BATON ROUGE – A troubled contractor featured in multiple WBRZ Investigative Unit reports over the past year has a warrant out for his arrest after he missed a court date related to his drunk driving arrest.
A bench warrant was filed this week after he failed to show up in court for the DWI arrest that happened back in July. At the time, police said they found Sills unconscious in his car after receiving a call about a vehicle blocking Bluebonnet Boulevard eastbound near the I-10 overpass.
Sills failed multiple field sobriety tests and refused a breathalyzer, prompting deputies to obtain a warrant for a blood sample.
Sills, who sued the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors over the summer after it revoked his contracting license. He is also wrapped up in litigation over accusations that his company failed to pay his employees’ medical premiums. https://www.wbrz.com/news/arrest-warrant-issued-for-embattled-contractor-after-missing-court-date-in-drunk-driving-case/
A driver charged with operating under the influence after being tracked down at a Merrimack home had been involved in a car crash on Interstate 293 in Manchester shortly before, police said.
At 12:24 a.m. Thursday, Merrimack police responded to a local business for the report of a possible intoxicated driver. The driver left before officers got there, but a witness wrote down a license plate number that led police to a local home.
When officers arrived at the house they found the vehicle with significant damage to the front end. The driver was still with the vehicle and identified as Taylor Vesey.
Vesey, 32, of 17 Stevens Ave., Merrimack, was arrested for operating under the influence. According to police, he struggled with officers as they tried to take him into custody, leading to a charge of resisting arrest.
“It was later learned that the damage to Vesey’s vehicle was caused by an accident with another vehicle on Interstate 293 in Manchester which State Police were currently on scene with,” Merrimack police said in a news release. “The driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash and the charge of OUIL was enhanced to aggravated.”
While Vesey was at the Merrimack police station, he damaged property belonging to the town of Merrimack and was charged with criminal mischief, police said.
He was released on personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Merrimack 9th Circuit Court on Oct. 26 https://www.unionleader.com/news/crime/driver-crashed-on-i-293-before-arrest-at-merrimack-home-police-say/article_f947d1f3-0d07-59ce-9754-73ba4af7628a.html
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Drunken driving: Sprague Road
On Sept. 27, police observed a weaving blue vehicle, which nearly hit the squad car, traveling on Sprague Road.
As the officer began to pursue the vehicle, the driver pulled into a home’s driveway. When asked if she lived at the address, the woman, who had a faraway look in her eyes and smelled like booze, remained silent.
She did admit to having two drinks three hours before while she was cleaning a home she recently purchased from her father. Afterward, she went out with a friend.
After failing a field sobriety test, during which she admitted to being arrested for OVI before, the woman was arrested for drunken driving.
Later, the woman acknowledged that she had stopped drinking only an hour before. The officer also found a pipe with burnt residue and White Claw in the vehicle.
The woman was also charged with driving left of center, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Drug abuse: Akins Road
On Sept. 28, police observed a weaving blue Nissan turn from Ridge Road to Akins Road.
When asked about her driving, the Broadview Heights woman said she was tired and headed home after dropping off a friend in Cincinnati.
While talking to the driver, the officer smelled marijuana. She admitted to having some in the Nissan. During a search of the vehicle, police found a baggie of marijuana and rolling papers.
Citing her job with the local school district, the woman wasn’t happy about receiving citations for driving left of center, drug abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia. https://www.cleveland.com/community/2021/10/after-cleaning-house-resident-goes-out-with-friend-before-drunken-driving-arrest-north-royalton-police-blotter.html
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A Brodhead man was arrested for firing a gun while intoxicated on Tuesday, about 12 hours after being arrested for driving while intoxicated, police reported.
Brodhead dispatch received several 911 calls about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday reporting gunshots in the 1400 block of West 4th Avenue, Chief Chris Hughes said in a statement.Watch Now: What to do if your identity was stolenPlay Video
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Witnesses pointed police to a residence in the block and officers found automatic handguns and several bullet casings there, Hughes said.
Police arrested and jailed Brian Vaade, 37, on tentative charges of possessing a firearm while intoxicated and recklessly endangering safety, since there was a child in the residence at the time, Hughes said.
Hughes said the investigation is continuing due to concerns police have for the spouse and the child.
“We are not sure if this incident is related to the other shots fired call police responded on Monday night,” Hughes said, adding that those calls came around 10:50 p.m. from a two-block radius around the 1400 block of West 4th Avenue.
Brodhead police ask anyone with information on either incident to call their non-emergency line at 608-897-2112.
Hughes said Vaade also was arrested about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday by the Green County Sheriff’s Office for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated in the town of Decatur.
The Sheriff’s Office said its investigation determined that Vaade was traveling south on Race Road when he lost control due to pea gravel, exited the road and collided with a tree. Vaade and his passenger both reported being uninjured and wearing their seatbelts.
In addition to a first offense of OWI, Vaade also cited for operating without a valid license — second within three years. https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/crime-and-courts/brodhead-man-arrested-for-firing-gun-while-intoxicated-hours-after-owi-arrest-police-say/article_dc7c3335-c157-5127-b911-6830fff450fd.html
An NYPD narcotics detective — already accused of testing positive for pot — was busted for alleged drunken driving in Orange County, The Post has learned.
Detective Erick Flores was arrested around 3:30 a.m. Oct. 10 by Newburgh Township police after cops chased his 2012 Jeep Cherokee into the city of Newburgh, according to local authorities.
Flores had been trying to avoid the cops over a traffic infraction when he led them on a brief pursuit of “about a mile or so” before being involved in an accident, said a spokesman for Newburgh Township police.
Local cops charged the NYPD detective — who was already suspended by his department over the marijuana testing — with driving while intoxicated. Flores refused to take a Breathalyzer, according to police.
The authorities also slapped him with a series of traffic violations, including unsafe lane change, improper lane use, improper passing and unreasonable speed, the spokesman said.
The detective was previously suspended Aug. 19 after allegedly testing positive for marijuana, police sources said.
A police spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Flores is currently suspended without pay.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office did not have a date on the books for Flores’s arraignment. https://nypost.com/2021/10/19/nypd-cop-already-in-trouble-over-alleged-pot-is-busted-for-dwi/