May 6th thru May 11th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Saturday, May 11th, 20199 hurt when DUI suspect drives onto sidewalk in California
FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Witnesses and emergency responders lifted a pickup truck off people trapped when a driver plowed into a crowd on a sidewalk in Southern California early Sunday, injuring at least nine, authorities said.
Police arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after the truck crashed into a popular area of Fullerton filled with people leaving bars and restaurants shortly before closing time.
"It was a very chaotic scene," police Lt. Jon Radus said.
The Toyota Tacoma jumped the curb, struck people and then crashed into a tree, Radus said. Some of the victims were trapped under the truck.
"One of the girls was screaming, 'Help, help!'" bystander Sohrab Gill said. "I saw some blood coming out of her nose."
Injuries ranged from moderate to critical and the victims are between 18 and 49 years old, the Orange County Register reported.
Christopher Solis of Anaheim was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI causing great bodily injury. It wasn't known if he has an attorney.
Friday, May 10th, 2019Prattville High baseball coach faces DUI charge
PRATTVILLE — Prattville police have charged the Prattville High School’s head baseball coach on driving under the influence charges.
Kevin Hall was arrested Thursday morning after a vehicle accident and charged with driving under the influence, Police Chief Mark Thompson confirmed. The arrest was made about 1:40 a.m.
Hall could not be reached for comment. Prattville Municipal Court records show he doesn’t have an attorney. Superintendent Spence Agee declined comment, saying it is board of education policy not to comment on personnel matters.
Hall has been head baseball coach for four years and also serves as an assistant football coach. He is a 1995 Prattville High graduate, he also played baseball at the school, according the PHS athletics website.
Hall was hired in Prattville in 2016 after a year at Stanhope Elmore. Before that, he was the head coach at Holtville for 5 years from 2009-2015.
After graduating from Prattville, Hall played junior college ball at Central Alabama Community College(1995-1997). From there, he went on to play at the University of Georgia(1997-1998) and finished his senior season at AUM(1998-1999).
He received his undergraduate degree from AUM and his graduate degree from the University of West Alabama.
Thursday, May 9th, 2019>Maine elementary school principal accused of drunken driving
The principal of Strong Elementary School was arrested in Farmington on Friday night after police say she drove under the influence of alcohol.
The Sun Journal reports that a Farmington police officer stopped Brenda Sue Dwiggins, 61, on Perham Street, near the Quebec Street intersection, for a defective tail light.
During the traffic stop, the officer became suspicious that Dwiggins was under the influence of alcohol and conducted a field sobriety test, after which Dwiggins was arrested, according to the Sun Journal.
Dwiggins, a Farmington resident, was taken to the Franklin County Detention Center, where she was charged with misdemeanor operating under the influence, the Sun Journal reports. She was later released on $150 cash bail.
She is scheduled to appear in court on June 18.
Wednesday, May 8th, 2019‘F*** It, I’m Drunk, Take Me To Jail’: Florida Man Crashes Lawn Mower Into Police Car
HAINES CITY (CBSMiami)- Police officers have to worry about people driving under the influence or boating under the influence, but now, they’ll have to look out for those lawn mowing under the influence.
On May 5, one Florida Thursday, May 9th, 2019man was charged with a DUI, or in this case an ‘LUI’, after he allegedly drove his lawn mower into a police car while drunk.
According to Haines City police, an officer handling another incident inside of a local business in Haines City, in Central Florida, heard a loud noise from outside of the store. When the officer went outside, he found Gary Anderson, 68, behind the wheel of lawn mower and near the officer’s parked police car, which had minor damages to the bumper.
Haines City police said Anderson admitted to hitting the car and he told one officer at the scene, “F*** it, I’m drunk, take me to jail.”
The police affidavit said Anderson’s behavior shifted from being angry to joking multiple times and he had bloodshot eyes.
After he failed to complete any of the field sobriety tests, Anderson was arrested and charged for driving under the influence.
Officers said Anderson agreed to take a breath test at the police department, but failed to provide an accurate sample because he tried to deceive the test.
Anderson then began claiming police poisoned him and he was transported to a local hospital where he was able to complete the breath test. His blood-alcohol content came back at .241, three times the legal limit. They also found cocaine in Anderson’s system.
Anderson was also charged with refusal to submit a DUI test with his license suspended.
He remains in custody at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office on a $3,000 bond.
Police ran a criminal background check on Anderson and found his license had been suspended since 1978 and he was convicted of a DUI two other times as well.
“I’m proud of the professional demeanor our officers showed when dealing with this heavily-intoxicated, belligerent offender,” said Haines City Chief of Police Jim Elensky. “It’s never a good idea to get behind the wheel drunk, even if that wheel is to a Craftsman, Massey Ferguson or John Deere.”
Anderson’s lawn mower was towed.
Tuesday, May 7th, 2019State Rep. Steven Reick Arrested For Drunk Driving In Springfield
CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois State Rep. Steven Reick (R-Woodstock) was arrested for drunk driving Wednesday night in Springfield.
Officers stopped Reick at the intersection of South Grand and Eastdale Avenue shortly before midnight Wednesday night for driving 15 to 20 mph above the speed limit, and committing a turn signal violation.
He was also charged with driving under the influence, and booked into the Sangamon County Jail. He was released on bond Thursday morning, and due back in court on May 30.
Illinois State Rep. Steve Reick was arrested for drunk driving on May 1, 2019. He also was ticketed for speeding and a turn signal violation. (Credit: Sangamon County Sheriff)
In a statement, Reick said “I made a stupid and regrettable decision and accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Reick was the second lawmaker arrested for drunk driving in recent weeks.
Rep. Kambium Buckner (D-Chicago) was arrested on March 29 after police spotted him sleeping in his car, stopped for several cycles at a traffic light near the Illinois State Capitol.
Buckner told police he was just exhausted, but he allegedly failed several field sobriety tests, and declined to provide a Breathalyzer test. Buckner pleaded not guilty earlier this week.
Monday, May 6th, 2019Son of prominent SC family pleads not guilty to boating death charges, will remain free
BEAUFORT — Paul Murdaugh, the 20-year-old man with prominent Hampton County family legal ties who was charged in connection to a February fatal boating wreck, will not have to step foot in jail after a judge on Monday ruled he could remain free as he awaits trial.
In court, Murdaugh pleaded not guilty to one count of boating under the influence causing death and two counts of boating under the influence causing great bodily injury. As part of his bond conditions, the University of South Carolina student is not allowed to travel outside of the 14th Circuit, which spans Allendale, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Murdaugh also surrendered his passport.
Attorneys representing Murdaugh could not immediately be reached for comment after Monday’s hearing.
Monday marked Murdaugh’s first public court appearance after his indictment about three weeks ago. He faces a maximum of 25 years and 15 years in prison, respectively, on the charges.
Charging documents state that, in the early morning hours of Feb. 24, an intoxicated Murdaugh was operating a boat with five other passengers on board, including 19-year-old Mallory Beach.
Charges in boating death of 19-year-old woman implicate son of powerful SC family
Charges in boating death of 19-year-old woman implicate son of powerful SC family
The boat crashed into the Archer’s Creek Bridge, which connects the Parris Island Marine training facility to the rest of Beaufort County. All six aboard, who authorities said were minors, were thrown from the boat. Beach did not resurface, and her body was found one week later about 5 miles from the crash site.
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ initial investigation of the crash has attracted scrutiny in the months since after authorities said they did not test blood-alcohol levels of the minors. A police report that stemmed from the fatal crash described the surviving passengers as grossly intoxicated.