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District Attorney arrested for first offense OWI, sheriff says

IOWA COUNTY, Wis. – The Iowa County District Attorney was arrested over the weekend for operating while intoxicated, officials said.

Officials with the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they responded to 1243 West Lake Road in Mineral Point around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving an OnStar Emergency Alert.

At the scene, officials made contact with Iowa County District Attorney Larry E. Nelson who they determined was driving while impaired. The OnStar alert had came after he accidentally pushed the button in his 2017 Mercedes Benz, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office

Officials decided the investigation into Nelson was a conflict of interest and requested the Grant County’s Sheriff’s Office to get involved.

Nelson was arrested by Grant County deputies around 9 a.m. for first offense operating while intoxicated, according to the release. He was transported for further testing and later released to a responsible party.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation.

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief’s OWI citation

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief`s OWI citation.

The Iowa State Patrol has released the dashcam video from when Moline’s police chief was cited for speeding and operating while intoxicated.

The video shows that it was shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, September 7 when Chief John Hitchcock was pulled over.

Court documents show that Hitchcock was pulled over on Highway 61.

Hitchcock was initially clocked speeding in a black Chevy Silverado, traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone.  The speed was later dropped to 75 mph.

Click here to read the full court document from Scott County court.

According o the affidavit, Hitchcock failed a series of sobriety tests.  His blood-alcohol level was tested with a breathalyzer and registered as .185%.  Hitchcock was taken to the Eldridge Police Department for further testing and his blood-alcohol level registered as .201%.

Hitchcock was cited with operating while intoxicated and speeding.  His license was taken away and was set to remain revoked for 180 days.

A lawyer appeared in court the following Monday morning, on Hitchcock’s behalf for a first appearance.  An arraignment was set for Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m.

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief’s OWI citation

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Notice filed against town in DWI arrest

William Downing, the Riverhead man who was initially arrested for driving while intoxicated after hitting a child, despite not being given a blood test, has filed a notice of claim against Riverhead Town, its police department, the Suffolk County Police Department, a number of unnamed individual police officers as well as unnamed officers who are responsible for disseminating information to the media.

The notice, which preserves the right to bring a lawsuit and was written by attorney Cory Morris of Dix Hills, says that Mr. Downing “sustained physical and emotional injuries in violation of claimant’s civil rights, including, but not limited to loss of freedom; loss of comfort; extreme mental stress, pain and suffering; scarring, psychological damages, damage to name and reputation, stigma, monetary damages, special damages/costs/fees, medical fees, costs, damages and related damages incurred by and on behalf of” the police.

It accuses the police of “recklessness, carelessness, gross negligence, negligence, intentional conduct, malicious conduct, violation of civil rights, and unlawful conduct.”

The notice does not specify what damages are being sought.

Mr. Downing, 77, hit a 5-year-old boy on a bicycle on Lewis Street and Doris Avenue at 6:41 p.m. Aug. 4.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, and police issued a press release describing the arrest.

Those charges were later dismissed by Riverhead Town Justice Lori Hulse on Aug. 20 at the recommendation of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Mr. Downing, who lives on Lewis Street, said he was going about 10 mph in his 2003 Cadillac Escalade when the bike was struck. He said he remained at the scene and called police, who wanted to know if he’d been drinking. He said he had had half a can of beer.

Mr. Downing’s attorney in town court, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton, had said that Mr. Downing was given a portable breath test at the scene that registered his blood alcohol content at .05, which is below the threshold for driving while intoxicated or the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired.

Mr. Rodgers said that the portable device is not considered as reliable at the breath test at police headquarters, which Mr. Downing was not given.

Mr. Downing was given a blood test, which takes weeks before results are available, and those results eventually showed that Mr. Downing was not intoxicated.

Mr. Downing was arrested at the scene based on the observations of the arresting officer, according to Mr. Rodgers.

The notice of claim says that police “knew and had reason to know that (Mr. Downing) did not drive while intoxicated” and that he was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted and defamed, slandered and libeled.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller could not be reached for comment.

Notice filed against town in DWI arrest of William Downing

DWI suspect crashes pickup into flagpole, lights at police station

story.lead_photo.captionThe Hot Springs Police Department posted this photo on Twitter on Friday.

A man suspected of driving while intoxicated was arrested after crashing his pickup at police headquarters in Hot Springs, authorities said.

The Hot Springs Police Department said on Twitter that an “intoxicated driver” drove into the station parking lot and then crashed into the agency’s flagpole and lights..

“We can’t make this stuff up,” the agency added.

Hot Springs Police Department spokesman Cpl. Joey Williams identified the driver as 57-year-old Craig Smith of Hot Springs. Williams said a preliminary intoxication test showed Smith had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

Williams said he’s never seen a drunk driver crash into department property in his 18 years of policing.

“Thank God he didn’t hit anybody,” Williams said. “Better the flagpole and light than if he hit an innocent person driving around like that.”

Damage to the lighting system was estimated at $1,500, Williams said, and the flagpole would cost about $3,500 if it needs to be replaced.

Williams said Smith faces charges of DWI, careless driving, driving on a suspended license, driving without proof of insurance and failure to wear a seat belt.


Police say a DWI suspect crashed his car into a flagpole and lights at the Hot Springs police station.

Alleged student sex ‘lookout’ gets house arrest for DUI

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Brian Hampel leaves court after being sentenced to house arrest on a driving under the influence charge Wednesday.

WILKES-BARRE — The former Wilkes-Barre Area School District teacher who was accused of covering up a fellow teacher’s student sex scandal was sentenced Wednesday to house arrest after pleading guilty in his fifth drunken driving case.

Brian D. Hampel, 48, of 25 Harris Pond Road, Sweet Valley, was arrested after police saw him run a stop sign in Harveys Lake early the morning of Feb. 4. Prosecutors say he blew a 0.246 percent on a field breath test — more than three times the legal limit for driving.

Court records show Hampel pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him.

During the sentencing hearing, Senior Deputy Attorney General Bernard Anderson noted that a court-ordered evaluation determined Hampel has a “pathological drinking problem.”

Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy sentenced Hampel to six months in the Intermediate Punishment Program, which allows offenders to remain out of prison but under strict guidelines and conditions. Hampel will be required to serve the first 30 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 15 hours of community service.

He will also lose his driver’s license for a year and be required to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Hampel declined to comment as he left court.

The case represented Hampel’s fifth DUI case in Luzerne County, but for sentencing purposes it counted as his first because the other cases took place more than 10 years ago.

Court records indicate that in Hampel’s first case, stemming from an arrest in February 2002, he entered the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. The other three cases, all stemming from arrests in 2004, ended with Hampel pleading guilty to driving under the influence charges, according to court records.

Hampel gained notoriety in January 2015 during the student-sex trial of former administrator Stephen Stahl, a fellow teacher who was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a minor at the school in 2004.

Prosecutors at Stahl’s trial claimed Hampel served as a “lookout” while Stahl had sex with the 16-year-old girl in a classroom during school hours. Hampel denied the accusations when he testified.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board fired Hampel in September 2016, a month before he was charged with corruption of minors for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student and providing kegs of beer for underage drinking parties.

But a county judge dismissed the case in May 2017 after defense attorney Al Flora Jr. argued the alleged victim — an unidentified girl — had never reported inappropriate contact and that the statute of limitations had already expired in any case.

Hampel in turn filed a federal malicious prosecution lawsuit alleging Luzerne County detectives arrested him without probable cause in an effort to “destroy his career and reputation.”

That lawsuit is still pending.