Man crashes into a home while allegedly driving drunk

Thomas Maciver, 21, of Hull, has been charged with operating under the influence of liquor and a marked lanes violation.

The home on Phipps Street that Maciver allegedly crashed into while driving drunk.
The home on Phipps Street that Maciver allegedly crashed into while driving drunk. –Hull Police Department

A Hull man was arrested early Sunday morning after crashing into a home while allegedly driving drunk.

Thomas Maciver, 21, of Hull, was arrested for operating under the influence of liquor and marked lanes violation.—Hull Police Department

Hull Police responded to the crash on Phipps Street around 2:41 a.m. After authorities spoke with the driver, Thomas Maciver, 21, of Hull, and conducted a subsequent investigation, officers determined he had been driving while intoxicated, John Dunn, the department’s chief, said in a statement.

Two passengers in Maciver’s vehicle were transported to a local hospital following the incident, Dunn said. Their injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

While searching Maciver’s car, police found “multiple miniature bottles of liquor, or ‘nips,’ that were unopened,” he said.

Maciver has been charged with operating under the influence of liquor and a marked lanes violation.

The home sustained damage to its front porch as a result of the collision, Dunn said. The town’s building inspector was called to the scene.

Zach Smith says he kept 2013 arrest secret

Zach Smith was fired by OSU in July.

(CNN)Former Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith says he kept a 2013 arrest secret from Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer, according to his attorney.

Smith was arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 2013 in Dublin, Ohio, according to police records first obtained by the Toledo Blade. The arrest previously had not been reported until Monday.
According to the police report, which CNN has since obtained, Smith was pulled over by a police officer and was later arrested. Smith was given a field sobriety test and refused a breathalyzer test, the report said. The charge was later reduced to physical control, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Smith was fired by Ohio State on July 23 after he was served with a civil protection order on behalf of his ex-wife Courtney Smith. The order, signed July 20, is effective until 2023 and prohibits him from going within 500 feet of her.
Regarding the 2013 arrest, “Zach’s case was quickly reduced based upon the lack of evidence that he was noticeably impaired,” attorney Brad Koffel told CNN via email Tuesday. “He attended a 72-hour alcohol intervention program and no follow-up counseling was recommended.
“Zach never told Coach Meyer. Much like his 2018 criminal trespass case filed against him by his ex-wife, Zach chose to deal with it on his own and not involve the university or athletic department.”
ESPN reported on Monday that Smith did not tell Meyer about his 2013 arrest.
In a July 23 Facebook post, college football reporter Brett McMurphy detailed a series of domestic violence allegations against Smith dating back to 2009 and 2015.
Courtney Smith spoke to Stadium, a sports network, outlining accusations that Zach Smith on various occasions threw her against a wall, picked her up by her neck, took a golf club to her car and broke her windshield after a recruiting dinner.
In an interview earlier this month with Sports Radio 105.7 FM The Zone, in Columbus, Ohio, Zach Smith said he and Courtney Smith had a volatile relationship, but he denied allegations of physical abuse.
“I never hit her. …I never got charged,” he said. “I got investigated twice, and no charges ever came about it because I didn’t do anything physically to harm her.”
Meyer, who has won three national championships (two at Florida and one at Ohio State), is on paid leave as the school investigates exactly what he knew about the spousal abuse allegations leveled against his longtime assistant. Meyer said at Big Ten media days on July 24 that the protection order had “a little bit” to do with Smith’s firing, but that the decision to ax him was a “group effort.”
OSU head coach Urban Meyer placed on leave

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Meyer initially denied knowing about the 2015 allegation against Smith when asked about it at Big Ten media days. He later said in a statement that he had been inadequately prepared to discuss the issue and that he looked forward to answering questions for the independent investigators.
“While at the University of Florida, and now at The Ohio State University, I have always followed proper reporting protocols and procedures when I have learned of an incident involving a student-athlete, coach or member of our staff by elevating the issues to the proper channels,” Meyer said in the statement. “And, I did so regarding the Zach Smith incident in 2015.”
Ohio State said on August 5 that the investigation is expected to be completed within 14 days.
The Buckeyes’ football season opener is September 1 against Oregon State.

‘Impaired is impaired is impaired,’ whether it’s alcohol or marijuana, Massachusetts official says

In a public awareness campaign on impaired driving, Massachusetts public safety officials sought to equate operating a motor vehicle under the influence of marijuana with doing so under the influence of alcohol.

“It’s the same,” State Police Major Richard Ball said.

“You’re a danger to yourself and others and that’s what we’re trying to combat here,” he added, pointing to the possibility of someone who’s consumed marijuana having slower motor skills and experiencing changed depth perception as they get behind the wheel of a 2,000-pound vehicle.

The public awareness campaign comes as the Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission sifts through applications and paperwork for retail marijuana licenses. Home-growing and gifting of marijuana for adults over the age of 21 has been legal since December 2016, and medical marijuana dispensaries have been open since June 2015.

The campaign’s 30-second ad will air on TV and online.

The campaign promotes alternative modes of transportation, including the MBTA, taxis and ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft.

Don’t drive stoned, and instead take the MBTA or use a ride-hailing app like Lyft or Uber, Massachusetts officials say

Sira Naturals CEO Michael Dundas stood with Massachusetts public safety and law enforcement officials, who are launching their own related campaign, and urged responsible usage of marijuana.

At a press conference announcing the campaign, Jennifer Queally, undersecretary for law enforcement within Gov. Charlie Baker’s public safety secretariat, reiterated the dangers of drugged driving. Earlier, she pointed to numbers saying that an average of 125 drunk or high drivers die annually in Massachusetts.

“I just want everyone to recognize that impaired is impaired is impaired, okay? Regardless of whether it’s alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, other legal drugs, if you are impaired and you drive a car, it is illegal, it’s dangerous and it’s deadly, okay?” she said.

“So the effects you might feel may be different, whether you’re high or whether you’re drunk, but the impairment is no different and the law doesn’t look at it any differently,” Queally said.

Jim Borghesani, chief operating officer for Tudestr, a cannabis consulting company, called impaired driving “unacceptable, period.”

He added that it’s also “unacceptable” for state law enforcement officials for using statistics that don’t differentiate between impairment and the presence of marijuana in somebody’s system, which can last for weeks.

“True to their pattern, the Baker administration puts fear first, alarmism second and leadership third,” said Borghesani, who also sparred with Baker officials when he the spokesman for the ballot campaign legalizing marijuana in 2016.

“Massachusetts voters and drivers deserve a more deliberative approach in order to give the issue the intelligent, factual discussion it deserves,” he said in an email.

Jennifer Flanagan, a member of the Cannabis Control Commission, said consumers are responsible for understanding the effect of marijuana and alcohol on their bodies. Technology also hasn’t caught up with marijuana legalization, so something like the Breathalyzer, deployed in alleged drunk driving cases, is unavailable in drugged driving cases.

Alcohol and marijuana do have different effects, too, Flanagan said. And a person using marijuana every day will see a different level of impairment than someone trying for the first time, according to Flanagan.

“No one is trying to demonize the fact that marijuana is legal,” Flanagan said. “No one is trying to say people shouldn’t use this product. What we’re trying to say today is you need to use it responsibly.”

21 percent of Mass. residents used marijuana in the last 30 days, new study says

21 percent of Mass. residents used marijuana in the last 30 days, new study says

Among marijuana users, 34.3 percent self-reported driving under the influence, and 7.2 percent of the adult population drove while under the influence of marijuana in the last 30 days.

A former state senator from Central Massachusetts, she also acknowledged the limits of promoting the use public transit and ride-hailing apps in parts of the state that have little of either mode.

“I do recognize the fact that the further west you go, Uber is not as relevant there, they don’t have as many drivers, and that’s why planning for afterwards is so important,” she said. “Just as you would if you were going out with your friends for drinks or dinner.”


Truck driver charged after fatally striking Australian tourist

The allegedly drunken garbage-truck driver who killed an Australian tourist near Central Park Fridaywasn’t impaired by the alcohol he drank that day — because he ate a chicken-salad sandwich before getting behind the wheel, his lawyer argued in court Saturday.

Felipe Chairez, 44, was charged with driving while intoxicated after slamming his truck into 23-year-old Madison Jane Lyden, who was riding a rental bike just before 5 p.m. on Central Park West, police said.

Police said they found three empty beer cans inside Felipe Chairez’ sanitation truck after they stopped him at the scene of the fatal collision.

But the beers wouldn’t have affected his driving because of his lunch order that day, his lawyer claimed at Chairez’ Saturday arraignment.

“If he had a chicken salad sandwich, the alcohol may have been absorbed by the lunch he had,” said lawyer Kenneth Ware.

Chairez blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was between .04 and .06, according to the court documents.

Lyden had veered into Chairez’ lane near West 67th Street and Central Park West after an Uber barged into her bike lane, police said. As she navigated around the livery car, Chairez slammed into her with his sanitation truck.

Chairez was stopped by police at the scene, and admitted that he drank two beers before getting in the driver’s seat, according to court documents.

He was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and released on his own recognizance.

Semi driver arrested for DUI on highway

Semi driver arrested for drunken driving on U.S. 20

SPRINGVILLE — Indiana State Police say a Northwest Indiana man was intoxicated while driving a semi truck north of La Porte on Monday morning.

About 10 a.m. Monday, a La Porte County Sheriff’s deputy notified ISP of a truck driver carrying beer from a Family Express at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ind. 39 near Springville, according to a statement from state police.

A state trooper spotted the semi westbound on U.S. and pulled it over. He found the driver, identified as 58-year-old Garry Eriks of Griffith, had alcoholic beverages in the driving compartment of the semi, police said, and he seemed to be intoxicated.

Eriks was arrested and taken to the La Porte County Jail, where he was charged with operating while intoxicated and cited for for violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.