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City police detective arrested, accused of driving under the influence, had gun in the car

LANCASTER, S.C. (WBTV) – Lancaster police detective, Hannah Elizabeth Catoe, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

This happened the day after Christmas. A police report says the detective was seen driving around Laurens County in South Carolina swerving on the highway and driving off the road.

According to the police report, the driver who reported the reckless driving told the deputy Catoe almost struck the guardrails before getting off at exit 10. The report goes on to say Catoe parked in a driveway of someone she did not know.

The police report says Catoe told the deputy she was driving to Simpsonville to see a friend. That is about 20 miles away from where she was stopped. She also did not know why she had taken the exit instead of continuing to Simpsonville.

When the deputy asked Catoe if she took any medications or was drinking, she said no. That is when the deputy did a sobriety test, which the report says Catoe failed. Catoe would not give a breathalyzer test.

Catoe was also charged with having an open container in the car. The deputy says they found a half empty bottle of beer in the center console.

The police report says a gun was taken from the detective while she was driving under the influence. The deputy found a Glock 26, according to the report. Catoe, says the deputy, said she was a police officer which is why she was carrying the gun.

Court records show Catoe was released on her own recognizance since she promised to appear back in court.

WBTV investigated and Catoe has worked at Lancaster police department for about three years. The Lancaster police public information officer says Catoe is still employed with the department. WBTV attempted to get comments from the chief and city administrator about Catoe’s arrest.

They say they could not make a comment on personnel matters. The city administrator said he was on quarantine protocols and was not able to use any video calling.

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Intoxicated driver charged with killing pedestrian in Wyoming

Bailey R. Defrang was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when his pickup struck a pedestrian on Oct. 5 in Wyoming, police say.

Intoxicated driver charged with killing pedestrian in Wyoming, records show.

WYOMING, Mich. — A motorist has been charged with operating while intoxicated causing death for an October collision in Wyoming that killed a pedestrian.

Bailey Roy Defrang, 21, was behind the wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado when he stuck the pedestrian in the area of South Division Avenue and 39th Street, court records show.

The pedestrian, identified as 60-year-old Michael Boyle of Wyoming, “was standing in the center left turn lane,’’ court records show. It happened about 3:30 p.m. 

Boyle died from his injuries. According to his obituary, Boyle was a history and geography buff who loved the outdoors. He died a few days short of his 61st birthday.

The Kent County Prosecutor’s Office authorized a warrant charging Defrang with operating while intoxicated causing death. He waived a recent hearing in Wyoming District Court, moving the case to Kent County Circuit Court.

According to a probable cause affidavit, “a blood search warrant obtained results that indicated defendant was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time the crash occurred,’’ the arresting officer wrote.

Defrang is free on bond. The charge is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

State officials earlier this month launched the annual holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’’ campaign to encourage sober driving.

Between Dec. 11 and Jan. 1, increased patrols will be on the roads “with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired,’’ according to a news release from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

“Drunk driving is deadly and illegal. Getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking endangers you, your passengers, and everyone else on the road,’’ said Michael L. Prince, director of the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

According to a 2019 Michigan Annual Drunk Driving Audit by the Michigan State Police, nearly 42% of all fatal crashes that occurred involved alcohol, drugs, or both.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says it is a worrisome trend.

“Alcohol sales are up tremendously through this whole COVID thing,’’ he said. “And controlled substances are always a concern. It is something that we are worried about because of the number of accidents and deaths that could occur because of those types of behaviors.’’

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K9 dies after impaired limo driver slams into police car, Illinois cops say

An Illinois police K9 died after cops say a driver suspected of being impaired crashed a limo into a stopped patrol car.

Loki was waiting in the patrol car’s kennel early Sunday while Boone County Sheriff’s Deputy Robert Rosenkranz was handling a traffic stop after pulling over a GMC Yukon on Interstate 90 at Irene Road, according to a Facebook post from the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

Around 1:36 a.m., a Lincoln limousine slammed into the back of the patrol car, sending it crashing into the Yukon, according to news release from Illinois State Police.

K9 Loki died after an accused drunk limo driver crashed into a stopped police car Sunday, Illinois police say.
K9 Loki died after an accused drunk limo driver crashed into a stopped police car Sunday, Illinois police say.

Rosenkranz, who was out of the car at the time, was uninjured, police say. The drivers of the limo and the Yukon were both taken by ambulance to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Loki was taken to be treated an emergency veterinary hospital in Rockford but later died “due to injuries sustained in the crash,” the sheriff’s office says.

“The members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office offer our deepest condolences to the Rosenkranz family,” the Facebook post says. “We ask that you keep the Rosenkranz family and our law enforcement family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

K9 Loki died after an accused drunk limo driver crashed into a stopped police car Sunday, Illinois police say.
K9 Loki died after an accused drunk limo driver crashed into a stopped police car Sunday, Illinois police say.

The post was flooded with condolences.

“We send our condolences to your agency and especially to Deputy Rosenkranz,” one user commented. “Rest In Peace K9 Loki, you will not be forgotten.”

“So glad the officer is OK but heart broken for the loss of Loki,” another wrote.

The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident, the Facebook post says.

The 53-year-old limo driver was “cited for driving under the influence, failure to yield upon approaching a stationary authorized emergency Vehicle (Scotts Law), improper lane usage, driving on the shoulder, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and operating an uninsured motor vehicle,” the agency says.

No other information was available as of Sunday afternoon.

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Man dies in Christmas Eve crash


Courtesy MGN OnlineBy: KATC NEWSPosted at 12:20 PM, Dec 25, 2020 and last updated 11:20 AM, Dec 25, 2020

A Christmas Eve crash has claimed the life of a Kinder man.

State Police say John G. Lumas, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on U.S. 190 in Allen Parish.ADVERTISING

The crash happened at about 7:40 p.m. on the highway near it’s intersection with La. 99.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2016 Nissan Maxima, driven by a 22-year-old Elton man, was traveling west on US 190. For reasons still under investigation, the Nissan struck the rear of a 2011 Nissan Titan, being driven by Lumas. The impact caused Lumas to lose control of his vehicle and cross the center line into the opposing lane of travel. A 2017 Volvo tractor-trailer traveling east struck the Nissan Titan head-on.

Despite being properly restrained, Lumas sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The other two drivers were both properly restrained and not injured. Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers would like to take this opportunity to remind motorists to always make good decisions while operating motor vehicles. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop D has investigated 30 fatal crashes resulting in 32 deaths in 2020.

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Foot Chase Ends With Man Being Charged With Driving Drunk, Other Counts

HAMMOND, Ind. (CBS) — A foot chase in Hammond, Indiana this weekend ended with a man being arrested on multiple charges, including driving drunk and resisting.

At 12:43 a.m. Saturday, Indiana State Police Trooper Israel Rosillo was headed north on Kennedy Avenue approaching U.S. 20 in Hammond when he spotted a black 2003 Chevrolet Blazer blow through a stop sign while heading west on U.S. 20, Indiana State Police said.ADVERTISING

The Blazer almost hit Rosillo’s squad car, state police said.

The Blazer then turned south on Kennedy Avenue in the northbound lanes. Rosillo tried to catch up with the Blazer and found it was going 80 mph in a 35 mph zone, state police said.

The driver of the Blazer turned into the alley adjacent to Kennedy Avenue, and Rosillo tried to pull him over, state police said. The driver then turned into the alley between Janet Place and Kenwood Street, state police said.

On Kenwood Street, the driver of the Blazer drove onto the grass median and stopped, and then got out of the vehicle and tried to run off, state police said.

Rosillo chased the driver into an adjacent alley, and was able to find and arrest him, state police said. The Hammond Police Department also came and helped with the arrest.

The Blazer driver – Esteban Ramon Jose Cortes, 36, of Crown Point – refused to perform a field sobriety test and also refused to take a breathalyzer. He was taken to the Lake County, Indiana Jail for booking, state police said.

Cortes is charged with felony resisting a law enforcement with a vehicle and being a habitual traffic violator, and was also charged with misdemeanor resisting law enforcement, operating while intoxicated, and reckless driving.