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.


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.

Man charged in Valentine’s Day crash that killed 71-year-old grandmother

Police say Anthony R. Negron had THC in his system and was going twice the posted speed limit when he ran into another vehicle on Burlingame Avenue SW.

WYOMING, Mich. — A Wyoming man faces two felony charges for a deadly crash that occurred when he was driving 93 mph while intoxicated, killing a 71-year-old grandmother from Jenison, police say.

Anthony R. Negron had THC in his system when he slammed into another motorist on Burlingame Avenue SW, court records show. THC is the active ingredient in marijuana.

“We know he was going at least 93 miles per hour just a few seconds before impact,’’ Wyoming Police Capt. James Maguffee said. “Likely drag-racing another car, or at least conducting some horse-play with another car nearby.’’

The posted speed limit where the crash occurred is 45 mph.

Negron, 29, has a history of driving violations, including driving without insurance, which earned him jail time.

Felony charges for the Feb. 14 crash at Burlingame Avenue and Porter Street SW have him facing up to 15 years in prison.

He was speeding south on Burlingame when he collided with a vehicle driven by Norrine Young, court records show.  She was turning onto Porter when her vehicle was struck. She died two days later. Young’s obituary describes the mother and grandmother as a caring and independent person who was loved by all who knew her.

Negron was charged with reckless driving causing death and operating while intoxicated causing death. Both are 15-year felonies. He waived a hearing earlier this week in Wyoming District Court, sending his case to Kent County Circuit Court.

Kent County Prosecutor Chris Becker says his office has seen an increase in intoxicated driving cases. Alcohol tops the list, but prescription drugs and marijuana certainly play a role.

His office in 2019 prosecuted 1,016 cases of operating under the influence of liquor and operating while intoxicated. That’s up more than 15 percent from 2017.

Becker said cases involving marijuana are expected to increase as recreational marijuana businesses open in the area. Michigan voters in 2018 legalized recreational use of marijuana.

“This was a concern that we always had – that we were going to start seeing more of this. And I think we haven’t seen the full impact of it in Kent County,’’ Becker said.

Kent County’s first recreational marijuana business, called Meds Café in Lowell, opened in mid-March. 

Becker says as recreational marijuana becomes more prevalent, he anticipates more arrests of people driving under the influence of THC.

“When you look at other states, Washington, Colorado, states that have legalized before us, they’ve had an increase in accidents involving controlled substances – especially marijuana,’’ Becker said. “Usually marijuana and alcohol, but definitely just marijuana.’’


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.


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.

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

Cardinals helmet.
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.

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.

“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.