

Witnesses told police she had been drinking from the bottle before officers arrived.

“Her clothes were literally falling off her when officers escorted her to the rear of the car for field sobriety testing,” police said in a news release.

Police said Schleicher told officers she could not find her 11 children, but police could find no children nearby, and witnesses said she was the only one in the car when she pulled up to the gas station.

When she was arrested, she allegedly gave police a fake name, birthdate, and social security number.

After taking Schleicher’s fingerprints, officers discovered she had several previous drunk driving arrests in multiple states, dating back to 2007, police said. She was also wanted on three out-of-state warrants connected to drunk driving charges.

Police said Schleicher continued to insist she had been with her kids; and also insisted she was pregnant, bleeding, and having a miscarriage. Police took her to the hospital, where doctors determined she was not pregnant, nor suffering any medical problems.

Weitzel said he believes she made up the pregnancy in an effort to escape when she got to the hospital.

When Riverside officers contacted police in her home town of New Hope, Minnesota, they learned her children had been taken away from her after allegedly driving drunk with five children in the car, and breastfeeding one child while intoxicated last September.

In that case, according to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 on Sept. 23, 2017, when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

According to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 at 3:42 p.m. Saturday when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

Riverside police said Schleicher claimed she was in Illinois to drop off the only child she still has custody of, a 15-year-old boy, so he could “party” in Indiana for spring break.

“We’re working on locating that child, but so far haven’t been successful because she’s not cooperative. We’re dealing with Minnesota Child Protective Services and other social agencies to try to get a lead on the 15 year old in Indiana,” Weitzel said in an email.

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Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who has had her license revoked several times for drunk driving, and had her children taken away by authorities in Minnesota, was arrested Monday night in west suburban Riverside.

Police said officers found her trying to fill up her gas tank with kerosene, and with an open bottle of whisky in her car.

Tasha Lynn Schleicher, 41, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated drunk driving, and two misdemeanor counts of drunk driving. She was also charged with driving without insurance, driving on a revoked license, and transportation of open alcohol while driving.

tasha lynn schleicher Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Tasha Lynn Schleicher is charged with aggravated drunk driving in Riverside, Illinois. Police said she has several DUI arrests in multiple states. (Credit: Riverside Police)

Police said she has a lengthy record of drunk driving arrests, and had her children taken away from her last year, after driving drunk with five children in her car, and starting to breastfeed a baby while intoxicated.

“This is one of the worst impaired driving arrests our agency has ever made. Schneider’s history of six prior DUI’s in six states, with three outstanding warrants from various states speaks to her transient nature. When she was arrested in a state, she would just not show up in court unless she was held in custody. That’s one of the reasons for so many outstanding warrants,” Riverside Police Chief Thomas Weitzel said.

Riverside police said they received a 911 call around 9:30 p.m. Monday about a woman passed out behind the wheel of her car at a gas station at 34th and Harlem.

When officers arrived, they found Schleicher sitting in a running car, awake and alert. Police said it appeared she had tried to fill up her car with kerosene instead of gasoline.

Officers also noticed she was highly intoxicated, had bloodshot eyes, and had a strong scent of alcohol on her breath. They also spotted an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the front passenger’s seat.

alcohol in car Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Riverside police found an open bottle of Crown Royal whisky in the passenger’s seat of Tasha Lynn Schleicher’s car when she was arrested for drunk driving on April 2, 2018. (Credit: Riverside Police)

Witnesses told police she had been drinking from the bottle before officers arrived.

“Her clothes were literally falling off her when officers escorted her to the rear of the car for field sobriety testing,” police said in a news release.

Police said Schleicher told officers she could not find her 11 children, but police could find no children nearby, and witnesses said she was the only one in the car when she pulled up to the gas station.

When she was arrested, she allegedly gave police a fake name, birthdate, and social security number.

After taking Schleicher’s fingerprints, officers discovered she had several previous drunk driving arrests in multiple states, dating back to 2007, police said. She was also wanted on three out-of-state warrants connected to drunk driving charges.

Police said Schleicher continued to insist she had been with her kids; and also insisted she was pregnant, bleeding, and having a miscarriage. Police took her to the hospital, where doctors determined she was not pregnant, nor suffering any medical problems.

Weitzel said he believes she made up the pregnancy in an effort to escape when she got to the hospital.

When Riverside officers contacted police in her home town of New Hope, Minnesota, they learned her children had been taken away from her after allegedly driving drunk with five children in the car, and breastfeeding one child while intoxicated last September.

In that case, according to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 on Sept. 23, 2017, when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

According to the charges, a Rochester police officer was heading southbound on Highway 52 at 3:42 p.m. Saturday when he observed a vehicle drift off the road and hit the center median cable barrier. The vehicle continued to sideswipe the barrier at highway speed for about 200 feet. Debris was coming off the vehicle and it caused other vehicles to swerve to avoid hitting it.

The complaint states the vehicle exited Highway 52 about five miles later at 75th Street NW. The vehicle pulled over to the shoulder and stopped. An officer made contact with the driver, identified as Schleicher. She appeared to be confused and under the influence of drugs or alcohol. An officer also observed she had started to breast feed her infant child.

Riverside police said Schleicher claimed she was in Illinois to drop off the only child she still has custody of, a 15-year-old boy, so he could “party” in Indiana for spring break.

“We’re working on locating that child, but so far haven’t been successful because she’s not cooperative. We’re dealing with Minnesota Child Protective Services and other social agencies to try to get a lead on the 15 year old in Indiana,” Weitzel said in an email.

Repeat Drunk Driver Arrested In Riverside Trying To Fill Gas Tank With Kerosene

Ex-Bangor hoops coach pleads guilty to driving drunk

Longtime Bangor basketball coach Carl Parker stepped down from his position after being charged with driving under the influence earlier this year.
 

A former Bangor High School boys varsity basketball coach pleaded guilty Wednesday in Newport District Court to driving drunk last month.

Carl Parker, 66, of Bangor was ordered to pay the mandatory minimum $500 fine and participate in an alternative-to-jail program later this year, said his attorney, Josh Tardy of Newport. In addition, his driver’s license was suspended for 150 days.

“Mr. Parker felt it was important to own this and important to accept responsibility at the earliest possible time in the legal process,” Tardy said.

Defendants most often plead not guilty at their arraignments.

The longtime coach was returning home on Feb. 10 from a Class AA North coaches meeting in Lewiston, he told the BDN last month. Parker was driving northbound on Interstate 95 in Etna when he attempted to pass another vehicle, hit black ice and slid off the highway.

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His car landed on the passenger side but Parker was not injured. Maine State Police responded to the accident and charged him with operating under the influence of intoxicants.

Parker’s blood alcohol level was .16 percent, twice the legal limit of .08 percent, Mark Rucci, assistant district attorney for Penobscot County, said Tuesday.

Parker resigned from his coaching position in Bangor two days after he was charged.

Because this was Parker’s first OUI conviction and his blood alcohol level was above .15 percent, he qualified for the alternative sentencing program rather than having to serve the mandatory 48 hours in jail.

The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office holds the program several times a year, over a weekend. Held most often at a school, it includes more than six hours of discussion about alcohol and substance abuse with licensed counselors, community service, and no contact with family or friends. The men and women participants sleep at the schools in separate rooms on cots.

In addition to Bangor, Parker’s coaching resume included subsequent varsity stops at Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine Central Institute of Pittsfield and Nokomis Regional High School in Newport, where he also served as athletic administrator.

He also was an assistant coach with the former MCI postgraduate program and head coach of Lee Academy’s postgraduate team.

Ex-Bangor hoops coach pleads guilty to driving drunk

Firefighter in OVI arrest: ‘Do you know how many lives I’ve saved?’

 UPDATE @ 3:30 p.m. (Feb. 26):

A Dayton firefighter on Saturday was arrested on suspicion of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving while intoxicated, which is his third arrest for OVI in the last four years, according to police and court records.

Jacob Freels, 36, was taken into custody on the 1900 block of Bartley Road after a Butler Twp. police officer spotted him standing next to a white pickup truck he had reportedly crashed into a DP&L pole, according to a report.

The police officer said Freels appeared highly intoxicated and had trouble keeping his balance and answering questions and had slurred speech, the report states.

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Freels declined to take a field sobriety test or breath test for alcohol, according to the incident report, and at one point, Freels said, “Do you know how many lives I’ve saved.”

Police released Freels to his wife at the scene. But about 90 minutes later, Butler Township police were called to the Steak N Shake on Miller Lane about a stolen vehicle.

Freels’ sister told police she left her brother in the car as she went into the restaurant to pick up food and he drove off with her vehicle, a report states.

Police located Freels at his home and arrested him for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, the report states.

A spokeswoman for the city of Dayton confirmed Freels was hired as a firefighter in September of 2007. Freels was terminated in April 2015, but rehired in August 2015 after a civil service appeal.

This newsroom has requested to review Freels personnel file.

In February 2014, Freels pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Vandalia Municipal Court, court records show. The actual arrest occurred in late November 2013. Freel’s driver’s license was suspended from November 2013 to May 2014, with special conditions, the records show.

He was sentenced to one year of probation.

In July 2015, he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Montgomery County municipal court, records show.

His license was suspended for six months, with work privileges. He served 26 days in jail, the records show.

More recently, in October, Dayton police were called to a home near the Northridge Estates on a report of a domestic dispute, a police report shows.

A 34-year-old woman told police that Freels had come home intoxicated and broke his phone and was argumentative, the report states.

The woman has a child with Freels and has lived with him for seven years, the report states. The woman said Freels took her car and house keys and then left in his truck. Police told the woman that it is shared property and “there isn’t anything we can do about the keys,” the report states.

Police tried to locate him but were unsuccessful.

In 2010, Freels’ then-estranged wife told police her husband had made suicide threats after throwing and breaking his cell phone, a police report said.

She told police they had argued a lot recently and he had been coming home highly intoxicated, the report states.

The woman told police Freels had punched and damaged several doors during their arguments, the report states.

She said Freels began drinking heavily after responding to a car crash where five people died, including a baby that fell out of the vehicle while he was on scene, the report states.

Police located Freels, who admitted to making a suicidal threat.

He was taken to Grandivew Hospital where he was admitted on emergency status for wanting to harm himself, the report says.

UPDATE @ 3:01 p.m. (Feb. 26):

A spokeswoman for the city of Dayton confirmed Jacob Freels was hired as a firefighter in September of 2007.

Freels was terminated in April 2015, but rehired in August 2015 after a civil service appeal. This newsroom has requested to review Freels personnel file.

UPDATE @ 1:01 p.m. (Feb. 26):

A Dayton firefighter arrested on suspicion of OVI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle asked deputies, “Do you know how many lives I’ve saved,” according to an incident report.

Jacob Freels, 36, was taken into custody in the 1900 block of Bartley Road after a Butler Twp. police officer spotted him standing next to a white pickup truck he had reportedly crashed into a DP&L pole while responding to a separate incident, according to a report.

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Freels was arrested on Saturday around 10:45 p.m.

According to the report, Freels appeared to be highly intoxicated and could not keep his balance walking.

The 36-year-old refused a field sobriety test and a breath test prior to his arrest.

According to deputies, Freels has two prior convictions for OVI including one in 2014 and another in 2015.

INITIAL REPORT:

A Dayton firefighter was arrested Sunday and charged with OVI and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Jacob A. Freels, 36, was arrested on Bartley Road and initially booked into the Montgomery County Jail, according to jail records. He was no longer an inmate on Monday morning.

Freels was scheduled to appear in Vandalia Municipal Court this morning, however his appearance was continued and he is now scheduled to appear on March 5.

We’re working to learn more.