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DUI suspect strikes two kids riding in Barbie Jeep before fleeing

DUI suspect strikes two kids riding in Barbie Jeep before fleeing, Washington cops say

A 26-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence struck two children riding in a toy car Monday, according to Washington police.

The incident happened in Kent, which is around 20 miles south of Seattle.

The pickup truck driver struck a 5-year-old and 2-year-old who were riding in a “battery-powered Barbie Jeep,” the King County Sheriff’s Office posted on Twitter. His truck “swerved off the street, veered into a mailbox and hit them,” a sheriff’s spokesperson said, according to the Seattle Times.

The driver, whose name has not been released, fled but was caught a half mile away, according to the sheriff’s office. Deputies found the man trying to free the toy car away from underneath his truck, the Seattle Times reported.

Both children were taken to a Seattle hospital, the sheriff said. A girl is in serious condition and a boy has “non-life threatening injuries,” according to KIRO.

“The driver was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence and two counts of vehicular assault,” KIRO reported.

The incident remains under investigation, the sheriff’s office said.

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Maryland Trooper Kills Drunk Driving Suspect Who Dragged Him Down I-95: Police

The trooper has been released from the hospital

A Maryland State Police trooper shot and killed a man suspected of drunk driving after the man allegedly dragged the trooper 2,000 feet down I-95. News4’s Chris Gordon has more on the investigation.

A Maryland state trooper shot and killed a suspected drunk driver who fled a traffic stop along I-95 in Howard County early Friday and dragged a trooper 2,000 feet down the highway, police say.

Julio Cesar Moran-Ruiz, 36, of Baltimore, is the man fatally shot by a Maryland state trooper. Police said there was a delay in identifying him because he didn’t have an ID on him.

The trooper was treated at a Baltimore hospital’s shock trauma center and released later Friday morning, Maryland State Police Superintendent Col. Woodrow W. Jones said. The nature of the trooper’s injuries is unclear.

What turned into a fatal police shooting that shut down I-95 for hours started as a seemingly regular DUI enforcement stop near Route 100 in Elkridge, Maryland, police say.

Maryland State Trooper Shoots, Kills DUI Suspect

A Maryland state trooper shot and killed a suspected drunk driver who fled a traffic stop along I-95, police say.

According to Maryland State Police, the trooper was working DUI enforcement around 2 a.m. when he spotted a red Ford Escape weaving across the northbound lanes.

The trooper pulled over the suspected drunk driver, then called for backup, which is typical ahead of a field sobriety test, Jones said.

Moran-Ruiz showed clear signs he was inebriated when the trooper spoke to him through the driver’s side window. He gave officers a false name and refused to get out of the car when asked, police say.

Then, Moran-Ruiz put the vehicle in drive, police said. The trooper tried to grab the keys out of the ignition.

As the trooper reached into the car, Moran-Ruiz accelerated and drove away, police said.

The trooper was dragged alongside the car more than one-third of a mile down the interstate, yelling for the driver to stop. He feared for his life, police said.

The trooper warned Moran-Ruiz that he would shoot, but the suspect refused to stop, Jones said.

While being dragged, the trooper reached for his agency-issued gun and shot Moran-Ruiz.

The car apparently careened into the grassy median. The trooper was thrown the ground then found by another trooper, police say.

Howard County emergency medical personnel pronounced Moran-Ruiz dead at the scene.

Police say they later found multiple alcohol containers and a machete under the driver’s seat. No identification was found on him, however.

The officer wasn’t wearing a body camera. Jones said the department instead uses an in-car video system.

Footage from the in-car video will be reviewed, Jones said.

Jones said that the force is “committed” to completing both criminal and administrative investigations into the shooting.

Maryland State Police’s homicide unit is investigating the shooting, which is standard procedure. Then, the Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office will review the findings. The state police internal affairs will also investigate.

The extensive investigation shut down I-95 for hours on Friday. Southbound lanes have reopened.

The trooper who fired the lethal shot is a three-year veteran who works for the Waterloo Barrack, police say.

Both troopers involved have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

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Driver who plowed into woman on sidewalk gets minimum 7 years for death

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The December 2019 scene of a candlelight vigil to remember 47-year-old Lashanda Howard, who was struck and killed by an alleged drunken driver Monday in Southeast Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — A man who police say was driving impaired when his car jumped a curb, struck a woman and then two houses has been sentenced to a minimum seven years in prison.

Javan Thomas Beard, 37, was sentenced Thursday, Aug. 27 in Kent County Circuit Court on a charge of operating under the influence causing death.

Judge Mark Trusock sentenced Beard to 86 months (7 years, 2 months) to 15 years in prison.

Beard was driving a vehicle about 5:30 p.m. Dec. 16 on Kalamazoo Avenue, headed north, when it jumped a curb and struck 47-year-old Lashanda Howard. Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling at high speed.

Howard died from the crash.

“She was standing there, talking to a friend. By the time she looked up, it was too late,” Dee Floyd, a friend of Howard since childhood, said in a December interview.

Beard’s vehicle continued on and struck two nearby houses along Kalamazoo Avenue. The crash happened near Temple Street, south of Hall Street.

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County judge reprimanded for OVI conviction

Judge Hawkins’ arrest came shortly after taking office in January 2019

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – A Franklin County judge who was arrested for driving while intoxicated was publicly reprimanded by the Ohio Supreme Court. 

Court records show that Judge Monica E. Hawkins was driving with a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit. 

In a unanimous opinion, the Supreme Court reprimanded Judge Hawkins, whose arrest came shortly after taking office in January 2019 as a newly elected member of the domestic relations and juvenile branch of the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. 

On Jan. 31, 2019, a Pickerington police officer responded to a 911 call around 8:30 p.m. alerting them to a suspected intoxicated driver. When stopped by the officer, Hawkins told her she had gotten lost while driving home.

When the officer asked Hawkins if she had been drinking, Hawkins responded,”No.”

The arresting officer said the judge had a large knot on her forehead and noticed vomit on her coat and the floor of her vehicle. 

Hawkins failed several field sobriety tests but refused to provide a breath sample at the police station, so a warrant was issued for a blood draw at a local hospital, which was completed. 

Police say four security guards had to hold Hawkins down for the blood draw. 

Hawkins pleaded guilty to OVI and sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended. She had to complete a driver-intervention program in lieu of three days in jail. She also paid a $375 fine, had her license suspended and was placed on probation for one year.

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Repairs begin after alleged OWI crash puts huge hole in side of Goodman Community Center

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A view of the destruction to Goodman Community Center on Tuesday morning.JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL

A crash by an allegedly intoxicated driver Monday night put a huge hole in the side of the Goodman Community Center, Madison police reported.

An officer on the scene around 10:30 p.m. reported that a black sedan crashed through one of the center’s brick walls, police spokesman Joel DeSpain said in a statement.

“We’re holding up OK,” Goodman Center executive director Becky Steinhoff said. “It’s very disappointing. Luckily no one was hurt.”

Because COVID-19 had limited the East Side center’s programming, no one was around at the time of the crash. In normal times, there very well could have been an event taking place at that time, she said.

“The bottom line is: it’s a building,” she said. “As attached as we are to our building, hopefully it’s repairable.”

The center, at 149 Waubesa St., is on the Historic Registry, which could draw out the repair timeline, Steinhoff said. She did not have a damage estimate or idea when the room may re-open immediately available. An architect and Vogel Bros. Building Co. staff were on the scene Tuesday, assessing the damage.

The room in which the damage occurred is secure, she said, but will remain off-limits for children’s programming this fall.

The community support after the crash heartened Steinhoff and staff. She encouraged those interested in learning more about the center’s repairs or fundraising needs to follow the center’s Facebook page.Play Video

The driver, Patrick S. Casey, 31, admitted to police he had been drinking, but also said he experienced trouble with his brakes, according to DeSpain. He was arrested on a tentative charge of first offense of operating while intoxicated.