A police officer was staking out a particularly rowdy bar for possible drunk drivers.At closing time, he saw a fellow stumble out of the bar, trip on the curb and try his keys on five different cars before he found his. Then he sat in the front seat fumbling around with his keys for several minutes.Everyone left the bar and drove off. Finally, he started his engine and began to pull away.The police officer was waiting for him. He stopped the driver, read him his rights and administered a Breathalyzer test. The results showed a reading of 0.0. The puzzled officer demanded to know how that could be.The driver replied, “Tonight, I’m the designated decoy.”
NEWTON, MA — There’s no doubt local police have to deal with a lot of different types of people and calls, including some very serious and sad ones. But a call that came into the Taunton Police yesterday about a unique car crash had them shaking their heads in disbelief as one twist lead to the next. No one was seriously injured, but it did lead to one arrest, one confiscation of a bearded lizard and one gun scare; so they posted about it on Facebook.
“It almost sounds like a comedy skit,” wrote one person in a comment under the post.
When Taunton Police arrived at the crash they saw a woman standing next to a 1999 Mercedes C280 tucked into some trees on a front lawn and a man in the driver seat attempting to get it back on the road.
“That may have been possible if all four tires hadn’t been flattened in the crash, if all the airbags hadn’t deployed and both bumpers hadn’t been ripped off,” said police on Facebook, one of a couple jabs they took at the situation.
When officers approached the woman, Amy Rebello-McCarthy, 39, of Newton, she began laughing. Police said she was slurring her words and at times drooling. But she asked them to call a tow truck to pull the car to the roadway so they could be on their way.
“Sorry Amy, we can’t move the car right now. If we do, what will you use to hold yourself up?,” wrote police.
Officers also spoke to the man who had been trying to get the car out from the trees. He couldn’t remember his name, and was also slurring, was smoking near the car, which was leaking gas by this time, and an officer noticed he had what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon tucked in the rear of his waistband.
“Let’s recap for just a moment!! Two very intoxicated people in a car crash, neither of them coherent, unsteady on their feet, slurring and drooling. If that’s not a bad start, let’s throw the gun into the equation,” police vented on Facebook.
Police arrested Amy Rebello-McCarthy and charged her with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger and a marked lane violation.
But before she was arrested she let police know she had a Bearded Dragon Lizard – in her bra.
“The Bearded Dragon Lizard was transferred to the Taunton Police Department and turned over to the Animal Control Officer. It faces no charges at this time,” wrote police. End Scene.
A judge orders the police officer who prompted a gun scare at a local theater to immediately be taken straight to jail. Cincinnati sergeant Shauna Lambert will spend the next five days in jail.Lambert’s attorney asked for a stay until Friday so she can wrap up a situation at work. Judge Jason Nagel denied that request.After she serves her jail time, Lambert will spend another 54 days under house arrest with an electronic monitoring device. Lambert pleaded no contest to inducing panic and using weapons while under the influence. Lambert was intoxicated when she dropped her weapon at the Rave Movie Theater in Milford. Nobody was hurt.She apologized at her hearing and said she took full responsibility for her behavior. She had a previous OVI arrest before this incident and said she was getting help through rehab and continuing care. “I want to help myself, I don’t want to be like that.”As part of the plea, Lambert had explained that she had taken the gun with her to the theater out of concern for her safety, after there had been a shooting at an airport in Florida.Judge Nagel told her that’s not why she was there. She had decided to drink alcohol and not properly secure her weapons. “You’re a police officer. A waistband is not a way to have a loaded weapon secured. It’s one of the main reasons why that weapon ultimately fell on the floor and was grabbed by another patron of the movie theater.”Lambert will also serve two years probation and serve 80 hours of community service. Judge Nagel told her if she violated her probation she would serve all 180 days in jail.Lambert has been on desk duty since her arrest and her police powers remain suspended. She will undergo the department’s disciplinary process. Judge Nagel did not order her to give up her weapons.She is banned from consuming alcohol or illegal drugs and going to bars. She’s been ordered to stay away from the Milford Rave Cinema.
A pizza delivery driver is accused of driving drunk in the city of Oconomowoc.Police arrested the driver after he crashed his SUV. We’re told the driver was out delivering pizzas when he veered off the road and ran over a utility pole. When police arrived, he told them he had not been drinking. His blood alcohol content, however, said otherwise.What started out as a Saturday night pizza delivery ended less than a mile from Rosati’s Pizza as a 21-year-old delivery driver smashed into a utility pole near Oconomowoc High School.When police arrived on the scene, they say the driver’s “speech was slightly slurred and his eyes were bloodshot.”A police report says the man initially told officers he had not been drinking but later admitted to drinking “at some point earlier in the day.” His blood alcohol content clocked in at .108, well above the legal limit. That driver was arrested but has not been charged so we are not naming him. So, how long had this driver been drunk on the job? The owner of Rosati’s Pizza did not want to comment but told us that the driver has been fired from his job at the restaurant.Because this is that driver’s first OWI, he’s only receiving a citation and a $1,000 ticket.We went to his house this afternoon where his mother told us they have no comment on the incident.
A Seattle mother was arrested for driving under the influence and assaulting a police officer, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Police said on May 15, they received a report of a vehicle with flat tires weaving in and out of traffic and scraping the jersey barrier on Interstate 5 near Jantzen Beach in Portland.
A judge apologized to Rachel Winter on Tuesday as he dismissed a drunken driving charge lodged against her by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office after an internal process that Winter’s father, a prominent Niagara County attorney, said was politically motivated.Winter, 21, was pulled over by Deputy Timothy Caughel in Lockport Nov. 24, and Caughel wanted to charge her with driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.Undersheriff Michael J. Filicetti said last month that the DWI charge was not brought at the time because Caughel’s supervisor that night, Lt. Steve Broderick, was doing a favor for Winter’s father, Ronald J. Winter, a former assistant Niagara County district attorney. Filicetti said the ex-prosecutor came to Sheriff’s Headquarters that night and talked to Broderick.Broderick, who is also Town of Lewiston supervisor, was the subject of an undisclosed internal administrative action, as was his commander that night, Capt. Jill Herrington.”Persons in the Sheriff’s Department viewed Steve Broderick as a potential candidate for sheriff and sought to discredit him, and used this case to do it,” charged Ronald Winter, the law clerk to State Supreme Court Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr.Broderick, who said he couldn’t comment, is a Republican whose family has long been prominent in politics. Sheriff James R. Voutour, whose term runs through 2020, is a Democrat.”The assertion that this was done to discredit Lt. Broderick is absurd,” Voutour said. “The actions of (the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office) were to do the right thing when no one else would. That is what the public expects.””I feel we did the right thing. I have no control over what the court does,” Filicetti said. “I’d rather get faulted for doing my job rather than be accused of covering something up.””I never asked for a favor, and certainly my daughter didn’t,” Ronald Winter said. “My daughter and I are going to explore what options we have as far as recourse.”The Sheriff’s Office added the DWI charge against Rachel Winter March 5, but Niagara Falls City Judge Robert P. Merino threw it out Tuesday, along with the reckless driving charge, finding the evidence of each was legally insufficient.Rachel Winter then pleaded guilty to failure to keep right and an equipment violation. She was granted a conditional discharge and was not fined, although Merino had to impose state-mandated surcharges totaling $146.”The court issued an apology to my client on behalf of the justice system,” defense attorney Theresa L. Prezioso said.Orleans County District Attorney Joseph V. Cardone didn’t fight Prezioso’s dismissal motion. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.Cardone was named special prosecutor after Niagara County District Attorney Caroline A. Wojtaszek, a former colleague of Ronald Winter, recused herself. Merino ended up with the case after city judges in Lockport and North Tonawanda also recused themselves because of their connections to Ronald Winter.