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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