A man suspected of driving while intoxicated was arrested after crashing his pickup at police headquarters in Hot Springs, authorities said.
The Hot Springs Police Department said on Twitter that an “intoxicated driver” drove into the station parking lot and then crashed into the agency’s flagpole and lights..
“We can’t make this stuff up,” the agency added.
Hot Springs Police Department spokesman Cpl. Joey Williams identified the driver as 57-year-old Craig Smith of Hot Springs. Williams said a preliminary intoxication test showed Smith had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.
Williams said he’s never seen a drunk driver crash into department property in his 18 years of policing.
“Thank God he didn’t hit anybody,” Williams said. “Better the flagpole and light than if he hit an innocent person driving around like that.”
Damage to the lighting system was estimated at $1,500, Williams said, and the flagpole would cost about $3,500 if it needs to be replaced.
Williams said Smith faces charges of DWI, careless driving, driving on a suspended license, driving without proof of insurance and failure to wear a seat belt.
Odo: I don’t know, but I’m sure it must be Quark’s fault.
WILKES-BARRE — The former Wilkes-Barre Area School District teacher who was accused of covering up a fellow teacher’s student sex scandal was sentenced Wednesday to house arrest after pleading guilty in his fifth drunken driving case.
Brian D. Hampel, 48, of 25 Harris Pond Road, Sweet Valley, was arrested after police saw him run a stop sign in Harveys Lake early the morning of Feb. 4. Prosecutors say he blew a 0.246 percent on a field breath test — more than three times the legal limit for driving.
Court records show Hampel pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him.
During the sentencing hearing, Senior Deputy Attorney General Bernard Anderson noted that a court-ordered evaluation determined Hampel has a “pathological drinking problem.”
Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy sentenced Hampel to six months in the Intermediate Punishment Program, which allows offenders to remain out of prison but under strict guidelines and conditions. Hampel will be required to serve the first 30 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 15 hours of community service.
He will also lose his driver’s license for a year and be required to abstain from drugs and alcohol.
Hampel declined to comment as he left court.
The case represented Hampel’s fifth DUI case in Luzerne County, but for sentencing purposes it counted as his first because the other cases took place more than 10 years ago.
Court records indicate that in Hampel’s first case, stemming from an arrest in February 2002, he entered the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. The other three cases, all stemming from arrests in 2004, ended with Hampel pleading guilty to driving under the influence charges, according to court records.
Hampel gained notoriety in January 2015 during the student-sex trial of former administrator Stephen Stahl, a fellow teacher who was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a minor at the school in 2004.
Prosecutors at Stahl’s trial claimed Hampel served as a “lookout” while Stahl had sex with the 16-year-old girl in a classroom during school hours. Hampel denied the accusations when he testified.
The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board fired Hampel in September 2016, a month before he was charged with corruption of minors for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student and providing kegs of beer for underage drinking parties.
But a county judge dismissed the case in May 2017 after defense attorney Al Flora Jr. argued the alleged victim — an unidentified girl — had never reported inappropriate contact and that the statute of limitations had already expired in any case.
Hampel in turn filed a federal malicious prosecution lawsuit alleging Luzerne County detectives arrested him without probable cause in an effort to “destroy his career and reputation.”
That lawsuit is still pending.
The Colorado State Patrol says a woman killed in a single-vehicle rollover on Interstate 70 is suspected of being under the influence of marijuana at the time.
KMGH-TV reported that the crash occurred Monday afternoon near Genesee, west of Denver, and closed the eastbound lanes and one lane of the westbound lanes of the highway for several hours.
The patrol says the crash happened when the 21-year-old woman driving the car failed to negotiate a right curve, causing the vehicle to go off the left side of the roadway. The driver then over-corrected and the vehicle rolled.
O’Brien: No problem, Commander, I’ll get right on it.
90 Day Fiancé star Angela Deem was arrested for DUI and several other charges as she claimed to be single, Us Weekly can confirm.
According to a booking report obtained by Us, Deem was taken into custody in Montgomery County, Georgia, on September 2. The 52-year-old was arrested on charges of driving under the influence – refusal, driving without license on person and speeding in excess of maximum limits.
Angela was pulled over for allegedly driving 60 miles per hour in an area with a 35 miles per hour speed limit. The police officer noticed an alcohol smell coming from the car, at which point the TLC personality allegedly claimed her backseat passenger was responsible. However, the authority was informed by a sergeant at another police department that the driver allegedly said she wouldn’t drive because she’d had several drinks. She was arrested after she failed a field sobriety test.
The vehicle was turned over to the backseat passenger, the owner of the car, after he passed a sobriety test. Angela allegedly claimed she feared the officer, called him racist and noted that his brother once dated her daughter. The reality star was allegedly uncooperative following her arrest.
Angela also alleged on her booking report that she is single. The Georgia grandmother pursued a relationship with Michael Ilesanmi on season 2 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days after she met him on Facebook and traveled to Nigeria to meet him.
Before starring on 90 Day Fiancé, Angela appeared on Maury twice. She accused her daughter, Scottie, in February 2015 of cheating on her boyfriend with a man whom she claimed was the father of Scottie’s child. She questioned her other grandchild’s paternity when the family made another visit to the show in November 2016.
PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. – A trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was arrested on DUI and firearm charges.
Officials received a call early Tuesday morning of a vehicle sitting in the middle of State Highway 1 near County Road 3610 – near Ada.
When deputies responded to the scene, they found a man “slumped over in the vehicle” with the doors locked, engine running and windows rolled up.
Deputies worked to get the man’s attention, however when he woke up, he started driving eastbound, away from the deputies.
Around 3:40 a.m., deputies were able to get the man’s attention and stop the vehicle.
The Ada News reports that deputies identified the man as Lt. Bryan Hale, 47, who is assigned to OHP’s Troop W, Marine Enforcement Division.
They say he was hard to understand and seemed confused.
When deputies opened the door, they smelled a “strong odor of alcohol coming form the vehicle,” and found a loaded Sig Sauer P226 pistol in the door. Deputies say when they asked him if he had been drinking, he said “yes.”
“Records indicate Hale refused repeated requests from deputies to step out of the vehicle and to stop reaching between the seats, eventually leading them to conclude Hale would have to be physically removal from the vehicle. However, when deputies attempted to reach for Hale to get him out of the vehicle, he allegedly cursed at them, then stepped out of the vehicle, and continued to ignore commands.
Deputies say Hale used “the side of his vehicle for balance, and he appeared to be unsteady on his feet.”
Hale was uncooperative with deputies and refused to comply with commands while deputies conducted a pat-down search.
During the search they found a “large pocket knife” with “a lieutenant with OHP emblem on the handle.” Inside his vehicle, they also found a portable breath test machine and large flashlight.
When asked if he works in law enforcement, Hale said “yes,” and refused to tell deputies which agency he worked for.
Hale refused to take a blood test and refused to sign a DUI test refusal form.
He was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and in lieu of a $300 bond on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.