DUI arrest in CA

Posted on 19th February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

Feb. 4: Anmarie Wrona, 34, of the 14800 block of Kilpatrick in Midlothian, was charged with drunken driving and no proof of insurance. She was stopped at 10:52 a.m. in the 6600 block of College Drive, police said. Wrona failed field sobriety tests and an open bottle of liquor was found inside her car, police said.

Feb. 4: Jeffrey Graves, 54, of the 11600 block of Nagle Avenue in Worth, was charged with driving under the influence. He was stopped at 11:38 p.m. in the 12100 block of Harlem Avenue, police said. Graves failed a breath test, police said.

Feb. 4: Marcin Figus, 21, of the 8500 block of Massasoit Avenue in Burbank, was charged with driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. He was stopped at 1:41 a.m. for a burnt out headlight, police said. He submitted to and failed a breath test, police said.

Feb. 1: Robert Carroll, 60, of the 9600 block of Meade in Oak Lawn, was charged with driving under the influence and felony driving on a revoked license. Carroll was stopped at 1:15 a.m. in the 6800 block of College Drive for a seatbelt violation, police said. Officers detected the smell of alcohol on Carroll’s breath, he refused to submit to a breath test, police said. His license had already been revoked for a past DUI, police said.

ORLAND PARK

Feb. 5: Police pulled over a truck after seeing it make a wide turn, cutting into the opposite lane of traffic, around 11:15 p.m. on 108th Avenue near 179th Street. The officer smelled alcohol on the driver’s breath, his speech was slurred and he failed field sobriety tests, police said. Christos I. Xirogiannis, 55, of the 15600 block of Lakeside Drive in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, improper turning, improper lane use and driving an uninsured vehicle.

Feb. 5: Police pulled over a car for driving 65 mph in a 40 mph zone in the 8000 block of 159th Street around 11:30 p.m. Police smelled alcohol from inside the vehicle, and the driver failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. Darlene M. Valenti-Galassi, 52, of the 7900 block of 164th Court in Tinley Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

Jan. 29: Police saw a Nissan Maxima strike a Ford Explorer while making a left turn as the Explorer was driving west on 159th Street through 108th Avenue around 7:55 p.m. Neither drivers were injured, police said. The officer noticed an odor of alcohol from the breath of the Nissan driver, and he failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. Jeffrey T. Reynolds, 45, of the 15600 block of Heatherglen Court in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, driving an uninsured vehicle and disobeying a traffic device.

Jan. 29: Police were called about a one-car accident in a parking lot in the 16100 block of LaGrange Road around 3:30 p.m. A car drove off the road, yet the driver walked away from the accident and into a nearby restaurant, police said. Police caught up with paramedics on the scene who walked the woman out of the restaurant, and found a car with heavy front-end damage, according to the report. The woman told police she had “hit a curb,” which later turned out to be a center median strip, according to the report. The woman was slurring her speech, and an officer could smell a moderate odor of alcohol from her breath, police said. She later failed field sobriety tests, according to the report. Julie A. Shea, 49, of the 8800 block of 140th Street in Orland Park, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, driving an uninsured vehicle and improper lane use.

TINLEY PARK

Feb. 11: Tinley Park police said they arrested a Plainfield woman after they found her behind the wheel of her idle car, which was stuck on the train tracks along 68th Court. Police met Rachel E. Mizwicki, 20, of the 24200 block of Cropland Drive in Plainfield, around 2:20 a.m. Saturday. Her four-door Oldsmobile was stopped on the railroad tracks in the 17300 block of 68th Court. An officer guided Mizwicki and her passengers—the report didn’t say how many—to safety when a train came rumbling down the tracks. Police said Mizwicki failed field sobriety tests and blew a .117 on the Breathalyzer. Asked if she was drunk she told police, “No. Well, maybe a little,” the report said. She was charged with unlawful access to a restricted roadway, driving without a driver’s license in her possession, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content greater than 0.08. Read more on Tinley Park Patch.

Feb. 4: When searching a driver before he was taken into custody on a driving under the influence charge, police found a bag of marijuana, two needles, an unidentified pill and several beers, they said. They stopped Joseph A. Saulinski, 44, of the 7700 block of West 157th Place in Orland Park, around 6:20 p.m. Saturday in the 17600 block of Harlem Avenue in Tinley. A caller said he saw Saulinski’s Chevy pick-up swerving across lanes of traffic, narrowly striking other vehicles, the report said. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and at 7:50 p.m., blew a .022—that’s .058 less than the legal limit—on the Breathalyzer, according to the report. He then gave police blood and urine samples, they said. He also faces drug charges.

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DUI Charges Ryan N. Costa

Posted on 17th February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

A Barrington man, 31, faces drunk driving, marijuana possession and other alcohol-related charges filed by Barrington police early Friday morning, Feb. 17.

Ryan N. Costa, of 12 Juniper St., was traveling south on Sowams Road when his vehicle was observed swerving several times over the center line by a patrol officer. He was pulled over near Zompa Road at 1:42 am.

Costa smelled of alcohol, police said, and an open container of beer was spotted in his vehicle. A search of the vehicle found some marijuana, which led to a charge of driving in possession of a controlled substance.

Costa failed field sobriety tests, police said. He refused to take the Breathalyzer test. He was scheduled to appear in 6th District Court Friday morning. A passenger in his vehicle was not charged.

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DUI Jonathan Reed

Posted on 14th February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

During the fire, police say 26-year-old Jonathan Reed drove his 1999 white Toyota through the police tape and rear-ended a vehicle police had stopped at the barricade.

When police questioned Reed, they allegedly noticed that he smelled of alcohol, had glossy eyes and slurred speech.

Police say Reed, “caused a danger of bodily harm to the passengers of the struck vehicle, police officers and the firefighters working on the house fire behind the police car.”

He was charged with DUI and wanton endangerment, among other charges.

It was later determined that the apartment fire was caused by an unattended candle. When firefighters arrived, the second floor of the three-story building was engulfed in flames. Fire crews were able to keep the flames from spreading to adjacent buildings.

Everyone made it out of the building OK. One woman was taken to UofL Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and was later released.

The 14 people who were displaced by the fire have been staying with family members.

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Karen Faye Honeycutt kills daughter in DUI crash

Posted on 3rd February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

Karen Faye Honeycutt, 41, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the death of Chloe Honeycutt and inflicting great bodily harm on two of her other children who survived the January 2011 crash.
“I think about her every day,” Honeycutt told the judge, speaking quietly through tears as she sat in the courtroom in blue jail clothing.
Honeycutt said she was sorry for what she had done, adding, “That doesn’t mean very much.”
“I wish that I could make things better,” she said. “I won’t get to see my youngest son grow up. This is just devastating.”
Written statements of support from Chloe’s father, Honeycutt’s aunt and several co-workers and friends were read in court.
Her attorney, Renee Rupp, said Honeycutt pleaded guilty to avoid putting her family through a trial and said that she had never seen anyone so remorseful. She said Honeycutt suffered from depression and had run out of her anti-depressant medication not long before the fatal crash. Honeycutt, who had been laid off from her job, could not afford to buy more and was “self-medicating” with alcohol, she said.

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Maureen Jane Raymond blame big booms for DUI arrest

Posted on 3rd February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

Maureen Jane Raymond, 49, was arrested in Jensen Beach on Jan. 29 after she was stopped by cops who responded to a reckless vehicle call, according to the Martin County Sheriff’s Office report obtained by TCPalm.com.

According to the report, a deputy saw Raymond driving over 50 mph in a 35 mph zone in her grey Camry and crossing over the double yellow line twice before parking in two spots at a Walgreen’s.

The deputy smelled an odor of alcohol on Raymond and noticed she had slurred speech, glassy eyes and staggered when she walked, the report said.

According to the report, Raymond started drinking out of a glass, telling the deputy it was tea. A second glass found in the car smelled like an alcoholic beverage, the deputy wrote in the report.

Raymond was asked to get out of the car for tests and she started to give her top heavy excuse.

“When I told her we were going to do some roadside tasks she told me that I needed to understand that she is big chested and if I asked her to close her eyes and balance she is not going to balance well,” the deputy wrote. “She told me ‘big breast you don’t balance well.’”

Asked if she had any injuries, Raymond replied she had big breasts and whiplash, the report said.

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DUI for Zamboni Driver

Posted on 2nd February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

A PeeWee hockey coach called 911 on Monday after players, parents, and spectators noticed 34-year-old Joel Buss weaving and running into the boards, taking 25 minutes to do a 10-minute ice resurfacing job, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
By the time the police arrived, Buss had managed to maneuver the Zamboni into the garage, where he failed sobriety tests.
Before the game, coach Bryan Dornstreich had noticed the man’s eyes were red and he smelled like Red Bull, but he didn’t think anything of it until after the game, when a parent told him Buss was “weaving all over, slurring his words.”
Buss was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Court records show he has three prior DUI convictions.

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DUI arrest for Star trek actor Avery Brooks

Posted on 2nd February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

Avery Brooks is set to be arraigned in state court in Norwalk next week in connection with his arrest last weekend in Wilton, a wealthy suburb about 50 miles northeast of Manhattan. He played Capt. Benjamin Sisko on the 1990s “Star Trek” series and had the role of Hawk on “Spenser: For Hire” in the 1980s.

Local police say they pulled over the 63-year-old Princeton, N.J., resident shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday after receiving a complaint about his driving.

It’s not clear if Avery has a lawyer. He’s due in court on Feb. 9.

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DUI trick with penny

Posted on 2nd February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

An officer stopped the man’s car at about 4:45 a.m. after it made an erratic turn from East Broad Street to North Thomas Street, and the officer used a hand-held breathalyzer to determine he had a blood-alcohol level of .170 percent, police said.

The man pretended to blow into another alcohol-sensing device at the police station, then pretended some more after he was allowed to use the restroom, according to police.

The officer noticed something in the man’s mouth as he pretended to blow into the alcohol sensor — a penny that the man swallowed when he was told to spit it out, police said.

The drunken driver had tried “the myth that a penny is supposed to throw off the machine,” according to the officer’s report.

The motorist, who claimed he had not been drinking and his hand slipped from the steering wheel when turning, was charged with DUI and improper driving

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4th DUI Adam J. Scribner

Posted on 1st February 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

Police say Adam J. Scribner ran three red lights, made a U-turn on a residential lawn, sideswiped a Jeep in the 1700 block of Poplar Street and drove the wrong way on a one-way street before his Ford Ranger stopped moving.

Officers say the 26-year-old told them, “He never would have stopped if he hadn’t run out of gas,” according to an arrest affidavit from the case.

Scribner was first spotted about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday driving about 50 mph in a 30 mph zone on College Drive. He then accelerated to about 60 mph, driving in the oncoming lane. An officer attempted to stop the pickup, according to the affidavit.

Officers say they pursued the Ford that Scribner was driving for roughly 1.2 miles through neighborhoods near Poplar Street.

At the time of his arrest, Scribner allegedly admitted to having consumed four White Russian drinks. He told officers he was in trouble because a local judge had told him in the past, “If I see you again for a DUI or a drug charge, you’re going to prison,” the affidavit states.

Read more: http://trib.com/news/local/casper/casper-police-arrest-man-for-alleged-th-dui/article_1e308d21-aca2-5855-abf5-8e54d24c4068.html#ixzz1lAMwGWGn

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new law bill in GA may offer 2nd chances to DUI

Posted on 28th January 2012 in DWI / DUI Convictions

In September 2010, the Gainesville State College student was pulled over by police for a busted taillight. But when the officer approached the car, the taillight was the least of Blackstock’s worries. The few drinks he had that night put him just over the legal blood-alcohol content limit and he was arrested on DUI charges.

Blackstock said he couldn’t help but think his chances of ever teaching may have ended from one bad decision.

"I was very much afraid of that," he said. "Some people are better understanding than others, but it’s better to not even have it to worry about."

If it weren’t for the decision of a judge to reduce the charge to reckless driving, Blackstock would still be faced with that possibility.

"I told (the judge) that I wanted to be an English teacher and the judge’s daughter was an English teacher," he said.

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