Woman gets prison for DUI crash

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A woman will spend up to seven years in prison for causing a DUI crash that seriously injured a motorcyclist in Northampton in 2019.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release that Robin Duffy, 41, was sentenced Friday to 2½ to seven years in prison for the crash in Northampton on Thanksgiving 2019.

Duffy’s blood alcohol concentration was .268%, more than three times the legal limit, when she crashed head-on into Joseph Caruso in the 1800 block of East Bristol Road about 9:30 a.m. Nov. 28, 2019, according to the DA’s office.

Duffy, of Northampton Township, pleaded guilty in November to aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and aggravated assault by vehicle, which are felonies, as well as misdemeanor offenses of DUI and summary traffic offenses.

Caruso, 62, was ejected from his motorcycle and struck a telephone pole, according to the DA’s office. Authorities said he suffered a fractured pelvis that required an external fixator, internal plates and screws, as well as four operations to keep stabilized.

He also suffered internal bleeding, a blood clot, a concussion and severe swelling and bruising, the release states. He had to stay in a wheelchair for about a month and only recently returned to work, the DA’s office said.

“My life has been drastically changed by the reckless decision by Robin Duffy to get behind the wheel of her car, intoxicated and attempt to drive. The pain and suffering endured by myself, my wife and daughter are something I wouldn’t want anybody to have to experience,” Caruso said in court, according to the release.

Officials said Duffy was going eastbound on East Bristol Road when she swerved into the westbound lane and crashed her Ford Fusion into Caruso.

When authorities arrived at the scene, they found Duffy, who had slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol coming from her, the DA’s office said.

Investigators found an empty bottle of vodka, two partially consumed bottles of vodka and medication bottles in her car, according to authorities.

Her attorney declined comment when reached Monday. https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/story/news/2021/02/15/dui-crash-northampton-bucks-county-crime/6747695002/

Jeep Deletes Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl Ad After ‘the Boss’ Arrested for DWI

Jeep removed Bruce Springsteen’s Super Bowl commercial from YouTube after news of the music icon’s November arrest for driving under the influence broke on Wednesday.

Springsteen was arrested for drunk driving at Gateway National Recreation Area in Sandy Hook, New Jersey on November 14. News of the arrest was first reported by TMZ on Wednesday. A short time later, Springsteen’s Super Bowl Jeep ad was pulled from YouTube within days of debuting, although it still appeared on Springsteen’s Instagram account at time of publication.

“It would be inappropriate for us to comment on the details of a matter we have only read about and we cannot substantiate,” a Jeep spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Newsweek. “But it’s also right that we pause our Big Game commercial until the actual facts can be established. Its message of community and unity is as relevant as ever. As is the message that drinking and driving can never be condoned.

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The National Park Service confirmed TMZ’s report of Springsteen’s arrest, indicating that he had been charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area, according to The New York Times. Park Service spokeswoman Daphne Yun told the paper that Springsteen had been “cooperative throughout the process.”

Federal prosecutors are handling the case since the incident occurred in a national park. Springsteen will be appearing in court virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with his first appearance reportedly expected to take place later this month.

Springsteen’s two-minute Jeep ad initially played during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Titled “The Middle,” it featured Springsteen calling for unity in a divided nation. The ad was filmed in Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska over five days in late January, months after the arrest of “the Boss.”

“The middle has been a hard place to get to lately,” Springsteen says in the ad, which includes shots of him driving a Jeep. “Between red and blue. Between servant and citizen. Between our freedom and our fear. Now, fear has never been the best of who we are. And as for freedom, it’s not the property of just the fortunate few; it belongs to us all.

“We need the middle,” he continues. “We just have to remember the very soil we stand on is common ground.

Springsteen manager Jon Landau said in a statement that discussions centered on making what ultimately became the Jeep commercial had been ongoing for a decade, with the aim of making “something surprising, relevant, immediate and artful.” It was the 71-year-old musician’s first-ever Super Bowl ad.

The ad was met with mixed reviews, with negative social media remarks coming largely from conservatives who offered their critiques of Springsteen’s left-leaning political views and support of the Democratic party. Springsteen had performed “Land of Hope and Dreams” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in a made-for-television celebration of President Joe Biden‘s inauguration on January 20.

Newsweek reached out to Springsteen and the National Park Service for comment.

More than 4,700 OUI defendants may be eligible for a new trial because of breath test evidence issues

Worcester County defendants charged with operating under the influence of alcohol based on breath tests conducted over the last decade may be entitled to new trials, Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. said on Wednesday.

More than 4,700 Worcester County defendants will receive letters in the mail alerting them about the possibility of having their cases re-examined because of “problems with Breathalyzer evidence,” Early said.https://800fadd3096a4602862e39856865e7b3.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

Breath tests between 2011 and 2018 used in criminal trials were declared to be inadmissible evidence in a Northwestern district attorney decision announced on Monday. The letters from the trial court were sent to OUI defendants in Worcester County this week, officials said.

Notices will also be sent to roughly 3,100 residents of Hampshire and Franklin counties convicted between June 2011 and April 2019 of driving under the influence of alcohol. The Hampden District Attorney is also alerting roughly 2,133 people, and in Berkshire another 900 will be notified.

Statewide, there are about 27,000 defendants who may be eligible to challenge their convictions, officials said.

In 2019, the courts found that the Draeger 9510 Alcotest device, used by state and local police, were improperly calibrated over a period of years and produced unreliable results. The problem was made worse after it was discovered that the state’s Office of Alcohol Testing attempted to hide the full extent of the problem, according to Massachusetts District Court Judge Robert Brennan. https://www.masslive.com/worcester/2021/02/more-than-4700-oui-defendants-in-worcester-county-may-be-eligible-for-a-new-trial-because-of-breath-test-evidence-issues.html

Crash near elementary school leads to drunken driver with a ‘road beer,’ police say

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PORTAGE — A damaged sign outside of Jones Elementary School led police to a 64-year-old motorist Wednesday morning, who said he was on the way to liquor store after having consumed four beers and having a “road beer” with him, according to the arrest report.

Leo Rigdon, of Portage, was found to have a blood alcohol level just more than twice the legal limit and was taken into custody on charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person, leaving the scene of a crash and a couple other OWI counts, Portage police said.

Police said they responded at 10:19 a.m. to the school at 2374 McCool Road for a report of a hit-and-run crash. Officers found a bent street parking sign on the south side of the building and muddy tire tracks indicating a vehicle had recently been stuck in a snow bank.

Other officers reported a vehicle they stopped at a local liquor store had front-end damage matching the sign incident. The driver, Rigdon, said he was not injured in the crash and was unsure why he did not stay at the scene, police said.

Police said Rigdon had a difficult time understanding the instructions of the sobriety tests. He was found to have a blood alcohol content of .176, which is more than twice the legal limit of .08. https://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/crash-near-portage-elementary-school-leads-to-drunken-driver-with-a-road-beer-police-say/article_fa801fb6-e034-53a7-83c2-8315e0558af6.html

DOT worker hospitalized with minor injuries after impaired driver hits truck head-on

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Photo by: The Ohio State Highway Patrol.Scene of crash involving an impaired driver hitting an ODOT worker’s truck.

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MARLBORO TOWNSHIP, Ohio — An ODOT employee has been hospitalized after he was struck by an impaired driver on State Route 619 just east of State Route 44 in Marlboro Township, located in Stark County.

Troopers from the Canton Post of the Ohio State highway Patrol responded at around 11:10 p.m. Tuesday for a crash.

A 54-year-old ODOT employee was parked on State Route 619 facing west after closing the roadway due to a downed utility pole. The employee was sitting in his car with his emergency lights activated when his vehicle was struck by an impaired driver traveling eastbound on State Route 619.

The impaired driver, a 39-year-old North Olmsted resident identified as Craig Wells, drove through the road closure sign and struck the ODOT truck head-on. Wells was impaired by both alcohol and drugs at the time of the crash—making it his fourth OVI in a 10-year period, troopers said.

Troopers said a loaded handgun was found in the vehicle. After Wells was released from the hospital with minor injuries, he was transported to the Stark County Jail and charged with a felony OVI offense, operating a vehicle while suspended, failure to maintain assured clear distance ahead and possession of a firearm.

The ODOT worker was transported to Alliance Hospital with minor injuries.

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