The following motorists were charged Monday with driving under the influence. Names, ages and addresses were provided by the individuals.
Michael Scott Curtis, 29, 700 block of Marlinspike Drive.
Oliver Dewitt Reeve, 66, address unavailable.
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The following motorists were charged Friday through Monday with driving under the influence. Names, ages and addresses were provided by the individuals.
Linda Bridges Collins, 56, 4500 block of Voyager Drive, Pensacola.
Eugene Carl Focarelli, 28, 2700 block of Eureka Lane, Pensacola.
Sean Michael Allen, 39, 2700 block of Riverside Landing, Navarre.
Joseph Michael Moghadam, 49, 4400 block of Chantilly Way, Milton.
Matthew Parker, 25, is accused of drunk driving, speeding, running a red light in Whittier and broadsiding another vehicle on Friday afternoon, reports City News Service. Parker was traveling westbound on Mulberry Drive at Laurel Avenue in his 2004 Toyota Highlander when the crash occurred around 1:10pm. The victim’s car is described as a 2005 Toyota Corolla, which was making a left turn from southbound Laurel Avenue to eastbound Mulberry Drive.
The suspect’s vehicle struck the Corolla where three-year-old Lany Castillo was seated. She was airlifted to USC Medical Center with major head trauma. The Corolla’s driver, Jorge Garcia, 55, and passenger, Estella Garcia, were also taken to the hospital. Estella suffered major injuries; Jorge’s injuries were minor. The couple are Lany’s grandparents.
Parker fled from the scene on foot but was found hiding in a nearby apartment complex on Carmenita Road. The passenger of the Highlander suffered minor injuries.
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.
The checkpoint will be held at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6 p.m. and 2 am.
Checkpoints take place in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public, according to Sgt. Billy Green of the Fontana P.D.
Officers will be contacting drivers passing through the checkpoint looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension, and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes, court probation and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
All too often, members of the local community are senselessly injured or killed on roadways by impaired drivers, said Fontana Police Chief Rod Jones. "In the past year alone, DUI collisions have claimed 10 lives in the City of Fontana," Jones said.
This DUI/driver’s license checkpoint is an effort to reduce those tragedies, as well as insuring drivers have a valid driver’s license, Jones said.
Major Les Witkowski said the 14-year-old girl was driving eastbound in the 5300 block of Highway 10 when she drove into the westbound lane. A vehicle traveling west saw the girl’s vehicle and stopped, and the girl ran head-on into the other vehicle, Witkowski said. No one was injured, but the crash did approximately $5,000 damage to each vehicle.
Witkowski said the 14-year-old girl was cited with driving under the influence and minor in possession. A 12-year-old girl who was a passenger in her car had to be taken to the hospital due to her intoxication level and also was cited with minor in possession. Both girls were released to parents, Witkowski said.
He said he can’t remember a 14-year-old licensed driver getting a DUI in his 30 years of law enforcement, though he noted that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened. However, he said it is rare for someone that young to be caught driving drunk.
Bismarck Police Sgt. Mark Buschena said he can’t say his department has never arrested someone that young for DUI but said it is "way outside the norm." According to department statistics, Bismarck police arrested eight juveniles for DUI in all of 2010.
The department’s overall DUI arrests were low through New Year’s Eve festivities. Bismarck police made four DUI arrests from noon on Dec. 31 to noon on Jan. 1, Buschena said.
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Officers conducted sobriety checkpoints in Rehoboth Beach, Clayton, Wilmington, and Newport, along with more than 100 DUI saturation patrols statewide.
In addition to the 39 DUI arrests, officers issued 10 citations for underage drinking violations, apprehended seven wanted individuals, made 23 drug arrests, made four felony arrests, and issued 23 seat belt citations, four child restraint citations, six cellphone citations and 49 citations for various other criminal violations.
According to OHS Community Relations Officer Alison Kirk, New Year’s Eve also signaled the end of the 2011 Checkpoint Strikeforce and Safe Family Holiday campaigns. With the 39 DUI arrests from New Year’s Eve weekend, that brings the total number of people arrested for DUI as part of the two campaigns to 490. Kirk noted that there were 96 fewer DUI arrests made as part of the two 2011 campaigns combined than in 2010.
“Success of a campaign can be measured in many ways,” Kirk said. “The decrease in DUI arrests may indicate that more people are using designated drivers or moving the party to home because they are taking notice of the high visibility enforcement presence and that we mean what we say.”
Deputies and officers representing 14 local law enforcement agencies, from the Sheriff’s Dept. to the California Highway Patrol took part in this year’s crackdown, which topped the 715 arrests made in the same period last year. That’s an 8 percent rise in DUI arrests.
A report from the agencies indicates that three deaths were attributed to impaired driving during this year’s campaign.
Law enforcement officials said they will be conducting more Avoid DUI operations throughout the County and region during Super Bowl Sunday in February and then again for local St Patrick’s Day in March.
As for the efficacy of the crackdown, the press release states: "DUI Checkpoints, along with regularly scheduled high visibility DUI enforcement, are proven strategies with the goal of removing impaired drivers from the road and heightening awareness of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol."