Man arrested on fourth driving under the influence charge after crashing into State Police cruiser, authorities say

Posted May 12, 2020 

Mass. State Police cruiser struck by drunken driver
Mass. State Police say a drunken driver struck a cruiser in Fitchburg on May 11, 2020.

A 48-year-old Fitchburg man was arrested on his fourth driving under the influence charge Monday night when authorities say he crashed into a Massachusetts State Police cruiser.

A trooper had stopped a vehicle on Summer Street in Fitchburg just before midnight. Craig Jatrinski drove his car into the back of the trooper’s cruiser, state police said.

The trooper was outside of the cruiser and was not hurt. Jatrinski was also not injured.

Authorities said Jatrinski had slurred speech and the trooper detected an odor of alcohol on him.

“Troopers administered field sobriety tests and a portable Breathalyzer test,” state police said.

He was arrested as a result of those tests.

Jatrinski had three prior driving under the influence charges on his record. His driver’s license had also been suspended because of those cases.

Jatrinski was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol – fourth offense, negligent driving, driving an unregistered vehicle and failure to move over for an emergency vehicle.

Authorities said he refused to take a breath-alcohol test at the state police barracks. The refusal triggers an automatic suspension of license even though his license was already suspended.

The state police cruiser’s blue lights were on at the time of the crash. Jatrinski got out of his 2007 Honda Accord sedan after the crash, state police said.

Jatrinski will be arraigned in Fitchburg District Court.

Man charged with DUI after eating marijuana during Summerfield traffic stop

Adam Ahmed

A Gainesville man who was stopped in Summerfield for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and admitted to eating marijuana to hide it from a Marion County sheriff’s deputy is behind bars.

An off-duty deputy was traveling west on County Road 42 on Sunday night when he came up behind a red Toyota Prius that was unable to maintain a single lane and had crossed over the double-yellow and fog lines several times. After the vehicle, driven by 30-year-old

Adam Ahmed, failed to come to a complete stop at the red light at the intersection of CR 42 and U.S. Hwy. 27/441, the deputy conducted a traffic stop. He reported the just prior to the stop, the vehicle was traveling in the center of the two lanes on the highway.

A second deputy arrived and made contact with Ahmed, who had bloodshot eyes and was “nervously shaking.” The deputy, who is a certified drug recognition expert and noted the smell of burnt marijuana in Ahmed’s vehicle, also observed that his pupils appeared to be dilated in the direct light of his flashlight.

After Ahmed struggled through field sobriety exercises where he had eyelid and body tremors, the deputy put him under arrest and sat him in his patrol vehicle. After completing an inventory of Ahmed’s vehicle, the deputy returned to his cruiser and noticed a strong odor of marijuana that hadn’t been present earlier, a sheriff’s office report states.

After being read his rights, Ahmed told the deputy he had eaten marijuana that was hidden in a plastic baggie inside his left shoe. The deputy field tested the remaining green leafy substance in the baggie and it tested positive for marijuana, a sheriff’s office report says, adding that Ahmed admitted to smoking marijuana about 24 hours before the traffic stop.

Ahmed was transported to the Marion County Jail, where he provided a breath sample that showed .000 blood alcohol content. He also provided a urine sample and agreed to a drug influence evaluation. The deputy noted that he believed Ahmed was impaired by cannabis at the time of that evaluation and “could not operate a motor vehicle safely.”

Ahmed was charged with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, obstructing justice (tampering in misdemeanor proceedings) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held on $13,000 bond and his next court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.

Drunk Park Ridge Man Points Gun At Driver: Prosecutors

. Brian J. Konteck, of the 200 block of North Delphia Avenue in Park Ridge, faces several charges following the April 24 incident.

KANE COUNTY, IL — A 33-year-old Park Ridge man faces drunken driving and weapons charges following a road rage incident that happened in Elgin in recent weeks. Brian J. Konteck, of the 200 block of North Delphia Avenue in Park Ridge, is free from jail after a Kane County judge set Kontek’s bail at $50,000 and released him on “his promise to appear in court,” according to a news release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Kontek also was ordered to surrender all guns and his Firearm Owners Identification card, not to have any contact with the victim and two witnesses, and not to drink any alcohol, prosecutors said.

Kontek was arrested following the April 24 incident, which started around 12:30 p.m. when Kontek trailed a person in his car to an address in the 100 block of North Edison Avenue in Elgin following a “non-contact incident.” Prosecutors say Kontek drove recklessly and on the wrong side of the road before getting to the Elgin address, which is a location where the person who he’d followed used to work.

Two people inside the business came outside, saw the commotion and called police, according to the news release. Kontek got out of his car, walked up to the victim’s vehicles and pointed a handgun at the individual, prosecutors said.

Elgin Police Department arrived at the scene and found a handgun tucked into Kontek’s waistband, according to authorities. He had a valid FOID card but did not have a concealed carry license.

Police said Kontek showed “multiple signs of impairment.”

Kontek has since been charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon/loaded in a vehicle/no concealed carry license, a class 4 felony; three counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, class 4 felonies; carrying a concealed firearm while under the influence of alcohol, a class A misdemeanor; aggravated assault, a class A misdemeanor; and unlawful use of a weapon/possessing a firearm in public, a class A misdemeanor; and driving under the influence, a class A misdemeanor

Kontek is next expected in court on June 25.

York County DUI prosecutor now faces DUI charges, fired from job, officials say

York County DUI prosecutor now faces DUI charges, fired from job, officials say

A York County DUI prosecutor has lost his job after being charged with drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident, police and court officials said.

Jamie Terrell Nichols, 28, is charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash on Mount Gallant Road Saturday night, according to Master Trooper Gary Miller of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A crash happened outside Rock Hill city limits and was investigated by the highway patrol. Then a second crash occurred inside the city limits, on Mount Gallant Road at Museum Road, and was investigated by Rock Hill police.

Nichols left the scene of the first two-car collision, Miller said.

Nichols then was taken into custody a short while later at the scene of a second collision. Rock Hill police issued a failure to stop for a red light citation at the second crash scene, said Lt. Michael Chavis of Rock Hill Police Department. No injuries were reported in either crash.

State troopers arrived and arrested Nichols. He had a blood alcohol level of .16, Miller said. The .16 blood alcohol level is double the legal limit for driving in South Carolina, state law shows.

Nichols was has been terminated from employment as a prosecutor, said Kevin Brackett, 16th Circuit Solicitor. Brackett confirmed that Nichols had worked as a DUI prosecutor.

“We hold ourselves to a higher standard, and Mr. Nichols was terminated from our office as soon as we determined he had been charged,” Brackett said.

Harry Dest, a Rock Hill lawyer at the Dest Law Firm and former 16th Circuit Public Defender, said he is representing Nichols.

“I will do a thorough investigation of these allegations and vigorously defend Mr. Nichols on these charges,” Dest said.

Dest said Nichols is a a well-liked, and well-respected member of the legal community who at a young age has already been generous with community service.

Nichols was released from the York County jail on $4,000 bond Sunday around 11 a.m., said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office.

New charges filed against woman who allegedly struck Port Authority Police Officer while under the influence

Amandeep Tiwana

A Queens woman who critically injured a Port Authority Police Officer last week after striking him with her vehicle, as well as injuring two Jersey City Police Officers, has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated and additional upgraded charges after her blood alcohol test determined she was allegedly over the legal limit.

On Tuesday, April 28, just after 12:30 a.m., the Jersey City Police Department responded to a motor vehicle accident in which the driver, a 32-year-old New York woman, overturned her vehicle on eastbound Route 139 (depressed highway). The driver was transported to the Jersey City Medical Center with minor injuries.

While Port Authority Police Officer Peter Siano III and three Jersey City Police Officers were securing the initial crash scene and doing traffic control, 27-year-old Amandeep Tiwana of Flushing NY – who was heading eastbound on Route 139 – allegedly struck the median divider, a JCPD radio car, and also Officer Siano causing serious bodily injuries.

Tiwana was arrested without incident just after 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 5, in Harrison, New Jersey, by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Regional Collision Investigation Unit and officers from the Harrison Police Department.

Tiwana was charged with Driving While Intoxicated. She also received upgraded charges from fourth degree Assault by Auto, which she was charged with on April 29,  to second degree Assault by Auto.

The Hudson County Regional Collision Unit investigators also allege that Tiwana was traveling “at an excessive rate of speed,” according to the press release, and she has additionally been charged with multiple motor vehicle offenses, including reckless driving, speeding, unsafe lane change, failure to obey traffic restrictions during emergency conditions, disregard of officers directing traffic, and committing a disorderly act during an emergency.

Siano remains hospitalized in critical but stable condition at Jersey City Medical Center.

Both Jersey City Police Officers were treated at Jersey City Medical Center for minor injuries.

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office will be moving to detain Tiwana on the upgraded charges.

The above charges are merely accusations. Tiwana is presumed innocent until proven guilty.