George Bush : To face a kinder, gentler thousand points of headlights.
- The North Korean defector who made a brazen escape under a hail of gunfire last year is suspected of being involved in a vehicle accident while under the influence of alcohol.
- South Korean intelligence sources reportedly said he defected immediately after the accident.
- A report on Tuesday citing South Korean intelligence officials said the man had disclosed that he was involved in a crime “that led to a death.”
The North Korean defector who brazenly made his way across the border to South Korea under a hail of gunfire in November is suspected of involvement in an accident while he was driving under the influence, the South Korean newspaper Dong-A Ilbo reported on Wednesday.
Citing a briefing from South Korea’s National Intelligence Service, the report says the defector, identified as 24-year-old Chung-sung Oh, had suggested to a friend that he would give a tour of Panmunjom in November.
Oh, who was previously reported to be a driver for the North Korean military, is believed to have hit a guardrail during the drive with his friend, the report said. After realizing what transpired, Oh is said to have begun his escape across the border.
Citing South Korean intelligence officials, the Ilbo reported on Tuesdaythat Oh had said he was involved in an incident “that led to a death.”
A reporter from Chosun Ilbo, another South Korean news organization, said he received a similar unconfirmed report in December that Oh was believed to have been involved in a vehicle accident involving another person and may have defected because he feared punishment.
Other South Korean officials have pushed back on the reports of Oh’s statement. If they are true, though, it could complicate the proceedings and exclude him from benefits given to North Korean defectors, according to Dong-A Ilbo. But because the government does not have an extradition treaty with North Korea, Oh does not appear to be at risk of being sent back.
CHARLES FOX/THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER VIA AP
UPDATE: Following his arrest on Jan. 7, Bam Margera has been charged with two counts of driving under the influence, E! News can confirm. In addition to one count for driving under the influence, the Jackass star was also charged with one count of driving with a .08 or higher. His next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 1.
Bam Margera was arrested this weekend after allegedly driving under the influence.
California Highway Patrol confirms to E! News that the former Jackass and Viva La Bam star was arrested around 8 a.m. Sunday morning in Los Angeles county.
While he was initially pulled over due to a cell phone violation, officers noticed signs of possible intoxication and conducted a standard field sobriety test.
Officers proceeded to arrest the pro skateboarder for suspected drunk driving. The 38-year-old posted $15,000 bail and was released Sunday afternoon around 2:30 p.m. local time.
E! News has reached out to Bam’s agent for comment.
“He’s with a friend out there and we’re trying to see if he wants to go to rehab or anything,” Bam’s brother Jess told Page Six on Monday. “We’re trying to help him from across the country.”
Just last month, Bam and his wife Nicole Boyd announced the birth of their son Phoenix Wolf on social media.
At the same time, fans previously learned that the former MTV star struggled with alcohol in years past.
“I took a five-year hiatus from skating because I had bone spurs, so instead I was making money by doing nightclub appearances, which basically was shooting photos and taking shots with the locals,” he shared with People. “So I was s—bag wasted every night, and eventually was like, ‘This has to stop.’ Once I woke up in my own puke and p–, I knew I had to cut it off.”
“I just reached a point where drinking got really old,” he added. “I just looked at the big picture, like, ‘What am I doing? I’m not doing anything, just sitting in a bar in Westchester cracking jokes with he locals.’ So I stopped.”
Darwin 2: Chickens, over great periods of time, have been naturally selected in such a way that they are now genetically dispositioned to cross roads.
State Police arrested a Colorado man after they said they discovered he was driving drunk with a loaded AR-15 with several magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.
State Police were called a minor accident on Sunday morning on Route 17 in Goshen. Police said Jeffrey Burns, 35, of Fort Morgan, Colo., drove his Chevrolet pickup truck off the road and hit a vehicle parked on the shoulder.
As troopers interviewed him, they discovered he was allegedly drunk. When they searched his truck they found the weapon and ammunition, according to a news release. State Police did not say where Burns was headed or if they believed he intended to harm anyone.
Burns was charged with three felony counts of criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned in Goshen town court and sent to Orange County jail with no bail.
BELFAST, Maine — Faced with the prospect of a Breathalyzer test, a Belfast man who police suspected of drunken driving decided to punch himself repeatedly in the face.
Brian Fogg, 27, was charged with operating under the influence anyway, in addition to criminal mischief and falsifying physical evidence.
On Jan. 13, police were called to a house on Waterville Road where Fogg’s vehicle was stuck in a ditch. Fogg and the homeowner got into an argument, during which Fogg struck and dented the homeowner’s car, according to Belfast police.
Officers arrived and suspected Fogg was intoxicated. After Fogg failed a field sobriety test, they brought him to the jail and took him to the room that contains the Breathalyzer machine, according to Detective Sgt. Gerry Lincoln. Officers were explaining the testing process and Fogg’s choices, which included the option to decline to take the test.
Then Fogg punched himself in the face multiple times, according to police.
“He took that option, which wasn’t one of the ones we gave to him,” Lincoln said Friday, adding that it’s extremely unusual for suspects to injure themselves to get out of a test that they could have just declined to take. “We took that as a refusal to take the test,” Lincoln added.
Police called off the test, instead treating Fogg for his self-inflicted injuries. Fogg also refused to allow police to test his blood. Officers believed they had enough evidence by that point, based on the field sobriety test results and Fogg’s own behavior and statements, to charge Fogg with OUI anyway.
Darwin : It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.
FAIRBORN — UPDATE @ 4:15 p.m. (Jan. 19):
Dayton police said Jermar Rayford “is currently on restricted duty pending the outcome of an OVI case in Greene County. The Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is also conducting an independent administrative investigation into the matter,” following a traffic stop, where he was cited for OVI.
The department’s statement comes after this news agency requested a status on his employment with the department following the Jan. 12 incident.
Rayford garnered national attention and also was given credit for helping improve police and community relations after dancing during a community festival in the Oregon District. Videos of his dance moves were shared across social media.
Dayton Police Officer Jermar Rayford appeared in court this week on an OVI charge stemming from a traffic stop in Greene County just after 2 a.m. on Jan. 12.
According to documents from Fairborn Municipal Court, Rayford, 25, was driving a black 2017 Dodge bearing Florida license tags when he was stopped by an Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper on eastbound Col. Glenn Boulevard near Presidential Drive in Beavercreek.