Port St. Lucie Florida Police Officer Sgt. Martin Curran Fighting 45 Day Suspension After Failing Alcohol Breath Test When He Showed Up For Work “Physically Unfit For Duty”

August 10, 2012

PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – A Port St. Lucie Police Sergeant continues to fight a 45-day suspension after a breath test found alcohol in his system when he was on the job.

According to internal affairs records, Sergeant Martin Curran showed up to work in May smelling like alcohol. The reports also claim he was quote, “physically unfit for duty”.

Curran denies the allegations. He continues to work pending an appeal.

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Wrightsville Beach North Carolina Police Officer Jordan Davis Quits After Drunk Driving Arrest By Highway Patrol

July 18, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NORTH CAROLINA – An officer with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department is in trouble with the law after being arrested for suspicion of driving while impaired by the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

According to the police department, Officer Jordan Davis was arrested Friday morning around 1:30. Highway patrol said he stopped at checkpoint on Airlie Road and a blew a .08.

The Wrightsville Beach Police Department initiated its own internal investigation into the incident surrounding the arrest, but they said in a press release Davis resigned his position with the Wrightsville Beach Police Department before the investigation was completed.

“It is a sad day for the Wrightsville Beach Police Department as Officer Davis was one of our better officers and a rising star in the agency,” said Chief Daniel House Jr. “Our department has made many changes over the past year and Officer Davis has been instrumental in assisting with that process. This was just an unfortunate lapse of judgment.”

Davis joined the department in January 2010. He had most recently been promoted at the end of May of 2012 to Police Officer II.

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New York City Police Officer Salisha Alirasul Arrested After Drunken Wreck – Third NYPD Officer Arrested In 4 Days

July 11, 2012

QUEENS, NEW YORK – An off-duty police officer was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated after striking a parked car early Wednesday, the NYPD reported.

She was the third NYPD officer to be arrested in four days.

Police Officer Salisha Alirasul, 34, refused to take a breath test and was taken into custody about 2:15 a.m., a police spokesman said.

The collision took place within the 103rd Precinct, which includes Jamaica, Hollis and Lakewood, but the spokesman did not provide an exact location.

Alirasul sustained minor injuries and was treated at Jamaica Hospital.

Alirasul’s arrest occurred one day after Police Officer Kofi Nsafoah, 36, was arrested in Brooklyn for allegedly choking his wife during a dispute.

On Sunday, Police Officer Brayan Terrazas, 26, was arrested in Queens for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

Both were off-duty when the incidents reportedly occurred.

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Dallas Texas Police Officer Erica Montanez Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Drunken Wreck And Leaving The Scene

July 11, 2012

DALLAS, TEXAS – An officer with the Dallas Police Department was arrested last night for drunk driving after she allegedly got into a wreck on the Central Expressway service road and drove away without leaving insurance information.

DPD announced a few minutes ago on their Facebook page that Officer Erica Montanez , a two-year-veteran assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division, is on administrative leave pending the outcome of criminal and internal affairs investigations into the crash.

According to the police report, Montanez was off duty and headed south on the Central Expressway service road when she stopped her 2003 Honda Accord coupe for a red light at Mockingbird. She was in the left-turn-only lane but went straight when the light turned green, crashing into a car turning left from the adjacent lane, causing no injuries but about $1,500 in damage.

The other driver watched in his rearview mirror as Montanez drove off and merged onto the highway. He followed her to Knox-Henderson, where she exited. When he pulled alongside her at a red light, she pulled across four lanes of traffic. He pulled alongside her again in the parking lot of a Shell station, at which point Montanez presented him with proof of insurance.

When the driver noticed that the insurance card contained only a man’s name and that Montanez was a woman, he called police, who arrested her.

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Michigan State Police Gladstone Post Commander Lt. William Smith Arrested And Suspended After Drunken Wreck

July 11, 2012

SAULT STE. MARIE, MICHIGAN — Authorities in the Upper Peninsula are investigating a crash that led to the arrest of a state police post commander on a drunken driving charge.

The Daily News in Iron Mountain says Lt. William Smith was arrested Saturday by police in Sault Ste. Marie for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

Chippewa County Prosecutor Brian Peppler says the arrest followed a traffic accident in a personal vehicle.

Peppler says no charges have been authorized pending results of a blood test.

The 43-year-old Smith was appointed commander of the Gladstone post in April. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Peppler has worked with Smith in the past and says he’s asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to appoint an outside prosecutor for the case.

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Cadillac Michigan Police Officer Jordan Gross After Turning Up Drunk In Resident’s Backyard After Party

July 11, 2012

CADILLAC, MICHIGAN – A Cadillac bike patrol officer has been fired after he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to a press release from Cadillac Police, State Police were called to a home in Cherry Grove township after the resident said there was a person believed to be drunk and in the lake and backyard of their home.

He was identified as Jordan Goss, a seasonal foot and bicycle patrol officer. He was drunk and uncooperative and was arrested, according to Cadillac Police.

The Cadillac Police Department said there was an internal affairs investigation that determined Goss was at a gathering at another home in the area and walked away after being offered a ride home. Although other Cadillac Police officers were at the gathering, it was concluded that there was no wrongdoing on their part, according to CPD.

Cadillac Police determined that Goss violated the department’s code of conduct and he was terminated.

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New York City Police Officer Brayan Terrazas Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving

July 11, 2012

QUEENS — An off-duty police officer was arrested for allegedly driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning, the NYPD reported.

Brayan Terrazas, 26, was arrested just before 3 a.m. for allegedly driving drunk, police said. He was taken into custody in the confines of the 108th Precinct, which polices Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside, but cops did not provide an exact location.

The NYPD did not discuss the details of the incident, either.

Terrazas, who has been on the force for four years, has been suspended pending an investigation.

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Veteran El Paso Texas Police Officer Adrian Gonzalez Arrested, Placed On Administrative Duty, And Charged After Drunken Wreck

July 4, 2012

EL PASO, TEXAS – A veteran El Paso police officer has been charged with driving while intoxicated after he allegedly crashed his vehicle into a parked car early Sunday.

Police said officers arrested Adrian Gonzalez, who has been with the department for 18 years, at about 2 a.m. Sunday in the 7800 block of Parral in the Lower Valley. No injuries were reported in the crash.

Police spokesman Sgt. Chris Mears said Gonzalez, 47, was arrested after he apparently struck the parked car and remained on the scene for officers to arrive.

The responding officers recognized Gonzalez, who appeared to be intoxicated, and called a police supervisor to the scene, Mears said. Following an investigation, the officers arrested Gonzalez and booked him into the El Paso County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Jail records show Gonzalez was booked into the jail at 8:12 a.m. Sunday and released at 10:44 a.m the same day.

Mears said Gonzalez, an officer assigned to the Pebble Hills Regional Command Center, has been placed on administrative duty as officers conduct an “administrative investigation” into his off-duty conduct.

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Birmingham Alabama Police Officer Sharon Maniaci Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Public Intoxication – Arrested At City Jail

July 4, 2012

BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – A Birmingham police officer was arrested today on a charge of public intoxication, and has been placed on leave, pending an internal investigation, according to Birmingham Police Capt. Henry Irby.

Officer Sharon Maniaci, 36, was arrested just before 7:30 a.m. at the Birmingham City Jail, Irby said. The officer was off-duty at the time of the arrest, but Irby would not elaborate on why she was at the jail.

Maniaci, a resident of Irondale, has worked for the department three years and is currently on the morning shift in the West Precinct, Irby said.

She was booked into the City Jail and released on $500 bond.

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Cedar Park Texas Police Officer Timothy Wood Arrested After Three Drunken Wrecks

July 2, 2012

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – A Cedar Park police officer was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

According to an arrest affidavit, on June 27 just before midnight police were called to The Ridge Apartments located at 6805 Wood Hollow Drive. Witnesses told police a driver had collided with three vehicles in the parking lot.

According to a spokesperson for the Cedar Park Police Department, the driver was Officer Timothy Wood, a patrol officer for the department.

“He hit one vehicle then backed up into another vehicle and as he attempted to leave, he struck another vehicle,” witnesses say.

Police spoke with Officer Wood at the scene. They say he had a strong odor of alcohol coming from his breath, his speech was slurred and his balance unsteady.

He was arrested at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated.

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8 New York TSA Air Marshals, Including Supervisor, Fired For Drinking On A Training Day – 6 Other Marshals Suspended For Not Reporting The Drinking

June 29, 2012

NEW YORK – The Transportation Security Administration is firing eight federal air marshals, including a supervisor, for allegedly drinking alcohol on a training day and suspending six others for not reporting the misconduct, the agency said Friday.

The 14 marshals belong to the New York office. All can appeal except a probationary employee who was terminated immediately.

The TSA told The Associated Press the drinking occurred at a restaurant in February and was reported to a website that allows employees to alert leadership of inappropriate behavior.

None of the marshals was scheduled for flight duty the day of the drinking. But the TSA said consumption of alcohol is forbidden anytime they are on the job.

The TSA didn’t know if any had yet retained attorneys.

Some of the marshals at the restaurant had their service weapons with them, the agency said.

Those being fired were required Friday to turn in their weapons and credentials.

“TSA holds all of its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards and has zero tolerance for misconduct in the workplace,” said Nico Melendez, an agency spokesman. “TSA’s decision to remove the individuals involved in the misconduct affirms our strong commitment to the highest standards of conduct and accountability.”

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Edinburgh Indiana Police Officer Christopher McAllister Suspended After Arrest For Drunken Attack On Officers At Indanapolis Motor Speedway The Day Before Indy 500 Race

June 23, 2012

EDINBURGH, INDIANA – An Edinburgh police officer accused of attacking officers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month has been put on unpaid leave as a criminal investigation continues.

24-Hour News 8 news partner the Daily Journal reports the Edinburgh Town Council, which serves as town’s police merit commission, voted to place Officer Christopher McAllister, 44, on unpaid leave until the case is resolved in Marion County.

Because the town does not have a policy regarding what to do when an officer is charged with a crime, the newspaper said, Police Chief Pat Pankey allowed him to continue working and deferred the decision on what should be done to the Town Council.

Police said McAllister and his wife were creating a disturbance May 26 at IMS the day before the Indianapolis 500. When officers confronted them, McAllister attacked officers. He faces charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication.

His wife, Shawntel, also resisted officers and even tried to jump on one of them. She was charged with resisting law enforcement and public intoxication.

Dustin Huddleston, the town’s attorney, told the newspaper the council would reconsider McAllister’s status once the criminal case was resolved.

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Twin Rivers California Police Officer Branche Smith, Charged With Beating Handcuffed Inmates, Has Two Drunk Driving Convictions – Last Was With Blood Alcohol Level Three Times Legal Limit

June 23, 2012

SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA – The Twin Rivers Unified School District officer arrested Thursday on four misdemeanor counts of assaulting detainees has two convictions for driving under the influence, including as recently as 2005 when his blood-alcohol level was nearly three times the legal limit.

Branche Smith, 37, was released Thursday on his own recognizance, and is scheduled to appear on the assault charges at an arraignment July 10. He faces up to four years in jail and a fine of $10,000 if found guilty on all four counts.

“We look forward to fighting them and putting on a vigorous defense,” said Christopher Miller, Smith’s attorney.
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In response to Smith’s previous DUI convictions, Miller said Smith paid penalties and served his probation.

“He was hired as a Twin Rivers officer with the district having full knowledge of those charges,” Miller said.

In 2005, Smith pleaded no contest to drunken driven charges in which he had a 0.21 blood-alcohol level. The legal limit is 0.08. Smith had pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in 1997 with a blood-alcohol level of 0.19.

Earlier this month, Smith filed a tort claim against Twin Rivers Unified, in which he said he was subjected to hours of interrogation by the Sacramento Police Department about the allegations of excessive force, despite the expiration of a one-year statute of limitations for a public employer to investigate and propose discipline on an officer.

“The Twin Rivers Police Department was aware of these allegations when they occurred back in September 2010 and May 2011,” Miller said. “They elected not to investigate those allegations.”

In the tort claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, Smith said he was placed on leave one day before he was subpoenaed to appear before a Sacramento County grand jury and that he has been retaliated against for being black.

The embattled Twin Rivers Police Department has been making sweeping changes following intense scrutiny over the past eight months. The department and the school district are the subject of a grand jury investigation, the results of which will be released next week.

“For the size of the Police Department, I get more calls about them than any similarly sized department,” said attorney Stewart Katz, who is well-known for his lawsuits against law enforcement for use-of-force issues.

Katz represents Lawonda Bailey, who is suing the Twin Rivers school district and district police Officer Jason Smith over allegations that Smith used excessive force following a traffic stop. Officer Jason Smith is not related to Officer Branche Smith.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Thursday against Branche Smith, accusing him of choking Demonte Kelly, then 18, and Andrew Latshaw, then 21, and threatening Austin Westall, then 20, with a stun gun.

The men were detained with two others at the Twin Rivers Police Department pre-booking facility about 3 p.m. Sept. 17, 2010, according to court documents.

The five subjects were arrested on Longdale Drive as suspects in various crimes, including obstructing an officer, assaulting an officer, conspiracy, inciting a riot and resisting arrest.

No charges were filed against Kelly, Latshaw or Westall, according to online court records.

Acting Twin Rivers Police Chief Scott LaCosse said Smith was not at the scene during the incident that led to the five subjects being arrested. Smith entered the pre-booking facility later while the subjects were being detained, LaCosse said.

A case summary filed in court documents indicate there were numerous Twin Rivers police officers in pre-booking when Smith entered the room. An officer digitally recorded the events.

The case summary said the accounts of the detained subjects and police officers who witnessed the incidents are consistent in saying that Smith choked Kelly and Latshaw while they were handcuffed and threatened Westall by holding a Taser inches from the suspect’s chest.

In a separate incident May 30, 2011, Smith is accused of kicking Jacob Paul, then 25, in the head while the subject was on the floor at the Sacramento County jail.

Smith originally arrested Paul, a parolee-at-large, after Paul ran when Smith stopped to talk to him, according to the case summary against Smith.

Paul told investigators that Smith pulled over on the side of the freeway and choked him for moving too much in the back seat of the patrol car.

While at the county jail, Smith allegedly entered Paul’s cell and slammed the inmate’s head into a wall. Smith said Paul was resisting, according to court documents.

After entering the cell, a deputy said, “Officer Smith ‘booted’ Paul in the face as Officer Smith walked out the cell.”

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Veteran Harris County Texas Deputy Constable Henry Ervin Williams Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving With 4 Year Old Child In Car – Found Unconscious Behind Wheel On Roadside With Motor Still Running

June 22, 2012

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A Harris County deputy constable was suspended from duty after being charged with driving drunk with his 4-year-old son in the car with him, Local 2 Investigates reported on Friday.

Precinct 3 deputy Henry Ervin Williams, 34, who has patrolled northeast Harris County neighborhoods for the past three years, was booked on a felony charge of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger.

Harris County sheriff’s deputies said they got a call around 4:30 pm. Thursday that a man was passed out behind the wheel on the roadside off Stonefield Manor and C. E. King Parkway.
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Deputies said they arrived to find the engine running, but they were unable to get a response from the driver.

After knocking on the glass with their flashlights, deputies finally got the attention of Williams, who was in his personal car and off duty.

The 4-year-old child was in the passenger seat, according to the police report.
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Veteran Broward County Deputy Sheriff James Ottinger Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Drunken Wreck, Leaving Scene, And Short Chase – Bonus: Deputy Sheriff Sgt. George Anthony III Signed Arrest Report And Was Latter Suspended In Connection With Prostitution Sting

June 19, 2012

COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA — A Broward sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of leaving a crash site while driving drunk, according to an arrest report.

After being pulled over, James Ottinger, 31, allegedly told a Coconut Creek police officer he drank four whiskeys, the arrest report said. A bottle of Wild Turkey bourbon whiskey later was found inside the pickup Ottinger was driving, the report said.

Ottinger, an eight-year sheriff’s deputy who was off duty during the incident, was taken into custody early Wednesday on charges of driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a crash with property damage and careless driving, the report said.

Wednesday, he was suspended with pay, the Sheriff’s Office said. On Monday, the Sheriff’s Office placed him on desk duty, the agency said.

Ottinger, freed from jail on $500 bond last week, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday despite a message left at a listed number. It was unclear whether he had hired an attorney.

The events began about 2 a.m. Wednesday, when a Coconut Creek man called authorities to report that his red Toyota Corolla was struck by a gray Nissan Titan at Coconut Creek Parkway and Lyons Road, police said. The crash had left some damage on the Toyota’s rear bumper, police said.

The Toyota’s driver followed the Nissan after the collision, the report said.

An officer tried to pull over the Nissan by activating his cruiser’s lights and sirens, but the Nissan didn’t immediately stop, the report said. The Nissan then stopped in the 4200 block of Wiles Road, roughly 3 miles north of the crash site, police said.

Ottinger acknowledged he was involved in the collision, saying he had rear-ended a taxi, police said. Ottinger said he waited at the crash site a few minutes, thought the driver of the other vehicle didn’t want to file a report and drove away, police said.

“When I asked how much he drank, Ottinger replied that he had four whiskeys,” a police officer wrote in his report on Ottinger’s arrest.

Ottinger, who smelled of alcohol, was lethargic, had difficulty talking and performed poorly on sobriety tests, police said. Ottinger declined to undergo a breath test, police said.

“Initially Ottinger stated that he had consumed Jack Daniel’s,” the report said. “He later stated that he had consumed Wild Turkey.”

Ottinger’s arrest occurred the same day another sheriff’s deputy was taken into custody in an unrelated incident. Deputy Christian Benenati, 40, was suspended after his arrest last week on the charge he solicited a prostitute in Pompano Beach while off duty, the Sheriff’s Office said.

A sheriff’s arrest report stated Benenati solicited a woman who happened to be a female colleague working undercover.

The deputy who signed Benenati’s arrest report, Sgt. George Anthony III, also was suspended in connection with the prostitution sting, the Sheriff’s Office said. The agency, citing an internal affairs investigation, declined to say why Anthony was suspended.

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Atlanta Georgia Police Officer Jarvis Farley Arrested For Drunk Driving – Said “Oh, For Real?” When Told He Was Clocked At 128 MPH On 55 MPH Roadway – Was Mumbling And Couldn’t Walk A Straight Line

June 19, 2012

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – An Atlanta police officer was arrested for drunk driving last month after reaching speeds over 120 mph, according to a DeKalb County police report obtained Monday.

A DeKalb police officer clocked Jarvis Farley at 128 mph in a 55 mph zone on I-285, near Lavista Road, just before 3 a.m. May 25, police said. The officer pursued Farley, who was driving southbound in a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, until he exited onto Ga. 78 and pulled over.

The officer approached the car, and Farley immediately showed his police identification and apologized for speeding. The officer noted on the report that Farley’s eyes were “very bloodshot and glassy, and he had a strong unknown type alcohol on his breath with his speech being mumbled.”

When told how fast he was driving, Farley replied, “Oh, for real?” according to the report.

Farley told the officer he consumed a “few” beers that night and had been drinking throughout the day.

When the officer asked him to perform a walking test, Farley stumbled and failed to maintain a straight line, police said. The officer administered a field alcohol breath test, which indicated a positive result for alcohol.

Farley was then placed under arrest. As the officer searched him, he found an unopened miniature bottle of Tequila in the motorist’s left cargo shorts pocket. Farley was taken to jail and submitted an official alcohol breath test, which showed a .142 blood alcohol content.

Farley was charged with DUI, speeding and reckless driving, according to the report. A spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department said he has been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation.

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Broward County Florida Deputy Sheriff James Ottinger Arrested After Drunken Wreck And Leaving The Scene

June 17, 2012

COCONUT CREEK, FLORIDA – A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested on driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident with damages, and careless driving charges.

Coconut Creek Police arrested Deputy James Ottinger on Wednesday, June 13, at 3 a.m. in the morning.

The police report has yet to be released, but according to sources, Ottinger had an accident and then fled the scene.

His employment status is not immediately known.

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New York City Police Officer Michael Pena Found Guilty On Sex Charges After Raping Schoolteacher At Gunpoint – Will Spend At Least 75 Years To Life In Prison – More Charges Pending

June 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – A former police officer who grabbed a schoolteacher off the street and sexually attacked her was sentenced Monday to at least three quarters of a century in prison after being convicted of high-level sex charges, though a jury couldn’t decide whether he was guilty of rape.

After staying silent during his trial, Michael Pena apologized to the victim and said he deserved to be punished, though his lawyer later said Pena was shocked at getting the maximum: 75 years to life.

“If I could go back in time, to the day of this incident, and somehow grab myself by the shoulder … I have no explanation for what happened that day,” Pena said softly, his remarks punctuated by long silences. “I will just have that guilt for the rest of my life.”

“My life has been shattered – my sense of security, my sense of safety, any and all independence,” she said, with a supporter by her side, holding her arm. She wept after she finished speaking.

A three-year officer who was engaged to be married, Pena was wrapping up an alcohol-soaked night of trying to pick up women when he accosted the teacher on an Upper Manhattan street early one morning last August, according to trial evidence.

She testified that Pena forced her into an apartment building courtyard and raped her at gunpoint, threatening to shoot her in the face with his police service weapon.

Pena’s lawyer, Ephraim Savitt, said the officer attacked the woman but never had intercourse with her, a requirement for a rape conviction. The defense said the woman was so terrified that she was mistaken about the extent of what had happened.

A resident of the building heard the attack and called police, who learned Pena was an officer only as they arrested him. One officer said he threw Pena’s badge to the ground in disgust.

Pena “showed by his deplorable conduct that he is not one of New York’s finest,” Manhattan state Supreme Court Justice Richard Carruthers said at the sentencing. “Michael Pena is, instead, a sexual predator.”

Pena told authorities he was drunk and didn’t remember what had happened. No tests were done, so his blood-alcohol level was never established. But the judge took aim at Pena’s claim, noting that surveillance video captured Pena steadily trailing the woman, and that Pena tried to mislead witnesses and the responding officers about what was happening.

“The evidence proved conclusively that Michael Pena acted purposefully and intentionally throughout this dreadful incident,” Carruthers said.

Jurors convicted Pena in March of some of the top charges in the case, including predatory sexual assault, an offense that involves wielding a weapon during certain sex crimes. It carried the potential for life in prison.

But jurors deadlocked on rape charges. Pena is due back in court May 23 for prosecutors to say whether they plan to retry him on those charges.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. called Pena’s 75-year-to-life term “an appropriate sentence that takes the viciousness of the defendant’s crime into account.” Vance’s office had no immediate comment Monday on its plans regarding the remaining rape charges.

Meanwhile, Savitt said he was exploring a potential appeal for Pena.

Pena was fired from the police force after his arrest.

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Cheraw South Carolina Police Officer David Warren Watson Arrested, Fired, And Charged With Drunk Driving In Unmarked Patrol Car

June 7, 2012

CHERAW, SOUTH CAROLINA – Suspicious driving in the parking lot at Bojangle’s in Chesterfield, at nearly 3 a.m. Saturday morning, prompted a concerned citizen to call the police, and ultimately led to the arrest of David Warren Watson, an off-duty Cheraw police officer, for driving his unmarked police car under the influence of alcohol, according to police.

According to the incident report from the Chesterfield Police Department, the responding officer, Cpl. Robert Adams, saw a vehicle leaving the parking lot at Bojangle’s that matched the description given; a white car with tinted windows. The report said the caller had seen the car “backing around in circles and pulling up parallel with the building in the truck section of the parking lot.”

Adams followed the vehicle and said he was planning “to perform a traffic stop to identify the subject and inquire why the subject was in the parking lot at that time of night,” when the suspect turned into the driveway at 911 W. Main Street in Chesterfield, Watson’s home.

Adams turned on his blue lights and pulled in behind the suspect. When the suspect got out of the car, Adams recognized him as a member of the Cheraw Police force. He also noted that Watson was barefooted, wearing shorts and a t-shirt, and had a “slurred speech,” the report said.

Although no open containers, or other evidence, was found in the car, Adams said “there was an odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle as well as from his person.”

The report said, “Watson admitted that he had been drinking earlier that day.” However, he refused to take a field sobriety test, police said.

Watson was told to wait by the car for minute, but instead, followed Adams toward the patrol car in a “wide and erratic step,” said Adams, “which inferred that he was impaired.”

Adams then asked Watson to stand at the rear of his patrol car while he put in a call to Chesterfield Police Chief Eric Hewitt. When Adams looked back over his shoulder, Watson “was going inside the door of the house” and managed to lock the wooden door just as Adams reached the storm door.

Watson then refused to respond or to unlock the door. It was not until after Lt. Lisenby prepared a search warrant, and went to Judge Davis’ residence to get it approved and signed, that Watson emerged, police said.

“Upon return Chief Hewitt and Keith Thomas from the Cheraw Police Department had talked Watson into coming out,” said Adams. He was arrested without further incident.

Cheraw Chief of Police Jay Brooks has issued this statement: “David Watson is a fine officer and person who has made a very dangerous mistake. We deeply regret this for him, his family and friends, and this department.

“He will be afforded the full ‘due process’ of the law, as anyone would, however due to violation of several department and town policies, Mr. Watson is terminated effective immediately. The men and women in law enforcement are held to a higher standard, as are all people that work in public service,” Brooks said.

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Kings County California Deputy Sheriff Scott Randall Ward Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Showing Up For Work Drunk

June 6, 2012

HANFORD, CALIFORNIA —Officials say a Kings County Sheriff’s deputy has been placed on administrative leave after he allegedly blundered into work drunk on Monday.

Deputy Scott Randall Ward, 49, aroused suspicion late Monday when a concerned citizen reported smelling alcohol on his breath, sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities called Ward back to the Sheriff’s Office and asked the California Highway Patrol to investigate.

The nine-year KCSO veteran failed a field sobriety test, according to a Sheriff’s Office press statement, and admitted to officers that he had an alcoholic beverage before coming on duty.

“Just because he’s a deputy sheriff doesn’t mean he is above the law,” Assistant Sheriff Dave Putnam said.

“We had good reason to believe he was under the influence and dealt with it immediately.”

Deputies booked Ward into the Kings County Jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. He later posted bail.

Putnam said he has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal affairs investigation.

It’s been a bad several months for law enforcement in Kings County.

In December, Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Simpson was arrested for theft and fraud on duty. He later pleaded guilty in March and is now serving time on house arrest.

Then, in May, the Hanford Police Department arrested one of their own for allegedly distributing drugs.

Ernesto Servin, 30, resigned from the department after investigators found marijuana, methamphetamine, prescription drugs and a handgun stashed in his car.

“We don’t usually see this kind of thing here in Kings County,” Putnam said.

“These on-duty criminal acts reflect badly on us, but the majority of our deputy sheriffs are very ethical and hold themselves to a high ethical standard.

“We’re not proud of what they’ve done. But we won’t try to hide it, either.”

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Veteran Los Banos California Police Officer Alfonso Flores Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After Beating On His Wife In A Bar

June 6, 2012

LOS BANOS, CALIFORNIA – A Los Banos police officer is facing charges for allegedly hitting his wife at a bar and grill last month.

Alfonso Flores, 28, of Los Banos was arrested on May 25 on suspicion of misdemeanor battery against a spouse without injury. Police Chief Gary Brizzee said Flores, who was off duty at the time, was at a bar when he struck his wife.

Police were called to the bar, located in the 1400 block of E. Pacheco Boulevard inside España’s Southwest Bar & Grill, at 10:11 p.m.

Officers spoke with Flores’ wife who reportedly said her husband assaulted her during an argument.

Brizzee declined to state whether Flores was intoxicated at the time of the incident. Flores was booked into the Los Banos Jail and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. He posted bail the same evening and was released.

Flores is a nearly six-year veteran of the police force. Brizzee said the department’s morale is affected anytime one of its own is involved in an such an incident. “It affects morale in a number of different ways,” he said. “The last thing I want is to have the police department shown in a bad light, but we have to do our job no matter who it is.”

Brizzee said an internal investigation into the incident will happen, regardless of the outcome of the criminal allegations. He said the outcome of the internal investigation could range from exoneration to termination.

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Edinburgh Indiana Police Officer Christopher McAllister Still On Duty After He And His Wife’s Arrest For Assaulting Police Officers At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

June 5, 2012

EDINBURGH, INDIANA – The Edinburgh Police Officer accused of attacking several officers at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the day before the Indianapolis 500 is still on the job. We spoke to Edinburgh Police Chief Patrick Pankey Monday afternoon to learn the status of officer Christopher McAllister, who along with his wife Shawntel McAllister, was arrested on May 26th in the 2100 block of Georgetown Road in Indianapolis.

According to reports, officers were called to the location over a loud disturbance between the two. When the officer approached, McAllister allegedly slammed his beer bottle into the ground, yelled at and then grabbed the officer. Additional officers were called to the scene, but McAllister allegedly continued to resist, chest bumping one officer and striking him with an elbow. Reports indicated that Shawntel McAllister jumped on the back of an officer and tried to free her husband.

Christopher McAllister is facing charges of “Battery”, “Resisting Law Enforcement” and “Public Intoxication.” Shawntel McAllister is facing charges of “Resisting Law Enforcement” and “Public Intoxication.”

Chief Pankey says he will make a decision on how to proceed with McAllister and any potential punishment after he appears in court. No court date has been set at this time.

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Martin County Florida Deputy Sheriff Kurt Abbott Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Drunk Driving

May 30, 2012

STUART, FLORIDA – A former Marlins baseball player turned Martin County Sheriff’s deputy is facing a DUI charge. His name is Kurt Abbott, and he’s on administrative leave while the case works its way through the court system.

We knocked on Abbott’s door at Spruce Ridge Drive in Stuart. No one answered.

Abbott has been a Martin County Sheriff’s deputy since 2006, and Marlins fans will remember him playing shortstop for the 1997 World Series Champs.

His neighbors praise Abbott.

“He’s helped when I’ve had to call him in the middle of the night, home alone kind of thing,” said Karyn McChrystal, Abbott’s Neighbor.

“My son tends to drive a little fast sometimes, and he was a great mentor for him,” said June Greisen, also a neighbor.

A Martin County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman says Deputy Abbott was off-duty when he was seen driving too fast around 3 a.m. Saturday on Martin Downs Boulevard in Palm City.

A Stuart Police officer reportedly clocked him doing more than 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. He said Abbott was drifting out of his lane. A fellow deputy arrived on scene, and the affidavit says Abbott smelled of alcohol, appeared to have bloodshot eyes and had slurred speech. The report adds that he refused both a field sobriety test and a breath test at the Martin County Jail. It also says he cursed and yelled.

Diego Asencio, with Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says law enforcement officials have gotten serious about people driving under the influence.

“Law enforcement’s very tuned in to how DUI ruins lives. How people’s lives are totally destroyed by DUI, and so there’s zero tolerance,” said Asencio.

Our partners at Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers note that Abbott’s personnel files includes several commendations, including one from 2006, when he rescued a resident from a burning building. Neighbors summed up their feelings.

“I’m surprised. Shocked. And I’m hoping things will work out for him and his family, whatever’s going on there,” said McChrystal.

The case has been handed over to the State Attorney’s Office for investigation. Abbott posted a $500 bond on Saturday.

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Monroe County New York Deputy Sheriff Paul Doser Arrested After Drunken Wreck With Child In Car

May 26, 2012

HAMLIN, NEW YORK – A Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy is facing felony DWI charges under Leandra’s Law.

The sheriff’s department says Sergeant Paul Doser, 40, was arrested after sheriff’s deputies responded to a crash on Brick Schoolhouse Road in Hamlin. When Police arrived they came across the overturned vehicle in the field.

Doser had two passengers in the car, one of which was a 6-year old. He child was transported to an area hospital as a precaution. Doser and the other passenger were uninjured.

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Former Barnstable Massachusetts Police Officer Edmund Scipione Sentenced To Just 6 Months In Prison For 7 1/2 Hour Drunken Drive With 9 Year Old Boy In Car

May 26, 2012

TAUNTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A former Barnstable police officer has been sentenced to six months in prison for taking a 9-year-old boy on a 7 ½-hour drunken car ride to a youth baseball game.

Edmund Scipione pleaded guilty Thursday to drunken driving and child endangerment in connection with the ride last July that ended with the frightened boy jumping from the vehicle in Swansea.

Scipione was a coach on the boy’s baseball team and was driving him to an all-star tournament in Rehoboth.

The Cape Cod Times reported that Scipione, 42, was sentenced to 30 days for drunken driving and five months for child endangerment.

He resigned from the Barnstable police in September.

Scipione apologized in court, saying he was “remorseful, guilt-ridden and ashamed.” He has been receiving treatment.

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Veteran Tucson Arizona Police Officer Lynsey Coutts Was Only Three Time Over State Alcohol Limit While Speeding To Work – Already On Radar For Alcohol Use, Department Intends To Give Her The Boot

May 23, 2012

TUCSON, ARIZONA – A four-year veteran of the Tucson Police Department was arrested this morning after a DUI test revealed she was driving to work with a BAC of 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit.

Coutts was scheduled to begin work at 9 a.m. this morning, but called a supervisor at about 9:20 a.m., saying she was driving fast on Interstate 10 and was in fear of colliding with other vehicles on the roadway, the release states. The supervisor convinced Coutts to exit the freeway and pull over. She did, and police personal responded to the Avra Valley I-10 exit.

According to the TPD release, Department of Public Safety officers also responded and conducted a DUI investigation. Tucson Police officers conducted a Preliminary Breath Test that revealed Coutts had a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.235, nearly three times the legal limit.

DPS personnel placed her under arrest for various charges associated with Driving Under the Influence, the release states.

Since March 2012, Officer Lynsey Coutts has been subject to a Conditions of Continued Employment contract to address concerns about her use of alcohol, according to a news release from the Tucson Police Department.

Because she violated a condition of her March 2012 employment contract, Coutts was served with a Notice of Intent to Terminate this afternoon, the release states. The Civil Service Hearing relating to her termination is scheduled for May 29, 2012.

“The Tucson Police Department treats all allegations of criminal acts or misconduct by employees as serious, especially criminal acts or misconduct occurring while employees are on-duty,” the TPD release states. “Ms. Coutts’ actions are not representative of the nearly 1400 men and women of the Tucson Police Department who serve their community with integrity and put their lives on the line each day.”

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Drunk New York City Police Officer Eduardo Cornejo Arrested And Charged With Criminal Trespass After Changing Seats And Refusing To Move At Baseball Game

May 19, 2012

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – An off-duty NYPD cop ended up arrested Wednesday night for moving to a better seat at Citi Field, then refusing to budge when security cried foul.

Officer Eduardo Cornejo had a legit ticket to the Mets’ sad 6-3 drubbing by the Cincinnati Reds, but ballpark management confronted him once they realized he was stretched out in a seat better than the one he had purchased.

“He was in a section he wasn’t supposed to be,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. “They asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. [A] supervisor asked him to leave. He wouldn’t. The uniformed police sergeant asked him to leave. He wouldn’t, and he was arrested as a result.”

The obstinate 30-year-old was arraigned on criminal trespass charges Thursday and released.

When Cornejo and a woman arrived at his Staten Island home afterward, he was sporting a Mets cap.

“I’m sorry but I have no comment,” Cornejo said.

He works within the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn and has been with the NYPD since 2005.

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Trial To Begin For Former Windsor Locks Connecticut Police Officer Michael Koistinen – Killed Bicyclist In 70 MPH Drunken Wreck – Father, Police Officer Robert Koistinen, Also Faces Trial For Hindering Investigation

May 19, 2012

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT – Nineteen months after teenager Henry Dang was struck and killed while riding his bicycle in Windsor Locks, jury selection is set to begin for the trial of a former police officer accused of crashing into the high school sophomore.

The prosecution and defense in the case of Michael Koistinen of Suffield are scheduled to start picking jurors Monday in Hartford Superior Court. The trial is slated to begin June 19.

The former police officer is charged with first-degree manslaughter, misconduct with a motor vehicle and tampering with evidence in the Oct. 30, 2010, accident that killed the 15-year-old Dang. Koistinen, 26, faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all three charges.

Police say Koistinen had been drinking beer and other alcoholic beverages for several hours, including outside a University of Connecticut football game and at a Suffield bar, before he struck Dang at more than 70 mph in a 35 mph zone. One of the Windsor Locks officers who responded to the scene was Koistinen’s father, Sgt. Robert Koistinen.

A state police investigation found that Robert Koistinen drove his son away from the crash site to the police station and back as many as three times, and later prevented an investigating officer from interviewing and getting a blood sample from Michael Koistinen when he was treated at a hospital.

Robert Koistinen was charged with hindering the investigation and awaits trial. Both father and son were fired from the police department.

An 82-page independent investigation report found a series of problems with the way police responded to the accident, including officials’ failure to question Michael Koistinen about possible alcohol consumption at the scene and their failure to test his blood-alcohol level. The report found no evidence of a cover-up, but faulted department officials for a lack of leadership and poor management.

Troopers said authorities found an unopened 30-pack of beer, several other unopened beer containers and many bottle caps in Michael Koistinen’s car. They also said a beer glass was found near the scene and officials believe Koistinen threw it from his car, which resulted in the tampering with evidence charge. Police and paramedics at the scene said they didn’t notice any signs of Koistinen being intoxicated.

Because a blood test wasn’t done, authorities said they couldn’t charge Koistinen with drunken driving. Court records show that hospital officials destroyed a urine sample from Koistinen under hospital policy before police obtained a search warrant for Koistinen’s medical records.

Michael Koistinen’s former lawyer had denied allegations that Koistinen was drunk, and blamed the accident on the night’s darkness.

Dang’s family settled its wrongful death suit against Michael Koistinen and a former tavern owner last year for $420,000.

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Douchebag Pasco County Florida Detention Deputy Brian Pratt Arrested, Suspended, And Charged With Taking Pictured Of Woman Passed Out At Party And Sending Pictures To Her Ex-Husband And Daughter

May 17, 2012

NEW PORT RICHEY, FLORIDA – A long night of drinking, a naked woman and a 51-year-old man with an ax to grind all ended with the arrest of a Pasco County Jail detention deputy.

Brian Pratt was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon of charges of lewd and lascivious assault and video voyeurism.

According to an arrest report, Pratt helped a woman who’d had too much to drink at a party. She passed out and had no idea she’d been photographed.

But according to the report, Pratt did more than snap a few pictures.

“From there, he printed out some of these photos and mailed them to the victim’s ex-husband and daughter,” according to Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.

When investigators confronted Pratt with some of the evidence, he admitted taking pictures of the woman getting sick. When asked if he’d taken the nude photos, he responded “…I don’t remember if I did or not.”

Pratt, however, brought the pictures to work and talked about them.

“He showed them to a fellow detention deputy,” Doll said. “This fellow detention deputy did come forward eventually and along with the victim along with the reports of what happened lead to the investigation.”

The report says Pratt sent the pictures to her ex-husband and boyfriend for revenge. The report does not explain the motive for the revenge. Pratt is on administrative e leave and under internal affairs investigation.

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Little Rock Arkansas Police Officer Theddus McRae Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Drunk Driving

May 16, 2012

SHERWOOD, ARKANSAS – A central Arkansas police officer is out of jail after being arrested for DWI. Sherwood Police say they arrested a Little Rock Police officer early Saturday morning on drunk driving charges.

Sherwood police say they pulled over 40 year old Theddus McRae, around 4:30 Saturday morning, after his vehicle crossed the centerline and they also noticed he had a headlight and brake light out.

The police report of the incident says the arresting officer attempted to administer a field sobriety test without success. McRae is accused of DWI and refusing to submit to the sobriety test.

The Little Rock Police officer is on paid leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

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US Marshal And Former Veteran Imperial County Deputy Sheriff Jesus Lopez Arrested, Gets A Brutal Beating From Two Imperial California Police Officers After Refusing Field Sobriety Test

May 13, 2012

IMPERIAL, CALIFORNIA — A retired sheriff’s deputy initially suspected of impaired driving posted bail early Friday after being struck with a baton on his legs during an encounter with two Imperial police officers.

Jesus Lopez, 49, who works for the U.S. Marshal’s Office, was arrested and booked into the county jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and assaulting a peace officer with a deadly weapon following the 12:49 a.m. incident on Aten Road west of Highway 86.

The incident involving Lopez follows another encounter with Imperial police that occurred in July 2010 when 22-year-old motorist Edmund “Bubba” Gutierrez died after a violent struggle with two officers.

Coroner’s officials ruled Gutierrez’s death as a technical homicide since he was in police custody, but the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office cleared officers Eric Granado and Joseph Garibaldi because there was insufficient evidence to charge them with any wrongdoing.

A federal wrongful death lawsuit has been filed, naming Imperial, the IPD and Granado and Garibaldi as defendants.

A Border Patrol agent reported seeing Lopez weaving in the road and alerted Imperial Police, Police Chief Miguel Colon said.

The impaired driving call escalated into violence when, Colon said, Lopez acted belligerently with officers, refused to take a sobriety test and refused to cooperate with officers.

Lopez never attacked the officers Colon identified as Cpl. Albert Valenzuela and Edmond Escallada. Valenzuela used the baton while Escallada used pepper spray in the effort to arrest Lopez, who Colon described as a former power lifter.

Two Border Patrol agents at the scene assisted in the arrest that was captured by a camera mounted on one of the patrol cars and which corroborates Colon’s version of the event, he said.

Colon’s candor over the matter involving Lopez contrasted with how much information the IPD released at the time of Gutierrez’s death almost two years ago.

“I’m really dismayed over how a retired law enforcement officer showed so much belligerence toward other officers,” Colon said.

Lopez was in the process of covering the $50,000 bond when his attorney Bob Espinoza showed up at the county jail. Espinoza decried how his client was treated at the hands of police and strongly denounced the allegations against Lopez, adding that the circumstances surrounding the baton beating are untrue.

“He was hurting so bad,” Espinoza said. “The beating that was administered to an unarmed, defenseless man was a stupid act of a coward.”

Even though officers told Lopez that they didn’t smell alcohol on him, they still had to conduct a check in order to make a determination of his sobriety before he could be released, Colon said.

That involved conducting what police call a “field sobriety test,” which Lopez flatly refused, Colon said. Lopez was never Tasered during the incident as IPD officers no longer have Taser devices, Colon said.

Lopez, according to Colon, told the officers “I’m not going with you” and refused to move, keeping his hands up but acting in an uncooperative manner.

Lopez, who Colon said is a 24-year veteran of the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office, kept moving back into his vehicle.

“He refused to turn around and get handcuffed,” Colon said of Lopez, and since the officers had no idea “what state of mind” Lopez was in, force was used to arrest him. Colon described the use of the baton as a “distraction blow.”

Valenzuela has not been placed on administrative leave, Colon said.

Imperial Mayor Doug Cox said he was apprised of what happened.

“It’s under investigation and really that’s all I can say about it,” Cox said.

Espinoza emphatically denied Colon’s version of how the event played out. When “the dust is cleared” the truth will come out as one or two witnesses will attest, Espinoza said.

“The allegations (aren’t) true and you’ll see the brutality that was involved,” he said.

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El Paso County Texas Deputy Sheriff Raymundo Carranza Arrested, Suspended, Charged After Hit And Run That Nearly Killed His Victim

May 12, 2012

EL PASO, TEXAS – El Paso Police said an off-duty El Paso County Sheriff’s deputy is responsible for colliding with a pedestrian, killing him early Saturday.

Authorities said the pedestrian was changing a tire to his Honda Civic. At the same time Raymundo Carranza, who has been identified as an off-duty El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy, drove a 2007 Honda Ridgeline eastbound on Spur 601.

Carranza struck the pedestrian and his Honda Civic killing the pedestrian before fleeing the scene in his vehicle.

While STI officers were investigating this collision, Carranza returned to the scene. Authorities arrested him and placed him under arrest. They booked him on one count of an Accident Involving Personal Injury or Death. His bond is $25,000.

Investigators are awaiting toxicology results to determine if alcohol is a contributing factor in this deadly collision.

El Paso County Sheriff Richard Wiles was notified of the incident and had Carranza relieved of duty and placed on administrative leave without pay pending their internal investigation.

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Hancock County Indiana Coroner Tamara Vangundy Arrested After Driving Drunk To Death Investigation Scene

May 3, 2012

GREENFIELD, INDIANA – The Hancock County coroner is in jail facing drunken driving charges.

Tamara Vangundy was arrested early Thursday morning after she showed up on a death investigation in New Palestine apparently drunk.

A breathalyzer was administered around 12:20 Thursday morning and she tested twice the legal limit at .16, police officials say. Vangundy was taken to the Hancock County Jail.

Vangundy told police she had 18 ounces of wine — or about three-quarters of a typical bottle of wine — during a one hour period at a friend’s house. She said she stopped drinking at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The coroner was stumbling and swaying at the scene, court documents say. She drove her personal vehicle to the death scene, because she said she thought she might be too intoxicated to drive the county-owned van.

Court documents indicate that Vangundy is facing an operating while intoxicated charge and a charge of official misconduct.

In Tuesday’s primary election, Vangundy is running unopposed for re-election. She’s the half sister of Greenfield Police Chief John Jester.

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Babysitters To Accompany Secret Service Agents To Keep Them From Overdrinking, Bringing Whores To Their Hotel Rooms, And Out Of Sleazy Bars

April 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Embarrassed by a prostitution scandal, the Secret Service will assign chaperones on some trips to enforce new rules of conduct that make clear that excessive drinking, entertaining foreigners in their hotel rooms and cavorting in disreputable establishments are no longer tolerated.

The stricter measures, issued by the Secret Service on Friday for agents and employees, apply even when traveling personnel are off duty.

The policies, outlined in a memorandum obtained by The Associated Press, are the agency’s latest attempt to respond to the scandal that surfaced as President Barack Obama was headed to a Latin American summit in Cartagena, Colombia, earlier this month.

The embattled Secret Service director, Mark Sullivan, urged agents and other employees to “consider your conduct through the lens of the past several weeks.”

Sullivan said the rules “cannot address every situation that our employees will face as we execute our dual-missions throughout the world.” He added: “The absence of a specific, published standard of conduct covering an act or behavior does not mean that the act is condoned, is permissible or will not call for — and result in — corrective or disciplinary action.”

“All employees have a continuing obligation to confront expected abuses or perceived misconduct,” Sullivan said.

Ethics classes will be conducted for agency employees next week.

The changes were intended to staunch the embarrassing disclosures since April 13, when a prostitution scandal erupted in Cartagena involving 12 Secret Service agents, officers and supervisors and 12 more enlisted military personnel who were there ahead of Obama’s visit to the Summit of the Americas.

But the new policies raised questions about claims that the behavior discovered in Cartagena was an isolated incident: Why would the Secret Service formally issue new regulations covering thousands of employees if such activities were a one-time occurrence?

“It’s too bad common-sense policy has to be dictated in this manner,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “New conduct rules are necessary to preventing more shenanigans from happening in the future, and whether these are the best, and most cost effective, rules to stop future misconduct remains to be seen.”

The rules did not mention prostitutes or strip clubs. But they prohibit employees from allowing foreigners, except hotel staff or foreign law enforcement colleagues, into their hotel rooms. They also ban visits to “nonreputable” establishments, which were not defined. The State Department was expected to brief Secret Service employees on trips about areas and businesses considered off-limits to them.

During trips in which the presidential limousine and other bulletproof vehicles are transported by plane, senior-level chaperones will accompany agents and enforce conduct rules, including one from the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility.

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., praised the new rules as “very positive steps by the Secret Service to make clear what is expected of every agent and also makes clear what will not be tolerated.”

The Secret Service has forced eight employees from their jobs and was seeking to revoke the security clearance of another employee, which would effectively force him to resign. Three others have been cleared of serious wrongdoing. The military was conducting its own, separate investigation but canceled the security clearances of all 12 enlisted personnel.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured senator this week that the incident in Colombia appeared to be an isolated case, saying she would be surprised if it represented a broader cultural problem. The next day, the Secret Service acknowledged it was investigating whether its employees hired strippers and prostitutes in advance of Obama’s visit last year to El Salvador. Prostitution is legal in both Colombia and El Salvador.

“If they are true, the emergence of these anecdotes about past Secret Service misconduct is precisely why our committee will be trying to determine if such behavior is widespread,” said Sen. Joe Lieberman, R-Conn., who heads the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The committee has asked Sullivan for information “related to misconduct by agents on assignment,” he said.

In a confidential message to senators on Thursday, the Secret Service said its Office of Professional Responsibility had not received complaints about officer behavior in El Salvador but would investigate.

On Capitol Hill, early signs surfaced of eroding support for the Secret Service director. Grassley said Sullivan’s job could be secure if the scandal were an isolated incident. “But if it goes much deeper, you know, nothing happens or nothing’s changed in Washington if heads don’t roll,” Grassley said on CBS “This Morning.”

The White House said the president remained supportive of Sullivan and confident in the capabilities of the Secret Service.

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Indianapolis Indiana Police Chief Paul Ciesielski Steps Down After Evidence Screw Up In Case Of Officer Who Killed One And Injured Others In Drunken Patrol Car Wreck

April 19, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – Who could have imagined that one blood sample would cause so much trouble?

It has raised suspicion about the competence of the city’s police department. It has raised concerns about whether justice can be served. And now — now that this blood sample has been mishandled yet again — it has toppled the chief of police.

Paul Ciesielski resigned Tuesday as chief of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, the same day that Mayor Greg Ballard announced that blood drawn from suspended officer David Bisard had been improperly moved and possibly ruined.

Bisard is awaiting trial in the crash that killed one motorcyclist and injured two others on Aug. 6, 2010. A blood draw that was botched by IMPD had indicated Bisard’s blood-alcohol level was 0.19 when his patrol car hit the motorcycles, which would be well above Indiana’s 0.08 legal threshhold for driving drunk.

“At best, this matter shows gross incompetence; at worst, possible criminal intent,” Ballard said at a news conference with Indianapolis Public Safety Director Frank Straub. “I want to express how angry and disgusted I am that this happened.”

The FBI will probe why — despite a judge’s explicit instructions to preserve Bisard’s blood samples for further testing — a second vial was moved from a refrigerated compartment in a property room in the City-County Building to an unrefrigerated area of a backup property room at the IMPD Training Academy, 10th Street and Post Road.

Straub said Ciesielski will remain a captain with the department, but his assignment hasn’t been determined yet.

In addition to the resignation of Ciesielski, who did not return a message left on his cellphone Tuesday, IMPD Deputy Chief of Professional Standards Valerie Cunningham was placed on paid suspension.

Lt. Paula Irwin, who was in charge of the property room, and Teresa Brockbrader, a civilian employee, also have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Deputy Director for Community Affairs Rick Hite was appointed acting chief.

Ballard and Straub stopped short of saying the blood was intentionally tampered with, but its mishandling was met with disbelief by several observers, including Aaron Wells, whose 30-year-old son, Eric Wells, was killed in the crash.

“All of the so-called blunders at the beginning of this case, and a year and a half later to still have them butchering evidence,” Wells said, “it’s absolutely devastating to all of us.”

Following the improper blood draw after the crash, this is now the second time Bisard’s blood has been improperly cared for.

“It is laughable,” said Fran Watson, clinical professor of law at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. “And not in a good way. In a you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-me way. It’s the Police Department’s job to maintain evidence in a form that it’s admissible.”

Prosecutor Terry Curry said his office discovered that Bisard’s blood had been moved last week when Hawkins granted prosecutors’ request to test the second vial.

At first, Curry said, they weren’t sure whether it simply had been moved to another refrigerated area or whether it was unrefrigerated. Curry said his office confirmed Monday that the blood wasn’t refrigerated.

Still, Curry said the mishandling likely won’t affect prosecutors’ case against Bisard. Storing the blood in an unrefrigerated area means the alcohol content might be compromised, Curry said, but the DNA should still be intact. Testing the second vial was a precaution, he said, and there’s enough blood in the first vial to have an independent lab retest it.

“We are currently working with an independent lab to clarify the implications of testing the blood from the second vial,” Curry said.

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12 US Secret Service Agents Who Were Supposed To Protect Obama At International Summit Relieved Of Duty And Shipped Home Due To Misconduct With Columbian Prostitutes And Alcohol

April 14, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – A dozen Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security for President Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty over alleged misconduct.

A caller who said he had knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute that.

A U.S. official, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity, put the number of agents sent home at 12. Secret Service was not releasing the number of personnel involved.

The incident threatened to overshadow Obama’s economic and trade agenda at the summit and embarrass the U.S. The White House had no comment, but also did not dispute the allegations.

In Washington, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan would not confirm that prostitution was involved, saying only that there had been “allegations of misconduct” made against Secret Service personnel in Cartagena for the summit.

Donovan said the allegations of misconduct were related to activity before the president’s arrival Friday night and did not impact security plans for Obama’s trip.

Obama attended a leaders’ dinner Friday night at Cartagena’s historic Spanish fortress and was due to attend summit meetings with regional leaders Saturday and Sunday.

The Washington Post reported that Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, said the accusations related to at least one agent having involvement with prostitutes in Cartagena. The association represents federal law enforcement officers, including the Secret Service.

Adler later told the AP that he had heard that there were allegations of prostitution, but he had no specific knowledge of any wrongdoing.

The agents were staying at Cartagena’s Hotel Caribe, which is also hosting members of the White House staff and press corps during the summit

A hotel employee, speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing his job, said the agents arrived at the beachfront hotel about a week ago. The employee described the agents as drinking heavily during their stay.

The employee said the agents left the hotel Thursday, a day before Obama and other regional leaders arrived for the weekend summit.

The hotel’s public relations chief had no comment.

Those involved had been sent back to their permanent place of duty and were being replaced by other agency personnel, Donovan said. The matter was turned over to the agency’s Office of Professional Responsibility, which handles the agency’s internal affairs.

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New Haven Connecticut Police Officer Lawrence Burns, Charles Kim, And Krzystof Ruszczyk Arrested After Firing Guns Outside Bar And Interfering With A Police Officer

April 6, 2012

NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT – Three police officers were arrested on charges of interfering with a police officer, and two of them were charged with unlawfully discharging their guns.

The arrests followed an investigation into a claim that one or more off-duty officers illegally fired guns early Sunday outside a bar. No injuries were reported.

Police said Friday that Officers Lawrence Burns and Charles Kim were charged with interfering with a police officer, unlawful discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment, while Officer Krzystof Ruszczyk was charged with interfering with a police officer. They were placed on administrative leave and were ordered to surrender their weapons.

The interfering charge was because the officers left the scene after they were told by a responding officer to remain, police spokesman Officer David Hartman said. The officers were not firing their guns at anyone, he said.

Police say they voluntarily surrendered and are due in court April 20 for arraignment.

It was unclear if the officers had attorneys. A message was left with the police union.

Mayor John DeStefano called the officers’ behavior “unacceptable.”

“It is not representative of the hard work and commitment of the men and women of the police department,” he said. “The police department’s action is appropriate.”

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President Obama’s Drunk Driving Illegal Immigrant Uncle Gets License Back In Massachusetts A Week After It Was Revoked

April 3, 2012

MASSACHUSETTS – Just a week after he copped a plea in a drunken-driving rap, President Obama’s illegal-alien uncle has landed a hardship driver’s license from the Registry of Motor Vehicles, making it perfectly legal for him to drive in Massachusetts — even though the feds say he doesn’t belong here.

Onyango Obama, 67, who lost his regular license for 45 days last week, scored his limited license yesterday from the Registry’s Wilmington branch, after convincing a hearing officer that life without wheels would have posed an undue hardship on his livelihood as a liquor-store manager. Obama bolstered his case with a letter from his employer, Conti Liquors, as well as proof that he’d enrolled in an alcohol-treatment program.

“He met all of the criteria,” RMV spokeswoman Sara Lavoie said.

Of the state’s decision to award Obama a license even though the federal government considers him an illegal alien, Lavoie would only say, “Registry business is based on Registry records.”

The license allows Obama to drive from noon to midnight.

The license award drew fire from one advocate of tough enforcement on illegals, Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.

“Our democracy is predicated on law,” Hodgson said. “When we start to interpret these laws differently and manipulate them the way we want them to work for certain people, we start to send a mixed message to people that the law doesn’t really matter. Its subject to interpretation. You don’t have to follow the law. They find ways to justify it. We need the laws to be very clear. We need ‘no’ to mean ‘no’ again.”

Hodgson, along with sheriffs in Plymouth and Worcester counties, stood up for Secure Communities, a program that feeds local police fingerprint checks into federal databases to check the citizenship status of accused criminals. Gov. Deval Patrick has refused to enroll the state in the program.

Obama, a Kenyan national, lost his license last week after admitting in court that Framingham cops had sufficient evidence to convict him in an August OUI bust. His lawyer, P. Scott Bratton, said Obama has an immigration hearing next month.

A judge continued Obama’s OUI case without a finding for one year, meaning he’ll face no further punishment if he stays out of trouble. Obama is the half-brother of President Obama’s late father, and the older brother of Zeituni Onyango, who was granted asylum in 2010.

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Hero To Zero: Hundreds Of Utah State Police 2007 “Trooper Of The Year” Lisa Steed’s DUI Called Into Question – Also Attacted Innocent Motorist With Taser Weapon

March 29, 2012

UTAH – Lisa Steed was named Utah Highway Patrol’s “Trooper of the Year” in 2007 for making more than 200 DUI arrests, but now all of her cases could be in question because she admitted she did not follow proper protocol while administering a DUI check.

It is the second time Steed’s DUI arrests have gained notoriety. A 2009 dashcam video shows her Tasering a motorist who was later determined to be sober.

“The cumulative facts may well have a significant ripple effect across every case she’s touched,” Salt Lake City attorney Joseph Jardine told ABCNews.com. “This could become the basis for overturning multiple convictions in the past.”

Jardine is representing Theron Alexander, who claims Steed violated procedure when she administered a breathalyzer test before a field sobriety test in March 2010.

“The credibility of an investigating officer is paramount. If you can’t trust the cop at their word, there’s very little left that you can trust with an investigation,” Jardine said.

At a court hearing on Tuesday, Steed admitted that she had removed her microphone during the incident in order to perform an unauthorized action.

“She specifically stated [Tuesday] that she took the microphone off so her superior wouldn’t know what she was doing,” Jardine said. “We’re concerned that she may have a tendency to stretch the truth when it suits her purposes. Our objective is to probe her credibility.”

Steed’s attorney Greg Skordas does not believe that the incident is any reflection of his client’s credibility.

“It doesn’t affect her credibility. It affects the way she does things, her ability to follow instructions,” Skordas told ABCNews.com. “It doesn’t mean she’s dishonest.”

Skordas said that Steed was simply trying to give the person she had pulled over “the benefit of the doubt” by skipping straight to the breathalyzer test and not having them get out of the car.

“It wasn’t anyone she knew. I think she was just being overly sensitive,” Skordas said. “There wasn’t any bad intent. It was one of those, no good deed goes unpunished.”

This is not Steed’s first run-in with the law. In 2009, a police car dashcam recording caught her Tasering a man during a DUI stop after he refuses to get out of his car, saying he’d like to call a lawyer.

The man, Ryan Jones, can be heard calmly saying, “Ma’am, please don’t shoot me with a Taser,” before Steed zaps him and he beings to scream. When Jones was eventually tested, his blood alcohol level was a 0.03, well below the legal limit.

The case was settled in November 2011 when the state paid Jones $40,000 without admitting wrongdoing.

When asked about the Taser case, Skordas said, “She took her lumps, she was reprimanded and we move on.”

“Unfortunately, you have 300 cases and two go south and then all of a sudden you have a history,” he said. “She wasn’t named Trooper of the Year because she has a history. She works very, very hard and had a couple of unfortunate incidents, which she also stepped up to the plate for.”

Steed has not been charged with a crime at this point, but Jardine believes she has a “huge insubordination problem” that needs to be dealt with.

“It’s hard to say why she would do it specifically,” Jardine said. “Is it pressure from her past achievements? Is it her desire to outdo the other officers in the state? Is it for advancement? Is it for all of the above? Who knows?”

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Miami Florida SWAT Team Called After Nutcase TSA Agents Jeffrey Piccolella And Nicholas Anthony Puccio Trashed Hotel Room, Threw Furniture Out Window, And Shot Into Neighboring Clothing Store

March 29, 2012

MIAMI, FLORIDA – Miami Beach police say two Transportation Security Administration officers partied a little too hard Tuesday night, trashed their South Beach hotel room and then picked up a semi-automatic handgun and shot six rounds out the window.

One bullet pierced a $1,500 hurricane impact resistant window at a nearby Barneys New York, penetrated a wall and tore into some jeans in the closed store’s stockroom, according to store manager Adelchi Mancusi.

No one was injured.

Jeffrey Piccolella, 27, and Nicholas Anthony Puccio, 25, were arrested just before midnight. The Palm Beach County men have been charged with criminal mischief and use of a firearm while under the influence.

In a city known for wild, late-night behavior, merely tossing speakers, lamps, a phone, ice chest and vase out a second floor room at the Hotel Shelley, 844 Collins. Ave., might not have drawn much attention.

But according to an incident report, a front desk clerk and security guard called police about 11:18 p.m. after they heard one gun shot, followed by three to five more after a few seconds. When the clerk went back inside the hotel, a guest told him someone was throwing furniture and bric-a-brac out the window of room 217, where Piccolella and Puccio were staying the night.

Detective Vivian Hernandez, a police spokeswoman, said officers arrived and, after a shell casing was found on the ground amid broken room furnishings, the SWAT team was called out.

Investigators went to the mens’ room and then took them to police headquarters.

In a recorded interview, Piccolella told a detective he and Puccio were drinking before returning to their hotel room, according to the incident report. He allegedly said they opened a window, tossed several objects out and then Piccolella grabbed a .380-calliber pistol from his luggage and they took turns shooting out the window.

Puccio said the story was untrue, according to the report.

Police impounded the gun.

Hotel management said $400 in furniture was destroyed.

The two men were booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Center on $5,500 bond each.

TSA spokesman Jon Allen wrote in an email that Piccolella and Puccio are part-time officers who have worked one and two years, respectively, for the agency. They were not in Miami Beach on TSA business, according to Allen.

“TSA holds its employees to the highest professional and ethical standards,” Allen wrote. “We will review the facts and take appropriate action as necessary.”

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President Obama’s Illegal Immigrant Half Uncle Gets A Slap On The Wrist In Massachusetts Court For Drunk Driving

March 27, 2012

FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS – Onyango Obama — the president’s illegal alien half uncle — admitted to sufficient facts today in his drunken driving bust and his case is being continued without a finding for one year — but he must surrender his license.

Obama, 67, was ordered to give up his license for 45 days, effective today, a Framingham District Court judge ruled. He left court without speaking to the press.

Obama had been waging an aggressive legal battle against Framingham cops ever since he was pulled over Aug. 24 for driving erratically and blowing 0.14 on a Breathalyzer. But his attorney today said it was time to move on.

“After a thorough review, we felt it was in his interests to end the matter without any further proceedings. He’s glad to have this behind him,” said Obama’s attorney P. Scott Bratton.

The attorney added that Obama wants to “get on with his life” and to “get on with his normal quiet existence in society.”

As for Obama’s illegal alien status, his attorney added the deportation proceedings were due to his failure to “renew immigration paperwork.” Bratton said he expects that to be resolved, but he did not elaborate.

When he was arrested by Framingham police, he suggested his first call should be to the White House. A spokesman for the president told the Herald that call was never made. He actually called his boss at Conti’s Liquors.

Obama, who has been living illegally in the United States for nearly 20 years, has returned to work at Conti Liquors in Framingham.

Middlesex District Attorney Gerard T. Leone, Jr. said Obama has accepted responsibility for the “essence” of the charges.

“By admitting to sufficient facts today to operating under the influence and failure to yield at an intersection, the defendant has admitted responsibility for the essence of the crime he committed and has now been held accountable for his actions,” Leone said.

The DA added Obama almost crashed into a Framingham police cruiser the night of the arrest. Once pulled over, the DA said Obama’s speech was slurred, “his eyes were red and glassy and there was an odor of alcohol coming from inside the motor vehicle.” Obama then failed several field sobriety tests and his blood alcohol was almost twice over the legal limit.

Obama was also put on probation for one year.

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Veteran Hamilton County Tennessee Deputy Sheriff Thomas Fulmer Arrested After Drunken Wreck

March 6, 2012

HAMILTON COUNTY, TENNESSEE – A Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputy is suspended with pay pending his first court appearance after he was arrested on a DUI charge by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Friday, according to booking reports.

Deputy Thomas Fulmer, 47, who has been with the department nearly 10 years, was off duty when the incident occurred.

Fulmer was driving a 2006 Ford F-250 east on Walnut Road when he was unable to stay on the road while negotiating a curve, according the report.

He veered off to the right side of the road way and into a yard before cutting back across the road way and striking a mailbox. Fulmer lost control of the vehicle and went back across the road where the truck entered a ditch, overturned and struck a street sign. The pickup stopped on north side of Walnut Road, according to the report.

Fulmer sustained minor injuries from the crash and refused treatment on scene.

If there is enough evidence presented at his first appearance, he will be placed on leave without pay pending the outcome of his trial.

If convicted, it could mean Fulmer will lose his job.

“Generally that’s not compatible with his job as a police officer. … It’s difficult. As officers we are held to a higher standard,” said Sheriff Jim Hammond.

Fulmer is scheduled to appear in court March 19 before General Sessions Court Judge Ronald Durby.

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Drunk Former Kanawha County West Virginia Police Officer Matthew Allan Leavitt Found Passed Out Behild Wheel On Exit Ramp – Previously Served Federal Prison Time After Beating Man And Falsely Arresting His Victim’s Wife

March 6, 2012

CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA – A former eastern Kanawha County police officer was arrested after police found him passed out over the wheel of his SUV blocking an exit ramp in Dunbar.

Dunbar Patrolman J.A. Payne was dispatched early Sunday to the Interstate 64 eastbound exit ramp at Dunbar after motorists reported the vehicle.

Payne found a black Nissan SUV sitting in the middle of the ramp and identified the driver as Matthew Allan Leavitt, 34, of Charleston, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court. Leavitt was passed out and slumped over the wheel with the vehicle, which was running and shifted into drive.

The officer tried to wake Leavitt. Leavitt came to but could not answer any of the officer’s questions and kept slumping back over the wheel. Payne wrote in the complaint that he could smell alcohol coming from Leavitt’s face.

Paramedics went to the scene to check Leavitt out. Leavitt was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slow and slurred, the complaint said.

Leavitt was cleared to perform field sobriety tests but refused them. He refused a breath test and a blood test.

Leavitt told Payne he had consumed “several” alcoholic beverages and that he was “just trying to make it home,” the complaint said.

Leavitt pleaded guilty in federal court in 2009 to violating a couple’s rights while working as a police officer in Montgomery in 2008. He admitted to beating Twan Reynolds, a black man, with a slapjack and arrested Reynolds’s wife, Lauren Santella-Reynolds, who is white, on a charge of driving under the influence without probable cause.

He was sentenced in September 2009 to two years in federal prison and two years supervised release.

Leavitt was arrested Sunday for driving under the influence, failure to submit a breath test and obstructing the road. He was released from South Central Regional Jail on bond.

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President Obama’s Drunk Driving Illegal Immigran Uncle Due In Massachusetts Court To Face Carges

March 1, 2012

FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS – U.S. President Barack Obama’s uncle is heading into a Massachusetts courtroom on Thursday for allegedly driving drunk. However, his lawyers will be asking the judge to toss out any statements he made to police as well as the results of his blood-alcohol test.
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Onyango Obama, 67, the half-brother of the president’s late father, was arrested in Framingham, Mass. in August. A police officer said Obama made a rolling stop at a stop sign, nearly crashing his sport utility vehicle into his cruiser, reported The Associated Press.

Police said he registered a 0.14 on a blood-alcohol test, nearly double the state’s legal limit of .08. Obama pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The arresting report from the police officer said Obama “would not allow me to speak and continued to interrupt me,” as previously reported. It claimed Obama “continued arguing the point with me. He felt that his ‘stop’ was adequate enough, though he did acknowledge that he should have yielded to me as I was in a main lane of travel that he was attempting to enter.”
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The report said the officer asked Obama, who is reportedly an illegal immigrant, how much he had to drink, to which he initially said nothing, it claimed. The officer allegedly told Obama there was a strong odor of alcohol on him, to which he reportedly admitted he had only one beer. When the officer, however, told Obama his behavior indicated he was intoxicated, Obama allegedly claimed he had two beers.

The officer said while he attempted to conduct a field sobriety test, Obama would disobey orders and begin the test before being receiving instructions. Obama allegedly stumbled when the police officer asked him to perform a nine-step walk and had trouble on a horizontal gaze test, which required him to follow an officer’s finger. The officer said he subsequently placed him under arrest.

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Fayetteville North Carolina Police Officer Matthew U’ren Arrested And Suspended After Drunken Wreck/Hit And Run

January 6, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA – A Fayetteville police officer was arrested early Friday and charged with driving while impaired, misdemeanor hit and run and reckless driving after he wrecked his car and failed to contact police, officials with the Fayetteville Police Department said.

Investigators say Matthew U’ren, 25, crashed his personal car, a 2004 Chevrolet Impala, into a guardrail at the end of Camden Road, near Whitfield Street, around 11 p.m. Thursday.

U’ren called a private towing company and had his vehicle removed from the scene. Neither he nor the towing company notified a law enforcement agency, investigators said.

“They have 24 hours to notify the city that they have towed a vehicle inside our jurisdiction,” said Sgt. Todd Joyce, who declined to release the name of the towing company.

Police say U’ren called a friend to drive him home and that person called police. Officers arrested U’ren at his home and took him to the Cumberland County Detention Center, where he registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.12. Under North Carolina law, a driver is considered impaired with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08.

He was released on a promise to appear in court.

U’ren has been employed with the Fayetteville Police Department for a year and a half and was assigned to the Cross Creek district. He has been placed on administrative leave, without pay, pending an internal investigation.

“We’re not going to turn our heads away from that, just because he’s an officer here at the department,” Joyce said. “He’s held in a higher standard, you know. We’re going to treat the matter just as we would had it been any other citizen involved in an accident.”

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Morrow Georgia Police Chief Jeffery Baker Arrested After Being Found Asleep And Drunk Behind Wheel Of Patrol Car

November 17, 2011

MORROW, GEORGIA – Morrow Police Chief Jeffery Baker fell asleep at the wheel of his city police car prior to being charged with drunk driving, Clayton County police said Thursday.

Baker was arrested Wednesday night and charged with DUI and other related charges, including having eight open 12-ounce cans of beer inside the car.

He was less than a mile from the city’s police headquarters when he was seen stopped at a green traffic light at Jonesboro Road and Southlake Parkway, according to an incident report.

Baker could not be reached for comment Thursday and didn’t return repeated calls to his home phone.

“It’s very disappointing,” Morrow city manager Jeff Eady told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Eady said that Baker was placed on paid administrative leave until the city completes an internal investigation.

“Once we pull all our facts together, we’ll make a decision about Jeff Baker’s future with the City of Morrow,” Eady said.

A Morrow police officer first noticed Baker when Baker’s car didn’t drive through the light and other cars went around him, a Clayton County police report says.

The officer knocked on Baker’s car window to arouse the chief with no results, then tried unsuccessfully to open the door, police said. That’s when the report says Baker’s car began to slowly roll forward.

The officer moved his patrol car nose-to-nose to Baker’s to keep it from moving and approached the chief’s window again, police said. This time, an awakened Baker gave the officer a thumb’s up, according to the report.

Police said the chief’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol, and when ordered to pull over to the side of the road, he told the officer, “I will get right on it, buddy.”

But he didn’t move his car.

When told to put the car in park, police said Baker backed up and drove around the Morrow officer’s squad car, veered over divider lanes in the road, traveled about 40 mph on wet roads to the nearby police headquarters and pulled into his parking space.

Clayton County police were called, and the responding Clayton officer arrived to find Baker smoking a cigarette outside the building, police said. The chief refused to take any field sobriety tests and was arrested.

Baker was taken to the Clayton jail, where he was released on $6,300 bond.

He has been charged with DUI, traffic light violation, impeding traffic, driving with an open container, driving too fast for conditions, making an improper lane change and disobeying police directing traffic.

This isn’t Baker’s first time in trouble.

In 2008, the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council accused him of lying about police firearm records and voted unanimously to revoke Baker’s certification.

“He falsified gun records, including his own,” Georgia P.O.S.T. executive director Ken Vance told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He signed off that he attended training when he actually didn’t.”

Baker appealed to the state’s administrative law judge, and the case has remained in a holding pattern since, Vance said.

Vance said this recent incident could threaten Baker’s certification again.

“There may be a point in the future where this particular case is added to the old one,” Vance said. “The current situation is evolving. We’ll have to see by the first of the week where we are.”

Until the issue has been resolved, Eady said Capt. Greg Tatroe will become the interim police commander.

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Veteran Hastings Nebraska Police Captain Gene Boner Crashed Truck Towing Trailer With Riding Lawnmower While Drunk Driving

September 15, 2011

HASTINGS, NEBRASKA – A Hastings police captain has been arrested for driving under the influence after a Sunday accident.

Capt. Gene Boner was driving eastbound on 12th Street between Adams Central Avenue and Highland Road in Hastings at about 7:45 p.m. Sunday when he lost control of his vehicle, said Hastings Police Chief Larry Thoren.

Thoren said Boner was driving a pickup towing a trailer with a riding lawn mower when something malfunctioned on the trailer, causing the pickup to roll. He was not injured.

Hastings police investigated the accident and called for the Nebraska State Patrol to handle the DUI investigation because of an “obvious conflict of interest,” said NSP Capt. Chris Kolb.

Kolb said the investigation continues, but the preliminary breath test indicated enough probable cause to arrest Boner. Kolb said the blood alcohol content results are not yet back.

Thoren said Boner is on administrative leave pending an internal investigation for violation of administration policy.

“No violation of the law” is the policy that was violated, Thoren said.

“The DUI will go through the court system and we will do our own administrative review for the administrative violation,” Thoren said. The Adams County attorney’s office said it does not have a report on the incident.

Boner has been with the Hastings Police Department for 22 years, 10 of those years as captain. He is captain of administration services, which oversees the 911 center and related services.

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Denver Colorado Police Officer Jeremy Olive Caught Giving Toddler Alcohol In Restaurant

August 30, 2011

DENVER, COLORADO – Jeremy Olive is a decorated Denver police officer. In 2007 the department awarded him a purple heart.

He is now on the other side of the law facing potential felony child abuse charges after restaurant patrons say they saw him feeding his child liquor last week trying to subdue her.

“Cute, darling little girl,” said the woman who witnessed the incident. Her identity is not being released because she is an active part of the investigation.

On the patio outside the Fish City Restaurant, you’ll find the perfect ambiance. Even so, last week one of the restaurant’s youngest patrons wasn’t exactly eating at their tables.

“(I) kind of noticed they weren’t paying much attention to the little girl because she was eating off the ground,” said the woman.

She says over the course of two hours she witnessed the little girl virtually ignored by the two people eating over her … one of them, Denver Police Officer Jeremy Olive.

She claims Olive tried to subdue the child as her behavior worsened.

“Dad picks up the little girl puts her on the lap and starts feeding her straws of margarita,” the woman said. “The bartender came back and I was like I hate to make a fuss about it, but I don’t think this is right for this little girl. She’s like we totally agree but I guess he’s a cop though.”

The woman called Lone Tree Police and witnesses say Olive played his police card and put up a struggle.

The woman says she knows she did the right thing even knowing what Olive does for work

Her thoughts are with his little girl.

“To be just sitting outside in an open bar and you’re giving your kid margarita when clearly it’s because their fussy.” It was just sad.

Olive was arrested and cited with a misdemeanor. Lone Tree police are investigating and just turned the case over to the Arapahoe County District Attorney’s Office. They tell the woman they are investigating Olive for felony child abuse.

Denver police say unless that happens, Olive will remain on active duty

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Secret Service Agent Daniel L. Valencia Busted For Drunk Driving Ahead Of Obama Iowa Visit

August 17, 2011

DECORAH, IOWA – A Secret Service special agent was arrested and charged with drunk
driving last weekend in Decorah ahead of President Obama’s visit to

Police said Daniel L. Valencia, 40, of Washington, D.C., ran a red
light about 1:30 a.m. Saturday, and an officer pulled him over.

He was alone in the vehicle. Police said his eyes were bloodshot and
watery and he smelled strongly of alcohol. Valencia told a police
officer he had had two drinks that night.

After a field sobriety test, an officer decided Valencia was too
intoxicated to drive. Valencia refused to take a preliminary breath
test, and refused to give a breath sample at the jail. He was then
charged with operating while intoxicated.

He was released from jail Monday, according to court documents.

George Ogilvie, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the law
enforcement agency is aware of the charges against Valencia and has
turned the matter over to its Office of Professional Responsibility. He
declined to say what Valencia was doing in Decorah.

President Obama visited Decorah on Monday night and spoke in Peosta, just west of Dubuque, on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Patrick Venable Quits, Charged With On-Duty Rape Of Drunk Female Motorist

August 16, 2011

GUTHRIE, OKLAHOMA – The Logan County District attorney has charged a
former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper with second-degree rape.

Patrick Venable, 27, resigned June 29 after OHP began investigating
allegations of sexual misconduct against him. In July, OHP officials
said the investigation had been ongoing for several weeks, but they
would not reveal details of the allegations.

In a news release Tuesday, Logan County District Attorney Tommy Lee
says while on duty as a trooper, Venable pulled over a woman on the
Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City. Lee says Venable took the woman
into custody for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor.
He’s accused of then transporting her to a residence in Guthrie where he
had sex with her.

Venable is scheduled to make his first appearance in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

If convicted of second-degree rape, Venable faces one to 15 years in prison.

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GUTHRIE, Oklahoma – The Logan County District attorney has charged a former Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper with second-degree rape.

Patrick Venable, 27, resigned June 29 after OHP began investigating allegations of sexual misconduct against him. In July, OHP officials said the investigation had been ongoing for several weeks, but they would not reveal details of the allegations.

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In a news release Tuesday, Logan County District Attorney Tommy Lee says while on duty as a trooper, Venable pulled over a woman on the Broadway Extension in Oklahoma City. Lee says Venable took the woman into custody for driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor. He’s accused of then transporting her to a residence in Guthrie where he had sex with her.

Venable is scheduled to make his first appearance in court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

If convicted of second-degree rape, Venable faces one to 15 years in prison.