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Police: Impaired driver causes multiple vehicle crash

VANDERBURGH COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – An Evansville woman is facing multiple charges after a four-vehicle accident Friday night. Officers responded to the intersection of the Lloyd Expressway and Wabash Avenue around 9 p.m.

Witnesses say Mariah Stahl, 24, sideswiped a vehicle with her car and stopped in the middle of the intersection. She was then was hit by another car, which knocked her car into a fourth vehicle.

Police say Stahl stumbled out of the car and yelled racial slurs and obscene language at officers. They say they could smell alcohol on her breath.

Court documents say Stahl admitted to drinking but refused to take a breath test.

She was arrested and faces several charges, including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct. She is being held in the Vanderburgh County Jail without bond. https://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/police-impaired-driver-causes-multiple-vehicle-crash-in-evansville/

Intoxicated teen strikes home with car, police say

The scene of the crash in Shirley early

The scene of the crash in Shirley early Monday.

A Shirley teen was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after Suffolk County police said he hit a brick stanchion and continued into a home on nearby Floyd Road South early Monday.

The sole occupant home at the time was not injured in the incident, which occurred at about 12:25 a.m., police said.

The driver, identified as Jefersson Soysos, 19, was transported to Long Island Community Hospital in East Patchogue for treatment of what police described only as “non-life-treatening injuries.”

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and is scheduled for arraignment at a later date, police said.

Police said Soysos struck the brick stanchion outside the home, which is located at a T-intersection with Chanel Drive East, about a block from his own listed address, only to have the 2011 Kia Forte he was driving overturn and careen through the front wall of the home. https://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/shirley-teen-crash-dwi-home-1.50115708

Man arrested after chase, ramming deputy patrol vehicles, deputies say

James Lee Yancey Markley
James Lee Yancey Markley

ALAMANCE COUNTY, N.C. — A man was arrested after a chase and ramming two patrol cars, according to the Alamance County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday, deputies responded to an address on the 6500 block of Union Ridge Road for a welfare check.

At the scene, deputies say James Lee Yancey Markley, 20, of Burlington, left in his vehicle and hit a deputy’s patrol car on the way out of the driveway while the deputy was in the patrol car.

Markley then drove away without stopping, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies pursued the driver south on Union Ridge Road. The driver was reportedly speeding and driving in a reckless manner.

As the suspect vehicle reached the intersection of Union Ridge Road and Jeffries Cross Road, the driver swerved off the road and nearly hit several church signs.

The driver then hit several road signs at the intersection.

Deputies say Markley then drove into the parking lot of Union Chapel United Church and rammed another deputy’s patrol vehicle. After ramming the patrol vehicle, Markley’s vehicle was stopped and deputies were able to arrest him.

He has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on emergency personnel, felony fleeing to elude, resisting delaying and obstructing, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while impaired, felony assault on a government official, reckless driving, hit and run from a scene causing property damage and failure to heed emergency lights and sirens. https://myfox8.com/news/burlington-man-arrested-after-chase-ramming-2-alamance-county-deputy-patrol-vehicles-deputies-say/

Local Doctor Waives Hearing in DUI Case

CLEARFIELD – A local doctor is facing charges for allegedly driving under the influence while on her way to work.

Jessica Ann Ayres, 41, of Clearfield is charged by Clearfield Borough police with misdemeanor DUI/controlled substance and three summaries. She waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, and her bail was set at $1,000 unsecured.

The charges stem from a traffic stop that occurred at approximately 8:37 a.m. Nov. 18 in Clearfield, according to the affidavit of probable cause filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Mike Morris.

While on patrol, Officer Austin Miller saw a white 2020 BMW X6 pull out from the intersection of South Fourth Street and Leavy Avenue.  The driver, later identified as Ayres, reportedly failed to ensure it was safe to pull out, causing Miller to hit his brakes.

Ayres’ vehicle then traveled south on Fourth Street to Ogden Avenue. At the corner, children were getting on a school bus. The bus had its lights and stop sign activated, as well as the yellow stop bar out in front. Ayres reportedly drove around the stop bar and through the intersection.

She turned left onto Park Avenue, which is posted at 35 miles per hour, but Miller’s speedometer clocked Ayres’ vehicle at approximately 53 miles per hour. Miller then activated his overhead lights and siren, initiating a traffic stop in the area of Park Avenue and Milford Street.

When the officer approached the vehicle, Ayres was on the phone with her employer, notifying she would be late, as she was pulled over for a speeding violation.

Miller advised Ayres as to why she was being stopped and she stated that she wasn’t aware she couldn’t travel around the bus stop bar. He asked Ayres to provide her driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance and her actions appeared “sporadic.”

He said she grabbed and dropped documents numerous times, and she would also exaggerate her arm movements.  When asked if she was on any medications, Ayres initially stated cough and cold medicine.

Due to her behavior and cold temperatures, Miller administered the lack of convergence test while having Ayres remain seated inside her vehicle. He said Ayres’ eyes would jolt around, and she was unable to smoothly follow the tip of his pen.

He had Ayres perform the horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and Ayres had equal pupil size and tracking.  During the test, Ayres reportedly did show a lack of smooth pursuit in both eyes, and was unable to focus on the pen. On this test, she displayed two clues.

Because of the temperature and slick roadway conditions, Miller chose not to have Ayres perform the walk and turn or the one-leg stand tests for her safety. Miller instead administered the modified Romberg balance and lack of convergence tests.

On the balance test, Ayres reportedly swayed approximately two to three inches side to side, and exhibited eyelid tremors.  On the lack of convergence test, she was unable to focus on the pen and her left eye would come to the center and drift outwards.

Following field sobriety testing, Miller again asked Ayres what medication she’d taken and she allegedly admitted to having taken Gabapentin.  Ayres was subsequently transported to the Clearfield Borough police station to be evaluated by a drug recognition expert.

She, however, refused to complete the testing with the DRE at the station and stated that she wanted to speak with her father who is also an attorney.

In the affidavit, Miller said individuals are neither permitted to speak to an attorney, nor anyone else prior to deciding whether or not to submit to testing.

If an individual requests to speak with an attorney or someone else or remains silent, they have refused the test. Ayres was then released to her mother with instructions to have her vehicle removed. https://gantdaily.com/2021/01/14/local-doctor-waives-hearing-in-dui-case/

Warrant issued for missing Eureka man


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Ben Earls went missing on Aug. 3 from the Pinkham area near Eureka. (Photo provided by the Earls family)

A Lincoln County judge issued a felony warrant last month for a Eureka man missing since summer.

The warrant, dated Dec. 11, alleges that Benjamin Earls, 42, stole a sample of his blood taken after Eureka police officers arrested him in July for driving under the influence. In early August, Earls went missing in the woods near Pinkham Creek.

Detective Dave Hall of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office heard of the theft while interviewing one of Earls’ friends in connection with his disappearance, according to court documents. Another acquaintance told Deputy Dale White that Earls had mentioned stealing the sample.

Between these two interviews, Hall concluded that Earls likely stole vials of his blood while waiting to be released from the Eureka Law Enforcement Center.

Greg Neils, a Eureka Police officer, obtained a search warrant for Earls’ blood after arresting him on driving under the influence charges on July 14. Following the blood draw, Earls posted bail and arranged for a friend to pick him up. While waiting for Earls’ friend to arrive, Neils left his office. According to Hall’s affidavit, Earls was caught on camera sneaking into the office and stealing the blood sample. After hiding the vials while being released, Earls allegedly disposed of the sample.

Neils later called the Montana State Crime Lab and learned that they never received a blood sample kit from him.

Out of fear of being recognized by peace officers, Earls allegedly changed his appearance when returning to Eureka. Hall learned that when in town, Earls drove a red truck belonging to the Flathead County friend who had picked him up following his DUI arrest. Earls also apparently wore a hat to evade law enforcement.

An acquaintance of Earls told Hall that Earls feared he would get 10 years in Montana State Prison for tampering with evidence. After reviewing Earls’ criminal record, Hall said he understood why Earls was concerned.

The friend also said he had discussed a plan with Earls for ditching their vehicles and mobile phones were they to run afoul of law enforcement.

Matt Earls, Ben Earls’ brother, objected to the way events were portrayed in the court documents. In a Facebook post, Matt Earls said Neils allegedly asked his brother to go into the office to collect his belongings.

“If my brother did take the evidence I got to ask, why was evidence left out?” he wrote.

Matt Earls also alleged that Eureka Police impounded his brother’s vehicle with Ben Earls’ dog still in the back seat. Had his brother not bonded out, Matt Earls said the dog would have died.

Officials with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and the Eureka Police Department did not return phone call requests for comment.

Just a few weeks after allegedly stealing the vials, Ben Earls went missing. Close relatives said the Aug. 3 disappearance came without warning.

“None of it makes sense,” said his mother Sheri Earls last year, “just to vanish like that.”

The evening before he went missing, Ben Earls spent the night on his mother’s property in Rexford. The two planned for her to drive him to work the following day.

But when Sheri Earls awoke, her son was gone.

That morning she spoke with him twice over the phone. The conversations were ominous from the start. During the first call, Ben Earls told his mother he was lost in the woods and that she would never find him.

A couple hours later, Ben Earls told his mother he was waiting for her on the side of a road. She told him she would meet him there. Despite thoroughly searching the road, Sheri Earls was unable to find her son.

Matt Earls said the disappearance was highly irregular. If his brother had planned to vanish, Matt Earls was certain he would have told him. Matt Earls pointed out that Ben Earls was a father and loved his two children. He would not have abandoned them

The money in Ben Earls’ bank account was low and he was planning to sign a buy-sell agreement the day after he vanished. This gave Matt Earls more reason to doubt that Ben Earls dropped off the grid intentionally.

The most probable cause of the disappearance was a medical issue, according to Matt Earls. At the time he went missing, Ben Earls was seeing a doctor. While his brother is also a recovering addict of almost 20 years, Matt Earls said deputies were still investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved in his disappearance.

After Sheri Earls was unable to find her son, investigators with the sheriff’s office tried to track his phone signal. Due to the lack of cell coverage in the area, Matt Earls said deputies were not able to get an accurate reading of his location.

Can Am Search and Rescue spent days scouring the area but scaled back the ground effort until new clues surfaced.

The charge of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, a felony, carries a prison term not to exceed 10 years and a fine not to exceed $50,000 or both. Driving under the influence first offense, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, imprisonment in the county jail for a term not less than 24 hours or longer than six months, or both. https://thewesternnews.com/news/2021/jan/12/warrant-issued-missing-eureka-man/