Baldrick : It had a cunning plan.
> Drunkest city: Fort Collins, CO
> MSA adults binge or heavy drinking: 21.0% (top 25%)
> State adults binge or heavy drinking: 19.1% (15th highest)
> Alcohol related driving deaths: 30.6%
Home to Colorado State University, Fort Collins is a midsize college city located along the Cache La Poudre River in Colorado’s Front Range. College students drink more than nearly any other group. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 3 in 5 U.S. college students aged 18 to 22 drink alcohol. In the Fort Collins metro area, some 11.6% of the population are enrolled in college or graduate school — nearly the largest share in Colorado — and 21.0% of adults drink to excess or binge drink, the largest share in the state.
A Morganton man dressed in a Care Bear onesie was charged with driving while impaired Saturday after an officer spotted him driving his moped without its lights on, according to an arrest report.
Officer E.W. Connor with the Morganton Department of Public Safety was driving on West Union Street around 4 a.m. when he noticed the moped, driven by Keith William Hurley, 39, coming toward him in the opposite lane, the report said.
Connor noticed Hurley was wearing a black helmet and a light blue fleece onesie, “which was later determined to be a care bear costume,” the report said.
Hurley turned into the First Baptist Church parking lot on West Union Street after Connor turned around to stop him, the report said.
When Connor pulled into the parking lot and drove toward Hurley, he noticed him digging underneath the moped’s seat, the report said.
Connor asked why Hurley did not have his lights on, and he replied that he had a short, the report said. Hurley said he had a DOT-approved flashlight he was attaching to the front of his moped.
Connor noticed the onesie Hurley was wearing was a Grumpy Bear Care Bear costume, the report said. The costume was unzipped almost to his waist, and Hurley had glitter on his face and chest, the report said.
Hurley told Connor that he was coming from work at a downtown eatery, where he is a manager, the report said. Hurley told the officer his work was having a Halloween event, and that’s why he was dressed like a Care Bear.
Connor noticed alcohol on Hurley’s breath and that his eyes were red and glossy, the report said. Hurley said he had a couple of beers at a downtown bar and had been sitting at the bar to sober up, the report said.
Hurley also told Connor he thought he was sober enough to leave the bar and that he knew the lights didn’t work, the report said. He thought it was fine because he was “only a few blocks from home,” the report said. Google Maps, however, lists his home as being 3 miles away from the bar, the report said.
Hurley attempted field sobriety tests, but “performed poorly,” the report said.
Connor charged Hurley with driving while impaired, the report said.
“Was there something wrong with my driving,” Hurley asked, according to the report. “You saw I was driving fine.”
While at a local jail, Hurley refused to take a breath test, the report said. Hurley said that because his license already was suspended, he did not see a reason to consent to the test, the report said.
A search warrant was granted to Connor to get a sample of Hurley’s blood, the report said. Hurley said he would not consent to the blood draw either and that officers would have to “strap him down,” the report said.
“It is my body, and you have no right to take blood from me,” Hurley said, according to the report.
Officers explained that they had the right to take his blood because of the warrant, the report said.
“I’m not consenting to a sample, but I will not fight,” Hurley said, according to the report.
Connor transported Hurley to the magistrate’s office, where he was given a $1,000 bond, the report said. He was then placed in a local jail, the report said.
George Orwell : Because the government had fooled him into thinking that he was crossing the road of his own free will, when he was really only serving their interests.
Highway Patrol Troopers say that Whitney was observed driving a black Pontiac G6, on I-25, near milepost 184. Reports say that the Pontiac was observed going 90 mph, in a posted 80 mph zone.
Troopers say that they further observed the Pontiac fail to maintain it’s lane of travel while driving.
A stop was initiated and an arrest affidavit says that when the Pontiac pulled over it struck the curb, and the driver stopped the car with the vehicle’s front passenger tire parked on the curb.
Troopers contacted Whitney and note that they could smell an odor of marijuana and alcohol about the suspect’s person. Troopers also report seeing a black canister labeled “THC,” and a multi-colored glass pipe with suspected marijuana in the bowl. The affidavit says that both the canister and the pipe were in plain view on the passenger seat.
When questioned, Troopers say that Whitney admitted to having a gram of marijuana in the vehicle, and saying that his last drink had been a rum and cola, at a bar in Fort Collins, two hours before the stop. Whitney further advised that he worked at the bar.
Whitney was taken into custody, and a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded an open Bud Light bottle that was described as “cool to the touch,” found in between the passenger seat and center console. Further, Troopers report finding a six pack of Bud Light in the car, with two of the bottles removed.
In the trunk of the vehicle Troopers discovered approximately 1.2 pounds of suspected marijuana, divided up between four separately packaged vacuum sealed bags.
After a field sobriety test, Whitney was placed under arrest just after midnight.
During his initial appearance in Natrona County Circuit Court, Whitney was charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana and Driving While Under the Influence. Whitney’s bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.
All of those cited or arrested are presumed innocent until convicted in a court of law. Charges are subject to change following official filings from the Natrona County District Attorney’s Office.
PLATTSBURGH — The only physician in Clinton County authorized to prescribe medical marijuana has been charged with driving while under the influence of drugs.
Dr. Richard D’Amico, 48, of Plattsburgh was arrested Friday, Nov. 10, and charged with driving while his ability was impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor, after a traffic stop on the downtown stretch of Margaret Street.
Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Bradley Kiroy said a plainclothes police officer reported to Plattsburgh City Police that he saw D’Amico park his car and get out and that he was visibly intoxicated.
When officers arrived around 9:54 p.m., D’Amico was pulling out of the parking space and heading north on Margaret Street.
They saw him swerve from his lane without using his turn signal, Kiroy said.
Police pulled D’Amico over and had a blood test performed.
“The results of the test have not been returned,” Kiroy said.
Besides the DWAI charge, D’Amico was ticketed for failure to keep right on a two-lane road and failure to use his turning signal.
He was held and then arraigned the next morning in Plattsburgh City Court before Judge Mark Rogers, then released on his own recognizance.
D’Amico could not be reached for comment Friday. His lawyer, Patrick McFarlin, said his client had no comment on the arrest.
D’Amico is due back in court on Thursday, Dec. 21.
William Shakespeare : I don’t know why, but methinks I could rattle off a hundred-line soliloquy without much ado
WELLSBORO – Wellsboro Fire Department First Assistant Fire Chief Robert S. McCarthy, 53, of Wellsboro faces charges of driving under the influence of intoxicants and careless driving after he allegedly cut the corner on the way to a dispatch Oct. 27 and ran onto the sidewalk, nearly hitting several people.
According to documents filed at District Judge James Edgcomb’s office in Elkland, McCarthy was driving a Freightliner fire truck too fast around the corner of East Avenue and Main Street about 10:30 p.m., causing adults standing in front of the Wellsboro Diner to pull children back out of the way and jump out of the way themselves to avoid being hit.
McCarthy will appear before Edgcomb in District Judge Rob Repard’s courtroom Tuesday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Repard recused himself from hearing the case because he is acquainted with McCarthy.