Prosecution tells jury Burdette was on drugs, watching porn when he crashed into LMPD officer

Roger Burdette in the courtroom, as his murder trial begins in Louisville. Oct. 26, 2021

The Metropolitan Sewer District truck driven by Roger Burdette on Dec. 24, 2018 after it hit Det. Deidre Mengedoht’s Louisville Metro Police cruiser. 

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – For the prosecution, the murder case against former Metropolitan Sewer District worker Roger Burdette for slamming into a Louisville Metro Police detective and killing her in a fiery crash seems to be a slam dunk.

He didn’t try to brake or swerve when he barreled into Det. Deidre Mengedoht’s cruiser, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Ryane Conroy told a Jefferson Circuit Court jury on Tuesday in her opening statement.

“This was no car accident,” she told the jury of nine women and five men. “This was no mistake. This was a crime. … He disregarded the safety of everyone else.”

But Burdette’s defense attorneys claim the case isn’t that simple and that investigators sought to blame him for Mengedoht’s murder as soon as they arrived on the scene, regardless of the evidence.

“It didn’t matter what the investigation showed,” Defense attorney Ryan Dischinger told the jury in his opening. “It didn’t matter what the evidence was. At the end of the day, this is tragic … but not all tragedies are murder.”

Dischinger said Burdette was not driving under the influence, that he was on a “therapeutic level” of drugs, including hydrocodone.

And while there was a pornographic video playing on his phone, “it doesn’t mean Roger was watching it,” Dischinger told jurors.

Burdette, who was not injured in the wreck, failed a field sobriety test and originally told police he had taken non-narcotic prescription drugs. He was charged with murder, wanton endangerment and DUI and fired by MSD about a month after the crash.

The officer had pulled over a pickup truck when the tanker, driven by Burdette, smashed into her car from behind.

The defense told jurors the place the crash occurred does not have an emergency shoulder, it is dark and difficult to stop. 

But Conroy said Burdette never tried to stop because he was watching a porn video.

“Roger Burdette may not have intended to commit murder, but that’s exactly what he did,” she told jurors.

Katie Price Out Of Rehab After Mother Of 5 Crashed Car While Driving Under The Influence

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Katie Price is trying to make her wrongs into rights, but whether or not that will actually happen remains to be seen. The British television personality and former model has reportedly left rehab and has also reunited with her fiancé, Carl Woods. Here’s what you need to know.

Just last month, Price plead guilty to drunk driving. To make matters worse, she also didn’t have insurance during the time of her crash, too. the former glamour model, 43, appeared in court and pleaded to guilty to driving under The influence while disqualified and without insurance following a crash near her home in Sussex.

Katie Price Is Out Of Rehab – Will She Turn Her Life Around?

After being confronted by officers at the scene, the court was told Price was heard saying: “I took drugs, I should not be driving, I admit it all. I was just going to my friend’s. I know I shouldn’t have because I’ve been banned.”

The mother-of-five has been seen out and about in London this past week, with one source close to the situation telling The Sun that she wants to put the past behind her and focus on her future instead.

The tipster said, “She’s committed to the treatment she signed up to and is still at The Priory undergoing their programme. Things are much better – she has had an awful lot to deal with but things are calmer for her and she’s making good progress. It’s very reassuring for those who love her.”

Price was told that her sentence would be deferred until December on the condition that she have treatment at the Priory Center, and not commit any further offenses. Currently she is in the process of bankruptcy proceedings, so her house may be repossessed.

County Sheriff’s deputy pleads guilty to DWI in connection to 2020 crash

Aaron M. Naegely of Orchard Park pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and crashing a department vehicle on Jewett Holmwood Road in the Town of Aurora.

Deputy Admits To DWI After 2020 Crash 90% Author: WGRZ StaffPublished: 3:55 PM EDT October 21, 2021Updated: 6:33 PM EDT October 21, 2021

EAST AURORA, N.Y. — An off-duty Erie County Sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty Wednesday night in Aurora Town Court to driving while impaired.

Naegely received a one-year conditional discharge. He will also pay a $500 fine and surcharges, and his license was revoked for 90 days.

Naegely had faced up to a year in jail following his arraignment on DWI-related charges a year ago, when he had been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the case.

Woman accused of driving high on pot, killing bicyclist enters plea

A Fresno woman who is accused of driving while under the influence of
marijuana and killing a bicyclist pleaded not guilty in Fresno County
Superior Court on Monday. Korina Aimee Machuca, 23, is charged with
two felonies: gross vehicular homicide while intoxicated and driving
under the influence of a drug while intoxicated. Machuca was arrested
on Oct. 22 by the California Highway Patrol after she allegedly
struck bicyclist David Garcia, 69, on Cherry Avenue south of North
Avenue at about 9 p.m. Garcia was traveling
northbound in front of Machuca’s Altima when he was struck from
behind by Machuca, according to a CHP report. He died at the scene.
After the impact, the Altima veered off the roadway and struck a
chain link fence. A CHP officer reported detecting the smell of
marijuana from Machuca’s car after the crash. $2 for 2 months
Prosecuting the case is Steven Ueltzen. Mark Coleman,
Machuca’s lawyer, said an initial blood test showed Machuca had
marijuana in her system but he said it had already metabolized in her
system. “It was not affecting her at the time,” Coleman said. “It is
a difficult issue because I don’t think there is a consensus on how
much is too much.” At the time of the crash, Machuca was working at a
packaging delivery warehouse. If she is found guilty on all charges,
she faces more than 10 years in prison. Her next court appearance is
Dec. 15 in Department 30. Today’s top headlines Sign up for the
Machuca remains out of custody
after posting a $125,500 bond.

Ex-Kansas Senate leader pleads no contest to DUI

Attorney Tom Lemon, left, leads his client, former Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop, right, through a crowd of reporters after a court hearing in which Suellentrop pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. The charges stem from an incident in March in which prosecutors say Suellentrop was speeding the wrong way down interstate highways in Topeka. (AP Photo/John Hanna)
FILE - In this March 17, 2021 file photo, then, Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop, R-Wichita, listens during a meeting of fellow GOP senators at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Suellentrop appeared in a Topeka court Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 to formally accept a deal with prosecutors that dropped a felony charge of trying to elude law enforcement while speeding the wrong way on highways in Topeka. (AP Photo/Andy Tsubasa Field, File)

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Attorney Tom Lemon, left, leads his client, former Kansas Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop, right, through a crowd of reporters after a court hearing in which Suellentrop pleaded no contest to charges of driving under the influence and reckless driving, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Topeka, Kan. The charges stem from an incident in March in which prosecutors say Suellentrop was speeding the wrong way down interstate highways in Topeka. (AP Photo/John Hanna)More

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita Republican who once was one of the Kansas Legislature’s most powerful lawmakers pleaded no contest Monday to driving under the influence and reckless driving and will serve two days in jail.

Former Senate Majority Leader Gene Suellentrop appeared in a Topeka court Monday to formally accept a deal with prosecutors over his speeding the wrong way on two interstate highways in March. Under the agreement, prosecutors dropped a felony charge of attempting to elude law enforcement as well as a misdemeanor charge of driving the wrong way on a divided highway.

Shawnee County District Judge Jason Geier found Suellentrop guilty and sentenced him to 6 months in jail for the DUI and 90 days for reckless driving. The bulk of the jail sentences were suspended, but Suellentrop will serve 48 hours in jail and be on probation for a year. Geier also ordered him to pay $775 in fines and $218 in court costs.

Fellow Republican senators removed Suellentrop as their majority leader in April, only five months after naming him to the job, which comes with the power to set the Senate’s daily debate calendar. It was the first time in at least several decades that a legislative leader had been removed mid-term.

Suellentrop, however, continues to retain the Senate seat that he first won in 2016. He is a 69-year-old businessman who also served eight years in the House.

Suellentrop answered a series of questions from Geier to show that he understood his agreement with prosecutors and wasn’t being coerced into it, and then apologized publicly. His jail term is scheduled for Nov. 18-20.

“There are many lessons to be learned in circumstances such as these,” Suellentrop said. “I can assure you I’ve learned my share.”

Suellentrop also had his driver’s license suspended, and when it is reinstated, he’ll have to install an ignition interlock device on his car that will prevent it from starting until he passes a breath test for alcohol.

“You will not see me in this court or any other court of law for any other similar infraction,” he told Geier.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Kitt said Suellentrop applied for but was denied a diversion agreement. Such agreements are used when people are charged with minor crimes to allow them to avoid convictions if they avoid further legal trouble.

Geier emphasized several times Monday that Suellentrop was receiving a punishment in line with the typical first-time DUI offender. The Kansas Highway Patrol had said Suellentrop’s blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08.

Suellentrop’s case received national attention because he was a legislative leader and reportedly had been driving up to 90 miles per hour. A Kansas Highway Patrol trooper also said in an affidavit that Suellentrop at one point called him “donut boy.”

Law enforcement radio recordings and 911 calls released by the local sheriff’s department in response to an open records request showed multiple people reported Suellentrop’s white SUV traveling the wrong way on I-470 near a south Topeka exit and then on I-70 through northern Topeka.

Suellentrop’s attorney, Tom Lemon, said in court that Suellentrop hadn’t known police were behind him and that once he understood what was going on, “He was not disagreeable,” suggesting, “maybe there were some misunderstandings.”

“This is a case that was serious, and thank God no one was hurt here,” Lemon said during Suellentrop’s hearing Monday.