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32-year Police Department veteran arrested for DWI, unlawful carrying of a weapon


DALLAS, Texas — A 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department was arrested early Saturday morning, the Dallas Police Department confirmed.

Dallas Police Department Sergeant James Bristo, 57, was arrested by the Irving Police Department earlier today, August 1, 2020, and charged with driving while intoxicated and unlawful carrying of a weapon.

Bristo is being held at the Irving City Jail and is awaiting arraignment, therefore, bond information was not available at the time of press.

Bristo has been on the department since August 1988 and is currently assigned to the South Central Division.

“He is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an Internal Affairs administrative investigation,” stated the Dallas Police Department.

Sam Hunt explains DUI arrest, says alcohol is ‘a cheap trick in country music’

Country music singer Sam Hunt isn’t ashamed of talking about the night he was arrested for driving under the influence and having an open container.

“It happened. People in my camp were talking about suppressing it, but why would I be afraid to talk about it?” Hunt told HITS Daily Double in a new interview. “If it happens, it’s true.”

Hunt, 35, was apprehended in the early morning hours of Nov. 21, after police spotted him driving the wrong way and weaving in and out of his traffic lane down Ellington Parkway in Nashville, according to local news station WKRN. Police stopped Hunt, who reportedly attempted to give them his passport and credit card instead of his driver’s license. Two empty beer cans were beside him in the vehicle. After Hunt registered .173 on a field sobriety test — .08 is the legal limit in Tennessee — he was handcuffed and taken to jail.

“I was raised and taught to respect [alcohol]. Moderation is important,” the “Hard to Forget” singer said. “I’ve never wanted to glorify it. It’s a cheap trick in country music, and I’ve always wanted to avoid that. I don’t like using [drinking] as a party song; for me, that wouldn’t be honest. I’ve never been the guy who shotguns a beer. I know people who partake that way, and I wouldn’t want to shake my finger or look down on them.”

Hunt explained what happened the night that ended with him behind bars.

“I put myself in a position by being out, seeing friends at a show, leaving my phone in an Uber,” he said. “We’d Uber’d all night, then went back to a friend’s house, had some pizza. I fell asleep on the couch, woke up groggy. I should’ve been more conscious, but I wasn’t. So I take responsibility.”

At one point, the singer, who released his latest album, Southside, in April, referred to country music stars of the past. He fielded a question about his “old-school thing,” the way his music looks back on the Nashville of the past.

“Some of our biggest artists became big because of those songs, [which expressed] where they came from, what they went through and really getting it in the song,” Hunt said. “For Merle Haggard to be that prolific, he had to live it. And it took a toll. You can’t fake it if you want to make it, because people can hear the difference. Some of that life you don’t wanna put out there, but it’s still part of it.”

Still, Hunt said he’s not about exposing everyone in his life to the masses by writing about them in his songs. He more focused on writing about himself.

“If something’s true, I’ve never been bothered if people find out,” he explained. “If I ever painted myself in a false light, that would bother me. Even if it was a less flattering light but true, well, OK.”

Letters to the Editor: Don’t fault Atlanta police for trying to enforce drunk driving laws

To the editor: To suggest that the Atlanta police officers should have let Rayshard Brooks sleep it off or called his family to drive him home after he failed a sobriety test in a parking lot is completely ridiculous. You are overlooking the fact that he allegedly drove drunk in the first place, and he could have killed people. (“Atlanta police killed a Black man for being drunk at Wendy’s,” editorial, June 16)

There are about 10,000 people killed by drunk drivers in the United States each year. Race should not play a role in determining the consequences of these actions.

The police did the right thing by trying to arrest him, and the footage shows that they were being completely professional and calm up to that point. Fear of getting arrested is needed to prevent people from drinking too much before driving.

What happened after Brooks resisted arrest led to an sad outcome, but it easily could have been avoided if Brooks had complied with the officers.

Mark Korman, Eagle Rock


To the editor: If Brooks had been white, driving a BMW and wearing a $5,000 suit, he would be alive today.

The police would have been concerned about his health and asked him if he was OK. Did he have a heart condition? Was he diabetic? They would have treated him with respect and spoken to him nicely.

After doing the breathalyzer test they would have decided he was not going to be arrested, but could call someone to come get him and drive him home. They would have cited him and warned him that he would be arrested if he ever got caught drinking and driving again.

But instead he’s dead. This is the essence of racism.

Sylvia Hampton, San Diego


To the editor: The Los Angeles Times Editorial Board wrote, “Authorities say he resisted, took an officer’s Taser and began to run, and one of the officers shot him in the back.” (The emphasis is mine.)

Newsflash: We saw him resisting on video, and we saw him running with the Taser. You also omit the fact that Brooks fired the Taser at the officers chasing him.

Joseph Wambaugh, San Diego


To the editor: Your editorial omits one of Brooks’ responses when he was questioned by the officers. He said that he could lock his car and walk to his sister’s house. Evidently, that was an unacceptable alternative to placing him under arrest.

While public reaction has been to defund the police, as Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms pointed out, it is a slogan, and slogans don’t work. What is needed is changing the culture of the police, demilitarizing their weaponry, and mandating better and longer training in order to protect human life and serve the community, including people of color.

Until there are significant changes in law enforcement and the corrections system, Black lives will be at risk, and communities of color will be underserved. This is not justice for all.

Lenore Navarro Dowling, Los Angeles

3 arrests in 4 days equals 1 really bad week

3 arrests in 4 days equals 1 really bad week for Kentucky man

A Kentucky man could not stay out of jail last week, as he was arrested three times in a four-day span.

Devin Roberts, 32, of Bardwell, faces nine total charges and will be arraigned July 1 for each of his arrests.

In his first arrest on June 25, he was accused of stealing a large waterproof container that includes “new tools, emergency lights, hydraulic pumps and other materials” belonging to the City of Bardwell, the Carlisle County Sheriff’s Office said.

Roberts called the sheriff’s office about the materials and said he took them from the city dump, according to an arrest citation. Mayor Phillip King said the materials were not next to a dumpster, but rather in a city building.

The container was valued at $2,000 and the materials were worth more than $5,000, according to the sheriff’s office. He was charged with receiving stolen property.

Two days later, he was the subject of another sheriff’s investigation following an incident at a Bardwell grocery store.

Employees at the grocery store said an intoxicated man tried to start a physical fight with a juvenile male employee and made obscene remarks at the store’s female employees, the sheriff’s office said.

Roberts was identified as the suspect and the county’s sheriff went to his home, officials said. The sheriff found Roberts “passed out in the front seat of a running vehicle” at the home, the sheriff’s office said.

Roberts had two previous driving under the influence convictions and his license had been suspended, according to the sheriff.

The suspect’s 3-year-old son was inside the home with another adult who was intoxicated, the sheriff said. The Department of Social Services were called and the child was released to a family member.

Roberts was charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, operating a motor vehicle under the influence, endangering the welfare of a minor and possession of an open alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle, menacing and disorderly conduct, court records show.

He was released on a cash bond for the second time in the week, but Roberts was met by sheriff personnel again June 28. 

A deputy pulled over an alleged drunk driver Sunday and Roberts was in the passenger seat, the sheriff’s office said. Roberts “was also manifestly under the influence of alcohol as well,” according to a citation.

The possession and consumption of alcohol were against his bond conditions from earlier in the week, court records show.

He was charged with alcohol intoxication in a public place and violations of conditions of release.

Jail records show Robert remained in the Ballard County Detention Center Monday afternoon.

Speeding Driver In Need Of Bathroom Busted For DWI

259 Heathcote Road in Scarsdale
259 Heathcote Road in Scarsdale Photo Credit: Google Maps

A speeding driver in Westchester was arrested for alleged impaired driving after being stopped by officers, police said.

An officer on patrol in in Scarsdale on Heathcote Road at approximately 9:35 p.m. on Sunday, July 25 spotted a speeding driver who made a turn onto Post Road before continuing west on Popham Road near the intersection of Taunton Road. 

Police said that officers ultimately were able to stop the driver, Scarsdale resident Dalber Barbosa, 38, near the intersection of Popham Road and Lockwood Road, during which it was determined that he was allegedly intoxicated.ADVERTISING

When asked why he was speeding, police said that Barbosa stated he had to use the restroom, though his eyes were glassy and bloodshot. When prompted, Barbosa said that he and his wife had drank two bottles of wine between 2 p.m. that day and the time of the stop. 

A breathalyzer determined that there was alcohol in Barbosa’s system and he was taken into custody. 

Barbosa was transported to Scarsdale Police Headquarters, where he was charged with driving while intoxicated, operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content greater than .08 percent and cited for speeding. Barbosa was released and is scheduled to appear in Scarsdale Justice Court on Wednesday, Aug. 12.