Police: Under-the-influence Uber driver nearly crashes into Dunkin Donuts

Denys N. Corso was arrested by Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan after police say he nearly struck a Dunkin Donuts while allegedly driving while high on drugs.


Denys N. Corso was arrested by Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan after police say he nearly struck a Dunkin Donuts while allegedly driving while high on drugs.

An Uber driver was arrested on Monday for nearly running into a Dunkin Donuts shop after crashing over the curb, Arlington police said.

Denys N. Corso, 49, was charged with operating under the influence of drugs, operating to endanger, and negligent operation of a motor vehicle, police said.

Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan said he was standing outside the shop talking to a resident when Corso drove into the parking lot in a blue Ford Explorer. He drove over the curb and flower bed, nearly hitting the building, police said.

Police said it was clear that Corso was impaired. He was arrested after failing field sobriety tests. Officers determined that Corso may have used opioids before driving, and several unknown pills were found in his car, police said.

“This was a dangerous situation, where an individual allegedly under the influence of drugs drove recklessly through a busy parking lot and nearly struck a building,” Ryan said in a statement. “What matters most is that no innocent people were hurt.”


Man Charged With DUI After He Allegedly Trots Onto Highway

Police in California pulled over a man for suspected DUI, but he wasn’t driving a car — he was riding a horse.

The California Highway Patrol says the suspect was spotted in the greater Long Beach area atop a white horse named Guera on the 91 freeway.

“No joke,” the CHP tweeted with photos of the bizarre incident they say took place over the weekend. “We get a chuckle out of the interesting situations we encounter from time to time, but one thing the CHP does not do is ‘horse’ around with DUI.”

Police identified the suspect as 29-year-old Luis Perez of Placentia. Cops say Perez’s blood alcohol level was measured at twice the legal limit for operating a vehicle in California, according to CBS LA.

Perez was jailed, while the horse, which was unharmed in the incident, was placed in the care of Perez’s mother, according to CHP social media posts.

Department officials poked fun at the unlikely arrest, while also leaving followers with a firm message about the consequences of driving while intoxicated.

“No, you may not ride your horse on the freeway, and certainly not while intoxicated,” they wrote. “Don’t put yourself, your beautiful animal, or others in danger of being killed in traffic.”

Perez was held in lieu of $50,000 bond.


Airboat skipper smoked weed before fatal crash, test shows. But he can’t be charged

The airboat that crashed last year in the Everglades, killing recent University of Miami graduate Elizabeth Goldenberg. Prosecutors this week decided they could not criminally charge the craft’s skipper.

The airboat that crashed last year in the Everglades, killing recent University of Miami graduate Elizabeth Goldenberg. Prosecutors this week decided they could not criminally charge the craft’s skipper. Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office
A veteran airboat captain had a high level of marijuana in his blood when his boat flipped in the Everglades, hurling tourists into the swamp and drowning a recent University of Miami graduate pinned under the craft.

But nearly a year after the crash, prosecutors this week ruled out charging Steve George Gagne with any crime, including boating under the influence.

The reason: Witnesses said Gagne showed no signs of being high before the crash that killed 22-year-old Elizabeth Goldenberg, according to a newly released report by the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. But the concentration of THC, the active compound in marijuana, in his blood was nearly triple what would have gotten him arrested in states where marijuana use is legal such as Colorado or Washington.

Florida has no such law and the case underscores the unsettled standards surrounding use of marijuana. Even as more states legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use, there is no consensus — in the law, science or medicine — on how best to measure whether someone is stoned while behind the wheel of a boat or a car.


Doc accused of violating probation: I don’t have money for attorney

Former doctor's probation violation hearing set next week

ANDERSON — Former Pendleton physician Eric Jones, who faces an allegation of parole violation, said during a court hearing Wednesday that he doesn’t have the money to hire an attorney.

Jones, 47, had his initial hearing Wednesday following his arrest on Feb. 20 in Hamilton County on misdemeanor charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, operating a vehicle with alcohol concentration equivalent of 0.15 blood alcohol content or more and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

The state limit for blood alcohol content is 0.08 percent.

Jones is serving six years on probation after pleading guilty to charges of dealing in drugs, perjury and voyeurism.

The terms of his probation prohibited the use of alcohol and not to commit another criminal offense.

Judge Thomas Newman, Madison Circuit Court Division 3, could sentence him to six years in prison for violating probation.

Jones is being detained at the Madison County Jail without bond.

“I’m confused right now,” Jones told Criminal Magistrate Steve Clase. “I thought a hearing was going to happen today. I assumed I would go before Judge Newman and my family and friends could speak on my behalf.”

Jones is scheduled to appear before Judge Newman at 10:30 a.m. next Wednesday on the probation violation.

When asked by Clase if he would hire an attorney, Jones said a week ago he had $130 to his name.

“I don’t have any money,” he said. “The only way to hire an attorney is if my parents will pay. I don’t think they will.”

Jones was sentenced in 2016 through a plea agreement to six years probation.

He pleaded guilty to felony charges of two counts of dealing in a controlled substance, one count each of unlawful dispensation of a controlled substance, perjury, and obtaining a controlled substance by fraud. He also entered guilty pleas to two misdemeanor charges of voyeurism.

At the time of his sentencing the state dismissed 26 other charges.

His attorney, Bryan Williams, said at the time of sentencing it was the appropriate outcome for the case.

“It’s not likely that Dr. Jones will find himself back involved with the legal system,” he said.

At the plea hearing Jones admitted to providing controlled substances to patients when not medically necessary and for failing to keep proper records.

Jones admitted to recording sexual activity with two patients without their consent or knowledge, which led to the conviction on the voyeurism charges.

Previous affidavits include allegations that Jones conducted “botox” parties arranged through a Carmel modeling agency.

According to a court affidavit, the DEA found a video on a computer dated June 25, 2014, in which Jones is having sex with a patient in his office.

According to the affidavit, in a February 2014 text message recorded from one of the doctor’s cellphones, the same patient asks to pick up a prescription for the drug Adderall at the Pendleton office.

“I think you owe me an office visit,” Jones reportedly wrote in a text. “I guess … but we better get naked soon. Your envelope is at the front desk.”


Fetty Wap ordered to pay fine after pleading guilty to drunk drag racing

A judge ordered Fetty Wap to pay a fine and attend safe driving programs after the rapper admitted to drag racing while drunk on a Brooklyn highway last year.

The New Jersey-born hip hop artist, whose real name is Willie Maxwell, avoided trial and pleaded guilty Thursday to reckless endangerment and driving while intoxicated, his attorney Chris DiLorenzo said.

Maxwell, 26, was behind the wheel of his 2012 Mercedes Benz on the Gowanus Expressway by the Hamilton Ave. exit in Red Hook on Nov. 3 when he was busted for a host of offenses including reckless endangerment, illegal speed contest, drunken driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a car and illegal lane changing.

Zaine Richards, 31, who was tailing Maxwell in another car, was also arrested.