School bus driver pleads guilty to driving drunk

A Red Deer school bus driver who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to driving drunk was more than double over the legal alcohol limit when she drove 18 students home in June.Shelly Joy Kolodychuk, 42, pleaded guilty to driving with a blood alcohol level over .08 in Red Deer provincial court. She is due to be sentenced on Nov. 6.Eighteen students from École Barrie Wilson School were on Kolodychuk’s bus when she collided with a stop sign and a tree on Valley Green about 4 p.m. on June 5. No one was injured.Crown prosecutor Ed Ring said the bus also drove up on to the sidewalk for a “few metres” and was seen swerving on the street by witness Kurt Stenberg.The Red Deer fire-medic jumped in his truck and found the school bus nearby. He got out and confronted the driver and then parked his vehicle so the bus could not pull away.Stenberg, who was not sure if a medical condition was involved, phoned 911.Ring said a police officer who arrived on the scene said Kolodychuk was crying, her speech was slurred and he detected a “slight smell of liquor” on her breath. A drink cup smelling of alcohol and some sort of fruity drink was found next to her in the bus.Kolodychuk was arrested and taken to the Red Deer RCMP detachment. Her speech, motor skills and movement were slow police noticed.Two breathalyzer readings were taken, both .200 — 2 1/2 times the legal limit of .08.Charges of impaired operation of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and failing to remain at the scene of a collision are expected to be withdrawn by the Crown prosecutor.A pre-sentence report is to be prepared to help the judge in sentencing. Kolodychuk had no prior criminal record.Kolodychuk, who was joined by more than half a dozen supporters in court, did not speak.Asked by Judge Bert Skinner if Kolodychuk agreed with the Crown prosecutor’s statement of facts, defence lawyer Will Willms replied, “Your honour, she accepts these circumstances.”Supporters later formed a protective circle around Kolodychuk as she left the courthouse. Several of them hugged her before she left.

Source: School bus driver pleads guilty to driving drunk – Red Deer Advocate

WALKS INTO A BAR… NOT READY TO GO HOME

A guy walks into a bar and asks for a beer. He chugs it, looks into his pocket and asks for another beer. He chugs that beer, looks into his pocket and asks for another.

The man does this a few more times until the bartender asks, “How come you ask for a beer, chug it, then look in your pocket?”

The man says, “Because there is a picture of my wife in my pocket and I’m gonna keep drinking till she looks good enough for me to go home.”

http://jokes.cc.com/funny-walks-into-a-bar/erq38d/walks-into-a-bar—-not-ready-to-go-home

Wyoming State Troopers stayed busy during eclipse event

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WYOMING — The Wyoming Highway Patrol stayed busy during the recent solar eclipse while observing a surge in traffic during the event. WHP Troopers around the state worked extended shifts to make sure all Wyoming residents and guests stayed safe while keeping traffic moving.
From Friday, August 18th to Monday, August 21st WHP Troopers responded to 7,505 calls for service throughout Wyoming. In comparison to 2016, there were 2,598 calls for service in that same time period. Crashes on Wyoming’s highways also increased with the WHP investigating 198 crashes in comparison to 98 crashes the previous year during the same time frame. Out of the 198 crashes, 31 of those crashes were with injury and one crash resulted in a fatality.
Troopers stopped over 5,000 vehicles while issuing 3,312 citations and 2,029 warnings for various violations. 157 of the citations were for seatbelt or child restraint violations. Troopers also arrested 25 individuals for driving under the influence and issued 62 citations for possession of illegal narcotics with 59 of those 62 being for possession of marijuana.

 

Source: PC Record Times | Wyoming State Troopers stayed busy during eclipse event

Retired city attorney’s false arrest suit dismissed

A lawsuit against the city of Medford filed by a retired city attorney claiming unlawful arrest during a traffic stop has been dismissed after a federal judge ruled that the two police officers involved had reason to continue their impaired driving investigation even after observing a blood-alcohol reading far below the legal limit.

A federal judge ruled in favor of the city and dismissed Ronald Lee Doyle’s case late last month in U.S. District Court in Medford, which argued that Medford police continued to hold Doyle handcuffed at a detox facility after Doyle’s breathalyzer reading showed a reading of .017 — well below the legal limit of .08 — and sought a warrant for a urine sample under false pretenses during a 2014 traffic stop, according to documents filed in the case Aug. 31.

Doyle worked for the city of Medford for more than two decades before retiring as city attorney in 2005.

U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled that Medford officer Paul Mellgren, who pulled Doyle over the night of Dec. 4, 2014, and officer Patrick Dennis, a trained drug recognition evaluator, had enough probable cause to arrest Doyle and transport him to detox.

“Even if Mellgren’s belief that probable cause existed was in error, that belief was reasonable under the circumstances,” McShane said in his ruling.

The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office never prosecuted Doyle on a Medford police arrest charging him with driving under the influence of intoxicants. In 2014, an administrative law judge reversed Doyle’s license suspension at a DMV hearing on grounds that Mellgren “lacked probable cause to arrest Doyle,” according to the ruling. McShane said that the federal court “carefully studied” the DMV proceeding but reached “its own conclusions.”

McShane’s ruling determined that “a strong odor of alcohol coming from Doyle, as well as Doyle’s bloodshot and watery eyes, slow movements and what Mellgren believed at the time to be slurred speech” met the “relatively low” threshold for probable cause in Oregon cases of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

The ruling also determined that Mellgren and Dennis were within their rights to keep Doyle detained for a drug evaluation after Doyle’s low breathalyzer reading.

“Contrary to Doyle’s assertion, dissipation of symptoms is not the same as dissipation of probable cause, nor does a low BAC end a DUII investigation,” McShane’s ruling states, noting that an individual could be “impaired by something other than alcohol.”

Doyle had also claimed the officers made a false statement to a judicial officer in getting a search warrant for his urine sample. Mellgren told a judge he believed Doyle to be under the influence of fast-acting drugs or inhalants, but only marijuana metabolites were found in Doyle’s system.

McShane ruled that “the fact that no such evidence was ultimately found cannot sustain a claim for judicial deception.”

“At most, it could be said that Mellgren omitted the fact that Dennis was the source of his information about fast-dissipating substances, but the court cannot conclude that such an omission was material,” the ruling says.

McShane drew from dashcam video in the ruling, which notes that Mellgren “articulates some of his observations supporting probable cause to Doyle,” and also showed Doyle’s refusal to comply with Mellgren’s directions to step out of the vehicle and Doyle’s “odd speech patterns,” what Mellgren believed to be slurred speech, and a repeated statement that he is the former Medford city attorney and recording Doyle making an “improper request.”

Doyle was recorded saying to Mellgren, “Tell me what I can do to make this right with you.’

Source: Retired city attorney’s false arrest suit dismissed

WALKS INTO A BAR… BEARS ON DRUGS

A bear walks into a bar and asks the bartender for a beer. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t give beer to bears in bars.”

The bear replies, “If you don’t give me a beer, I’ll eat that lady over there.”

The bartender says, “Go ahead.”

So the bear eats the lady and asks for a beer. The bartender says, “Sorry, we don’t give beer to bears on drugs.”

“What do mean,” asks the bear. “I’m not on drugs.”

“Yes, you are, that was the bar bitch you ate.”

 

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Woman suspected of DUI after driving on SMART train tracks

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit system temporarily ground to a halt Saturday after a Santa Rosa motorist suspected of driving under the influence veered off the road and onto the SMART train tracks north of Rohnert Park Expressway, officials said.

According to Rohnert Park Police, 23-year-old Tyra Ingalls said she was driving west on Rohnert Park Expressway when another unidentified vehicle began swerving, causing her to leave the roadway.

Ingalls’ car came to rest 70 feet down the train tracks, stuck parallel with one of the rails.

SMART officials were on the scene at the time of the incident, police said, and halted all train service as a tow truck removed the car from the tracks. No passengers were put at risk during the incident. 

An investigation determined that Ingalls was driving under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance, with a blood-alcohol level of .263 percent — three times the legal limit, police said.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Woman-suspected-of-DUI-after-driving-on-SMART-12185902.php

Nick Nolte has been taking GHB ‘for four years’

Nick Nolte has been taking GHB 'for four years'

Nick Nolte has been taking the date rape drug GHB for “four years”.

The 76-year-old actor – who starred in ’48 Hours’ alongside Eddie Murphy – was arrested in 2002 for driving under the influence of alcohol and the drug, but he’s now admitted to being a regular user of the narcotic.

The actor said: “I’ve been taking GHB for four years and I’ve never been raped.

Despite checking into rehab, the actor continued drinking on and off until he stopped for good.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph newspaper, he explained: “Now I can have drink and stop, but I used to fill the gaps between adrenaline rushes with booze and drugs.”

While starring in acclaimed director Ang Lee’s ‘Hulk’, the actor was unable to remember a line for the first 10 days.

Recalling the surreal experience, Nick said: “I started so high that I couldn’t remember a line for the first 10 days.

“And Ang came up and said ‘do you think it’s time we string two words together?’ And I said ‘just about’.”

Nick – who has a 31-year-old son called Brawley with his third wife Rebecca Linger and a nine-year-old daughter by his current wife Clytie Lane – also confessed being famous can make people feel lonely.

He shared: “Fame is a parenthesis you live in and when you die they close those parentheses.

“Then you get a real definition of who you were. It’s living under the spotlight. Your mistakes are going to be seen and then they’ll be glorified in not a positive way.

“It’s a lonelier kind of life than I think anonymity is. It also teaches you how much privacy is valued and how much it is really what the citizens of the world would prefer to have rather than constantly being scrutinised by cameras and questions.”

Class 4 felony

My son received a DUI on 8-16-2006, DWAI in July 2017 and again 7-17-2017 which has not gone to court yet. If convicted does the Class 4 felony apply?

Yes, if he is prosecuted and convicted as such.