Randy Michaels was arrested in October in Middletown. Court officials said a prosecutor withdrew the driving under the influence charge Friday, and Michaels pleaded guilty to driving into a closed street. He was fined $30 and court costs.
His attorney, Steve Adams, says Michaels was not under the influence of alcohol and was innocent.
Police had reported that an officer spotted Michaels’ vehicle in a construction area and that he smelled of alcohol.
John Medeiros, now 59, is charged in connection with the death of 39-year-old Dwayne Bradley.
In October 2010, Medeiros was driving a 2000 Cadillac Deville and collided with a motorcycle as he was making a left turn onto Northeast 77th Street. Bradley, the driver of the motorcycle, was taken to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville that night, where he was pronounced deceased.
According to police reports, Medeiros was visibly intoxicated at the scene. His driver’s license had been revoked for a previous DUI manslaughter charge. The 2010 charge was his second in two years.
An unshaven Medeiros, wearing a faded jail uniform, appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing. His defense attorney, Melanie Slaughter, planned to review with him a redacted recorded jail interview he had with authorities, which will be introduced in court next week.
Medeiros faces up to 30 years in prison. He has turned down plea deals from the State Attorney’s Office for 15-year and 20-year sentences.
Former York County Councilman Paul Lindemann was charged with driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident after he struck a mailbox with a vehicle and ran away, authorities say. Lindemann, who was elected twice to represent Fort Mill on York County Council, was booked at Moss Justice Center just before 7 a.m. Tuesday. His bond was set at $1,234.50, and his first court appearance is Feb. 6.
Lindemann, 32, was involved in a one vehicle wreck in Fort Mill around 1:45 a.m., said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the Highway Patrol. The patrol responded to Commons Court in Fort Mill’s Baxter Village, where a vehicle had struck a mailbox.
A 2003 Lexus SUV was traveling southbound on Commons Court, when the vehicle swerved off the road to the right and struck a mailbox, Elder said.
The driver, later identified as Lindemann, fled the vehicle on foot and was arrested soon after, Elder said.
The highway patrol previously released Lindemann’s home address, 1312 Hensley Road, as the site of the crash.
Lindemann didn’t take a breathalyzer test, which could mean he either refused to take it or couldn’t blow enough air, Judge Dan Malphrus said during his bond hearing.
Perry McCall was arrested early Dec. 29 by an Indiana State trooper at U.S. 31 and Eastern Boulevard. A police-administered field test showed his blood-alcohol content at the time to be .19 percent, more than twice Indiana’s legal limit, the Clark County Sheriff’s Department said.
Because McCall declined to take a certified test, the results aren’t admissible in court, a sheriff’s department spokesman said.
McCall was arrested on a similar charge in May and in 2001.
Rhodes said the town council will begin its search for a new attorney soon but has no timetable yet for filling the contract position.
McCall will continue to help the town until a new attorney is found, Rhodes said.
Richard Bolling, 42, is charged with aggravated DUI, reckless homicide and leaving the scene of a fatal accident in the May 2009 crash that killed Trenton Booker. Trenton was riding his bike late at night with a friend Michael when Bolling allegedly struck him at 81st Street and Ashland Avenue and then fled the scene.
Prosecutors alleged in opening statements that Bolling, who was off-duty at the time, wasn’t given a field sobriety test until nearly two hours after he was arrested driving the wrong way down a street shortly after the crash. Officers at the scene said he passed the exam.
According to court filings by prosecutors, an undisclosed superior officer was captured on a video recording at the crash scene telling Bolling he would “try to help you out as much as possible.”
It was four and a half hours after the crash, and only under pressure from an Internal Affairs sergeant, when Bolling submitted to a Breathalyzer and registered 0.079 percent, just under the legal limit of 0.08 percent, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors are expected to call an expert witness who will estimate that Bolling’s blood-alcohol content exceeded the legal limit at the time of the crash, according to court filings.
The victim told police he was driving his 1993 Cadillac Fleetwood east on Manassas Drive, Manassas Park, about to turn on northbound Cabbel Drive at 4:44 p.m. when a 1997 Nissan Altima hit his car’s front and rear passenger side, Manassas Park police spokeswoman Karen Barton said.
The driver of the Nissan—later identified as Cristobal Gutierrez—reportedly turned onto nearby Polk Drive, where the victim blocked Gutierrez’ car, authorities said.
Gutierrez got out and ran. The victim called 911 while chasing him.
Police found Gutierrez, 49, of Manassas Drive, at the intersection of Old Centreville Road and Polk Drive, Manassas Park, and charged him with DUI – 3rd offense, driving after being declared an habitual offender, hit and run attended/damage over $1,000, Barton said.
He was held without bond, and has a court date of Feb. 23.
District Judge Michael Gibbons told Shawn Hudler he may be eligible for parole in 12 months. He gave him credit for 140 days in custody.
Hudler was arrested July 4, 2009, and convicted of his third driving under the influence offense in three years.
He was admitted to the DUI diversion program, but was arrested Oct. 25, 2010, and accused of committing two burglaries and a petty theft while in the program which lasts up to three years.
25-year-old South Lake Tahoe man was sentenced Monday to three years in Nevada State Prison for felony driving under the influence after he was dropped from a diversion program for committing additional crimes.
He was sentenced to two years in prison in California on the new offenses, and released after one year to be returned to Douglas County where he was held in custody.
“I’ve gone through a lot in the last few years. I’ve changed a lot. I am prepared to move forward,” Hudler said.
The defendant said his family in Colorado was ready to support his move to that state.
“Unfortunately, you didn’t make the decision to change when you were offered the opportunity through DUI court,” Gibbons said. “The state has asked for substantially more time because you committed another crime on the diversion program.”
Brandy Allen was behind bars Monday morning, waiting to face a judge.
Her family disputed the allegations.
Allen insists she drank a small amount of alcohol the night she crashed, killing her daughter, but investigators say it was enough to put here over the legal limit.
A makeshift memorial stands in the spot that 10-year-old Brianna Johnson died, and her five-year-old sister, Genia, critically injured.
Police said she was driving, got distracted and slammed her car into the back of a parked semi on the morning after Christmas 2011.
Tests showed her blood alcohol level was .17, twice the legal limit, although Allen’s friends dispute that.
Jessica Lynn Lanier of Goose Creek was originally charged with DUI after S.C. Highway Patrol troopers said she struck the firefighters as they were working at the site of a car crash on Oct. 19.
Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said she was arrested on the upgraded charge Thursday based on one of the fire fighters’ injuries.
She was released on her own recognizance from the Berkeley County jail Friday morning, according to court records. Her attorney could not be reached.
Goose Creek fire Capt. Michael Althoff, 45, and firefighter Christopher Harrison, 31, were working an accident on U.S. Highway 176 near the Walmart store shortly after midnight when they were struck by a car heading west, Beres said.
Both men suffered leg injuries, according to a Goose Creek police report.