Santa Rosa firefighters work at the scene of a fatal accident involving a tree-trimming truck and a blue Honda Civic at the intersection of Hwy 12 and Oakmont Drive in Santa Rosa on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (BETH SCHLANKER/ The Press Democrat)
A doctor at Santa Rosa Community Health was identified as the man killed Thursday when a tree-trimming truck whose driver is suspected of being under the influence of drugs ran a red light and crashed into his car.
Dr. Harry Gee, 69, was remembered by his colleagues as a kind, dedicated man. Known by his coworkers as “Jeff,” he joined the Vista Campus of Santa Rosa Community Health in January because he wanted to help the medically underserved, said Dr. Marie Mulligan, the campus’s medical director.
“He was kind — committed to providing excellent, caring care to his patients,” Mulligan said. “He will be missed.”
Before his death, Gee was in the process of moving to Sonoma County from Daly City with his wife, Mulligan said.
“We were all looking forward to going wine tasting with him and his wife once they made the move,” Mulligan said. “We didn’t get the chance to get to know him as well as we were hoping.”
Gee died Thursday morning after his car was struck on the left side by the tree-trimming truck whose driver, according to the CHP, ran a red light on Highway 12 at Oakmont Drive.
The truck driver — 29-year-old Tanner Robinson, an employee of Santa Rosa-based Atlas Tree service — was booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and causing injury while driving under the influence. Robinson previously faced two other DUI charges, one of which was reduced to a lesser charge in a plea deal, said CHP spokesman David deRutte.
Atlas Tree said in a statement that Robinson had been with the company for more than two years and had no driving violations or collisions while driving company vehicles. The statement said that Robinson’s crew members “did not notice any signs that he was not fit for duty prior to the incident.”
Driver of tree-trimming truck suspected of DUI in fatal Santa Rosa crash
Atlas Tree President Rich Kingsborough also said in the statement that the company’s thoughts go out to Gee’s family: “I can’t imagine the pain they are suffering.”
Gee had more than 35 years of experience as a family practitioner in and around San Francisco and Daly City, according to an internal staff email. He completed his residency at San Francisco General Hospital, and spent years training medical students and young physicians for the Dartmouth and Georgetown Medical Schools, and as a volunteer faculty member for UCSF’s Department of Family and Community Medicine.
At the Vista Campus, Gee primarily cared for adults and patients with complex medical conditions. He had an “open, caring approach” with his patients, Mulligan said.
“He took care of their medical conditions and he was curious about their lives and what was important to them,” she said.
Mulligan described Gee as friendly and well liked by his coworkers. She fondly recalled how colleagues would often stumble upon Gee “jamming” to music at his desk — he loved music of all genres, including rap.
When she informed their coworkers of his death Thursday, they were all shocked and heartbroken.
Alcohol is one of most dangerous drugs that exists but the alcohol lobby has succeeded in burying the true health harms
In the U.S., approximately 88,000 people die a year from alcohol-related causes, including more than 4,300 underage youth
Alcohol is linked to cancers of the oral cavity, pharynx, larynx, esophagus, rectum, colon and breast and possibly pancreas and lung cancers
Alcohol is linked to violence including sexual assault and child abuse
Alcohol beverage makers form partnerships with public health and government agencies to make their products appear less harmful
Alcohol is an accepted part of almost all societies. It is so engrained in socializing and entertainment, easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive that few think twice about taking a drink or two. Certainly, we know about alcoholism and recognize alcoholics, especially when they are on “skid row,” but we don’t usually think of alcohol as a dangerous drug. But perhaps we should.
Scientific reports reveal that alcohol may be among the most dangerous drugs, illegal or legal, that exist. In the U.S., approximately 88,000 people die a year from alcohol-related causes — including more than 4,300 deaths among underage youth1 — and in 2014, alcohol caused 9,967 driving fatalities in the U.S.2 Worldwide, 5.9% of deaths are attributable to alcohol.3
Why is alcohol not demonized the way tobacco is? There are at least two reasons, say public health experts. One is that the alcohol lobby has bought favorable media coverage through donations and partnerships with public health groups and even government agencies. The other reason is that illegal drugs usually receive the brunt of bad publicity even when the legal drug, alcohol, may do more damage.
Alcohol Is More Harmful Than Many Realize
While most people are aware of drunk driving fatalities and the possible effects of excessive alcohol consumption on the liver, there are other serious consequences from drinking alcohol that are less well publicized. For example, alcohol is strongly linked to mouth cancers and cancers of the pharynx, larynx, esophagus, rectum, colon and breast. It is even linked to cancers of the pancreas and lung.4
The carcinogenic effect of alcohol “is unmistakably proportional to the daily/weekly dosage,” according to research published in the Hungarian journal Magyar Onkologia.5 Alcohol, or ethanol as it is called in the medical profession, metabolizes into the known carcinogen acetaldehyde, which exerts negative actions:6
“Among other things chronic alcohol consumption promotes the production of endogen hormones, affects the insulin-like growth factor-1, alters several biological pathways, raises oxidative stress, and damages the genes. Even modest daily alcohol intake will increase the risk of breast cancer.”
“One human tissue study, 19 animal studies … and 10 cell line studies indicate that ethanol and acetaldehyde may alter metabolic pathways and cell structures that increase the risk of developing colon cancer. Exposure of human colonic biopsies to acetaldehyde suggests that acetaldehyde disrupts epithelial tight junctions.
Among 19 animal studies the mechanisms considered included: Mucosal damage after ethanol consumption. Increased degradation of folate. Stimulation of rectal carcinogenesis. Increased cell proliferation. Increased effect of carcinogens.”
Alcohol Can Contribute to Breast Cancer
The most common cancer in U.S. women is breast cancer and it is the second biggest cause of their cancer deaths. There is a strong correlation between the consumption of alcoholic beverages and breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Alcohol:8
“Results of most epidemiologic studies, as well as of most experimental studies in animals, have shown that alcohol intake is associated with increased breast cancer risk.
Alcohol consumption may cause breast cancer through different mechanisms, including through mutagenesis by acetaldehyde, through perturbation of estrogen metabolism and response, and by inducing oxidative damage and/or by affecting folate and one-carbon metabolism pathways … Acetaldehyde is a known, although weak, mutagen.”
Because of the oxidative damage alcohol causes and its effects on the insulin-like growth factor-1 and genes, “Even modest daily alcohol intake will increase the risk of breast cancer,” concludes the journal Magyar Onkologia.9 The heightened breast cancer risk likely comes from alcohol’s increase of estrogen, suggests research in Evidence Report/Technology Assessment:10
“Increased estrogen levels may increase the risk of breast cancer through increases in cell proliferation and alterations in estrogen receptors. Human studies have also suggested a connection with prolactin and with biomarkers of oxidative stress.
Of 15 animal studies, six reported increased mammary tumorigenesis … Other animal studies reported conversion of ethanol to acetaldehyde in mammary tissue as having a significant effect on the progression of tumor development.”
Alcohol Is Often Linked to Violence
“Rape culture” and rapes on U.S. campuses are increasingly reported but their link to alcohol consumption is not always included. Social researchers do not think that alcohol, in and of itself, makes people violent or rapists but rather that it boosts the behavior in those with violent tendencies.11 According to research in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs:12
“College men’s alcohol consumption is positively associated with sexual aggression perpetration … In the present study … heavy episodic drinking (HED) [was] … hypothesized to contribute to sexual aggression perpetration via more frequent attendance at drinking venues (parties, bars).
College men who more frequently attended drinking ‘hot spots’ were more likely to perpetrate subsequent sexual aggression, supporting a growing body of evidence on the importance of drinking venues in college sexual assault.”
Children also experience violence as the result of alcohol consumption, a study published in the journal Child Abuse & Neglect found:13
“This study is a detailed examination of the association between parental alcohol abuse … and multiple forms of childhood abuse, neglect, and other household dysfunction, known as adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) …
Compared to persons who grew up with no parental alcohol abuse, the adjusted odds ratio for each category of ACE was approximately 2 to 13 times higher if either the mother, father, or both parents abused alcohol … exposure to parental alcohol abuse is highly associated with experiencing adverse childhood experiences.“
Alcohol is also correlated with depressive effects in its users and problems in their daily lives, such as trouble in interpersonal relationships including marriage.14
Alcoholic Beverage Makers Have Spun a Good Image
As I mentioned before, alcohol has not been demonized like tobacco and street drugs. In fact, you do not have to look too far to see reports that alcohol is even healthful and that moderate drinkers live longer than non-drinkers. How has alcohol’s positive image been created and maintained?
Two years after launching its Global Smart Drinking Goals campaign in 2015,15 Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest beer brewer,16 debuted its Ab Inbev Foundation.17 “Built around the idea that partnerships can play an important role in reducing the harmful use of alcohol,” it “works through a collaborative model, with our staff, the City Pilot Steering Committees, and our partners,” says the brewer.18
But, according to a commentary in the British journal The Lancet, the Ab Inbev Foundation is no different in intent and hypocrisy than Philip Morris International’s Foundation for a Smoke-Free World.19
You could even add the hypocrisy of Juul Labs claiming to “transition the world’s billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes, eliminate their use, and combat underage usage of our products” while hooking children on vaping.20 The Ab Inbev Foundation betrays unabashed conflicts of interest says the Lancet:21
“In fact, the foundation attracts senior UN and former US government officials to its board and funds and engages in policy making processes. Despite obvious conflicts of interest, the Anheuser-Busch InBev Foundation sponsors a US National Academies of Science forum on global violence prevention.”
For example, a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Global Violence Prevention in 2011 was Amie Gianino who was identified as “Senior Global Director, Beer & Better World, Anheuser-Busch InBev.”22 Why is the alcohol industry considered a valid government presenter on these topics?
Anheuser-Busch InBev is not the only alcohol giant pretending to be concerned with global health while selling health-destroying products. The Carlsberg Foundation, one of the world’s leading brewery groups,23 created UNLEASH for young people working on “solutions to meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”24 It also works with government groups, says the Lancet commentary.25
More Deception From Alcohol Beverage Manufacturers
How have alcohol beverage makers been able to minimize the considerable cancer links to their products? According to Drug and Alcohol Review:26
“Three main industry strategies were identified: (i) denial/omission: denying, omitting or disputing the evidence that alcohol consumption increases cancer risk; (ii) distortion: mentioning cancer, but misrepresenting the risk; and (iii) distraction: focusing discussion away from the independent effects of alcohol on common cancers …
These activities have parallels with those of the tobacco industry. This finding is important because the industry is involved in developing alcohol policy in many countries, and in disseminating health information to the public, including schoolchildren.”
At least one partnership between government and the alcohol industry was flagged as a conflict of interest. In 2018, Heineken, the world’s second biggest brewer, and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced a partnership to tackle infectious diseases in Africa. But, according to a Lancet editorial:27
“The proposed partnership is a clear conflict of interest, offering the alcohol industry — already keen to tap into emerging markets such as in Africa — an opportunity to divert attention from the harms of its products, while also lending it an air of responsibility with policy makers and attracting further visibility and brand recognition.”
Other public health groups such as the NCD (noncommunicable disease) Alliance concurred.28
“‘We have made it clear from the outset that we believe that the Global Fund´s partnership with an alcohol company such as Heineken is incompatible on the grounds of public health,’ said Katie Dain, CEO of the NCD Alliance.
‘It is unacceptable that a company whose core business is based on promoting products and choices that are of detriment to people´s health and wellbeing, should be seen as a viable partner by an organization like the Global Fund that is charged with bettering the health of so many millions of people around the world.'”
The partnership was suspended in 2018, not due to public health concerns but, rather, amid allegations that Heineken’s use of female beer promoters was sexually exploitative and unhealthy.29
Other Alcohol Conflicts of Interest Exist
Public health organizations have seen the value in taxing tobacco and sugar-sweetened beverages because of the clear harm they do. Yet alcohol taxes and control strategies lag behind, says the Lancet. For example:30
“Bloomberg Philanthropies, a worldwide leader in tobacco control, convened a high-level task force with former heads of state and finance ministers to consider fiscal policies for health.
The philanthropic organization recognized that alcohol taxes were underused, and, if implemented, could indirectly save up to 22 million lives over the next 50 years. Yet, Bloomberg Philanthropies has not devoted resources to alcohol control programs.”
Moreover, some research-based charities like the U.K.-based Wellcome Trust actually invest in alcohol beverage makers, says the Lancet commentary.31
“The Wellcome Trust, which announced a major commitment of £200 million to transform research and treatment for mental health, has also invested £171 million in Anheuser-Busch InBev as of 2017.
No global health charity has allocated substantial resources or prioritized investment in alcohol control, despite the fact that this neglected issue needs leadership.”
It is a long and laborious road to permanent U.S. residence, one that opens a broad spectrum of job possibilities and offers reassurances to immigrants who can then live and work legally in the United States.
▪ Staying abroad for a prolonged period, without proof that the trip is for a short-term visit. The green card is automatically canceled if the trips abroad last more than one year, or if the immigrants take up residence in another country. In either case, USCIS recommends applying for permission to reenter the United States.
Lori Harvey, the 22-year-old stepdaughter of Steve Harvey, was arrested on Sunday night.
According to reports, the model was arrested on two charges — a hit and run and delaying a police investigation — but she was released on the scene.
Just prior to the incident, Lori posted on Instagram Stories about her day hanging out in Malibu, California.
On Sunday night, Lori Harvey was arrested for a hit and run and delaying a police investigation.
According to the Beverly Hills Police Department via E! News, the 22-year-old hit a parked car, prompting a single vehicle accident on the 200 block of Moreno Drive in Los Angeles around 9:48 p.m. on Sunday night. Authorities told the publication that the model, who is Steve Harvey‘s stepdaughter, attempted to leave the scene but was apprehended nearby. No injuries have been reported at this time.
An eyewitness told OK! that Lori had been texting while driving and ended up flipping her car. Police confirmed to the outlet that they don’t believe she was intoxicated at the time but that she did, indeed, roll her vehicle at some point.
“She was arrested for the two charges and released on scene,” police said to OK!. “Not booked. She identified herself properly and signed a written promise to appear in court.”
Prior to the accident and arrest, Lori shared several Instagram Stories on Sunday that showed her spending time in Malibu, California and dining at Nobu with fellow model Amaya Colonn.
Arizona Cardinals defensive end Robert Nkemdiche was arrested in Scottsdale two weeks ago on suspicion of speeding and driving on a suspended license, according to Scottsdale police.
According to a police report, Nkemdiche, 24, was driving 75 mph in a 45-mph zone at 6:39 a.m. on June 6 near Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. When he was pulled over at the Shell station on the southwest corner of the intersection, Nkemdiche told police he was on his way to practice at the team’s Tempe training facility.
Nkemdiche had a warrant out for his arrest for driving on a suspended license and failing to appear for a court hearing.
Robert Nkemdiche booking mug (Photo: Scottsdale Police Department)
According to the report, police found and impounded a small, metal credit card case that had a white powdery residue, consistent with cocaine, on it. Nkemdiche told police that “it was possibly a bathroom product,” the report said.
“Based on the totality of the circumstances, it was decided not to pursue testing of the credit card holder in lieu of impending the item for destruction with Robert’s cooperation,” the police report said.
Police also impounded Nkemdiche’s car, a black 2019 Chevrolet Corvette, based on the suspected drug paraphernalia.
Earlier this year, the Cardinals declined to exercise the fifth-year option on Nkemdiche, who was the team’s first-round pick out of Mississippi in 2016. Since being drafted, his professional career has been riddled with injuries and inconsistency. As a result, he’s played in just 27 of 48 games over the past three seasons.
Nkemdiche suffered a torn ACL in December and although he has been at the team’s facility for offseason workouts, he hasn’t been able to participate in any drills on the field while he continues to rehabilitate his knee.
He isn’t expected to be ready for the start of training camp, which will begin in late July.
Roisin Hamilton bit a police officer after drunkenly walking toward her car
She was almost five times over limit while driving on Armagh’s Jubilee Park
Faces being struck off after shouting ‘f*** off, I’ll kill you’ at Duty Free workers
Says she is ‘mortified’ and her behaviour arose from anxiety and depression
Roisin Hamilton (pictured today in Manchester) unleashed a series of drunken outbursts and faces being struck off at a medical tribunal
A violent NHS doctor who unleashed a series of public, drunken attacks over a period of three years faces being struck off.
Dr Roisin Hamilton attacked police, airport staff and her own husband over a three-year period and was charged with misconduct after she was repeatedly arrested.
The 38-year-old threw hot coffee over a Duty Free worker and vomited after getting drunk on vodka when her plane was delayed by three hours.
One of the haematology expert’s violent outbursts forced her estranged husband to shut himself in her family home away from the mother of two.
Hamilton even bit a police officer after colleagues stopped her driving away from a hospital while drunk.
Her latest outburst occurred when police had to arrest Hamilton for being drunk and abusive during a store opening at a shopping mall in Northern Ireland. As they detained her, Hamilton dug her finger nail into one officer’s arm and shouted: ‘F*** you!’ before repeatedly punching a WPC sat next to her in a patrol car.
The mother of two doctor struggled so violently she had to be put in handcuffs and leg restraints before being placed in a cell to sober up.
She has blamed her outbursts on chronic alcohol addiction arising from diagnosed anxiety and depression. Hamilton said she was ‘mortified and ashamed’ of her actions and said they ‘did not represent her as a person’ in a statement heard by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.
Hamilton, of Bearsden, East Dumbartonshire, was suspended from medical practise in October over the three incidents and her crashing her car while almost five times the alcohol limit.
The incidents began in June 2015 after the Aberdeen and Glasgow hospitals completed a Masters Degree in Haematopathology.
Colleagues saw her drunkenly approaching her car and persuaded her to hand over the keys before Hamilton bit a police officer’s finger as he asked to take a breath test.
She paid a £980 fine and was banned from driving for a year after admitting failing to provide a breath specimen and assault on police.
But the next year officers arrested her as after she stumbled through Glasgow airport’s Duty Free area while waiting for a flight to rehab in Northern Ireland.
Staff offered to help, only for her to vomit on the floor and throw scalding coffee onto the foot of an employee.
She then screamed ‘f* off, I’ll kill you’ and ‘f* off you fing b*’, while lashing out with her hands and legs after workers erected a privacy screen to shield her from view.
The doctor vomited and then threw hot coffee over a staff member at Glasgow airport’s Duty Free shop as she waited for a flight to a rehab centre
Hamilton hit, kicked and scratched her husband in a drunken rage as he threw her out of their home. She threw a desk organiser at the house and police arrested her again.
In January 2017 Hamilton was ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and pay £200 compensation for threatening behaviour and assault – but the following August police arrested her again for drink-driving on Jubilee Park, Armagh, after she crashed a fence and wheelie bin, while pedestrians were in the vicinity.
She had 161 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35mg.
Hamilton pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and fined £300 fine and disqualified from driving for 18 months in September 2017.
The latest incident took place at 3pm on February 3 2018 when Hamilton was seen in a drunken condition at the Quays Shopping Centre in Newry.
Police called an ambulance as she sat unresponsive after security staff held her for causing a disturbance, General Medical Council lawyer Susanna Kitzing said.
She swore, shouted and lashed out at paramedics with her arms and verbally abused officers as elderly people and children looked on, Ms Kitzing added.
Hamilton tried to break out of a police vehicle and officers arrested her for disorderly behaviour, she said.
‘She was described as acting in an erratic manner, her pupils were dilated and officers believed she was under the influence of a substance,’ the lawyer said. The doctor dug her nails into an officer who was searching her and said: ‘F*** you.’
As she sat in the police vehicle, she punched an officer in the right arm several times, the tribunal heard.
‘The officer said Dr Hamilton became increasingly aggressive and hence they were forced to remove her from the vehicle and restrain her on the ground,’ the lawyer said. ‘As they were removing her from the car, Dr Hamilton kicked out at the legs of the officers several times.
Officers placed her in leg restraints before they put Hamilton back in the police vehicle, she added, then said ‘thank you’ as officers cautioned her before they put her in a cell to calm down.
‘The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now’
While Meghan Markle looks after her new royal baby in her mansion on the grounds of Windsor Castle, her older half-brother claims he has lost his job and his home.
In a new interview, Thomas Markle Jr. reveals that he has reached the “lowest point” in his life after being evicted from his modest rental home in Grants Pass, Oregon. The 52-year-old, who reportedly has long been estranged from the Duchess of Sussex, said that he, fiancee Darlene Blount, her son and their two dogs are living in a small hotel room.
Remarkably, Markle Jr. blames his sister’s global fame for starting him on the downward spiral that has left him unable to find a new job or lease a new house or apartment in this southern Oregon community.
“And it’s all because my life suddenly got catapulted into the spotlight – through no fault of my own,” Markle Jr. complained to The Sun. “The problem is I’m known as Thomas Markle, Meghan’s crazy brother now.”
Thomas Markle Jr says his every move has been “put under the microscope,” since his half-sister Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry.
Meghan Markle’s half brother reveals he’s homeless and at the ‘lowest point’ of his life
Thomas Jr says his every move has been “put under the microscope,” since his half-sister Meghan got engaged to Prince Harry.
But from Markle Jr.’s accounts, as well as from news reports, it doesn’t appear that he’s all that blameless for his downward spiral, which includes health problems, work problems, landlord problems and run-ins with the law.
Ever since the Los Angeles-born Meghan became engaged to Prince Harry in 2017, Markle Jr. claims he has been forced to live “under a microscope” with no help or support from his famous sibling.
“I’ve gone from being a private person to having everything I’ve ever done in my life out there for everybody,” he added.
The former TV actress and her half-brother share a father, Thomas Markle. Markle Jr. and his sister, Samantha, are children from Thomas Markle’s first marriage.
Meghan is the product of Markle’s second marriage, to Doria Ragland. It’s well known that Meghan and Ragland, a Los Angeles yoga instructor, enjoy a close bond. But it’s also known that Meghan has fraught relations with her father’s side of the family.
For example, Markle Jr. and Samantha Markle used news of Meghan’s engagement to Harry to criticize her for being an ambitious social climber and to claim she turns her back on family and friends if she believes they are of no use to her.
However, Meghan’s fans have called her half-siblings opportunists who are exploiting her fame to grab headlines and possibly lucrative opportunities for themselves.
Prior to her May 2018 wedding, Meghan and her 74-year-old father appeared to be getting along well enough that she asked him to walk her down the aisle. But their relationship famously fell apart when the retired Hollywood lighting designer was caught getting paid to pose for paparazzi photos just before the globally televised wedding.
Markle Sr. soon began to give interviews in which he also criticized his daughter’s new royal life and alleged that she had stopped returning his phone calls or texts.
The May 6 birth of Meghan and Harry’s son, Archie, has done little to heal the Markle family rifts. Indeed, Markle Jr. responded to the baby news by once again criticizing his half-sister.
“I’m hoping that becoming a mother will open up her eyes and shed light on what family means,” Markle Jr., said in an interview. “Maybe she will see the importance of family now — and open up to my dad and let him be part of the baby’s life.”
At that time of this interview, Markle Jr. didn’t mention being homeless. In his new interview with The Sun, Markle Jr. also failed to mention his legal troubles.
It’s possible that his run-ins with police contributed to residents in Grants Pass having an unflattering view of him.
In January 2017, Markle Jr. was arrested on suspicion of holding a gun to his fiancee’s head during a drunken argument, The Sun reported. He subsequently apologized and said he was “seeking help.”
But this past summer, Markle Jr. and Blount got into another fight while under the influence that resulted in Blount giving Thomas a black eye, USA Today reported. Blount was subsequently arrested and charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault.
In November, the couple told the Daily Mail they had quit drinking as part of a deal that would get the assault charges against Blount dropped.
But in early January, Markle Jr. was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence by Oregon State Police, USA Today reported. He was “visibly intoxicated,” failed field sobriety tests and drew a blood-alcohol level of 0.11 percent.
In his Sun interview, Markle Jr. focused on people and circumstances that he believes have done him wrong. For example, he said he had to leave his job as a glazier because of health problems.
Despite explaining his situation to his landlord, Markle Jr. told The Sun the landlord issued an eviction notice. Markle Jr. and the landlord went to court, but he agreed to vacate the property without an eviction. He also said he left the property in good condition.
But the landlord had a different view of his ex-tenant and gave interviews in which he called Markle Jr. a “lowlife” who owed him back rent and who trashed his property, according to The Sun.
Markle Jr. told The Sun that the landlord’s accusations made it difficult for him to find a new place to live in the area.
“I had a really nice place lined up where I was going to live out in the woods and I was going to do work on the property but I lost that because of all this,” Markle Jr. said.
Living in a small hotel room is taking a huge toll on his relationship with his fiancee, Markle Jr. added.
When it comes to a DWI, counting glasses of wine is a poor measure to determine dangerous behavior. Gender, weight, type of food consumed and time are all controlling and confounding factors. Rather, the standard should always be the actual level of impairment—an objective measure that uses blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels and their expected impact on driving skills.
University and government funded studies in this area provide perspective on impairment levels. According to the University of Utah, for example, driving while talking on a hands free cell phone generates equal impairment compared to driving at the current national drunk driving standard of 0.08 BAC.
Consequently, if the legal limit were lowered in the state to 0.05 BAC, a driver will be charged with a DWI and subject to imprisonment, skyrocketing insurance costs, lawyer’s fees and fines totaling $10,000 for being far less impaired than driving while on a phone call.
And the consequence for a substantially more impaired talker? In California, it’s a $20 fine.
The second reason why lowering the legal limit to 0.05 BAC fails to make sense is that the typical drunk driver is usually drinking far in excess of the current 0.08 BAC limit. What logic or science supports the idea that tightening the definition of “drunk driving” will deter those who are already violating the current law? Would dropping the speed limit by five miles per hour make sensible drivers out of those presently considered reckless?
So who or what is behind the plan to lower the legal drinking limit? There is some evidence that the .05 issue is more of an anti-alcohol rant than one based on traffic safety. Specifically, the proponents can’t seem to find the right criminal to justify the law change. In California, the proposal to move to a .05 standard was triggered by a DWI fatality involving a driver with a 0.12 BAC—50 percent higher than the current arrest threshold. Would a .05 law have made a difference?
And Michigan’s recent .05 proposal follows a similar storyline. The legislation was introduced after a drunk driver caused a fatality with a registered BAC of 0.306. That’s six times the arrest level of .05. How would moving to a new definition of DWI have made any difference?PauseCurrent Time0:00/Duration Time0:00Stream TypeLIVELoaded: 0%Progress: 0%0:00Fullscreen00:00Mute
All the current and historical government statistics show that the moderate social drinker is not central to our DWI concerns. Yet that is where this proposed law focuses. You could put the drunk driving arrest level at anything above zero and there will still be drunk drivers just as there will be many other types of crimes committed irrespective of the law.
A better idea to advance traffic safety is to enforce the laws already on the books. Having a court imposed sentence for DWI that requires an ignition interlock makes sense when people drink to excess.
That would stop the worst criminals who have had multiple arrests. Yet even Utah, the only state to have passed a .05 law, has a disappointing record of enforcing their own law on interlocks—reporting a dismal 28 percent compliance rate. California is not much better.
It’s clear we need to do a better job of policing existing law before creating new ones.
DWI fatalities invoke angry passions, as do many other senseless crimes. But the answer won’t be found in the arrest of law abiding citizens visiting a tasting room.