DUI At Work
By: Mary Ann Pekara
When you have yourself a little drinking problem it can get you into all kinds of trouble. There aren't many jobs that would allow you to come to work while intoxicated. Surely coming to work drunk would earn you walking papers from most employers. And, of course, driving after you've been drinking is never a good idea. You should not attempt to drive a car, boat, lawnmower, tractor or even ride a horse while you're intoxicated if you want to stay safe and avoid a DUI arrest.
Some people choose to ignore that advice. Take for instance these cases of folks who had jobs that involved driving, and showed up for work drunk or otherwise intoxicated.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for October 9, 2008
Alaska DUI for Weigh Station Employee
State transportation officials in Fairbanks, Alaska say that they will review the case of a commercial vehicle enforcement officer who is accused of being intoxicated on the job. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported that Ryan Edward O'Neill, 31, was charged with Alaska DUI after state troopers were called to the weigh station by another employee. The employee had become suspicious of O'Neill's behavior after noticing that he was staring at a copy machine and was unable to log on to his computer or conduct procedures correctly. Investigators say that a breathalyzer test revealed that O'Neill's blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle.
Charter Bus Driver Charged With DUI
The California Highway Patrol says that eight passengers, including the owner, were killed when the driver of a chartered bus lost control and crashed on October 5. A witness to the accident described the bus as swerving back and forth across the road before it flipped and spun into a muddy drainage ditch. The driver of the bus, Quintin J. Watts, 52, was arrested while in a hospital bed for suspicion of California DUI. CHP investigators are working to determine whether Watts was under the influence of prescription drugs, alcohol or both at the time of the fatal crash. The bus had invalid Texas license plates and other license numbers on the vehicle were either obscured or invalid. The corporate registration of the bus company had also lapsed. Watts does have a valid commercial driver's license, but according to the San Francisco Chronicle, he has a previous conviction for speeding and was involved in a crash in San Joaquin County, California on January 13, 2006. Five days after that crash, he received a ticket for failing to wear a seat belt.
Davenport University President Guilty of DUI
Randolph Flechsig, the president of Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was arrested for Michigan DUI in September. According to WLNS News, his blood alcohol content was .09 percent at the time of his arrest. Flechsig's DUI lawyer said that the educator hopes to use the experience to educate students about the dangers of drinking and driving. He has pled guilty to the charge and is awaiting sentencing.
School Bus Driver Arrested for DUI
Police in Loudon, Tennessee say that they found a school bus driver passed out behind the wheel of a bus loaded with students. The bus was apparently stopped in the middle of a road. The Associated Press reported that none of the 30 children who were on board were injured. Bus driver Vicky Lynn Kwasny was charged with Tennessee DUI. She was taken to a hospital for a blood alcohol test and then to jail. Kwasny, 48, had worked for the school district since November and had a clean driving record. She had also passed a background check and two drug screenings.
Machine Operator Arrested for DUI
The Bay City News reported that the California Highway Patrol arrested a machine operator for California DUI in Salinas. The sheriff's office was advised of an accident with injuries and a sheriff's helicopter reportedly saw a truck leaving the scene. Deputies tried to stop Mario Navarro-Ramirez, but he continued for less than a mile before pulling over.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for September 11, 2008
Arizona DUI for Speed Camera Van Driver
The driver of a Redflex photo-enforcement van was recently arrested for Arizona DUI. According to a report by the Arizona Republic, Roderick M. Ruffin had a blood alcohol content of over .15 percent while he was driving to Tempe, Arizona to set up the speed camera van. Because of Ruffin's blood alcohol content level, he was charged with extreme DUI. A witness told dispatchers that the van hit the curb twice and almost struck the vehicle in front of it. The van was pulled over after an officer noticed it weaving. After being given field sobriety tests, Ruffin was arrested. A spokeswoman for Redflex said that Ruffin was terminated after his DUI arrest.
Nevada Parks Director Arrested for DUI
Roger Moellendorf, the Carson City Parks and Recreation director, has apologized for his "extremely poor judgment" that resulted in his recent Nevada DUI arrest. Moellendorf, 56, was arrested for suspicion of Nevada DUI and failure to yield after pulling out in front of a Carson City deputy. According to a report by the Nevada Appeal, Moellendorf registered a .128 percent blood alcohol content on a preliminary breath test. In his public apology, Moellendorf admitted that he made a mistake when he got behind the wheel after drinking and regrets that his actions may have put himself, his wife and the public in danger.
Trucker Faces Pennsylvania DUI and Weapons Charges
A trucker from Texas was arrested in Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania and taken to Pike County Jail after being charged with Pennsylvania DUI and weapons charges. The Pocono News reported that Eddie Coney, 57, of Van Horn, Texas was pulled over after state troopers noticed him driving erratically. The troopers determined that Coney was under the influence of alcohol and was carrying a firearm without a permit. He was held in lieu of $25,000 bail.
Double Trucker Pennsylvania DUI
In Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, cops must have thought they were seeing double when two truck drivers driving similar trucks were arrested for Pennsylvania DUI. Police were investigating a hit and run accident in a hotel parking lot when the men were arrested. The Daily Item reported that David S. Shingleton of Ovid, New York allegedly backed his truck into a Jeep in the hotel parking lot at 8:20 a.m. on August 7 and left without reporting the accident. Truck driver Heath E. Scholl of Conway, South Carolina was stopped by police at 8:30 a.m. when police responded to witness reports of the accident. Scholl reportedly did not hit the Jeep but had also just left the parking lot. He was charged with Pennsylvania DUI and had a blood alcohol content of .83 percent. Shingleton was also stopped by police and reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .18 percent. He was also arrested for Pennsylvania DUI and also faces charges related to the accident.
Cop to Serve Time for Idaho DUI
Boise Police Officer Gary Miller has been sentenced to three days in jail, one year of probation and fined $750 after pleading guilty to Idaho DUI. Miller was arrested by an Idaho State Police Trooper and charged with DUI in April. He was initially sentenced to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine but the judge suspended 87 days of the sentence and reduced the fine. KTVB News reported that Miller had a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent at the time of his DUI arrest.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for July 24, 2008
Cheer Coach Pleads Guilty to Virginia DUI
Nicholas Andrew Hanzivasilis, a math teacher and cheerleading coach at a Virginia high school, appeared in Culpeper County General District Court and pleaded guilty to Virginia DUI. Hanzivasilis, 23, was arrested for his first offense of misdemeanor Virginia DUI on May 2. According to the Star Exponent, he failed field sobriety tests and registered a .19 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test after his DUI arrest. After pleading guilty, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, but the judge suspended the entire jail term. Hanzivasilis will also have his driver's license suspended for a year with restrictions. Under the court ordered restrictions, he will be allowed to drive to and from work and court-ordered facilities and meetings during working hours only. Hanzivasilis' vehicle has also been equipped with an ignition interlock device. He is still employed with the school district and will be transferred to another high school in the fall.
Assistant DA Arrested for Tennessee DUI
The assistant district attorney in Coffee County, Tennessee was recently arrested for Tennessee DUI, leaving the scene of an accident and other charges. Ken Shelton was arrested when officers from the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department located him after he crashed his vehicle and left the scene of the accident in Eagleville, Tennessee. Shelton, 53, was charged with Tennessee DUI, violations of the implied consent law and the open container law, and leaving the scene of an accident. A hearing is set for August 8. According to the Tullahoma News and Guardian, Coffee County District Attorney Mickey Layne reportedly said that if Shelton completes the necessary alcohol treatment program and is able to continue to fulfill the requirements of his position, he will not lose his job.
Los Angeles County Deputy Charged with California DUI
An 18-year veteran deputy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was arrested for suspicion of California DUI after being involved in an on-duty crash in which another driver was seriously injured. The Mercury News reported that Deputy Robert Moran ran a red light in Garden Grove, California and struck another vehicle. The driver of the other vehicle sustained life threatening injuries in the crash. Her passenger and Moran were also treated for injuries at a local hospital. A police officer in Garden Grove detected alcohol on Moran's breath at the crash scene and arrested him for suspicion of California DUI. He was released from jail after posting bail and was also relieved of duty pending the outcome of a criminal investigation.
School Officer Charged With Maryland DUI
Sgt. Jason Chance, 31, was praised for his work in schools and keeping the children in Wicomico County, Maryland schools safe. However, a Maryland DUI charge has now tarnished his reputation and credibility in the community, according to a report by Delmarva Now. Chance was reportedly driving his Dodge truck when he struck another truck and then drove away from the scene of the accident. Police later caught up with him at his home approximately five miles away, detected the smell of alcohol on his breath and arrested him for Maryland DUI. He has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case. Two days before his Maryland DUI arrest, Chance received a pay raise to $62,516 per year. No court date has been set in the case.
Doctor Who Claimed to Be a Cop Arrested for DUI
A doctor who is known for making house calls was charged with Florida DUI and two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance after a police officer pulled him over for driving erratically and found that he had 36 prescription pills in his car. The News-Journal reported that Dr. Jerrold Ecklind failed field sobriety tests and also had glassy eyes and slurred speech. Ecklind is an osteopathic surgeon in Ormond Beach, Florida who specializes in geriatrics. This was not Ecklind's first run-in with the cops. In April, he was charged with aggravated assault, impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment after he pretended to be a police officer, picked up a known prostitute and handed her a pair of handcuffs. Those charges are still pending.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for June 26, 2008
New York Congressman's DUI Hearing Continued
The Alexandria Times reported that the preliminary DUI hearing of New York Congressman Vito Fossella has been continued to August 28. Fossella was arrested and charged with Virginia DUI by police in Alexandria, Virginia on May 1.
Memphis City Councilwoman Convicted of DUI
Memphis City Councilwoman Janis Fullilove has lost her driving privileges in Mississippi and Tennessee after being convicted of DUI under the influence of medication. Fullilove was arrested for Mississippi DUI in DeSoto County, Mississippi and pleaded guilty to the charge on June 19. After Fullilove's driver's license was seized in Mississippi, she reportedly applied for and received a duplicate license in Tennessee by telling Tennessee officials that she lost or misplaced her original driver's license. She is currently under investigation in Tennessee for obtaining the duplicate license. In addition to her license suspension, Fullilove was ordered to attend a DUI school within six months, according to a report by Memphis Online.
California DUI for Nevada DA
Nye County Nevada District Attorney Robert Beckett was issued a DUI summons after having two car crashes within six hours on the same California highway, according to an Associated Press report. Beckett was not arrested after the first accident while driving a Ford Expedition owned by Nye County. Later Beckett got back out on the road in his personal vehicle and had a second accident. After the second wreck, Beckett reportedly failed a breath test and was issued a summons for misdemeanor California DUI. The Nye County Ford Expedition was totaled in the first crash.
Pennsylvania District Judge Charged With DUI
A district judge in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania has been charged with two counts of DUI after registering a blood alcohol content of 0.27 percent. James K. Reiley hit a parked car at 4:41 a.m. on June 13, which led to his DUI arrest. Reiley was charged with DUI-general impairment and DUI-highest rate, which refers to blood alcohol content higher than 0.16 percent. Each of the Pennsylvania DUI charges could result in up to six months prison time, according to a report by the Republican Herald. Reiley will remain on the bench, pending the outcome of the case, but will not hear any cases involving the Pottsville police department.
Executive Chef Arrested for Florida DUI
Tampa Bay Online reported that the executive chef for the Tampa Convention Center was recently arrested for Florida DUI. Mark Joseph Sharp was reportedly stopped at 12:50 a.m. for driving about 59 mph in a 35 mph zone. Police had also noticed that the SUV which Sharp was driving had been swerving towards the curb and into the other lane and also straddled the lane divider. Sharp posted a $500 bond and was released.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for June 17, 2008
Even If I Was Sober DUI
A deputy from Collier County, Florida with 11 years on the job was arrested and charged with Florida DUI by a Florida Fish and Wildlife officer. Sergeant Jared Browning was reportedly driving at 75 mph in a 45 mph zone when the FWC pulled him over. The FWC officer says that he smelled alcohol on Browning's breath and asked him to complete a series of field sobriety tests. According to a NBC2 News report, the nail in Browning's coffin was when he was asked to stand on one leg and told the officer, "I can't do this; I don't even think I could do this if I was sober." At that point, he was charged with misdemeanor Florida DUI.
Bus Driver DUI
A bus driver in Toronto, Canada was arrested for DUI after a passenger called 911 to report a frightening bus ride. After receiving word that the city bus driver appeared to be drunk on the job, transit control radioed the driver and instructed him to stop the bus. However, after all of the passengers exited the bus on one stop and fled for their lives, the bus driver continued driving. He was later pulled over by police and a roadside breath test indicated that he had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit of .08 percent. After his DUI arrest, another breath test at the police station produced the same results. United Press International reported that the bus driver was immediately fired and will appear in court to face the DUI charges on July 29.
Another Deputy DUI in Florida
In Polk County, Florida, deputy Jesus Contreras was recently arrested for Florida DUI after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle. Another Polk County deputy noticed Contreras' car parked facing eastbound in the westbound lane of the road and stopped to investigate. An EMS unit was dispatched to revive Contreras and afterwards he was asked to perform a field sobriety test, which he failed according to a report by Fox 13 News. He was then arrested for Florida DUI and transported to the Polk County Jail.
This Just In: News Anchor DUI
WDSU News reported that one of their own was recently arrested for Louisiana DUI after a single-car accident. News anchor Norman Robinson was not seriously injured in the accident and police had reason to believe that he was intoxicated. He was arrested for suspicion of Louisiana DUI and reckless driving. Robinson co-anchors NewsChannel 6 at 6 pm and 10 pm on the weekdays and has worked for the news station for almost 18 years.
Ex-Police Chief Sentenced for Virginia DUI
Roger L. Ashley resigned from his position as police chief in Middletown, Virginia in 2005 after being arrested for Virginia DUI twice in one day. On June 13, Ashley was sentenced to 10 months in jail after being convicted of misdemeanor Virginia DUI for the second time within five years. He was originally charged with felony Virginia DUI for his third DUI arrest in five years, but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge under a plea agreement, according to a report by the Winchester Star.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for June 5, 2008
School Bus Driver Charged with Kentucky DUI
Tammy Capps, a former school bus driver in Kentucky, has been charged with Kentucky DUI and 51 counts of wanton endangerment after crashing a school bus with 51 students on board. The charges were filed against Capps after a lab report indicated that she had used marijuana. The bus that Capps was driving flipped into a ditch in Lebanon Junction, Kentucky on May 12 and all school bus drivers who are involved in accidents are required to take drug tests. Capps was reportedly on her afternoon route when she became distracted by two children who were fighting over a toy car, according to the Courier-Journal. All of the children were taken to the hospital, but luckily none were seriously injured in the crash. Capps was fired after being arrested for Kentucky DUI and child endangerment.
Firefighter Arrested for DUI
A firefighter from Hughson, California was charged with California DUI by the Tuolumne County Sheriff Office's Boat Patrol for allegedly operating his boat while intoxicated. Cole J. Periera was involved in a boat collision in which he was operating his boat at approximately 10-15mph when he struck another boat that was stopped on the water. One person on the boat that Periera struck suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital. Periera was arrested for California DUI and taken to jail, according to a report by MML News.
Deputy Suspended, Charged with Assault and DUI
A sheriff's deputy in St. Mary's County, Maryland was charged with Maryland DUI and assault after he allegedly pulled over a man on an ATV and repeatedly struck him, according to a report by the Washington Post. Deputy David Goff, 33, was driving his own truck when he pulled over Shane R. Weasenforth, 25, who was driving the all-terrain vehicle and assaulted him. Goff was suspended with pay after being charged with Maryland DUI. His blood alcohol content was measured to be .18 percent after the incident. Weasenforth was also arrested and charged with second-degree assault and resisting arrest.
Fire Chief Charged with Ohio DUI
A fire chief from Point Pleasant, Ohio was arrested and charged with Ohio DUI after being found passed out behind the wheel of his car, according to a Local 12 News report. Michael Giordano reportedly had a blood alcohol content of nearly three times the legal limit.
Illinois Legislator Charged with DUI
State Rep. Bob Biggins will appear in court on June 18 to face a charge of Illinois DUI. Biggins was pulled over in the early morning hours of May 28 after police observed him driving on the wrong side of the road. Biggins has issued a public apology taking responsibility for his Illinois DUI arrest.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for May 15, 2008
Bartending Instructor DUI
A bartending instructor from Tampa, Florida was charged with Florida DUI after he improperly backed his car into the street, according to a report by the Tampa Tribune. Larry F. Anderson Jr., an instructor at the ABC Bartending School, was stopped by police after they saw him backing onto the four-lane street and noticed the smell of alcohol and that his eyes were bloodshot. Anderson took a breath test and registered 0.15 percent blood alcohol concentration. He was charged with Florida DUI and driving with a suspended license and was also arrested for two drug-related probation violations.
Assistant Prosecutor Resigns after DUI
The assistant prosecutor of Cass County, Missouri recently resigned after being charged with DUI. Michael Taylor was pulled over by police after his vehicle was seen drifting towards the curb, then overcorrecting and making a turn so wide that it traveled 50 feet into the oncoming lane of traffic. According to a report by the Fort Mill Times, Taylor smelled of alcohol, slurred his speech, swayed on his feet and had bloodshot eyes. He refused to take a breath test and was charged with Missouri DUI. Taylor's resignation was accepted by Cass County Prosecutor Teresa Hensley.
Cook County Judge Arrested for DUI
The Southtown Star reported that a Cook County judge is accused of DUI after she crashed into the back of a minivan carrying five people. Sheila McGinnis, 47, was charged with Illinois DUI, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no proof of valid insurance. Prior to the accident, McGinnis was reportedly weaving from lane to lane, sounding the horn of her vehicle and flashing her bright lights. When police arrived, the woman driving the minivan that McGinnis hit said that the judge was still trying to drive forward after the accident with her head pressed to the steering wheel. McGinnis reportedly refused to answer any questions and would not consent to any sobriety tests.
Aide Accused of Florida DUI
Manatee County sheriff's deputies say that when they stopped Ronald A. Turner for erratic driving, he had no idea where he was. Turner, the deputy chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, failed field sobriety tests and was arrested and charged with Florida DUI. He has worked in Buchanan's office since 2006, according to the Herald Tribune.
Cop Faces DUI Charges
A Canadian police officer in Edmonton is in serious trouble after causing an accident that sent an 18-year-old man to the hospital with serious burns. Douglas Kurtis Brown, 29, has been with the Edmonton Police Service for three years. He now faces charges including five counts of DUI with bodily harm and five counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. After the accident, Brown exited his vehicle and tried to pull Robert Wasyliw from his burning truck. He has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the charges against him, according to the Edmonton Sun.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for May 1, 2008
Sheriff Pleads Guilty to Ohio DUI
Columbiana Sheriff David L. Smith, 57, pleaded guilty to Ohio DUI in Cambridge Municipal Court and was sentenced to 20 days in jail with 17 of those days suspended. Instead of serving the three day jail stint, Smith will be able to complete a 72-hour inpatient alcohol education program. He was fined $600, given one year of probation and will have his driver's license suspended for six months. Smith had also been charged with speeding and a marked-lane violation, but Vindy.com reports that those charges were dropped. Smith was arrested for DUI after speeding and swerving and nearly hitting a tractor-trailer. He reportedly failed field sobriety tests and had a blood alcohol content of .222 percent. Smith will be able to complete his term as sheriff that ends on December 31, 2008. He will not be able to run for re-election because under Ohio law, a person cannot run for sheriff if convicted of a first-degree misdemeanor.
Illinois Officer Fired after DUI Arrest
A police officer in Killdeer, Illinois was fired in connection with her DUI arrest while reportedly traveling 101 mph. Suzan Jackson had been on paid administrative leave from her $65,000 per year job since her DUI arrest on January 5, 2008. The police chief recommended that she be fired based on internal charges he filed against her, and commission members agreed with the recommendation in a 3-0 vote. At the disciplinary hearing, it was found that Jackson was in violation of the law, interfered with a police investigation, was guilty of conduct unbecoming of an officer, was guilty of neglect of duty, and attempted to derive private benefit from department association. She was immediately fired. At the time of Jackson's Illinois DUI arrest, the Daily Herald reported that she was traveling at a speed of 101 mph in a 55 mph zone. She refused to take field sobriety tests or breath tests and was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and reckless driving.
Trucker Loses License for DUI
In Ontario, Canada, a 54-year-old truck driver pleaded guilty to DUI and failure to comply with the police officer's demand for a breath sample. John C. Donlon was seen by witnesses weaving on the road while driving a tractor-trailer and police were called. Police found Donlon's truck parked on the street with its four-way flashers on. Donlon was found passed out behind the wheel and was bleeding profusely from a cut above his eye. He told police that he was an alcoholic, according to a report by the Kingston Whig-Standard. In court, Donlon told the judge that he has taken steps to deal with his alcohol problem and pleaded guilty to the charges. The judge decided not to jail Donlon because he had sought treatment for alcoholism and instead fined him $1,600 and suspended his driver's license for 18 months.
Atlanta Judge Arrested for DUI
An Atlanta Municipal Court judge was arrested for Georgia DUI last moth after being involved in an accident with another car on the way home from a restaurant. Judge Andrew Mickle, 58, was not at fault in the accident but admitted to a police officer who was investigating the accident that he had consumed "one too many" after the officer smelled alcohol on his breath. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Mickle is still on the bench but now has a restricted caseload and is not allowed to preside over any DUI trials. Mickle has been a Municipal Court judge since 1992. At the time of his arrest, he refused to allow a chemical test for blood alcohol content and would not submit a blood, urine or breath sample for testing. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI and booked into an Atlanta City Jail. He was later released on $1,453 bond.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for April 17, 2008
Cop Charged with Texas DUI
A police officer in Fort Worth, Texas was charged with Texas DUI after he was reportedly found passed out behind the wheel of his marked patrol car at an intersection in Burleson, Texas. The Star-Telegram reported that Clinton Wyatt was employed by the police department since January 2003. After his DUI arrest, Wyatt posted a $1,000 bond and was released from jail. He has been placed on restricted duty pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation. For the time being, he is no longer allowed to carry a badge or a gun.
Trucker Arrested For Interstate DUI
A tractor-trailer driver was spotted running vehicles off of the road on Interstate 70 in Garfield County, Colorado and pulled over by sheriff's deputies. Christopher Brosteck, 44, was behind the wheel of the bully big-rig. Brosteck was arrested for suspicion of Colorado DUI and also faces charges of reckless driving and vehicular eluding. A female passenger in the truck was taken to an alcohol treatment center, according to a report by the Daily Sentinel.
Co-Interim City Attorney Charged With DUI
The Leaf Chronicle of Clarksville, Tennessee reported that Co-Interim City Attorney Tim Harvey was arrested for Tennessee DUI and booked into the Montgomery County Jail after attending a three-hour long special-called City Council session to discuss a controversial redevelopment plan. Harvey was pulled over by police near his home and reportedly refused to take a breath test after officers noticed that his speech was slurred. His position with the city was not affected by his DUI arrest.
Teacher to Lose Position after DUI Arrest
The Loudon County school district in Tennessee has decided that a teacher and coach who was recently arrested for Tennessee DUI will not be re-hired next year. WBIR News reported that Kenneth Wheeler was put on probation by the school district after he failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for his second DUI. Although the incident did not involve any students, the school decided to discipline Wheeler for unprofessional conduct.
Cop Busted For DUI after Ironic Accident
Sgt. Jeff Krepina was arrested for Ohio DUI after he drove his truck into the side of the Parma Heights Police Department where he works, according to a report by WKYC-TV. Krepina reportedly only answered "too much" when he was asked how much he had to drink before getting behind the wheel. After the accident, he was charged with reckless driving and Ohio DUI. He is still on the job pending an internal investigation and his captain says that this was an isolated incident.
Sheriff's Office Administrator Convicted of DUI
A sheriff's office administrator has been suspended from work for five days without pay after being convicted of Ohio DUI. Maj. James Dattilo, 64, reportedly pleaded no contest to being in control of a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested after being found at a fast-food restaurant passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle owned by Hamilton County with a blood alcohol content of 0.123 percent. Dattilo was sentenced to an alcohol intervention program and will be allowed to keep his job.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for April 3, 2008
Ex-Principal Does His Time for DUI
The former principal of Fishers High School in Indiana recently pleaded guilty to DUI and served four hours in jail according to the Indianapolis Star. Scott Syverson, 42, resigned from his position at the high school and left with a $25,000 severance package. In addition to the brief stint in jail, Syverson will be required to undergo an alcohol evaluation and treatment program, attend a victim impact panel and perform 30 hours of community service. He had faced two DUI charges from January when he reportedly failed field sobriety tests and was driven home by the officer rather than being arrested. The officer then brought Syverson's wife back to pick up his car. The prosecutor filed the Indiana DUI charges against Syverson after hearing of the incident. Syverson was scheduled to go on trial in March but reached a plea agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and endangering a person. The judge sentenced him to the maximum sentence of 365 days in jail, but suspended all but four of the days. Syverson spent four hours behind bars and will spend the rest of his sentence on probation.
Soccer Coach Arrested for DUI
In Lee County, Florida a middle school soccer coach was arrested for DUI after sheriff's deputies noticed him swerving and crossing lanes on the interstate. Police say that other cars on the interstate were hitting their brakes to avoid being hit by the car driven by Darren Wilkins. Wilkens was pulled over and officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol and noticed that he was slurring his speech, according to a Wink News report. According to the police report, the soccer coach was returning from a game and had five open and empty cans of beer in his vehicle. He took two breath tests after his arrest for Florida DUI and registered blood alcohol content levels of .306 and .300 percent. Wilkins was booked for his second Florida DUI and resisting arrest, and was issued citations for careless driving and driving with an open container. He is under investigation by the school district.
Wisconsin State Representative Busted for DUI
On March 19, 2008, Wisconsin State Representative Jason Fields was seen swerving on the highway by Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies and was pulled over. Fields failed a field sobriety test and was arrested for Wisconsin DUI. On a breath test, Fields registered .13 percent blood alcohol content. Fields was elected to the Assembly in 2004 and re-elected in 2006, according to a report by 620 WTMJ News Radio.
Psychologist Kills Puppy in DUI Accident
A psychologist in Carson City, Nevada was arrested for Nevada DUI after she drove her car into parked cars and a street lamp, according to a news report by the San Diego Union-Times. Sheri Skidmore, 53, was holding a 5-month-old cocker spaniel puppy in her lap when she crashed; the animal was killed by the force of the car's deploying airbag.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for March 27, 2008
State's Attorney in Maryland Charged with DUI and Weapons Charges
Davis Ruark, the state's attorney in Wicomico County, Maryland, returned to work recently after taking a month off following his arrest for Maryland DUI and weapons charges. Ruark was arrested in Ocean City, Maryland on February 22 and officers found that he had a gun in his car and he was driving with a blood alcohol content of .15 percent. The Daily Times reports that a court date has not been set in the case. Ruark returned to work in a diminished capacity and it working part-time.
School Bus Driver Charged with DUI
A bus driver in Union, West Virginia was charged with DUI after an accident that happened in February, and now prosecutors in the case say that medical tests have proven that his blood alcohol content at the time of the accident was considerably higher than the preliminary breath test indicated. The Register-Herald reported that Clyde Watson Jr., 62, had been a bus driver for 14 years when he was charged with West Virginia DUI with minors in the vehicle. Watson reportedly crashed the bus down a 120-foot ravine while there were 11 children on board. Watson wrote a letter of apology to the school board and officially resigned two days after his arrest. The preliminary breath test showed Watson had a blood alcohol content of .022 percent about two hours after the accident, but the blood test showed that his blood alcohol content was .093 percent. If convicted, Watson could face up to 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Corrections Officer Arrested for DUI
A woman who works as a jail corrections officer in Tazewell County, Illinois was arrested for Illinois DUI and driving on the wrong side of the road early in the morning on the day after St. Patrick's Day. Sara R. Thomas, 28, has been suspended from her job at Tazewell County Jail for 14 days. The Peoria Journal Star reported that she has worked as a corrections officer at the jail since 2003. Thomas refused to take a breath test at the police department, but a preliminary breath test taken at the scene indicated that her blood alcohol content was .189 percent.
Former Police Officer Pleads Guilty to DUI
Former Roanoke police officer Andrew Jefferson Page, 33, crashed his police cruiser into a guardrail on February 16, totaling the vehicle. He was charged with Virginia DUI after the accident and a breath test showed his blood alcohol content to be .16 percent. The Roanoke Times reports that his employment with the police department ended on March 6. He had been employed at the Roanoke Police Department for seven years. Page has pleaded guilty to DUI and received a 90-day suspended jail sentence. He will be on probation for a year and his driver's license will be restricted during that time. The judge ordered him to attend Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program classes and to pay a $250 fine.
Clinton Senior Adviser to Plead Guilty to DUI
Sidney Blumenthal, a senior adviser to Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton, was arrested for aggravated New Hampshire DUI on January 7. The Times Argus reports that Blumenthal was driving 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. He agreed to plead guilty to a lesser charge of New Hampshire DUI and will lose his license for 16 months. He will be sentenced on April 18 and will likely be ordered to attend an alcohol education program and pay a fine.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for February 21, 2008
DUI in A Police Cruiser
A police officer in Roanoke, Virginia was charged with DUI after crashing the police cruiser he was driving into a guardrail, according to the Roanoke Times. Shortly before the accident, a citizen had called 911 to report someone driving erratically. Andrew Page was arrested for DUI and registered a 0.16 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test. Page received minor injuries in the accident, but did not seek medical attention. He has been suspended from the police department pending an internal investigation.
Cop Sentenced for DUI
A former Ventura County sheriff's sergeant pleaded guilty to DUI on February 19 and was sentenced to 36 months probation according to the Ventura County Star. The officer was charged with DUI after a car crash in August. Kenneth Bailey will also serve a 30-day jail sentence, attend a 6-month DUI program and pay a $1,800 fine. Bailey was forced to retire as a result of his DUI arrest.
Prosecutor Suspended after DUI
In Jacksonville, Florida a prosecutor who works with the State Attorney's office has been suspended without pay due to her DUI arrest. First Coast News reports that Kate Bedell, 36, was arrested for suspicion of DUI by the Jacksonville Sheriff's office on February 5. Officers reported that Bedell had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled of alcohol at the time of her arrest.
Firefighter Charged with DUI after Crash
In Long Island, a firefighter was charged with DUI after he crashed a fire truck into a utility pole, USA Today reports. Robert Block faces criminal charges and disciplinary action as a result of the accident. Block is a Riverhead Volunteer Fire Department captain.
Another Prosecutor, Another DUI
In Kentucky, LEX 18 News reports that a prosecutor who was recently arrested for DUI has been asked to resign. Prosecutor Mike Ward was arrested for driving under the influence after the Marshall County sheriff's department received a call reporting an apparently impaired driver.
Knoxville County Deputy Faces DUI Charge
Heather Ann Graves, a training officer with the Knoxville County Sheriff's Department, has been suspended from duty with pay after being arrested for suspicion of drunk driving. Graves was arrested after she was seen speeding and pulled over by an officer with the Loudon Police Department. The officer smelled alcohol and asked Graves to complete a field sobriety test, which she performed poorly. She admitted that she had consumed two beers but refused to take a breath test.
Judge Resigns after DUI Arrest
A Massachusetts federal bankruptcy judge has recently resigned after being arrested for DUI in New Hampshire while he was reportedly wearing a dress, heels and stockings and carrying a purse. Judge Robert Somma pleaded no contest to DUI and had his driver's license suspended for 12 months. The Boston Herald reports that Somma's blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest was 0.12 percent. He was arrested after crashing his Mercedes into the back of a stopped car after leaving a bar.
On-the-Job DUI Updates for February 5, 2008
Fire Chief DUI
In Maine, the fire chief of the Triangle Fire Department in Penobscot County was arrested for DUI while driving a fire truck. Russell Banks, 34, was reportedly racing through a residential area around midnight in the fire truck with the siren on and the truck lights flashing. When questioned, he said that his actions were caused by a neighborhood dispute and that there had been no fire. Banks' blood alcohol content was measured on a breath test and found to be twice the legal limit for driving.
Not Quite at Work
A woman in Thiensville, Wisconsin was arrested for DUI and registered a .27 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test while she was on her way to work at a group home. Nataliya O. Nikolaychik, 45, was parked in the road at 11:15 pm when police found her in a car with its high-beam headlights on. When the police officer approached Nikolaychik's car, she took off at a high rate of speed. When police finally got her stopped, she reportedly told them, "I have to go to work."
Sheriff's Deputy Arrested for DUI
Even when off-duty, a police officer is still a police officer, and a DUI arrest can certainly affect his or her job status. Kent Johnson, a sheriff's deputy in Marathon County, Wisconsin, has been put on administrative leave after he crashed his car while driving drunk. After the accident, Johnson reportedly walked away from the scene and called a co-worker who reported the accident to his boss. A police officer was sent out to investigate and Johnson was arrested and booked for DUI, open container charges, and failing to report a crash.
New York City Cop Sentenced for DUI Death
Brandon Colon, a former NYC police officer, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter for the death of a pedestrian who he killed while driving drunk. Julio Ortega-Moncada died after being hit by Colon in March 2006. Colon was drunk and speeding while going the wrong way in a closed lane of the Queensboro Bridge in New York. Colon accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to two to six years in prison. Colon was off-duty from the NYC police department at the time of the accident and had a blood alcohol content of almost .14. He admitted that he had been drinking for about two hours before driving and killing Ortega-Moncada.
Virginia State Trooper Charged with DUI
In Riner, Virginia, a state trooper was charged with DUI and quit his job the next day. Lance Todd Rosenbaum, 27, was driving a pickup truck when he ran off the road, stuck a telephone pole and came to a stop in someone's yard. A passenger in the truck was hospitalized after the accident. Rosenbaum reportedly failed two of three field sobriety tests and admitted to a deputy that he had been drinking. Rosenbaum registered a .25 percent blood alcohol content on a breath test, and a blood test showed his BAC to be .19. He was held in jail until the next morning when he posted a $2,000 secured bond. He later resigned from the state police.
Another Sheriff's Deputy, Another DUI
In Shelby County, Tennessee a sheriff's deputy assigned to the traffic division is still on the payroll after being arrested for DUI. Dennis Clark was suspended with pay after being charged with DUI after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car at a red light. Clark's blood alcohol content was measured to be .09 percent. He has been a sheriff's deputy for 11 years, and this was not the first time that alcohol consumption has caused him problems on the job. In March, Clark was suspended for 10 days after he walked into a bar while wearing his sheriff's department issued weapon. He reportedly drank two pints of beer, three shots of Jagermister and a martini before passing out at the bar. He was then taken to the hospital in an ambulance.
Truck Driver Causes Serious Bodily Injury with DUI
The driver of a septic tank truck was arrested for causing serious bodily injury while driving drunk in Tampa, Florida. Allyn R. Summers is a former stock car racer and has more than a dozen citations, including two prior DUI convictions, listed on his driving record. At the time of the accident, he was driving a 1995 septic tank truck and had a blood alcohol content of .272 percent. Summers suffered minor injuries in the accident, but the occupants of the car he hit head-on were airlifted to Tampa General Hospital with critical injuries to their legs.
Tractor-Trailer Driver Sentenced to 8 Years for Deadly DUI
A 52-year-old tractor-trailer driver was sentenced to eight years in prison after pleading guilty to driving drunk and causing an accident that killed four people in Marion County, South Carolina. Jake Davis, Jr. was hauling wheat to North Carolina when he crashed into a tractor towing a trailer on a hay ride. Three adults and a toddler were killed in the accident, and 16 others were injured. Davis had at least four prior DUI convictions and had faced up to 25 years in prison for each of the four charges of felony DUI.
Truck Driver Suspected of DUI to Stand Trial
A San Mateo Superior Court judge ordered truck driver Walter Sorenson to stand trial for DUI in connection with an accident that injured a cyclist. Although Sorenson registered a .07 percent blood-alcohol content on a breath test an hour after the accident, the judge stated that he believed that his blood-alcohol level exceeded the legal limit of .08 percent at the time of the accident. Sorenson's DUI lawyer argued that his client failed the field sobriety tests because of bad knees, and that his blood-alcohol content reading shows that he was not drunk driving at the time of the accident.
Ice Cream Truck DUI
After a woman called police to say that she saw a man throw a can of malt liquor onto her lawn, police stopped David A. Blundell in his ice cream truck. When questioned about drinking and driving, Blundell first denied having alcohol to drink but then confessed that he had consumed a beer for breakfast. Blundell was arrested for DUI and is also a registered sex offender. A breath test indicated that his blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit for driving.
DUI in a Fire Truck
In Keyport, New Jersey, an on-duty firefighter was charged with DUI while driving a fire truck. Police say that Wayne Lawson drove the fire truck to the scene of a fire, but when other firefighters on the scene realized that he was intoxicated, they told him to leave. At that point, Lawson got back into the fire truck and drove it back to the station. Keyport firefighters called the police, who met Lawson at the fire station and arrested him for DUI.
The Wrong Side of the Law
In Palm Beach County, Florida, fellow officers were quite surprised to find a longtime Miami-Dade police officer, Jeffery Janish, drunk behind the wheel of his patrol car, in uniform. A witness noticed Janish driving the patrol car erratically before he sped through a toll plaza. He was stopped and placed under arrest for DUI, and later relieved of duty with pay pending the investigation. Janish has been a police officer since 1983 and has been commended 33 times and reprimanded only once prior to his DUI arrest, for a "general conduct" violation.
Resignation After DUI Incident
In California, a DUI incident has caused the director of the state's parole board to resign. John Monday was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Deputy Parole Commissioner Bobby Rodriguez, and both men were on government business when the car was stopped at a DUI checkpoint. Rodriguez was charged with DUI after the incident. While Monday was not charged with a crime, he resigned from his post as director of California's parole board as of December 31, 2007 and will return to his civil service job.
Double DUI for Police Officer
At around 12:30 am one morning, veteran sheriff's deputy Robert Glen Carpenter was spotted speeding past state troopers at 95mph. When Carpenter was stopped, the troopers found a large can of beer and the officer's loaded service revolver in the vehicle. Carpenter was booked for DUI and reportedly had a blood alcohol content of more than two times the legal limit. He was released, but then at 2:44 am he was out driving again and was stopped a second time for DUI. After being booked again, he was placed in jail to sober up.
Double State DUI for Truck Driver
A tractor-trailer driver crashed near the state line when traveling from Maryland into Delaware. The driver was on Route 113 heading north going about 80mph in a 55mph zone. When a Maryland police officer tried to stop the truck, driven by Renaldo D. Long, it went out of control, stuck a median and overturned - landing in the state of Delaware. The Maryland police officer wrote Long tickets for speeding and reckless driving and then Delaware police stepped in and charged him with DUI.
Truck Driver DUI
A man who was driving an 18-wheeler when he struck the back of a car and caused a deadly eight-vehicle crash in July has had a second wreck and was charged with DUI by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Police have announced that Bobby Rex Davis will be charged with driving too fast for conditions in connection with the wreck that killed five people in July.
A Stinking Fiery DUI
In Roseville, California, California Highway Patrol arrested the driver of a septic truck for DUI. The truck had caught on fire on Interstate 80 and caused headaches for commuters on the eastbound side of the interstate. The legal BAC limit for commercial drivers in California is .04 percent. The driver, John Crabtree, registered a BAC of nearly .24 percent. The septic truck's tank had a leak that had to be contained before the truck could be moved out of the road, which backed up traffic on the interstate for several hours. Crabtree was treated at the hospital before being taken to jail for DUI.
Tractor-Trailer Driver in a Pickle
On November 8, 2007 an accident in Stafford County, Virginia left pickles all over the interstate and backed up traffic for miles on I95. A tractor-trailer driver was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of a controlled substance, three counts of assault on a police officer and aggressive driving. The trailer he was hauling contained pickles that were to be delivered in Alabama. The accident was caused when the tractor-trailer driver sideswiped a car on the interstate. When rescue workers arrived, the 35-year-old truck driver, Van Lewis, fought with the rescue workers as they tried to get him out of the overturned truck cab. After being taken to a local hospital for treatment, Lewis was taken to jail.
DUI on the Way to the Game
A school bus driver in Highland Park, Illinois was suspended from his job after he was arrested for DUI while driving a bus. Juan Garcia was arrested for DUI by Deerfield police while driving a busload of 19 female students from Highland Park High School to a basketball tournament. Parents who were following the bus noticed that it was swerving all over the road and that it had actually hit a curb and made contact with a basketball trainer who was on the bus. The trainer called police and asked Garcia to pull over. Police found that Garcia had a water bottle with alcohol in it on the bus and determined that he had been drinking. His blood alcohol content was found to be more than twice the legal limit for driving.
First Honored, then Arrested for DUI
Six years ago, Cheryl Mooring was honored for saving 22 children after a fiery school bus crash. Now she has been arrested for DUI and drug and weapon charges. At the end of a bus run, district transportation officials were called to a special needs alternative school because someone had reported that Mooring appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. School district officials confirmed that she was not behaving normally and called the police. The police arrived at the school and asked Mooring to complete several field sobriety tests, which she failed. They searched her and found that she was carrying marijuana. When the bus was searched, police found a loaded handgun. Mooring was taken into custody and booked into jail in Pierce County jail in Washington. During a breath test for alcohol, Mooring blew over the legal limit.
Federal DUI Charges against Southwest Airlines Co-Pilot
A federal complaint was filed against a co-pilot for Southwest Airlines, accusing him of operating a plane under the influence of alcohol. Carl Fulton, 41, was charged with one count of operation of a common carrier under influence of alcohol or drugs. The charge carries a maximum penalty of $250,000 in fines and up to 15 years in prison. Fulton was in the cockpit of the plane, and the flight was preparing to leave Salt Lake City when he was removed from the aircraft. A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screener had smelled alcohol on his breath. Fulton initially refused a breath test and told investigators that he had consumed only one beer before 10 pm the previous night. When he was informed that the FBI was investigating the incident, he submitted to a breath test and blew a 0.039 approximately one hour after being taken off the plane.
Public Transportation DUI
In St. Petersburg, Florida, a Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) bus driver was arrested for felony DUI after the bus he was driving was involved in a multi-vehicle accident. The crash caused extensive property damage and injured one pedestrian. The PSTA bus driver, Travis Merrix, was taken to the hospital after the accident and was asked to submit a blood sample for testing to see if he was under the influence. Merrix gave a blood sample, and it tested positive for Methadone, Alprazolam and Lorazepam. He was placed under arrest for felony DUI involving a serious bodily injury and taken to jail.
DUI In A Police Van
In Toronto, a veteran police detective was arrested for DUI while he was driving an unmarked police van in the middle of the night. The police van was spotted by highway patrol weaving across lanes on the highway and failing to signal the lane changes. When the van was pulled over, officers realized that Detective Danny Ross of the Toronto holdup squad was driving. The patrol officer noticed that Ross smelled of alcohol and arrested him for DUI. Ross was transferred out of the holdup squad to a desk job after his DUI arrest.
Firefighter Charged With DUI
In New York, volunteer firefighter Stanley Memmelaar has been charged with reckless endangerment, assault and DUI afer he fired a gun inside the Moyers Corners Fire Station One and hit a fellow firefighter. Memmelaar, 26, was found to be intoxicated when he accidentally pulled the trigger of his gun and hit Tyler Drake in the arm and chest. At one time Memmelaar had been a Sheriff's Deputy recruit, but was released last year for undisclosed reasons.
Ambulance Driver DUI and Vehicular Homicide
In Marshall Township, Pennsylvania, ambulance driver Shanea Leigh Climo, 22, was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and involuntary manslaughter, DUI and several other traffic offenses. Police said that Climo was driving the ambulance 60 mph in a 40 mph zone at 2:30am while transporting a 90-year-old patient in the ambulance when an accident happened that killed two people. Prosecutors say that Climo approached a standing red light with the ambulance lights flashing, but the sirens were not turned on. The ambulance hit a car, killing two men inside. They also say that the patient in the ambulance was under a "do not resuscitate order", so there was no reason for the ambulance to be speeding. Climo faces a mandatory three to six years in prison for each count of vehicular homicide if convicted.
School Bus Driver May Dodge Felony DUI
A school bus driver in Indiana may be able to avoid a felony DUI charge because of paperwork errors. A judge in Jackson County, Indiana is considering throwing out the felony DUI charge against Sylvia Cooke because the prosecutor failed to back up the felony charge against her in the written charging documents. Cooke was arrested for DUI while driving a school bus with cheerleaders on board. Cooke did not cause an accident, but had to be talked into pulling off the road by the coach who was also on the bus.
Third DUI For Arkansas School Bus Driver
Robin Clark has two previous convictions for DUI, but that allegedly did not stop her from attempting to drive a school bus full of students while she was drunk. The school superintendent in Cabot, Arkansas said that he did not know of Clark's previous convictions for DUI because the background check on her had not come back yet at the time of her DUI arrest on the school bus. A sponsor of the student forensic and debate team was told by another bus driver that Clark had almost backed the school bus into another bus at the tournament, and asked for police assistance. Police gave Clark three field sobriety test, which she reportedly failed. She was charged with DUI, endangering the welfare of the students, harassment for threatening to sue the officers on the scene and tampering with evidence. The tampering with evidence charge stems from the allegation that Clark tried to grab the police print out of the charges against her and attempted to destroy it. When she was taken to jail, Clark registered a 0.73 on a breath test.
Rain, Hail, Sleet or DUI
In Waukesha, Wisconsin a mail carrier has been removed from his delivery route after being arrested for DUI. The mailman reportedly drove the mail delivery truck into oncoming traffic, then jumped a curb before hitting a 'No Parking' sign. He then went back to the post office and appeared incoherent and had blood on his hands. Police were called and they showed up and arrested the mailman for DUI. His blood alcohol content was reportedly four times the legal limit for driving.
Officers, That's Not Funny
In Lubbock, Texas, police officer Jacob G. Opperman was placed on administrative leave after being arrested for DUI in his patrol car. Opperman had reportedly been at a party and was drinking with other officers. The other officers thought it would be funny, if as a joke they flattened two of the tires on Opperman's patrol car and even more hilarious if they completely removed the other two tires from the car. They must have been doubled over with laughter as Opperman got into the patrol car and drove away, lights flashing, with only the two flat tires on the car. At around 3:00am Opperman stopped at a convenience store and reportedly stumbled around the store and left without buying anything. When the clerk at the store saw him driving away in the patrol car with only two flat tires on it, a 911 call was made. Opperman was arrested for DUI when sober police officers arrived.
One Of Their Own
In Plainville,Connecticut, a former police captain was pulled over by police and arrested for DUI after he was spotted driving erratically. Daniel W. Britt failed a field sobriety test and later refused to take a breath test. While Britt was an active duty officer in Bristol, Connecticut, he was investigated by internal affairs on at least one occasion for allegedly driving drunk and arriving at a crime scene drunk. He was cleared of those charges while on active duty.
Safe Ride DUI?
In Las Vegas, New Mexico, Bobby Miranda was employed as the driver of one of the city's Safe Ride vans. He was arrested for DUI while driving the van and placed on administrative leave after his DUI arrest on the job and is expected to be fired. After his DUI arrest was made public, a local news station did a background check and reported that Miranda had at least two prior DUI convictions.
City Owned DUI
A cop in Texarkana, Texas wrecked a city owned vehicle early one morning and was charged with DUI. Matthew Smith reportedly injured three local Justice Center dispatchers in the DUI induced accident.
Patrol Car DUI
A Tifton, Georgia police officer was arrested for DUI while driving his patrol car and later resigned. Former officer Chuck Snyder reportedly hit several signs on the side of the road and kept driving while he was on a traffic accident training trip.
Police Car Crash
In Nassau County, New York, a high ranking officer with the county police department has returned to work after being suspended for 30 days following a DUI arrest. Vincent Muscarnera crashed a police car after he had attended a colleague's retirement party. His blood alcohol content was reportedly two and a half times the legal limit for driving. A 30 day suspension is the longest suspension allowed for a police official by New York state law.
Oops, UPS DUI?
In Kingsport, Tennessee, a Fed-Ex truck ended up on its side after reportedly being hit in the back by a UPS truck. The drivers of both delivery trucks were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for injuries related to the crash. At the hospital the UPS driver likely had some additional testing, because officers found a variety of pills and drug paraphernalia in his personal bag at the scene of the crash. Howard Felty, Jr., the driver of the UPS truck, now faces possible DUI charges.
Two Drunk Drivers In Bizarre Pair of Accidents
In Texas, a woman who was legally drunk was killed in a bizarre accident involving a beer truck, which also had a drunk driver behind the wheel. Mary Cay DeVlaming was reportedly driving drunk when her car got smashed between two other vehicles. While DeVlaming was outside of her vehicle inspecting the damage to her car, a beer truck slammed into the stopped cars and killed her. The driver of the beer truck was indicted on intoxication manslaughter charges.
But Aren't You Anti-DUI?
The head of Utah Highway Patrol's anti-DUI squad crashed his patrol car and was arrested on suspicion of DUI. How's that for ironic? Police in Draper, Utah responded to an accident and found Lt. Fred Swain sitting in his unmarked patrol car and talking on his cell phone. The patrol car had apparently swerved off the road and Swain over-corrected his error, causing the car to crash into the concrete median barrier. Swain said that he had fallen asleep at the wheel, but officers suspected that he was under the influence of alcohol. When he took a breath test, he registered 0.116 percent blood alcohol content. Swain had appeared on anti-DUI posters and spoken at numerous news conferences for Utah Highway Patrol where he announced crackdowns on drunk driving.
DUI on the Runway
Imagine boarding a plane for an international flight, then seeing the cops come take the pilot off the plane in handcuffs. That's what happened at the terminal gate at Heathrow Airport on Virgin Atlantic's Flight VS003 to New York. Security staff had reportedly smelled alcohol on the breath of the pilot and notified police. Police arrested the pilot, led him off the aircraft in handcuffs and took him to the station for a breath test to determine his blood alcohol content. Virgin Atlantic found a sober replacement pilot and the plane took off, although more than an hour behind schedule.
DUI in a Patrol Car
In Pueblo, Colorado a police officer was arrested for DUI and domestic violence after police responded to his home and found him in uniform, standing beside his patrol car. He had reportedly spent the night drinking with his girlfriend and then been called in to work an overtime shift. He and his girlfriend reportedly fought about him going to work and he allegedly slashed one of the tires on her car before police arrived and arrested him.
College Shuttle Driver Busted For DUI
A shuttle driver for Swarthmore College in Arizona was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol after a passenger on the van alerted Public Safety at the college. Richard House, 62, was arrested for suspicion of DUI after police smelled alcohol on his breath and he failed a field sobriety test. House is no longer employed by the college.
No Blood Spilled, But Alcohol Consumed
A bloodmobile driver for the Florida Georgia Blood Alliance, who had an excellent safety record, was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida and charged with DUI after being pulled over by two off-duty police officers who allegedly saw the bloodmobile run a red light on the way to a blood drive.
When the cops talked to Sharon Dunlap, the bloodmobile driver, they reportedly noted that her speech was slurred and they could smell alcohol on her breath. After failing a field sobriety test, Dunlap was arrested for DUI and charged with failure to stop at the traffic light. She reportedly had a blood-alcohol content (BAC) level of .11 percent.
In court, she pleaded no contest to the DUI charge and was sentenced to 12 months probation, 100 hours of community service and had her driver's license suspended for six months.
DUI on Ice
A man working at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown, New Jersey was charged with DUI after allegedly drinking and driving the four ton machine, called a Zamboni, that is used to clean the ice rinks. A judge ruled that the DUI charge be dismissed because since a Zamboni can't drive on a highway or any road at all, it can not be considered a motor vehicle.
I'm Not Drunk, I Only Smoked Pot
In Lymun County, South Dakota a tractor-trailer was stopped for driving on the interstate without its headlights on after dark. When stopped by the state trooper the driver reportedly said he hadn't been drinking, but just smoked a little pot. The truck driver was placed under arrest for DUI, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Coked Out Taxi Driver Causes Deadly Crash
John Prowse, a taxi driver in Wantagh, New York was found to be high on cocaine when he went screaming through a busy intersection in his cab and caused an accident which killed a Dix Hills business owner and family man. Prowse was charged with DUI and vehicular manslaughter, convicted and sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison.
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!
In Northern Kentucky, police say that Shelby Dunnigan II was driving an ice cream truck after he had been drinking. A passenger riding in the ice cream truck told investigators that Dunnigan had consumed eight or nine beers since noon that day. Someone had called the police and told them about the ice cream driver having a strong odor of alcohol about him so police tracked him down.
Dunnigan refused a Breathalyzer test, so his blood alcohol content at the time of his arrest is unknown. He failed a field sobriety test after being pulled over by police and a cooler with beer inside was found in the truck.
A Connecticut woman was also charged with DUI after driving an ice cream truck while drunk.
Police say that Susan Bottacari, 45, was seen driving dangerously and almost hit a security guard with her ice cream truck when she was pulled over. She reportedly almost fell out of the truck when police approached her and she refused an alcohol test.
A Superior Court judge is allowing her to enter an alcohol education program and if she attends the classes for a year and stays out of trouble, her DUI charge can be dismissed.
Bottacari's driver's license was suspended for six months and her license to sell ice cream was also suspended. She has not applied to get it back.
At the time of her DUI arrest, Bottacari was on probation for a narcotics possession charge.
In Los Angeles, an ice cream truck driver was arrested for DUI after he reportedly crashed into a parked vehicle.
The driver of the truck told police he swerved to miss hitting a cat on the road and that he was not using the vehicle for work purposes at the time.
The man failed a field sobriety test and was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.
Extra! Extra! Newspaper Delivery Guy Is High!
In Arizona, a newspaper delivery man was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
When police spotted the car with an erratic driver behind the wheel, they of course pulled it over. Police say Thomas Kirchoff was behind the wheel and seemed visibly impaired.
Kirchoff said he was on his way to the airport to pick up his morning papers so that he could deliver them.
The cops smelled pot and searched the car. Inside they found a container with marijuana residue, two marijuana pipes, rolling papers, a straw with methamphetamine residue and two narcotic tablets.
A urine sample showed that Kirchoff had marijuana in his system. He was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of prescription drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Who's Driving Your Kids to School?
In Ohio, a school bus driver was on his way to pick up children when he made an illegal left turn and was pulled over by police. Police found that he was carrying a half-full syringe of liquid cocaine on the school bus.
Lawrence Battle had been employed as a school bus driver for 4 months. He also had three previous DUI arrests and convictions that his employer was not aware of when he was hired.
He was employed by First Student, Inc. which is the bus company that is contracted with the public schools in Columbus, Ohio. A judge stripped Battle of his license and First Student, Inc. took all of the school buses off the road so that they could complete background checks on drivers that they obviously had neglected to do before. Area schools were closed for two days because there were no bus drivers!
In Kern County California a school bus driver was found passed out behind the wheel of the special education bus with four children aged 3 to 5 years old aboard! Luckily no one was injured.
Tara Cook, 35, was arrested for DUI, not wearing a seatbelt and reckless driving. It was discovered during processing that this was Cook's second DUI arrest.
Cook was placed on administrative leave by the school system. In a plea deal, all of the charges against her except for reckless driving were dismissed. She paid a $370 fine and received a sentence of three years probation.
A school bus driver in Idaho was arrested and charged with DUI and child endangerment after her co-driver smelled alcohol on her breath.
There were 23 students on the bus when Teresa Dixon was allegedly driving drunk. Her co-worker turned her in and when Dixon finished her route her supervisor and a drug testing company were waiting for her.
Dixon reportedly took a breath test and registered a .16 blood alcohol level. Police were notified three days after the incident and almost a week later there was a warrant issued for Dixon's arrest. She turned herself in, posted bond and was released to await trial.
In Vermont, an elementary school bus driver was arrested for DUI after she crashed the bus into the side of a building when she was on her way to pick up the kids. Her blood alcohol level was .276 percent. The legal limit for commercial drivers is .02 percent.
Connie Holmes was convicted of DUI and sentenced to 45 days, 10 of which would be behind bars and the other 35 days on a work crew. The judge also sentenced her to apologize to the City Council for her actions, which she did by reading a letter of apology to them at a City Council meeting which was televised. She will also be on probation for 6 to 18 months and also receive substance abuse counseling.
In Georgia a school bus was spotted weaving on the highway and then hit a guard rail. Deputies pulled the bus over and gave the driver a field sobriety test, which she failed.
Tina Stoy, 40, was arrested and charged with DUI, failure to maintain control of the school bus, and hitting an immobile object. Two small bottles of wine and prescription drugs were found on the bus and Stoy was taken to the hospital for drug testing.
Luckily, no children were on the bus at the time.
Big Rig DUI
In Illinois, a semi-truck driver is charged with DUI after a rollover accident on the interstate.
Mark Howard, a truck driver from Kentucky, was driving the tractor-trailer when he lost control of the truck and rolled both the truck and the trailer full of steel coins over.
Howard is in critical condition at a hospital, but faces charges of DUI, improper lane usage, not wearing a seat belt and three other alcohol related offenses.