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Drunken driving suspect crashes into construction site

WORCESTER (WHDH) – A 23-year-old man crashed into a Worcester construction site early Thursday morning while drunk behind the wheel, police say.

Officers responding about 12:16 a.m. to a single-car crash in the area of 102 Grove St. saw a 2003 Nissan Xterra under a tangled pile of scaffolding, according to Worcester police.

Police say the scaffolding was positioned in front of the old Northworks building, which is currently undergoing extensive renovations.

During their investigation, officers observed a utility light pole that was knocked down and a parking meter that was bent and noticed that a hydraulic lift received extensive damage to the control panel, mechanical components, and to a tire.

The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Jose Velez, was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to stay within marked lanes, police say.

Police spoke with two witnesses that had just exited The Fix restaurant and were told that as they were walking under the scaffolding they noticed the Nissan drive through construction cones that had been set up and around the hydraulic lift.

The witnesses said they had to jump out of the way for fear that they’d be hit.

Police: Drunken driving suspect crashes into Worcester construction site

Woman was jailed on impaired driving allegations after she crashed her vehicle on U.S. 250 on Saturday night

Wendy Keathley, 47, of Mansfield, was traveling north on U.S. 250, when she lost control, drove off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, according to troopers with the Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol.

Keathley was charged with failure to control.

She was also charged with operating a vehicle while impaired (OVI) and transported to Huron County Jail.

This was one of at least four crashes handled by troopers with the Norwalk post in recent days.

Here are summaries of the other three crashes:

6:20 a.m. Thursday: Responded to a crash on Section Line 30. Troy Felt, 28, of New London, was traveling north on Section Line 30, when he went off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Felt was charged with failure to control and reported injuries.

5:41 a.m. Friday: Responded to a crash on Ohio 113. Ronald Brown, 53, of Bellevue, was traveling east on Ohio 113, when he struck high water, lost control and struck a ditch. Brown was charged with failure to control.

2:05 p.m. Friday: Responded to a crash on New State Road. Isaiah Wolf, 17, of Mansfield, was traveling north on New State Road, when the left tie rod broke. He then drove off the east side of the road, struck a traffic sign and became partially submerged in high standing water. No injuries or charges were reported.

Police squad car struck by suspected OWI driver

A Sheboygan Police officer was transported to a hospital after suffering minor injuries when a suspected drunk driver rear-ended the officer’s squad car on Saturday night.

The incident occurred at around 8:20 p.m. at N. 14th St. and Michigan Ave. Police say the squad car was occupied by two officers when it was struck behind by another vehicle.

The driver of the car that rear-ended the squad car was a 42-year-old man from Sheboygan. He was arrested for drunk driving, according to information from the Sheboygan Police Department.

Narcotics officer charged with DWI after 4-car crash

An off-duty undercover Houston police officer has been relieved of his duties after being charged with driving while intoxicated charge after authorities said he caused a four-car crash north of downtown.

Houston police confirmed Wednesday that Officer Bobby Lee Jennings, 50, who joined the police department’s narcotics division in 1995, caused Tuesday’s multi-vehicle accident in the 1200 block of Houston Avenue.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said that the officer had been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation into the incident. Meanwhile misdemeanor charges against him were filed in a Harris County court-at-law, and he is free after posting a $500 personal bond, court records show.

“I’ve made it very clear … that we’re not going to tolerate drinking and driving or committing DWI,” Acevedo said. “Unlike the private sector — in this department, you will not survive if you commit DWI, you just won’t. Because ultimately I believe we will save careers, we will save lives, and we will save limbs by having a zero tolerance for DWI.”

The officer was driving along Houston Avenue when he sideswiped two vehicles and crashed into the back of another, Lt. Larry Crowson said. He was driving a city of Houston vehicle during the crash, but was not on duty but instead on call as an undercover officer, Crowson said.

As officers were investigating, they noticed the officer showed signs of intoxication and asked for a special DWI investigator to look into the situation.

“Texas is No. 1 for a lot of great things,” Acevedo said. “But we’re also No. 1 for injuries and deaths as it relates to DWI. And the city of Houston and Harris County is No. 1 in Texas for injuries and deaths involving DWI.”

Acevedo discussed the “imperfect condition” of humans, but said he has zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated. He added that the department offers their officers psychological services, a peer support program, employee assistance, and a taxi ride program.

“So there is absolutely no excuse for getting intoxicated and driving while intoxicated,” he said. “I know a lot of my employees and that most of them — it doesn’t mean they’re a bad person, but they made a bad choice, and they’re going to have to pay the consequences.”

On Thursday, Houston Police Officers’ Union President Joe Gamaldi said the union would not be representing Jennings in his criminal case.

“We do represent him administratively when that times comes,” Gamaldi said. “However … it just needs to be said: We encourage everyone to make responsible choices if they’ve had too much to drink and to make sure they get a safe ride home.”

Texas man charged with DUI after scooter crash

A new trend to the trend?

Children play on scooters and bikes in front of a police van during a community event on Aug. 1 in the District. Adults, like kids, should not operate scooters, manual or motorized, while inebriated. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Police in Texas charged a 30-year-old man with driving while intoxicated after he crashed a scooter outside a restaurant on Halloween, the Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday.

It wasn’t Travis Walker’s first DUI, either, according to the report. The paper says he has two prior convictions — presumably with vehicles other than the gas-powered Viza Viper he was scooting around on until the crash Wednesday evening.

Walker was going to try to make his getaway, bloody elbows and all, when restaurant staff called the cops, the Statesman says, citing the police affidavit. Walker was offered a taxi ride and — new mistake — refused.

“As he was leaving, Walker fell off the scooter and almost crashed into a taxicab,” the report says. “Police performed field sobriety tests on Walker, who told officers he thought it was 3:32 a.m. when it was 8:13 p.m., and was laughing.”

Alas, this is not a first in any way.

That distinction could belong to Nicholas Kauffroath, 28, who in September became the first scooter jockey to sustain a DUI conviction in Los Angeles, USA Today reported. He was allegedly three times over the legal limit when he crashed a Bird scooter into a 64-year-old pedestrian, the Associated Press reported. On Sept. 28, he pleaded no contest to hit-and-run and operating a motorized scooter while under the influence of alcohol and received a $550 fine, plus probation. He also had to pay restitution.