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Police said they would do a sobriety test. They said he told them: I’m a state senator

State Senator Michael Brady in 2015.State Senator Michael D. Brady was arrested in Weymouth over the weekend for drunken driving and pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of operating under the influence of liquor, one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and one civil count of a marked lanes violation, according to court records and officials.

When a Weymouth police officer pulled the Brockton Democrat over early Saturday and told the senator he would be testing his ability to drive a car, Brady handed the officer a Massachusetts identification card “and stated he was a state senator,” according to a written description of the arrest by police.

Brady was unsteady on his feet, had bloodshot and glassy eyes, slurred his words, and his breath reeked of alcohol, police said. He failed several sobriety tests, they said.

In a statement, Brady, 55, acknowledged he was taken into custody by police and apologized for the fallout from the arrest.

“While driving home, I was stopped early in the morning on Saturday, March 24, by the Weymouth police on Route 18 in South Weymouth and placed under arrest. I was released later in the morning,” said Brady, who was first elected to the Senate in a 2015 special election and reelected in 2016.

“I want to apologize to the Weymouth police, my constituents, my friends, and colleagues in the Legislature for any embarrassment and distraction that this incident causes. I know that as a senator, I am held to a higher standard, and I will abide by the advice of my counsel as this matter is adjudicated by our judiciary,” he said. “I am grateful for the fairness, integrity, and transparency of that process.”

Brady, who police said declined to take a chemical breath test, said he doesn’t anticipate making any further statement in the matter.

According to a police description of events, Brady “failed” multiple sobriety tests.

The first required him to recite the alphabet from A to Z. The senator “slurred the letters together to get to H, I, J; he then repeated H, I, J.”

Brady subsequently gave two officers a look of confusion, and then stated “Z,” according to the police narrative.

The second required Brady to count aloud backward from 60 to 40.

Brady, slurring his words, correctly counted from 60 to 50 but then “kept repeating numbers in the 40’s,” the police narrative said.

Brady then continued counting into the 30s, before he was stopped. Police say Brady went on to fail three other tests, including one where he struggled to balance on one foot and count — swaying left to right, putting his foot down numerous times, switching feet, and slurring numbers together.

Police say Brady was also charged with OUI on Dec. 4, 1998, in Weymouth.

His driving record from the state Registry of Motor Vehicles shows a violation for failing to wear a seat belt on the same date, but not a drunken driving violation.

The RMV record also shows another Brady seat belt violation on June 29, 2003.

Brady served on the Brockton City Council from 1997-2009, according to his official biography.

He was elected a state representative in 2008.

Senate President Harriette L. Chandler, a Worcester Democrat, expressed dismay with Brady’s arrest over the weekend. “I’ve spoken to Senator Brady and expressed my disappointment,” she said. “We hold legislators to a higher standard, and I expect him to live up to those standards in the future.”

But Senator Karen E. Spilka, who has claimed enough votes to be the next Senate president, stopped short of expressing disappointment.

“Driving drunk is unacceptable under any circumstance,” she said. “I appreciate that Senator Brady has apologized for his actions, and I expect he will cooperate fully with investigators and work to address any charges as soon as possible.”

John Diamond, who the Norfolk district attorney’s office said is Brady’s lawyer in the matter, did not respond to a request for comment.

But the Massachusetts Republican Party, which hopes to unseat Brady this fall, knocked him within hours of news reports about his arrest. Brady represents Brockton, part of East Bridgewater and several other towns — a politically competitive Senate district.

“It’s deeply disturbing that a sitting legislator would attempt to leverage the weight of his taxpayer-funded public office when facing arrest,” MassGOP spokesman Terry MacCormack said in a statement.

“It’s why voters are fed up with the unaccountable culture in the Democrat-run Legislature, in which there is one set of rules for the insiders, and another for everyone else,” MacCormack added.

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/03/27/state-senator-arrested-drunk-driving-charge/9DzSUWsZunMTZVG6b9hg1O/story.html

Trial this spring for ex-Lake County cop charged in drunken hit-and-run

CROWN POINT — Attorneys Thursday affirmed a trial later this spring for the former Lake County sheriff’s lieutenant charged with striking a pedestrian with his squad car while intoxicated at the 2016 Gary Air Show.

Judge Clarence Murray affirmed a June 4 trial date for Guy Mikulich at Thursday’s court hearing after a lengthy discussion with attorneys at the bench. The judge said the parties had resolved issues with discovery, and scheduled a new court hearing for April 25.

Michael Woods, a defense attorney for the former law enforcement officer, said at a court hearing earlier this month the parties were involved in plea negotiations, though no deal was mentioned at Thursday’s hearing.

Paul Stracci, who is also representing Mikulich, said Thursday plea negotiations continued in the case.

Mikulich, 39, of Merrillville, is accused of hitting a 34-year-old pedestrian with his police vehicle July 10, 2016, in the 7700 block of Oak Avenue in Gary.

Mikulich, who had finished work at the air show, allegedly fled the scene after the crash, but was stopped by a Gary police commander in the 5900 block of Hemlock Street.

The lieutenant refused a field sobriety test, but a blood test at the hospital indicated the officer had a 0.13 blood-alcohol content.

The pedestrian was treated for injuries at Methodist Hospitals Northlake Campus.

Mikulich is charged with two felony counts each of leaving the scene of an accident and operating a vehicle while intoxicated, as well as several misdemeanors.

Mikulich stated in court filings last year he intended to offer an insanity defense at trial.

http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/judge-affirms-trial-this-spring-for-lake-county-cop-charged/article_eec61fb3-1970-5c46-92bf-04b247b1a250.html#1

Bus driver allegedly crashed on Golden Gate Bridge, arrested for suspected DUI

Angela Teasley, 34, of Richmond, was driving a 2004 passenger bus owned by Modesto-based Storer Transportation Services north on U.S. Highway 101 when she allegedly crashed into the right side rail on the Golden Gate Bridge around 9:25 a.m., CHP Officer Jon Sloat said.

Teasley allegedly kept driving and eventually a passenger called 911 on her cellphone to report the crash, Sloat said.

The passenger said Teasley was allegedly driving erratically at unsafe speeds and passing on the right shoulder. Other drivers called in reports about the bus as it continued north on the highway, Sloat said.

CHP officers were in a position to stop the bus as it drove through Petaluma, but delays in relaying information kept officers from getting in front of it, Sloat said.

Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety officers stopped the bus around 10:15 a.m. as it entered the parking lot of the casino and detained Teasley until CHP officers arrived, according to Sloat.

CHP officials allege Teasley appeared intoxicated and a DUI evaluation estimated her blood-alcohol content at almost four times the 0.08 percent that is considered driving under the influence. None of the passengers were injured, Sloat said.

Teasley was booked in the county jail on suspicion of DUI and operating a commercial vehicle while impaired.

http://www.ktvu.com/news/casino-bound-bus-driver-allegedly-crashed-on-golden-gate-bridge-arrested-for-suspected-dui

Judge sentences Tennessee truck driver to 25 years in fatal crash

A Tennessee truck driver who killed two people in a 2016 crash on Route 17 in the town of Washington two years ago will serve 25 years in prison.

Randall Weddle, 55, of Tennessee was sentenced Friday following a weeklong trial in January, at which a Knox County Jury convicted Weddle on 15 counts, including two counts of manslaughter and three counts of aggravated driving under the influence.

Justice William Stokes on Friday issued a total sentence of 30 years in prison with all but 25 years suspended. The sentence will be followed by four years of probation.

Weddle was carrying a load of lumber on March 18, 2016, when he crashed into oncoming traffic, striking two cars and sending one into a field where it burst into flames.

[Witnesses in trucker’s manslaughter trial recall ‘unreal’ crash scene]

Christina Torres-York, 45, of Warren and Paul Fowles, 74, of Owls Head died in the crash.

Blood tests taken following the incident show that Weddle was intoxicated at the time of the crash. He also told investigators that he was sick and on prescription medication. In the days leading up to the crash, Weddle also manipulated his driving logs to make it appear he was driving fewer hours than he actually was.

[Police: Truck driver in crash that killed two was drunk, speeding]

According to the state’s sentencing memo, Weddle has 48 prior convictions of motor vehicle crimes, including 12 operating under the influence convictions in four different states. At the time of the crash, Weddle’s license was suspended in Louisiana and revoked in Virginia — where he was living with his wife.

“I am completely stunned with Mr. Weddle’s record,” Stokes said.

Despite the suspensions, he was able to obtain a Tennessee license, which has an address of “a buddy’s house he stayed at when he was having marital problems,” according to the memo.

Stokes said he was “genuinely mystified” that Weddle was able to obtain a license in Tennessee.

Given that Weddle was driving a “massive projectile object” while impaired, Stokes said that it “is in the court’s view that this is one of the most serious ways you can commit manslaughter.”

“It’s a wonder, frankly, that four people weren’t killed that day,” he said.

The state asked for a total sentence of 50 years in prison with all but 40 years suspended and four years probation. The defense asked for a sentence of 20 years with all but nine years suspended with a four year probation period.

While the sentence tilts toward the “historically high” spectrum of sentences for manslaughter, Stokes said that Weddle’s “staggering” driving and criminal record, along with the fact that he was driving a fully loaded tractor trailer while impaired, were aggravating factors in his sentencing decisions.

A manslaughter conviction carries a maximum 30-year prison sentence. Prior to trial, the prosecution offered a plea deal with a sentence of 30 years with all but 20 suspended, but the defense rejected the deal.

The courtroom was filled Friday with family and friends of the victims, who detailed how their lives have been affected by the crash.

Torres-York was due to graduate in May from a program that would certify her as a substance abuse counselor. Last year, her daughter gave birth to what would be her first grandchild.

Fowles, a Navy veteran, helped nurse his wife through cancer. Stokes called him “the epitome of a good man.”

“There are so many victims. There is so much hurt, it ripples everywhere,” Stokes said. “The enormity of it simply cannot be grasped.”

‘Completely stunned’ judge sentences Tennessee truck driver to 25 years in fatal crash

2 NYPD officers busted for drunk driving in separate incidents

Two members of the NYPD — one in a high-ranking post and the other a just a rookie — were busted early Sunday morning for separate incidents of drinking and driving, police said.

NYPD Sgt. William Shaleesh, 48, crashed his 2016 Hyundai into a parked car on East 34th Street near Avenue U in Brooklyn just after 12:30 a.m. Cops responded to a 911 call at the location to find the sergeant allegedly drunk, police said.

Shaleesh has more than 25 years on the force, most recently with the department’s Special Operations Division. He was suspended without pay and charged with driving while intoxicated.

It was not immediately clear if Shaleesh, a Brooklyn resident, was alone in the car at the time.

Less than two hours later, NYPD Cadet Olano Gayle, 21, was driving his 2006 Audi in the wrong direction on Grand Concourse near East 156th Street in the Bronx just before 2:30 a.m. when he rear-ended an ambulance.

But instead of pulling over following the crash, the cadet fled the scene in his car — still traveling the wrong way on Grand Concourse, police said.

Gayle, whose friends were with him at the time, was stopped by cops near East 159th Street and arrested.

https://nypost.com/2018/03/18/nypd-cadet-busted-for-drunk-driving/