Man seen driving through front yards charged with DUI: Theodore J. Kocen, 72, of the 200 block of West Park Avenue, Libertyville, was charged April 19 with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper backing. According to police reports, dispatchers at 9:10 p.m. received complaints of a vehicle driving on the front yards of homes along South Dymond Road and that it had backed into at least one car. Police say they located the car at Burridge Court at Dymond Road and the driver, identified as Kocen, failed a field sobriety test. Kocen is scheduled in court May 12.
Study finds more drivers killed under influence of drugs than alcohol: A recently released report finds driving under the influence of drugs has become even more of a problem than driving under the influence of alcohol.Tests were conducted on people who died as a result of a car crash and the results may surprise you. The Governors Highway Safety Association and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibly say 43 percent of drivers with known test results who died behind the wheel, tested positive for drugs. This, compared to 38 percent who tested positive for alcohol.The reports goes on to give possible theories as to why drugged driving is on the rise. It claims some drivers may not know how drugs affect their driving. Others may not believe drugs impair how they drive.Of the drivers who tested positive for drugs, more than a third had marijuana in their system. According to the report, marijuana can increase the risk of crashing by 22 to 36 percent. It goes on to say police may have a harder time identifying those drugged drivers.CBS46 learned of a proposal to severely lessen the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Atlanta is essentially going back to the drawing board. Council members voted to send the proposal back to the public safety committee after they couldn’t agree in a measure.As the law stands now, having an ounce or less of marijuana can land you in jail for up to six months and cost you up to $1,000 in fines. The proposal would take jail time off the table and instead fine someone in possession just $75.
The Bachelor’s Chris Soules Arrested After Deadly Car Crash: Bachelor alum Chris Soules was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday after a deadly car crash, PEOPLE confirms. According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules, 35, has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that left one individual dead. Soules was not charged with driving under the influence, though authorities did later tell people there were alcohol containers in Soules’ car.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Sunday said under the Trump administration’s tougher immigration rules, even a “single DUI” can start the deportation process.
“It is fair to say that the definition of criminal has not changed, but where on the spectrum of criminality we operate has changed,” Kelly said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Pressed to elaborate on who wouldn’t have faced deportation before but would now, Kelly said, “someone, as an example, with multiple DUIs.”
“Even a single DUI, depending on other aspects, would get you into the system,” he said.
Kelly said it’s the law of the land, not the discretion of immigration agents, that carry out deportations.
“You have to remember that there’s a system, a legal justice system in place,” Kelly said. “And the law deports people. Secretary Kelly doesn’t. ICE doesn’t. It’s the United States criminal justice system or justice system that deports people.”
He also said President Trump’s tough talk on security at the border has “absolutely” caused a drop in the number of immigrants trying to enter the United States.
“The attention being paid to the border certainly has injected into those people – and the vast majority of them are good people from Central America – but it’s injected enough confusion in their minds, I think,” Kelly said.
“They’re just waiting to see what actually does happen,” he added.
Kelly also credited Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ visit to the US-Mexican border in Arizona last week where he announced a series of strict regulations to stop illegal immigration, including ordering federal prosecutors to pursue charges against immigrants who commit crimes.
Sessions said the “lawlessness, the abdication of duty to enforce our laws, and the catch-and-release policies of the past are over,” he said. He said Trump’s presidency has reduced illegal border crossings substantially.
From January to February, crossings fell by 40 percent and in March showed a 72 percent drop from the month before, the lowest figure in 17 years, Sessions said.
|1. During your initial consultation he tries to sell you Amway.|
|2. He tells you that his last good case was a “Budweiser.”|
|3. When the prosecutors see who your lawyer is, they high-five each other.|
|4. He picks the jury by playing “duck-duck-goose.”|
|5. During the trial you catch him playing his Gameboy.|
|6. He asks a hostile witness to “pull my finger.”|
|7. A prison guard is shaving your head.|
|8. Every couple of minutes he yells, “I call Jack Daniels to the stand!” and proceeds to drink a shot.|
|9. He frequently gives juror No. 4 the finger.|
|10. He places a large “No Refunds” sign on the defense table.|
|11. He begins closing arguments with, “As Ally McBeal once said …”|
|12. He keeps citing the legal case of “Godzilla v. Mothra“.|
|13. Just before trial starts he whispers, “The judge is the one with the little hammer, right?”|
|14. Just before he says “Your Honor,” he makes those little quotation marks in the air with his fingers.|
|15. The sign in front of his law office reads “Practicing Law Since 2:25 PM.”|
|16. Whenever his objection is overruled, he tells the judge, “Whatever.”|
|17. He giggles every time he hears the word “briefs.”|
Driver tells cops she’s ‘too drunk’ for sobriety test: Drunk words are soberly honest thoughts for this driver.Joy Hunt, 76, told officers she was “intoxicated” and “shouldn’t be driving” when she was arrested Tuesday night for driving in the wrong direction with two flat tires in The Villages, Florida.When Sumter County deputies asked her where she was driving from, Hunt replied “a bar.”Hunt tried to perform sobriety tests, but ultimately gave up during one of the exercises, the Village News reported.“I’m too drunk to do that, just take me to jail,” she said, according to officers.Deputies said the 76-year-old blew an .181 percent on her breathalyzer test.Hunt was charged with a DUI and booked at Sumter County Detention Center, where she is being held on $1,000 bail.
ARIES Drinking style Impulsive Aries people like to party and sometimes don’t know when to call it a night. Their competitive streak makes them prone to closing-time shot contests. They’re sloppy, fun drunks, and they get mighty flirty after a couple tipples. Getting Aries people drunk is a good way to get what you want out of them, should other methods fail. Aries can become bellicose when blotto, but they will assume that whatever happened should be forgiven (if not forgotten) by sunrise. They can be counted on to do the same for you — so long as you haven’t gone and done anything really horrible to them last night, you sneaky Gemini.
TAURUS Drinking style Taurus prefers to drink at a leisurely pace, aiming for a mellow glow rather than a full-on zonk. Since a truly intoxicated Taurus is a one-person stampede, the kind of bull-in-a-china-shop inebriate who spills red wine on white carpets and tells fart jokes to employers, the preference for wining and dining (or Bud and buddies) to body shots and barfing is quite fortunate for the rest of us. This is not to say that the Bull is by any means a teetotaler — god, no. A squiffy Taurus will get, er, gregarious (full of loudmouth soup, some would say) and is extremely amusing to drag to a karaoke bar when intoxicated.
GEMINI Drinking style Geminis can drink without changing their behavior much — they’re so naturally chatty and short-attention-spanned that it’s just hard to tell sometimes. They can amaze you by conversing with finesse and allusion, then doing something to belie an extremely advanced state of intoxication, like puking in your shoe. Geminis possess the magic ability to flirt successfully (and uninfuriatingly, which is very tricky) with several people at once. They like to order different cocktails every round — repetition is boring — and may create a theme (like yellow drinks: beer, sauvignon blanc and limoncello) for their own amusement.
CANCER Drinking style Cancer is a comfort drinker — and an extra wine with dinner or an after-work beer or six can be extra comforting, can’t it, Cancer darling? Like fellow water signs Scorpio and Pisces, Crabs must guard against lushery. Cancers are brilliant at ferreting out secret parties and insinuating themselves on VIP lists — and, in true Hollywood style, Cancers are never really drunk; instead, they get “tired and emotional” (read: weepy when lubricated). But there’s nothing better than swapping stories (and spit) over a few bottles of inky red wine with your favorite Cancer. Even your second-favorite Cancer will do. The sign also rules the flavor vanilla, and you’d be adored if you served up a vanilla vodka and soda.
LEO Drinking style Leo likes to drink and dance — they’re often fabulous dancers, and usually pretty good drinkers as well, losing their commanding dignity and turning kittenish. Of course, they’re quite aware they’re darling – Leos will be Leos, after all. They generally know their limit, probably because they loathe losing self-control. When they get over-refreshed, expect flirting to ensue — and perhaps not with the one what brung them. But Leo’s not the type to break rules even when drunk, so just try to ignore it (try harder, Cancer) and expect a sheepish (and hung over) Lion to make it up to you the next day.
VIRGO Drinking style Cerebral Virgos are compelled to impose order onto their bender. Their famously fussy quest for purity could lead to drinking less than other signs, sure — but it could also lead to drinking booze neat, to sucking down organic wine or just to brand loyalty. They rarely get fully shellacked — but, oh, when they do! Virgo’s controlled by the intellect, but there’s an unbridled beast lurking within, and they let it loose when walloped. It’s dead sexy (and surprisingly unsloppy). As one Virgo friend used to declare, “I’m going to drink myself into a low level of intelligence tonight.” A toast to the subgenius IQ!
LIBRA Drinking style “I’m just a social drinker,” slurs Libra, “it’s jusht that I’m so damn social?” Libra loves nothing more than to party, mingle and relate to everyone. Whether dipped in favor of Good Libra (with Insta-Friend device set to “on”) or heavier on the Evil Libra side (they are little instigators when bored), the Scales can really work a room. Charming as they are, Libras are notoriously lacking in self-control, however, which can get them into all sorts of trouble — including wearing their wobbly boots waaaay too early in the evening, flirting with their best friend’s beau or even blacking out the night’s events entirely. Oops!
SCORPIO Drinking style Don’t ever tell Scorpios they’ve had enough, for they’ll smirk at you and quietly but intentionally keep tippling till they’re hog-whimpering drunk, out of 100-proof spite. Scorpios like to drink, and screw you if you have a problem with that. Most of them see the sauce as something to savor in itself, and not as a personality-altering tool — though if depressed, self-loathing Scorps seek total obliteration. But generally, they’re fascinating drinking pals, brilliant conversationalists and dizzying flirts. They also remember everything — especially what you did when you were blitzed. Only drink with a Scorpio who likes you.
SAGITTARIUS Drinking style In vino veritas — and, for Sagittarius, in booze blurtiness: When buttered, they’ll spill all your secrets and many of their own. Tactlessness aside, Sagittarius is just plain fun to drink with. This is a sign of serious partying (what else would you expect from the sign of Sinatra, Keith Richards, the Bush twins and Anna Nicole Smith?). They’re the people who chat up everyone in the room, then persuade the entire crowd to travel somewhere else — like a nightclub, or a playground, or Cancun. Good-natured hijinks are sure to ensue (including a high possibility of loopy groping; spontaneous Sag is a brilliant booty call).
CAPRICORN Drinking style Capricorn is usually described as practical, steadfast, money-hungry and status-thirsty — no wonder they get left off the astrological cocktail-party list. But this is the sign of David Bowie and Annie Lennox, not to mention Elvis. Capricorn is the true rock star: independent, powerful and seriously charismatic, not too eager to please. And if they make money being themselves, who are you to quibble? But just like most rock stars, they’re either totally on or totally off, and they generally need a little social lubricant to loosen up and enjoy the after party, especially if they can hook up with a cute groupie.
AQUARIUS Drinking style Aquarius and drinking don’t go together that well (except for water, that is). They have an innate tendency toward know-it-allism, and if they get an idea while sizzled, they’re more stubborn than a stain or a stone. If they’re throwing a party or organizing an outing, however, they’re too preoccupied with their duties to get combative — and they make perfectly charming drunks in that case. Fortunately, they’re usually capital drink-nursers. They also make the best designated drivers (if you can get them before they start raising their wrist): Aquarius is fascinated by drunk people and capable of holding interesting conversations with soused strangers while sober.
PISCES Drinking style If you’re a Pisces, you’ve probably already heard that you share a sign and an addictive personality — with Liz Taylor, Liza Minelli and Kurt Cobain. Not only do Pisces like to lose themselves in the dreamy, out-there feeling that only hooch can give, but they build up a mighty tolerance fast. Who needs an expensive date like that? On the other hand, they’re fabulously enchanting partners, whether in conversation or in crime. With the right Pisces, you can start out sharing a pitcher of margaritas and wind up in bed together for days. The phrase “addictive personality” can be read two ways, you know.
Car in OUI pot bust reeked even with window upHIDE CAPTION James Carvalho, 21, of Williams Street, Dighton, left, and Colby Woodward, 19, of Putters Way, Dighton were arrested by Taunton police early Tuesday morning. Police say a Dighton man busted for driving under the influence of marijuana early Tuesday morning claimed the ground rules of a field-sobriety test were stacked against him.“No way, that’s not how I stand. My generation doesn’t stand that way — we can’t do it,” Kevin James Carvalho, 21, allegedly stated — after Carvalho had trouble keeping his balance, when Taunton Patrolman Thomas Larkin said he asked him to stand with feet together and his hands by his side.Carvalho, 1541 Williams St., was charged with drug-related OUI; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; marked lanes violation; speeding; and driving with an invalid inspection sticker.His passenger, 19-year-old Colby Woodward, 1925 Putters Way, Dighton, was arrested for illegal possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.Larkin, in his report, says Carvalho made that statement after numerous unsuccessful attempts by Carvalho to assume the position in anticipation of a field-sobriety test.Larkin says he was monitoring traffic with his cruiser’s radar at 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Ingell, Weir and West Water streets, when Carvalho’s 2001 Hyundai Elantra sped by heading north doing 53 mph in a 30 mph posted zone.The car, Larkin said, crossed the double-yellow line “several times in a serpentine manner,” before he it pulled over near the intersection of Weir and White streets.Larkin said as he walked toward the driver’s side door he smelled “a strong, pungent odor of burnt marijuana from inside the Hyundai, even though its windows were closed.”Once Carvalho rolled the window down, Larkin says, “I immediately observed a large plume of smoke rise out.”Larkin said Carvalho was “lethargic” and his eyes were nearly shut as he looked toward the officer and said: “Whoa, what, what’s up?”As Carvalho began looking for his licence and registration, Larkin said Woodward volunteered to show the officer his own driver’s license.“I asked Colby,” who Larkin said appeared “very nervous,” to “stop talking so I could speak with the driver, but he continued to ramble on.”Larkin said he suggested to Carvalho to look inside his wallet “which was right in front of him on the center console.”Carvalho allegedly then claimed that it was Woodward who had been “smoking weed in the car.”MORE VIDEO:Happy Holidays, from us to you!“I smoked earlier, so you got nothing on me, dude. It’s all good, it’s all good,” Carvalho allegedly stated.After Woodward again offered to show his own license, Larkin said he accepted his offer.Larkin says when Woodward picked up a backpack from in between his legs he observed a large glass jar, inside of which was “a large amount of marijuana.”“It’s not mine,” Woodward allegedly said. “It’s my dad’s. I was just holding it for him. My whole family smokes weed.”Woodward, however, quickly changed his story and admitted that the pot was his.“Ok, ok, it’s mine, but it’s only for medical reasons for my PTSD. I’m trying to get a medical card,” he allegedly said.Larkin said the backpack also contained glassine baggies and a digital scale. He said there also appeared to be hundreds of little baggies strewn about the floor of the car.After refusing to submit to the field-sobriety test, Carvalho allegedly accused Larkin of “just trying to make your quota.”“Just let me drive. I’m good,” he allegedly told Larkin, who then “informed Kevin that he was not good and that he was under arrest.”Larkin said the total weight of the marijuana in the jar amounted to 1.6 ounces.Media relations officer Lt. Paul Roderick said until police are equipped with a device that can easily detect drugs in a person’s bloodstream, successful prosecution of drug-related OUI cases will remain difficult.Oftentimes, Roderick said, it amounts to “a waste of time.”Roderick, however, said that drivers operating under the influence of marijuana should keep in mind that Taunton police, especially some of the newer recruits, are taking a “proactive” approach to detecting such violations.