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Stockton police employee arrested on suspicion of driving drunk to work

Stockton police employee arrested on suspicion of driving drunk to work

Officers arrested a Stockton Police Department employee accused of showing up to work drunk on Thursday afternoon, officials announced Friday.

Hope Gillespie, 62, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, Sacramento police officials announced in a Facebook post.

Gillespie works at the department’s Operations Building on East Market Street in downtown Stockton. She is not a sworn police officer.

Department officials said Gillespie arrived for work about 4 p.m. at the Market Street building, and she appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

They also said that an investigation was immediately conducted, and it was determined that Gillespie had driven to work under the influence.

Gillespie was placed on administrative leave, officials said, she was booked on the DUI charge at the San Joaquin County Jail.

Driver in wrong-way wreck that killed Warren County family wants tests tossed


Evidence seized against a murder defendant in a wrong-way Interstate 75 wreck that killed three Warren County family members last year was illegally obtained, defense lawyers argue.

A motion by the attorney for Abby Michaels, 22, is seeking suppress blood and urine samples taken hours after the March 17 wreck in Moraine that killed husband and wife Timmy and Karen Thompson, and their 10-year-old daughter Tessa, all of Mason.

“Because defendant’s blood sample from the hospital was obtained outside of the time frame allowed by statute (3 hours), was not properly stored (not refrigerated), and no sufficient chain of custody was maintained, the sample must be suppressed,” court documents filed this week by defense attorney Jay Adams state.

“The state cannot establish that the blood draw was requested from defendant within two hours of operation of the vehicle and said samples were obtained within three hours of operation; in fact, the record clearly states just the opposite,” according to the motion.

Michaels, formerly of Xenia, was deliberately driving northbound in the southbound lanes of I-75, authorities said. She was indicted in July on six counts of murder, six counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

After initially entering a not guilty plea for Michaels, Adams in late August filed a motion to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. After a series of evaluations, Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Steven Dankof ruled Michaels competent to stand trial.

The motion filed this week states the blood and urine samples from Michaels were part of “evidence obtained from the warrantless search and seizure.” Other information it seeks to bar from the case includes:

•Opinion and observation of officers regarding Michaels’ sobriety or alcohol level;

•Statements and “contraband taken from Michaels or caused to be taken” from her.

Michaels has remained in the Montgomery County Jail on a $3 million bond since shortly after the indictment in the crash, which occurred about 8 p.m. near I-75’s mile marker 49, records show.

County Prosecutor Mat Heck Jr. has said Michaels deliberately drove the wrong way on I-75 after pulling over in an emergency U-Turn area on the highway near mile marker 49.

Blood-alcohol tests show Michaels was above the legal limit, police records show, but Heck said that was not a factor in the wreck.

A statement from Michaels’ estranged husband on July 8 indicated she told him “I’m going to drive backwards on I-75” just minutes before the triple-fatal crash occurred, according to Moraine Police Division records.

Colorado Man Loses Sentencing Appeal On Drug Charges

A Colorado man who had been sentenced to prison time on drug-related charges last spring in Iowa District Court for Carroll County has lost an appeal. Sixty-nine-year-old Charles Henry Eberle filed the appeal after having entered into a guilty plea. Eberle had been charged with four counts: operating a vehicle while impaired; possession of a controlled substance—psilocybin and psilocyn; possession of a controlled substance—cocaine; and possession of a controlled substance—marijuana. These charges stemmed from a Carroll County traffic stop on Aug. 17, 2018. In March of 2019, Eberle agreed to plead guilty on the first three charges in exchange for the fourth being dropped. He also agreed to a sentencing of one year on the operating while impaired charge, a term not to exceed two years on the psilocybin and psilocyn charge and a term not to exceed two years on the cocaine charge. These were all to be served consecutively, for a total term not to exceed five years. Eberle also waived his right to be present at sentencing. In his appeal, he claims that “boilerplate” language was used without consideration of his individual circumstances. However, the Appeals Court found that his history and a letter submitted to the courts by Eberle all factored into the agreed-upon sentencing and that the district court did not abuse its discretion by adhering to the plea agreement and recommendations.

Man steals car, gets OWI

Christopher Lindstrom

Christopher LindstromNick Wilson |

A Crawfordsville man’s weekend plans were thwarted Saturday when he allegedly stole a car and was arrested for operating while intoxicated almost immediately.

Christopher Lindstrom, 34, of Crawfordsville, was arrested Saturday evening after police say he stole a vehicle from the north side Dollar General store parking lot only to be pulled over due to signs of possible impairment.

“Officers were called at approximately 9 p.m. to the Dollar General on Maple Street regarding a stolen vehicle,” Crawfordsville Police Chief Mike Norman said. “While the initial (responding) officer was on his way, other officers located the vehicle described in dispatch.”

Crawfordsville Police officers noticed the vehicle in question driving a couple blocks from Dollar General. The officers followed the car to ensure it was the correct vehicle and to observe driving habits.

The officers following Lindstrom then performed a traffic stop on the vehicle on U.S. 136 West near North C.R. 525W for signs of possible impairment.

They gathered the vehicle’s information and performed a field sobriety examination.

“Signs of intoxication were there,” Norman said. “He was taken to the Montgomery County Jail where further tests were done.”

Additional testing revealed Lindstrom had a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more and was subsequently charged with operating a motor vehicle with BAC of .15 or more, operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated causing endangerment.

Upon further investigation, it was determined the car Lindstrom was driving was the vehicle reported as stolen.

He was subsequently charged with vehicle theft, Norman said.

“The vehicle was not damaged and it was returned to its owner,” he added. “We always like when these things have good endings and can end on a positive note.”,113455

Man, 23, accused of DWI in crash on Goethals Bridge

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A 23-year-old man was arrested for allegedly being under the influence of alcohol during a crash on the Goethals Bridge on Sunday morning.

The suspect allegedly was one of two drivers taken into custody in unrelated accidents that happened within minutes of each other on the span.

Two police vehicles were damaged and an officer examined for injuries at a nearby hospital following the crash, according a spokeswoman for Port Authority Police.

Just before 5 a.m., Jonahs A. Hernandez, 23, of New York, allegedly crashed his car on the westbound side of the bridge. He has been charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, driving while ability impaired and operating a motor vehicle as an unlicensed driver, according to a Port Authority spokeswoman and public records.

Released on his own recognizance, Hernandez is due to appear in Criminal Court on May. 6, according to public records. An attorney for the suspect did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

While his vehicle was being rigged to a tow truck, Flor E. Zhagui, a 26-year-old woman from Massachusetts, allegedly was driving on the same side of the bridge when she crashed into two unoccupied Port Authority Police vehicles. An officer standing near the crash suffered minor injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital, authorities said.

Zhagui was issued a motor vehicle summons for reckless driving, a spokeswoman for the Port Authority said. Additional information about her case was not available in public records.

In total, two civilian vehicles and two police vehicles were damaged in the crash. One of the vehicles was overturned when crews arrived, according to emergency radio transmissions.