Speeding led to DUI arrest of Kansas City, Kansas representative, report shows

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Kan. — The Kansas Highway Patrol released new information about what led to the arrest of Kansas Democratic House Rep. Aaron Coleman.

Coleman was taken into custody on suspicion of DUI around 1 a.m. on Nov. 27.

According to the highway patrol report, a trooper tried to stop Coleman for speeding on the Kansas Turnpike. The trooper said Coleman refused to stop, and instead took exit 202 in Lawrence at the KTA Plaza. The report said Coleman pulled into a nearby parking lot.ADVERTISING

The trooper reported he observed signs of possible impairment during the traffic stop. A DUI investigation ended with Coleman being arrested for driving under the influence. Coleman was released to the Douglas County Jail for DUI, speed and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.Olathe police searching for man as part of double homicide case 

He was released on a $250 bond. But that may not keep him out of jail for long.

The arrest violated the terms of Coleman’s parole in Johnson County where he is charged with domestic battery.

In that case, police were called to an Overland Park home on Oct. 30, where he lived with his brother.

According to the affidavit, Coleman’s brother told officers the two men argued over his upcoming baptism. He then accused Coleman of pushing him backward, hitting him in the chest, and spitting on him, prosecutors say.Read more local, state and national news on FOX4 

He was not scheduled to be back in court on the Johnson County case until Dec. 22, but according to court documents, there was a motion to revoke his bond and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Coleman has also been accused of revenge porn as a teenager, threatening a “hit” against Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, and stalking a staff member of an opponent. https://fox4kc.com/news/speeding-led-to-dui-arrest-of-kansas-city-kansas-representative-report-shows/

Judge sets $10,000 bail for man accused of second OUI offense

PITTSFIELD — A judge on Monday ordered a local man accused of second-offense drunk driving held on $10,000 bail, pointing to his history of defaulting on court dates and a four-year stint as a fugitive.

Shane H. Hall, 50, of Crane Avenue in Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to driving erratically and under the influence of alcohol on Saturday morning. 

The Berkshire District Attorney’s Office recommended Hall be released on his own personal recognizance with conditions that he refrain from driving and drinking.

Prompted by a question from Judge Paul Smyth, Assistant District Attorney R. Talmadge Reeves said the second-offense operating under the influence charge did not qualify him to be held without the right to bail before trial under the state’s dangerousness statute.  

Smyth noted Hall’s record, and asked prosecutors to produce more information about his criminal history.

After a break, Reeves said Hall fled the state in 1999 and was “on the run” for four years. During that time, the ADA said Hall was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in South Carolina.

Smyth said Hall has a history of missing court, and over two decades ago had fled the state before he was expected to stand trial on charges in Berkshire County.    

“What I’m worried about is him appearing in court,” said Smyth. “It looks like every case he’s had in this district he’s defaulted.” 

Hall told Smyth that he was younger then, and would not miss any future court dates.

“I just had too much to drink the other night,” Hall said. “I’m definitely going to show up for court.”

Defense attorney Thomas Donohue agreed with ADA Reeve’s recommendation, and said his client planned to check himself into a treatment program immediately.  

Smyth ordered Hall held in lieu of $10,000 cash bail, and Hall was put in handcuffs by court officers. 

He had been taken into custody initially by state police about 8 a.m. Saturday, when the car he was driving on Pecks Road left the road. According to court documents, a trooper reported that Hall was slurring, his eyes were watering, and noticed a “moderate smell” of alcohol on Hall’s breath.       

According to the trooper’s report, Hall could not focus or follow instructions, and was missing a shoe. Hall was taken to the state police barracks in Cheshire, where began vomiting before EMTs determined he needed to go to Berkshire Medical Center for evaluation. 

On the way to the hospital, Hall allegedly said he drank too much that day. Once at the hospital, Hall told a trooper he had been trying to retrieve his own car, which “slid off the road” Friday night while Hall was driving in Lake Onota Village. 

Hall said he left his car on the side of the road and took a taxi home, the report states.

Then on Saturday morning, Hall took someone else’s vehicle without authority and attempted to drive it back to Lake Onota Village to pick up his vehicle, Reeves said. That’s when Hall went off the road a second time, leading to his arrest. 

Hall was arraigned Monday on second offense OUI, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, marked lanes violation, driving without a license, speeding and using a motor vehicle without authority. He is due back in court on Dec. 29.  https://www.berkshireeagle.com/crime/judge-sets-10k-bail-for-oui-defendant/article_5d14e65e-515f-11ec-8f3d-4f55d3c02631.html  

State prison inmate, held on operating under the influence conviction, dies from COVID-related complications

Another Connecticut prison inmate has died from complications of COVID-19, officials said Wednesday.

The 62-year-old male inmate had been receiving treatment at an outside hospital since Oct. 29 and died on Tuesday, according to the Department of Correction. The inmate was previously incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution.

The inmate, whose name was not released, “suffered from several underlying comorbidities,” department officials said.

Twenty-one Connecticut prison inmates have died from COVID-related complications as of Nov. 19, according to Department of Correction data. As of Nov. 23, 104 incarcerated people are symptomatic with the virus.

Just over 5,000 state prison inmates have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the department. There are 9,391 people currently incarcerated in state prison as of October, according to the most recent department data.

According to department officials, the inmate entered the correctional system on Sept. 15 on a sentence related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was expected to be released on or before Jan. 12, 2022.

The inmate’s vaccination status was not immediately known.

In a statement Wednesday, Department of Correction Commissioner Angel Quiros offered his condolences to the inmate’s family.

“This is a sobering reminder that Covid-19 cannot be taken for granted,” Quiros said. “Our agency will not let its collective guard down — we will continue to fight against the spread of this dreaded virus. My condolences go out to his family.” https://www.courant.com/breaking-news/hc-br-connecticut-doc-inmate-death-covid-20211124-hqekm54zhffo5lcer2ljedug54-story.html

Dirt bike operator killed in crash

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A Napoleonville man died Saturday evening while riding his dirt bike, Troopers say.

Ray Gilton, 35, died in the Highway 1 crash, State Police said.ADVERTISING

The preliminary investigation revealed Gilton, who was operating a KTM dirt bike, was traveling south on the southbound shoulder of LA Hwy 1 at a high rate of speed. At the same time, a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling north on LA Hwy 1 and began to turn left onto Mathew Street. Gilton failed to come to a stop, struck the side of the Chevrolet, and was ejected.

Gilton was not wearing a DOT approved helmet and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Assumption Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the Chevrolet was properly restrained and suffered minor injuries.

A toxicology sample was collected from Gilton and submitted for analysis. The driver of the Chevrolet provided a voluntary breath sample that showed no alcohol detected. This crash remains under investigation.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, motorcyclists are 29 times more likely than vehicle occupants to die in a crash. Making good choices while riding a motorcycle, such as never driving while impaired, obeying all traffic laws, and wearing a DOT approved helmet can often mean the difference between life and death.

Troop C has investigated 37 fatal crashes resulting in 47 deaths in 2021. https://www.katc.com/news/covering-louisiana/dirt-bike-operator-killed-in-crash

Crusier struck while at crash involving deer; officials say alcohol was factor

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Photo by: Ashland County PicturesA cruiser was struck by a vehicle while on scene of an accident involving another vehicle and a deer.

The driver of the truck was not injured. The trooper was transported to a local hospital and released with minor injuries.

OSHP officials said alcohol was a factor in the crash, and the driver of the truck was arrested for operating a vehicle impaired and charged with assured clear distance ahead. The driver’s blood alcohol content was over three times greater than the legal limit.

The crash remains under investigation. https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/oh-ashland/oshp-crusier-struck-while-at-crash-involving-deer-near-ashland-officials-say-alcohol-was-factor

Former County assistant prosecutor accused of showing up drunk

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SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – A former employee of the Shiawassee County Prosecutor’s Office is facing three charges after allegedly showing up to court late while intoxicated.

Charges were announced Tuesday against Christopher Brown for the incident that happened in early August.

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office says Brown, who worked as an assistant prosecutor, showed up to the office two hours late for a closing argument in court. He allegedly admitted to being drunk and blew a 0.113 on a breathalyzer.

That is nearly one and a half times the legal limit of 0.08 to drive in Michigan.

Brown is accused of carrying two loaded firearms in his vehicle when he drove to the office.

He is charged with one count of operating under the influence of alcohol and two counts of firearm possession by a person under the influence. All three charges are misdemeanors punishable by up to 93 days in jail if he is convicted.

“Those who swear to uphold the law must also adhere to its principles,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said. “My office stands ready to hold accountable anyone who fails to abide by their oath.” https://www.abc12.com/news/former-shiawassee-county-assistant-prosecutor-accused-of-showing-up-drunk/article_0af49ef6-4c95-11ec-a920-171bf57404aa.html

Governor announces rideshare-credits grant to reduce impaired driving

On Monday, Maryland looked back at the lives of 120 residents lost to impaired driving over the past year, and Gov. Larry Hogan announced a grant that might reduce those losses in the future.

Speaking at the 18th annual Maryland Remembers Event, Hogan said the state has been working hard enacting new laws to bring down the number of fatalities due to driving under the influence.

“With your support, we enacted Noah’s Law, to require ignition interlock devices for anyone convicted of drunk driving in Maryland,” Hogan said. “After a multiyear effort, we successfully enacted the Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Act, to impose stronger penalties on drunk and drugged driving offenders.”

The Repeat Drunk Driving Offenders Law got its first test earlier this year. In May 2020, Todd Beaker, 58, who had eight prior convictions for drunk driving, crashed head-on into 27-year-old Bennett Kriewald, who was disabled as a result of the crash.

Kriewald’s mother, Kimberly Sizemore, spoke at the ceremony, saying her son had taken that day off work to attend his grandmother’s funeral. It was 2:30 p.m. when he was struck by Beaker while pulling out of a store.

Before the crash, Sizemore said, Kriewald was an electrician, had just closed on a house on the water and was about to buy a boat. But the collision changed everything. Due to his injuries, he lost his job, couldn’t climb a ladder or fully bend his hand, and had difficulty walking.

“He can no longer continue in that career he spent years building on, to fully enjoy the lifestyle that he worked so hard for,” Kriewald said. “The ongoing financial implications, medical bills, loss of wages, inability to work, are devastating for Bennett and are ongoing still to this day.”

While nothing will repair the damage done to her son, Sizemore took some comfort in the new law that allowed harsher penalties toward the man who hit Bennett.

“Todd Beaker was sentenced to two consecutive 10-year sentences for his impaired driving convictions,” Sizemore said. “I can now breathe easier knowing he is officially off our roads.”

But she said there is something each of us can do to try and reduce the number of impaired driving tragedies.

“On the day of Bennett’s crash, someone saw Todd Beaker stumble into the liquor store and allowed him to return to his car and his driver’s seat,” she said. “Please, if you see someone driving impaired, step up and stop those involved.”

Hogan also announced that Maryland has gotten a grant from the Governors Highway and Safety Association that he hopes will cut down on impaired driving during the holiday season. The grant will offer $10 ride-share credits to Marylanders throughout the state. Maryland is one of just five states to receive the grant.

“Last year, over 1,300 people were arrested in Maryland from Thanksgiving Day to New Year’s Day for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs,” Hogan said. “We hope that this creative new initiative will encourage more Marylanders to make better choices.” https://wtop.com/maryland/2021/11/hogan-announces-rideshare-credits-grant-to-reduce-impaired-driving-in-md/

Community tips lead to arrest of driver in fatal hit-and-run

CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (WHEC) — Over the weekend, Canandaigua Police arrested the person they say is responsible for the fatal hit and run crash in Canandaigua on Oct. 23 that claimed the life of Edwin Wesley of Canandaigua.

News10NBC’s Jenny Ly sat down with Canandaigua Police Chief Mathew Nielsen to learn more about that deadly crash. Nielsen says he attributes the successful investigation to the community coming together to help catch the driver.

“With realizing that people were anxiously waiting for a result, we had to be patient ourselves and make sure that we fully establish the investigation and develop all the leads that we could before we made the arrest,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen said for weeks after the hit and run, tips came pouring in from the community about the driver behind the green 1956 Ford pick-up truck. The tips included his whereabouts to help authorities piece together this day that ultimately led to the hit and run.Todd Smith

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Police say Todd Smith, 54, of Canandaigua, was driving while intoxicated when he struck Wesley, 62, who was on his scooter, crossing the crosswalk on South Main Street.

“It’s a midblock crosswalk, which the City of Canandaigua has numerous midblock crosswalks,” Nielsen said. “They’re clearly marked with marks on the ground, and they have signage on each side of the roadway to include in the median as well.”

Nielsen also said that given the volume of traffic and pedestrian traffic, it’s minimal to have accidents of this magnitude. 

While the truck did stand out, the challenging part according to Nielsen was finding it. After a search warrant, law enforcement ultimately found the truck hiding in a storage unit outside of Canandaigua

“Hopefully we can provide the family with an avenue to some closure out of all of this – if that’s even possible,” Nielsen said. “However, they did find a great deal of relief that the arrest was made.”

Beyond Wesley’s family, the police chief hopes this will help the community, too.

“Definitely people were upset,” Nielsen said. “Mr. Wesley was certainly known in the community, he was a familiar face in the downtown area. The scooter was his means of transportation. I think that just knowing him, knowing his disability and his friendliness in the community, it made it more difficult for people.”

Since Smith’s arrest, he has bailed out of the Ontario County Jail over the weekend. Smith faces two felony charges of vehicular manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident as well as a DWI. The date of his county court appearance is yet to be determined. https://www.whec.com/ontario-county-ny-news/community-tips-lead-to-arrest-of-driver-in-fatal-hit-and-run/6302834/

Cops: Drunk Driver Floated Egg Roll Defense

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NOVEMBER 15–A Florida Woman who was pulled over early yesterday claimed that her erratic driving was “due to her eating an eggroll” while behind the wheel, according to police who arrested the motorist on DUI and narcotics possession charges.

Upon spotting a vehicle drifting between lanes on a St. Petersburg roadway around 2 AM Sunday, police conducted a traffic stop to “check the well being of the driver for sick, injured or impaired,” according to court filings.

When a sheriff’s deputy approached driver Maria Jurgilewicz, 45, “the defendant had a distinct odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.” Jurgilewicz, the cop added, had “difficulty following simple instructions” and “her speech appeared to be slurred and mumbled.”

Asked about her erratic “driving pattern” Jurgilewicz “claimed it was due to her eating an eggroll while driving.”

While arrest affidavits make no mention of an egg roll (or egg roll fragments) being found in Jurgilewicz’s auto, cops did seize “several different types of pills,” including the opioid Tramadol, from the car. A straw with “white powdered residue on the inside was found near the pills,” an investigator noted.

Pictured above, Jurgilewicz was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, a felony, as well as driving under the influence and possession of drugs without a prescription, both misdemeanors.

The St. Petersburg resident was released yesterday from the county jail on her own recognizance. Jurgilewicz’s rap sheet includes convictions for disorderly conduct and violating probation. (2 pages) https://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/drunk/eggroll-defense-falls-flat-018476