Gonzaga coach Few smelled of alcohol prior to DUI arrest

FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, Gonzaga coach Mark Few signals to players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Santa Clara in Spokane, Wash. Few has been cited for driving under the influence. The Coeur dAlene Press and Spokesman-Review acquired a police report through a public information request that says Few was stopped Monday evening, Sept. 6, after he was called in as driving erratic and speeding. (AP Photo/Young Kwak, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2021, file photo, Gonzaga coach Mark Few signals to players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Santa Clara in Spokane, Wash. Few has been cited for driving under the influence. The Coeur dAlene Press and Spokesman-Review acquired a police report through a public information request that says Few was stopped Monday evening, Sept. 6, after he was called in as driving erratic and speeding.

SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga basketball coach Mark Few’s breath smelled of alcohol and he had bloodshot eyes on the night he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, though he initially told a police officer he had not been drinking, according to newly released documents.

“Mark told me he had spent the day with his family. I asked him how much he had to drink today and Mark told me nothing. I did not believe that Mark was being truthful based on my previously stated observations,” Officer Matthew Lovingler is quoted as saying in the document that details his interactions with Few during a traffic stop Monday night.

Under further questioning by the officer, Few eventually said he had two beers that day, with his last beer coming about four hours before he was pulled over, according to the probable cause declaration filed by the officer in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Efforts to reach Few for comment by telephone and email Thursday received no response. Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford said the school had no comment beyond what was issued earlier in the week, when university officials said they were aware of the situation.

Few previously issued a statement Tuesday, apologizing and saying his decisions that night “do not exemplify” the actions of a role model.

“I recognize that operating a motor vehicle after consuming any amount of alcohol exhibits poor judgment,” Few wrote. “Regardless of the outcome of the pending investigation, I will never allow such a lapse in judgment to occur again.”

According to the probable cause declaration, the incident began around 8 p.m. Monday when the officer pulled Few over in Coeur d’Alene, about 30 miles east of the Gonzaga campus in Spokane, Washington. The officer was responding to a report of a black SUV swerving erratically and speeding.

Lovingler said in the documents that he could smell alcohol on Few’s breath through the open car window. He said Few was moving very slowly and had difficulty finding his paperwork in the center console of his car and glovebox.

Lovingler asked Few to perform a field sobriety test but the officer said Few began arguing with him about whether or not the tests were subjective.

Based on his observations, Lovingler determined it was unsafe for Few to drive a car and he handcuffed and arrested Few.

Few provided breath samples at the scene of .119 and .120, which is above the legal limit of .08, according to the document.

Few was then taken at his request to a hospital to receive an independent blood draw. While there, Lovingler was contacted by his superiors and directed to release Few from custody and issue him a citation for drunken driving, the documents said. Few called a friend to pick him up from the hospital.

Few has coached Gonzaga for 22 seasons and has never generated much off-court controversy. He has taken the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament every year except 2020, when the tournament was canceled because of the pandemic. Gonzaga lost to Baylor in the national title game earlier this year. Few is 630-125 at Gonzaga, and his .834 winning percentage is the best of any active coach. https://www.wsls.com/sports/2021/09/09/gonzaga-coach-few-smelled-of-alcohol-prior-to-dui-arrest/

Leana Wen: Being unvaccinated and going out in public is like drunk driving

ALLAHPUNDIT Sep 10, 2021 6:41 PM ET Share Tweet

Being unvaccinated and infected and going out in public might be like drunk driving. But being unvaccinated isn’t.

That’s just … driving.

But then Wen’s always been an extreme COVID hawk even by the standards of restrictionist medical professionals. She may be the only commentator in American media today who’s criticizing Biden’s new mandate policy for having not gone far enough. In particular, she’s been a hardcore proponent of vaccine passports, wanting to choke off the unvaccinated’s access to public spaces until they basically have no choice but to get their shots. She’s disappointed that Biden wasn’t more aggressive on that front yesterday:

For starters, why didn’t Biden announce that he will mandate vaccinations for plane and train travel? The federal government has authority over interstate travel, and it already uses this power to require that masks are worn in airports and on planes and trains. Requiring vaccinations for those eligible for them will make travel safer, but that’s not the primary reason for taking the step. The Biden administration needs to make clear that there are consequences to remaining unvaccinated. If you want the privilege of traveling, you need to do your part and get vaccinated.

Similarly, the White House should urge businesses to implement “no vaccine, no service” rules. San Francisco and New York have been out front by requiring vaccines to enter indoor restaurants, bars, gyms and other venues. The president should support these efforts by providing financial incentives to jurisdictions and businesses with such mandates and encouraging vaccinated Americans to preferentially frequent these establishments.

There she was on CNN last night, pushing her “drunk driving” analogy:

Remaining unvaccinated & going out in public is equivalent to driving under the influence. You want to be intoxicated? That’s your choice, but if you want to drive a car, that endangers others. No one should have the “choice” to infect others with a potentially deadly disease. pic.twitter.com/a4itLS2upX

— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) September 10, 2021

“Beyond being a terrible metaphor that has no bearing on the matter at hand, articulating this thought reveals a discrediting level of paranoia,” Noah Rothman wrote in reply. “The data do not in any way indicate that those who are immunized against COVID are threatened by those who are not any more than they are by many other communicable diseases.” That was one of the most common complaints about Biden’s new policy yesterday: If the vaccinated are already well protected from severe illness, why do we need to further protect them by forcing the unvaccinated to get their shots too?

We are going to protect the vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers. pic.twitter.com/QMuEz9ynis

— President Biden (@POTUS) September 10, 2021

To borrow Wen’s analogy, if an infected unvaccinated person is a drunk driver, how much should we care about them being “on the road” in the workplace if the vaccinated are driving around in armored vehicles?

I don’t mean for that to sound glib. There’s a debate worth having about how much the unvaxxed should be made to capitulate in the name of protecting the vaccinated from even mild illness, which can be not so mild in substance. If the vaxxed were getting severely ill and landing in the ER from COVID at a meaningful rate then the case for requiring the unvaccinated to get their shots would be easy. But if, to put it in Wen’s terms, the worst a vaccinated person stands to suffer from an unvaccinated “drunk driver” is a dent in his fender, is that reason enough to keep the unvaccinated off the roads?

Relatedly, is being very sick for a week (as some people with breakthrough infections are) the equivalent of a dent in the fender or is it more like a broken arm or leg? If the latter, does that change the calculus on the unvaccinated? Do we want drunk drivers routinely causing accidents that leave other drivers with broken limbs so long as they don’t actually kill anyone?

Dr. Ashish Jha tried to answer the objections to Biden’s new policy in a Twitter thread this afternoon. All of his points are sound. But none justify the logic of Biden’s mandate:

3. Raging infections shut down restaurants, stores, make it hard for folks to get people back to offices

4. High infection rates put vulnerable people who can’t get immunity at risk

Pandemics sicken and kill a lot of people

But they also disrupt the social fabric

3/4

— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) September 10, 2021

We should get people vaccinated because:

1. The unvaccinated are our friends, our neighbors and we should care

2. It will keep hospitals open for everyone

3. It’ll protect the vulnerable

And it’ll let us get back to our lives & spend less time worrying about the pandemic

Fin

— Ashish K. Jha, MD, MPH (@ashishkjha) September 10, 2021

Remember that the OSHA statute authorizes regulations that are “necessary” to protect employees from “grave danger” caused by toxic substances. Biden explicitly framed his new policy as a measure designed to protect the vaccinated from the unvaccinated. But even Jha doesn’t assert that the vaccinated are in danger from COVID. The closest he gets is point 1, in which the vaxxed might be at risk of not getting timely hospital care if they have a health crisis unrelated to COVID. Point 4 imagines an immunocompromised vaccinated person being put at risk, but Biden could have limited his mandate to workplaces that employ immunocompromised if that were his priority.

He didn’t. He’s explicitly hoping to protect all vaccinated workers from the unvaccinated. Does he know something that we, and Jha, don’t about the risk of infection to the vaccinated in the age of Delta?https://c3a3750227205905484d56a27f540845.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

The latest CDC studies are certainly no cause for alarm:

Three studies that drew data from different U.S. regions evaluated the protective power of the vaccines. One looked at more than 600,000 virus cases in 13 states, representing about one quarter of the U.S. population, between April and July, and concluded that individuals who were not fully vaccinated were far more susceptible to infection and death from the virus.

They were 4.5 times more likely than vaccinated individuals to become infected, 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die from the coronavirus, the study found.

Vaccine protection against hospitalization and death remained strong even when the Delta variant was the dominant form of infection. But the vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing infection dropped from 91 percent to 78 percent, the study found.

Those numbers are so strong that some scientists are pulling their chins this afternoon, wondering if boosters for the general population are necessary after all.

The true unspoken intention of Biden’s mandate is to protect the unvaccinated from each other, i.e. protecting them from a risk they’ve willingly assumed. One could say that the owner of a business that employs unvaccinated staffers has a financial interest in making sure that his employees are healthy and fit for work, and that it’s his interest that Biden is championing by trying to force the unvaxxed to get their shots. But in that case, why does the business owner need the president to swoop in and force this mandate on him? Why doesn’t he just institute it himself?

The answer is the “collective action” problem, I guess. Any company that mandates vaccinations for workers risks having its unvaccinated employees quit and go elsewhere. But if all major companies are under the same mandate, that’s less of a risk. Biden could have framed his mandate that way but preferred the dubious — yet far more emotionally satisfying — “we’re protecting the people who did the right thing by getting vaccinated from the people who didn’t” spin.

Here’s a little more of Wen, casually suggesting that being able to travel is a privilege, not a right. That’s incorrect. You do have a constitutional right to travel between states. Whether you have a constitutional right to travel between states *by airplane* is another matter.

.@DrLeanaWen: “There are privileges associated with being an American. That if you wish to have these privileges, you need to get vaccinated. Travel, and having the right to travel in our state, it’s not a constitutional right as far as I know to board a plane.” https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2021/09/10/leana-wen-being-unvaccinated-and-going-out-in-public-is-like-drunk-driving-n415075

Man faces OUI charges after dragging boat behind truck, police say

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A Sandwich man faces driving under the influence charges after police said he dragged a 19-foot boat behind his vehicle.

At about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, Sandwich police said an officer was nearly stuck head on by a vehicle pulling a boat trailer on the Service Road.Advertisement

The boat had fallen off the trailer and was being dragged in the opposite lane of traffic, police said. After avoiding a collision, the officer was able to stop the driver.

John Ferguson, 22, was arrested and charges with operating under the influence, negligent operation and marked lanes violations. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday. https://www.wcvb.com/article/sandwich-man-faces-oui-charges-after-dragging-boat-behind-truck-police-say/37489772#

Man accused of throwing girlfriend from moving car: police blotter

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A Shaker Heights man reported that someone stole the catalytic converter from his car as it was parked in the 13000 block of Fairhill Road.

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Assault: South Park Boulevard

At 9:15 p.m. Aug. 28, officers were called to the 15000 block of South Park Boulevard where a Lyndhurst woman, 48, reported that her boyfriend, a Shaker Heights man, 36, had pushed her out of his moving vehicle during a disagreement, and threw her purse at her.

The woman had minor injuries and declined medical attention. The suspect has not been apprehended.https://45bfe05001307cb1f18ee679657974aa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

OVI: Lee Road

At 10:20 p.m. Aug. 27, officers observed a Cadillac travel through a red light at the intersection of Lee and South Woodland roads. Officers stopped the car, smelled alcohol and observed that the driver, a Cleveland man, 56, was showing signs of impairment.

The man failed field sobriety tests and was taken to the hospital where he was given a breath test. Police charged the man with OVI.

OVI: Warrensville Center Road

At 12:25 a.m. Aug. 28, officers stopped a car that made an improper lane change and was seen driving between lanes at Chagrin Boulevard and Warrensville Center Road. Officers smelled alcohol and immediately observed that the driver, a Shaker Heights man, 44, was showing signs of intoxication.

The man failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OVI. He was found to have a blood-alcohol content of .182, above the state minimum for drunk driving of .08, which led to a further charge of having an enhanced BAC.

Theft of parts from vehicle: Fairhill Road

At 3 p.m. Aug. 28, officers were dispatched to the 13000 block of Fairhill Road where a Shaker Heights man, 29, reported that someone had stolen the catalytic converter from his 2009 Toyota. The value of the stolen property was $600.

OVI: Chagrin Boulevardhttps://45bfe05001307cb1f18ee679657974aa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

At 1:15 a.m. Aug. 29, officers watched as a Hyundai car, traveling on Warrensville Center Road, near Chagrin Boulevard, was exceeding the posted speed limit. Officers stopped the car and immediately noticed that the driver, a Shaker Heights woman, 33, showed signs if intoxication.

The woman failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OVI. She was also charged with enhanced penalties after posting a BAC of .193.

OVI: Van Aken Boulevard

At 2 p.m. Aug. 29, officers were dispatched to the area of Van Aken Boulevard and Sutton Road where they encountered a Cleveland man, 40, who was incoherent and sitting in his vehicle, a Ford SUV. The SUV had been driven onto a grassy area.

Officers attended to the male, confiscated suspected narcotics, and detained him for OVI. The man was taken to a local hospital.

OVI: Chagrin Boulevard

At 2:30 a.m. Aug. 29, officers saw a car traveling without taillights on Chagrin Boulevard, near Hildana Road. A traffic stop was conducted and officers smelled alcohol on the person of the driver, a Cleveland woman, 49. The woman showed signs of intoxication, but refused to be tested for drunk driving.

Police arrested and charged the woman with OVI.

OVI: Van Aken Boulevard

At 11 p.m. Aug. 29, officers observed a BMW auto showing a license plate that had been issued for a Dodge vehicle traveling near Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver, a Cleveland Heights man, 35, was found to smell of alcohol and show signs of intoxication.

The man failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for OVI. He refused to take a breath test.

Menacing: Keswick Road

At 4 a.m. Sept. 1, police were dispatched to the 3000 block of Keswick Road to investigate a report of a man causing a disturbance. Officers detained a Shaker Heights man, 40, after learning that he was in violation of a protection order.https://45bfe05001307cb1f18ee679657974aa.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Breaking and entering: Stoer Road

At 11:55 a.m. Sept. 1, officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Stoer Road where they learned that someone had stolen copper pipes from the basement of a vacant residence. https://www.cleveland.com/community/2021/09/man-accused-of-throwing-girlfriend-from-moving-car-shaker-heights-police-blotter.html

Murder charges stand in case against woman accused of killing 2 road workers in OWI crash

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Family, friends and fellow union members of Davyon Rose and Nicholas Sada demonstrate outside the Washtenaw County 14A-1 Court in Pittsfield Township on Wednesday, May 5, 2021.Jacob Hamilton | The Ann Arbor News

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – There was just enough evidence to warrant murder charges to go to trial in the case against a woman accused of killing two road workers in a drunken driving crash almost a year ago.

Ryann Danielle Musselman was bound over for trial Tuesday, Sept. 7, on two felony counts each of second-degree murder and operating while intoxicated causing death after a preliminary examination before Washtenaw County District Court Judge J. Cedric Simpson.https://7b4ecca3f749be5175017379b21a523b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Simpson, binding the case over to the trial court, noted the evidence associated with the two murder charges “is thin,” but stated there was enough presented at the district court level for a jury to hear.

Musselman, 29, of Belleville, is charged with causing the deaths of construction workers Nicholas Andres Sada and Davyon Desmon-Aereailes Rose while they were working on the freeway.

Sada and Rose, both 23 from Lansing, were killed when Musselman, 29, of Belleville, entered a construction zone on eastbound I-94 near Harris Road in Ypsilanti Township and hit them at about 1:40 a.m. Nov. 7.

Murder charges filed against woman accused of killing 2 road workers

Evidence presented at the examination showed she drove over several concrete cutouts in the freeway, or areas without roadway awaiting fresh concrete to be poured, and did not appear to slow down before hitting the two men.

Prosecutors initially claimed Musselman crashed into a construction sign on westbound I-94 and fled the scene about 12 minutes before getting on eastbound I-94 and crashing into Sada and Rose, killing them.https://7b4ecca3f749be5175017379b21a523b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

They argued her actions in the prior crash showed she was aware of the danger she posed to herself and others, yet continued driving anyway.

Simpson rejected the claim, stating there was no testimony or evidence presented linking Musselman to the prior crash, but agreed a jury could determine if she acted with malice based off other factors of the case.

“It was clearly indicated in the area she was entering there were lights and signs flashing telling her it was a 45 mile-per hour construction zone,” Simpson said. “Even if there weren’t workers present, she shouldn’t have been going 80 in the zone. Her braking data also showed she was not reacting as she went over those cutouts.”

A blood draw taken shortly after the crash showed Musselman had a blood alcohol content of .114, records show.

Musselman was remanded to the Washtenaw County Jail after the hearing after her bond was increased from $10,000 cash or surety to $50,000.https://7b4ecca3f749be5175017379b21a523b.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html

Musselman’s bond was initially revoked after the inclusion of the murder charges, but she was released on a strict GPS tether after a bond hearing

Woman accused of killing 2 road workers walks free on bond after judge’s ruling

Musselman is scheduled for a pretrial hearing Oct. 18 before Washtenaw County Trial Judge Patrick Conlin Jr.

Second-degree murder is punishable by up to life in prison. https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/09/murder-charges-stand-in-case-against-woman-accused-of-killing-2-road-workers-in-owi-crash.html