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Report: City employee violated policy after government vehicle crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A new Office of the Inspector General report shows an Albuquerque city employee violated city policy after getting into a crash in a city vehicle and then failing to report it properly.

According to the report, it was at the intersection of Tijeras Ave. and Fifth St. where a City of Albuquerque employee, who works in the mayor’s office, got into a crash in a city vehicle in September. In the report, the staffer admits they made a bad judgment call while driving and an accident report later found they were at fault for the crash.

No one was hurt in the crash but repairing damages to the city vehicle and other cars cost taxpayers about $5,000, according to the report. The employee called it a “minor collision” which is why they say they didn’t call the police or file a report later – which according to city policy, they should’ve done according to City Operator Permit policy, or COP.

The report also said the employee did not call a supervisor, which is also required by COP.

According to the report, the city employee did talk to someone in risk management about the accident but didn’t properly file a report until two weeks after the incident. The employee acknowledged in the OIG report that this was against city policy. There’s no indication the city employee was impaired while driving, but no impairment test was done immediately after the crash. The OIG found city policy does not require the operator of a city vehicle involved in an accident to be tested for impairment. 

The OIG gave the city three recommendations to keep this from happening again. It recommends the employee, who was last trained in COP and certified to operate city vehicles in 2018, be retrained. It also recommends that the city require all drivers of city cars to be trained and recertified every year. Lastly, the report recommends the city revise its COP policy to clarify when testing for impairment should be required.

KRQE News 13 reached out to the Mayor’s Office on Sunday but did not hear back. However, in the report, the city responded by saying the employee involved is getting retrained to operate city vehicles. It also said it is putting instruction cards with what to do when involved in an accident in every city vehicle.

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Impaired driver kills elderly New Orleans man on elevated Westbank Expy: LSP

Despite activating the minivan’s emergency flashing lights, 83-year-old Curtis Williams was struck by an impaired 36-year-old Adrian Major driving a sedan, LSP said.

JEFFERSON PARISH, La. — An elderly New Orleans man was fatally hurt when an impaired driver struck him and his car in Marrero early Saturday morning, according to a report from the Louisiana State Police.

The New Orleans man, 83-year-old Curtis Williams was tending to a disabled Chrysler minivan on the elevated Westbank Expressway near

Despite having activated the minivan’s emergency flashing lights, Williams was struck by a man driving a Nissan sedan.

LSP troopers responded to the two-car crash around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said the man driving the sedan was 36-year-old Adrian Major. 

While investigating the crash, LSP investigators determined that Major was driving impaired and arrested him.

“Williams sustained severe injuries and was transported to a local hospital where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries,” a report from LSP Troop B said. “Major suffered minor injuries, was evaluated and released by medical personnel at the scene.”

Major faces charges of vehicular homicide, careless operation, operating a vehicle with a suspended driver’s license. He was booked into the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center.

“Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Impairment continues to be a leading cause of fatal crashes,” the LSP release said. “Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to drink. LSP also recommends that if your vehicle becomes disabled in an unsafe location, remain in your vehicle, seat-belted until law enforcement or motorist assistance arrives.”

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Mets’ former acting GM Zack Scott found not guilty of DWI

Zack Scott at Citi FIeld in front of orange wall in June 2021
Zack Scott at Citi FIeld in front of orange wall in June 2021

Former Mets acting GM Zack Scott was found not guilty on Thursday of DWI and not guilty of driving while ability impaired, and given $100 fines for each.

The Mets moved on from Scott in November, following his arrest in August and his placement on administrative leave by the team.

Scott released a statement after the verdict:

I am thankful for today’s verdict. Nonetheless, I regret choices I made on August 31, resulting in circumstances that led to my arrest.

Thank you to my attorneys, friends, professional associates, and most importantly, my family for supporting me through this process.

Professionally, I’m grateful to Sandy Alderson for the opportunity to lead baseball operations for the Mets and wish my former teammates nothing but the best going forward.

I believe this humbling experience will make me a better husband, father, son, friend, and leader, and I look forward to what the future holds.

Said Scott’s attorney, Bruce Bendish, in a statement:

Today, after hearing and seeing all the evidence against our client, a judge in the White Plains City Court acquitted Zack Scott of all criminal charges against him. We are grateful for the judge’s diligent attention and consideration of the evidence, and believe he arrived at the only conclusion possible. While we understand and appreciate the reasons why the police officers suspected that Mr. Scott was driving while intoxicated, and respect their decision to place him under arrest, the simple fact was that Mr. Scott was not intoxicated or impaired by alcohol that evening. Rather, the evidence showed conclusively that Mr. Scott’s ability to operate a car was in no way impaired by alcohol.

At the GM meetings, Alderson had explained the Mets’ decision to move on from Scott.

“Just the general uncertainty around the situation that he faced, and not knowing how that uncertainty would be resolved in December. I think we felt that it was just best for us and potentially for him as well that we made that decision. I’ve talked to him, wished him well. He’s a good man.”

Scott’s case had initially been adjourned to Dec. 8 before being moved to Jan. 6.

Asked if Scott could return to the organization if there was a positive outcome regarding his case, Alderson said no.

Alderson added that he felt Scott did an “excellent job” for the Mets when he was acting as GM.

Before his arrest, Scott had been a candidate to be named the full-time GM.

Scott, who was replaced by Billy Eppler, took over for Jared Porter, who was fired last January shortly after being hired as GM after it was revealed that Porter sent unwanted, sexually explicit text messages to a female reporter in 2016 while working for the Chicago Cubs.

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Intoxicated man pulled over after driving with BBQ pit ablaze in truck, cops say

The 40-year-old was arrested after cops determined he was intoxicated. A Texas man accused of driving while intoxicated with a flaming barbecue pit in the bed of his pickup truck was arrested, authorities said. Deputies responded to a call of a truck on fire on Jan. 5 in Humble, according to a news release from Harris County Constable, Precinct 4. They found a 40-year-old man driving a truck with a lit barbecue pit in the back of his truck. The pit had created a “large fire,” the release said.

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Mom of woman who was killed in a car crash involving a Capitol riot suspect asks why the driver wasn’t in jail

Capitol rioter emily hernandez with a piece of Pelosi's sign
Emily Hernandez holding a sign from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office on the day of the Capitol riot.US Department of Justice
  • Police accused Emily Hernandez of killing a woman in a drunk-driving accident while out on bond.
  • Hernandez was charged in relation with the riot, and has also been charged over the crash.
  • The victim’s mother asked why Hernandez was not in jail “with what she did to the government.”

The mother of a woman who was killed in a car crash, who police said was by a Capitol riot suspect, has asked why the driver was not already in jail.

Police accused the Capitol riot suspect Emily Hernandez of driving drunk and killing 32-year-old Victoria Wilson, a mother of two, in a car crash on Wednesday.

Hernandez, 22, was charged in relation to the January 6, 2021, riot and was out on bond at the time. Photos from the insurrection showed Hernandez holding a broken sign belonging to the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

After the crash, Hernandez was charged with “driving while intoxicated resulting in death of another, driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury, excessive BAC” — Blood Alcohol Content — after the crash.

Wilson’s mom, Tonie Donaldson, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that she thought Hernandez should still be in jail.

“Why is she still out?” she asked.

“With what she did to the government, why is she still walking the street?”

Donaldson also described her daughter as having a “heart of gold.”

Police said Wilson’s husband was hospitalized with serious injuries, and that the couple had been driving home from celebrating their wedding anniversary.