June 11th thru June 17th in the year Two Thousand and Eighteen
Sunday, June 17th, 2018 9-1-1 dispatcher killed by suspected impaired driver
CHANDLER, AZ - Chandler police say one of their department's 9-1-1 dispatchers was killed by a suspected impaired driver on Sunday.
The woman has been identified as 58-year-old Cathy Coppes.
According to police, the crash happened just after 10:30 a.m. on US-89 near milepost 432, approximately 20 miles north of Flagstaff.
Police say Coppes was operating a motorcycle and traveling southbound when a northbound vehicle, a Ford pickup truck, crossed the center line and struck her head on.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Coppes started her career with the Chandler Police Department in April 2002. She is survived by her husband, police said.
"She was a valued member of the Communications Staff and was instrumental in training and developing new employees," police said in a news release.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety said the driver of the vehicle involved in the crash, a 42-year-old man, was taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.
He was reportedly not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
Troopers say Coppes was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
The investigation of the crash remains ongoing, and impairment has not been ruled out, according to DPS.
Saturday, June 16th, 2018Woman arrested in connection with using her vehicle to strike man
A 31-year-old Council Bluffs woman was arrested early Friday in connection with a man being struck by her vehicle outside a Bluffs motel.
Council Bluffs police said they were dispatched around 1:50 a.m. to the American Inn near South 24th Street and Interstates 29/80 over an assault. Police said the woman had also crashed her vehicle into the 36-year-old Bluffs man’s vehicle, pushing it into the motel and causing minor damage.
The woman fled from the scene in her vehicle, police said. Later, officers stopped her vehicle and took her into custody.
Police said she was arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, aggravated assault-domestic abuse, eluding arrest and first-degree criminal mischief.
Friday, June 15th, 2018Man going to get cigarettes ends up wrestling police officer
FAIRFIELD —A Fairfield police officer wrestled a Hamilton man — who said he was going to UDF to get cigarettes for his girlfriend — to the ground after he fled police during a short car chase.
Kenneth Robert Ramsey, 34, was allegedly speeding just before 3 a.m. May 31 on Wessel Drive heading toward the Fairfield YMCA.
“The vehicle was traveling at an extremely high rate of speed,” according to a police report that estimated the car’s speed at 60 mph.
The vehicle then turned right on Bibury Road without stopping at the stop sign. Then the driver accelerated even faster, according to the report.
“I had my accelerator all the way to the floor and was still not gaining much ground on the Toyota,” according to the police report. “I estimated the vehicle was traveling at a speed of 76 MPH before the vehicle slammed on the brakes and turned east on Broadview.”
The officer had caught up to the vehicle at this time and activated his overhead lights and then shined his spotlight on the driver as he opened the door to exit the vehicle. The officer ordered Ramsey to stop, but he ran into a nearby backyard, according to the police report.
“He attempted to get into the back door of the home, but I grabbed him and told him to get down,” according to the report. “(Ramsey) refused to get on the ground.”
The officer eventually wrestled Ramsey to the ground. After the officer placed handcuffs on Ramsey, he “was yelling about seeing a supervisor and was yelling about the validity of the arrest,” according to the report.
Ramsey was transported to the Fairfield Police Department, where police said he told them he “drank a lot in the day but stopped at about 6 p.m.”
Ramsey allegedly registered a 0.228 percent breath test. The legal limit for drivers in Ohio is .08 percent.
Ramsey was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired, resisting arrest, reckless operation and driving under suspension. He also had an outstanding warrant through the Butler County Sheriff’s Office for child support.
He was then transported to the Butler County Jail.
Ramsey was found guilty in Fairfield Municipal Court on the OVI, resisting arrest and reckless operations charges. He received credit for serving seven days in jail and was placed on two years reporting probation.
Thursday, June 14th, 2018Council member Mark Miller charged with OWI
CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls City Council member Mark Miller has been accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
In the early hours of June 2, Miller was pulled over near the 1100 block of West 18th Street.
A breath test done after Miller was arrested showed a blood alcohol level of .215, according to the police report. He refused a preliminary breath test and stopped midway through a field sobriety test, the report stated.
The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol and wrote that Miller’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and Miller admitted to drinking a short time before the stop, the report said.
Miller was arrested and transported to the University of Northern Iowa Police Department.
“I’m fully willing to deal with the consequences of it,” Miller said.
Miller has represented the First Ward in the Cedar Falls City Council since Jan. 1, 2014.
“I hope the council and the rest of the community will support me, and I hope I have the opportunity to stay on the council and continue doing what I’m doing,” he said.
Wednesday, June 13th, 2018WWE star pleads guilty for driving while impaired
CABARRUS COUNTY (WBTV/ CBS Sports) -WWE star Jeff Hardy plead guilty Monday for driving while impaired in Cabarrus County back in March.
Hardy was given a 120-day suspended sentence and fined $300 for court costs. He will need to complete an assessment and treatment class in addition to turning over his license.
Hardy will have 120 days to complete 48 hours of community service.
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A police report shows Hardy registered a .25 blood alcohol content on a breath test he submitted at the Cabarrus County Detention Center.
According to the arrest report obtained by CBS Sports, Hardy was driving northbound on Concord Parkway when he allegedly "ran off the roadway ... striking about 105 feet of guardrail before the back end of the car spun out 90 degrees ... coming to rest in the middle of the right [north]bound lane of travel." It was estimated by police on the scene that Hardy did $8,000 of damage to his 2016 Cadillac and $5,000 to the guardrail itself.
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018Man crashed into home, tried to run over owner
After reportedly driving while intoxicated into the front of a woman’s home and trying to run over the homeowner, a man was arrested by police Sunday and issued multiple felony charges.
Officers were called about the hit and run around 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Purdue Street.
The homeowner told officers upon arrival that a red ‘90s model Chevrolet pickup crashed into the front of her home before striking a parked white 2012 Dodge Durango, an Odessa Police Department news release stated. The driver, later identified as 57-year-old Michael Flores, then began to drive away from the scene.
When confronted by the homeowner, the release detailed, Flores reportedly drove away at a high rate of speed and attempted to run her over. An independent witness told officers they saw Flores drive toward the complainant and attempt to strike her.
Officers later found the suspected vehicle and found Flores to be intoxicated, the release stated. The homeowner positively identified him and pieces of drywall and window glass shards were found on the front hood of his truck.
Flores was also reportedly in possession of several Tramadol Hydrochloride pills and was unable to provide a prescription, and had two prior DWI convictions.
Police charged Flores with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, driving while intoxicated for a third time or more, a third-degree felony, possession of a dangerous drug, a class A misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a class B misdemeanor.
Jail records show Flores was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Sunday and has four bonds totaling $42,000.
Monday, June 11th, 2018Police dog bitten during arrest of alleged DUI driver
A Redlands police dog was bitten by a suspected drunken driver during a pursuit Friday on Orange Street where the driver struck other vehicles, hit street curbs and crossed into oncoming traffic.
The man suspected of biting the dog, 40-year-old Timothy Arnold Carlos of Grand Terrace, is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday afternoon in San Bernardino Superior Court after being arrested and booked into jail for suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run, possession of narcotics and assault on a police dog.
The police K-9, Duke, was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and evaluation, and he was cleared of any significant injury, according to a Redlands police news release.
Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a call about a white Honda Accord driving erratically near Orange Street and Pearl Avenue. The caller said the driver crashed into another car and fled, according to the news release.
Officers found the car heading south on Orange Street and tried to stop it, but the driver accelerated and hit a curb in front of the Police Annex at Cajon and Vine streets. The driver then sped toward a restaurant, forcing people at an outdoor patio to run, the release stated.
The driver continued heading south, crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting another vehicle. At Cajon Street and Fern Avenue, the car finally stopped, overheating and with four flat tires, according to the release.
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Police K-9 Duke was deployed after the driver ignored repeated commands in English and Spanish to show his hands and exit the car. Police say the driver fought with the German shepherd and bit the dog on the snout before being taken into custody.
Carlos was taken to a hospital before being booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He is being held in lieu of $105,000 bail, according to online jail records.