Council member charged with OWI



CEDAR FALLS — Cedar Falls City Council member Mark Miller has been accused of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

In the early hours of June 2, Miller was pulled over near the 1100 block of West 18th Street.

A breath test done after Miller was arrested showed a blood alcohol level of .215, according to the police report. He refused a preliminary breath test and stopped midway through a field sobriety test, the report stated.

The officer smelled a strong odor of alcohol and wrote that Miller’s eyes were bloodshot and watery, and Miller admitted to drinking a short time before the stop, the report said.

Miller was arrested and transported to the University of Northern Iowa Police Department.

“I’m fully willing to deal with the consequences of it,” Miller said.

Miller has represented the First Ward in the Cedar Falls City Council since Jan. 1, 2014.

“I hope the council and the rest of the community will support me, and I hope I have the opportunity to stay on the council and continue doing what I’m doing,” he said.

WWE star pleads guilty for driving while impaired

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CABARRUS COUNTY (WBTV/ CBS Sports) -WWE star Jeff Hardy plead guilty Monday for driving while impaired in Cabarrus County back in March.

Hardy was given a 120-day suspended sentence and fined $300 for court costs. He will need to complete an assessment and treatment class in addition to turning over his license.

Hardy will have 120 days to complete 48 hours of community service.

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A police report shows Hardy registered a .25 blood alcohol content on a breath test he submitted at the Cabarrus County Detention Center.

According to the arrest report obtained by CBS Sports, Hardy was driving northbound on Concord Parkway when he allegedly “ran off the roadway … striking about 105 feet of guardrail before the back end of the car spun out 90 degrees … coming to rest in the middle of the right [north]bound lane of travel.” It was estimated by police on the scene that Hardy did $8,000 of damage to his 2016 Cadillac and $5,000 to the guardrail itself.

Man crashed into home, tried to run over owner

After reportedly driving while intoxicated into the front of a woman’s home and trying to run over the homeowner, a man was arrested by police Sunday and issued multiple felony charges.

Officers were called about the hit and run around 12:15 a.m. Sunday in the 900 block of Purdue Street.

The homeowner told officers upon arrival that a red ‘90s model Chevrolet pickup crashed into the front of her home before striking a parked white 2012 Dodge Durango, an Odessa Police Department news release stated. The driver, later identified as 57-year-old Michael Flores, then began to drive away from the scene.

When confronted by the homeowner, the release detailed, Flores reportedly drove away at a high rate of speed and attempted to run her over. An independent witness told officers they saw Flores drive toward the complainant and attempt to strike her.

Officers later found the suspected vehicle and found Flores to be intoxicated, the release stated. The homeowner positively identified him and pieces of drywall and window glass shards were found on the front hood of his truck.

Flores was also reportedly in possession of several Tramadol Hydrochloride pills and was unable to provide a prescription, and had two prior DWI convictions.

Police charged Flores with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony, driving while intoxicated for a third time or more, a third-degree felony, possession of a dangerous drug, a class A misdemeanor, and leaving the scene of an accident, a class B misdemeanor.

Jail records show Flores was taken to the Ector County Detention Center Sunday and has four bonds totaling $42,000.

Police dog bitten during arrest of alleged DUI driver

Redlands Police officer Joseph Valdivia and his K-9 partner Duke at work in Redlands in this file photo. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG)
Redlands Police officer Joseph Valdivia and his K-9 partner Duke at work in Redlands in this file photo. (Staff file photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Redlands Daily Facts/SCNG)

A Redlands police dog was bitten by a suspected drunken driver during a pursuit Friday on Orange Street where the driver struck other vehicles, hit street curbs and crossed into oncoming traffic.

The man suspected of biting the dog, 40-year-old Timothy Arnold Carlos of Grand Terrace, is scheduled to make an appearance Tuesday afternoon in San Bernardino Superior Court after being arrested and booked into jail for suspicion of driving under the influence, hit-and-run, possession of narcotics and assault on a police dog.

The police K-9, Duke, was taken to a veterinarian for treatment and evaluation, and he was cleared of any significant injury, according to a Redlands police news release.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, officers responded to a call about a white Honda Accord driving erratically near Orange Street and Pearl Avenue. The caller said the driver crashed into another car and fled, according to the news release.

Officers found the car heading south on Orange Street and tried to stop it, but the driver accelerated and hit a curb in front of the Police Annex at Cajon and Vine streets. The driver then sped toward a restaurant, forcing people at an outdoor patio to run, the release stated.

The driver continued heading south, crossing into oncoming traffic and hitting another vehicle. At Cajon Street and Fern Avenue, the car finally stopped, overheating and with four flat tires, according to the release.

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Police K-9 Duke was deployed after the driver ignored repeated commands in English and Spanish to show his hands and exit the car. Police say the driver fought with the German shepherd and bit the dog on the snout before being taken into custody.

Carlos was taken to a hospital before being booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga. He is being held in lieu of $105,000 bail, according to online jail records.

Redlands police dog bitten during arrest of alleged DUI driver

LSD-fueled driver leads cops on car chase

A Grants Pass driver who thought he was in a video game while high on LSD drove the wrong way on Interstate 5 and other roads before being arrested Saturday evening after a wild chase through three cities, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Joseph Clark, 23, of the 7000 block of Lower River Road was taken into custody on felony charges including eluding officers in a vehicle, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and first-degree criminal mischief. The charges were filed by Ashland police, Oregon State Police and sheriff deputies. Clark is lodged in Jackson County Jail on $77,500 bail.

Clark, who told police he had taken the hallucinogen earlier in the day, told officers he thought was in the video game “Grand Theft Auto” as he led police on a chase through Ashland, Talent and Phoenix.

“I’m just glad nobody got hurt,” said sheriff Sgt. Julie Denney.

The chase began when Clark stole a 2003 Toyota Camry that had been impounded by deputies who had pulled two different drivers over for driving under the influence at Highway 66 and Emigrant Lake Road, Denney said. The deputies were waiting for tow trucks.

“There was a huge gathering out there at Emigrant Lake,” she said. A boat operator was also arrested for being under the influence, she said.

Police had received calls from people at the lake about a man who was exhibiting strange behavior.

When Clark entered the impounded Camry at 8:25 p.m., a trooper attempted to stop him, but Clark was able to drive off, eventually heading into Ashland, Denney said.

Clark turned onto Interstate 5 at Exit 14, driving north on the shoulder of the southbound lanes, she said.

At mile marker 16, he turned around and headed south back toward Exit 14, where an Ashland police officer caught up to him, Denney said. The chase led down Ashland Street toward Southern Oregon University, and the Camry turned north on Walker Avenue and crashed through multiple gates off the roadway. At that point, police backed off because the pursuit was heading through populated areas.

The Camry was spotted driving south on Siskiyou Boulevard in the northbound lanes before it turned around and headed north through downtown. A sheriff’s deputy followed at a distance as the Camry headed north toward Talent. Talent police officers deployed spike strips near the intersection with Rapp Road. Despite two flat rear tires, the vehicle headed north in the southbound lanes of Highway 99 through Phoenix.

A Phoenix police officer deployed more spike strips at the intersection with Northridge Terrace, deflating the front tires.

Medford police and sheriff deputies blocked off roads ahead, and deputies finally brought the Camry to a stop in the 3400 block of Highway 99. According to Denney, Clark attempted to ram a patrol car and then ran from the Camry.

Troopers chased the suspect and took him into custody as he was attempting to steal another vehicle in the Glenwood Mobile Home Park, Denney said.

Clark has other charges against him, including possession of a stolen vehicle, interfering with a peace office, escape, recklessly endangering another person, driving under the influence of intoxicants, criminal trespass and offensive littering, according the Jackson County court records.