A driver who killed a mother while she slept after drunkenly crashing into tents at a Snowdonia campsite has been jailed.
Jake Waterhouse, 27, from Partington, Manchester, had been drinking whiskey with a friend at Rhyd y Galen campsite near Bethel, in North Wales, on the evening of 18 August, a court heard.
The father-of-two, who only had a provisional licence, drove friend Philip Eves’ car around the site in the early hours of the following day, first colliding with the tent of Neil Cook and partner Megan Lazenby, who suffered minor injuries.
The car then ploughed into the tent where Anna Roselyn Evans, 46, and her husband Huw were sleeping.
Sion ap Mihangel, prosecuting, told Mold Crown Court Mr Evans had been woken by an “almighty bang”, was cut free from the tent but could not find his wife.
He said: “Later he saw her legs sticking out from underneath the car, which was nearby. He felt helpless.”
The court heard how it took five people to lift the car off Ms Evans, who was unresponsive.
Waterhouse initially fled the scene but after he rang his mother and she told him to do “the right thing” he returned, the court was told.
He tested positive for alcohol but later gave insufficient breath tests and refused to give more specimens at the police station.
Ms Evans, who worked for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, was taken to Ysbyty Gwynedd but later transferred to a major trauma unit in Stoke, where she died on 27 August.
In a statement, her husband said her death had had an emotional impact on all of the family, including her children Lowri, 25, and Richard, 24.
He said: “Anna was the love of my life and it will be so difficult to move on, especially with the manner in which she was taken away from us.”
The court heard Waterhouse had a number of previous convictions, including for violence, criminal damage, driving without insurance and driving not in accordance with a licence.
Sentencing, Judge Rowlands said it was an act “of the most appalling irresponsibility”.
He said: “I could so easily have been sentencing you for causing the death of not just one person but, in reality, four that night.”
Mentioning Ms Evans’ wished that her organs be donated, he added: “If ever there was a woman, mother, who contributed to her family and her community in life, but also in death, it seems a huge tragedy.”
Waterhouse, who was in tears at times in the dock, was jailed for eight years and four months after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on Tuesday.
He was also disqualified from driving for 12 years and two months.
Waterhouse had already admitted driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, driving with no insurance, and failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis when he appeared at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court in August. https://uk.news.yahoo.com/snowdonia-campsite-death-drunk-driver-150737911.html
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MIDDLETOWN — A suspended State Police trooper, who was arrested after a DUI accident that injured two people, will appear in court on Monday.
Sgt. John McDonald, of the Western District Major Crimes Unit out of Southbury, was charged with driving under the influence and second-degree assault with a motor vehicle after the Sept, 25 accident,.He was also charged with reckless driving and failure to obey a stop sign.
McDonald has been suspended from duty – with pay – since Nov. 14, pending an investigation by officials into the crash.
According to his arrest warrant, McDonald bout eight drinks at a colleague’s retirement party at an Oxford brewery and appeared “hammered” later that night after crashing into a woman and her daughter.
Witnesses of the crash described McDonald as “hammered” and swaying back and forth in the middle of the roadway when the first officers arrived at the scene, according to the warrant.
Video from the Black Hog Brewery in Oxford where the retirement party was held showed McDonald drinking at least eight alcoholic beverages within about three hours, the warrant said.
After leaving the party, McDonald ran a stop sign at the intersection of Airport Road and Route 188 in Southbury, police said.
He struck the side of another car around 7:30 p.m. that night, according to the accident report. The occupants of the other vehicle, Lisa Conroy, and her 19-year-old daughter Madison Conroy, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury.
McDonald was not given a Breathalyzer at the scene, because he claimed to be injured and was transported to a Waterbury hospital, police said.
He left the hospital before staff could take blood tests, which might have revealed his blood alcohol content, reports said.
A lawsuit has since been filed on behalf of the two women that alleges McDonald had been drinking at the Black Hog Brewery shortly before the collision.
“…He knowingly drove while under the influence of intoxicating liquors or with an elevated blood-alcohol content at a high rate of speed and disregarded a stop sign,” the suit, filed Oct. 14, claims. https://www.greenwichtime.com/local/article/Trooper-charged-in-DUI-crash-to-appear-in-court-14874981.php
There were multiple OVI arrests during Wednesday’s pre-Thanksgiving OVI checkpoint in Fairfield. FILE PHOTO
BUTLER COUNTY — A Fairfield OVI checkpoint held Wednesday night netted three arrests, and extra patrols around the checkpoint led to at least eight more.
The Butler County OVI Task Force conducted the checkpoint between 10 p.m. Wednesday and 2 a.m. Thursday on Dixie Highway near Symmes Road in Fairfield.
Officers from the city of Fairfield and Fairfield Twp., along with the Ohio State Highway Patrol checked 230 vehicles, and seven were diverted for further investigation. Of those seven vehicles checked, three arrests were made for OVI, one arrest was made for driving under suspension and one arrest was made for having an open container.Content Continues Below
Reising said that troopers from the OSHP’s Hamilton Post also made at least eight OVI arrests in the saturation patrol area around the checkpoint.The Butler County OVI Task Force is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation/National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.https://www.whio.com/news/multiple-arrests-made-and-around-butler-county-ovi-checkpoint/9bTzM8UFjgnfzD0ERp4ekI/
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While most OWI pullovers are taken incredibly seriously and represent a danger, a pullover last Friday in downtown Chippewa Falls had officers puzzled and trying not to laugh.
A report of a vehicle swerving in downtown Chippewa Falls last Friday seemed like an average OWI report, but when the license plates of the vehicle were run through the police officer’s computer system, they came back as not registered and for good reason.
Suspect Nicholas Layton had hand-painted license plates on the back of a box originally containing beer in place of required state-issued license plates.
Adorned with the popular beer brand Hamm’s logo, the license plates were not identified as fake until the officer on duty was speaking to Layton, Chippewa Falls Police Chief Matthew Kelm said. Kelm said he has never seen anything like this before in his many years of law enforcement.
Layton, the man behind the fake plates, has yet to be charged in the OWI case which led his Hamm’s plates to be revealed. https://lacrossetribune.com/news/local/chippewa-falls-owi-suspect-s-car-features-hand-painted-license/article_c1dc8f5d-fb39-5088-9f2f-17f95270affa.html
Daniel Borunda, El Paso TimesPublished 3:31 p.m. MT Nov. 25, 2019
A drunken driving suspect crashed into the back of an El Paso police car late Sunday in the far East Side.
Lexis Croysdill, 23, was arrested on a driving while intoxicated charge after the crash on Montana Avenue near Lee Boulevard, police said.
The crash occurred while an officer from the Pebble Hills Regional Command was making an unrelated traffic stop at 11:17 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Montana Avenue, police said.
Lexis Croysdill was arrested on a DWI charge after allegedly crashing into an El Paso police car. (Photo: Courtesy El Paso Police Department)
Police said Croysdill was driving a Nissan Altima east on Montana when she hit the patrol car. https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/crime/2019/11/25/dwi-suspect-crashes-into-el-paso-police-car-during-traffic-stop/4299718002/