July 8th thru July 14th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Thursday, July 18th, 2019Court reinstates DUI charge against man at Downtown dog day care
An Ohio appeals court has reversed a Franklin County judge’s decision to dismiss drunken driving charges against a man who was found slumped over his car’s steering wheel in the parking lot of a dog day care center.
In an opinion issued in late June, the 10th District Court of Appeals said the ruling issued by Municipal Court Judge James E. Green wrongfully granted a motion to suppress evidence in the case against Scott E. Cochran, who faced drunken driving charges.
The charges stemmed from an encounter that Cochran had with Columbus police in the parking lot of The City Dog, a Downtown dog day care. Police had received a call from an employee of the day care, saying she was concerned about Cochran, who had come in to pick up his dog.
Police arrived and found Cochran slumped over his steering wheel in the parking lot, with the keys in the ignition and the dog in the passenger seat, court documents show. The officers began talking to Cochran, who said he was taking a nap and wanted to sit there while he waited for someone to pick him up.
One of the officers noticed that Cochran had glassy eyes and slurred speech, the documents say. He also noticed a bottle of liquor on the floor of the car, but Cochran kicked it under his seat. When the officer asked how much he had had to drink, Cochran said, “not that much” and that he was going to the hospital later that day to get a “detox treatment.”
At one point, Cochran himself said, “I’m not good to drive,” but refused to get out of the vehicle or submit to a field sobriety test, the court filing says. The officers removed him from the vehicle and arrested him, finding that his blood-alcohol level was .361 percent, more than four times the limit at which a person is considered to be driving drunk.
At issue was whether the officers were justified in arresting Cochran and conducting a search without a warrant. Cochran asked the trial court to exclude the evidence of his intoxication and the court agreed, saying the officers lacked the required “reasonable and articulable suspicion” to detain or question Cochran, lacked justification for pulling him from his vehicle, and lacked justification for requesting him to take a field sobriety test and breath-alcohol test.
Judge Betsy Luper Schuster wrote the appellate opinion, which said that police were, in fact, justified on all fronts. The 3-0 opinion stated the police did not need reasonable suspicion of criminal activity when they were “exercising community caretaking functions.” They only needed, she said, reasonable grounds to believe there was a need to protect the community.
The 10th District reversed the trial court ruling to suppress evidence and vacated the decision to dismiss the case, sending it back to the lower court.
Cochran’s legal team said it will file an appeal.
Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 Minnesota Lynx Guard Odyssey Sims Arrested on Suspicioun of Drunken Driving
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Lynx scoring leader Odyssey Sims was arrested this month on suspicion of drunken driving.
According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Sims was pulled over for speeding and an improper lane change upon exiting a stretch of interstate highway a few miles west of downtown Minneapolis about 1 a.m. on June 6. The state trooper observed signs of alcohol impairment, and Sims registered a .20 blood-alcohol content. That is more than twice the legal limit in Minnesota.
In a statement from the organization, the Lynx said they were aware of the incident and taking the matter “very seriously.” The Star Tribune reported that Sims has a court appearance scheduled for July 16 on two gross misdemeanor charges of third-degree driving while impaired.
Sims scored 15 points for Minnesota in a game about 18 hours after the arrest. She was acquired in an offseason trade with Los Angeles.
Tuesday, July 16th, 201Off-duty FDNY lieutenant busted in Queens for drunk driving
An FDNY lieutenant was arrested for drunk driving in Queens after he crashed his SUV, police said Friday.
George Hopkins, 51, was off-duty and allegedly driving drunk shortly after 8:50 p.m. Thursday when he crashed his Kia Soul in the area of Homelawn and 173rd streets in Jamaica Hills, cops said.
When police showed up, he exhibited signs of intoxication, such as the strong smell of alcohol, slurred speech and watery eyes, authorities said.
He was taken to an area hospital, where he allegedly refused to take a Breathalyzer test, cops said.
Hopkins, who has never been arrested before, was charged with driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired, police said.
Monday, July 15th, 2019Dozens of arrests in Copenhagen for drunk scooter driving
Electric scooters are gaining popularity across the world, including in Paris
Danish police have arrested 28 people in Copenhagen for riding electric scooters while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
Over the weekend 24 people were caught drink-driving scooters while four were intoxicated from recreational drugs.
The force announced the arrests on Twitter following a crackdown on the unsafe use of scooters in the Danish capital earlier this year.
Intoxicated drivers are liable for a 2,000 krone ($300; £235) fine.
Electric scooters have seen a surge in popularity in Copenhagen since traffic rules were adapted to make them easier to use.
Scooters parked on the pavement in ParisImage copyrightEPA
The mayor of Paris has banned parking scooters on the pavement
The scooters are hired out by an app and can be parked anywhere within a particular zone.
The transport receives mixed reviews, with locals complaining about the increase in injuries and inconvenience they allegedly cause.
Electric scooters have also been introduced in several cities across Europe, as well as San Francisco, Mexico City and New York.
In June, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced a crackdown on scooters following a rise in injuries.
She said the situation was "not far from anarchy" and the city needed to implement "order and rules to assure road safety".