April 17th-April 23rd in the year Two Thousand and Seventeen
Friday, April 28th, 2017Police: Nashua school bus driver arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana
Police in Chelmsford, Mass., arrested a school bus driver from Nashua on Tuesday morning after high school students getting on the bus complained about a strange odor on board.
The smell, according to police, turned out to be marijuana.
The bus driver, 63-year-old Ali Mahfuz of Nashua, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence of marijuana, driving negligently as to endanger and reckless endangerment, according to a news release.
School administrators called Chelmsford Police Tuesday morning after several high school students told a teacher that there was a strange odor on a bus they had boarded in order to go on a field trip, police said.
"The teacher immediately notified the principal who boarded the bus with other administrators and could clearly smell the odor of marijuana," police said. "The students were taken off the bus and brought to the cafeteria."
Officers arrived and determined Mahfuz was under the influence of marijuana.
"An investigation also determined that while Mahfuz had not driven any of the morning bus routes at the Chelmsford Public Schools on Tuesday, he had just finished a route for Greater Lowell Technical High School before arriving at Chelmsford High School," according to authorities. "Chelmsford Police have reached out to the Tyngsborough (Mass.) Police Department, where that school is located."
The bus company, North Reading Transportation Inc., is cooperating with the school department and the Chelmsford Police Department on the investigation.
The company sent a supervisor to the scene and a new bus driver took the students on the field trip.
Chelmsford Police Chief James Spinney praised the high school students for speaking up.
"I cannot overstate the role played by the students today in ensuring their safety on the roads," Spinney said. "They knew something was not right, and they spoke up right away, alerting school administrators. I commend these students for their role in stopping a dangerous situation from unfolding."
Thursday, April 27th, 2017Man seen driving through front yards charged with DUI
Theodore J. Kocen, 72, of the 200 block of West Park Avenue, Libertyville, was charged April 19 with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper backing. According to police reports, dispatchers at 9:10 p.m. received complaints of a vehicle driving on the front yards of homes along South Dymond Road and that it had backed into at least one car. Police say they located the car at Burridge Court at Dymond Road and the driver, identified as Kocen, failed a field sobriety test. Kocen is scheduled in court May 12.
Wednesday, April 26th, 2017The Bachelor's Chris Soules Arrested After Deadly Car Crash
Bachelor alum Chris Soules was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday after a deadly car crash.
According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules, 35, has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that left one individual dead. Soules was not charged with driving under the influence, though authorities did later tell people there were alcohol containers in Soules’ car.
Additionally, according to a video of Soules in court, the reality star was allegedly unwilling to cooperate with police, forcing them to procure a warrant to secure his cooperation with the investigation.
Hours after his arrest, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office says Soules was released after he posted his $10,000 bond for bail.
Authorities have not released further information on the accident. According to KWWL.com, a pickup truck and a tractor were involved in the crash, with both vehicles going southbound. Officers say the truck collided into the rear of the tractor, sending both vehicles into roadside ditches. The victim was Kenneth Mosher, 66, of Aurora.
TMZ reports that Soules, who is from Arlington, Iowa, was driving the pickup truck. The driver of the tractor reportedly was taken in an ambulance to the hospital, where he died.
Soules starred on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015. He and his final pick Whitney Bischoff broke off their engagement in May 2015.
Tuesday, April 25th, 2017Driver tells cops she’s ‘too drunk’ for sobriety test
Drunk words are soberly honest thoughts for this driver.
Joy Hunt, 76, told officers she was “intoxicated” and “shouldn’t be driving” when she was arrested Tuesday night for driving in the wrong direction with two flat tires in The Villages, Florida.
When Sumter County deputies asked her where she was driving from, Hunt replied “a bar.”
Hunt tried to perform sobriety tests, but ultimately gave up during one of the exercises, the Village News reported.
“I’m too drunk to do that, just take me to jail,” she said, according to officers.
Deputies said the 76-year-old blew an .181 percent on her breathalyzer test.
Hunt was charged with a DUI and booked at Sumter County Detention Center, where she is being held on $1,000 bail.
Monday, April 24th, 2017Car in OUI pot bust reeked even with window up
TAUNTON — Police say a Dighton man busted for driving under the influence of marijuana early Tuesday morning claimed the ground rules of a field-sobriety test were stacked against him.
“No way, that’s not how I stand. My generation doesn’t stand that way — we can’t do it,” Kevin James Carvalho, 21, allegedly stated — after Carvalho had trouble keeping his balance, when Taunton Patrolman Thomas Larkin said he asked him to stand with feet together and his hands by his side.
Carvalho, 1541 Williams St., was charged with drug-related OUI; negligent operation of a motor vehicle; marked lanes violation; speeding; and driving with an invalid inspection sticker.
His passenger, 19-year-old Colby Woodward, 1925 Putters Way, Dighton, was arrested for illegal possession of more than an ounce of marijuana and possession of a Class D substance with intent to distribute.
Larkin, in his report, says Carvalho made that statement after numerous unsuccessful attempts by Carvalho to assume the position in anticipation of a field-sobriety test.
Larkin says he was monitoring traffic with his cruiser’s radar at 1:30 a.m. at the intersection of Ingell, Weir and West Water streets, when Carvalho’s 2001 Hyundai Elantra sped by heading north doing 53 mph in a 30 mph posted zone.
The car, Larkin said, crossed the double-yellow line “several times in a serpentine manner,” before he it pulled over near the intersection of Weir and White streets.
Larkin said as he walked toward the driver’s side door he smelled “a strong, pungent odor of burnt marijuana from inside the Hyundai, even though its windows were closed.”
Once Carvalho rolled the window down, Larkin says, “I immediately observed a large plume of smoke rise out.”
Larkin said Carvalho was “lethargic” and his eyes were nearly shut as he looked toward the officer and said: “Whoa, what, what’s up?”
As Carvalho began looking for his licence and registration, Larkin said Woodward volunteered to show the officer his own driver’s license.
“I asked Colby,” who Larkin said appeared “very nervous,” to “stop talking so I could speak with the driver, but he continued to ramble on.”
Larkin said he suggested to Carvalho to look inside his wallet “which was right in front of him on the center console.”
Carvalho allegedly then claimed that it was Woodward who had been “smoking weed in the car.”
Larkin says when Woodward picked up a backpack from in between his legs he observed a large glass jar, inside of which was “a large amount of marijuana.”
“It’s not mine,” Woodward allegedly said. “It’s my dad’s. I was just holding it for him. My whole family smokes weed.”
Woodward, however, quickly changed his story and admitted that the pot was his.
“Ok, ok, it’s mine, but it’s only for medical reasons for my PTSD. I’m trying to get a medical card,” he allegedly said.
Larkin said the backpack also contained glassine baggies and a digital scale. He said there also appeared to be hundreds of little baggies strewn about the floor of the car.
After refusing to submit to the field-sobriety test, Carvalho allegedly accused Larkin of “just trying to make your quota.”
“Just let me drive. I’m good,” he allegedly told Larkin, who then “informed Kevin that he was not good and that he was under arrest.”
Larkin said the total weight of the marijuana in the jar amounted to 1.6 ounces.
Media relations officer Lt. Paul Roderick said until police are equipped with a device that can easily detect drugs in a person’s bloodstream, successful prosecution of drug-related OUI cases will remain difficult.
Oftentimes, Roderick said, it amounts to “a waste of time.”
Roderick, however, said that drivers operating under the influence of marijuana should keep in mind that Taunton police, especially some of the newer recruits, are taking a “proactive” approach to detecting such violations.