Dump truck driver in fatal Avon crash has OWI history

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AVON — The dump truck driver criminally charged Wednesday in the crash that left an elderly couple dead has faced criminal charges for impaired driving in the past.

Hendricks County prosecutors charged Danny Lee Williams of Knightstown with causing death while operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle while intoxicated, reckless homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Williams admitted to snorting heroin before the Sept. 3 crash.

Records show it’s not the first time Williams has been accused of driving under the influence.

In June 2014, Greenfield Police arrested Williams on I-70 after he crashed into an INDOT construction sign while driving his Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

Officers observed an empty bottle of Crown Royal on the floorboard and the vehicle smelled of alcohol, court records said.

A witness said he saw Williams’ car swerving, hit a sign, hit a barrier wall and run through a ditch.

Williams told officers he was on his way to Knightstown and admitted to drinking the bottle that was on the floor.

He submitted to a blood test, which showed Williams at .201 BAC.

When your blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08% or higher, you’re considered legally impaired.

Court records also show his blood tested positive for opiates in the 2014 case.

Williams pleaded guilty in 2015 in Hancock County to operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.

He received a one-year suspended sentence as well as probation, and had to pay restitution to the Indiana Department of Transportation for damage to a traffic signal.

As part of his 2015 sentence, Williams had to attend a victim impact panel in which victims of impaired driving typically talk to drivers who’ve been charged with operating under the influence.

Williams also had to pay $768 in criminal court costs and fees as well as fees for the alcohol and drug services program, court records show.

In December 2015, a Hancock County court found Williams violated the terms of his probation.

Deputies arrested Williams for probation violations in December 2015 and again in January 2016, records show.

In a separate Hancock County case, Williams pleaded guilty to cocaine possession in March 2015.

He received a one-year sentence, but half of it was suspended with the remainder served on home detention.

The probation violations applied to the cocaine possession case as well, records show, and on January 21, 2016, a judge sentenced Williams to 90 days in the county jail.

However, records show the court had no objection to Williams sentence being served on Community Corrections work release.

He has not served time in the state prison system, according to the Indiana Department of Correction website. https://www.theindychannel.com/news/call-6-investigators/call-6-dump-truck-driver-in-fatal-avon-crash-has-owi-history

DWI suspect allegedly tried to bribe APD officer

Lawrence Jaramillo

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man arrested for DWI is facing additional charges for trying to bribe his way out of it. 

Lawrence Jaramillo, 30, was pulled over Sunday afternoon when a State Police officer observed him swerving along I-40. During the stop, Jaramillo refused a breathalizer test and told the officer he would give him money, and then offered a vehicle paint job if the officer would let him leave. 

Jaramillo’s 5-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of his arrest. https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/dwi-suspect-allegedly-tried-to-bribe-apd-officer/

Colorado judge arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while on probation for DUI conviction

Aug. 17 arrest in Kansas could affect the judge’s previous sentence

Colorado judge arrested on suspicion of drunken driving while on probation for DUI conviction

A Baca County judge was arrested earlier this month in rural Kansas on suspicion of DUI while serving probation for a 2018 DUI conviction, The Denver Post has learned.

Debra Gunkel was appointed a judge in Baca County in 2010.

Deputies with the Greeley County Sheriff’s office arrested Judge Debra Gunkel, 61, outside Tribune, Kansas, on Aug. 17 on suspicion of driving with an open container, DUI, failing to use a required interlock device and speeding, an arrest report shows.

Greeley County Sheriff Mark Rine said his office had referred the case to the county attorney’s office. County Attorney Charles Moser said in an email Friday that no charges have been filed in the case and that the county is waiting for more information from Colorado before making a charging decision.

Gunkel’s attorney did not return a call or email from The Denver Post requesting an interview Friday morning.

Gunkel serves as a part-time judge in the far southeastern Colorado county, which abuts Kansas and Oklahoma. She pleaded guilty in Prowers County in October to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and careless driving, court records show. Judge Carol Glowinsky sentenced Gunkel to a deferred sentence of two years, meaning Gunkel could have the case dismissed if she did not commit another crime during that period and completes other requirements.

The Colorado courts system is aware of Gunkel’s Kansas arrest, spokesman Rob McCallum said, but no decisions will be immediately made regarding the judge’s future.

“At this point in time she gets to go through the legal process in Kansas,” McCallum said.

If Gunkel is convicted, the chief judge of the 15th Judicial District could decide to rearrange her dockets so that she is not handling DUI cases, he said. The Colorado Commission on Judicial Discipline could also investigate the situation and issue a letter of reprimand or direct her to receive treatment for a mental or physical health condition. The commission could also recommend that the Colorado Supreme Court reprimand, remove or retire the judge.

Former Gov. Bill Ritter appointed Gunkel to the part-time position in Baca County Court in 2010. She previously worked as a prosecutor in the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and maintains a private law practice, according to her Colorado Judicial Branch biography.

Defendants appearing in Gunkel’s court could also ask the judge to recuse herself if they felt her arrests would affect her ability to handle their cases fairly.

In 2018, county residents voted to keep Gunkel as a judge despite her DUI conviction a month prior. A performance survey report published by the Colorado Office of Judicial Performance Evaluation before the election did not mention the criminal case and found Gunkel met performance standards.

If Gunkel remains on the bench, voters will decide in 2022 whether to retain her. https://www.canoncitydailyrecord.com/2019/08/30/debra-gunkel-judge-colorado-dui/

Trying on beer goggles for tailgating season

There has been so much messaging against drunk driving for so long that facts can become platitudes. The stark reality that drinking really can impair drivers enough to cause crashes, injuries, and deaths is talked about so often that it seems like an ethos really meant “those bad people.” But drunk driving is a bug that can bite anyone who thinks they’re fine and that their ride is just a short distance. Ford Motor Company and the Georgia Tech Police Department are trying to make the effects of impairment tangible.

Then Georgia Tech PD “pulled us over” and Officer Loren Crabtree proctored a field sobriety test for each of us. That was far more challenging than driving, as neither of us could walk in lines, balance well, or throw footballs or tennis balls straight. I painstakingly tried to walk on the line, but the weights made moving hard and the goggles offset the line to my sight. And the weights made balancing incredibly hard. These normally are fairly easy to do. “When someone is sober, it’s easy to walk nine heel-to-toe steps in a line or balance on one foot,” Officer Crabtree said. “They can’t follow instructions, they can’t keep balance, they can’t walk in a line.” An intoxicated driver that falls well short on these field sobriety tests creates very tangible evidence for officers, juries, and judges to decide on their case.So driving drunk is off-limits, but also drunk bicycling, e-scootering, and even walking should be, Crabtree said. “If you’re intoxicated and walking on the sidewalk, that normally is very easy when you’re sober. But when you’re drunk, you can easily trip or fall and maybe even trip into a roadway. And when you have vehicle traffic, you can get hurt or [cause] car accidents.” Crabtree said that taking ride sharing services or even calling the police themselves (when they aren’t too busy) are great options for Tech students trying to get around while drunk. Tech also offers the Tech Trolley and Stingerette to get multiple students around when they cannot safely under their own power. Students should also consider having a designated driver in their party. Team Georgia is a safe and sober travel advocacy organization for which I serve on the board. We have booths set up at GSU Stadium and KSU’s Fifth Third Bank Stadium specifically to encourage sober driving on football game days. Passersby can sign the pledge not to drink and drive. If they do this at the Infinite Energy Center in Gwinnett for any event there, they get a voucher for a free soft drink.With modern conveniences like ride sharing available, there is even less of an excuse to drive impaired. The drunk-driving suit may drive an exaggerated point, but it’s one that needs to stick: We need all of our senses at high capacity to operate fast, ton-plus vehicles. This means we need to keep the cans — and the phones — far away from the steering wheel. https://www.ajc.com/news/local/gridlock-guy-trying-beer-goggles-for-tailgating-season/T7pERDfJCEgI27YnWfQI2L/

Delta Air Lines pilot charged with alcohol violation

Pilot Arrested

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Delta Air Lines pilot from Minnesota was charged Friday with operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol.

Tests confirmed that 37-year-old Gabriel Schroeder, of Rosemont, had a blood alcohol level between 0.04% and 0.08% when detectives arrested him on a plane at the Minneapolis airport just as it started boarding for a flight to San Diego on July 20, according to the criminal complaint.

The limit set by the Federal Aviation Administration is 0.04%, which is half the legal limit for driving in Minnesota.

Schroder’s first court date is Nov. 27. Court records don’t list an attorney who could comment for him.

According to the complaint, Schroeder told detectives that he’d had one beer and three vodka drinks the night before. He also admitted discarding an unopened vodka bottle that investigators found in an airport bathroom after he saw that security screening for crews had been stepped up.

Delta removed Schroder from flying after his arrest. https://news.yahoo.com/delta-air-lines-pilot-charged-201200171.html;_ylt=AwrXnCEasW1d.wwAig3QtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTByN3UwbTk1BGNvbG8DZ3ExBHBvcwM5BHZ0aWQDBHNlYwNzcg–