September 17th thru September 23rd in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Monday, September 24th, 2018Mizzou basketball's Mitchell Smith arrested for DWI
COLUMBIA, MO. • Missouri basketball player Mitchell Smith was arrested for driving while intoxicated by the Boone County Sheriff's Department early Sunday morning, according to the department's arrest log. Smith, 20, a redshirt sophomore, was arrested at 3:35 a.m. and released on $500 bond. He was also charged with possession of a suspended/revoked license.
Smith was pulled over in south Columbia in the 500 block of Old Plank Road, according to a spokesman from the sheriff’s department.
No further information was immediately available.
Mizzou released the following statement: "Per Mizzou Athletics’ department policy, Mitchell has been suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week." Under Mizzou athletics department policy, an athlete arrested for a first-offense DWI is suspended from team activities for a minimum of one week. The Tigers begin preseason practice this week.
Smith has missed most of the last two seasons while recovering from a knee injury suffered in January 2017. He's expected to push for playing time this season. The Van Buren, Ark., native joined the program in 2016 under former coach Kim Anderson.
Smith is the second Mizzou basketball player arrested for DWI in the last six months. Former player Jordan Barnett was arrested in March, costing him a chance to play in the Tigers' final game of the season in the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona's Dusan Ristic, left, battles Missouri's Mitchell Smith, right, for a rebound while Jordan Geist (15) looks on during the second half …
Sunday September 23rd, 2018Car lands on roof of Pittsburgh supermarket, driver arrested for DWI
A car ended up on the roof of a Pittsburgh supermarket early Saturday morning.
Police said they responded to a call around 4 a.m. at the Greenfield Giant Eagle, WPXI reported.
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When they arrived, they found a car on the roof with the driver standing next to it.
Giant Eagle employees were evacuated.
Police said the driver was traveling at a high rate of speed and could not negotiate a bend in the road. The driver then struck a curb, went airborne and landed on the roof, police said.
The driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated, WPXI reported.
Saturday, September 22nd, 2018Man, 25, charged with DUI for riding Bird scooter on sidewalk in Santa Monica
A 25-year-old man was stopped by LAPD West Traffic over the weekend at a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica
The man was riding on the sidewalk, which is against the law
Bird scooters also state in their user agreement that riders can not be under the influence of alcohol
Bird scooters have become a growing nuisance on the West Coast and now they are responsible for at least one DUI.
A 25-year-old man was stopped by LAPD West Traffic over the weekend at a DUI checkpoint in Santa Monica, according to TMZ.
The man made two obvious mistakes that led to his eventual charges.
First, he was riding on the sidewalk and riders are supposed to ride solely on the street.
His breath also reeked of booze and the man was said to have refused taking a breathalyzer test.
The man was eventually arrested for a misdemeanor DUI after he failed the sobriety test.
Bird's user agreement does state that riders are not to be operated under the influence of alcohol.
The man's identity is currently unknown.
Friday September 21st, 2018Trooper: Drunken Missouri Man Dragged Horse Behind His Truck
Authorities say a drunken southwestern Missouri man badly injured a horse by dragging it behind his pickup truck until he was stopped by angry onlookers.
MOUNTAIN GROVE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a drunken southwestern Missouri man badly injured a horse by dragging it behind his pickup truck until he was stopped by angry witnesses.
Sasha Martinez told KSPR that she, her daughter and a friend saw the horse tied to the pickup Saturday as it drove down the road next to their Wright County home at 15-20 mph. She said she thought it was odd, but hoped the driver was going to drop the horse off at a nearby home. Martinez said about two hours later, they saw the truck driving down the road going the opposite way. She said her 12-year-old daughter went out to the road and started hollering "Mom, the horse has dropped and he's dragging her."
Martinez said the driver wouldn't stop until she stood in front of his truck and grabbed the grill.
When two Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers arrived, they found several people arguing with a man who was holding a horse with severe road rash injuries over most of its body, trooper J. Piccinino wrote in a probable cause statement. The horse's bloody hoof prints and the drag marks indicated that it had been dragged and walked up and down the road for about one-half mile.
According to Piccinino's statement, the truck's driver, 63-year-old Curtis Campbell, said he was pulling the 15-year-old mare Fox Trotter with his truck to "train her." When the trooper asked how the horse was injured, Campbell said it had laid down and he was trying to get her to stand up, but he said he didn't drag the animal. When the trooper asked Campbell a second time how the horse was injured, he said it was hurt in a pasture and continued to deny that he had dragged it, Piccinino wrote.
Campbell, of Mountain Grove, was charged Thursday with animal abuse, driving while intoxicated and failing to register a motor vehicle.
The statement also said Campbell failed two blood-alcohol tests.
Campbell's attorney, Joseph Passanise, said in a statement that Campbell, known as "Dowe," has lived in the Wright County area of more than 30 years, has a reputation for being a kind and helpful neighbor and has no prior criminal record.
"This has been an unfortunate incident and (Campbell) is deeply ashamed for bring this kind of attention to himself, family and community," Passanise said. "Animals have been a big part of his life and he has always treated animals with love and care. He would never intentionally or knowingly cause injury or suffering or fail to provide adequate care to result in substantial harm to an animal."
Missouri State Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Kinder said the injured horse was taken to a veterinarian in Mountain Grove. A woman who answered the phone there said the clinic could not provide information on the horse's condition.
Thursday, September 20th, 2018Court docs: Public defender was driving wrong way on I-275
A lawyer for the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office is facing charges of impaired driving and drug possession.
According to court records, Colerain Police stopped Susan Zillick after spotting her maroon 2015 Jeep Cherokee driving the wrong way on eastbound Interstate 275 at 1:09 a.m. Monday.
Police say her vehicle was operating without headlights and nearly struck several cars.
Once they pulled her over, police said, she did not know what was going on and had urinated on herself.
Police wrote in a criminal complaint they found five Xanax bars in a tin in her purse.
She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, possession of drugs and driving without headlights.
Zillick is out on a $1,000 bond and returns to court Oct. 16.
Wednesday, September 19th, 2018District Attorney arrested for first offense OWI, sheriff says
IOWA COUNTY, Wis. - The Iowa County District Attorney was arrested over the weekend for operating while intoxicated, officials said.
Officials with the Iowa County Sheriff's Office confirmed they responded to 1243 West Lake Road in Mineral Point around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving an OnStar Emergency Alert.
At the scene, officials made contact with Iowa County District Attorney Larry E. Nelson who they determined was driving while impaired. The OnStar alert had came after he accidentally pushed the button in his 2017 Mercedes Benz, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff's Office
Officials decided the investigation into Nelson was a conflict of interest and requested the Grant County's Sheriff's Office to get involved.
Nelson was arrested by Grant County deputies around 9 a.m. for first offense operating while intoxicated, according to the release. He was transported for further testing and later released to a responsible party.
The Grant County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018Dashcam video shows police chief's DUI traffic stop
The Iowa State Patrol has released the dashcam video from when Moline's police chief was cited for speeding and operating while intoxicated.
The video shows that it was shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, September 7 when Chief John Hitchcock was pulled over.
Court documents show that Hitchcock was pulled over on Highway 61.
Hitchcock was initially clocked speeding in a black Chevy Silverado, traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone. The speed was later dropped to 75 mph.
Click here to read the full court document from Scott County court.
According o the affidavit, Hitchcock failed a series of sobriety tests. His blood-alcohol level was tested with a breathalyzer and registered as .185%. Hitchcock was taken to the Eldridge Police Department for further testing and his blood-alcohol level registered as .201%.
Hitchcock was cited with operating while intoxicated and speeding. His license was taken away and was set to remain revoked for 180 days.
A lawyer appeared in court the following Monday morning, on Hitchcock's behalf for a first appearance. An arraignment was set for Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m.
Monday, September 17th, 2018Notice filed against town in DWI arrest of William Downing
William Downing, the Riverhead man who was initially arrested for driving while intoxicated after hitting a child, despite not being given a blood test, has filed a notice of claim against Riverhead Town, its police department, the Suffolk County Police Department, a number of unnamed individual police officers as well as unnamed officers who are responsible for disseminating information to the media.
The notice, which preserves the right to bring a lawsuit and was written by attorney Cory Morris of Dix Hills, says that Mr. Downing “sustained physical and emotional injuries in violation of claimant’s civil rights, including, but not limited to loss of freedom; loss of comfort; extreme mental stress, pain and suffering; scarring, psychological damages, damage to name and reputation, stigma, monetary damages, special damages/costs/fees, medical fees, costs, damages and related damages incurred by and on behalf of” the police.
It accuses the police of “recklessness, carelessness, gross negligence, negligence, intentional conduct, malicious conduct, violation of civil rights, and unlawful conduct.”
The notice does not specify what damages are being sought.
Mr. Downing, 77, hit a 5-year-old boy on a bicycle on Lewis Street and Doris Avenue at 6:41 p.m. Aug. 4.
He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, and police issued a press release describing the arrest.
Those charges were later dismissed by Riverhead Town Justice Lori Hulse on Aug. 20 at the recommendation of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.
Mr. Downing, who lives on Lewis Street, said he was going about 10 mph in his 2003 Cadillac Escalade when the bike was struck. He said he remained at the scene and called police, who wanted to know if he’d been drinking. He said he had had half a can of beer.
Mr. Downing’s attorney in town court, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton, had said that Mr. Downing was given a portable breath test at the scene that registered his blood alcohol content at .05, which is below the threshold for driving while intoxicated or the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired.
Mr. Rodgers said that the portable device is not considered as reliable at the breath test at police headquarters, which Mr. Downing was not given.
Mr. Downing was given a blood test, which takes weeks before results are available, and those results eventually showed that Mr. Downing was not intoxicated.
Mr. Downing was arrested at the scene based on the observations of the arresting officer, according to Mr. Rodgers.
The notice of claim says that police “knew and had reason to know that (Mr. Downing) did not drive while intoxicated” and that he was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted and defamed, slandered and libeled.
Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller could not be reached for comment.