Brighton man, 39, charged after allegedly striking cops with truck

Five  NYPD officers suffered minor injuries after being struck by pickup truck
Five NYPD officers were setting up NYPD barricades at the intersection of Forest and Livermore avenues when they were struck by a vehicle, according to information from the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information (DCPI). (Staten Island Advance/Kristin F. Dalton)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — A New Brighton man faces charges after allegedly striking multiple NYPD officers with his pickup truck in Port Richmond Sunday morning.

Brian Manning, 39, a resident of Eadie Place, was charged with reckless assault and driving while intoxicated, according to an NYPD spokesman.

The police officers were allegedly hit while setting up barricades at the intersection of Forest and Livermore Avenues, the Advance/SILive.com previously reported.

The barricades were being set up along the route of the 102nd annual Memorial Day parade.

Five NYPD officers suffered minor injuries after being struck by pickup truck
Five NYPD officers were setting up NYPD barricades at the intersection of Forest and Livermore avenues when they were struck by a vehicle, according to information from the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information (DCPI). (Staten Island Advance/Kristin F. Dalton)

Four officers were sent to Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton with non-life threatening injuries, police said, and an additional officer refused medical attention at the scene.

Manning remained on scene, but refused to take a breathalyzer, police said.

It was not immediately clear if Manning retained a lawyer Sunday afternoon.

A teal pickup truck with visible damage at the scene appeared to have crashed into a pole outside of Chase bank near the intersection of Forest and Livermore avenues.

The driver side door was removed from the vehicle. The bed of the truck and the body of the vehicle on the passenger side where it hit the pole had extensive damage.

Five NYPD officers suffered minor injuries after being struck by pickup truck
Five NYPD officers were setting up NYPD barricades at the intersection of Forest and Livermore avenues when they were struck by a vehicle, according to information from the Deputy Commissioner of Public Information (DCPI). (Staten Island Advance/Kristin F. Dalton)

Police catching thousands of impaired drivers — some on meth, tranquilizers

While alcohol remains problem, less than half of fatal crashes involve substance, data shows

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Police across the Las Vegas valley are pulling over drivers who aren’t just drunk, but also high. Oftentimes, those substances are perfectly legal.

“At the end of the day, people are driving impaired, and they’re right next to you,” Andrew Bennett, spokesman for the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety, said.

On average, a drunk driver will drive 80 times before his or her first arrest, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and those are the drivers who get caught.

“Anything that changes your ability to drive is going to be an impairment substance,” Bennett said, adding more and more often, police are finding those impairment substances are not what you think.

Bennett described a so-called deadly cocktail. Police are finding a mix of alcohol and legal and illegal drugs in drivers’ systems.

The I-Team looked at a year’s worth of DUI data from Metro Police. Out of nearly 2,300 arrests for drugged driving, 70% of cases involved marijuana, 28% of cases involve prescription drugs and 25% of cases involve methamphetamine. Most drugged drivers did not just have one drug in their systems, so the percentages do not add up to 100.https://flo.uri.sh/visualisation/6238962/embed?auto=1A Flourish chart

While recreational marijuana is legal in Nevada, driving under its influence is not.

In one case last year, investigators said an intoxicated driver had meth and six different prescription drugs in their blood that affected their driving.

Four cases since 2018 have involved drivers with six different drugs in their system. THC was detected in each of those drivers, and powerful opioids were found in three of the four cases: fentanyl, morphine and buprenorphine.

In Henderson, police tell the I-Team out of 645 DUI arrested in 2020, about a quarter involved only alcohol. Police said they are now finding people driving around the valley intoxicated with tranquilizers in their system.

“If not for the broad and extensive testing that allows us to detect these new and novel drugs, a lot of these cases would go unreported, and the charges against the suspects could be plead down,” Henderson Police officials said in a statement to the I-Team. “Our goal has always been to make Henderson and the surrounding communities that we serve a safe place for all residents. Hopefully, the impaired driving statistics that we are able to provide will show yourself and the community that commitment that we try to uphold every day.”

Henderson PD also provided a breakdown of the most common substances found in intoxicated drivers’ systems. They include cannabis, meth, cocaine and anti-anxiety medications, which can affect one’s driving,

Police in Henderson also tell the I-Team they have made arrests with drivers who have Kratom and other opioids that can make a person severely drowsy.

“Impaired driving is a public health crisis,” Bennett said.

That crisis is leading to deaths on our roads. Data about fatal crashes on state roads from NHP from the first half of 2020 showed more than half of those crashes – about two-thirds — did not involve any alcohol at all.

In December 2020, a trucker driver, who police said had nine times the prosecutable amount of meth in his system, crashed into a group of cyclists on U.S. 95 near Searchlight, killing five.

The driver, who told investigators he had ingested meth the night before his trip from Las Vegas to Arizona, took a plea deal and will be sentenced next month.

With so many cars on the road and the number of drugged drivers increasing, police hope other drivers will alert them if they think something is wrong. If you see someone you think is driving erratically, call 911.

“We just can’t hope that there’s a law enforcement officer at the right place and the right time to stop that car,” Bennett said. “We need to deal with it as a problem a little bit larger than just traffic.”

Police within the Department of Public Safety are undergoing better training to identify signs of a person who should not be behind the wheel, not only because of alcohol, but drugs, Bennett said. https://www.8newsnow.com/i-team/i-team-special-reports/i-team-las-vegas-nevada-police-catching-thousands-of-impaired-drivers-high-on-drugs-some-on-meth-tranquilizers/

DUI 100 MPH Driver High On Drugs Killed Murrieta Woman In Horrific Morning Freeway Crash In Temecula: Guilty Of Murder!

A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. MNLA.com photo by John Schreiber.

A drugged driver who caused a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 15 in Temecula that killed a Murrieta woman pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder.

Javier Caldera, 27, of Auburn, Washington, also pleaded guilty to felony charges of driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving and hit-and-run with sentence-enhancing great bodily injury allegations, as part of a plea agreement with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in which no charges were dropped.

The defendant is being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning.

The June 4, 2019, collision killed 44-year-old Janet Genao.

The force of the impact also sent a Chevrolet S-10 pickup off the road and into the side of the Temecula City Hall parking structure, just west of the freeway, mangling the pickup and rendering it nearly unrecognizable, according to the California Highway Patrol.

That driver suffered major injuries from which he has since recovered. Two other motorists suffered minor injuries, as did Caldera, and another driver whose vehicle was hit escaped injury.

All of the injured parties were treated at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.

Prosecutors said the defendant has prior convictions in Washington state, including driving under the influence and felony attempt to elude law enforcement.

Under California law, a convicted DUI offender who is aware of the risks of drinking and driving and then causes someone’s death because of it can be charged with murder. https://mynewsla.com/crime/2021/05/27/dui-100-mph-driver-high-on-drugs-killed-murrieta-woman-in-horrific-morning-freeway-crash-in-temecula-guilty-of-murder/

Dept. of Education teacher arrested, hit with multiple charges after allegedly driving under the influence

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A city Department of Education teacher was arrested just after midnight not far from the intersection of Hylan Boulevard and Greeley Avenue where she failed to stop at a stop sign, according to law enforcement sources with knowledge of the arrest.

Tangela Harrell, 53, was arrested at 12:42 a.m. in the confines of the 122nd Precinct and charged with DWI, operating a motor vehicle .08 of 1%, inadequate mirrors, failed to use designated lane, failure to stop at a stop sign and DWAI Alcohol.https://f4e92aa4ae2dfe93ee3eed3d80657464.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Harrell was traveling northeast on Lincoln Avenue where she was observed by NYPD officers swerving in and out of her designated lane and operating her vehicle with damage to the passenger side mirror.

She then blew the stop sign and Hylan Boulevard and Greeley Avenue before being pulled over by officers.

The officers said Harrell had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath, bloodshot watery eyes, was unsteady on her feet and slurring her words.

She was arrested without incident, according to the source.

The city Department of Education was unable to provide information about the status of Harrell’s employment because it was a weekend. https://www.silive.com/news/2021/05/dept-of-education-teacher-arrested-hit-with-multiple-charges-after-allagedly-driving-under-the-influence.html

Study: Oregon police find marijuana laws difficult to enforce

A recent study that draws heavily on Deschutes County found an “overwhelming consensus” among law enforcement officers that Oregon’s marijuana laws are poorly written and confusing.

As a result, this perception has even led some local officers to stop enforcing marijuana laws altogether, according to the February report by Portland State University researchers Kris Henning and Greg Stewart.

“The laws are too convoluted to comprehend,” one officer wrote in a survey response. “If we as law enforcement can’t easily decipher the laws, how can we expect the citizens to be able to understand them?”

Wrote another: “I have just started treating weed as if it is legal regardless of the amount.”

For their report, titled “Dazed and Confused: Police Experiences Enforcing Oregon’s New Marijuana Laws,” Henning and Stewart surveyed 301 police officers in the second half of 2020. Participants included officers and deputies from four agencies: Bend Police Department, Redmond Police Department, the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office and the Klamath County Sheriff’s Office.

Among the results:

• More than 90% of participants felt that the illegal shipment of marijuana out of state had increased in the past three years.

• More than 90% believe instances of driving under the influence of marijuana had increased for adults and juveniles.

• More than 60% of respondents felt Oregon’s marijuana laws make it difficult to determine if someone has broken the law.

In 2014, Oregon voters approved Measure 91, legalizing recreational use of marijuana for people 21 and older. What followed were a number of major changes to Oregon law in a short period of time. This included the Oregon Liquor Control Commission tightening its licensing guidelines in 2018. The next year, the Legislature afforded the agency more authority to restrict marijuana production licenses.

Today, there are six areas where marijuana offenses are still charged, though the offending amounts differ from those prior to 2014: driving while impaired, the illegal use or possession of marijuana and the illegal growing, processing or distribution of marijuana.

In response to open-ended questions in the PSU study, 3 of 4 officers mentioned confusion in understanding the laws. Many officers expressed a feeling they’d been intentionally written to be vague so officers would eventually give up on enforcement.

Officers surveyed spoke to confusion about enforcement of medical vs. recreational cannabis laws. They also discussed a difficulty determining if a person possessed an illegal amount of a drug, or in determining if it was purchased from a licensed retailer. Many officers noted a breakdown in cooperation with state agencies that regulate cannabis, notably the OLCC, the Oregon Health Administration and the Oregon Department of Agriculture.

This lack of clear understanding often manifests in roadside contacts between officers and members of the public, according to the study. Officers said it can be difficult determining the authenticity of documentation showing a person is in lawful possession of large amounts of marijuana. They also reported a near-impossibility in determining if a driver in Oregon with large amounts of marijuana is heading out of state.

“Offenders often claim the product is hemp rather than marijuana which also makes it difficult to determine what the product is,” one officer wrote.

Many officers also reported declining to make marijuana arrests because they feel district attorneys will not prosecute the cases.

“It seems pointless to care about it when, in (redacted) county, even if someone has several hundred pounds, there will be no prosecution,” wrote a respondent. “I would just prefer that it is legalized and then it is not an issue.”

Deschutes County District Attorney John Hummel said he prosecutes all valid arrests that reach his office. He noted some of the survey respondents work outside Deschutes County.

“It makes me wonder if the officers are correct. I mean, I’m pretty liberal on drug charges. And if I’m bringing charges, I don’t imagine there’s a county out there that’s not,” Hummel said. “Look, it’s anecdotal — it wasn’t fact-checked. But it’s important in that it’s telling us what the officers think. That’s important to know.”

Combating illegal marijuana grow operations has been a priority of Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson, who took office in 2015.

In 2018, the county received a state grant to go after illegal grow operations. Today, the sheriff’s office has two detectives dedicated to marijuana enforcement working out of the office of the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement task force. Bend Police Department has one detective working a similar assignment.

Funding for the PSU study came primarily from a grant awarded to Deschutes County by the Criminal Justice Commission.

In 2019, PSU criminologists Henning and Stewart were contracted to study the effectiveness of the grant, finding that between September 2018 and May 2019, the task force seized more than 2,000 pounds of marijuana and $143,000 in cash and made 15 arrests.

Spokespeople for Bend Police Department and the sheriff’s office said resources are available for officers to learn about relevant state laws regarding marijuana. With regard to marijuana DUIIs, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jayson Janes said determining probable cause for arrest is the same as with alcohol DUIIs. But with marijuana, breath tests aren’t available, so officers must rely on the findings of a certified drug recognition expert. https://www.bendbulletin.com/localstate/crimeandjustice/study-oregon-police-find-marijuana-laws-difficult-to-enforce/article_0235f7f2-bd97-11eb-a3f8-bb2675938cef.html