Infowars sociopath Alex Jones has been arrested for drunk driving.
The right-wing conspiracy theorist was stopped by police officers the deep state early Tuesday morning in Travis County, Texas. He was subsequently charged with driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor, at the Travis County Jail in Austin. Jones posted a $3,000 bond and made it back in time to host his daily show on Tuesday. And wouldn’t you believe it, Jones is touting a very reasonable explanation conspiracy theory about his arrest.
Jones says he was the victim of “a countywide dragnet” launched by police in order to boost their low DWI arrest numbers. Yes, he admits to having “a small amount of sake” at a Japanese restaurant prior to getting into his vehicle, but Jones says he was not drunk and is confident he’ll be vindicated.
“Knowing how the establishment, globalist press operates, Jones wanted to get out in front of this to show he has nothing to hide and to point out that legal experts are confident the case will be quickly dropped because he didn’t violate the law,” reads a message on Infowars website.
BYU linebacker Chaz Ah You won’t be officially charged with a crime after his Feb. 9 arrest on DUI charges.
Ah You was pulled over a month ago after he was allegedly driving up to 75 MPH on a stretch of road with speed limits 20-40 MPH lower. According to the Deseret News, the sheriff’s deputy who pulled him over said that he found alcohol and a “THC vape pen” in the vehicle.
Tuesday afternoon, the Utah County Attorney’s office said in a news release that Ah You wasn’t going to be prosecuted because of a “lack of admissible evidence.”
“Justice would not be served in this matter,” Utah County attorney David Leavitt said in a news release. “This has nothing to do with who he is or where he attends school. My job is to safeguard the rights of all in a potential criminal matter and direct my attention to the law and the facts.”
The arresting deputy said he performed a field sobriety test on Ah You after the linebacker was taken to jail. In his notes, the deputy said Ah You struggled counting to 30 and “forensic results showed a presumptive measurable amount in his system.”
Ah You had shoulder surgery after the end of the 2019 season. Coach Kalani Sitake said on March 2 that Ah You had to go through the “process” to rejoin the team and wouldn’t be a part of spring practices.KSL Sports✔@kslsports
BELLMAWR, NJ — The owner of a South Jersey gym that reopened this week in defiance of Gov. Phil Murphy’s stay-at-home order spoke about his 2008 drunk driving conviction Wednesday morning.
Ian Smith, co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, took to Instagram to address rumors of his drunk driving conviction that have come about amid the gym’s reopening on Monday and Tuesday. (See video below)
“This is something I’ve been public about my whole life. I’ve never run from it, nor would I ever,” Smith said in the video. “It’s something I accept full responsibility for, and for anybody out there who hates me, I think you are completely justified in doing so.”
Saying he wanted to set the details straight, Smith went on to discuss how he woke up after a night of drinking in his dorm room and got in his car.
“Moments later, I was the sole cause of a motor vehicle accident that took the life of a young man named Kevin,” Smith said. “When I awoke that morning, I didn’t realize there was still alcohol in my system. Being a 20-year-old kid, no one ever explained those dangers. It was always don’t drink and drive, and we didn’t drink and drive.”
He said it didn’t matter, and the end result was still the same.
“My actions caused the death of a young man and broke the hearts of an entire community, and that’s something that they’ll never fully recover from,” Smith said. “There’s nothing that I can do other than try to live a good life and give back and try to promote as much love and positivity in the world as I can.
“That being said, what we have started and what we are doing at Atilis has very little to do with me as an individual. I just happen to be at the front of it. What we’re standing up for is far greater than me and far greater than Atilis Gym.”
He said they are standing up for constitutional rights and small businesses that are struggling all over the world.
RAYNHAM (CBS) – A former Taunton elementary school principal faces multiple charges, including drunk driving, after a police pursuit in Raynham on Tuesday.
According to police, Rose Schwartz, 44, of Lakeville, allegedly struck a guardrail on Route 138 and then fled from police at what they say was 110 miles per hour.
Rose Schwartz. (Photo credit: Raynham Police Department)
Police said they received a call at about 6:15 p.m. about a person in an SUV driving erratically and swerving in the road. A police officer responded to the scene and noticed the SUV’s front bumper dragging on the pavement. When the officer signaled for Schwartz to stop, she allegedly sped away. The officer pursued her for three-quarters of a mile until she stopped. According to police, Schwarts had to be asked to get out of the vehicle several times.
A portion of the vehicle’s bumper was found on Bay Street in Taunton, where police believe Schwartz may have struck a guardrail.
Schwartz faces charges that include operating under the influence, speeding, failure to stop for police and negligent operation of a motor vehicle.
Schwartz was the principal of Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School in Taunton, but has since been removed from her position, the superintendent of schools confirmed.
“In keeping with our practice to not comment on personnel matters, I can only confirm at this time that Mrs. Schwartz has been removed from the position of Principal of Joseph C. Chamberlain Elementary School. As always, Taunton Public Schools will continue to proceed in the best interest of the students of the Chamberlain Elementary School and all decisions and plans that are made now and in the future will be made with this priority in mind. We are confident that the students, staff and families of the school will continue to receive the same high-quality education, services and support that Chamberlain Elementary School is known for providing,” Taunton School District Superintendent John J. Cabral said. https://boston.cbslocal.com/2020/05/21/taunton-rose-schwartz-drunk-driving-charges-chamberlain-elementary-school/
CARY, N.C. — A Chatham County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired after he was arrested Friday for driving while impaired.
Rik Stevens, agency legal advisor for the sheriff’s office, reports that Christopher Kibler was involved in a single-vehicle crash at 5:09 p.m. while driving a patrol vehicle in the area of Spruce Street and Chapel Hill Road in Cary. Kibler was off duty at the time of the crash and Stevens said in an email he was not operating the vehicle for work.
The vehicle was damaged but there was no reported injuries.
Kibler was charged with one count of driving while impaired, one count of driving an emergency vehicle while impaired, one count of transporting an open container of alcoholic beverage, and one count of failure to maintain lane.
“It’s a difficult time for everyone right now with a lot of the changes and hardship we are experiencing as a society, and none of us is immune from making poor decisions,” Chatham County Sheriff Mike Roberson said. “Still, we expect the best from our employees and we have to set the standard.
Crawford County NowMary Essick (right) appeared in Crawford County Common Pleas Court Wednesday with her attorney, Grant Garverick. Essick pleaded guilty to violating her parole and was sentenced to eight months in prison.
BUCYRUS — A Shelby woman pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of her community control Monday afternoon in Crawford County Common Pleas Court.
Mary Essick, 33, of Shelby was placed on community control in 2019 after she pleaded guilty to one felony count of possession of drugs, a fifth-degree felony punishable with up to one year in prison.
According to probation officer Eric Bohach, Essick was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired on April 30. On May 5, Essick was found unresponsive, causing emergency medical personnel to administer Narcan to revive her. Essick admitted to using heroin that day.
Common Pleas Court Judge Sean Leuthold accepted a general admission to the violations on Essick’s behalf.
Leuthold sentenced Essick to a flat eight months in prison and she will receive credit for jail time served. Leuthold said he would not oppose transitional control if the prison requested it.
In other court action, Stacy Cox, 52, of Galion, pleaded guilty to violating the terms and conditions of her community control. Cox was placed on community control in 2019 after she pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of drugs, each fifth-degree felonies and each punishable with up to one year in prison.
According to probation officer Kylie Sinclair, Cox tested positive for phentermine, meth, cocaine, fentanyl, and morphine during a routine drug test.
Leuthold sentenced Cox to six months in prison on each count for a total of 12 months in prison. She will receive credit for jail time served. Leuthold said he would not oppose transitional control if the prison requested it.
Jesse Tuten, 32, of Nevada pleaded guilty to one count of domestic violence, a fourth-degree felony punishable with up to 18 months in prison.
In a plea negotiation, Tuten was sentenced to five years of community control. He is to complete anger management and domestic violence assessments and all follow up treatment and is to have no contact with the victim.
Tuten’s attorney, Andrew Motter, addressed the court about the victim’s repeated attempts to have contact with his client,
“We would ask the prosecution to send the victim a letter informing her not to contact my client and to follow the procedures through the court to be able to have contact with Mr. Tuten,” Motter said.
Matthew Anderson (Photo: Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office)
A West Bend man was cited for first-offense operating while intoxicated-causing death after he struck an 82-year-old woman along the side of a Town of Saukville highway on Saturday, according to a report.
The crash was reported to the Ozaukee County Sheriff’s Office around 3:35 p.m. on County Highway Y, about one-third of a mile north of St. Augustine Road.
According to the sheriff’s office:
Matthew Anderson, 34, of West Bend, was driving a pickup truck south on Highway Y when he drifted over the center line and into the northbound ditch line, killing Marlene Braun of the Town of Saukville.
Braun was trimming grass near the ditch line.
Anderson’s truck continued on to strike a power pole, breaking it off. Anderson was transported to a hospital for minor injuries and subsequently arrested.
The traffic citation against Anderson carries a $937 fine.
Ozaukee County District Attorney Adam Gerol said it could be a while before he decides whether to add more charges. He said he’ll wait on results of a blood analysis, a crash reconstruction and phone records that would show whether Anderson was texting at the time.
Crash reconstructions often take months to complete, even before the coronavirus pandemic.
ASHEBORO — An Asheboro man was charged with driving while impaired after reportedly crashing into a house and several cars Thursday night.
A 2012 Chrysler passenger vehicle, driven by Carlos Gutierrez, 26, of 806 Franks St., Asheboro, was traveling east on Powhatan Avenue, Asheboro, when it crossed the centerline and ran off the road to the left, according to a report from the Asheboro Police Department.
Gutierrez’s vehicle then collided with three vehicles that were parked in the driveway of 916 Powhatan Ave. His car swerved and ran off the road before entering the yard and coming to rest against the house at 916 Powhatan.
Gutierrez was charged with driving while impaired, open container and failure to maintain lane.
NEW JERSEY – If you threaten a New Jersey police officer with the coronavirus, you’re going to suffer for it, authorities say. Eight people in eight New Jersey towns may soon find out how tough that punishment will get (see list below).
Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal says his office has taken over prosecution of at least six cases and is filing upgraded charges against defendants who allegedly threatened police officers by spitting or coughing at them and claiming to have COVID-19. Patch also reported additional cases that were not on the state’s list.
Grewal said his office is taking steps as a way of “letting our dedicated officers know that we have their backs as they work tirelessly to maintain public safety and health at this difficult time.”
“We take all assaults on police officers seriously, but it is especially heinous for someone to spit or cough at an officer in an attempt to infect or threaten to infect them with COVID-19,” Grewal added.
Indeed, officials reported that 288 members of New Jersey law enforcement have tested positive for the new coronavirus. Col. Patrick Callahan, acting superintendent of the State Police, said on Monday that 2,477 have self-quarantined. Read more:288 In NJ Law Enforcement Positive For Coronavirus
“Hundreds of officers across New Jersey are already infected with the virus, which, in many cases, they likely contracted by protecting and serving the public while on the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19,” Grewal said. “We have zero tolerance for anyone who uses the coronavirus as a weapon or instrument of terror against officers bravely performing their duties during this health crisis.”
Callahan noted that troopers and officers throughout the state do not have the ability to work from home or practice social distancing while doing their job.
“Law enforcement comes with many risks, none of which do the men and women who wear a badge shy away from,” said Callahan “For a defendant to intentionally expose an officer to COVID-19 is not just an assault on that officer, it’s an assault on their family members, fellow officers, and the general public. Anyone who uses the virus as a weapon against an officer will face a swift law enforcement response.”
On several cases, Veronica Allende, director of the Division of Criminal Justice, said her office has upgraded potential punishments by adding second-degree charges of making terroristic threats during a state of emergency.
Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $150,000.
Patch has reported several similar cases that were not on the attorney general’s list:
In other cases, people have used the disease as a way to get out of trouble.
A Carteret man who State Police say was driving under the influence — and caused a crash on the Parkway — was also charged with falsely telling state troopers he had the coronavirus to try and avoid being taken into custody, said police. Read more: Man In Hazlet Parkway Crash Lied, Said He Had Coronavirus: PD
The following cases, which initially were charged by local police and county prosecutors, have been superseded for prosecution by the Division of Criminal Justice:
David Haley, 52, of Perth Amboy was charged after allegedly throwing bodily fluid at an officer and resisting arrest. On March 21, Haley allegedly spit on Perth Amboy officers who responded to a domestic violence call. He claimed to be infected with the coronavirus. He also is charged with simple assault/domestic violence.
Raymond Ricciardi, 51, of New Providence allegedly claimed he had the coronavirus and purposely coughed at police and medics.
Marina Bishara-Rhone, 25, of River Edge was involved in a domestic violence incident on March 14 and allegedly coughed directly on an officer, claiming she had the coronavirus and hoped he was now infected.
Kenneth Wideman Jr., 30, of Flemington allegedly yelled in the faces of police officers and actively coughed and spit at them on March 19, claiming to have the coronavirus. He refused police commands that he wear a mask.
Vanessa Shaaraway, 35 of Kearny was charged on March 27 when Belleville Police responded to a report of a shoplifter, and then encountered the suspect. Shaaraway allegedly fled and refused commands to stop. When she was caught by two officers, she purposefully coughed on them and claimed that she was infected with COVID-19, the OAG said.
Despite the lockdown in place across Northern Ireland and a 60% reduction in traffic flow, police have arrested 103 people for driving while under the influence in the last fortnight.
According to the PSNI, some drivers have been detected by officers on patrol and at vehicle checkpoints aimed at limiting unnecessary journeys during the coronavirus pandemic.
However, arrests have also been made following calls from members of the public, shop and security staff, and in some cases, concerned family members.
PSNI Inspector Rosie Leech said: “At a time when we are all working together to try and minimise unnecessary pressure on our NHS and emergency service colleagues, it is particularly disappointing that so many people have decided to put lives at risk by driving after drinking or taking drugs.
“We have significant numbers of police officers on duty across the country and are determined to continue our road safety enforcement.”
It is critically important that we all look out for each other. Stay home. Save lives.
She added: “While I would like to thank all those who reported incidents of people they suspected were driving while under the influence, I would again repeat our road safety appeal – now more than ever, please take personal responsibly for road safety.
“Please slow down. Wear a seatbelt. Pay attention to your surroundings. Never, ever drink or take drugs and drive.”
Police are also warning that, while there is less traffic on roads across Northern Ireland, there are greater numbers of pedestrians and cyclists at all times of day.
Restrictions on movement have been extended by another three weeks to try to limit the spread of Covid-19.
People are urged not to make unnecessary journeys and to leave home only for essential groceries or medication, to work if it is essential and cannot be done from home, or for exercise once a day – while adhering to social distancing by staying at least 6ft apart from people who are not part of your household and avoiding gatherings.