Drunk driver teacher caught out by her own dashcam as she swerved across roads

Drunk driver teacher caught out by her own dashcam as she swerved across roads

The camera never lies.

Which is a disaster for drunk teacher Louise Willard whose own dashcam caught her swerving all over the road and hitting speeds of up to 51mph along residential streets.

The shocking footage showed Willard, 41, who was three times over the limit hitting curbs, going into grass verges and narrowly missing workmen in the road and oncoming traffic during the 20 minute drunken drive.

Her white Vauxhall Corsa even crashed into the back of parked Audi in Bexhill.

Louise Willard even smashed her car up before driving again (SWNS)
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Undeterred, Willard reversed off in her damaged car but stopped a short distance later.

Sussex Police were first alerted at 5.24pm on 4 April by a member of the public who reported the Corsa repeatedly clipping the kerb on the A259 Marsh Road.

Shortly afterwards, a second call was received reporting the same car erratically driving before crashing into a parked Audi A4.

She was found uninjured by officers in her car and failed a roadside breathalyser test blowing 94mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath when the legal limit is 35mcg.

The dashcam showed her swerving into obstacles on the road (SWNS)
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She pleaded guilty to drink driving and failing to stop at Hastings Magistrates’ Court yesterday and was banned from driving for two years.

Willard of Bexhill was also handed a 12-month community order, requiring her to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

PC Nathan Langley, of the Polegate Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘The scary thing is this isn’t a particularly unusual or extraordinary example of drink-driving; the driver has displayed a number of characteristics which you would typically expect.

Report criticizes ex-State Police head for arrest report rewrite

Former State Police colonel Richard McKeon.

Wrapping up a five-month investigation, Attorney General Maura Healey won’t seek criminal charges against former top State Police officials who ordered a trooper to remove embarrassing details from the arrest report of a judge’s daughter. But Healey will ask the state Ethics Commission to review the case for possible conflict of interest violations, according to a report released by her office Friday.

A separate review, conducted by an outside investigator at the request of the Massachusetts State Police, found that then-colonel Richard McKeon used “flawed judgment” when he ordered a trooper to alter the report on the judge’s daughter, Alli Bibaud, who was arrested in October in Worcester for operating under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

McKeon and the command staff “eroded confidence in the management abilities of the [State Police,] both within the organization and among the public,” former state public safety secretary Kevin P. Burke wrote in his report, also released Friday. He called McKeon’s actions “unprecedented.”

Driver indicted in death of local teen girl

The force of the crash that killed 14-year-old Chelsea Bowman in October 2016 was so powerful, it split the car she was riding in, in half, and threw her from the car.

Eighteen months after the deadly head-on crash, the driver of the Dodge Neon Bowman was riding in, 21-year-old Merle Jay Lunsford II of Dayton, was indicted for vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle under the influence of marijuana and OVI.

Prosecutors said the teen was ejected from a rear seat of the car when Lunsford crossed the center line on Frederick Pike and hit an oncoming car.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Merle Jay Lunsford II.

https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/crime–law/driver-indicted-death-local-teen-girl/vX5ARY2TferFd3YT7KCTYP/

Both drivers charged with drunk driving in crash

Michelle QuinnPost-Tribune

 

A Hammond woman and Michigan City man were both charged with driving drunk after their vehicles crashed Saturday evening.

Jacqueline Adan 21, of Hammond, was attempting to exit onto Interstate 94 West from State Road 249 North with two passengers when she lost control of her SUV, according to an Indiana State Police release.

Police said Adan ran off the roadway going northeast through the grass when she hit a late-model minivan driven by Leonard Scott, 32 of Michigan City. Scott was slowing down for the stop sign at the end of the ramp, according to the release.

Both vehicles came to rest in the I-94 westbound left-turn lane, the release said.

Adan and a her passengers, who are from Hammond as well, were taken to Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said Adan was eventually taken to the Porter County Jail in Valparaiso, where she was charged with operating while intoxicated endangerment.

Scott was also taken to Porter Regional Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to the release. He also was taken to the Porter County Jail where he was charged with OWI refusal, police said.

Both vehicles had extensive damage, the release said.

The Portage Police, Fire and EMS departments and Precision Towing assisted the Indiana State Police in the incident.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-blotter-two-duis-crash-st-0423-story.html

Appeals court recommends ‘DWI judge’ lose bench seat

Appeals court recommends ‘DWI judge’ lose bench seat

A​n upstate judge who encouraged sheriff’s deputies to “shoot” an unruly defendant in her courtroom, then cursed out troopers who arrested her for drunk driving — on her way to work — and after that took a vacation to Thailand instead of attending a hearing on the DWI arrest is finally being recommended for removal from the bench.

Suspended Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio will continue to collect her $187,00-a-year salary until the state’s Court of Appeals rules on her ouster. That could be as late as the fall. But she was less eager to return to court for a follow up hearing on the drunk driving arrest. In May 2017 she jetted off to Thailand instead of attending the hearing over contempt charges for trying to drive her vehicle while intoxicated after her DWI arrest.

Astacio’s troubles started the same month she first took the bench in January 2015, when she refused to recuse herself from the arraignment of a former client, then let an accused thief off with a $50 bail as a “courtesy,” according to a ruling from the state Commission on Judicial Conduct.

“I totally love him. I’m so sad that he’s in jail right now,” she said in open court at the time.

Later that month the judge told sheriff’s deputies​ ​— “tase her,” “shoot her,” and “well, punch her in the face and bring her out here”​ ​— when she heard that a young female defendant was biting and spitting on people on her way to court.

By August 2015 the judge still hadn’t learned how to behave on the bench, the ruling says. She joked that a sexual assault victim had a “case of buyer’s remorse” because the victim was hesitant to sign a statement against her attacker. When a prosecutor didn’t laugh at the crude remark the judge said, “I don’t mean to be inappropriate. I thought that was freakin’ hilarious.”

Off the bench Astacio was nabbed for drunk driving Feb. 13, 2016 when a state trooper tried to give her a Breathalyzer on her way to work.

It was 7:54 a.m.

She told the trooper to “mind his own f—ing business” before blowing a .19. The legal limit is .08.

While locked up for the infraction she tried to use her position as a judge to get out, pleading, “I have court right now.”

Astacio, 36, admitted that she’d “engaged in some misconduct” but claimed that her ouster “was too harsh.”

The judicial conduct commissioners disagreed.

“The totality of respondent’s misbehavior as shown in the record before us demonstrates her unfitness for judicial office,” they said in a ruling released Tuesday,
Astacio’s attorney, Robert F. Julian, said, “I will be reviewing the decision with my client and she will make a decision regarding an appeal shortly.”

https://nypost.com/2018/04/24/appeals-court-recommends-dwi-judge-lose-bench-seat/