July 24th-July 30th in the year Two Thousand and Seventeen
Sunday, July 30th, 2017Woman charged with DWI after crashing into truck near brewery
A Kentucky woman faces a felony drug charge and a DWI after police stopped her fleeing from the scene of a crash outside Catawba Brewing Company on Thursday.
Josh Daves was standing in the gravel parking lot across from the brewery around 7:30 p.m. when he heard a loud crashing sound, he said. He looked over at his Chevy Silverado that was parked on Green Street and saw a Ford Ranger had crashed into it.
“I was hoping (the driver) was OK because that was a bad accident,” Daves said.
But when Daves ran over to his truck, he said the woman behind the wheel was screaming and seemed ready to drive away .
“I told her, ‘You don’t leave,’” Daves said. “She just slammed on the gas and drove away.”
Officer B.M. Linares responded to the scene and eventually located the vehicle on Kirksey Drive, according to a police report.
Linares arrested the driver, Ruth Ann Lyons, 54, and charged her with driving while impaired and felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture after oxycodone, hydrocodone and alprazolam were found in her vehicle, the report said.
Daves said he bought his 2014 truck in April, and it was hit by another vehicle two weeks ago. He was prepared to get the earlier incident taken care of on Friday, but the crash on Thursday made his situation even worse.
“I finally worked my way up to where I could get a nice vehicle, and this is what happens,” Daves said.
Daves estimates about $15,000 worth of damage was done to the truck, which was valued at $32,000 before the crash.
Daves is a brewer at Catawba Brewing Company and was working when the crash happened. He said his background in beer makes him even more upset that an allegedly impaired person got behind the wheel.
“I knew she was gone — under the influence of something,” Daves said. “It’s terrible. You should not be out driving and drinking or drugging. She could have easily hit a pedestrian. It could have been a lot worse.”
Linares also found marijuana in the vehicle, the report said. Lyons’ additional charges include simple possession of schedule VI narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, no operators license, safe movement violation and misdemeanor hit and run.
Lyons consented to a blood test before being transported to the magistrate’s office, where she was issued a $20,000 bond, the report said. The crash also caused Dave’s truck to hit a Jeep parked beside it.
Saturday, July 29th, 2017Woman accused of DUI while livestreaming crash that killed sister
LOS BANOS, Calif. (KRON) — Authorities are investigating whether an 18-year-old Stockton woman live-streamed herself driving drunk Friday in Los Banos.
Obdulia Sanchez was later involved in an accident that killed her 14-year-old sister on Henry Miller Rd. around 6:40 p.m.
Sanchez is seen broadcasting herself live on Instagram as she drives down the road and raps along with the music.
The video has reportedly been pulled from social media sites, but still managed to get lots of circulation around the internet.
At times it looks like both of her hands are off the wheel as she moves the phone around to show different angles,
In one instance, a girl can be seen in the backseat.
Eventually, the video comes to a sudden end in what appears to be Sanchez losing control of the car.
Los Banos investigators aren’t confirming the filming of the live video is linked to the fatal crash, but they are investigating the possibility.
They do confirm that Friday evening Sanchez was with her 14-year-old sister, Jacqueline Sanchez, and another 14-year-old when she started to leave the roadway, over-corrected, and crashed.
Neither of the 14-year-olds were wearing a seat belt.
Both were thrown from the car and Jacqueline Sanchez died at the scene.
The other 14-year-old passenger suffered what authorities call “severe trauma” to one of her legs in the crash.
Obdulia Sanchez is charged with DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
She has not, however, been charged with using her phone while driving.
Still, the video remains as a stark reminder of the dangers of not just driving intoxicated, but distracted driving.
Friday, July 28th, 2017Woman who crashed car used 2 bags of heroin
A Trout Run woman driving this car admitted that she “used two bags of heroin” minutes before she crashed into a guardrail in the 7500 block of Route 15 in Lycoming Township about noon Thursday, according to Old Lycoming Township Police Chief Joseph Hope. The woman’s juvenile son, riding in the vehicle, escaped injury, Hope said. The woman was taken to a local hospital and later released. Her name will be released when charges are filed, Hope said. About 10 minutes before this crash, another woman suffered a suspected heroin overdose as she crashed her Honda Element into a parked van on Boyd Street, city police said. She too was taken to the hospital and released. Charges are pending against her as well, police said.
Thursday, July 27th, 2017Troy police arrest woman suspected of driving under influence with infant in car
Troy police arrested a 25-year-old Royal Oak woman for operating a vehicle while under the influence of narcotics with her 10-month-old daughter in the back seat.
Officers responded to the area of Livernois and Maple roads at about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, July 23, on a report of a gray 2002 Mercury Sable being driven erratically.
Officers saw the car enter the Citgo gas station at 1654 Livernois and spoke with the woman. Police say the woman was unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech. She had the prescription drugs Xanax and Norco in her purse.
Officers asked her to perform several field sobriety tests and reported that she performed poorly.
She was arrested and taken to the Troy lock-up facility where she agreed to submit to a blood test.
She was charged with child endangerment and operating a vehicle while under the influence of narcotics, pending laboratory results.
Wednesday, July 26th, 2017Jefferson County DUI patrols bust 12 impaired drivers in one night
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — A dozen drivers were busted for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs during one night in Jefferson County, the Colorado State Patrol said Monday.
“Drive impaired, expect to be caught, Jeffco agencies will be out in force,” the CSP warned Saturday.
Less than two hours later, officials said they’d already caught two people suspected of driving under the influence.
“Two people already in custody for DUI/D. You start early, perfect, we will find you,” the CSP tweeted.
By the end of the night, officials said they’d stopped 13 impaired drivers — including one who had a child in the car.
Numbers aren't exact but we are looking at 13 impaired drivers tonight. One with a child in the car, so add child abuse to that one.
Monday afternoon, the CSP said the final count was nine arrests for DUI, three arrests for DUID and six arrests for misdemeanors.
“We all worked hard to keep Jeffco safe,” the CSP said.
The saturation patrols involved the CSP, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, the Arvada, Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and Golden police departments, and the Foothills Fire Department.
Tuesday, July 25th, 2017Billings Man Challenges State Standard for DUI Marijuana
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Billings man charged with vehicular homicide while under the influence of marijuana is challenging the state standard at which a person is considered to be under the influence.
Public defender Gregory Paskell says the THC blood level set by the state is arbitrary, and he's asking that the charge against Kent Roderick Jensen be dismissed.
Jensen, 20, is charged in the March 2016 death of motorcyclist Jashua Fry, The Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/2uihlM3 ) reports. Court records say Jensen pulled out onto a road without seeing the motorcycle, causing the fatal crash.
Jensen's blood contained 19 nanograms per milliliter of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, court records said. State law says a person is under the influence with a blood level of 5 ng/mL of THC.
Paskell cited studies that have concluded it's difficult to standardize the amount of THC that creates impairment because it varies from person to person.
"There is no science to back up the 5 ng/mL level as a level that indicates impairment in a sizable enough portion of users to make it a standard for everyone," Paskell wrote.
Deputy Yellowstone County Attorney Victoria Callender said the Legislature, which makes policy decisions, set the legal limit based on research and that the case should move forward.
Montana is one of 18 states with marijuana-specific impaired driving laws, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. A dozen states have zero tolerance for marijuana or its metabolites.
Colorado, Montana and Washington's driving limits of 5 ng/mL are the highest among the six states that list legal limits. Colorado allows defendants to argue they were not impaired at that level, but Montana and Washington laws are similar to blood-alcohol limits, which drivers cannot challenge.
District Judge Gregory Todd heard arguments on June 2 and then received written briefs. He has not ruled in the case. Jensen's trial is scheduled for late August.
Monday, July 24th, 2017N.J. toughens drunken driving penalties for those who kill
TRENTON -- No more short stints in jail for drunk drivers who kill people in New Jersey.
Gov. Chris Christie on Friday signed a bill that requires a prison sentence of at least three years for drunk drivers convicted of homicide.
Known as Ralph and David's Law, the measure creates a new crime - third-degree strict liability homicide - for causing a death by driving a car or operating a boat while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The legislation was in response to the outcry over light sentences that some drunken drivers have received because their crimes didn't rise to the level of the state's first- or second-degree offenses addressing driving under the influence. Until this new law, the only other offense jurors, judges and prosecutors could consider was drunken driving, which carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail.
Attempt to change N.J.'s drunken driving law hits roadblock at Christie's desk
Third-degree crimes generally do not require jail or prison time for a first-time offender but Ralph and David's Law calls for mandatory incarceration of between three and five years.
The law was named for David Heim and Ralph Politi Jr., whose cases highlighted the loopholes in New Jersey's drunken driving laws.
David, 13, of Hampton, was killed when he was hit by a drunken driver as he was crossing Route 206 with his mother and siblings in 2014. The motorist, not charged with vehicular homicide, was convicted of drunken driving and sentenced to 30 days in jail.
Politi, an East Hanover business owner and community activist, was killed in 2012 by a drunk driver who swerved out of her lane and hit him as he stood by his parked pickup truck. The driver was charged with aggravated manslaughter and vehicular homicide, but was found not guilty in March of 2016.
The new law allows prosecutors to charge offenders with strict liability vehicular homicide or reckless vehicular homicide, depending on the circumstances. Reckless vehicular homicide would involve negligence on the part of the driver or boat operator.
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