MAN CHARGED WITH DRIVING UNDER INFLUENCE OF MARIJUANA FOR FATAL CRASH

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. – The man charged with driving under the influence of marijuana in a crash that killed his older brother appeared in court Monday, April 9.

The fatal crash happened on April 11, 2016 in Muskegon County near Casnovia. Michael O’Berry, 25, hit a semi-truck on Apple Avenue while driving on Trent Road. His older brother Nathan O’Berry died in the accident.

A urine sample confirmed a presence of active THC in Michael O’Berry’s system, said Muskegon County Prosecutor Chief Trial Attorney Matt Roberts Monday. The felony charge for driving under the influence of a Schedule I controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.

Drunk driving accidents took the lives of more than 10,000 people in 2016, a report by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. But “drugged driving” accidents are an increasing problem. And the National Institute of Drug Abuse said marijuana is the drug most-linked to impaired driving after alcohol.

In fact, driving on drugs was linked to more deaths in 2015 than driving drunk, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

In Michigan, an at-fault driver with any amount of a Schedule I drug, including marijuana, can be criminally charged like O’Berry. However, state courts have said if the driver is a medical marijuana cardholder, the prosecutors have to prove the driver was “impaired by the presence of marijuana in his [or her] body.”

Some states have laws for marijuana-impaired driving set to a specific number of nanograms. Michigan needs to create a sliding scale system for marijuana-impaired driving legislation, or punishments will be unbalanced, said Andrew Rodenhouse, a criminal defense attorney at Rodenhouse Kuipers PC in Grand Rapids.

“If somebody doesn’t feel the effects of THC…they pass the roadside sobriety tests, only to—later on—have blood results come back saying they had a de minimis amount…they will be prosecuted,” Rodenhouse said.

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  Aldon Smith’s Blood Alcohol Level Was Deadly High At .40

BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS DEADLY HIGH

Aldon Smith’s blood alcohol level was so high on Friday, it’s a miracle he’s not dead … because a .40 can KILL most people.
TMZ Sports broke the story … the embattled NFL star was arrested Friday when his court-ordered SCRAM alcohol monitoring device went off.
Now, officials say the device measured his B.A.C. at a whopping .40 … 5 TIMES the legal limit to drive.
In Smith’s case, the judge in his domestic violence case had ordered him to be completely sober while wearing the device … but officials say he went WAY over the edge.
In fact, according to an organization for responsible drinking, most people with a .40 or higher are probably in a coma.
“The nerve centers controlling your heartbeat and respiration are slowing down. It’s a miracle if you’re not dead,” the report says.
On Wednesday in court, it was revealed that prosecutors and defense attorneys are looking into sending Aldon to an inpatient substance abuse facility.
Smith is currently in jail and will likely remain there until his next hearing on Friday.

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I feel very hopeless.

Hi, I was charged with a DUI the other day. I have 2 prior dwai. I did a blood test so I dont know what my bac is. I have read that there are many flaws with blood tests. I’m very scared. I feel very hopeless.

You did the right thing by contacting a defense attorney. Please call. We will call you if you leave contact informaton.

Woman hit man, kept driving with dismembered body in windshield

What started out as a night of bar hopping with friends two years ago has ended with a young woman’s murder conviction.

Driving home from a night of drinking in her hometown of Oceanside, San Diego County, Esteysi “Stacy” Sanchez’s impaired judgement caught up to her in a gruesome scene that eventually led to her second-degree murder conviction last week in San Diego.

The incident took place at dawn in June of 2016 when Sanchez, then 29, plowed into 69-year-old Jack Ray Tenhulzen, a homeless man who was reportedly either walking to or from a local soup kitchen.

Reports state Sanchez’s Pontiac sedan was moving so fast that one of the man’s legs was ripped from his torso, flew through the back window and landed on the car’s trunk. The rest of his body slammed into the front windshield, shattering it and leaving him impaled in a jagged hole of glass.

But that didn’t stop Sanchez, who kept driving with the man’s body in her car and his severed leg on the vehicle’s trunk for another three quarters of a mile until abandoning it in a cul-de-sac near her house and walking home.

https://www.mrt.com/bayarea/article/Calif-woman-hit-man-kept-driving-with-12826087.php

Woman believed to be on drugs arrested after almost driving into officer at checkpoint

SINGAPORE: A 28-year-old Malaysian woman believed to be on drugs was arrested last week at Woodlands Checkpoints for not complying with the instructions of officers.

The woman, who was driving a Malaysia-registered car, was stopped by a traffic police auxiliary police officer at about 8.35pm on April 3, the Immigration and checkpoints Authority (ICA) said in a statement on Wednesday.

The police officer had been regulating traffic towards Woodlands Checkpoint. The woman did not comply with the officer’s instruction and made an unauthorised right turn from Woodlands Centre Road towards the checkpoint during restricted hours.

She was directed to the traffic control post at Woodlands Crossing for her summon to be processed.

However, as she was driving towards the control post, she accelerated dangerously up the ramp towards the checkpoint, almost knocking into an ICA officer.

When her vehicle came to a stop at the checkpoint, the woman refused to alight from the car and instead locked herself inside, ICA said.

Checkpoint officers noticed that she seemed to be experiencing breathing difficulties after ingesting a white tablet.

Despite attempts to persuade her to unlock the car door, she refused to comply.

Officers had to break the front passenger window of the car to reach her and an ambulance was activated.

After it was assessed that she did not need to be taken to hospital, the woman was arrested for failure to comply with the instruction of authorised officers.

The Police K-9 unit conducted further checks on the woman and her car and uncovered one Erimin-5 wrapper on the centre console of her car.

Another Erimin-5 tablet was found inside her handbag.

Known also as Nimetazepam, the drug is a type of depressant taken orally in tablet form.

While it helps a person calm down and sleep, excessive use can lead to harmful effects such as loss of consciousness, distorted judgment and sight, as well as difficulty in speaking and moving.

Suspecting that she was driving under the influence of drugs, officers swabbed her hands and belongings, which yielded positive results for controlled drugs.

The woman was also in possession of a vape device, which was believed to also contain a controlled drug.

The woman and her car were handed over to the police and the Central Narcotics Bureau. Investigations are ongoing.

https://www.msn.com/en-my/news/national/malaysian-woman-believed-to-be-on-drugs-arrested-after-almost-driving-into-ica-officer-at-woodlands-checkpoint/ar-AAvK4Rl?li=BBr8YXF