Council member gets probation on DUI charge

Bowie City Council member Courtney Glass pleaded guilty last week to driving while impaired and was given probation before judgment by a Prince George’s County judge.

District Court Judge Vincent J. Femia set aside the plea and sentenced Glass to six months of unsupervised probation and assessed $645 — a $500 fine and $145 in court costs, said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Glass could not be reached for comment. She was represented by attorney Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the state Senate, online court records show.

The traffic incident involving Glass took place in May of last year. Bowie police responded to a call about a possible hit-and-run accident near Annapolis Road and Grenville Lane at about 11:15 on the night of May 18, police said.

Streeter could not be reached for comment.

A witness was able to get the license plate number of the vehicle that struck the motorcyclist. Bowie police officers eventually traced the vehicle to Glass, police said

Officers went to Glass’ home in Bowie shortly after midnight, where they encountered her after she had parked her car. Officers said they smelled alcohol on her breath, according to police, and administered a field sobriety test.

Glass, a legislative analyst for the Prince George’s County government, declined to take a Breathalyzer test, police said.

She was cited for driving under the influence, driving while impaired, driving the wrong way on a one-way street and failure to return and remain at the scene of an accident, online court records show. All of the charges were merged into a single county of DUI.

Glass, 34, is in her first term on the council, representing District 3. She won the spot in 2015, during the most recent citywide election.

Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said he did not anticipate any sort of official reprimand for Glass, because she received only probation and a fine for the incident.

“I don’t think we’ll be doing anything,” he said. “It’s a matter between her and the court.”

http://www.capitalgazette.com/bowie_bladenews/ac-bb-glass-probation-20180106-story.html

Am I legally allowed to drive before my summons. May I drive?

Hello, Tuesday evening I was arrested for a careless driving and an open alcohol container. They also checked the box for DUI. The officer gave me my identification back and I was wondering if I am legally allowed to drive before my summons. Additionally, I had a trip planned and was wondering if I was allowed to leave the state. Thanks!

Check your hearing request form. It will indicate if it is also a license.

If you are on summons only, you are free to travel. If you are on bond, you need to get permision from the Court.

Court docs: Vancouver woman drove over woman, caused miscarriage

A Vancouver woman was under the influence of methamphetamine and other drugs when she ran over a woman and caused her to have a miscarriage, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Jessica Mill, 30, appeared in court Tuesday. She’s facing a charge of vehicular assault.

The court document from Clark County says that just before 2 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2017, Mill was driving to Muchas Gracias in Vancouver in a 1997 Plymouth Neon.

Her passenger was Jameshia Carter.

They ordered food and parked in the parking lot. The court document says Mill then walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle and began arguing with Carter.

Mill grabbed Carter’s purse and while they fought over the purse, they broke the vehicle’s right front window.

Mill then climbed back in the vehicle and Carter thought she was going to leave without her, so she started getting back into the passenger seat.

As Carter was partially in the vehicle, Mill put the vehicle in reverse and backed up.

While the vehicle was reversing, Carter said she was struck by the open passenger door and knocked to the ground. Mill continued driving in reverse and ran over Carter with the right front tire.

Mill kept driving backwards onto the sidewalk on the north side of the restaurant, causing the door to hit the building and fold forward. She then drove forward through the parking lot, over a curb and crashed into a tree.

A deputy who responded to the scene suspected Mill was impaired on illicit drugs. After obtaining a search warrant to collect a blood sample, investigators discovered her blood contained 0.021 mg/L of amphetamine, 0.16 mg/L of methamphetamine, 12ng/mL of Carboxy-THC and 0.083 mg/L of Alprazolam.

Carter suffered a fractured left side rib, an abrasion to her left hip and right knee and a contusion of her left knee. She was about two months pregnant and suffered a miscarriage.

http://katu.com/news/local/court-docs-vancouver-woman-drove-over-woman-caused-miscarriage

Former director of Salt Lake City’s 911 dispatch center formally charged with DUI

Freitag, 38, of Layton, was charged in Davis County Justice Court with class B misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol, class C misdemeanor open container/drinking alcohol in a vehicle, and class B misdemeanor carrying a dangerous weapon while under the influence of alcohol.

Police said Tuesday that Freitag had a gun in the center consol of his car.

Court documents do not specify the basis for the dangerous weapon charge.

Matthew Rojas, spokesman for the Salt Lake City mayor’s office, said last week that a review of Freitag’s schedule indicates that he was on the clock at the time of the arrest — 1:25 p.m. on Jan. 3 — though he added that Freitag’s schedule is somewhat fluid, due to occasional long days.

Mayor Jackie Biskupski said in a news release announcing the firing: “There is no acceptable reason for anyone to put innocent lives in danger by getting behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated, especially an individual leading a critical public safety agency.

“While I am angry and disappointed in Scott’s behavior, I do hope he gets help to address his problems, and that he finds the support of loved ones that he needs at this time.”

On Jan. 3, a Centerville Police Department sergeant saw the Salt Lake City Corporation vehicle entering the southbound Interstate 15 Kaysville on-ramp and noticed that the vehicle was driven erratically, according to a Centerville police news release.

Freitag was pulled over and failed field sobriety tests. He registered a 0.214 percent blood alcohol content during a breathalyzer test, the release said, and the officer found an open mixed drink in the center console of the vehicle.

Utah’s legal blood-alcohol-content limit for driving is 0.08 percent. It is scheduled to change to 0.05 percent on Dec. 30.

Freitag was cited and released, police said.

Freitag has been a member of the Layton City Council since 2007. He has been elected to the seat three times, and his current term ends in 2019. Freitag is the council’s liaison to the police and fire departments and to the Legislature.

Freitag was initially appointed director of SLC911 in May 2013, by Mayor Ralph Becker. He was reappointed in July 2016, Rojas said. Prior to that, he worked for the Salt Lake City Fire Department for 16 years, serving as communications director, among other posts.

In 2003, he received the Fire Department’s Medal of Gallantry for apprehending an arson suspect at the scene of a fire.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2018/01/09/former-director-of-salt-lake-citys-911-dispatch-center-formally-charged-with-dui/

Florida Man Calls 911 To Report Himself Drunk Driving

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) – Florida authorities are sharing the details of an unusual 911 call on New Year’s Eve, from a man who said he wanted to report himself drunk-driving.

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Michael Lester (Photo: Polk County Sheriff’s Office)
Polk County Sheriff’s officials say the dispatcher kept him talking while directing officers to the scene.

When the dispatcher asked Michael Lester where he was, he said, “I’m too drunk. I don’t know where I’m at.”

And when she asked what he’d been doing all night, he said “I don’t know, driving around, trying to get pulled over, actually.”

“I’m driving on the wrong side of the road,” he said later.

The operator repeatedly urged him to park his truck and wait for officers to find him. Unfortunately, he chose the wrong spot.

“Look, I’m parked in the middle of the road,” he said. Sirens could be heard in the background a short time later.

Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he’d barely slept for several days.

The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester’s criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

Deputies said Lester admitted drinking beers and swallowing methamphetamine. He also said he’d barely slept for several days.

The sheriff’s office Facebook post says Lester’s criminal history includes DUI, aggravated battery, drug possession and hit-and-run.

“Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious crime. Innocent people are too often injured or killed from impaired drivers. DUI is not a laughing matter,” sheriff’s officials wrote. “However … in this particular incident, nobody was hurt, so we couldn’t help but LOTO (that means we Laughed Our Tasers Off).”

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2018/01/08/florida-man-calls-911-to-report-himself-drunk-driving/amp/

Motion filed in Lake Tulloch boat injury case

Motion filed in Lake Tulloch boat injury case
Dean Allen Payne

A motion was filed in Calaveras County Superior court on Dec. 26 that seeks to alter the guidelines surrounding the case of man accused of striking two women with his boat while under the influence of a controlled substance last year.

Dean Allen Payne, 53, of Copperopolis, is awaiting trial for allegedly striking and injuring two women with his boat in the waters of Lake Tulloch on July 24, 2016, while under the influence of a controlled substance.

Robin Tsai and Rachael Pringle, the two victims in the case, fell into comas due to injuries sustained during the incident.

The first item on the motion requested that the jury be allowed to inspect the boat that Payne was allegedly controlling during the collision. According to the motion, the boat is currently being held at the Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office, adjacent to the courthouse.

“The best way to demonstrate the size and nature of the defendant’s vessel is to let the jurors look at it,” the motion reads.

The second item in the motion sought to admit photographs of the victims before and after the date of the alleged offenses.

“Similarly, the photographs in this case, while highly relevant, depict severe trauma to the human body,” the motion said.

The photographs, according to the motion, are relevant to each count following Payne’s not guilty plea.

“While the people anticipate introducing testimony by medical doctors describing the injuries, the photographs will aid the jury in understanding that testimony, and corroborating evidence, should not be excluded as cumulative,” the motion reads.

The motion also seeks to limit the use of the word “accident.” According to the motion, the word accident carries various connotations and opens the door for “misuse” by the defense and the jury.

Accident, per the motion, can be used in two different ways: to infer a “state of mind” and to infer an “event.” The motion seeks to keep the term accident close to the “event” definition, and not the “state of mind” of the person who allegedly committed the crime.

“Jurors, upon hearing the word ‘accident’ will no doubt conjure up ideations congruent with the lay definition of accident. Even if prior to deliberations the court instructs the jury that ‘accident’ means something very different in the eyes of the law, the people will have already suffered undue prejudice,” the motion reads.

The prosecution is also attempting to bar the testimony of defense expert Michael Braun unless a report or statement is issued.

“If Braun prepared (prepares) a written report regarding the subject of his testimony, the people are entitled to a copy. If Mr. Braun does not prepare a written report, the people are entitled to discovery of the handwritten or typed notes of Mr. Braun.”

The motion also said that if the defense fails to comply with the discovery obligations, the defense should be barred from calling Braun as a witness.

The final two portions of the motion involve prior convictions for driving under the influence. According to the motion, Payne’s prior convictions should be allowed to be admitted as evidence. Payne was previously convicted for driving under the influence on O’Byrnes Ferry Road.

Payne is currently scheduled to return to court on Jan. 9 for a trial readiness conference before returning to court on Jan. 16 for a trial confirmation conference. According to court records, a 10-day jury trial is expected to begin on Jan. 17 at 8:30 a.m.

http://www.calaverasenterprise.com/news/article_1f7879be-f1af-11e7-ab37-7ff69c1c2a46.html