Libertarian presidential candidate Adam Kokesh arrested in North Texas

A Libertarian presidential candidate and prominent activist was arrested in North Texas earlier this week.

Adam Kokesh, who filed paperwork last week to run for president, was arrested Tuesday on U.S. 380 by highway patrol in Wise County, roughly 300 miles north of San Antonio, said Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin.

He was charged with possession of marijuana, tampering with evidence and multiple counts of being in possession of a controlled substance, Akin said. He is being held at the Wise County Jail on a $76,500 bond.

A video posted on Kokesh’s Facebook page shows him getting pulled over while in an RV with a dog after officers said the temporary tag on his vehicle was expired. He received a warning ticket.

Gary Johnson Rules Out 2020 Presidential Run
After running as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in both the 2012 and 2016 elections, Gary Johnson says to count him out for 2020. Veuer’s Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has the details.

After running as the Libertarian Party’s presidential nominee in both the 2012 and 2016 elections, Gary Johnson says to count him out for 2020. Veuer’s Elizabeth Keatinge (@elizkeatinge) has the details.

 

Kokesh was pulled over a second time for speeding, according to the video posted. During the second stop, Kokesh is asked to step out of his RV and asked for the vehicle’s insurance, the video shows. In the video, Kokesh refuses to leave his vehicle and the officer asks him questions outside of the RV.

The officer says he had to check if the RV was stolen and proceeds to pat Kokesh down for any weapons. After giving Kokesh a warning for speeding, the officers search the RV and say their K9 “did alert,” the video shows.

Kokesh released a statement from jail and said his arrest was unlawful.

“It is a sign of strength of the freedom movement that the government is resorting to such drastic tactics to keep libertarians out of the debate,” he said.

Kokesh is a military veteran and prominent activist in the Libertarian community who has previously run for Congress and faced charges. Online, supporters have called for his release and are awaiting updates.

A post on the website steemit says the jail has refused to give Kokesh a blanket.

The Federal Election Commission has two filings made by an Adam Kokesh in 2018 and 2017 as a Libertarian for president. Both filings were made in Indianapolis, Indiana and the 2018 filing was made on Jan. 13, according to FEC records.

An email and Twitter direct message sent to the Kokesh campaign was not immediately returned.

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DUI suspect mistook bank drive-thru for Taco Bell, deputies say

Authorities say a west Florida man was charged with driving under the influence after mistaking a bank drive-thru for a Taco Bell.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that 38-year-old Douglas Jon Francisco was arrested Wednesday evening outside the Bank of America branch in Spring Hill.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office says employees spotted Francisco passed out in the bank’s drive-up lane. After the workers banged on his car for some time, deputies say Francisco finally woke up and tried to order a burrito. When the branch manager told him it wasn’t a Taco Bell, he reportedly drove to the front parking lot.

Deputies say they found Francisco in the driver’s seat with his car running. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test.

Francisco was freed Thursday on $500 bail.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-bank-taco-bell-dui-20180119-story.html

Dennis Rodman to check into rehab, will likely get jail time for DUI arrest, attorney says

Dennis Rodman was arrested on suspicion of DUI in California on Saturday.

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman is heading to rehab as one expert said jail time for his weekend DUI bust seems like a slam dunk.

The eccentric Hall of Famer was arrested for DUI in Newport Beach, Calif., late Saturday while still on probation for driving the wrong way on a freeway in 2016.

Rodman will check into a rehab center by the middle of the week, his agent and longtime friend Darren Prince told the Daily News on Monday.

“He’s been dealing with some personal stuff for the past month and a half, two months, much more than usual, and I told him, this gives him an opportunity to shut it down,” Prince told the Daily News. “I’ve told him, ‘put yourself into a rehab center and find out why this is happening. Get to the underlying root.’”

Dennis Rodman, NBA legend and Kim Jong Un’s pal, arrested for DUI

One expert in California DUI law said Rodman’s judge will have little choice but to impose jail time or house arrest since the court already cut him a break with his no-jail probation deal for his wrong-way driving case.

“Assuming the allegations are true and he was driving impaired, there’s absolutely no question in my mind he’s going to receive some custodial time. The real question is how creative does his lawyer get in working with the court,” DUI attorney Trent Copeland, who is not representing Rodman, told The News.

“He’s likely to get some jail time, and I expect there will be an additional component including time spent in rehab,” Copeland said. “Either way, there’s going to be a component where he is going to be not free to leave.”

Rodman’s lawyer, Paul Meyer, said it was too soon to forecast outcomes.

“The case is unfolding, so predictions are premature,” Meyer said in a statement to The News.

“Dennis is getting on a positive treatment track to address this. He is very cooperative,” the lawyer said.

Rodman, 56, was pulled over for a traffic violation late Saturday and failed a field sobriety test, police said.

The rebound champ who won five NBA titles — two with the Detroit Pistons in 1989 and 1990 and three with the Chicago Bulls in 1996, 1997 and 1998 — submitted to a Breathalyzer test and blew over the .08 legal limit, cops said.

He was released from custody Sunday morning.

At the time of his arrest, Rodman was on probation for driving his Range Rover the wrong way in carpool lane on the I-5 Freeway in southern California in June 2016.

He allegedly drove head-on toward another vehicle, causing the driver to swerve and crash into a concrete wall.

Under his plea deal last year, Rodman pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of driving the wrong way on a divided California highway, providing false information to an officer and driving without a valid license.

Orange County prosecutors dropped the more serious hit-and-run charge.

Rodman was sentenced to three years of probation, 30 hours of community service and victim restitution.

Prince said Rodman’s alleged problems might be worsened by his professional success.

Rodman’s issue, according to Prince, is that he’s still popular and financially viable — and may not feel like he’s hit the proverbial rock bottom.

“When he still makes money and he’s still desirable to different company and brands, it’s hard,” he said. “What Dennis has, whatever is left in his marketability, forget that he’s going to be 57 — most retired athletes at 37 don’t have the opportunities he has.”

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Scientists call for lowering drunk driving threshold

WASHINGTON — Most women would need to draw the line at two drinks, and men at two or three if states follow a blueprint by a prestigious scientific panel for eliminating the “entirely preventable” 10,000 alcohol-impaired driving deaths in the United States each year.

The U.S. government-commissioned report by a panel of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine made multiple recommendations, including significantly lowering drunken driving thresholds. It calls for lowering the blood-alcohol concentration threshold from 0.08 to 0.05. All states have 0.08 thresholds. A Utah law passed last year that lowers the state’s threshold to 0.05 doesn’t go into effect until Dec. 30.

The amount of alcohol required to reach 0.05 would depend on several factors, including the person’s size and whether the person has recently eaten. The report cites studies indicating most women over 120 pounds would reach 0.05 after two drinks. Men weighing up to about 160 pounds would likely reach the lower threshold at two, and those over 180 pounds at three.

The panel, in its 489-page report, also recommended that states significantly increase alcohol taxes and make alcohol less conveniently available, including reducing the hours and days alcohol is sold in stores, bars and restaurants. Research suggests a doubling of alcohol taxes could lead to an 11 percent reduction in traffic crash deaths, the report said.

It also calls for cracking down on sales to people under 21 or who are already intoxicated to discourage binge drinking, and putting limits on alcohol marketing while funding anti-alcohol campaigns similar to those against smoking.

All the proposals are likely to draw fierce opposition from the alcohol and restaurant industries. The American Beverage Institute took out full-page newspaper ads opposing Utah’s new law that featured a fake mugshot under a large headline reading, “Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation.”

The recommendation in the academies’ report for lowering the blood-alcohol threshold would “do nothing to deter” repeat offenders and drivers with high blood-alcohol levels, who represent the “vast majority” of alcohol-impaired driving deaths, the Distilled Spirits Council said in a statement. The council said it also doesn’t support the report’s recommendations for “tax increases and advertising bans, which will have little or no impact on traffic safety.”

The report points out that “alcohol-impaired driving remains the deadliest and costliest danger on U.S. roads,” accounting for 28 percent of traffic deaths. Each day, 29 people in the U.S. die in alcohol-related crashes and many more are injured. Forty percent of those killed are people other than the drunken driver.

Rural areas are disproportionately affected. In 2015, 48 percent of drunken driving fatalities occurred in rural areas.

The report says many strategies have been effective to prevent drunken driving, but “a coordinated multilevel approach across multiple sectors will be required to accelerate change.”

“The problem isn’t intractable,” the report said.

From the early 1980s to the early 2000s, there was significant progress as the result of an increase in the drinking age to 21, decreases in the blood-alcohol threshold, and other measures, the report said. But since then, progress has stagnated and recently has begun to reverse.

Action to address drunken driving can’t wait for the advent of self-driving cars immune to the lures of a cold beer or a fine wine — it will take too long for autonomous vehicles to replace all the human-driven machines on the road, said the panel’s chairman, Steven Teutsch, a senior fellow for health policy and economics at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

“In the meantime, we have 10,000 people a year dying and we ought to do something about it,” he said.

The report cites studies that show the United States lags behind other high-income countries in preventing drunken driving fatalities. More than 100 countries have adopted the lower 0.05 threshold. In Europe, the share of traffic deaths attributable to drunken driving was reduced by more than half within 10 years after the standard was dropped, the National Transportation Safety Board said in 2013. The safety board has also recommended the 0.05 threshold.

Alcoholic beverages have changed significantly over the past 25 years. “They are more affordable, of far greater variety, and more widely advertised and promoted than in earlier periods,” the report said. The lack of consistency in serving sizes and the combination of alcohol with caffeine and energy drinks make it harder for drinkers to estimate their level of impairment.

The report was commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which asked the academies to determine which strategies for reducing drunken driving have been proven effective.

https://nypost.com/2018/01/18/scientists-back-lowering-drunken-driving-threshold-to-05/amp/

Assistant District Attorney arrested for OUI

SHREWSBURY, Mass. – A Bolton man was arrested on Monday evening for driving under the influence of alcohol with a minor inside the vehicle.

State Police responded to a call from a driver reporting that an Audi A6 was being operated in a highly erratic manner on Route 290 Westbound in Shrewsbury.

Trooper Gregory Zanni from the Holden Barracks responded to the call and observed the man commit multiple motor vehicle violations, including swerving between lanes.

The driver, identified as John A. O’Leary, 48, was questioned by Trooper O’Leary and asked to undergo a field sobriety test.

The trooper then determined the man was in fact operating under the influence of alcohol and transported him to the Holden Barracks.

At the station, O’Leary was charged with an OUI for liquor, child endangerment while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

The vehicle was towed from the scene and the Audi’s passenger, a 13-year-old girl, was safely transported home.

O’Leary was eventually bailed from the station on a $40 bail fee and was scheduled to be arraigned at the Westborough District Court on Tuesday.

O’Leary has been suspended without pay and his case will now be handled by they Hampden County District Attorney’s Office.

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