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TV meteorologist arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired


Police in Miamisburg, Ohio, arrested Jamie Simpson, 49, Thursday morning on suspicion of operating a vehicle while impaired.

Most recently, Simpson had been the chief meteorologist at WKEF and WRGT in Dayton. His photograph no longer appears on the station website.

“He was no longer employed by us at the time of this event,” said Kevin Roach, news director for WKEF/WRGT. “We will not comment any further.”

Simpson was taken into custody around 1:25 a.m. in the 100 block of Byers Road, jail records show.

Simpson, who has a previous OVI conviction from a 2014 crash in Greene County, was listed as an inmate in the Montgomery County Jail at 9:15 a.m.

Simpson had been with the stations since April 2016, according to his LinkedIn profile. He previously worked at WHIO.

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Sheriff’s deputy charged with driving drunk with child in vehicle

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SAGINAW, MI — A Saginaw County Sheriff’s deputy is facing criminal charges after he was accused of drunken driving with his 6-year-old child in his vehicle.

Ryan A. Stockford, who turned 38 earlier this week, is charged with single counts of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a passenger younger than 16 and carrying a concealed weapon while under the influence. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Stockford was arraigned on the charges in Saginaw County District Court on Wednesday, Aug. 28.

According to Michigan State Police Special 1st Lt. David Kaiser, the charges stem from an incident that occurred on Aug. 4. Just after 1 a.m., troopers were dispatched to Stockford’s Merrill home for a family trouble complaint after a woman there called to report she and Stockford had gotten into an argument.

Stockford had left in a vehicle before troopers arrived, taking his daughter with him, the woman said, according to Kaiser. The woman also told troopers Stockford was intoxicated and had a loaded pistol with him, Kaiser said.

The woman advised troopers Stockford was heading to a Thomas Township residence. Troopers went there and found Stockford’s vehicle in the driveway, while he was already inside the abode, Kaiser said.

Stockford was visibly intoxicated, Kaiser said. Though he refused to participate in field sobriety tests, he submitted to a preliminary Breathalyzer test. The results indicated his blood alcohol level exceeded 0.08, the state’s legal standard for intoxication, Kaiser said.

Troopers arrested Stockford without incident and took him to an area hospital for a blood sample to be taken. Stockford was briefly lodged in the Bay County Jail.

Troopers released Stockford’s daughter to relatives, Kaiser said.

At his arraignment, Stockford’s bond was set at $2,000 cash-surety or 10 percent, which he posted.

Undersheriff Mike Gomez said Stockford has been placed on paid administrative leave from the sheriff’s office pending the case’s resolution. He had most recently been working as a road patrol deputy, Gomez said.

Stockford’s case is set for trial on Oct. 23.


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Man arrested for driving impaired after ‘huffing paint’


LAKE COUNTY — Indiana State Police arrested a Cincinnati man for allegedly driving impaired on a Northwest Indiana interstate after “huffing paint.”

Alec E. Sadauskas, 21, was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated after a state trooper stopped Sadauskas and found he was under the influence and using spray paint as an intoxicant, according to a release.

At 5:15 p.m. Monday, First Sergeant Terrance Weems was driving eastbound on Interstate 80/94 in Lake County when he saw a red car approaching him quickly from behind while traffic was heavy and slow. The red car, a 2012 Hyundai, passed Weems’ unmarked police car and began to closely follow another vehicle.


Indiana State PoliceA spray paint can found in the car of Alec E. Sadauskas, 21, Cincinnati, who was arrested after allegedly driving impaired on a Northern Indiana interstate after huffing paint on Monday, Aug. 26, 2019.

Weems stopped the Hyundai and was hit with a strong odor of spray paint coming from inside the car as he approached it. Weems found Sadaukas with red spray paint on his face, hands, neck, shirt and blue jean jacket, and Sadauskas’ speech was slurred and he appeared confused when Weems talked to him, the release said.

Sadauskas became angry when Weems asked him about the paint, and Sadauskas said the can exploded in his face. State police said the paint can was intact and not damaged. Sadauskas is alleged to have used the spray paint as an intoxicant.

Sadauskas was taken to Lake County Jail in Crown Point and charged with operating while intoxicated, operating while intoxicated endangerment, speeding, improper passing on the left, following too closely and unsafe lane movement.

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County corrections officer arrested for operating while intoxicated

COLUMBUS, Ind. — Indiana State Police (ISP) have arrested a corrections officer with the Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Office for operating a vehicle while intoxicated after a traffic stop in Columbus.

Around 12 a.m. on August 16, an officer from the Columbus Police Department observed a white Jeep swerving and making unsafe lane movements while driving westbound on State Road 46 near Morgan Willow Trace.

According to ISP, the Columbus police officer stopped the Jeep on State Road 46 near Johnson Blvd. and identified the driver as Kimberly Cruser, 42, of Morgantown, Indiana.

The officer said Cruser showed signs of being intoxicated and notified ISP when learning that she was a corrections officer with the Bartholomew County Jail.

ISP arrived and began an investigation including field sobriety tests.

Cruser was transported to Columbus Regional Hospital where a search warrant was served for blood alcohol content.

She was arrested on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and an open container violation before being taken to the Bartholomew County Jail.

ISP said the blood results are pending and the investigation is still ongoing.

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Mobility scooters are involved in an increasing number of accidents on roads

Road accidents involving reckless mobility scooter riders are on the rise, safety charities have warned, amid calls persistent offenders should face having their electric vehicles confiscated.

Influential road safety groups have called for laws to be clarified so users are reminded of their responsibilities while travelling on streets and pavements, including being subject to road traffic legislation.

Currently mobility scooter users do not require a licence to operate vehicles, though high-powered versions must be registered with the DVLA before being driven on roads.

It means those caught committing criminal offences such as driving scooters while under the influence of alcohol or drugs are often free to continue using them and are served with driving penalties instead.

IAM Roadsmart, one of Britain’s leading driver awareness groups, has now suggested repeat offenders should face having their electric vehicles seized when all other options are exhausted.

Rebecca Ashton, from the charity, said: “Anyone driving a mechanically-propelled vehicle must be in full control of it, they need to be fully capable of controlling the machine to avoid causing danger to themselves or other road users.

“Persistent offenders should be fined every time and banned if have a licence, offering a re-education course could help people to understand the dangers of using such a machine while unfit through drink or drugs.

“Education is paramount to helping people know what they can and can’t do on their mobility scooters, and investment into helping people understand the rules would be welcomed.

“We would say each case would need to be looked at on an individual basis, with education playing an important role. Removing the scooter should only be considered when all other options have failed.”

While the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) called for traffic laws to be clarified after it said figures showed a rise in the number of accidents and casualties since records began in 2013.

A spokesperson said: “As with all forms of transport mobility scooters create some risk for both the user and for other people.

“The number of accidents and casualties involving mobility scooters is increasing.

“It would help if it was made clear that road traffic laws governing careless and dangerous driving all apply to mobility scooter users.”

It comes in the wake of a case involving a drunken mobility scooter user who was punished with a three-year driving ban even though he doesn’t use a car.

Michael Heaven, 56, was disqualified from the roads after he pleaded guilty driving a mechanically powered vehicle in Swindon last month.

The 56-year-old admitted the offence at Swindon Magistrates Court after tests showed he was over one-and-a-half times the drink drive limit when he was breathalysed by police while riding his burgundy-coloured scooter.

Heaven claimed he felt “victimised” by the disqualification, adding it was meaningless as he doesn’t use a car.

He said: “Even the solicitor said it’s something he’s never come across. I didn’t drive anyway.”

But Wiltshire Police defended the decision to prosecute. Sgt Tristian Winter said: “This man was over one-and-a-half times over the drink drive limit and was convicted under Section 4 of the Road Traffic Act which essentially makes it an offence to drive or ride a mechanically propelled vehicle while impaired by drink or drugs.

“Members of the public should be aware that if they plan to use such a vehicle that they should not drink or take drugs as they are putting other people, and themselves in danger, and they will be caught and put before the courts.”

Last year, a district judge in Northern Ireland found he could not ban a 70-year-old repeat drink-driver from using his mobility – despite a lengthy record.

And in July 2017, John Hunt, then 54, was endorsed with 10 penalty points but allowed to continue riding his scooter when he admitted being drunk while driving his mobility scooter as he made his way home from a night out in Colchester.