Troopers say car drove into ice cream shop

HUBBARD, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating after a car crashed into a popular ice cream store.

Troopers reported to Katie’s Korner in Hubbard, across the street from Love’s gas station.

Highway Patrol says a small car crashed into the side of the building, causing some damage.

They say the cause of the crash is still unknown but one man was arrested with an OVI.

There were no reported injuries.

Alleged drunk driver crashes car just hours after buying it

A 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer was left unrecognizable after a rollover crash on northbound I-94, just south of Highway 11 in Racine County Thursday night.

The driver, a 44-year-old Kenosha man, was uninjured.

“That’s miraculous when you look at the damage to the vehicle,” said Racine County Sheriff Richard Schmaling. “I thought for certain it would be a deceased individual.”

Schmaling says the driver’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit, and this isn’t his first offense.

“This was his third OWI,” Schmaling said. “His own statement confirms he was out drinking and celebrating.”

Celebrating the purchase of his new car. The man bought the Trailblazer just a few hours before crashing it.

The number of drivers with multiple OWI’s on Wisconsin roads is escalating.

Schmaling says Racine County law enforcement agencies recorded at least 750 OWI arrests last year.

“The Sheriff’s Office made a little more than half of those arrests,” he said. “So far, we’ve seen about a 20 percent increase in OWI arrests this year. I expect that to continue to go up with all the economic development here, meaning additional people coming into our community. “

With the construction of Foxconn nearby – and other new businesses and housing subdivisions – impaired driving can create a very dangerous mix.

“We’ve been working very closely with the Tavern League,” Schmaling said. “They’re very receptive to the Safe Ride Program. You have Lyft, Uber and a number of others. But it’s really going to take changing the mindset of people who continue to get behind the wheel when they shouldn’t.”

Law enforcement agencies throughout the state continue to advocate for stronger penalties.

https://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/alleged-drunk-driver-crashes-car-just-hours-after-buying-it

FDNY boss loses control of vehicle in Manhattan, busted for DWI

Steve Cassidy (l.) jumped the curb and nearly careened into two women on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. around midnight, a witness said.© Joe Marino/New York Daily News Steve Cassidy (l.) jumped the curb and nearly careened into two women on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St. around midnight, a witness said.FDNY honcho Steve Cassidy was busted for DWI and cocaine possession after his city-owned car careened onto a busy Midtown sidewalk — narrowly missing two women, cops said.
Cassidy, a former head of the firefighters union and current vice chair of the FDNY pension fund, was arrested just before midnight Tuesday after his vehicle jumped the curb on Seventh Ave. near W. 30th St., authorities said.

Witnesses said he tried to bolt from the accident scene but was stopped and held by a pair of pedestrians.

Cassidy remained in custody Wednesday awaiting arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on the booze and drug charges. Police recovered a cocaine-filled yellow envelope tucked inside his wallet, officials said.

Eyewitness Jakob Grabel watched an incoherent Cassidy lurch from his car and collapse to the ground after the accident.

He looked “bewildered and out of it,” recalled Grabel. “He got out of the car and tried to walk off but two good Samaritans stopped him. I called 911.

“He was mumbling gibberish, not speaking any proper English,” the student added.

Cassidy, 62, identified himself as a fire marshal to two witnesses, according to Grabel.

A source indicated Cassidy could face additional criminal charges for impersonating a fire marshal. There was no response for comment from the FDNY, and the fire union declined comment.

The officers were “calm and courteous” and at one point placed their hands on Cassidy’s back to keep him from stumbling, a video shot by Grabel showed.

“I think people from different backgrounds would have gotten cuffed easily,” said Grabel, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Cassidy, the father of two, is currently separated from his wife. According to a source, Cassidy was recovering from double knee surgery and taking prescription medicine before having a few drinks.

The mix of meds and alcohol may have contributed to his woozy state, the source said.

Nobody was injured in the accident, and police said Cassidy had no prior arrests. It was unclear where Cassidy was coming from or where he was headed when his vehicle went up on the sidewalk.

Cassidy also appeared to violate city conflict of interest laws that bar employees from using government cars for personal business.

In 2016, City and State named Cassidy one of the city’s 100 most powerful people.

Cassidy was the first Uniformed Firefighters Association head to be elected directly from a firehouse, according to his bio.

The UFA is the largest fire union in the U.S., with about 8,500 active and 15,000 retired members.

In 2016, he left the union post to become the lead trustee and vice-chairman of the FDNY Pension and Investments Board — a move that raised the hackles of union members who saw his new job as a betrayal of the rank-and-file.

Critics accused Cassidy of violating the so-called “turncoat provision” passed after previous union president Tom Von Essen became fire commissioner under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The provision barred union officials from going to work for the city for three years after stepping down from their union duties.

As union president, Cassidy pushed for compensation for firefighters and first responders who suffered from the environmental effects of the 9/11 attacks.

He advocated for separate acknowledgment of emergency responders on the 9/11 memorial — in opposition to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who favored a random list of names.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/fdny-boss-loses-control-of-vehicle-in-manhattan-busted-for-dwi/ar-AAx0B8M?li=BBnbcA1

Police: Man unseats mayor, gets arrested for DUI hours after election

A victory celebration may have been just a little bit too much for one area mayoral candidate.

Officials in Nash County said Robert Williams, Jr. was arrested for a DUI hours after being elected the mayor of Sharpsburg.

He was booked into the Nash County Jail after 11:30 Tuesday night and bonded out early the next morning.

He’s charged with driving while impaired, carrying a concealed weapon, concealed gun after/while consuming alcohol, concealed handgun-private premises prohibited sign/statement, and two counts of resist/delay/obstruct public officer discharge duties.

Williams, who was the tri-county town’s appointed mayor from 2011-2013, defeated incumbent Randy Weaver in a do-over election.

In unofficial election results, Williams received 169 votes, or 50.90 percent, to Weaver’s 162 votes, or 48.80 percent.

Tuesday’s special election was called in response to irregularities found in a Wilson County precinct November 7.

Williams’ complaint was found to have merit and a Wake County Superior Court judge ordered a special election to determine the winner of the mayoral race.

Sharpsburg is divided between Nash, Edgecombe, and Wilson counties.

Man accused of driving lawn mower drunk, cutting someone else’s grass

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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man was arrested and charged with driving a lawn mower while intoxicated, police said.

On Saturday, officers pulled over Barry Ridge, 46, of Franklin, Ind., while he was driving down County Road 100 North on a red lawn mower, according to the Johnson County (Ind.) Sheriff’s department.

The Franklin Police Department received a complaint early Saturday evening from someone upset that Ridge drove onto their yard and started mowing the grass. Ridge then headed down the road.

Officers said Ridge’s eyes appeared “glassy.” He failed a breathalyzer test, which found his blood-alcohol level to be 0.189%. In Indiana, the legal limit for intoxication is 0.08%.

This isn’t the first time Ridge was arrested for driving his lawn mower while drunk, according to police records. He was arrested in a Kroger parking lot for operating the mower while intoxicated and “causing a disturbance” on April 8. His Huskee lawn tractor was impounded.

Ridge is still awaiting trial for the first arrest. He was taken to the Johnson County Jail on Saturday.

https://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/05/07/drunken-driver-arrest-lawn-mower/585559002/