Court docs: Public defender was driving wrong way on I-275

A lawyer for the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office is facing charges of impaired driving and drug possession.

According to court records, Colerain Police stopped Susan Zillick after spotting her maroon 2015 Jeep Cherokee driving the wrong way on eastbound Interstate 275 at 1:09 a.m. Monday.

Police say her vehicle was operating without headlights and nearly struck several cars.

Once they pulled her over, police said, she did not know what was going on and had urinated on herself.

Police wrote in a criminal complaint they found five Xanax bars in a tin in her purse.

She was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, possession of drugs and driving without headlights.

Zillick is out on a $1,000 bond and returns to court Oct. 16.

District Attorney arrested for first offense OWI, sheriff says

IOWA COUNTY, Wis. – The Iowa County District Attorney was arrested over the weekend for operating while intoxicated, officials said.

Officials with the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office confirmed they responded to 1243 West Lake Road in Mineral Point around 8:30 a.m. Sunday after receiving an OnStar Emergency Alert.

At the scene, officials made contact with Iowa County District Attorney Larry E. Nelson who they determined was driving while impaired. The OnStar alert had came after he accidentally pushed the button in his 2017 Mercedes Benz, according to a news release from the Grant County Sheriff’s Office

Officials decided the investigation into Nelson was a conflict of interest and requested the Grant County’s Sheriff’s Office to get involved.

Nelson was arrested by Grant County deputies around 9 a.m. for first offense operating while intoxicated, according to the release. He was transported for further testing and later released to a responsible party.

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office is conducting the investigation.

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief’s OWI citation

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief`s OWI citation.

The Iowa State Patrol has released the dashcam video from when Moline’s police chief was cited for speeding and operating while intoxicated.

The video shows that it was shortly before 6 p.m. on Friday, September 7 when Chief John Hitchcock was pulled over.

Court documents show that Hitchcock was pulled over on Highway 61.

Hitchcock was initially clocked speeding in a black Chevy Silverado, traveling 90 mph in a 65 mph zone.  The speed was later dropped to 75 mph.

Click here to read the full court document from Scott County court.

According o the affidavit, Hitchcock failed a series of sobriety tests.  His blood-alcohol level was tested with a breathalyzer and registered as .185%.  Hitchcock was taken to the Eldridge Police Department for further testing and his blood-alcohol level registered as .201%.

Hitchcock was cited with operating while intoxicated and speeding.  His license was taken away and was set to remain revoked for 180 days.

A lawyer appeared in court the following Monday morning, on Hitchcock’s behalf for a first appearance.  An arraignment was set for Thursday, October 11 at 8:30 a.m.

Dashcam video shows traffic stop that led to Moline police chief’s OWI citation

Notice filed against town in DWI arrest

William Downing, the Riverhead man who was initially arrested for driving while intoxicated after hitting a child, despite not being given a blood test, has filed a notice of claim against Riverhead Town, its police department, the Suffolk County Police Department, a number of unnamed individual police officers as well as unnamed officers who are responsible for disseminating information to the media.

The notice, which preserves the right to bring a lawsuit and was written by attorney Cory Morris of Dix Hills, says that Mr. Downing “sustained physical and emotional injuries in violation of claimant’s civil rights, including, but not limited to loss of freedom; loss of comfort; extreme mental stress, pain and suffering; scarring, psychological damages, damage to name and reputation, stigma, monetary damages, special damages/costs/fees, medical fees, costs, damages and related damages incurred by and on behalf of” the police.

It accuses the police of “recklessness, carelessness, gross negligence, negligence, intentional conduct, malicious conduct, violation of civil rights, and unlawful conduct.”

The notice does not specify what damages are being sought.

Mr. Downing, 77, hit a 5-year-old boy on a bicycle on Lewis Street and Doris Avenue at 6:41 p.m. Aug. 4.

He was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, and police issued a press release describing the arrest.

Those charges were later dismissed by Riverhead Town Justice Lori Hulse on Aug. 20 at the recommendation of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Mr. Downing, who lives on Lewis Street, said he was going about 10 mph in his 2003 Cadillac Escalade when the bike was struck. He said he remained at the scene and called police, who wanted to know if he’d been drinking. He said he had had half a can of beer.

Mr. Downing’s attorney in town court, Daniel Rodgers of Southampton, had said that Mr. Downing was given a portable breath test at the scene that registered his blood alcohol content at .05, which is below the threshold for driving while intoxicated or the lesser charge of driving while ability impaired.

Mr. Rodgers said that the portable device is not considered as reliable at the breath test at police headquarters, which Mr. Downing was not given.

Mr. Downing was given a blood test, which takes weeks before results are available, and those results eventually showed that Mr. Downing was not intoxicated.

Mr. Downing was arrested at the scene based on the observations of the arresting officer, according to Mr. Rodgers.

The notice of claim says that police “knew and had reason to know that (Mr. Downing) did not drive while intoxicated” and that he was falsely arrested, maliciously prosecuted and defamed, slandered and libeled.

Riverhead Police Chief David Hegermiller could not be reached for comment.

Notice filed against town in DWI arrest of William Downing

DWI suspect crashes pickup into flagpole, lights at police station

story.lead_photo.captionThe Hot Springs Police Department posted this photo on Twitter on Friday.

A man suspected of driving while intoxicated was arrested after crashing his pickup at police headquarters in Hot Springs, authorities said.

The Hot Springs Police Department said on Twitter that an “intoxicated driver” drove into the station parking lot and then crashed into the agency’s flagpole and lights..

“We can’t make this stuff up,” the agency added.

Hot Springs Police Department spokesman Cpl. Joey Williams identified the driver as 57-year-old Craig Smith of Hot Springs. Williams said a preliminary intoxication test showed Smith had a blood-alcohol level of 0.30 percent, which is more than three times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.

Williams said he’s never seen a drunk driver crash into department property in his 18 years of policing.

“Thank God he didn’t hit anybody,” Williams said. “Better the flagpole and light than if he hit an innocent person driving around like that.”

Damage to the lighting system was estimated at $1,500, Williams said, and the flagpole would cost about $3,500 if it needs to be replaced.

Williams said Smith faces charges of DWI, careless driving, driving on a suspended license, driving without proof of insurance and failure to wear a seat belt.


Police say a DWI suspect crashed his car into a flagpole and lights at the Hot Springs police station.

Alleged student sex ‘lookout’ gets house arrest for DUI

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Brian Hampel leaves court after being sentenced to house arrest on a driving under the influence charge Wednesday.

WILKES-BARRE — The former Wilkes-Barre Area School District teacher who was accused of covering up a fellow teacher’s student sex scandal was sentenced Wednesday to house arrest after pleading guilty in his fifth drunken driving case.

Brian D. Hampel, 48, of 25 Harris Pond Road, Sweet Valley, was arrested after police saw him run a stop sign in Harveys Lake early the morning of Feb. 4. Prosecutors say he blew a 0.246 percent on a field breath test — more than three times the legal limit for driving.

Court records show Hampel pleaded guilty in July to a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence in exchange for prosecutors dropping additional charges against him.

During the sentencing hearing, Senior Deputy Attorney General Bernard Anderson noted that a court-ordered evaluation determined Hampel has a “pathological drinking problem.”

Luzerne County Judge Hugh F. Mundy sentenced Hampel to six months in the Intermediate Punishment Program, which allows offenders to remain out of prison but under strict guidelines and conditions. Hampel will be required to serve the first 30 days on house arrest with electronic monitoring, pay a $1,000 fine and perform 15 hours of community service.

He will also lose his driver’s license for a year and be required to abstain from drugs and alcohol.

Hampel declined to comment as he left court.

The case represented Hampel’s fifth DUI case in Luzerne County, but for sentencing purposes it counted as his first because the other cases took place more than 10 years ago.

Court records indicate that in Hampel’s first case, stemming from an arrest in February 2002, he entered the accelerated rehabilitative disposition program. The other three cases, all stemming from arrests in 2004, ended with Hampel pleading guilty to driving under the influence charges, according to court records.

Hampel gained notoriety in January 2015 during the student-sex trial of former administrator Stephen Stahl, a fellow teacher who was convicted of having a sexual relationship with a minor at the school in 2004.

Prosecutors at Stahl’s trial claimed Hampel served as a “lookout” while Stahl had sex with the 16-year-old girl in a classroom during school hours. Hampel denied the accusations when he testified.

The Wilkes-Barre Area School Board fired Hampel in September 2016, a month before he was charged with corruption of minors for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a teenage student and providing kegs of beer for underage drinking parties.

But a county judge dismissed the case in May 2017 after defense attorney Al Flora Jr. argued the alleged victim — an unidentified girl — had never reported inappropriate contact and that the statute of limitations had already expired in any case.

Hampel in turn filed a federal malicious prosecution lawsuit alleging Luzerne County detectives arrested him without probable cause in an effort to “destroy his career and reputation.”

That lawsuit is still pending.

Star Arrested for DUI

'90 Day Fiance' Star Angela Deem Arrested for DUI as She Claims to Be Single: See Her Mugshot

90 Day Fiancé star Angela Deem was arrested for DUI and several other charges as she claimed to be single, Us Weekly can confirm.

According to a booking report obtained by Us, Deem was taken into custody in Montgomery County, Georgia, on September 2. The 52-year-old was arrested on charges of driving under the influence – refusal, driving without license on person and speeding in excess of maximum limits.

Angela was pulled over for allegedly driving 60 miles per hour in an area with a 35 miles per hour speed limit. The police officer noticed an alcohol smell coming from the car, at which point the TLC personality allegedly claimed her backseat passenger was responsible. However, the authority was informed by a sergeant at another police department that the driver allegedly said she wouldn’t drive because she’d had several drinks. She was arrested after she failed a field sobriety test.

'90 Day Fiance' Star Angela Deem Arrested for DUI as She Claims Her Martial Status Is Single
Angela Deem Montgomery County Sheriff Office

The vehicle was turned over to the backseat passenger, the owner of the car, after he passed a sobriety test. Angela allegedly claimed she feared the officer, called him racist and noted that his brother once dated her daughter. The reality star was allegedly uncooperative following her arrest.

Angela also alleged on her booking report that she is single. The Georgia grandmother pursued a relationship with Michael Ilesanmi on season 2 of 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days after she met him on Facebook and traveled to Nigeria to meet him.

Before starring on 90 Day Fiancé, Angela appeared on Maury twice. She accused her daughter, Scottie, in February 2015 of cheating on her boyfriend with a man whom she claimed was the father of Scottie’s child. She questioned her other grandchild’s paternity when the family made another visit to the show in November 2016.

90 Day Fiance’s Angela Deem Arrested for DUI as She Claims She’s Single

Trooper arrested for DUI with loaded firearm 

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. – A trooper with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was arrested on DUI and firearm charges.

Officials received a call early Tuesday morning of a vehicle sitting in the middle of State Highway 1 near County Road 3610 – near Ada.

When deputies responded to the scene, they found a man “slumped over in the vehicle” with the doors locked, engine running and windows rolled up.

Deputies worked to get the man’s attention, however when he woke up, he started driving eastbound, away from the deputies.

Around 3:40 a.m., deputies were able to get the man’s attention and stop the vehicle.

The Ada News reports that deputies identified the man as Lt. Bryan Hale, 47, who is assigned to OHP’s Troop W, Marine Enforcement Division.

They say he was hard to understand and seemed confused.

When deputies opened the door, they smelled a “strong odor of alcohol coming form the vehicle,” and found a loaded Sig Sauer P226 pistol in the door. Deputies say when they asked him if he had been drinking, he said “yes.”

“Records indicate Hale refused repeated requests from deputies to step out of the vehicle and to stop reaching between the seats, eventually leading them to conclude Hale would have to be physically removal from the vehicle. However, when deputies attempted to reach for Hale to get him out of the vehicle, he allegedly cursed at them, then stepped out of the vehicle, and continued to ignore commands.

Deputies say Hale used “the side of his vehicle for balance, and he appeared to be unsteady on his feet.”

Hale was uncooperative with deputies and refused to comply with commands while deputies conducted a pat-down search.

During the search they found a “large pocket knife” with “a lieutenant with OHP emblem on the handle.” Inside his vehicle, they also found a portable breath test machine and large flashlight.

When asked if he works in law enforcement, Hale said “yes,” and refused to tell deputies which agency he worked for.

Hale refused to take a blood test and refused to sign a DUI test refusal form.

He was arrested on a charge of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and in lieu of a $300 bond on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Actor faces misdemeanor charges for drunk-driving arrest

Nearly three months after he was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and resisting arrest in Manhattan Beach, actor Vince Vaughn now faces three misdemeanor charges, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said on Friday, Sept. 7.

The 48-year-old actor was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with a .08 or higher blood-alcohol content, and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection, officials said.

Vaughn, known for his roles in films such as “Swingers” and “Wedding Crashers,” is scheduled to be arraigned at Torrance Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 10.

Said Alan Nierob, a spokesman for Vaughn: “There is no further statement relating to this matter at this time.”

The actor was stopped just past 12:30 a.m. on June 10 at a sobriety checkpoint at Artesia Boulevard and Prospect Avenue and allegedly refused to get out of his vehicle after officers asked him repeatedly to do so, officials said.

He was arrested and posted bail, getting released later that morning.

A passenger in Vaughn’s vehicle was also arrested for public intoxication and resisting, delaying or obstructing police, officials said.

If convicted on all counts, Vaughn could face nearly one year in county jail.

Actor Vince Vaughn faces misdemeanor charges for drunk-driving arrest in Manhattan Beach

Police: Woman who crashed into light pole, killing dog, charged with assault and driving under the influence


A woman was arrested Tuesday evening after Anchorage police say that, while driving under the influence, she ran into a light pole, which then fell, killing a dog and seriously injuring a young girl.

Officers were called to the intersection of Cleo Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway at 8:09 p.m. on Tuesday evening, the Anchorage Police Department said in a written statement.

Kathleen T. Dahl, 39, had reportedly been driving a 1991 Chevy pickup southbound on Lake Otis Parkway before the crash occurred. She was seen “speeding, swerving, and hitting the curb,” police said.


Charging documents say a man was out walking his dog along with his 10-year-old daughter when he saw Dahl’s truck getting close to the sidewalk.

At the corner of Cleo Avenue, Dahl “drove onto the sidewalk and hit a light pole,” police said. The man, fearing that he and his daughter would be hit, pushed the girl into the bushes, and he also landed in the bushes, charging documents say.

The pole fell over, hitting Dahl’s truck, the girl and dog. The girl suffered “very severe injuries” to her leg, charging documents say. The dog died at the scene. The girl was taken to a local hospital. Dahl wasn’t hurt.

Witnesses took Dahl’s keys from the pickup, police said. Dahl stayed at the crash site. Officers “could smell alcohol coming from her,” police wrote.

Dahl “performed poorly” in three standardized field sobriety tests, court documents say. About an hour after the crash, Dahl blew a breath alcohol content of 0.355.

Dahl told officers she was stumbling because she had cancer that hadn’t been diagnosed. She later admitted to drinking four shots of whiskey, according to charging documents.

Dahl was then taken the Anchorage jail. She was charged with first-degree assault, as well as second- and third-degree assault, operating under the influence, and reckless endangerment, court documents say.

Dahl faces an additional charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after correctional officers found cocaine in her jacket pocket while she was being processed.

Dahl was in custody at the Anchorage jail on Wednesday. Her initial court appearance was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.