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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.

Head of Professional Standards Division arrested on suspicion of DUI

The head of the Portland Police Bureau’s Professional Standards Division was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of intoxicated driving, police say.

Commander Steve Jones, who’s been with the Bureau for 23 years, hit a telephone pole while driving a city vehicle on Southwest Third Avenue, according to Portland police. Jones was off-duty and traveling alone, police said. He wasn’t injured.

The Oregon State Police cited Jones for driving under the influence of intoxicants and released him, as is standard practice for the agency in Multnomah County, according to Portland police.

Portland police said they asked the state police to process the investigation because of Jones’ status as the Professional Standards Division commander. State police will continue the criminal investigation.

Jones is on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure, pending the results of the investigation. Captain Jeff Bell will serve as the division’s acting commander in Jones’ absence.

An administrative investigation will be presented to the Police Review Board, which is made up of Bureau and community members.

“As law enforcement officers, we are held to a higher standard, regardless of rank or classification, that demands accountability,” Chief Danielle Outlaw said in a statement. “This incident will be thoroughly investigated.”

Bus driver convicted of OWI, drug possession

A jury has convicted a former Brookfield school bus driver of driving while under the influence of drugs and drug possession.

Penny Wolf said she took an over-the-counter supplement to make her less anxious, unaware it contained the same active ingredient as the prescription sleeping pill, Ambien.

“Pretty much normal routine. I got up, made my tea, put a little bit of Phenibut in there because I’m very socially anxious, and that’s supposed to help with that,” Wolf said during her testimony Wednesday.

During the trial Tuesday, Swanson Elementary School parents relived that December 2016 day, when their kids had a scary school bus ride. Witnesses said Wolf was speeding, driving recklessly and blowing past stops.

“What stuck most in my mind was going past the children, and the children, which was not normal, going into the street to board the bus,” parent Christine Schnabl said.

“My daughter had to trudge through the snow to get on the bus, and I regret that I got her on the bus because I knew something was wrong,” parent Nicole McCumber said.

Swanson staff said she struck a curb pulling in the kids and didn’t seem right. They called police. Officers caught up with Wolf at the school bus terminal in Brookfield.

Body camera video shows her failing sobriety tests. They recovered a loaded handgun from her jacket, and three Adderall pills for which she didn’t have a prescription.

Wolf explained she must have been affected by an over-the-counter supplement she mixed in her tea not realizing it was a sedative.

She was acquitted of taking loaded gun on school grounds.

The judge ordered Wolf to remain jailed ahead of her sentencing next month. She could face three years in prison