Arizona Cardinals executive Ron Minegar arrested on suspicion of DUI

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Arizona Cardinals Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Ron Minegar was arrested Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, police said.

Minegar, 60, was spotted in Chandler, Ariz., failing to stay in one lane and driving into the bike lane for a period of time before he was pulled over for speeding, according to FOX10 Phoenix.

Police then arrested Minegar on suspicion of DUI and he was later cited and released from jail, according to the Arizona Republic.

The Cardinals released a statement on the incident.

“Ron Minegar’s actions last night are inexcusable. He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself,” the statement read. “According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the No. 1 cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”

Ron Minegar, 60, was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of DUI.

Ron Minegar, 60, was arrested in Arizona on suspicion of DUI. (Chandler Police Department)

Minegar is starting his 20th season with the organization. He joined the Cardinals in 2000 from Disney Sports. He is responsible for overseeing the team’s business operations and developing the team’s strategic plans.

It is the second time in more than a year that a Cardinals executive has been arrested on a DUI charge.

Last year, Cardinals general manager Steve Keim was arrested and pleaded guilty to extreme DUI. He was suspended for five weeks by the team and fined $200,000.

Police: Poynette man facing 9th OWI caught urinating outside vehicle told state trooper ‘I think I’m impaired’

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A Poynette man facing a ninth drunken driving charge allegedly told a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper he believed he was impaired after he could not complete a field sobriety test.

James Richard Park, 77, faces a felony drunken driving charge as a ninth offense.

During an initial court appearance Thursday in Columbia County Circuit Court, Judge Troy Cross set a $500 cash bond for Park.

Cross also ordered Park not to possess or consume alcohol, visit anyplace where alcohol is sold for onsite consumption, nor operate any motor vehicles without a valid driver’s license.

A return court date is scheduled for Oct. 21.

According to a criminal complaint, at 8:33 p.m. Tuesday, Wisconsin State Patrol Trooper Joseph Youngblood saw a vehicle stopped in Chrislaw Road in the town of West Point outside of Lodi.

Youngblood reported a man appeared to be urinating outside the passenger side of the vehicle.

The trooper approached Park and asked what he was doing. Park said “he had stopped so his lady could have a smoke.” Youngblood noticed a woman was sitting and smoking inside the vehicle.

When Youngblood asked the driver how much he had to drink, Park said he had “a few” drinks.

When asked why he was driving after drinking, Park allegedly said, he was taking back roads home “because he had seen what happened to some people” and said “he made a mistake.”

During a field sobriety test, Park allegedly told the trooper, “I think I’m impaired, sir.”

A preliminary breath test indicated Park had a blood alcohol level of 0.089. The legal limit to drive in Wisconsin is 0.08.

Between 1989 and 2001, Park was convicted of drunken driving eight times, according to the complaint.

Charges pending for driver who hit Yellowknife power pole

Police believe a driver who hit a power pole in Yellowknife with their truck in broad daylight was above the legal limit at the time.

Residents witnessed a blue truck hit a pole on Reservoir Road – by the Tommy Forrest ballpark – at around 11:30am on Thursday, with police and municipal enforcement officers on the scene soon afterward.

RCMP said no injuries were reported but charges are pending against the driver, who was not named.

Those pending charges are operation while impaired – which can apply to either alcohol or drug use – and operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 80 mg per 100 ml of blood, which is a charge specific to drinking.

A downed power pole on Reservoir Road. Emelie Peacock/Cabin Radio

“The 41-year-old female driver was taken into custody as part of an impaired driving investigation,” RCMP confirmed. “At this time, no charges have been sworn, so no further information can be released. A court date of September 24 has been set.”

Images from the scene show a power pole lying demolished in front of the truck, which sustained significant damage to its hood.

“Yellowknife RCMP remind all motor vehicle drivers of the dangers and potentially serious consequences of operating a motor vehicle while impaired,” police said in a statement to Cabin Radio.

“Our message remains: do not drive while impaired by alcohol, cannabis, prescription, illegal drugs, or a combination thereof. This applies to all licensed motor vehicles, including motorcycles, ATVs and, in the winter, snowmobiles. 

“Protect yourself, your loved ones, and the motorists who share the road. Plan for a safe and sober ride home.”

Supreme Court OKs blood draws from unconscious drivers without warrants

Supreme Court OKs blood draws from unconscious drivers without warrants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Police do not generally need a court-issued warrant to draw an unconscious criminal suspect’s blood, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in a Wisconsin drunken driving case, declining to place new evidence-gathering restrictions on law enforcement authorities.

The court ruled 5-4 that drawing blood while a driver is unconscious in nearly all cases does not violate the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches.

“Thus, when a driver is unconscious,” conservative Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the decision, “the general rule is that a warrant is not needed.”

Conservative Justices John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh and Clarence Thomas, along with liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, agreed with the outcome, while the court’s three other liberal justices and conservative Justice Neil Gorsuch dissented.

Though they upheld most warrantless blood tests of drunken-driving suspects, the justices set aside the conviction of Gerald Mitchell, the man at the center of the case who had argued that the blood drawn from him after he had been arrested and fell unconscious violated his constitutional rights.

The justices sent the case back to lower courts, giving Mitchell another chance to prove that the officers’ needs or duties in his case were not so pressing as to leave no time to obtain a warrant.

At issue in the case was a Wisconsin law that assumed motorists automatically give consent to tests of their breath or blood simply by driving on the state’s roads, even if they are unconscious. All 49 other states and the District of Columbia have similar laws, Alito said.

The Supreme Court in recent years has limited police ability to draw blood without a warrant and without a motorist’s consent, and frowned upon criminal penalties against people who refuse to consent to a blood draw.

Police drew the blood, which showed his blood-alcohol concentration far above the state’s legal limit, after finding Mitchell shirtless, wet and covered in sand near the shores of Lake Michigan.

Mitchell appealed a ruling by Wisconsin’s highest court that the blood draw did not violate the Fourth Amendment.

The case dates to 2013 in Wisconsin’s Sheboygan County when Mitchell’s neighbor called police to report that Mitchell had driven away in a van, apparently drunk, and may have been suicidal. He had taken about 40 pills along with vodka mixed with the soft drink Mountain Dew, according to court filings. Mitchell later testified he had been depressed and suicidal.

After police found him, Mitchell became unconscious as authorities drove him to a hospital, where they ordered staff to draw his blood for an alcohol concentration test despite not having a warrant. Police charged him with operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He had six prior convictions for the same offense.

Drug use caused crash that killed truck driver and passenger, Coroner rules

Coroner Elizabeth Ryan of the NSW Coroners Court has concluded that Cameron Bloomfield (29) and his partner, Meaghan Bird (27), died as a consequence of drug use that caused driving impairment. That led, in turn, to their heavy freight vehicle, a prime mover and two trailers fully laden with flammable chemicals, to leave the road, roll over and catch fire.

Bloomfield’s driving was likely impaired owing to the effects of the methylamphetamine that he had consumed. Both Baird and Bloomfield had “toxic to lethal” levels of methylamphetamine in their post-mortem blood samples.

Bird died directly as a result of fatal head injuries when the truck rolled over. Bloomfield died directly because of inhalation of smoke as the truck caught fire when it rolled.

Both Baird and Bloomfield died in a single vehicle crash on the Pacific Highway on the mid-north New South Wales coast on April 10, 2014.

On April 8, 2014, Bloomfield, accompanied by Baird, were driving the 936 kilometer (582 miles) Brisbane-Sydney route on behalf of Archerfield Transport & Storage, a sole proprietorship owned by Allen Mark Aitchison. Archerfield owned a freight depot in Brisbane. Aitchison directed the use of heavy freight trucks and scheduled operations.

Bloomfield and Baird arrived in Sydney early in the morning of April 9. During the day, Bloomfield was contacted “several times” by Aitchison during “what was supposed to be his seven hour continuous rest break”.

Bloomfield, again accompanied by Baird, started off from Sydney en route for Brisbane at about 20:30pm.

The vehicle, a 2005-built prime mover, was towing two trailers and was hauling a load of corrosive chemicals, paint thinners and other flammable and hazardous materials.

A witness stated that at 03:00am, about 175 miles to the north east of Sydney, Bloomfield’s truck overtook his car. The witness saw the car drive off the left side of the road, fall over, and slide. The cabin caught on fire and spread to the trailers.

Police and other emergency services arrived to find “the cabin and trailers were engulfed in flames. The heat was intense and aerosol cans from the load were exploding into the air”.

It took firefighters at least two, to two-and-a-half, hours to put the fire out before the two bodies were retrieved.

Forensic examiners were unable to say why the vehicle left the road. There was no evidence of braking or sharp turning, which would suggest the truck was out of control. There were no other vehicles. There was no evidence of mechanical defects in the prime mover or the trailers.

The post-mortem examiner discovered “toxic to lethal” levels of methylamphetamine in the blood samples of Baird and Bloomfield. A specialist toxicologist concluded that they had ingested the drug within “a few hours” of their deaths. In her opinion, the toxicologist believed the drug could have contributed to the crash by impairing the driver’s ability or it could have caused the driver’s death by coma, respiratory depression or a fatal heart attack.

The Coroner accepted the conclusion that a toxic-to-fatal level of drugs in Bloomfield’s blood explained the loss of control of the truck.

It was also considered whether fatigue had any role in the crash.

A week before the fatal crash, Baird’s parents visited the couple at their home. Baird was apparently worried that Bloomfield was “so exhausted” from driving that he might fall asleep at the wheel, according to Baird’s mother. She also described a dinner with Bloomfield who complained of being exhausted from work. The coroner also noted that there were statements from people in contact with Bloomfield on the day of the crash saying he looked tired or that he had been complaining of a lack of sleep.

Following the crash, Aitchison and various others at the freight depots in Brisbane and Sydney were charged, tried, convicted and fined in relation to fatigue related offenses. These included failing to take all reasonable steps to ensure that business practices did not cause Bloomfield to drive while in breach of work-rest hours; there was no system to check the work diaries of drivers; there was no fatigue management training for drivers; there was no use or monitoring of in-vehicle GPS systems; there were no trip plans that allowed drivers to complete trips other than within strict time limits. Truck loaders were charged with failing to take reasonable steps to ensure Bloomfield did not driver while apparently fatigued.