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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For more than 10 years, the city of Albuquerque has been seizing cars from drunk drivers and selling them whether the driver owned the vehicle or not.
A federal judge has ruled those seizures are illegal.
in part, the federal judge ruled in favor of a mother calling the Albuquerque Police Department’s DWI seizure program “unconstitutional.”
Arlene Harjo has been fighting the city for the last two years after her car was taken when she wasn’t the one driving it. Harjo’s car was seized after her son borrowed her car, was pulled over and arrested for a DWI.
Harjo filed a lawsuit to get her car back and hopefully see an end to the city’s program.
In the suit, she stated the city’s program was nothing but a money maker for the city. She claims Albuquerque attorneys have “latitude when setting financial consequences” associated with each vehicle seizure.
In 2016, the year Harjo’s car was seized, the city’s program brought in nearly a half-million dollars.
Since 2005, APD has seized thousands of cars and it’s a practice that has been criticized for years. Drivers’ cars are taken after a second DWI arrest, or if they’re caught driving on a revoked license, and most often they’re sold at auction
Last week, U.S. District Court Judge James Browning ruled in favor of Harjo saying in part, “forfeiture personnel have an unconstitutional institutional incentive to prosecute forfeitures” and that the program violates a car owner’s due process.
In April, Mayor Tim Keller asked city council to update the city ordinance to require a conviction before anyone’s car is permanently taken.
KRQE News 13 asked the city how the new ruling affects the current ordinance. Keller’s office sent the following statement:
“This ruling confirms our concerns with the past approach and the need to protect the constitutional rights of people in our community. At the Mayor’s direction, the City’s Legal department has been working to update the program, including limiting it to cases where there has been a conviction based on the new state law. The City’s legal team will analyze the impact the ruling will have. Meanwhile, APD is focusing efforts on effectively combating drunk driving by doubling the number of traffic stops and increasing DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols,” said Alicia Manzano, Communications Director for the Mayor’s Office.
Brian Christopher Lawler, 46, had been held at the Hardeman County Jail on DUI-related charges and was found Saturday evening hanging in his cell.
“Corrections officers administered CPR until paramedics arrived,” the TBI said in a statement. “Lawler was transported to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis where he died Sunday afternoon.”
Mark Davidson, the 25th District Attorney General, requested that special agents with the TBI investigate, and the investigation remains ongoing.
Lawler’s death comes less than a month after he was arrested and charged on July 7 with DUI, evading arrest and driving on a revoked license in Hardeman County, which is about an hour east of Memphis.
The Hardeman County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sunday that Lawler was being held on that case at the time of this incident.
Lawler spent several years in the WWE from 1997-2001. He was known as “Grandmaster Sexay” and was part of the Too Cool tag team with “Scotty 2 Hotty” that won the tag team championship in 2000.
Also Sunday, WWE announced that Josip Nikolai Peruzovic, a Hall of Famer who wrestled as Nikolai Volkoff for more than three decades, has died at 70.
Lawler’s pro wrestling career began in the United States Wrestling Association, where he performed as “Too Sexy” Brian Christopher.
“RIP Brian Christopher,” Hulk Hogan tweeted. “Thank you for always stealing the show my brother.”
Lawler spent two years on TNA’s roster before making appearances on the independent circuit for more than a decade. He returned to the WWE in 2014 for a brief Too Cool reunion appearance.
He was arrested in June on a charge of failure to pay an $800 bill with a friend at the Hampton Inn in downtown Memphis.
In February, he was hospitalized following a fight at an Indiana hotel room with former TNA wrestler Chase Stevens.
“WWE is saddened to learn that Brian Christopher Lawler, who is best known in WWE as Too Cool’s Grandmaster Sexay, has passed away,” WWE said in a statement Sunday. “Lawler, who is the son of WWE Hall of Famer Jerry “The King” Lawler, competed during the height of the Attitude Era. WWE extends its condolences to Lawler’s family, friends and fans.”
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Eighteen months after killing a Cayce man during a drunken driving accident, a former elementary school teacher pleaded guilty to felony DUI charges in a Lexington court and was sentenced to seven years, according to a court statement.
Nicole Wilson, 30, who taught at Rocky Creek Elementary School, was driving on Sunset Boulevard when she ran a red light and hit Roger Wayne Johnson, 75.
Johnson died from injuries he sustained during the crash on the night of Jan. 5, 2017. He was picking up his grandchild from work at Applebee’s in Harbison, but the grandchild did not suffer life-threatening injuries in the crash, according to a court statement.
Wilson pleaded guilty to DUI with death, which comes with no option for parole.
Though Wilson pleaded guilty to the criminal charges, she still faces a wrongful death suit from Johnson’s estate, according to court documents.
HOOKSETT, N.H. (WHDH) – A man accused of leaving the scene of a drunken driving crash in Hooksett, New Hampshire Wednesday was re-arrested Friday after police say he showed up drunk to complete the booking process, officials said.
Officers responding to a single-vehicle accident near the intersection of West River and Hackett Hill roads about 3:59 p.m. Wednesday spoke with witnesses who said the driver had been all over the road prior to the crash and fled the scene on Interstate 93 south, according to Hooksett police.
After stopping the damaged car on the highway, police say they arrested Barry Little, 35, of Allenstown, New Hampshire, after they determined he was under the influence of alcohol.
Little was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, conduct after an accident, operating after suspension and having an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.
He was ordered released on $6,000 personal recognizance bail on the condition that he return to Hooksett Police Department to complete the booking process and not consume any alcohol until his Aug. 9 arraignment at 6th Circuit Hooksett District Court.
But when police say he showed up drunk to complete the booking process Friday, he was re-arrested on a charge of breach of bail conditions.
He was released on an additional $2,000 personal recognizance bail and given the same arraignment date.
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Alcohol is a top contributing factor in recreational boater deaths, and the initiative’s goal is to increase safety on Arizona’s lakes and rivers, and reduce the number of fatalities and injuries.
This year’s weekend of enhanced enforcement took place June 29 to July 1, in advance of the Fourth of July, which fell on a Wednesday. During that time, AZGFD officers stopped 81 boats and discussed safe boating with 366 people. Three arrests were made for operating watercraft under the influence, and 13 citations were written for issues like not having a sufficient number of life jackets or an expired boat registration. In addition, officers issued 46 warnings.
The patrols took place at Lake Havasu and Lake Pleasant with 32 AZGFD officers participating in the effort.
“Operation Dry Water is an important initiative because it promotes safety, not only on Arizona’s waterways but also lakes and rivers nationwide,” said Tim Baumgarten, AZGFD’s boating law administrator. “Anything that brings attention to the important issue of designating a sober operator is a good investment of the department’s time and resources.”
AZGFD has been participating in Operation Dry Water since the initiative began in 2009. AZGFD partners with local agencies on the effort, which is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and U.S. Coast Guard.
Although the legal limit for operating a boat in Arizona is .08 blood-alcohol content, an operator is in violation of the law and may be prosecuted for operating a watercraft while impaired to the slightest degree by alcohol and/or drugs.
When hailed by an officer on the water, the process is similar to being pulled over while driving a vehicle. Here’s what to expect:
- The operator must stop his or her boat immediately and allow the officer to pull up alongside it.
- The officer will ask to see the boat registration, and the operator should be prepared to demonstrate that the required safety gear is available.
- There must be a serviceable, U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket available for each person on board, and children 12 and under must be wearing a life jacket.
- Boats 16 feet in length and longer are required to have a Type IV throwable flotation device on board that’s easily accessible.
- The operator also must be able to present the required number of fire extinguishers, which depends on the boat’s features like having an inboard engine or permanently installed fuel tanks.
- Officers will ask the operator if he or she has had any alcoholic beverages that day and will follow up with additional questions as needed.
“Our officers are committed to increasing safety on Arizona’s waterways in an effort to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries that occur each year,” Baumgarten said. “The goal is ensure that everyone has a great day on the water and returns home safely.”
For more information on boating safety or to sign up for a boating education course, visit www.azgfd.gov/boating.