Springs fire chief accused of drunk driving

He told officers he had a beer and two mixed drinks

FHP: High Springs fire chief accused of drunk driving

Officials arrested the High Springs fire chief Friday after he was accused of drunk driving.

Fire Chief Bruce Raymond Gillingham was arrested after Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash at about 5:20 p.m. on US Route 27 in High Springs, according to an FHP arrest report.

The driver of a Cadillac SUV told officers that Gillingham, 41, crashed into the back of his vehicle with his Toyota Camry during a stop, the report said. Gillingham’s car had front-end damage and the SUV had rear-end damage.

The SUV driver and an officer said Gillingham smelled like alcohol, the report said. The officer also said Gillingham had “red bloodshot eyes.”

Gillingham told the officer he had a beer and two mixed drinks at the Great Outdoors Restaurant, at 65 N. Main St., before the crash, the report said.

Officials took Gillingham to the Alachua County Jail, where he took two breath tests that showed he was about two times over the legal limit, the report said.

Gillingham was charged with DUI and damage to property. He declined to comment.

He was released from jail at 11:30 a.m. Saturday on his own recognizance. https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/local/mothers-against-drunk-driving-outraged-by-sentence-for-dui-driver/277-1e16c34d-98c6-44e5-9522-810bc60ef93e

Suspected drunk driver crashes Porsche into building

Police said he tried to run from the scene

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Vasiliy Kutsar, 30, is accused of driving his Porsche into a building on SE Grand and SE Washington on January 20, 2019. (KOIN/PPB)  

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A man police said was driving drunk crashed his red Porsche into a building on Southeast Grand Ave. early Sunday morning.

Police said Vasiliy Kutsar, 30, tried to run away from the scene of the crash but officers found him nearby.

Kutsar was arrested on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving, three counts of recklessly endangering another person and failure to perform the duties of a driver (hit and run). 

Vasiliy Kutsar, 30, is accused of driving his Porshe into a building on SE Grand and SE Washington on January 20, 2019. (KOIN)  


District fire chief charged with drunken driving after police chase

Massachusetts State Police say they received a call about someone driving a pickup truck on its rims early Friday morning in Dartmouth.

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Police have arrested a Massachusetts district fire chief who they say led troopers on a chase while driving under the influence.

Massachusetts State Police say they received a call about someone driving a pickup truck on its rims early Friday morning in Dartmouth.

Troopers attempted to stop the truck, but the driver sped off and hit speeds of up to 65 mph before coming to a stop near Dartmouth Mall.

The driver, identified as 54-year-old Ambrose Smith, has been charged with operating under the influence, failure to stop and reckless operation among other offenses.

Smith is the Fall River district fire chief. Fire Department Chief John Lynch says the allegations against Smith are “totally out of character for him.”ADVERTISEMENT

Lynch says Smith has taken a personal leave from work. https://www.boston.com/news/local-news/2019/01/16/district-fire-chief-charged-with-drunken-driving-after-police-chase

Car Insurance Facts You Need to Know before Selecting a Policy

There are so many myths and misconceptions about car insurance out there that many people make the wrong car insurance purchase for their particular situation. Here are the car insurance facts you need to know before you pay good money for the wrong policy.

Everyone Needs Car Insurance

Forty-eight of the fifty states require a minimum level of car insurance. In the two states that don’t mandate car insurance, they will hold the at-fault driver liable for all damages. These people will wish they’d paid for car insurance if in an accident, since expensive medical bills for their victim can land the at-fault driver in bankruptcy court. If you live in a state that mandates auto insurance coverage, you could get a ticket if you are found to be driving without it.

Car Insurance Doesn’t Cover Everything

Car insurance policies will cover damage to your vehicle, damage to someone else’s vehicle, and medical coverage for you and associated individuals in an accident. A minimal car insurance policy only covers property damage to your car and medical bills due to an accident; these cheaper policies won’t pay for damage to your vehicle caused by vandals, floodwaters or damage to the vehicle when you drove drunk and hit a tree. Insurers will typically pay the legal fees for defending you against a personal injury suit because they’re the ones that pay out if you lose in court.

Car Insurance Rates Are Based on Your Risk Level – and Risk Tolerance

Car insurance rates are based on the odds the insurer has to pay out. Some risk factors are obvious. Inexperienced drivers are more likely to get into a wreck than experienced drivers. A risky driver who racks up speeding tickets is more likely to get in an accident than someone who is a safe driver. Drivers who take defensive driving classes are less likely to total a car. Where you live affects your rates, since areas with more traffic accidents and car theft mean your vehicle is at greater risk of being damaged.

The more you drive, the higher your rates, as well. Pay-per-mile insurance lets you pay a low monthly rate and then a modest rate per mile you drive. Just be aware that the dongle plugged into the car’s computer to track how far you drive may track other driving habits like how hard you brake or hit the curb. Then it may lead to higher insurance rates than you previously paid.

Another risk factor in the analysis is the cost to repair the car. More expensive cars typically cost more to fix if they’re in a wreck. This is why your little beater costs less to insure than a luxury car, assuming the cheaper car isn’t in its sad state because you were in a couple of wrecks.

One way to lower the odds an auto insurance company has to pay out is to increase your deductive, how much you have to pay out before the insurance policy kicks in. If you have a $500 deductible, then you’re going to pay for the minor fender bender out of pocket, but the insurance company will pay money toward the cost of repairing the crunched rear end. If you have a $1500 deductible, you’re going to pay for almost every minor accident out of pocket, but insurance continues to provide coverage if there is a serious wreck or major medical bills. Because you are going to pay for the smaller repairs, the insurer is less likely to have to pay claims on your behalf. This lowers your risk and your premiums.

Car insurance companies don’t do a personality test to determine your insurance rates, and while one company tried to mine Facebook for information on people to gauge their personality, that idea was scrapped.

Car Insurance Is a Contract

An insurance policy is a contract. You’re agreeing to a number of terms and conditions in exchange for insurance coverage. If you don’t pay your premiums, you no longer have coverage. If you lie on the insurance application or violate the terms of the agreement, you may no longer have auto insurance.

You Can Cut Costs – a Little

Insurance is a consumer product. You can and should shop around for a better deal. You can’t negotiate, but you may be eligible for discounts. Ask about saving money by consolidating insurance policies with the insurer. If you pay your premium in one annual lump sum instead of quarterly or monthly, you could save a little because of their reduced administrative costs to manage your account.

Be careful of choosing only third-party coverage, though, since insurers have learned this is a common choice by high-risk drivers to keep costs low … so they’ve raised their prices.

13 Car Insurance Facts You Need To Know Before Buying

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Police reports 1/16/19: Almond man charged for fifth time in four months

Juston W. Conklin
Juston W. Conklin

ANGELICA — An Almond has been charged for the fifth time in four months, this time for an alleged assault.

Juston W. Conklin, 26, of Almond, was charged at 10 p.m. Monday with third-degree assault, a class A misdemeanor.

New York State Police investigating a dispute in front of an Olean Street residence in the village of Angelica allege that Conklin struck a person, causing injury.  It was also determined Conklin had an outstanding bench warrant issued out of Angelica Town Court.

Conklin was arraigned and remanded to Allegany County Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail or $2,000 bond. He is due back in court at a later date.

Conklin was also charged with second-degree criminal contempt, a class A misdemeanor, in December in Friendship; fourth-degree criminal mischief, a class A misdemeanor, and second-degree harassment, a violation, in November in Angelica; second-degree trespass, a class A misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a violation, in November in Andover; and acting in manner injurious to a child, a class A misdemeanor, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree harassment in October in Friendship.

Olean Police

• Tuesday, 3:14 a.m., no injuries were reported from a one-vehicle accident on Main Street near North Union Street. Mark D. Wilkowski, 47, of 22 Ganna Court, West Seneca, was traveling westbound on Main Street when he allegedly left the roadway and struck a truck route sign, damaging it. Wilkowski was charged with first-degree operating a motor vehicle impaired by drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor, and moving from lane unsafely, an infraction.

• Tuesday, 10:58 a.m., William H. Shaffer, 28, of 1644 Park Ave., Olean, was arrested on a bench warrant issued out of Olean City Court. Shaffer was held pending arraignment.

• Tuesday, 1:13 p.m., Chad E. Smith, 46, of 211 Center St., Olean, was charged with trespass, a violation. Smith is due back in court at a later date.

Salamanca Police

• Tuesday, 12:25 a.m., Leslie E. Pierce, 34, of Salamanca, was charged with driving while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater, both class E felonies; operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device, a class A misdemeanor; unlicensed operator, a violation; and moving from lane unsafely, an infraction. Pierce was processed and released with a ticket to appear in court at a later date.

Wellsville Police

• Monday, no time provided, Angel R. Laprade, 29, of Angelica, was charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and operating with registration suspended/revoked, both unclassified misdemeanors; and operating without insurance, a violation. The charges stem from a traffic stop on the Bolivar Road. Laprade was processed and committed to Allegany County Jail on $500 cash bail or $1,000 property bond. She is due back in court at a later date.

• Tuesday, no time provided, Anthony J. Schoonover, 22, of Richford, Pa., was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, and insufficient tail lamps, an infraction. The charges stem from a traffic stop on South Main Street. Schoonover was processed and released and is due back in court at a later date. http://www.oleantimesherald.com/news/police-reports-almond-man-charged-for-fifth-time-in-four/article_8c64de28-1940-11e9-bbf8-dbeb69149e62.html