McDonald’s call brings OVI arrest


Police were dispatched to the Oxford McDonald’s last week after a caller had reported a woman in the drive-through allegedly intoxicated.

An officer responded at 9:22 p.m. April 25 and saw a vehicle in the parking lot with its headlights off. The car soon turned out north onto South Locust Street with no headlights or taillights operating, and with no visible license plate.

The officer followed and initiated a traffic stop. The driver turned into a parking lot.

The driver, Nicole Marcum, 18, allegedly had marijuana inside the vehicle, according to police. She later allegedly admitted she smoked marijuana about five minutes before the traffic stop.

Marcum told the officer she did not have a license and purchased the vehicle earlier in the day. She was asked her name and misspelled her middle name twice in saying it out loud for the officer. 

She said she had proof of purchase of the vehicle at home, but was unaware there was no license plate.

The officer confirmed Marcum had no driver’s license, just a permanent ID card. 

She reportedly told the officer, “I’m really sorry. I told him I did smoke a little bit of weed before I left and I forgot to turn on my lights because it is my first time driving.” 

She also said, “… that’s the only reason why I took the risk, because I’ll pay the fine and go to court and I’ll admit to my wrong.”

She produced a 0.019 after taking a Breathalyzer test, and taken to the hospital for a urine test. 

She was cited for OVI, operating a vehicle without a license, and headlights and license plate violations. She was issued a summons to appear in court. 

Additional charges are pending lab results, according to police, and later transported to her residence.

Woman crashes into telephone pole, gets arrested on suspicion of 2nd-offense OWI

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RANDOLPH TOWNSHIP, Wis. — Deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office arrested a woman on suspicion of second-offense OWI on Saturday night after receiving a report of a vehicle that had crashed into a telephone pole.

According to an incident report, Sara Tietz, 30, of Randolph, was transported to Beaver Dam hospital and later transported to UW Hospital via helicpoter.

Officials said Tietz crashed into the pole near the intersection of Krueger Road and Highway 33 shortly before 9 p.m.

Police said Tietz was initially trapped inside the vehicle.

Upon investigation, deputies found Tietz had a revoke driver’s license due to a prior OWI conviction and she is required to have an ignition interlock device installed in her vehicle, which she did not have.

Carteret Man Said He Had Coronavirus To Get Out Of DWI: AG

State Police say a Carteret man caused a DWI crash on the Parkway Friday, and then said he was infected to avoid being taken into custody.

HAZLET, NJ — A Carteret man who State Police say was driving under the influence on Friday — and caused a crash on the Garden State Parkway — was also charged with falsely telling state troopers he had the coronavirus to try and avoid being arrested, said police.

This happened Friday, March 27 on the Garden State Parkway southbound through Hazlet, at milepost 118.6, according to Trooper Alejandro Goez.

State Police say Travis Urban, 30, of Carteret, became involved in an accident with another car and no injuries were reported. Troopers determined that Urban was under the influence and he was arrested and charged with DWI.

However, the New Jersey Attorney General said Urban told officers at the scene he had the coronavirus to try to avoid being taken into custody. It is not known what exactly he said.

He was additionally charged with obstruction and hindering apprehension/prosecution. Urban was released pending a court date.

Additionally, a week prior to that, on March 21, David Haley, 52, was arrested in Perth Amboy after he threw bodily fluids at a police officer and claimed to be infected with coronavirus, said the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office. He was charged with second-degree terroristic threats.

“Our police officers are going above and beyond the call of duty during this health crisis. Unfortunately, they are being called upon far too often to deal with people violating the orders put in place to protect us all — or what is more egregious, people falsely using the coronavirus to spread fear or impede officers in their vital work,” said Attorney General Gurbir Grewal on Monday.

Car being driven in reverse leads to felony DUI arrest

A traffic stop for driving in reverse on a road in Corbin Monday night, resulted in the driver being arrested for felony DUI and trafficking in methamphetamine.

Dale A. Madden, 39, of Corbin, was arrested at approximately 8:30 p.m. after Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies conducted the traffic stop on Farmers Trail, off of Corinth Road, which they described as a one-lane road.

When deputies asked the driver, later identified as Madden, for identification, they noted he did not have a valid one, but did have a large amount of cash in his wallet.

A check on Madden’s driver’s license indicated in had been suspended because of previous DUI’s.

Deputies noted that Madden had bloodshot eyes. They administered multiple field sobriety tests that Madden failed, leading to his arrest on charges of operating a motor vehicle under the influence – fourth or greater offense, reckless driving, and driving on a DUI suspended license.

Saunders reported finding a bag of methamphetamine concealed in the seat of the cruiser.

Madden was also charged with first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance – methamphetamine.

Madden is being held in the Whitley County Detention Center.

Police link bar closings to drop in DWI arrests

Officers in Forsyth County made fewer arrests for driving while impaired-related offenses in March this year as compared with the same month for the past two years, according to law-enforcement statistics.

The latest available figures show that 68 people were arrested last month on charges of driving while impaired, provisional DWI for someone under the age 21 accused of driving while consuming an alcoholic beverage, and aiding and abetting DWI in which a person aids another person to drive while being impaired.

Police in Winston-Salem and Kernersville as well as Forsyth County sheriff’s deputies who make DWI-related arrests are part of the Forsyth County DWI Task Force.

The DWI-related arrests this year represent a 17% decrease from similar arrests that the Forsyth County officers made in March 2019.

Eighty-two people were charged during in March 2019, as compared with 106 people in March 2018, the statistics show. That was a 23% decrease in DWI-related arrests.

“March typically is a slower month for the DWI Task Force, but I can definitely say that the closure of the bars and restaurants has made a huge impact with our arrests,” said police Sgt. Michael McDonald, a task-force member. “The closure of these establishments (amid the coronavirus pandemic) has forced our citizens to do exactly what we have tried to accomplish through education and enforcement, which is to stay home and/or drink responsibly.

“The ones we have encountered thus far in April, have been through vehicle crashes and not staying home as directed,” McDonald said.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order has reduced traffic on roads and highways locally and statewide.

District Attorney Jim O’Neill of Forsyth County said that local law enforcement officers have been effective in enforcing DWI laws.

“The community has come to realize that drunk drivers will be caught and prosecuted in Forsyth County,” said O’Neill, a Republican candidate for N.C. Attorney General in the November election.

The presence of companies such as Uber and Lyft has provided an alternative means for people to travel without driving their own vehicles, O’Neill said in an email.

“As a result, people are finding safer ways to get home after consuming alcohol, rather than drive the roads and streets in an impaired state,” O’Neill said. “Our community has come to realize that the Winston-Salem Police Department and the DWI Task Force and this prosecutor’s office will not tolerate drunk driving on the streets in our neighborhoods.”

Sgt. Christopher Knox, a spokesman for the N.C. Highway Patrol, said that his agency is pleased by the decrease of DWI-related arrests in Forsyth County.

“It would be difficult to isolate a specific reason as to why alcohol-related arrests are down from years 2018 to 2019 and 2019 to 2020 for the month of March,” Knox said in an email. “Although as an agency, we put great value in the need for the strict enforcement of alcohol-related offenses, we also pride ourselves on our continued focus on education with regards to the destructive consequences of driving while impaired.”  

Knox also pointed to the highway patrol’s statistics about the traffic collisions involving alcohol.

In 2018, there were five alcohol-related fatal crashes in Forsyth County, Knox said. In 2019, there were two alcohol-fatal crashes in Forsyth.

“(The) numbers for this year would be preliminary, but these are the trends that we value and are seeing across the state as a whole,” Knox said.

“Our goal has and always will be that zero lives are lost in traffic crashes across our state,” Knox said. “This idea … is shared by our partner agencies at the state, county and local levels.”

Lori Brown, a state program specialist for the Mothers Against Drunk Driving in North Carolina, also sees several factors in the decreasing numbers of DWI-related arrests in Forsyth County.

The increased use of ride-share programs such as Lyft and Uber is a factor in the decrease, Brown said in an email.

“We are seeing that people are using these apps and getting safe rides home,” Brown said. “Unfortunately, most of North Carolina is more rural and these programs are not available.”

Another factor is that many law-enforcement officers are spending many hours in court, in training or covering special events rather than stopping suspected drivers who are impaired, she said.

“The trend we have been seeing across the state that has had a negative impact is the fact that a majority of our law-enforcement agencies statewide are short on officers and have several open positions,” Brown said.

“This puts a strain on the agencies and not having enough officers to cover the hours equals less stops.

“This not only impact DWIs but all traffic safety violations.”

With a statewide stay-at-home order in effect this month, there are fewer cars on the roads and fewer crashes happening, Brown said.

“Hopefully a positive result of this crazy time will be that people learn to stay at home if they are consuming alcohol or using drugs,” Brown said.