April 8th thru April 14th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Sunday April 14th, 2019Woman bites officer's leg after trying to escape DWI arrest
FENTON, Mo. — A woman is facing five charges after police said she led them on a chase, crashed into another car and bit a police officer while trying to get away from a DWI arrest Saturday.
Laura M. Thompson was charged with two counts of DWI, one count of leaving the scene of an accident and multiple other charges after the Saturday incident.
Police said they were patrolling along Old Highway 141 in Fenton when they spotted a large pick-up truck speeding north. The truck ran a red light, so officers started chasing it. Police said the truck hit and flipped a minivan with a couple and their four children inside, but kept speeding off. The people in the van were all taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Officers said they eventually caught up to the truck and tried to pull it over, but Thompson continued to flee. When officers finally got her to stop, she jumped out of the truck and tried to run away.
Police said they took her into custody, but not before she kicked and bit an officer.
During the investigation, police said found that she was drinking at a bar for hours before the bar cut her off. Bar employees said she then went to a market and bought more whiskey that she drank in her car and the bathroom of the bar.
They kicked her out and she sped off the parking lot, which is where she eventually drove past police.
In all, Thompson was charged with two counts of DWI with physical injury, one count of leaving the scene of an accident, one count of resisting arrest and one count of fourth-degree assault.
She is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on a $25,000, cash-only bond.
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Saturday, April 13th, 2019DUI Crash Suspect Who Hit Pregnant Woman Had Previous DUI Arrest
RIO LINDA (CBS13) — The driver, Ronny Haines Ward, who caused the crash that seriously injured a pregnant mother, prompting an emergency c-section, was arrested on suspicion of DUI after the crash. He was booked into Sacramento County Jail, but records show Ward has since been released from custody.
CBS13 has confirmed that Ward declined a breathalyzer at the crash, opting for a blood test instead. It can take up to 30 days to get lab results, and without them, the District Attorney says they simply do not have enough evidence to charge him with a DUI.
But now that baby RJ has died, they could also charge Ward with manslaughter. Officers say the decision to release him Wednesday night was made before they knew the baby died.
The DA would need evidence of reckless driving or negligence in order to arrest him on manslaughter now. CBS13 has confirmed tonight, this is not Ward’s first DUI arrest. That was back in 2014 when he was just 19-years-old.
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The DA said they did not have sufficient evidence to charge him back then either, so they tell us they asked the CHP to cite him with an infraction instead. Stating, “On 3/12/14 the California Highway Patrol (Sacramento’s North division) referred a misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08% arrest to our office for a criminal filing decision. At that time the suspect was out of custody and scheduled to appear on 4/22/14. We rejected the case based on insufficient evidence. The subject was under 21 years of age at the time, so our office referred the case back to California Highway Patrol to file a violation of vehicle code section 23140, an infraction, at the Carol Miller Justice Center. Vehicle Code section 23140 makes it unlawful for anyone under 21 years of age to drive with a blood alcohol above .05%.“
Now neither the courts nor the DMV have any record of that and CHP says they don’t believe he got ever that infraction. However, DMV records show
Ward was convicted for driving with a suspended license just months after the DUI arrest and was convicted of driving without a license in 2017.
Ward has three accident reports in 2018 and his license was suspended twice last year, once for lack of insurance, the other time for negligence. We know he was driving on a suspended license at the time of his arrest.
Friday, April 12th, 2019Trivago Spokesperson Busted for DWI After Passing Out at the Wheel
4/12 -- Trivago tells TMZ, "At this stage, we do not have the full details of the situation, but we want to make clear that Trivago treats such incidents very seriously and strongly condemns drinking and driving which poses a risk to others and goes against the Trivago culture."
The guy whose name you don't know but face and voice you definitely recognize from those Trivago commercials has been busted for drunk driving.
The actor's name is Tim Williams and cops say they found him passed out at the wheel Wednesday around 3:15 PM in Houston. Cops tell us Williams was found with his foot on the brake while on the road.
We're told he was given a field sobriety test, which he bombed. He was taken to Harris County Jail and charged with driving while intoxicated. While in jail, we're told Williams submitted a blood test. Cops wouldn't tell us if he took a breathalyzer test. Williams is no longer in custody after posting bond.
Williams has been acting for a long time now ... since the mid-'90s. He's had a ton of minor roles ... like on "Law & Order," "The Sopranos" and the movie "Valkyrie." But, Williams burst to fame in 2014 as the face of the popular hotel search engine site.
Thursday, April 11th, 2019>Former Utah news anchor Hope Woodside charged with 2 DUIs in 2 days
PARK CITY — Former Fox 13 news anchor Hope Woodside was arrested two days in a row last month and accused of driving under the influence both days.
Woodside, 57, was charged March 31 in Summit County Justice Court with DUI, a class B misdemeanor; open container, a class C misdemeanor; and failure to signal, an infraction, stemming from an arrest on March 29.
Woodside was charged on April 1 in the same court with driving under the influence, a class B misdemeanor; open container, a class C misdemeanor; and failure to stay in one lane, an infraction, stemming from another arrest on March 30.
On March 29, dispatchers received a complaint accusing Woodside of drinking alcohol and driving in the Pinebrook/Jeremy Ranch area of Park City, according to a police affidavit filed in Summit County Justice Court.
"There is prior history of complaints against Mrs. Woodside of operating a motor vehicle while suspected of being under the influence of alcohol," the affidavit states.
Woodside's attorney, Greg Skordas, said she has entered not guilty pleas to the charges. He declined additional comment Monday.
Police found Woodside in the Jeremy Ranch area driving on the shoulder of Homestead Road and making a right hand turn at a three-way stop without signaling, the affidavit states.
An officer pulled her over and reported detecting an odor of alcohol. She performed field sobriety tests but declined to take a preliminary breath test, according to the affidavit. She was then arrested.
When police searched Woodside's car, they found an open Diet Coke can in the center console that was a quarter full of an alcoholic beverage, the affidavit states. They also found on the floor a bottle of chardonnay with the seal broken, police said. She allegedly told officers she had consumed alcohol and operated the car.
The next day, police received a call about a vehicle that had run off the road on a freeway off-ramp. A bystander told an officer that Woodside was "in the vehicle on the back seat," according to a second police affidavit.
When asked what had happened, Woodside said that "another vehicle was swerving which caused her to crash into the snowbank in the gore area. While Hope got out of her vehicle I noticed she stumbled and struggled to maintain balance while standing and talking with me. Her eyes were red and glossy," the officer wrote in the report.
When Woodside performed field sobriety tests, the officer noticed clues that she was under the influence, the affidavit states. The officer reported finding an open container of alcohol in her car.
Woodside left Fox 13 in September 2018 after 23 years at the station, saying as she signed off on a newscast that she decided "now is the right time to step away from the newsroom."
Wednesday, April 10, 2019Department of Correction officer busted for drunk driving on FDR Drive
A city Department of Correction officer was busted for driving drunk on the FDR Drive, police said Saturday.
Bernard Mathis, 27, was driving south in a Honda Accord at about 2:30 a.m. when he failed to signal as he was turning off the highway, officials said. Cops pulled him over on Grand Street near Jackson Street on the Lower East Side.
Once stopped, Mathis showed signs of intoxication and was taken into custody, police said.
He was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle while above .08 of 1% alcohol, and a motor vehicle violation for illegal signaling.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019Man charged with driving intoxicated in I-90 crash that killed father held on $500,000 bond
BRATENAHL, Ohio – A man was charged in connection with a deadly crash that happened early Sunday morning on I-90 in Bratenahl has been ordered held on a $500,000 cash surety bond.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol reports Christopher Jackson, 36, faces multiple charges including aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, receiving stolen property, operating a vehicle impaired (OVI), possession of marijuana, and failure to operate in marked lanes.
Jackson hid his face from the cameras in court.
Authorities say a Kia driven by Jackson hit James Blankenship, 50, of Willowick, and his 26-year-old son, who were putting a car on a trailer.
James Blankenship was killed and his son was injured.
Jackson has been in jail since the crash.
Prosecutors say he has a previous criminal history and was just recently released from jail.
His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 17 at 9 a.m.
Monday, April 8th, 2019Woman had margarita in her cup holder as she drove on a car’s rims
Amy Ann Dillion had a full margarita in her cup holder while she was driving on the rims of her wrecked car, the Tulsa Police Department in Oklahoma said on Facebook.
Officers at a traffic stop could hear the sounds of that metal rim coming from a block away, police said in the statement posted to social media.
So, police ended that traffic stop and headed out to stop that car early Sunday morning.
The two cops stopped Dillion, and when they asked her how much alcohol she had drank, she said she had two shots of tequila “as she could barely stand upright,” according to the statement.
Police say she “did not do well” on the Standardized Field Sobriety Test (SFST), and they found that full margarita inside the car.
The SFST “is a battery of 3 tests performed during a traffic stop in order to determine if a driver is impaired,” according to AAA’s DUI Justice Link. “The 3 tests that make up the SFST are the horizontal gaze nystagmus (HGN), the walk-and-turn, and the one-leg stand tests.”
Dillion was taken to the David L. Moss Criminal Justice Center for a blood alcohol level test, and “she blew a .21 and climbing,” police wrote.
That is almost three times the legal drinking limit of .08.
In woman weighing 120 to 140 pounds, about five to six drinks can lead to a blood alcohol percentage of .19., according to the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. That is considered “legally intoxicated.” Dillion weighs 135 pounds, according to the Tulsa County Jail Inmate Information Center.
Dillion was arrested on suspicion of DUI second offense (a felony), operating a motor vehicle with defective tires, transporting an open container and no drivers license in possession while driving.
Police “assume she was driving on (the rim) for sometime” because a citizen called in about that car about 15 minutes before cops stopped her. Officers were not able to find her right away.
Officers also believe Dillion “wrecked her car on something,” but it is “unknown what it was,” the report says.
Dillion is 28 years old, according to the Tulsa World.