Fat pheasants wandered quite leisurely around this area. Why, we wondered, would one decide to cross Sowley Lane?
Jeffrey Bilyak, 46, of Chesterton, appeared on video in LaPorte Circuit Court for his initial hearing Friday.
He was in the LaPorte County Jail when Judge Tom Alevizos scheduled a hearing for May 4 to decide whether to reduce his $20,000 bail.
Alevizos also ordered a background check to look over before ruling on the request.
Bilyak turned himself in Wednesday on arrest warrants for Level 4 felony operating while intoxicated causing death, Level 5 felony reckless homicide and two counts of operating while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury.
Heather Widing, 47, died a day after the Feb. 15 crash on U.S. 421 near LaCrosse.
She was heading to a hospital in Indianapolis in the back of an ambulance hit by an oncoming Bilyak while trying to pass in very dense fog in a no-passing zone, according to court documents.
A Selden man was impaired by drugs when he crashed his car into a house Thursday evening in Copiague, police said.
Taylor Lynne, 36, was arrested and charged with driving while ability impaired by drugs and criminal possession of a controlled substance, Suffolk County police said Friday morning.
Lynne was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry at 5:15 p.m. on Verrazano Avenue, near Dixon Avenue, when he lost control of the car and crashed into a home in the 200 block of Verrazano, police said.
Lynne was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police said. It was unclear when he would be arraigned.
Colonel Sanders : I missed one?
The fatal crash happened on April 11, 2016 in Muskegon County near Casnovia. Michael O’Berry, 25, hit a semi-truck on Apple Avenue while driving on Trent Road. His older brother Nathan O’Berry died in the accident.
A urine sample confirmed a presence of active THC in Michael O’Berry’s system, said Muskegon County Prosecutor Chief Trial Attorney Matt Roberts Monday. The felony charge for driving under the influence of a Schedule I controlled substance carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison.
Drunk driving accidents took the lives of more than 10,000 people in 2016, a report by National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said. But “drugged driving” accidents are an increasing problem. And the National Institute of Drug Abuse said marijuana is the drug most-linked to impaired driving after alcohol.
In fact, driving on drugs was linked to more deaths in 2015 than driving drunk, according to a report by the Governors Highway Safety Association and Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
In Michigan, an at-fault driver with any amount of a Schedule I drug, including marijuana, can be criminally charged like O’Berry. However, state courts have said if the driver is a medical marijuana cardholder, the prosecutors have to prove the driver was “impaired by the presence of marijuana in his [or her] body.”
Some states have laws for marijuana-impaired driving set to a specific number of nanograms. Michigan needs to create a sliding scale system for marijuana-impaired driving legislation, or punishments will be unbalanced, said Andrew Rodenhouse, a criminal defense attorney at Rodenhouse Kuipers PC in Grand Rapids.
“If somebody doesn’t feel the effects of THC…they pass the roadside sobriety tests, only to—later on—have blood results come back saying they had a de minimis amount…they will be prosecuted,” Rodenhouse said.
BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL WAS DEADLY HIGH
Aldon Smith’s blood alcohol level was so high on Friday, it’s a miracle he’s not dead … because a .40 can KILL most people.
TMZ Sports broke the story … the embattled NFL star was arrested Friday when his court-ordered SCRAM alcohol monitoring device went off.
Now, officials say the device measured his B.A.C. at a whopping .40 … 5 TIMES the legal limit to drive.
In Smith’s case, the judge in his domestic violence case had ordered him to be completely sober while wearing the device … but officials say he went WAY over the edge.
In fact, according to an organization for responsible drinking, most people with a .40 or higher are probably in a coma.
“The nerve centers controlling your heartbeat and respiration are slowing down. It’s a miracle if you’re not dead,” the report says.
On Wednesday in court, it was revealed that prosecutors and defense attorneys are looking into sending Aldon to an inpatient substance abuse facility.
Smith is currently in jail and will likely remain there until his next hearing on Friday.
Hi, I was charged with a DUI the other day. I have 2 prior dwai. I did a blood test so I dont know what my bac is. I have read that there are many flaws with blood tests. I’m very scared. I feel very hopeless.
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Bob Dylan : How many roads must one chicken cross?