Second police officer faces DUI charges in ATV crash

A second Kingston police officer was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence following an all-terrain vehicle crash in September.

Officer Jonathan Karasinski was charged with DUI — nearly double over the legal limit — driving at an unsafe speed and operating an ATV on the street.

Officer John Sosnoski was charged Oct. 20 with the same set of offenses. He was nearly three times over the legal blood alcohol limit.

New details emerged Wednesday when the arrest papers were released. Sosnoski and Karasinski, who were off duty, crashed their all-terrain vehicles around 1:20 a.m. Sept. 29 in Edwardsville, state police at Wyoming said.

According to the affidavit, the officers were drinking at Rush Inn on Zerby Avenue in Kingston, then left the bar on their ATVs.

They were riding south on Zerby Avenue near High Street — about five blocks from where the left — when Karasinski lost control and flipped his 2014 Polaris Sportsman.

Sosnoski swerved to miss Karasinski’s ATV and slammed his 2014 Polaris Sportsman into a tree along the street, police said.

On Oct. 7, he told police he went to the Rush Inn. He left there and the next thing he remembered was waking up with a tube in his throat.

Karasinski, 35, of Exeter, was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township for treatment of severe head trauma before Edwardsville police arrived, police said.

Police got on scene to find Sosnoski, 24, of Ashley, showed signs of being under the influence and smelled of alcohol, according to the affidavit.

Police said they asked him how much he had to drink, and Sosnoski told them he had one beer.

Police asked him if he would take a portal breath test. He said he would rather not, but then agreed. The blood alcohol limit is .08 percent. He blew a .16 percent, but had a blood alcohol level of .21 percent, police said.

He was taken into custody for suspicion of driving under the influence, police said. He was treated at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center for an ankle injury and released.

Police obtained a search warrant to get Karasinski’s blood alcohol level, which was .14 percent.

Sosnoski is on paid suspension pending a disciplinary hearing to determine what, if any action should be taken.

Neither Mayor James Haggerty nor Kingston police Chief Michael Krzywicki immediately returned messages seeking Karasinski’s employment status.

Exit Sign Hit By Vomit-Covered Drunk Driver

Exit Sign Hit By Vomit-Covered Drunk Driver In Westlake: Police

WESTLAKE, OH — An exit sign on I-90 was struck by an drunk driver on Thursday. Police said the driver was covered in his own vomit and did not remember hitting anything.

A little after midnight, a Good Samaritan called police and said a vehicle was swerving “all over the roadway” on I-90. The caller said the truck had hit the exit sign at Clague Road.

Officers caught up to the swerving Chevy near Columbia Road. The vehicle had gotten off I-90 and was driving back onto the highway, police said.

The driver was covered in his own vomit, which stained his sweater and pants, police noted. He did not remember hitting anything with his truck.

Field tests were administered and the driver, a 59-year-old from Brecksville, was arrested for operating a vehicle impaired. He took a breath test later and blew 3.5 times over the legal limit.

The man’s Chevy was towed, his license was suspended, and he was given a court date.

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Former official pleads guilty to OWIs

CROWN POINT — A former Hobart Township Board member pleaded guilty Wednesday to two felonies and a misdemeanor in an agreement with prosecutors to resolve five operating while intoxicated cases and enter the Lake County Veterans Treatment Court.

David Scheeringa, 51, admitted in Judge Julie Cantrell’s courtroom Wednesday he resisted law enforcement, a level 6 felony, and operated a vehicle while intoxicated, a class C misdemeanor, on June 28, 2017, in Hobart.

Scheeringa was accused in that case of driving onto the 500 block of Third Street in a red pickup truck without headlights, police records state. He allegedly swerved into oncoming traffic several times on Main Street and failed to immediately stop when a police officer activated his emergency lights. He refused to perform field sobriety or breath tests after stopping in a store parking lot.

Scheeringa also pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated, a level 6 felony. He was accused in that case of doing “burnouts” in the 700 block of 14th Street while attempting to back into a driveway, records state.

Scheeringa was ordered to pay court costs and a $200 fee. He will serve two years in the Veterans Treatment Court, which provides support and rehabilitation for veteran defendants. If he successfully completes the program, the two felony convictions will be reduced to class A misdemeanors.

The prosecutor’s office will dismiss three remaining operating while intoxicated cases as part of Scheeringa’s plea agreement.

The plea deal was negotiated by defense attorney Thomas S. Mullins and Lake County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Barbara McConnell.

The agreement notes Scheeringa has been subject to the Veterans Treatment Court rules while the plea agreement was negotiated. During that time, he completed addiction and behavior counseling, attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings twice a week and wore an alcohol-monitoring bracelet.

The prosecutor’s office initially opposed Scheeringa’s bid to enter the treatment court. The office noted in a motion in February he had four prior convictions for operating while intoxicated, with his first offense occurring in 1997.

The prosecutor’s office also said Scheeringa was in active duty in the U.S. Army for only four months and 15 days, which made it unlikely there was a connection between his military service and his criminal charges.

Scheeringa said Wednesday the prosecutor’s office apparently did not realize he also served seven years of military service in the U.S. Air Force. He said the prosecutor’s office had relied on an incomplete DD Form 214 when it made that claim.

Cantrell noted Scheeringa looked much healthier since he first appeared before her in January. She said the probation department noted he has done everything expected of him while awaiting the case’s resolution, and they expected he would be a “rock star” in the program.

Scheeringa previously served on the Hobart Township Board, and a felony conviction would have made him ineligible to continue serving as an elected official. The issue became irrelevant after he was beaten by a primary challenger for his seat in May.

Mullins said he wanted to have Scheeringa’s alcohol-monitoring bracelet removed, though such a term was not included in his plea agreement. Cantrell said she would consider the motion after the holidays.

Scheeringa’s next court hearing is Dec. 12.

Firefighter revived, then arrested, after OD’ing behind the wheel

An FDNY firefighter was revived after a suspected heroin overdose in his car on Staten Island — and then busted, cops said on Saturday.

Daris John, 31, was inside his car with the engine running just before 9 p.m. Friday at Hunter Avenue and Idlease Place in Midland Beach when another motorist tried to get around him and make a turn, cops said.

Realizing that John was unconscious, the driver called 911, according to police.

Cops administered the opioid-blocking drug Narcan and brought John to a local hospital, police said. They found narcotics residue — believed to be heroin — on the driver’s seat.

He was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, cops said.

In an unrelated incident, a second city employee, NYPD communications technician Johnny Valle, 41, was busted around 5:30 a.m. for allegedly slapping his 35-year-old wife during a dispute in her Bushwick home, cops said.

He was charged with assault, resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.

4-year-old left overnight in van at impound

Temperature dropped to 19 degrees in the 8 hours she was in the car

MILWAUKEE (WTMJ/CNN) – Officials are investigating after a 4-year-old girl spent eight hours in a freezing cold minivan at a Milwaukee impound lot until a police officer heard her crying for help.

A police officer on duty at the tow lot discovered a 4-year-old girl in an impounded vehicle around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“Apparently, the girl was obviously very upset and crying, something that none of us would like to have happen to any of our children,” said Jeff Polenske with the Milwaukee Department of Public Works.

The child was checked by fire officials for immediate harm then transported to the hospital. The temperature dipped as low as 19 degrees while she was in the car.

The minivan was towed to the lot around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday after the female driver was pulled over and arrested for allegedly operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Police removed a 10-month-old child from the car but somehow never saw the 4-year-old, who was left in the vehicle as it was towed to the lot. Once the van arrived at the lot, a Public Works employee inspected the vehicle with a flashlight but never looked inside.

“We want to make sure that it never happens again. If there’s something more that we can be doing, a more thorough exam of that vehicle, we will be doing that,” Polenske said.