Driver Arrested for DUI After Allegedly Hitting, Killing 6-Year-Old Girl

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The driver of a vehicle that was involved in a collision that killed a 6-year-old girl and injured two others in Waterbury on Sunday has been arrested for allegedly driving under the influence, police said.

Officers were called to Baldwin Street around 9:30 p.m. after getting a report of a collision involving pedestrians.

When police arrived, they said they found a van had rear-ended another vehicle parked off to the right side of the northbound lane of Baldwin Street. 

Officers said the impact pushed the second vehicle forward and hit a 29-year-old woman and a 6-year-old girl between it and a third vehicle. 

A 30-year-old man that was hit by the second vehicle was thrown to the sidewalk, police added.

According to investigators, the woman and the child that were hit by the vehicle were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital to be treated for serious, life-threatening injuries. The man who was thrown to the sidewalk obtained medical treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The 6-year-old girl was pronounced dead at 10:16 p.m., police said. She was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death and identification. 

The woman is in stable condition and remains hospitalized, authorities added.

The driver of the van, later identified by authorities as 39-year-old Luis Loja, of Waterbury, left the scene on foot, but officers said witnesses followed him down Glen Street and convinced him to return to the accident scene.

Police said they determined Loja was operating the van while impaired by alcohol at the time of the collision.

Loja was arrested and officers said he is facing charges including manslaughter with a motor vehicle, assault with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, evading responsibility in accident resulting in death, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, improper use of registration plate, operating an unregistered motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license and failure to drive in the proper lane.

Loja was held on a $750,000 bond pending arraignment. https://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/local/driver-arrested-for-dui-after-allegedly-hitting-killing-6-year-old-girl-in-waterbury/2298391/

Man arrested for operating boat while drunk with large group on board

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer was patrolling the water in the area of Keewaydin Island when he noticed the boat with a large group of people.

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. – A Naples man was arrested for boating under the influence with a dozen people onboard Saturday, July 4. 

A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer was patrolling the water in the area of Keewaydin Island when he noticed the boat with a large group of people. 

Two women were drunk and in the water trying to get back on the boat, according to FWC. Due to the strong currents, the women were unable to get back on board. 

The FWC officer on the scene took the two women aboard the FWC boat and pulled up alongside the packed boat with about 12 people on board. 

Mitchell Rivenburg was operating the boat and appeared to be heavily intoxicated, according to FWC. The FWC officer believed the boat was overloaded, but Rivenburg couldn’t find the boat’s capacity plate. 

FWC said the boat was very low in the water and as people moved on it the bottom of one side would come completely out of the water. 

Rivenburg was arrested for BUI and taken to the Naples Jail Center, FWC said. He also refused to provide breath sample when the FWC officer asked for one. https://www.nbc-2.com/story/42326633/naples-man-arrested-for-operating-boat-while-drunk-with-large-group-on-board

Man Accused Of Stealing Car, Driving While High

Police said the man told them he thought the pot he had smoked was laced with something.

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Police said an upstate man stole a car and said the pot he smoked was laced with something.
Police said an upstate man stole a car and said the pot he smoked was laced with something. (Shutterstock)

GREENVILLE, NY — An upstate man was accused of stealing a car and having pot. State police said troopers were sent to a car crash at South Plank Road and County Route 22 in the town of Wawayanda.

They were told that there was a person outside of the car who seemed to be hysterical.

While the troopers were on their way to the crash, they got another call about a stolen vehicle on Indigot Drive, which is near the site of the crash.

Troopers saw an unoccupied 2017 Volkswagen GTI at the intersection of Indigot Drive and Route 22. The owner of the car came out of his home and told the troopers that a man came onto his property, got into his car and drove it to the intersection where it stalled on him.

He said the man got out of the vehicle and ran toward Millsburg Road.

At that time, troopers got another call that a man matching the description of the one at the initial crash and the stolen car were on Millsburg Road. The man seemed disoriented, police said.Subscribe

He was found, police said, and identified as Shane Cherry, 30, of Clayton, Jefferson County.

Cherry became defensive when the troopers approached him and said that he thought someone was chasing him.

Police said he resisted and refused to follow commands while being taken into custody.

Other troopers responded to the site of the original crash and found a 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier, of which Cherry was the driver, police said.

About 11.5 grams of marijuana was found in the Chevrolet, police said, and Cherry was determined to be impaired by drugs. He said he thought the marijuana he had been smoking was laced with something, police said.

Cherry was taken to Orange Regional Medical Center for an evaluation. He was not injured during the struggle with the troopers.

Cherry was charged with third-degree grand larceny and driving while ability impaired-drugs, felonies; obstruction of governmental administration and resisting arrest, misdemeanors, and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation. https://patch.com/new-york/midhudsonvalley/upstate-man-accused-stealing-car-driving-while-high

Cardinals release undrafted signee after arrest for allegedly driving car into Lake Erie while intoxicated

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Jermiah Braswell was arrested Saturday. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Arizona Cardinals announced Tuesday they have released undrafted rookie Jermiah Braswell following his arrest on Saturday for allegedly driving his car into Lake Erie while intoxicated, according to WTOL 11.

The 23-year-old Braswell signed with the Cardinals as a free agent in April after going unselected in the 2020 NFL draft. The wide receiver went to college at Youngstown State University in Ohio.

Braswell reportedly drove his car off an embankment and ended up in the lake. Officers responded to a call and found Braswell still in the driver’s seat. Braswell reportedly told the officers he was stuck and didn’t know what happened.

Officers said Braswell’s speech was slurred, and had Braswell perform a field sobriety test. He was arrested for driving under the influence after that test. Braswell also reportedly failed a breath test, police told WTOL 11.

No one else was in the car, and no bystanders were injured.

That Cardinals, whose GM pleaded guilty to extreme DUI in 2018, still decided to separate themselves from the rookie.

Braswell had been one of five wide receivers signed by the Cardinals following the draft, to go along with a stacked depth chart at the position featuring DeAndre HopkinsLarry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk, plus 2019 draft picks Andy IsabellaHakeem Butler and KeeSean Johnson. https://sports.yahoo.com/cardinals-receiver-arrested-after-allegedly-driving-car-into-lake-erie-while-intoxicated-204920963.html

Woman sues city on claims of racial profiling, wrongful arrest

Volume 90% 7VIEW ALL PHOTOSDonna Miller, a 59-year-old Black woman, is suing Murray City Police Department with claims of racial profiling, wrongful arrest and charges for driving under the influence. (Photo: KUTV)

MURRAY, Utah (KUTV) — A Utah woman is suing Murray City with claims of racial profiling, wrongful arrest and charges for driving under the influence.KUTV 

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Donna Miller, a 59-year-old Black woman, said she was coming home from running errands at the mall in August of 2018 when Murray City Officer Jarom Allred stopped her.
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“Officer Allred pulled me over and said to me, ‘do you know why I’m pulling you over?’ I said to him, ‘no,’’’ Miller said.

According to Miller, the officer told her he ran her license plates and believed she was driving without insurance. Miller said she then showed the officer proof of insurance.

“He said, ‘Well, I have probable cause to think you are intoxicated,’ and I was like, ‘What?'” Miller said.Donna Miller, a 59-year-old Black woman, is suing Murray City Police Department with claims of racial profiling, wrongful arrest and charges for driving under the influence. (Photo: KUTV)

Miller said she was shocked to hear the officer say that he suspected her of driving under the influence of alcohol. She’s a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and doesn’t drink alcohol. Miller also said she was on her way home before heading to class where she was studying to be a nurse and midwife.

According to Miller, Allred demanded that she exit her vehicle and began performing field sobriety tests on her. In a statement provided by Miller’s attorneys, Holland & Hart and the American Civil Liberties Union, she passed four field sobriety tests, including two breathalyzer tests, which showed “0.0” alcohol level in her system.

“Officer Allred came back to me and said, ‘I need to arrest you,’” Miller said.A Murray woman’s lawsuit alleges one of the city’s police officers, Jarom Allred, wrongfully arrested her and charged her with driving under the influence. (Photo: KUTV)

Miller was taken to the Murray City Police Station where several more sobriety tests were performed on her, including a blood test, which came back negative.

“Everything came back negative. They tested me for, I guess, meth and marijuana and alcohol, and everything came back negative,” Miller said.

Heather White, the attorney representing Murray City, said Allred was justified in the arrest of Miller. White claims Miller was swerving while driving and she admitted to taking medication earlier in the day.

Miller’s attorneys said she took Janumet for her Type 2 diabetes, which would not have impaired her driving.

“He had the driving pattern, he had the conversation with her, and then he had the performance on the field sobriety tests, which are more than sufficient to have given him that arguable probable cause to arrest her,” White said.Heather White, the attorney representing Murray City, said Officer Jarom Allred was justified in arresting Donna Miller for driving under the influence. (Photo: KUTV)

According to White, Miller failed the field sobriety tests and seemed confused, which also gave Allred probable cause to arrest her. But Miller and her attorneys dispute that claim and say Allred had no evidence to arrest her.

Furthermore, a Utah Highway Patrol trooper and drug recognition expert concluded in a statement that it was his “opinion that Miller was not under the influence of any drugs.”

“She was not concluded by the tests… the toxicology test that was performed to have any measurable amount in her blood, but that does not mean she did not have it,” White said.

Miller claims her traffic stop and arrest is an example of racial profiling by Allred and Murray City Police.A Murray woman’s lawsuit alleges one of the city’s police officers, Jarom Allred, wrongfully arrested her and charged her with driving under the influence. (Photo: KUTV)

“I really believe it’s the color of my skin that caused that,” Miller said. “From the time he asked me to step out of the car, I knew he was racially profiling me, ’cause he had no reason to stop me.”

The charges against Miller were dropped, but not until she contested them in court. White acknowledged there was not enough evidence to convict Miller, however, she maintained that Allred had probable cause to arrest her.

Miller said while the charges were dropped, the arrest is still on her record. She wants it expunged and is calling on Murray City to require officers to complete implicit bias police training.

“When the allegations of discrimination came in by Ms. Miller quite some time ago, the city conducted an investigation into those. It determined that officer Allred had acted in accordance of policy. There was no racial discrimination in the arrest of her,” White said.

Both Miller and White stand by their stories and say they plan to take the case to trial. https://kutv.com/news/local/utah-woman-sues-murray-city-on-claims-of-racial-profiling-wrongful-arrest

DUI, assault charges after crash

Kennesaw Mountain High School’s orchestra director faces DUI and aggravated assault charges after authorities said he crashed into another car while driving under the influence of drugs.

The bizarre incident occurred shortly after 4 p.m. June 15 near the intersection of Barrett Parkway and Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw, arrest warrants show. 

Witnesses said 43-year-old Joel Schroter drove past them at a high rate of speed and appeared to intentionally strike another car carrying a couple and their infant daughter, according to a Kennesaw police report. 

Schroter, who wasn’t wearing shoes when police arrived on scene, reportedly ran toward the couple after the collision and began yelling about how he meant to crash into them and meet them, calling it “a sign from God.” 

The mother of the 4-month-old girl told police Schroter repeatedly said that he wanted to kill her baby, according to the incident report. She had wounds to her left arm and complained of a head injury from the crash, but the child appeared unharmed. All three passengers were taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital. 

When officers arrived, the orchestra instructor reportedly galloped toward them, flailing his arms and giggling uncontrollably, Kennesaw police said.

According to the report, he told officers, “this was done in love” and that he was “on the space shuttle,” while repeatedly ignoring their commands. Two officers on scene forced him to the ground and handcuffed him before carrying him to the back of the patrol car with his legs dangling in the air, police said.

Schroter’s warrant alleges that he was under the influence of a drug at the time, “possibly LSD, cocaine, ecstasy, or (a) synthetic/natural hallucinogen.” 

He also had a puppy in his Mazda at the time of the crash. The dog was turned over to Cobb County Animal Control. 

Schroter is charged with aggravated assault, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, obstruction of law enforcement, driving too fast for conditions and failure to maintain lane, jail records show. He was released the following morning on a $16,720 bond.

His employment status with the high school is unclear.

“The district is aware of the arrest of a Kennesaw Mountain High School teacher,” a Cobb School District spokeswoman said in a statement Wednesday. “Due to privacy restrictions, the district cannot provide additional information during an ongoing investigation. We will act in accordance with any relevant district policy upon the conclusion of the police investigation.” https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/cobb-county-orchestra-teacher-faces-dui-assault-charges-after-crash/PH72HFiOUGVWNL7MlMTIQJ/

Suspected DUI Driver Fails To Negotiate Roundabout

PETALUMA, CA — A Petaluma man who failed to negotiate a roundabout Thursday night and ended up with his car in a ditch is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

The driver, identified as 21-year-old Laurentino Vasquez-Chavez, was reportedly going over the speed limit as he got close to the roundabout at the intersection of Corona Road and Sonoma Mountain Parkway, Petaluma police Sgt. Ryan Suhrke said.

Instead of going through the roundabout, Chavez drove over the curb and hit street signs and a mailbox before landing his car in a nearby ditch, Suhrke said.

When officers responded to the intersection at 8:16 p.m., Chavez’s car was inoperable.

“Officers observed signs of alcohol intoxication coming from Chavez, administered field sobriety tests and determined he had been operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol,” Suhrke said. “He was arrested and later transported to the Sonoma County Jail for DUI.”

Chavez was not injured in the collision, nor was anyone else, police said. https://news.yahoo.com/suspected-dui-driver-fails-negotiate-041104980.html

Drunken Driver Damages Squad Car, Tries To Bite Officer: Blotter

Disoriented Highland Park woman had BAC nearly three times legal limit; cannabis collection discovered during stop: Lake Forest PD Blotter

The incidents and arrests below were reported by the Lake Forest Police Department between May 16 and June 22, 2020.
The incidents and arrests below were reported by the Lake Forest Police Department between May 16 and June 22, 2020. (Lake Forest PD)

LAKE FOREST, IL — The following information comes from Lake Forest police and Lake County court records as a record of those arrested by police. Readers are reminded that an arrest is not an indication of guilt, and criminal charges, which represent merely accusations by the state, are often dropped or reduced. Updated information may be available from the Lake County Circuit Clerk of Courts. All persons named are innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Jason C. Lott, 38, of the 2000 block of Jackson Avenue, Evanston, was arrested around 10 p.m. on May 22 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving without a valid driver’s license after police were called to a traffic crash involving a motorcycle and a tractor trailer near Route 41 and Route 60. Officers determined Lott, the driver of the motorcycle, was speeding when he lost control of the motorcycle and crashed. He also smelled of alcohol and seemed drunk, police reported, and a sample taken at Condell Hospital indicated he had a blood alcohol concentration of nearly 0.27 — more than three times the legal threshold of intoxication. Officers also issued him citations for operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage and speeding.

Eric R. Lundahl, 61, of the 1000 block of Estes Drive, Lake Forest, was arrested shortly before 11 p.m. on May 24 at his home and charged with four counts of misdemeanor domestic battery and one count of interfering in the reporting of domestic violence. Police said Lundahl struck a person repeatedly on the face and head following a verbal argument. There were obvious physical signs of injury when officers interviewed the victim at Highland Park Hospital, police reported.

Edert R. Callejas, 33, of the 1500 block of Cornelia Avenue, Waukegan, was arrested around 4:30 p.m. on May 29 and charged with felony driving with a license revoked for DUI, felony criminal damage to government property, driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest. Police reported getting a report of a crash on Route 41 near the entrance to Lake Forest Hospital. Callejas, who was driving a black Nissan with significant damage to its front, refused to identify himself to officers and showed signs of intoxication. After he was arrested, police reported he attempted to bite one of the officers and kicked out the plastic divider between the front and back of a squad car. One officer suffered a minor injury in the course of the arrest, according to police.

Denzel J. Hopkinsbey, 29, of the 2900 block of West Monroe Street, Chicago, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on May 30 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and issued citations for speeding, cannabis possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police reported they pulled him over for driving 80 mph on a portion of Route 41 with a 55 mph speed limit, searched his car after he admitted having cannabis inside, and found pills that tested positive for ecstasy.

Trisha M. Rinaldi, 46, of the 1300 block of Bob-O-Link Road, Highland Park, was arrested around 9 p.m. on June 2 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and driving under the influence of alcohol with a breath alcohol concentration of 0.08 or greater following a traffic stop on Route 41. Officers were called for a report of a gray Dodge driving erratically and pulled it over after seeing it break several traffic laws, police reported. Rinaldi first denied drinking alcohol before admitting consuming a vodka drink, and she claimed she was headed home to Highland Park despite driving in the wrong direction, according to police. Following her arrest, she produced a sample indicating a breath alcohol concentration of 0.245 — nearly three times the legal limit for intoxication. Officers also issued her an improper lane usage citation.Subscribe

Henry B. Yehle, 20, of the 300 block of Washington Road, Lake Forest, was arrested around 3:15 p.m. on June 4 on an arrest warrant issued after he failed to appear in court and forfeited bond in Lake County in connection with narcotics charges filed last year. 

Michael P. Hoover, 63, of the 1700 block of Elizabeth Avenue, North Chicago, was arrested around 1 p.m. on June 5 and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after officers investigated a two-car traffic crash at Route 41 and Westleigh Road. According to police, a witness saw Hoover drive into the back of an SUV stopped at a traffic light. Hoover said he thought he was headed, despite actually driving south, and showed other signs of intoxication and admitted drinking alcohol, according to police. Following his arrest, he produced a sample indicating his breath alcohol concentration was over 0.27 — more than three times the legal limit for intoxication.

Jamelle McBride, 32, and Brenden Butler, 22, both of the 16000 block of Josef Drive, Homer Glen, were arrested around noon on June 11 and charged with a series of felonies in connection with an 18-month investigation of an identity theft ring. They were believed to have cost victims more than $1 million over the past two years. Read more…

Nicholas Lopez, 19, of the 900 block of Deerfield Road, Highland Park, was arrested around 1:30 a.m. on June 18 and charged with possession of a controlled substance, driving under the influence of alcohol and cannabis possession following a traffic stop on a silver BMW that ran a red light and swerved into oncoming traffic. After Lopez failed field sobriety tests, officers searched the car and found a black bag with multiple bags of cannabis, pills in unmarked bags and prescription bottles, THC-infused food, vaporizers, cartridges of THC oil and baggies containing THC in wax form, police reported. Lopez later produced a sample indicating his breath alcohol concentration was more than 0.16 — twice the legal limit for impairment. https://patch.com/illinois/lakeforest/drunken-driver-damages-squad-car-tries-bite-officer-blotter

Woman Delivering Food for COVID Patients Pinned by Suspected Drunk Driver

A suspected drunk driver swerved off the road and struck a 35-year-old mother of three who was getting food from the trunk of her car for COVID-19 patients on Wednesday.

Footage of the incident showed that the woman, identified by friends as Nancy Tituaña, didn’t see the car coming towards her at 110th Street and Northern Boulevard in Queens. Luis Encalada, 35, has been charged with pinning Tituaña to the back of her SUV, breaking both of her legs, according to police.

Tituaña is a coordinator with Brigada de Esperanza, a nonprofit that has been delivering food to thousands of New Yorkers who have been struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic. That’s exactly what she was doing at the moment of impact. Groceries were seen on the street in front of Encalada’s vehicle.

Inside the vehicle, an opened beer can could be seen in the cupholder. Police also charged Encalada with driving while intoxicated and driving without a license.

Tituaña was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she’s recovering from her surgery, her family said. 

After the crash, witnesses rushed Tituaña’s aid and tried to push the car away from her. Conde Cabrera, who is also part of Brigada de Esperanza, was with Tituaña when she was hit. He says she cried out for him to look out for her children. 

“She was doing a good thing. She was helping people who are sick, who could not come out of their home,” said Carmen Velasquez, another volunteer with the nonprofit. “We are the Brigade of Hope and right now we hope that she can be well.” https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/woman-delivering-food-for-covid-patients-pinned-by-suspected-drunk-driver-police/2483772/

St. Joseph Co. prosecutor charged with drunken driving after crash into fence

The St. Joseph County prosecutor has been charged with two alcohol-related offenses after he crashed into a fence May 11, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced.

The attorney general’s office has charged John McDonough with operating under the influence, a 93-day misdemeanor, and driving with open intoxicants in the vehicle, a 90-day misdemeanor.

It is alleged that on May 11, McDonough “crossed the center line, veered off the roadway and crashed into a fence” in Lockport Township. The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office investigated the crash and arrested McDonough at the scene. 

McDonough waived his arraignment, according to a statement from Nessel’s office. Vincent Westra, a judge in Kalamazoo County, was appointed by the state court administrator to preside over the case, the statement said. The case is being handled at 3B District Court.

After the judges at that court, which is in St. Joseph County, recused themselves, it fell to the state to assign another judge.

“You need to have someone who doesn’t know (the suspect) presiding over the case,” said John Nevin, spokesman for the State Court Administrative Office. 

McDonough is due for a pretrial hearing July 24. A staffer at the 3B District Court said McDonough is out on personal bond, and that the bond issue would be raised again at the July 24 hearing.

If McDonough were to miss that court date, “no automatic fine would be owed to the court,” but there would be a bench warrant for his arrest, said Ryan Jarvi, a spokesman for Nessel’s office.

WMMT-TV West Michigan obtained audio of McDonough’s 911 call reporting the crash.

On the call, McDonough identifies himself and tells the dispatcher he had a “coughing fit” before his vehicle went off Lovers Lane and he “ran over a fence.”

The dispatcher asks if McDonough is OK.

“I’m fine. The fence is not,” McDonough says. “And my car will need to be towed.”

McDonough is up for re-election in the fall.

Michael Hills, attorney for McDonough, said via email that his client “has been released from the hospital and is starting physical therapy to aid in his recovery,” adding that “he remains on sick leave from work and will return once he has fully recovered.”

Hills said he could not speak on the case, as the matter was in its “initial stages.”

In McDonough’s waiver of arraignment, submitted to the court June 15, he agreed “not to consume any alcohol, marijuana, illegal or intoxicating substances during the pendency of this case.”

St. Joseph Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/michigan/2020/06/24/st-joseph-county-prosecutor-charged-drunken-driving-crash-into-fence/3248564001/