Woman charged with third OWI after toxicology shows meth use

A Monona woman is facing a felony charge following a December arrest in Portage for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated as a third offense.

The Columbia County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Sarah Scholl, 37, on Monday after receiving toxicology results from the Wisconsin State Laboratory of Hygiene, showing the alleged presence of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

The Portage Police Department received an anonymous report of a suspicious driver just before 7 p.m. Dec. 8. An officer stopped Scholl as she was parking at the Walgreens parking lot on New Pinery Road.

When the officer asked about damage to her vehicle, Scholl reportedly said her dog must have hit the gear shift and caused the vehicle to hit a pole or something near O’Reilly Auto Parts or Tim’s Ministorage.

While they were talking, the officer noted she seemed to be clenching her face, having muscle spasms and her hands were fluttering while she had balance issues.

She was placed under arrest for suspicion of operating a vehicle while drugged, driving with a revoked driver’s license, failure to install an ignition interlock and two counts of felony bail jumping.

On April 4, Scholl was convicted in two felony cases and entered a plea of no contest to charges of possession of methamphetamine and felony bail jumping from incidents on Jan. 5 and Jan. 17. At her sentencing hearing, Scholl was given a withheld sentence and three years of probation, contingent on 60 days in jail, which she is currently serving.

In her current case, if convicted, she faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 days in jail and maximum of one year in jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated as a third offense, with up to two additional years for being a repeated offense.

Painted Post man struck patrol car, charged with DWI


A Painted Post man struck a marked patrol car while driving while intoxicated with a revoked driver’s license, according to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 11:45 p.m., while a deputy was assisting a motorist who had broken down on Front Street in Binghamton, a motorist driving south in a 2005 Dodge vehicle sideswiped the deputy’s marked patrol car where it was parked.

The passenger-side mirror of the vehicle struck the left rear quarter panel of the patrol car, officials said.

The driver of the vehicle, Tiko Gray, 43, of North Hampton Road in Painted Post, was administered a series of field sobriety tests and taken into custody.


Gray’s driver’s license had been revoked due to a prior arrest for driving while intoxicated in 2013, investigators determined. His vehicle was also missing the ignition interlock device he was required to use.

Gray was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation, aggravated driving while intoxicated (having been convicted within the past 10 years), both felonies. He also was charged with failure to use an ignition interlock device, a misdemeanor, and the following violations: moving from lane unsafely, failure to use due care while approaching an emergency vehicle, and consumption of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

He was remanded to the Broome County Sheriff’s Office Correctional Facility in lieu of $1,000 cash bail, and the vehicle he was operating was towed from the scene.


Bottled water spills onto I-95 in NH after intoxicated trucker crashes tractor-trailer

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. (WHDH) — A trucker from Massachusetts was impaired behind the wheel when he crashed a 53-foot box trailer on Interstate 95 Monday night, spilling his cargo of bottled water along the highway, New Hampshire State Police said.

John Keller, 49, of Dracut, was driving southbound in a 1995 Peterbilt with a 53-foot box trailer about 10:10 p.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, left the highway, and struck several trees along the shoulder, state police said. The crash caused the trailer’s cargo of bottled water to spill along the shoulder of the highway.

Keller was taken to Portsmouth Regional Hospital with no significant injuries and was later arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to state police.

He was released on bail and is expected to appear in Seabrook District Court on July 26.

A portion of I-95 southbound was closed for about five hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call Trooper Dan Peete at 603-679-3333.

Police: Bottled water spills onto I-95 in NH after intoxicated trucker crashes tractor-trailer

Four County deputies suspended after melee at bar

Saratoga County Sheriff Mike Zurlo said four deputies have been suspended as the department investigates their roles in a bar fight last weekend in Saratoga Springs. (Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Photo: SKIP DICKSTEIN / 20043247A

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Four Saratoga County sheriff’s deputies have been suspended as the department investigates their roles in a large bar fight last weekend in Saratoga Springs that had to be broken up by city police.

The melee took place at 3 a.m. Saturday at The Reserve night club on Caroline Street when the off-duty deputies became involved in a brawl that spilled outside. A person briefed on the case said the off-duty deputies had been partying for hours and had attended their PBA’s annual golf outing at the Fairways of Halfmoon that began on Friday morning.

A person briefed on the incident said the deputies, who appeared intoxicated, physically threatened and briefly tangled with uniformed officers from the Saratoga Springs police force.

The fight followed a day of drinking that began at the annual golf outing for the sheriff’s deputies PBA at the golf course in Halfmoon. Some of the deputies left that event and went to The Mill, a bar in Round Lake, and later to Saratoga Springs.

Sheriff Michael Zurlo confirmed Tuesday afternoon that he had suspended the four deputies without pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

“There’s no indication of any criminal activity,” the sheriff said.

Saratoga Springs police Chief Greg Veitch on Monday said that he had not reviewed video footage of his officers’ body-worn cameras, but he denied that they used force or were assaulted.

“Our officers were not involved in any sort of physical altercation with anyone, either patrons or the bouncers,” Veitch said. “The officers that were assigned to Caroline Street were flagged down by employees of The Reserve. As they approached the bar they saw the altercation spill onto the street. … They escorted the individuals out of the area.

Veitch confirmed that off-duty deputies were involved, but he said no one wanted to file a criminal complaint.

A person who attended the golf outing the prior day at Fairways of Halfmoon said some of the participants in that event drove a golf cart off a trail and into the woods.

Bruce Tanski, owner of the Fairways of Halfmoon, said his superintendent reported that no carts were damaged.

“In the past when carts have been damaged the police union would pay for the damage,” Tanski said.

Veitch declined to immediately release police records on the incident.

“Whenever something like this happens I always do an internal investigation about how we handled it,” he said. “That is going to delay us releasing anything.”


Drunk driver strikes police patrol car overnight

Abilene police said a man believed to be driving under the influence of alcohol struck a parked patrol vehicle after leaving a South 14th Street bar early Friday morning.

According to a police report, the driver fled the scene, but police were able to locate his vehicle at 2:30 a.m. Friday in the 1900 block of Grand Avenue.

When asked what happened, he told police he hit something but was told to keep driving by his passengers.

Police said the man was highly intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tests administered at the scene where he was stopped.

A small amount of marijuana was found in the vehicle as well, police said.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and possession of marijuana, according to police.