Man arrested for DWI after wrecking, catching truck on fire

A man was arrested for DWI after a Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a grass fire on June 9. (Courtesy: Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office Facebook)

A man was arrested for DWI after a Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a grass fire on June 9.

According to the Wheeler County Sheriff’s Office, the deputy responded to a grass fire on County Road 21, one mile south of Highway 152. When he arrived, the deputy observed a pickup truck that appeared to have wrecked and caught fire.

A male then walked out of a field and stated that it was his truck that was on fire. The deputy noticed a strong alcohol smell coming from the man and performed field sobriety tests.

The man was then checked by Wheeler EMS before being transported to the Wheeler County jail and booked for driving while intoxicated.

PGA of America President Paul Levy arrested on DUI charge

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INDIO, Calif. (AP) — PGA of America President Paul Levy is facing a misdemeanor DUI charge after veering off a road in California and hitting a sign last week.

The PGA of America says it will support Levy as he seeks counseling and deals with the consequences of his arrest.

Palm Desert police says Levy was on Highway 111 late Thursday when he veered off the road and struck the sign. A report from the sheriff’s office says he was not injured, but police said he showed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to a hospital as a precaution, and then booked into the Riverside County Jail.

He faces an Aug. 2 court date.

Levy, who was general manager of Toscana Country Club in Indian Wells, took over as PGA president in November 2016. This is his final year of a two-year term.

“Paul Levy has accepted responsibility for his terrible lapse in judgment last Thursday,” the PGA of America said in a statement. “He has expressed deep regret and fully understands how irresponsible his actions were. The PGA of America will support Paul as he seeks counseling, faces the consequences of his actions and works through the legal process in the months ahead.”

https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/golf/2018/06/13/pga-president-arrested-on-dui-charge/36006317/

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Drunk teen stole golf cart for 3.5-mile McDonald’s run

A drunk teenager who stole a golf buggy and then drove through a McDonald’s drive-thru has been banned from the roads for a year.

Jamie Elliot, 18, took the buggy from Catterick Golf Club, in Catterick Garrison, U.K., and drove it for 3.5miles with a pal on the hunt for takeaway food.

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Northallerton Magistrates’ Court, North Yorks., heard the intoxicated teen had travelled to the fast food chain at around 4am before police were called to the scene.

Prosecutor Sarah Tyrer told the court: “The defendant had gone to the restaurant with friend Matt Redfern as his passenger when he was found by police.

“He had taken the golf cart from a nearby golf club and taken it 3.5 miles in distance.

“Police were called by restaurant by staff and the defendant provided a breath sample for analysis which proved he was over the limit.”

The incident, which occurred at the fast food chain outlet on May 29 this year, had been reported by McDonald’s staff.

Jamie Elliot arrives at court where he is charged with driving a golf buggy through a McDonalds drive through, June 19 2018. See Ross Parry story RPYBUGGY; Police officers arrested the driver of a  golf cart after he was allegedly seen driving it while drunk around a McDonald's Drive-Thru. The driver was not loving it after cops showed up to arrest him on an 'unusual job' as he had driven the illegal road vehicle to the fast-food joint. It is believed the stolen buggy was swiped from Catterick Golf Club in North Yorkshire - which is just a mile away from the burger-making franchise. North Yorkshire Police officers posted: "Most unusual job of the night.

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Officers had tweeted a picture of the golf buggy parked up outside the McDonald’s restaurant in Richmond, North Yorks., which had been shared hundreds of times.

When mechanical engineering apprentice Elliot was breathalysed he was found to be over the limit with 47 microgrammes in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35microgrammes.

North Yorkshire Police also gave him a warning for taking the golf buggy without consent from the unsecured golf club.

Nick Woodhouse, defending, said: “The defendant made full admissions and co-operated with the police at the time.

“A couple of days after the incident he actually secured an apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering.

“This isn’t someone who sits around playing the Playstation all day long, he has actively found work which is something quite hard to find in rural areas.

“He was of low intoxication, of previous good character, there was no damage to the vehicle or anything else and no other vehicles were on the road at that time of night.”

Elliot, of Richmond, North Yorks., pleaded guilty to driving a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink.

He was disqualified this morning (tues) from the roads for 12 months.

Chair of the Magistrates’ bench Julia Svennevig told the defendant: “You will be disqualified for 12 months with an option to bring that down if you successfully complete a drink awareness road safety course.

“If you drive in that period of time, you will end up in prison and an even longer disqualification.”

Elliot was also fined £120, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £30 surcharge.

http://www.foxnews.com/auto/2018/06/19/drunk-teen-stole-golf-cart-for-3-5-mile-mcdonalds-run.html

Denver now cracking down on marijuana tour buses

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

The city of Denver’s Department of Excise and Licenses said this week that marijuana tour buses are operating illegally, despite the drug’s legality in Colorado.

Undercover Denver police officers stopped two buses on Friday. Officers cited 31 people who were smoking during the ride on My420 and Colorado Cannabis tour buses.

One person was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Eric Escudero with the Department of Excise and Licenses told 9NEWS his office has sent letters to the tour companies warning them that they are not operating within the law.

Escudero also said there’s also no legal way under current rules for these tours to become legal.

Jay Casillas, a spokesperson for the Denver Police Department, said enforcement of the laws on pot buses was complaint-driven. He did not say how many complaints they’ve received.

According to its website, My 420 Tours is “at the forefront of cannabis tourism, offering visitors a glimpse into the cutting-edge world of cannabis legalization and marijuana news in Colorado and beyond.”

Its site also says the company has been around since 2013 and offers not just tours, but cannabis vacations, complete with “420-friendly hotels” with prices that start at $1,295.

Colorado Cannabis tours range from $29 to $99. As of this writing, the website appeared to still be accepting reservations.

https://www.9news.com/article/news/crime/denver-now-cracking-down-on-marijuana-tour-buses/73-565120320

9-1-1 dispatcher killed by suspected impaired driver

CHANDLER, AZ – Chandler police say one of their department’s 9-1-1 dispatchers was killed by a suspected impaired driver on Sunday.

The woman has been identified as 58-year-old Cathy Coppes.

According to police, the crash happened just after 10:30 a.m. on US-89 near milepost 432, approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff.

Police say Coppes was operating a motorcycle and traveling southbound when a northbound vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, crossed the center line and struck her head on.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Coppes started her career with the Chandler Police Department in April 2002. She is survived by her husband, police said.

“She was a valued member of the Communications Staff and was instrumental in training and developing new employees,” police said in a news release.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, a 42-year-old man, was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Troopers say Coppes was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

The investigation of the crash remains ongoing, and impairment has not been ruled out, according to DPS.