August 6th thru August 12th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Sunday August 12th, 2018‘Drunk driver’s sandwich absorbed alcohol before fatal crash, lawyer claims
Truck driver charged after fatally striking Australian tourist
The allegedly drunken garbage-truck driver who killed an Australian tourist near Central Park Friday wasn’t impaired by the alcohol he drank that day — because he ate a chicken-salad sandwich before getting behind the wheel, his lawyer argued in court Saturday.
Felipe Chairez, 44, was charged with driving while intoxicated after slamming his truck into 23-year-old Madison Jane Lyden, who was riding a rental bike just before 5 p.m. on Central Park West, police said.
Police said they found three empty beer cans inside Felipe Chairez’ sanitation truck after they stopped him at the scene of the fatal collision.
But the beers wouldn’t have affected his driving because of his lunch order that day, his lawyer claimed at Chairez’ Saturday arraignment.
“If he had a chicken salad sandwich, the alcohol may have been absorbed by the lunch he had,” said lawyer Kenneth Ware.
Chairez blood-alcohol level at the time of the crash was between .04 and .06, according to the court documents.
Lyden had veered into Chairez’ lane near West 67th Street and Central Park West after an Uber barged into her bike lane, police said. As she navigated around the livery car, Chairez slammed into her with his sanitation truck.
Chairez was stopped by police at the scene, and admitted that he drank two beers before getting in the driver’s seat, according to court documents.
He was arraigned on the misdemeanor charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and released on his own recognizance.
He was also ordered to give up his license for the time being.
Saturday, August 11th, 2018Semi driver arrested for drunken driving on U.S. 20
SPRINGVILLE — Indiana State Police say a Northwest Indiana man was intoxicated while driving a semi truck north of La Porte on Monday morning.
About 10 a.m. Monday, a La Porte County Sheriff’s deputy notified ISP of a truck driver carrying beer from a Family Express at the intersection of U.S. 20 and Ind. 39 near Springville, according to a statement from state police.
A state trooper spotted the semi westbound on U.S. and pulled it over. He found the driver, identified as 58-year-old Garry Eriks of Griffith, had alcoholic beverages in the driving compartment of the semi, police said, and he seemed to be intoxicated.
Eriks was arrested and taken to the La Porte County Jail, where he was charged with operating while intoxicated and cited for for violations of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.
Friday August 10th, 2018Police Arrest Man Dancing in the Middle of the Road after Leading Officers on a Chase
JOPLIN, Mo- The Joplin Police Department arrested a man after he sped through a series of signal lights then stopping in the middle of the road and dancing outside his car.
According to the Departments Facebook post, the incident happened Wednesday late afternoon around 4 p.m.
An Officer was called and caught up to the suspect and stopped it.
According to the report, the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road, and the driver turned his radio "up very loud and got out and started dancing in the center of the roadway ignoring officer’s commands."
The male suspect was taken into custody without incident. He was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated with a BAC of .10, careless driving, and other charges.
On August 8, 2018 at 3:54pm we received a call about a speeding car on north main that was running red lights. An officer caught up to the vehicle at 5th and Main and stopped it. The vehicle stopped quickly in the middle of the road, the driver turned his radio up very loud and got out and started dancing in the center of the roadway ignoring officer’s commands. The male was approached and taken into custody without incident. He was arrested for Driving While intoxicated with a BAC of .10, careless driving, and other charges.
Driving while impaired is no laughing matter and we are fortunate that no crashes were caused, and the male was located. We appreciate citizens calling such behaviors in so that we can act on their information. This was one of 3 DWI arrests we made yesterday evening.
Thursday, August 9th, 2018After DUI, NASCAR CEO Will Be Leaving
NASCAR chairman and CEO Brian France will be taking an indefinite leave of absence after being arrested for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone.
On Sunday evening, France was reportedly pulled over in Sag Harbor, New York after running through a stop sign. Police said that France had a blood alcohol content of 0.18, more than double New York’s 0.08 legal limit, and was in possession of oxycodone pills. He was arrested and held overnight.
France apologized on Monday, saying in a statement that he would be taking a leave of absence starting immediately to focus on his “personal affairs.” “I apologize to our fans, our industry, and my family for the impact of my actions last night,” he added.
France has served as chairman and CEO of Nascar since 2003. His uncle, Jim France, will take over his roles on an interim basis.
Brian France is the third-generation leader of NASCAR. His grandfather, Bill France, founded the company in 1948.
Wednesday, August 8th, 2018Report shows nearly 3 in 4 arrested for DUI Colorado are men
DENVER – Men in Colorado are far more likely to be charged with driving under the influence than women, and young adults in their 20s are the most likely to be culprits, according to a new report published Monday by the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice.
The report is the product of a 2017 bill passed by the General Assembly ordering a review of DUIs and other similar crimes involving driving and drug and alcohol use, and uses data from 2016 cases in Colorado.
The researchers looked at 27,000 impaired driving cases filed that year, the demographics of those arrested and how their cases have proceeded through the court system, among other things.
The report finds that nearly 75 percent of people charged were men and that more than 30 percent of those charged were in their 20s. Men also accounted for the vast majority of felony-level cases and were far more likely to have prior DUIs than women.
It also found that driving under the influence is often a repeat offense, as about 38 percent of people charged in 2016 had prior DUI convictions.
The report found that the impaired driving charge rate peaked at age 24 for women and 25 for men.
The report is also the first to correlate data involving marijuana use and other drug use by drivers charged with driving while impaired.
The report shows that 86 percent of those arrested who received toxicology screenings had at least one substance—whether it be alcohol, marijuana or other drugs—in their system. About 13 percent had more than one—the most common being alcohol and marijuana. Only 1 percent of people screened had no substances in their body, the report says.
More than 91 percent of all toxicology screenings found alcohol while marijuana was detected in 6 percent of people who were screened, though the number of agencies that tested for drugs and the type of drugs tested for was not consistent across the state, the department wrote.
But the report also found that cases involving only alcohol saw a 92 percent conviction rate, while cases involving only THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, saw conviction rates of 69 percent.
And it found that whether or not toxicology screenings were done didn’t have a major effect on whether or not a person charged with impaired driving was convicted. Cases where toxicology reports were taken saw conviction rates of 89 percent, while cases with toxicology screenings saw a conviction rate of 86 percent.
But the report says that testing for drugs remains less prevalent across the state because doing so is “difficult and time consuming for law enforcement officers.”
“Alcohol is faster, easier and cheaper to screen for compared to other drugs thanks to preliminary roadside breath screenings. Once alcohol is detected, law enforcement generally has enough evidence to reliably achieve a conviction,” the report says. “Therefore, agencies do not consistently spend the additional money and time requesting toxicology blood testing for substances beyond alcohol.”
That being said, the report notes that the number of Colorado law enforcement officer trained to identify drug-impaired driving has steadily risen from 129 in 2012 to 228 as of May 2018.
The state's urban counties saw the highest number of DUIs, with Arapahoe (3,157), Adams (2,853), El Paso (2,750), Jefferson (2,489) and Denver (2,268) counties rounding out the top five.
The 106-page report includes a host of detailed information and graphics showing how THC affected drivers in studies and other impaired-driving related statistics researchers used to put the report together.
But officials pointed to the repeat DUI rate and the high numbers of young men driving while impaired as reasons for concern.
“The outcomes of the court cases show that our community takes DUI crimes seriously … yet despite these consequences, it is concerning that nearly 38 percent of defendants had prior DUI convictions,” Department of Public Safety Executive Director Stan Hilkey said in a statement. “We need to work together as a community to find a way to change our culture so that men in their 20s through 40s don’t get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.”
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018Pop Singer Aaron Carter Was Arrested in Georgia on Drug Charges
Pop singer Aaron Carter were arrested after another motorist called 911 to report that the musician was "driving all over the road" on a Georgia highway, a sheriff's captain said Monday.
Carter said on Twitter that he believes his "celebrity was targeted" during his weekend arrest in the northeast Georgia mountains on charges of driving under the influence and drug offenses.
Thank you ALL for your prayers & well wishes. I am so sorry to all my fans that I missed. The truth will come out! Read my statement here: pic.twitter.com/XaiKqUeXxh
- Aaron Carter (@aaroncarter) July 17, 2017
"He was driving all over the road and driving into the median," Habersham County sheriff's Capt. Floyd Canup said.
The 29-year-old singer from Port Richey, Florida, was released on bail Sunday. He's accused of driving under the influence, possession of marijuana, and having drug-related objects, according to jail reports.
In a statement tweeted Sunday, Carter says he has a license for medical marijuana for his "long standing anxiety."
Georgia law doesn't allow the type of marijuana found during the arrest, Canup said.
"It's not the green, leafy type which he had," he said.
Carter also tweeted that he was not in a moving vehicle while he was arrested.
However, Canup said that after the 911 call was made, a deputy spotted Carter driving as he turned into a local auto parts stores.
"He was seen behind the wheel before the vehicle pulled in," Canup said.
Carter's girlfriend, Madison Ann Parker, also was arrested and charged with obstructing or hindering law enforcement officers, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects, jail records show.
The records did not list attorneys for either Carter or Parker.
The arrests occurred in the small town of Cornelia, about 75 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Carter, whose older brother, Nick Carter, is a member of the Backstreet Boys, began performing at age seven. His second album, Aaron's Party (Come Get It), released in 2000, sold three million copies in the U.S. and led to guest appearances on Nickelodeon. He also started touring with his Backstreet Boys. In 2009, Carter was a contestant on ABC's Dancing With the Stars.
Carter said his next show Monday evening at a shopping mall in Birmingham, Alabama will go on as scheduled.
Monday, August 6th, 2018Man arrested twice in one week for DUI
A 51-year-old Redding man who was arrested Wednesday for a blood-alcohol level four times over the legal driving limit, was arrested again Friday evening for driving under the influence, police said.
Redding Police said someone reported around 8 p.m. Sean D. Vinson was "extremely intoxicated" and was seen getting out of the driver's seat of a 2000 Ford Expedition at the Chevron gas station on Tarmac Road.
After the police received the description of the vehicle, license plate and driver, the Redding Police DUI officer headed to there and found Vinson as he was driving out of the parking lot. The officer made a traffic stop, but Vinson kept driving toward his home.
The police recognized him as the man they'd arrested two days prior, and witnesses at the scene at that time had taken away Vinson's keys. That day, officers said they also found loaded firearms and an open container of alcohol in the pickup.
This time around, police said Vinson showed signs of alcohol influence and conducted a DUI investigation.
Vinson is on court probation for a prior DUI conviction and is required to have an ignition interlock device installed in any vehicle he owns or drives. Police said the device has not been installed in his vehicle.
Vinson was booked into the Shasta County jail for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with a blood alcohol concentration over a .08 percent, driving without a court-ordered ignition interlock device, failure to yield to a police officer and a violation of his court probation.
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