Drunk driver crashes into police headquarters

An alleged drunk driver crashed through a fence at Chattanooga police headquarters late Friday night.

The driver was identified as Darwin Patterson, 45. He was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving left of the center line, reckless driving, driving under the influence 2nd offense, no proof of insurance and driving without a license.

A Chattanooga police officer pumping gas at the Amnicola Highway facility heard tires squealing and an engine revving before he heard a loud boom, more squealing tires and another boom shortly after 11 p.m., according to an affidavit. He then found a red pickup truck had crashed into a telephone pole before driving into a fence surrounding the service center.

The driver refused to answer the officer’s questions, stating over and over he was afraid of white police, according to the affidavit. He also gave the officer a fake name, according to the affidavit. The officer believed the man was drunk due to his slurred speech and the smell of alcohol. He was taken to a local hospital to get stitches in his lip from an injury sustained during the crash.

While at the hospital, Patterson cursed loudly and “got up into Officer Cookes face and squared up to him like he wanted to fight,” according to the affidavit.

Patterson was then restrained while the doctor finished stitching his lip. He was then taken to the county jail.

Officers served Patterson with a search warrant to test his blood alcohol level. Patterson refused to allow nurses to take a blood sample and attempted to fight the corrections officers, according to the affidavit. He was put into a restraining chair so blood could be drawn. Results of the test are pending.

Patterson was also charged with a DUI in 2003.

The department account tweeted the following message: “DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE, but if you choose to…crashing the vehicle you are driving at police headquarters makes it much easier for CPD Officers to arrest you. #dontdrinkanddrive”


Man faces charges in Knox County buggy crash that killed teen, hurt 2

MOUNT VERNON, OH (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man who struck an Amish buggy from behind, killing a teenage boy and injuring his father and younger brother, has been jailed and charged with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence.

The crash occurred Friday afternoon on State Route 3 in central Ohio’s Knox County. The State Highway Patrol says 59-year-old Earnest Bennett, of Fredericktown failed to stop in time, killing 13-year-old Andy Miller and injuring 5-year-old Leroy Miller and 35-year-old Albert Miller. All three were tossed from the buggy after it was struck.

Albert Miller was taken to a Columbus hospital for serious injuries. Leroy Miller was flown to a children’s hospital in Columbus for life-threatening injuries.

Grass poisoning could be cause for ‘drunk’ kangaroos

Kangaroos in Australia have been affected by canary grass, veterinarians said. VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Kangaroos in Australia have been affected by canary grass, veterinarians said.

— Veterinarians in Australia are conducting tests to determine whether kangaroos that appear to be drunk have actually suffered neurological damage because of a strain of grass.

The veterinarians, from the University of Melbourne, said Phalaris aquatica — a common pasture crop in central Victoria — have caused the suffering among eastern gray kangaroos. Wildlife officials said the kangaroos were suffering from Phalaris “staggers,” which is common among sheep and cattle that graze in Australia.

“A kangaroo with full-blown toxicity is just horrible,” Manfred Zabinskas from Five Freedoms Animal Rescue told Guardian Australia. “Their head flies around like they have got a broken neck; they summersault; they crash into fences and trees … they look like they are drunk.”

Phalaris, also known as canary grass, is a tall grass common to southeastern Australia. Some farmers have avoided planting the species because the “staggers” can cause heart failure among animals.

In domestic animals, the condition can be controlled by adding copper into their diet. But in kangaroos, the condition is believed to be irreversible.


What Should I Do?

This is my 3rd dui the last one occurred in 2015 the officer said i was goin to slow but i was stopping at a stop light just getting off the freeway i have a bad back and knees he gave me the test and i failed it when i slightly stubbled when asked to lift up one leg i did the breath test and failed as well i cant goto jail due to my job i have a court appointed atorny what should i do

Come in for a free consult. I am here all morning, as I am on every Saturday except for major holidays.

County Sheriff Deputy arrested for OWI

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) — The Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office tells CBS 58 the deputy involved was already on suspension. Due to the suspension he had already surrendered his badge and gun and did not have the power to arrest people.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS 58) — An off-duty Milwaukee County Sheriff Deputy has been arrested for OWI.

According to the West Allis Police Department, officers responded to a crash in the area of 74th and Becher around 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

Upon arrival, officers located a vehicle which had gone up the curb and struck a fire hydrant.

Officers made contact with the driver of the vehicle who was identified as an off-duty MCSO deputy. He was arrested and cited for first offense OWI.

The deputy was not armed at the time of the incident.

No one was injured in this crash