SANDUSKY, MI — A 25-year-old Michigan State Police trooper was charged with operating while intoxicated after he allegedly crashed his car into a tree while off-duty Thanksgiving morning.
Cody Gueldenzopf was arraigned on that misdemeanor charge Dec. 22, The Times Herald reports .
Gueldenzopf was taken into custody after a hunter reported a 2010 Cadillac had crashed into a tree about 100 yards away around 8 a.m. Nov. 23, Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff previously said .
Investigators say Gueldenzopf drove about half a mile across a field before crashing into the tree, which was located about a quarter mile west of Germania Road north of Cass City Road.
After Gueldenzopf was treated for injuries, he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, Roff said.
Michigan State Police Lt. David Kaiser said Gueldenzopf is currently on sick leave for an injury to the arm he suffered in the crash.
Once he is OK’d to return to work, he could be placed on administrative duty until the case has concluded, Kaiser said. That decision, he added, will be made by the police agency’s human resources department.
An internal investigation will follow the conclusion of the criminal case against Gueldenzopf, Kaiser said.
“Even if he’s found not guilty in a criminal prosecution, it doesn’t mean he won’t be disciplined,” Kaiser said. “We hold our troopers to high standards. If you violate that, it could result in discipline.”
Kaiser said possible disciplinary measures include an involuntary transfer to another post or firing.
Gueldenzopf, a Sandusky native, graduated recruit school on Dec. 22, 2016, and was assigned to the Michigan State Police Flint Post, according to a news release from the agency.
He was give a personal recognizance bond of $1,000, The Times Herald reports.
Gerald R. Ford : It probably fell from an airplane and couldn’t stop its forward momentum.
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.”
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.
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.
RALPH NADER : Chickens are misled into believing there is a road by the evil tiremakers. Chickens aren’t ignorant, but our society pays tiremakers to create the need for these roads and then lures chickens into believing there is an advantage to crossing them. Down with the roads, up with chickens.
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.