Driver, charged with DWI, after crashing into vehicles, home

ASHEBORO — An Asheboro man was charged with driving while impaired after reportedly crashing into a house and several cars Thursday night.

A 2012 Chrysler passenger vehicle, driven by Carlos Gutierrez, 26, of 806 Franks St., Asheboro, was traveling east on Powhatan Avenue, Asheboro, when it crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left, according to a report from the Asheboro Police Department.

Gutierrez’s vehicle then collided with three vehicles that were parked in the driveway of 916 Powhatan Ave. His car swerved and ran off the road before entering the yard and coming to rest against the house at 916 Powhatan.

Gutierrez was charged with driving while impaired, open container and failure to maintain lane.

He is being held at the Randolph County Detention Center under a $10,000 secured bond.

Here’s What Happens To Those Threatening NJ Cops With Coronavirus

NEW JERSEY – If you threaten a New Jersey police officer with the coronavirus, you’re going to suffer for it, authorities say. Eight people in eight New Jersey towns may soon find out how tough that punishment will get (see list below).

Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal says his office has taken over prosecution of at least six cases and is filing upgraded charges against defendants who allegedly threatened police officers by spitting or coughing at them and claiming to have COVID-19. Patch also reported additional cases that were not on the state’s list.

Grewal said his office is taking steps as a way of “letting our dedicated officers know that we have their backs as they work tirelessly to maintain public safety and health at this difficult time.”

“We take all assaults on police officers seriously, but it is especially heinous for someone to spit or cough at an officer in an attempt to infect or threaten to infect them with COVID-19,” Grewal added.

Indeed, officials reported that 288 members of New Jersey law enforcement have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Col. Patrick Callahan, acting superintendent of the State Police, said on Monday that 2,477 have self-quarantined. Read more: 288 In NJ Law Enforcement Positive For Coronavirus

“Hundreds of officers across New Jersey are already infected with the virus, which, in many cases, they likely contracted by protecting and serving the public while on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19,” Grewal said. “We have zero tolerance for anyone who uses the coronavirus as a weapon or instrument of terror against officers bravely performing their duties during this health crisis.”

Callahan noted that troopers and officers throughout the state do not have the ability to work from home or practice social distancing while doing their job.

“Law enforcement comes with many risks, none of which do the men and women who wear a badge shy away from,” said Callahan “For a defendant to intentionally expose an officer to COVID-19 is not just an assault on that officer, it’s an assault on their family members, fellow officers, and the general public. Anyone who uses the virus as a weapon against an officer will face a swift law enforcement response.”

On several cases, Veronica Allende, director of the Division of Criminal Justice, said her office has upgraded potential punishments by adding second-degree charges of making terroristic threats during a state of emergency.

Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.

Patch has reported several similar cases that were not on the attorney general’s list:

In other cases, people have used the disease as a way to get out of trouble.

A Carteret man who State Police say was driving under the influence — and caused a crash on the Parkway — was also charged with falsely telling state troopers he had the coronavirus to try and avoid being taken into custody, said police. Read more: Man In Hazlet Parkway Crash Lied, Said He Had Coronavirus: PD

The following cases, which initially were charged by local police and county prosecutors, have been superseded for prosecution by the Division of Criminal Justice:

  • David Haley, 52, of Perth Amboy was charged after allegedly throwing bodily fluid at an officer and resisting arrest. On March 21, Haley allegedly spit on Perth Amboy officers who responded to a domestic violence call. He claimed to be infected with the coronavirus. He also is charged with simple assault/domestic violence.
  • Raymond Ricciardi, 51, of New Providence allegedly claimed he had the coronavirus and purposely coughed at police and medics.
  • Marina Bishara-Rhone, 25, of River Edge was involved in a domestic violence incident on March 14 and allegedly coughed directly on an officer, claiming she had the coronavirus and hoped he was now infected.
  • Kenneth Wideman Jr., 30, of Flemington allegedly yelled in the faces of police officers and actively coughed and spit at them on March 19, claiming to have the coronavirus. He refused police commands that he wear a mask.
  • Vanessa Shaaraway, 35 of Kearny was charged on March 27 when Belleville Police responded to a report of a shoplifter, and then encountered the suspect. Shaaraway allegedly fled and refused commands to stop. When she was caught by two officers, she purposefully coughed on them and claimed that she was infected with COVID-19, the OAG said.
  • Jennifer Burgess, 35, of Plainfield was charged during a motor vehicle stop on March 16 in Dunellen. Burgess allegedly attempted to elude police and deliberately coughed on an officer, telling the cop that she had the coronavirus.

103 drink-driving arrests in fortnight despite lockdown

103 drink-driving arrests in fortnight despite lockdown
Police warn those driving under the influence are putting lives at risk and emergency services under pressure at a critical time. Credit: Presseye

Despite the lockdown in place across Northern Ireland and a 60% reduction in traffic flow, police have arrested 103 people for driving while under the influence in the last fortnight.

According to the PSNI, some drivers have been detected by officers on patrol and at vehicle checkpoints aimed at limiting unnecessary journeys during the coronavirus pandemic.

However, arrests have also been made following calls from members of the public, shop and security staff, and in some cases, concerned family members.

PSNI Inspector Rosie Leech said: “At a time when we are all working together to try and minimise unnecessary pressure on our NHS and emergency service colleagues, it is particularly disappointing that so many people have decided to put lives at risk by driving after drinking or taking drugs.

“We have significant numbers of police officers on duty across the country and are determined to continue our road safety enforcement.”

It is critically important that we all look out for each other. Stay home. Save lives.

She added: “While I would like to thank all those who reported incidents of people they suspected were driving while under the influence, I would again repeat our road safety appeal – now more than ever, please take personal responsibly for road safety.

“Please slow down. Wear a seatbelt. Pay attention to your surroundings. Never, ever drink or take drugs and drive.”

Police are also warning that, while there is less traffic on roads across Northern Ireland, there are greater numbers of pedestrians and cyclists at all times of day.

Restrictions on movement have been extended by another three weeks to try to limit the spread of Covid-19.

People are urged not to make unnecessary journeys and to leave home only for essential groceries or medication, to work if it is essential and cannot be done from home, or for exercise once a day – while adhering to social distancing by staying at least 6ft apart from people who are not part of your household and avoiding gatherings.

‘God has forgiven me.’ Central Kentucky candidate refuses to leave race after DUI plea

A candidate for Kentucky state representative for part of Fayette County asked for votes and forgiveness as she announced Monday she’s staying in the race after pleading guilty to driving under the influence.

Monteia Mundy is running to represent the state’s 88th district, which includes southern Fayette County. She was arrested in April in Madison County and charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident without rendering aid and failure to wear a seat belt. 

When she pleaded guilty to the DUI charge Monday, the other two counts were dismissed, according to court records. TOP ARTICLES    Truck repossession leads to 5 shot, police say. Kentucky man charged in murder

In a statement released Monday, Mundy said that she’d taken a prescribed medication the day of the crash and arrest. 

“That evening, I had a drink not realizing that a possible side effect of the medication was disorientation and loss of judgment if I consumed any alcohol at all,” Mundy said in the statement. “I should have been more careful while under medical care.”

Mundy went on to say that she accepted full “blame and responsibility” and apologized to anyone put at risk. 

“I’m grateful that the outcome wasn’t worse, and I’m grateful to the Kentucky state trooper who located me and took appropriate action to ensure the public’s safety,” Mundy said in the statement. “I was disoriented and I didn’t belong on the road. I know that God has forgiven me, and now I can only hope others can find it in their hearts to forgive me as well.”

Mundy, a Republican, said in her statement that her decision to remain in the race was influenced by her primary opponent. 

“Of course, I considered withdrawing from the race,” Mundy, an attorney, said in the statement. “It was only natural. However, during that same time, while my primary opponent was making public statements saying he was praying for me, he was messaging me privately threatening me. He gave me a deadline to withdraw from the race and back him, and if I didn’t meet his deadline, he indicated that he and his people would ruin me and my future.”

The opponent in question, Aaron Yates, denied the accusation that any threat was made. He also denied having any part in a “multimedia attack” Mundy mentioned in her statement. 

Yates called Mundy’s statements about his campaign “inflammatory attacks” and said that he stands by his previous call for her to leave the race.

While Mundy did not point to any specific online attacks, a website poking fun at her arrest went live on April 28. A Facebook account linked to the website shared Mundy’s statement Monday, saying the website and social media accounts were run by one person and denied that they were in any way involved with a campaign or candidate. It also addressed Mundy’s allegation that money was being spent on the attacks, saying that the person responsible for the website spent $10 on a domain name for the website and nothing else. 

When asked about the website and social media accounts, Yates also said he and his campaign had nothing to do with them. 

“Let’s not mince words, my opponent under her own will drove under the influence of drugs and alcohol, struck a young woman rendering her car immobile on the side of the road and then fled the scene to avoid the consequences of her actions,” Yates said in his own statement. “Today Monteia claimed she’ll accept the consequences of her actions, yet believes she gets to determine what those consequences are. As someone in the legal profession, she should know that’s not how justice works.”

In Mundy’s arrest citation, a Kentucky State Police trooper wrote that she was incoherent and stumbling after the April 25 crash. The trooper attempted to give her a field sobriety test but stopped after she failed to follow instructions, according to the citation. 

After colliding with another car near a Love’s gas station, Mundy drove off and crashed in a ditch near another gas station less than half a mile away, according to the citation. 

“I made a mistake and I’m sorry. Beyond sorry,” Mundy said in her statement. “In spite of that, I still believe that I’m the best person in this race to bring conservative values to Frankfort. I take full responsibility for my actions, and if the people of the 88th District can find it in their hearts to forgive me, and they send me to Frankfort, I will work each day to make them proud, and show that we can all continue to do good in spite of past mistakes.”

The current representative for the 88th district is Democrat Cherlynn Stevenson, who is running for re-election.

Dump truck driver charged with DUI

An Auburn man has been hit with numerous felony charges after he struck and killed a 62-year-old woman with his dump truck outside the Casey’s General Store in Auburn on Monday.

Bennie Jackson, 43, of Auburn, was charged Wednesday with three counts of aggravated driving under the influence of drugs, one count of reckless homicide, one count of official misconduct, one count of possession of methamphetamine and two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to the Illinois State Police, Jackson, the driver of an Auburn Township dump truck, “failed to negotiate a curve” on Illinois 4.

He drove through a ditch, over Lincoln Street, and landed in the gas station’s parking lot where his vehicle struck the victim, Obaidah Gresham of Auburn, who was standing outside of her vehicle.

Gresham, of Auburn, was pronounced dead at the scene at 12:45 p.m. Monday by Coroner Jim Allmon.