Minneapolis City Council candidate charged with second DWI of summer

A woman who declared herself a candidate for the Minneapolis City Council earlier this year was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol — for the second time this summer.Tiffini ForslundTiffini Marie Flynn Forslund, 51, was pulled over early Sunday morning in Mounds View for driving on the shoulder of the roadway over the fog line with the right turn signal on, according to a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court.The officer identified Forslund by her license plate — with expired tabs — “hole-punched” driver’s license and expired insurance card, the complaint said. Her license had been revoked as well.Forslund was charged with second-degree refusal to submit to chemical test, third-degree operating motor vehicle under influence of alcohol and driving after revocation.Earlier this summer, she was arrested after blowing a 0.09, just slightly over Minnesota’s 0.08 BAC. She had no DUIs prior to that.Forslund declared herself a Ward 6 candidate for Minneapolis City Council earlier this summer, running against current member Abdi Warsame. City campaign records show she had not filed for the seat by the Aug. 15 deadline, however.She could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.Forslund also works as the parental relations director for Children Against Court-Appointed Child Abuse-CA3, is a member of the Board of Directors at Investible Children, Kids at Risk Action, a children’s rights advocacy network.

Source: Minneapolis City Council candidate charged with second DWI of summer – Twin Cities

Police: 23-year-old motorcyclist significantly injured in collision with impaired driver

MADISON, Wis. – A Madison woman was reportedly driving impaired Friday night when she struck a man on a motorcycle, injuring him, officials said.The Madison Police Department said 31-year-old Lily Garcia is facing charges of operating while intoxicated and causing injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Police said Garcia was turning left from East Washington Avenue onto Melvin Court at 9:47 p.m. as a motorcycle was driving fast and the two vehicles collided. According to the report, a nurse was among passersby who came to the aid of the injured 23-year-old Madison motorcyclist. Doctors said the biker might have died if he hadn’t received immediate medical treatment.Madison police spokesman Joel DeSpain said Garcia was cooperative and shaken by the crash.”She told officers she thought she had time to make the turn, which turned out not to be the case,” DeSpain said. The motorcyclist suffered significant injuries and remained in critical condition Monday morning, police said.

Source: Police: 23-year-old motorcyclist significantly injured in collision with impaired driver – WISC


A drunk walks into a bar, orders a shot and and immediately pukes all over his own shirt. “Wha’ my gonna do now? My wifez gonna kill me.”

“Relax,” the bartender says, “give me a five-dollar bill.” The bartender folds up the bill and puts it in the guy’s shirt pocket. “Tell your wife some drunk puked on you and gave you five bucks to have your shirt cleaned.”

“Thass a great idea!”

When the drunk gets home his wife answers the door. “Where have you been? What happened to your shirt?”

He tries to put on a sober voice and says, “Relaaax honey, some drunk guy puked on me and gave me five bucks to have my shirt cleaned.”

The drunk’s wife reaches in his pocket, grabs the money, and says, “There’s $10 in here!”

“Oh yeah, he sh*t my pants, too.”


Teen On Opiates Slams Into House At 107 MPH, Kills 2 Sisters

A teenager who crashed into a house at 107 MPH last month in Frankfort, Indiana, was high on opiates when she lost control of the car, police said. Seventeen-year-old Alia Sierra killed two sisters who were watching television on the couch in the home she smashed into. Eight-year old Callie Fullerton and her sister, 17-year-old Haleigh Fullerton were pronounced dead at the scene.

Sierra faced 10 felony charges in the case and was to be tried as an adult. The counts include reckless homicide, causing death while operating a motor vehicle with controlled substances in blood, causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury while operating a motor vehicle, criminal recklessness and criminal mischief.

A urine test taken after the crash revealed Sierra had opiates in her bloodstream, police confirmed. Four passengers were in the 2007 Honda Accord with Sierra, one of whom told authorities she asked Sierra to slow down. Sierra then hit a bump, the passenger said, and when she swerved to avoid hitting a tree, she crashed into the house instead.  Authorities used an equation known as “Critical Speed Formula” to show that she had been driving at 107 MPH when she lost control of the car.Haleigh and Callie Fullerton were killed when a car driven by Alia Sierra smashed into their home. Photo: GoFundMe

“I killed those kids, man,” Sierra told investigators when they arrived, according to an affidavit reviewed by People magazine.

The passengers were treated for non-life threatening injuries, according to WISH-TV. The girls’ mother inside the home was injured but was expected to recover fully.

“She destroyed our lives and she’ll have to face some consequences,” Todd Fullerton, the father of the two girls, said of Sierra, according to WTHR-TV. “Her life will go on and there will be another day for her. There won’t be another day for our girls.”

Sierra appeared in court Friday to enter a not guilty plea. Her lawyer requested that the case be moved back to juvenile court.

“You do everything that you can to keep your child safe,” prosecutor Christine Smith said Friday. “Your child is at home, they are in the living room, you know where they are and what they are doing and then within a matter of seconds, they are done. There is nothing that can bring that back for the family.”

The girls’ grandfather, Brad Fullerton, said the sister’s loved their quality time on the couch watching television together. He recalled what happened in the minutes after the crash to WTHR-TV.

“Saw the blast come out of the house,” he said. “Ran up. Bridget was already out on the driveway. We went in trying to pick the car up off the girls. We just couldn’t do it.”

Source: Teen On Opiates Slams Into House At 107 MPH, Kills 2 Sisters

Madison Police officer charged with OWI with child in car 

MADISON (WKOW) — A Madison Police officer has been charged with first offense drunken driving, with a child under the age of sixteen in her car, but remains on the job, and on patrol.A criminal complaint against 41-year old Kelly Hoeft states her blood alcohol level after her arrest June 1 was .27, more than three times Wisconsin’s legal limit for drinking and driving.First offense drunken driving is a non-criminal offense, equivalent to a traffic ticket.  But first offense operating while intoxicated (OWI) is a misdemeanor crime if a child under the age of 16 is a passenger.  Court records state Hoeft’s passenger in a mini-van was five years old.The complaint also states Hoeft’s driving was erratic, according to a witness who called 911.”The caller reported that a vehicle had just plowed through the intersection of McKenna Blvd and Raymond Road and had taken out a couple of road signs in the median,” according to the complaint.The complaint states Hoeft refused to take a field sobriety test, but told responding officers about her consumption of alcohol.  ” ‘I’ve definitely been drinking’,” the court record quotes Hoeft as telling investigators.Hoeft refused to come to the door when a 27 News reporter went to her Madison home, seeking comment on the case.  Hoeft’s attorney, Sarvan Singh, also has yet to return a call from 27 News seeking comment.Until recently, Hoeft was assigned to a special police unit, with the responsibility for making safety presentations to fourth and fifth grade children.Police Chief Koval said Hoeft has been removed from that duty, but remains on the job, and on patrol, behind the wheel of police vehicles.  Koval notes Hoeft remains legally able to drive with an occupational driver’s license as her criminal case is pending.  Koval also said there’s no work leave for Hoeft.  “An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis,” Koval states.Hoeft was not booked into the Dane County jail at the time of her arrest.  Arrests for first offense OWI do not require booking, with those arrested able to be released to a responsible party.  But Hoeft’s arrest was for a crime, as a result of the child’s presence as a passenger.”There was nothing done in this case that would occasion the suggestion of preferential treatment,”  Koval states. Available, online court records indicate Hoeft has no, previous criminal history.There’s no information available yet as to how long Hoeft has been a Madison Police officer.Koval said an investigation into whether the off-duty officer violated any employment rules or policies will take place after the criminal case is completed.  Hoeft’s next court date is next month.Here is Chief Koval’s statement: “On 6/1/17, MPD officers, as well as a street supervisor (sergeant) responded to a traffic complaint regarding a hit-and-run vehicle which had struck some road signs and was driving erratically.  Subsequent investigation led officers to the offending vehicle and driver, who was then placed under arrest for operating while impaired (first offense with a passenger under 16 years of age), operating with a prohibited alcohol content, and hit-and-run.  The driver is a current Madison Police Officer (Kelly Hoeft) awaiting final adjudication of the charges that have been filed.Once MPD learned of the arrest of Hoeft, the information was turned over immediately to MPD’s Professional Standards and Internal Affairs Unit to conduct an internal investigation.   That investigation has continued and is awaiting resolution of the criminal case before actively proceeding.  A determination was also made that Officer Hoeft would not remain in her assignment (Safety Education), and that she would be reassigned to Patrol, provided that she was able to obtain an occupational driver’s license (which she did obtain).Madison Police Department Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) dictate that in cases of officer involvement in felonies or serious misconduct, the Chief, the PSIA Lieutenant, and the officer’s Commanding Officer must be provided a timely notification.  This occurred in the immediate case.  One must also remember that fundamental due process also applies to off-duty police officers; one cannot/should not be “sanctioned” unless/until a court decision would warrant such a step.  An officer’s employment status while a case progresses is made on a case-by-case basis, taking a broad view of the circumstances.As Chief, I must be concerned with ensuring the public’s confidence that those who are entrusted to serving our community understand that there is an expectation of being held to a higher standard.  When an officer makes a bad decision off-duty, it reflects poorly on all of us.  I have spoken with this officer and I know how she deeply regrets what this incident has meant to both her personal reputation as well as tha

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Charges authorized against driver in 100 mph crash with city bus

Michael Spencer, 59, of Kalamazoo, has been charged with four felony counts: reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, operating with a suspended or revoked license causing serious injury and a third offense of operating with any presence of drugs.

Spencer remains hospitalized and has not yet been arraigned, Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Scott Brower said.

Spencer’s Pontiac was traveling at 102 mph just prior to the impact with the bus, according to data from the crash retrieval system.

Car was going over 100 mph when it collided with Metro Transit bus

The Pontiac was eastbound on West Michigan Avenue when it crashed into the front of the bus, which was westbound on Oakland Drive and heading west across West Michigan Avenue. The impact pushed the bus several feet and the car was buried in the bus, a public safety officer who witnessed the crash said in a report.

Spencer’s vehicle appeared to have run off the road to the left, went airborne and turned slightly on its side. It crashed into a street light pole and then a road sign, the officer wrote.

Spencer never activated the braking system before colliding with the bus, according to police.

The crash caused the bus driver, LaShon Diallo, to be pinned in the driver’s seat and severely injured. Other Metro Transit drivers have raised more than $2,300 for her recovery through the fundraising site GoFundMe.

Spencer’s record included four previous operating while intoxicated convictions, police have said.


No Blood Results Yet, DUI & Miranda

My son was pulled over in Arvada co for a tail light not working — they decided 2 charge him with a DUI they took him and took his blood he had a court date today but no one had his blood test so he pled not guilty he also was not read his Miranda Rights

If your son set his case for trial, there are more rights he may be missing. Miranda rights can apply in certain DUI arrest incidents. He needs to consult with a DUI defense lawyer immediately!