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DARIEN, Conn. (AP) — Jerry Springer protege Steve Wilkos is facing a drunken driving charge in connection with a car crash in Connecticut last month.
Darien police say the 53-year-old Wilkos turned himself in Wednesday after learning there was a warrant for his arrest.
Police say Wilkos, a TV talk show host who was the security director on “The Jerry Springer Show,” had a blood alcohol content of 0.29 after the crash Jan. 21. That’s more than three times the legal limit to drive. No other vehicles were involved, and Wilkos was alone. He was treated at the hospital.
He was freed on $1,500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court March 5 to face charges including operating under the influence.
Wilkos in a statement said he “had a complete lapse in judgment which resulted in me drinking and getting behind the wheel of my car.”
A semitruck driver pleaded not guilty Friday to causing a six-vehicle collision in Lakewood that put a woman in a coma Thursday and snarled traffic at state Route 512 and Interstate 5 for hours.
Jose Trinidad, 41, was ordered held in lieu of $250,000 bail after pleading not guilty to vehicular assault and reckless endangerment.
Washington State Patrol troopers believe Trinidad was under the influence of drugs, possibly methamphetamine, when his truck slammed into the back of a Prius stopped at a red light.
The force pushed the car into other vehicles and across the intersection.
The Prius driver suffered a head injury, broke three limbs and was put into a medically induced coma. Another man from the collision was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
Pierce County prosecutors said additional charges might be filed against Trinidad.
Charging papers give this account of the crash:
Trinidad was driving west on state Route 512 in a semitruck without a trailer when it hit the rear of the Prius about 1:45 p.m.
The Prius was pushed into a Pontiac Grand AM stopped in front of it, forcing the Pontiac over a guardrail on the side of the freeway. The car came to rest with its rear atop the guardrail.
The semi continued shoving the Prius across traffic, through the intersection and into the side of a Ford pickup turning left onto eastbound state Route 512.
The pickup then hit a Honda Civic.
Firefighters had to extract a woman from the Prius.
When troopers arrived, Trinidad told them he’d fallen asleep behind the wheel and denied being on medication. He was “shaking and spasming uncontrollably,” according to records.
Troopers believed he was under the influence of intoxicants.
When they asked about small dots on his forearm near a vein, Trinidad said they were spider bites and denied he’d used drugs. He admitted to sometimes using meth.
Trinidad was arrested in Colorado in August for possessing meth, court records show.
Deputy Prosecutor Tim Jones told the court Trinidad is a self-employed truck driver who lives in Los Angeles.
Investigators believe he left the Portland area about 4 a.m. Thursday to make deliveries in South Seattle. He was driving west on state Route 512 on his way to I-5 to head back south, when the wreck happened.
Jones said in court that Trinidad had limited criminal history, but noted that he appeared to be on probation for having methamphetamine in Fort Collins, Colorado in August.
After Thursday’s wreck, he was taken to Allenmore Hospital for a drug test. Toxicology results were not immediately available.
The investigation closed the area for more than four hours.
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An on-duty TriMet bus driver was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
A Gresham police officer saw a TriMet Line 20 bus speeding on Southeast Stark Street near 205th Avenue just after 12:30 a.m., the Gresham Police Department said in a news release.
The officer stopped the bus and spoke to the driver, who showed signs of impairment, police said. The driver, Lamont Biggs, 55, of Portland, was arrested after an investigation on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.
Police said there was one passenger on the bus who left during the traffic stop and wasn’t identified.
Biggs had been on duty since 4:42 p.m., a TriMet spokeswoman said.
Paramedics were called because of a medical condition, which police did not describe further. Biggs was cited and released, police said, because the medical condition prevented him from being lodged at Multnomah County Jail.
Biggs was hired as a bus operator in 2016, according to TriMet records previously obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive.
A spokeswoman for the transit agency said Biggs has been placed on administrative leave during an internal investigation, and that the driver could be fired if the accusation of DUII is upheld.
“We have more than 1500 operators who work diligently day in and day out to provide safe transit service,” said Roberta Altstadt, the spokeswoman. “An incident such as this does not reflect their commitment or TriMet’s commitment to our community.”
A TriMet supervisor picked up the bus after Biggs’ arrest, police said.
State police in Greensburg allege a Hempfield man was under the influence of heroin when he ignored a stop sign in Derry Township almost a year ago and caused a two-vehicle crash.
Kody R. Konop, 25, is charged with driving under a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a suspended license, careless driving, failing to stop at a stop sign and reckless driving in connection with the March 13 accident at the intersection of South Valley Street and Route 217.
Witnesses told Trooper Brandon Boyd that Konop appeared to have his head down toward his lap when he ignored a stop sign on South Valley Street at 11:31 a.m. while driving a 1999 Toyota Corolla and collided with a 2007 Chevrolet Impala traveling on Route 217, according to an affidavit filed with Derry District Judge Mark Bilik.
Boyd reported Konop was airlifted to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh for treatment of multiple injuries he suffered in the crash, but he spoke to Konop in an ambulance after he was extricated from his car.
“Konop advised that he had lost his brakes and was unable to stop for the stop sign. I asked Konop if he had been drinking or had taken any illegal drugs,” Boyd wrote.
“Konop stated, ‘I shot up last night. … I am dope sick,’” Boyd wrote in the affidavit.
Boyd reported that he saw Konop “go on the nod” multiple times as he was interviewed and that Konop admitted that he had been addicted to heroin.
An emergency medical technician told troopers that Konop “had admitted to him he was using drugs” before the crash, the trooper said.
Boyd said he confiscated a hypodermic needle “that was sticking out of a pair of black and red socks that was in the door pocket” of Konop’s vehicle.
The complaint was mailed via summons. A preliminary hearing is scheduled March 14 before Bilik.