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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ohio Man Sentenced To Just 10 Years In Prison For 19th DUI

May 14, 2012

OHIO – A Tallmadge man was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Lynne Callahan on Wednesday after being found guilty of his 19th DUI last month.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh announced that Callahan imposed the maximum sentence against 48-year-old George T. Greer.

Greer was arrested on January 2, 2012 when a passerby spotted him passed out in the driver’s seat of a car that had just slammed into a pole.

The passerby called 911 and while on the phone with police woke Greer.

The individual then attempted to shut off the vehicle. Greer wouldn’t allow the passerby to turn off the car and drove away. The individual followed Greer to a nearby church parking lot where police caught up with him.

Greer refused all field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer. He was placed under arrest. A forced blood draw showed Greer’s blood alcohol content to be .215.

The jury found Greer guilty of numerous charges on April 5th, including two counts of OVI, a felony of the third degree, with specifications for having five DUI’s in 20 years.

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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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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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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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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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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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Northbridge Massachusetts Police Officer Joshua A. Nadeau And Girlfriend Arrested After His Drunken Wreck

October 13, 2011

UXBRIDGE — The passenger in a car driven by a Northbridge police officer that was in an accident that injured three people Thursday night was arraigned yesterday in Uxbridge District Court on a charge of misleading a police investigation.

Elizabeth J. Hubert, 28, of 9 West St., Northbridge, is scheduled to appear in court Nov.4 for a pretrial conference along with veteran Northbridge police Officer Joshua A. Nadeau of Millbury. He was arraigned Friday on charges of drunken driving, drunken driving while causing serious bodily injury and failure to keep right for an oncoming vehicle.

The charges stem from a crash on Douglas road in Northbridge that caused serious injuries to Dennis E. Guertin, 54, of Douglas. Mr. Guertin was taken by LifeFlight helicopter to UMass Memorial Medical Center — University Campus in Worcester for serious injuries to his left leg and hip. A UMass spokesman said the hospital had no record of a patient with that name.

Ms. Hubert suffered head and facial injuries, police said. Officer Nadeau suffered minor injuries.

Police said Officer Nadeau was driving a Ford F250 pickup truck east on Douglas Road when it crossed the centerline and struck a Volkswagen Passat driven by Mr. Guertin about 11:25 p.m.

Northbridge Police Lt. Timothy Labrie said in a report that when police arrived at the crash scene, Ms. Hubert was sitting in the driver’s seat of the Ford F250 with a large amount of blood on her face and head while Officer Nadeau, who had a small amount of blood around his mouth, was on the passenger side.

Officer Nadeau allegedly told police that Ms. Hubert had been driving.

However, Lt. Labrie and Sgt. Brian Patrinelli said they saw a large round indentation in the passenger side of the windshield.

“The window was shattered in this area of identification and officers observed there to be several pieces of what appeared to be long brown/blond hair stuck in the broken windshield in the indentation. This indentation was directly in front of the passenger side seat of the truck,” Lt. Labrie’s report said.

A booking photo of Officer Nadeau attached to the report indicates he had very short, close-cropped hair.

The report also said a man and a woman who came upon the accident scene told police they saw Officer Nadeau and Ms. Hubert switch seats before the police arrived.

Ms. Hubert was arrested about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at her house, police said.

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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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Henderson Nevada City Attorney Elizabeth Quillin Arrested After Drunken Wreck And Leaving The Scene – “I Am F*cked Up”

May 26, 2011

HENDERSON, NEVADA – The city attorney of Henderson told police she had been drinking “bottles” of wine and acknowledged she was intoxicated after crashing her sport utility vehicle into landscaping and a fire hydrant in the middle of the afternoon, according to a police report made public Tuesday.

Elizabeth Quillin, 51, was arrested after witnesses told police that she crashed a second time trying to drive her damaged Lexus RX400 away and then trying to walk away from the 2:50 p.m. Monday crash across Paseo Verde from the Green Valley Ranch Resort, Spa & Casino.

Henderson police said no one was hurt in the crashes, and bystanders stayed with an “unsteady” Quillin until police arrived.

“Quillin admitted to drinking ‘bottles’ of wine, and when I asked if she felt the effects, she stated, ‘Yes, I am (expletive) up,’” Henderson Police Officer Robert Honea wrote.

Quillin was arrested on driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident and open container of alcohol in a vehicle charges.

She spent almost 12 hours in the Henderson city jail before being released pending a June 20 appearance in Henderson Justice Court. It wasn’t immediately clear if Quillin had a lawyer.

Because of her job, her case is expected to be handled by an outside judge and prosecutor.

Henderson spokesman Bud Cranor told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that Quillin has been placed on paid leave from the city attorney job she held since June 2009, and officials were investigating whether she was on city business, on vacation or had been scheduled to work Monday.

Witnesses told police that Quillin was making a left turn onto Carnegie Street when the SUV went off the road. A witness told police the vehicle backed up and then nearly struck her as it lurched forward and sideswiped her parked car, ran up on a curb and hit a tree.

Quillin allegedly got out and started to walk away before police arrived.

Honea reported that a 1.5-liter bottle of chardonnay, open and nearly empty, was found in Quillin’s vehicle.

Quillin’s job entails providing legal representation to the mayor and the City Council of Nevada’s second-largest city, and supervising city criminal prosecutors and civil attorneys. Her base salary is $190,000 a year.

She previously worked as chief deputy attorney general for southern Nevada under then-state Attorney General Brian Sandoval and as assistant county Clark County manager. Sandoval is now governor.

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Veteran Houston Texas Police Officer Sgt. Ruben Trejo Arrested, Charged After Drunken Wreck With School Bus While On His Way To Work – At More Than Twice State Alcohol Limit

April 25, 2011

HOUSTON, TEXAS – A veteran Houston police officer with a blood-alcohol content of .205 — more than twice the legal limit — was driving to work when he collided with a private school bus this month, authorities said.

Ruben Trejo, 46, was charged Monday with driving while intoxicated in connection with an April 13 wreck that sent him to the hospital. The legal limit for intoxication is 0.08.

Trejo collided with a school bus in the 7900 block of Harrisburg while off-duty in his personal vehicle, a Toyota Tundra pickup, about 2:15 p.m., HPD spokesman John Cannon said.

A sergeant on the Eastside patrol division, Trejo was en route to work when he wrecked, Cannon said. There were no children aboard the bus.

The bus driver, who suffered minor injuries, told police Trejo smelled like alcohol and appeared to have been drinking. Photos from the crime scene show wine bottles in the back seat of the truck, according to the charging document.

The officer faces a maximum of six months in jail if convicted of the Class B misdemeanor.

Trejo was put on paid administrative leave Friday pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation, Cannon said.

The day of the collision, police said the bus ran a stop sign and slammed into Trejo’s vehicle, sending the off-duty officer to the hospital. He was released days later. The driver of the bus was cited, police said.

Cannon said Monday that the wreck remains under investigation.

Trejo joined the force in November 1985 and has worked with the Eastside division since 1991.

Phone messages left at Trejo’s home were not returned.

Houston Police Officers’ Union President Gary Blankinship said Trejo is a member of the union but is not represented by union attorneys.

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Veteran Los Angeles California Police Officer Arrested, Charged With Drunk Driving After Riding His Motorcycle In Wrong Direction Through Tunnel Near Airport

April 23, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Authorities say a veteran Los Angeles police officer has been arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he allegedly drove his motorcycle the wrong way through the Sepulveda Tunnel near Los Angeles International Airport.

The Los Angeles Times reports the officer was picked up early Saturday by Airport Police.

He was booked at the Pacific Division station on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The officer’s name has not been released.

The Times says it was not clear who first reported the incident or whether there were other motorists around.

The officer’s blood-alcohol level was not immediately available.

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El Reno Texas Police Officer Chris Leal Arrested, Suspended, Charged After Drunken Wreck In Patrol Car And Leaving The Scene – Patrol Car Found On Roof In Ditch

April 22, 2011

EL RENO, OKLAHOMA – An El Reno Police Officer stands accused after a car accident this past weekend. We’ve learned off-duty officer Chris Leal was arrested for DUI and leaving the scene of an injury accident.

The El Reno Police Chief tells us that his officers arrived on the scene around 6 a.m. Sunday.

They found one of their K9 patrol units on it’s top in a ditch.

They then went to Officer Leal’s house to determine if the car had been stolen.

No one was home at the time.

The Police Chief tells us Leal was found about 2 miles from the crash scene and was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and taken into custody.

Two family members and one passenger were also at the crash sight.

They were treated for minor injuries.

Right now Leal is on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation.

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San Antonio Texas Park Police Officer Scott Little, Arrested, Charged With Drunk Driving After Running Stop Sign

April 22, 2011

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — A San Antonio Park Police officer has been arrested and is facing a charge of driving while intoxicated.

Scott Little, 25, was taken into custody by a San Antonio police officer early Sunday.

According to a police report, Little was driving his own vehicle near Loop 1604 and Lockhill-Selma early Sunday when another officer noticed him run a stop sign. The officer said he also noticed the smell of alcohol on Little’s breath.

The report said Little cooperated fully, taking part in a field sobriety test, which showed he had slurred speech and was off-balance while walking.

Later, the report states, Little submitted to a blood alcohol test, which confirmed he was over the legal driving limit.

“My reaction? That officer is going to have a very short career,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, reacting to news of the arrest.

Although members of 18 different law enforcement agencies took part in an event last week to draw attention to the drunken driving issue, McManus has been one of the most outspoken.

In recent months, several SAPD officers have been injured in incidents involving suspected drunken drivers. One officer, Stephanie Brown, 27, was killed.

“We’ve been talking about this again and again and again, and there’s no excuse,” McManus said. “(Police) should know better. There’s just no excuse and we will not tolerate it.”

Records show Little was released from jail Sunday after posting a $1,000 bond.

A police spokesman said Little, a two-year veteran, has been placed on administrative leave with pay.

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Suspended Louisville Kentucky Police Officer Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler Pleads Guilty To Drunk Driving

April 9, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A Louisville Metro Police officer who was suspended after being arrested for drunk driving Sunday has lost his license for a month after pleading guilty Friday.

Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler, 42, entered a guilty plea to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence, first offense. His attorney, Brian Butler, entered the plea on Wheeler’s behalf Friday. A charge of reckless driving was dropped.

Wheeler was sentenced to 30 days in jail, 26 of which were conditionally discharged. Wheeler will serve three days on home incarceration and was given credit for one day he spent in jail.

Wheeler also agreed to pay court costs and fines and will lose his license for 30 days, court records show. He will also be required to attend an alcohol education program.

Butler said his client wanted to respond quickly to the charges against him and opted to plead guilty.

“He is one of the best police officers I’ve ever worked with,” said Butler, who used to be a prosecutor on homicide cases. “I think this will be a blip on the radar.”

Wheeler remains on paid administrative leave with his police powers suspended.

The police department’s professional standards unit is now investigating his arrest to determine if he violated any department policies.

Wheeler, who has been on the department since 1996, was arrested about 2:45 a.m. Sunday after an officer in the 6th Division witnessed the car Wheeler was driving weaving and nearly striking parked cars on Peabody Lane.

Wheeler was given a field sobriety test, which he failed. His blood alcohol level registered at 0.205, more than twice the legal limit.

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Montana Judge Robert E. Lee, Chosen To Preside Over DUI Court, Charged With Driving Under The Influence Of Drugs

April 8, 2011

BUTTE, MONTANA – A Montana justice of the peace set to preside over a DUI court later this year has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

An assistant attorney general filed the misdemeanor DUI charge Thursday against Robert E. Lee.

He’s charged with driving to the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse on Nov. 13 while under the influence of methadone. The synthetic narcotic is used to relieve pain or prevent withdrawal from drug addiction.

Lee was to perform a wedding that morning.

A blood test confirmed the presence of methadone.

Lee says he does not take drugs and he is confident he will be vindicated.

Lee says he is scheduled in October to rotate in as the presiding judge for the county’s new DUI court.

A Montana justice of the peace recently appointed to help oversee a new DUI court has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

An assistant attorney general filed the misdemeanor DUI charge Thursday against Robert E. Lee, a retired Butte police officer.

Lee is charged with driving to the Butte-Silver Bow County Courthouse on Nov. 13 while under the influence of methadone, a synthetic narcotic used to relieve pain or prevent withdrawal symptoms from drug addiction.

He was knocking on the window of the police station that Saturday morning asking officers to let him into the courthouse because he had a wedding to perform, police said. Lee appeared confused and under the influence of alcohol or drugs, officers said.

The officers said Lee told them he drove to the courthouse and police found his vehicle parked in a handicapped zone. Court records said his driver’s license and some credit cards were found on the ground outside the courthouse.

Lee performed poorly on a field sobriety test, police said. A blood test confirmed the presence of methadone.

Lee told officers he was on lorazepam, an anti-anxiety medication. His wife told investigators that Lee was taking lorazepam to get off methadone.

Officers searched Lee’s vehicle and found a methadone tablet. At his house, officers were shown an empty bottle of methadone. The 60-tablet prescription had been filled nine days earlier.

Lee told KXLF-TV he was confident he would be vindicated. He also said he believed he would be allowed to remain on the bench, since the charge was a misdemeanor.

It’s not clear why he was charged five months after the reported violation. The county attorney denied a records request from The Montana Standard in December based on an item on the police dispatch log. County commissioners asked the state to help prosecute the case late last month.

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Veteran Louisville Kentucky Police Officer Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler Arrested, Charged With Drunk Driving – Twice State Limit And Couldn’t Remember Alphabet

April 6, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY – A Louisville Metro Police traffic officer was arrested early Sunday and charged with driving under the influence.

Sgt. Jeffrey Wheeler, 42, was charged after failing a field sobriety test and registering a blood alcohol level of .205, more than twice the legal limit, police said. He also was charged with reckless driving.

About 2:45 a.m., a 6th Division officer saw a vehicle nearly strike some other vehicles as it was weaving on Peabody Lane. The officer attempted to pull over the vehicle at Goldsmith Lane and Bardstown Road, but Wheeler drove through the red light and pulled into the Thorntons gas station parking lot, according to his arrest citation.

Wheeler was given a field sobriety test, where he could not recite past E in the alphabet, could not stand steady on one leg and failed a finger count test, the report said.

Wheeler was off-duty at the time of his arrest and driving a personal vehicle, said Deputy Police Chief Vince Robison.

“We’re very disappointed by this arrest,” Robison said. “It’s not acceptable behavior.”

Robison said Wheeler has been placed on paid administrative leave and restricted to desk duty while his police powers have been suspended.

The department’s Public Integrity Unit, which investigates criminal behavior by officers, will monitor the case as it goes through court. Then the investigation will be turned over to the Professional Standards Unit for review of policy violations.

Wheeler has been a police officer since November 1996. His personnel file showed no disciplinary actions and 18 letters of commendation.

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U.S. Bureau Of Prisons Director Harley Lappin Quits After 4 AM Drunk Driving Arrest

March 30, 2011

WASHINGTON, DCHarley Lappin, the director of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, who oversees 116 institutions and about 210,000 convicts, faces drunk driving charges stemming from a February incident in Annapolis, Md., the website Main Justice reported.

Lappin, who announced his resignation last week, told the staff about the drunk driving incident, Main Justice’s Andrew Ramonas reported.

The website reported that he faces three charges related to drunk driving. The incident happened on Saturday, Feb. 26 around 4 a.m., less than a half mile from his home, the website reported.

Last Friday, Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. issued a statement about the retirement of Lappin:

“During my tenure as both Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General, it has been a privilege to work closely with Director Harley Lappin.

“For more than a quarter of a century, including eight years as Director, his service to the Bureau of Prisons has helped improve public safety, strengthen our corrections systems, and advance the Justice Department’s most critical goals.”

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Albany New York Police Public Information Officer Detective James Miller Arrested, Suspended, Charged With Drunk Driving In Department Vehicle

March 19, 2011

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Albany Police arrested the Albany Police Public Information Officer on Friday night for Driving While Intoxicated.

According to police, Detective James Miller, who has been with the department for 19-years, was stopped in the area of N.Pearl Street and Orange Street for operating a police department assigned vehicle without headlights. A following investigation revealed that Miller appeared to be intoxicated.

Police Chief Steven Krokoff said he was surprised and disappointed by the allegations but tells News 10 it’s still very early on in the investigation and is urging people not to rush to judgments.

Detective Miller was transported to South Station where he was processed for Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to submit to a chemical test and driving without headlights.

“The officers who stopped him conducted a field sobriety test and determined he was operating under the influence of alcohol,” said Chief Krokoff.

He was subsequently suspended without pay and is scheduled to appear in court on March 21, 2011 at 8:30AM for arraignment.

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Waterloo Iowa Police Officer Augustin “Gus” Farmer Receives A Slap On The Wrist For Drunk Driving

March 18, 2011

WATERLOO, IOWA – A Waterloo police officer arrested for drunken driving had been given a deferred judgment and probation.

Augustin “Gus” Farmer was arrested in December after being pulled over for speeding by a Black Hawk County sheriff’s deputy.

Farmer was scheduled to go to trial this week on a charge of first-offense operating while intoxicated. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier says Farmer pleaded guilty last week and a judge granted him a deferred judgment. That means the conviction will be removed from his record if he successfully completes the probation.

Police say Farmer remains on duty.

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Tulare California Police Officer Shannon Oliver Arrested After Drunken Wreck In Patrol Car – Nearly 3 Times State Alcohol Limit

March 6, 2011

TULARE, CALIFORNIA – An off-duty police officer arrested for drunk driving was officially charged by the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office.

Investigators say Tulare Police Officer Shannon Oliver was off-duty when she crashed her marked patrol car into a fence in Visalia. Tulare Police say she had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit. Oliver is set to appear in court on April 12th.

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US Government FINALLY Decides To Crack Down On Drunk Driving Wetbacks

September 14, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC – Immigration officials now plan to incarcerate illegal aliens when they’re arrested for drunken driving, WTOP has learned.

“The message has gone out to the field offices: Take them into custody, and don’t let them out on bond,” a high-ranking source within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tells WTOP.

The new, tougher policy comes after the death of a Catholic nun, allegedly at the hands of an illegal immigrant with previous drunken driving arrests in Prince William County. Carlos A. Martinelly Montano, an illegal immigrant from Bolivia, was involved in the Aug. 1 crash that killed Jeanette M. Mosier and seriously injured two other nuns in Bristow. Mosier was know in her Benedictine Order as Sister Denise Mosier.

After a 2008 drunken driving arrest, Montano, 23, had been detained by ICE but was released on his own recognizance, pending a deportation hearing. Mosier’s death sparked outrage that Montano had not been in custody.

Earlier, ICE said Montano’s previous alcohol-related arrests did not meet guidelines for detaining him.

“So even after a first DWI we have the authority to take him into custody. People in custody tend to go through the deportation process much faster,” the ICE source said.

Prior to this change, under the Obama administration, ICE had focused on removing violent criminals from the country. Some, including Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert, had argued repeat drunken driving should be grounds for removal.

Ebert says detaining them at the time of their arrest would not be a legal issue.

“They still have rights under our judicial system, but on the other hand, if they commit a crime and are here illegally, they don’t have any right to be released.”

Last week, a Prince William grand jury indicted Montano for felony murder, driving with a revoked license and maiming resulting from drunken driving — the first time Ebert has prosecuted felony murder based on DUI.

“The feeling is ‘this should never happen again,'” says the ICE official. “The decision has been made to treat them like they would violent criminals.”

Asked by WTOP to confirm details of the policy change, ICE spokesman Brian P. Hale issued a statement:

“ICE’s highest priorities are apprehending and removing convicted criminal aliens, aliens who pose a danger to the community, and fugitive aliens. Aliens who are criminals, public safety threats, and fugitives are a main focus for the agency. That includes aliens convicted of DUI, particularly those already ordered to leave the country.”

Even with the new policy, scarce space in ICE detention centers may mean not all impaired drivers will be taken into custody immediately.

“If you have a gang member and a first-time DUI and only one bed, you’re going to keep the gang member in custody,” the ICE source tells WTOP.

Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who has been a sharp critic of ICE, says he’s “excited” by the decision.

“This is just the beginning. We have other dangerous criminals that ICE will continue to release until their deportations and that policy has got to change as well.”

Stewart has written to ICE requesting a list of all illegal immigrants in his county who have been released while awaiting deportation hearings. He says he has not heard from the federal government on his request.

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Canadian RCMP Officer Chris Christinger Receives A Slap On The Wrist After Driving Drunk And Giving Alcohol To A Minor – After Posting Photos On Facebook

September 14, 2010

VANCOUVER, CANADA – Rookie RCMP Const. Chris Christinger has been docked 10 days’ pay after a day of partying at the Bella Coola Rodeo that included drinking before his shift, sneaking an 18-year-old girl into a beer garden and driving a police truck while under the influence of alcohol.

But Christinger’s biggest mistake may have been to take photos of his partying, some of which ended up on Facebook, where they were available for the general public, and his RCMP bosses, to see.

Christinger appeared before an RCMP disciplinary board earlier this year.

According to their decision, obtained by The Vancouver Sun, Christinger, an officer in Alexis Creek, was sent to Bella Coola to help police the community’s annual rodeo.

Christinger arrived in Bella Coola several hours before his 4:30 p.m. shift began.

So he went to the rodeo grounds, where he drank four bottles of Smirnoff Ice before heading back to his hotel, getting changed into his RCMP uniform and driving to the Bella Coola detachment.

Around 7 p.m., a senior officer, Cpl. Wallace, went to a roadblock where Christinger was stationed after receiving a complaint that Christinger had been seen drinking earlier in the day.

Christinger admitted to Wallace he had some drinks and gave a breath sample, which came back as 0.014, below the legal limit of 0.08.

Wallace told him to go home and not report for work until the next day. Christinger, however, wasn’t done partying.

Around 9 p.m., while still in uniform, he drove to the home of A.J., an 18-year-old he had met earlier in the day.

Christinger encouraged A.J. and her friends to jump on his police truck for photos, telling one, according to the decision, to “cover the licence plate so that they can’t trace it to me.”

In one of the photos, four women are shown holding beer, including one girl, identified as S.K., who was under 19.

Three of the photos taken by Christinger were later posted on Facebook where they were “publicly accessible.”

After partying at A.J.’s place for about an hour, Christinger returned to his hotel, changed out of his uniform and headed back to the rodeo with A.J.

There, the two went to the beer garden, where he “coached A.J. as to what to say to the security guards at the entrance.

“[He] also informed the security guards that he was a police officer and he would vouch for A.J. being of legal age.”

Once in the beer garden, Christinger met up again with A.J.’s friend, S.K., who he bought a drink for even though he “ought to have known [she] was a minor.”

The board hearing Christinger’s case, made up of three senior Mounties, found Christinger exhibited “disgraceful conduct.”

However, they noted he admitted his misconduct and was inexperienced, with only eight months on the job at the time of the incident.

RCMP spokeswoman Const. Annie Linteau noted that, under the RCMP Act, 10 days’ lost pay is the maximum financial penalty an officer can receive short of being fired.

“So, obviously the board took it quite seriously,” she said.

Christinger, who now works for the RCMP in Prince George, could not be reached for comment.

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Suffolk County Massachusetts Superior Court Judge Christine M. McEnvoy “Reprimanded” After Driving Drunk – Her Case Was Of Course “Continued Without A Finding” And There Was No Conviction

June 10, 2010

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – A Superior Court judge has been officially reprimanded for driving under the influence of alcohol last year, the Commission on Judicial Conduct announced today.

Judge Christine M. McEvoy had apologized to her family and the “people of the Commonwealth” after admitting in court in June 2009 that she had been driving drunk.

She said she took “full responsibility” for the April 15, 2009, incident, in which she drank wine at a 99 Restaurant in Woburn and was heading to her home in Belmont when she was pulled over by Lexington Police.

McEvoy’s case was continued without a finding for a year, which meant that if she stayed out of trouble, the charge would be dropped.

The commission noted in a statement that McEvoy had “successfully completed her continuance without a finding in the Concord District Court, including successful completion of drivers’ alcohol education program, and her criminal case has been dismissed.”

The commission said it had reprimanded McEvoy “with some conditions,” but the statement did not detail them. Howard V. Neff III, a staff attorney for the commission, said state law prohibits him from commenting beyond the statement.

Although the commission made the reprimand public, it is technically considered a private sanction. The most serious sanctions typically require the approval of the state Supreme Judicial Court and are considered public .

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Schenectady New York Officials Finally Have To Deal With Their Disfunctional Police Department After Latest Officers Arrests For Drunk Driving, Beating A Man, Etc.

March 23, 2009

SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK – Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires said, “This is unprecedented – all these officers getting in trouble at the same time for all these different reasons.

Five Schenectady police officers recently accused of everything from driving drunk to beating up a man are leading city officials to look at taking drastic action to fix a department tainted by the few who may have acted illegally, like Darren Lawrence and Michael Brown who are accused of driving while intoxicated.

Chief Chaires said, “Those two officers, we’re definitely going to seek termination, and we’re not ruling it out with any of the officers who are out there.

Mayor considers options, martial law over police woes
After a number of scandals have sent Schenectady officials scrambling to clean up the police department, there are now a number of options being discussed. They include disbanding the department, restarting with a new county-wide police force, or even bringing in the National Guard. Our Steve Ference sat down with the police chief and mayor to find out more about the options – and how likely it is that something like martial law could be pursued.

Police Chief Mark Chaires told us you basically have to fire yourself – essentially a million dollar fine in lost benefits over a lifetime.

Still, Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton said, “We believe there are five officers now who could face possible termination.”

But it’s not just the threat of termination. Mayor Stratton told us he’s looking at all options, including disbanding the police department – basically starting over.

“It’s something we’re certainly looking into. I think the public has had it up to here,” said the mayor.

Currently, officials are reviewing the legal options and planning to present a full report in early April – options like a consolidated county-wide police force or bringing in the State Police.

The mayor said there is another option – and that would be declaring martial law. The governor would have to declare it and then the National Guard would come in. The mayor said it’s more for a transition to a new police force if that were to happen.

He said, “It may be that as a stopgap measure, that you would need military forces – State Police, National Guard.”

Mayor Stratton said the temporary measure would last until the new police force took over.

Schenectady’s Corporation Counsel John Van Norden said, “If you abolish the police department you still have a need – not an obligation – but a need to police the community. You would need something in transition. Declaring martial law would be one way to bridge the gap.”

“It’s a contrived scenario,” said the mayor. “But it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities if you go that particular route.”

Chief Chaires said, “When I think of martial law, I think of rioting. I think of Watts riots and things like that. I haven’t seen anything that rises to that level. I was a little surprised to hear that.”

But whether the National Guard needs to be called in or not, we’ll take a more-in-depth look on Thursday at the county-wide and State Police options, as officials try to deal with an unprecedented situation in unprecedented ways.

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Schenectady New York Officials Finally Have To Deal With Their Disfunctional Police Department After Latest Officers Arrests For Drunk Driving, Beating A Man, Etc.

March 23, 2009

SCHENECTADY, NEW YORK – Schenectady Police Chief Mark Chaires said, “This is unprecedented – all these officers getting in trouble at the same time for all these different reasons.

Five Schenectady police officers recently accused of everything from driving drunk to beating up a man are leading city officials to look at taking drastic action to fix a department tainted by the few who may have acted illegally, like Darren Lawrence and Michael Brown who are accused of driving while intoxicated.

Chief Chaires said, “Those two officers, we’re definitely going to seek termination, and we’re not ruling it out with any of the officers who are out there.

Mayor considers options, martial law over police woes
After a number of scandals have sent Schenectady officials scrambling to clean up the police department, there are now a number of options being discussed. They include disbanding the department, restarting with a new county-wide police force, or even bringing in the National Guard. Our Steve Ference sat down with the police chief and mayor to find out more about the options – and how likely it is that something like martial law could be pursued.

Police Chief Mark Chaires told us you basically have to fire yourself – essentially a million dollar fine in lost benefits over a lifetime.

Still, Schenectady Mayor Brian Stratton said, “We believe there are five officers now who could face possible termination.”

But it’s not just the threat of termination. Mayor Stratton told us he’s looking at all options, including disbanding the police department – basically starting over.

“It’s something we’re certainly looking into. I think the public has had it up to here,” said the mayor.

Currently, officials are reviewing the legal options and planning to present a full report in early April – options like a consolidated county-wide police force or bringing in the State Police.

The mayor said there is another option – and that would be declaring martial law. The governor would have to declare it and then the National Guard would come in. The mayor said it’s more for a transition to a new police force if that were to happen.

He said, “It may be that as a stopgap measure, that you would need military forces – State Police, National Guard.”

Mayor Stratton said the temporary measure would last until the new police force took over.

Schenectady’s Corporation Counsel John Van Norden said, “If you abolish the police department you still have a need – not an obligation – but a need to police the community. You would need something in transition. Declaring martial law would be one way to bridge the gap.”

“It’s a contrived scenario,” said the mayor. “But it’s not beyond the realm of possibilities if you go that particular route.”

Chief Chaires said, “When I think of martial law, I think of rioting. I think of Watts riots and things like that. I haven’t seen anything that rises to that level. I was a little surprised to hear that.”

But whether the National Guard needs to be called in or not, we’ll take a more-in-depth look on Thursday at the county-wide and State Police options, as officials try to deal with an unprecedented situation in unprecedented ways.

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North Vancouver Canada Police Officer Darren Baker Receives A Slap On The Wrist For Drunk Driving

February 27, 2009

NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA – A North Vancouver police officer has been punished following an RCMP disciplinary hearing Thursday for drunk driving.

Cpl. Darren Baker was ordered Thursday to forfeit 10 days’ pay after he admitted at the hearing to driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2007.

The punishment is the most severe Baker could have received without being fired or demoted.

Still, it could have been a lot worse.

The officer was facing a criminal charge of impaired driving last year after he was pulled over for erratic driving in West Vancouver.

The charge was eventually stayed in January because Crown prosecutors overlooked a request by the defence to provide a key piece of evidence — a videotape of the West Vancouver police cellblock where Baker’s breathalyzer sample was taken.

By the time the mistake was realized, the tape had been recycled.

B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal said in January he was disappointed by the stayed charges.

The case gained prominence because RCMP headquarters only revealed last October that Baker had been charged with impaired driving, 10 months after the incident. They blamed the delay in disclosure on a communications breakdown.

The case was one of four incidents involving Lower Mainland-area police officers that were revealed last fall.

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North Vancouver Canada Police Officer Darren Baker Receives A Slap On The Wrist For Drunk Driving

February 27, 2009

NORTH VANCOUVER, CANADA – A North Vancouver police officer has been punished following an RCMP disciplinary hearing Thursday for drunk driving.

Cpl. Darren Baker was ordered Thursday to forfeit 10 days’ pay after he admitted at the hearing to driving under the influence of alcohol in December 2007.

The punishment is the most severe Baker could have received without being fired or demoted.

Still, it could have been a lot worse.

The officer was facing a criminal charge of impaired driving last year after he was pulled over for erratic driving in West Vancouver.

The charge was eventually stayed in January because Crown prosecutors overlooked a request by the defence to provide a key piece of evidence — a videotape of the West Vancouver police cellblock where Baker’s breathalyzer sample was taken.

By the time the mistake was realized, the tape had been recycled.

B.C. Attorney General Wally Oppal said in January he was disappointed by the stayed charges.

The case gained prominence because RCMP headquarters only revealed last October that Baker had been charged with impaired driving, 10 months after the incident. They blamed the delay in disclosure on a communications breakdown.

The case was one of four incidents involving Lower Mainland-area police officers that were revealed last fall.

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Dumbass Iowa City Police Officer Sgt. Sid Jackson Arrested, Charged With Drunk Driving – Tracks In Snow Proved He Is A Liar

February 24, 2009

IOWA CITY, IOWA – An Iowa City Police sergeant was arrested early Saturday by the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety after allegedly driving drunk.

Sgt. Sid Jackson faces charges of drunken driving and interference with official acts.

Police Chief Sam Hargadine said Jackson was off duty at the time of his arrest.

Hargadine said an Iowa City Police on-duty officer was the first one to come across Jackson. The officer requested assistance and University of Iowa Department of Public Safety officers arrived. The University of Iowa officers made the arrest, he said.

According to the Department of Public Safety complaints, an officer observed Jackson sitting in his vehicle with the door open at the intersection of Iowa and Muscatine avenues at 3:54 a.m. Saturday.

Jackson denied driving but admitted he had been drinking, according to the complaints. There were tracks in the fresh snow leading from the front and rear tires, according to the complaints.

According to the complaints, Jackson walked away from the officer and refused to cooperate with testing. He also refused to get in the patrol vehicle and pulled away from officers as he was being placed in handcuffs, according to the complaints.

Jackson was injured during the incident, according to the complaints.

Two calls to a home phone number listed online for Jackson were not answered Saturday night.

Jackson is one of three late-night watch commanders who work 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the Iowa City Police department, according to the Iowa City Police Web site.

“He is on administrative leave” pending the outcome of the internal affairs investigation, Hargadine said.

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety will investigate the criminal matter, and when Iowa City Police receive the paperwork Monday, the internal affairs team will open an independent investigation, Hargadine said.

Hargadine said Jackson is a 20-plus year veteran of the Iowa City Police department.

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Dumbass Iowa City Police Officer Sgt. Sid Jackson Arrested, Charged With Drunk Driving – Tracks In Snow Proved He Is A Liar

February 24, 2009

IOWA CITY, IOWA – An Iowa City Police sergeant was arrested early Saturday by the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety after allegedly driving drunk.

Sgt. Sid Jackson faces charges of drunken driving and interference with official acts.

Police Chief Sam Hargadine said Jackson was off duty at the time of his arrest.

Hargadine said an Iowa City Police on-duty officer was the first one to come across Jackson. The officer requested assistance and University of Iowa Department of Public Safety officers arrived. The University of Iowa officers made the arrest, he said.

According to the Department of Public Safety complaints, an officer observed Jackson sitting in his vehicle with the door open at the intersection of Iowa and Muscatine avenues at 3:54 a.m. Saturday.

Jackson denied driving but admitted he had been drinking, according to the complaints. There were tracks in the fresh snow leading from the front and rear tires, according to the complaints.

According to the complaints, Jackson walked away from the officer and refused to cooperate with testing. He also refused to get in the patrol vehicle and pulled away from officers as he was being placed in handcuffs, according to the complaints.

Jackson was injured during the incident, according to the complaints.

Two calls to a home phone number listed online for Jackson were not answered Saturday night.

Jackson is one of three late-night watch commanders who work 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the Iowa City Police department, according to the Iowa City Police Web site.

“He is on administrative leave” pending the outcome of the internal affairs investigation, Hargadine said.

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety will investigate the criminal matter, and when Iowa City Police receive the paperwork Monday, the internal affairs team will open an independent investigation, Hargadine said.

Hargadine said Jackson is a 20-plus year veteran of the Iowa City Police department.

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Drunk Driving Morris County New Jersey Judge George Korpita Suspended, Kicked Off The Bench, Loses License And Right To Hold Public Office

February 23, 2009

MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY – The state Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former Morris County municipal judge who threatened a police officer during a driving while intoxicated stop in 2007.

The state attorney Disciplinary Review Board recommended that George Korpita only be censured, but the high court handed down a three-month suspension for the “unethical behavior,” according to a Feb. 2 order that was released today.

Korpita was a municipal judge of Dover, Rockaway Borough and Victory Gardens when he was charged with driving while intoxicated in Roxbury in November 2007.

He pleaded guilty in December 2007 in Superior Court in Morristown to driving while intoxicated and to threatening a public servant. Korpita admitted he flashed his municipal judge identification and mentioned several times he was a municipal court judge.

“I’m a judge. I’m okay, bro. I’m okay,” he said, according to the arrest report. Korpita failed five sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

When the officers refused to back off the arrest, Korpita threatened to take action against them if they appeared in one of his courts, Korpita admitted. Officers routinely appear in municipal courts to help prosecute tickets and complaints they sign against people.

Korpita was sentenced in February 2008 to three years of probation, to never serve in public office again and to never seek to have his record expunged. He also was ordered to perform community service, to attend an in-house substance-abuse program, to lose his driver’s license for a year and to pay $1,000 in fines.

While awaiting sentencing in the Roxbury case, Korpita was charged with driving while intoxicated in Sparta. He has pleaded not guilty in Sparta and that case is pending.

Prior to having his attorney’s license reinstated, Korpita also must submit proof of his mental-health fitness and periodic reports of his sobriety to the state Office of Attorney Ethics, the Supreme Court order states.

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Drunk Driving Morris County New Jersey Judge George Korpita Suspended, Kicked Off The Bench, Loses License And Right To Hold Public Office

February 23, 2009

MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY – The state Supreme Court has suspended the law license of a former Morris County municipal judge who threatened a police officer during a driving while intoxicated stop in 2007.

The state attorney Disciplinary Review Board recommended that George Korpita only be censured, but the high court handed down a three-month suspension for the “unethical behavior,” according to a Feb. 2 order that was released today.

Korpita was a municipal judge of Dover, Rockaway Borough and Victory Gardens when he was charged with driving while intoxicated in Roxbury in November 2007.

He pleaded guilty in December 2007 in Superior Court in Morristown to driving while intoxicated and to threatening a public servant. Korpita admitted he flashed his municipal judge identification and mentioned several times he was a municipal court judge.

“I’m a judge. I’m okay, bro. I’m okay,” he said, according to the arrest report. Korpita failed five sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol reading of 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08.

When the officers refused to back off the arrest, Korpita threatened to take action against them if they appeared in one of his courts, Korpita admitted. Officers routinely appear in municipal courts to help prosecute tickets and complaints they sign against people.

Korpita was sentenced in February 2008 to three years of probation, to never serve in public office again and to never seek to have his record expunged. He also was ordered to perform community service, to attend an in-house substance-abuse program, to lose his driver’s license for a year and to pay $1,000 in fines.

While awaiting sentencing in the Roxbury case, Korpita was charged with driving while intoxicated in Sparta. He has pleaded not guilty in Sparta and that case is pending.

Prior to having his attorney’s license reinstated, Korpita also must submit proof of his mental-health fitness and periodic reports of his sobriety to the state Office of Attorney Ethics, the Supreme Court order states.

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Dumbass Maryland State Police Officer Bruce Wrzosek Arrested, Fired, Charged With Kidnapping And Drunk Driving After Burger King Drive Thru Incident With Patrol Car And High Speed Chase

December 23, 2008

TOWSON, MARYLAND – What happened at 3 a.m. Saturday has cost a Maryland state trooper his job.

Kelly McPherson reports it happened exactly one year after he graduated from the state police academy.

Police say off-duty state trooper Bruce Wrzosek, 22, pulled up to a Towson drive-thru and ordered up trouble.

Baltimore County Police say they were called to Taco Bell by employees, who said they were being disturbed by a drunken trooper turning on his siren and trying to pull people over in the drive-thru lane.

“When our first officer got there, the trooper indicated that he was OK. But the officer didn’t suspect that things were OK. Actually, he smelled an odor of alcohol,” said Corporal Mike Hill, spokesperson for Baltimore County Police.

Before police got there, Wrzosek had thrown a 20-year-old man into the front seat of his cruiser. That man said while in the drive-thru, the trooper yelled, “Get the [expletive] out of the way.” When he drove off from county police he said, “They can’t do [expletive] to me.”

County police chased the trooper into a residential area to Tilmont Avenue. The witness inside the trooper car told police it felt like they were going 95 miles per hour during the chase.

In the trooper’s neighborhood, he failed the heel-to-toe sobriety test. During the test Wrzosek said, “That’s great, I’m drunk.”

Then before finishing he said, “I’m done, lock me up.”

The county’s investigation showed there was no reason for Wrzosek to force the 20-year-old man into his car at the restaurant’s parking lot. The trooper is charged with DUI, false imprisonment and eluding police.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley says Wrzosek has been fired. During the incident, police say Wrzosek was dressed in plain-clothes but was driving his police car.

The trooper was still within his two-year probationary period, so his firing was swift.

“This type of behavior is not part of the Maryland State Police and is in no way condoned. This is completely inappropriate for anyone who wears this uniform,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police spokesperson.

Wrzosek is in the Baltimore County jail on $500,000 bond.

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Dumbass Maryland State Police Officer Bruce Wrzosek Arrested, Fired, Charged With Kidnapping And Drunk Driving After Burger King Drive Thru Incident With Patrol Car And High Speed Chase

December 23, 2008

TOWSON, MARYLAND – What happened at 3 a.m. Saturday has cost a Maryland state trooper his job.

Kelly McPherson reports it happened exactly one year after he graduated from the state police academy.

Police say off-duty state trooper Bruce Wrzosek, 22, pulled up to a Towson drive-thru and ordered up trouble.

Baltimore County Police say they were called to Taco Bell by employees, who said they were being disturbed by a drunken trooper turning on his siren and trying to pull people over in the drive-thru lane.

“When our first officer got there, the trooper indicated that he was OK. But the officer didn’t suspect that things were OK. Actually, he smelled an odor of alcohol,” said Corporal Mike Hill, spokesperson for Baltimore County Police.

Before police got there, Wrzosek had thrown a 20-year-old man into the front seat of his cruiser. That man said while in the drive-thru, the trooper yelled, “Get the [expletive] out of the way.” When he drove off from county police he said, “They can’t do [expletive] to me.”

County police chased the trooper into a residential area to Tilmont Avenue. The witness inside the trooper car told police it felt like they were going 95 miles per hour during the chase.

In the trooper’s neighborhood, he failed the heel-to-toe sobriety test. During the test Wrzosek said, “That’s great, I’m drunk.”

Then before finishing he said, “I’m done, lock me up.”

The county’s investigation showed there was no reason for Wrzosek to force the 20-year-old man into his car at the restaurant’s parking lot. The trooper is charged with DUI, false imprisonment and eluding police.

State police spokesman Greg Shipley says Wrzosek has been fired. During the incident, police say Wrzosek was dressed in plain-clothes but was driving his police car.

The trooper was still within his two-year probationary period, so his firing was swift.

“This type of behavior is not part of the Maryland State Police and is in no way condoned. This is completely inappropriate for anyone who wears this uniform,” said Greg Shipley, Maryland State Police spokesperson.

Wrzosek is in the Baltimore County jail on $500,000 bond.

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Nevada County Nevada Sheriff’s Department Blood Tester Kathleen Cherry Charged After Driving Drunk To County Jail To Test Drunk Driver’s Blood

December 8, 2008

CARSON CITY, NEVADA – A contract worker for a Nevada sheriff’s department is accused of driving drunk to a jail to test a suspect’s blood alcohol content.

Fifty-three-year-old Kathleen Cherry told a Carson City sheriff’s deputy who smelled alcohol on her breath that she had one margarita before driving Friday night.

She’s accused of failing field sobriety tests and registering a blood alcohol content over the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Cherry is a phlebotomist, trained to draw blood for lab tests. She was booked on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, and her bail was set at more than $1,000.

She declined to comment.

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Nevada County Nevada Sheriff’s Department Blood Tester Kathleen Cherry Charged After Driving Drunk To County Jail To Test Drunk Driver’s Blood

December 8, 2008

CARSON CITY, NEVADA – A contract worker for a Nevada sheriff’s department is accused of driving drunk to a jail to test a suspect’s blood alcohol content.

Fifty-three-year-old Kathleen Cherry told a Carson City sheriff’s deputy who smelled alcohol on her breath that she had one margarita before driving Friday night.

She’s accused of failing field sobriety tests and registering a blood alcohol content over the state’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Cherry is a phlebotomist, trained to draw blood for lab tests. She was booked on a misdemeanor drunken driving charge, and her bail was set at more than $1,000.

She declined to comment.

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