A suspected drunk driver was speeding in northwest Houston early Thursday when he slammed into an ambulance and died, according to Houston police.
A Houston Fire Department truck and an ambulance were parked at the home of a sick patient on Kempwood at Ryson around 12:30 a.m.
Two paramedics were getting out of the ambulance when they heard screeching tires. A young man in a white Nissan Altima, traveling about 80 miles per hour in the residential area, slammed into the ambulance.
One of the paramedics was able to jump out the way, but the other hopped back into the driver’s seat when the car came along. He was transported to the hospital for observation.
Authorities said a head-on collision that killed five people and critically injured two others Wednesday night may have been the result of drinking and driving. Family members of the victims say the group of seven people were heading home from church.
The crash happened on LA 67 near LA 412 in the town of Slaughter just before 10 p.m. Investigators said a 2007 Dodge pickup drove head-on into a 1996 Mercury Grand Marquis.
Brett Gerald, 30, of Greensburg was arrested and booked into the East Feliciana Parish Prison. The Louisiana State Police later released test results showing Gerald had a blood alcohol content of .15 at the time. Gerald faces the following charges:
Troopers have released the names of the victims in the car who died. They are all from Baton Rouge and were pronounced dead at the scene by the East Feliciana Parish Coroner’s Office. They were identified as:
Brenda Gaines, 64 (Driver)
Angela Mosely, 35
Denise Gaines, 33
Diamond Johnson, 12
Jyren Johnson, 6
Two teens in the car suffered life-threatening injuries and were taken to the hospital.
An Oshkosh man convicted of drunken driving in a New Year’s Day crash that killed his wife will not spend time in prison.
Brian D. Griesbach, 39, pleaded no contest to homicide by intoxicated used of a motor vehicle during an appearance in Forest County Circuit Court Wednesday. Griesbach was charged in connection to the single-vehicle crash that killed his wife, Amy L. Griesbach, 38, on Jan. 1.
Forest County Circuit Court Judge Leon Stenz placed Griesbach on probation for five years and ordered him to serve six months in jail, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $5,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, Griesbach was driving a truck that went into a ditch in Forest County during the early morning hours of Jan. 1. When emergency responders arrived, Amy Griesbach was unresponsive and still buckled into the passenger seat.
A Menasha man is facing a charge of sixth offense drunken driving after a single-vehicle crash in the town of Wescott.
Jeffrey A. Schmidt, 41, is accused of being intoxicated when he overturned the SUV he was driving on Lake Drive near Foesch Road about 1 a.m. Monday.
Schmidt fled the scene on foot, according to the criminal complaint, leaving behind a passenger who was not injured in the crash. The complaint states authorities discovered a cooler and open cans of beer in the vehicle.
Shawano County sheriff’s deputies gave the passenger — Ricky Mijokovich of Menasha — a ride to the cottage on Lake Drive where he and Schmidt were staying. Schmidt was found inside, asleep on the couch. The complaint states he had multiple cuts and bruises.
A 56-year-old Delavan woman is facing her sixth drunk driving charge after she was caught speeding and driving erratically through Wauwatosa.
Consuelo Ehmke was charged Tuesday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with one count of sixth-offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On Saturday, a Milwaukee County sheriff’s deputy was travelling southbound on Highway 45 near West North Avenue during a heavy downpour when Ehmke came past doing 70 to 75 miles per hour, then slammed on her brakes once she got about two car lengths in front of the squad.
A 33-year-old Hobart man was intoxicated when driving a motorcycle that crashed and caused the death of his passenger in April, police said.
William D. Worley was charged Tuesday with operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing death, a class C felony; operating a vehicle while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury, a class D felony; and three misdemeanor counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Rachelle M. Burge, 41, of Lake Station, died from blunt force trauma in the April 18 crash in the 1300 block of South County Line Road in Hobart.
Burge was a passenger on the motorcycle driven by Worley.
An Arcadia man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to fatally hitting a 21-year-old road worker when he allegedly drove onto a closed freeway in Baldwin Park while drunk.
Tatsuhiko Sakamoto, 37, of Arcadia was arraigned at Pomona Superior Court on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony drunken driving and driving with a blood-alcohol level above .08, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison.
She said Sakamoto will next appear in court June 27 to set a date for his preliminary hearing.
The charges stem from an April 4 crash on the westbound 10 Freeway at Francisquito Avenue in Baldwin Park.
California Highway Patrol officers said a Toyota RAV4 driven by Sakamoto entered a closed section of the westbound 10 freeway and struck Caltrans subcontractor Connor McDermott Penhall of Corona.
Sakamoto allegedly drove past cones and a sign that indicated a freeway closure was ahead.
Penhall died at the scene. His father is motorcycle racing champion and actor Bruce Penhall.
A 44-year-old Racine woman is facing her fifth operating while intoxicated charge after the Mount Pleasant police chief arrested her for drunk driving earlier this Monday.
According to the criminal complaint, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki was driving eastbound on Spring Street in Mount Pleasant just before 1 a.m. on May 6 when he spotted a vehicle ahead of him weaving in the right lane.
Zarzecki stopped the vehicle at Ohio Street and found the driver, later identified as Lisa A. Gonzales, did not have her driver’s license because it was revoked, the complaint states. It further states that Zarzecki smelled a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle and that Gonzales’ speech was slurred.
Probable cause was found to pursue charges against Gonzales on Wednesday during an initial appearance in Racine County Circuit Court.
In addition to the charge of operating while intoxicated, fifth or sixth offense, a felony, Gonzales faces a misdemeanor operating while revoked charge.
A Tampa boy is in serious condition after being ejected in a Tuesday night crash investigators said was caused by a 19-year-old drunk driver.
According to Florida Highway Patrol investigators, Edwin Rodriguez, 15, was a passenger in the two-vehicle crash on Dale Mabry Highway, north of Hillsborough Avenue, around 10:45 p.m.
Investigators said the driver of a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, Miguel Angelo Rivera, 19, of Tampa, was under the influence of alcohol when he collided with a 2005 Hyundai Elantra driven by Lonnie James Glover, 46, Tampa.
A FHP crash report stated Rivera was traveling north on Dale Mabry Hwy. when he lost control. The car began to spin through the median and into southbound lanes of traffic, colliding with the Elantra.
Rivera was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail where he was charged with DUI, three counts of DUI injury, two counts of DUI property damage, driving with a suspended driver’s license and careless driving.
“Specific blood alcohol levels for Rivera are pending toxicology results,” officials said.
A 42-year-old Waukesha man is facing his eighth drunken driving charge after he was pulled over for driving recklessly in Town of Ottawa Saturday.
Scott A. Martin was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court on Tuesday with one count of eighth offense operating while intoxicated. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
A Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources ranger on patrol Saturday was contacted after a reckless driver was spotted on southbound Highway 67 near Highway 18 in Dousman. The ranger caught up Martin, who was driving a pickup truck and made a wide turn onto westbound Highway ZZ and continued to swerve and vary speeds between 20 miles per hour and 60 miles per hour.
Abbott (L) in his post-baseball law enforcement career
Longtime Marlins fans may remember the name Kurt Abbott. He was an early member of the team, and helped win a World Series championship in 1997.
He’s now a Martin County deputy. And one who now faces trouble.
Abbott was put on administrative leave Tuesday following his weekend DUI arrest, according to a report on tcpalm.com. Abbott, 42, was charge with DUI after Stuart police stopped him at 3 a.m. Saturday.
According to the report, he was traveling 60 in a 45-mph zone and drifting in and out of his lane. At the Martin County Jail, where he declined a breath test, Martin took the arrest like a bad call on the field, cursing and yelling at authorities. He has been released on $500 bail, according to the tcpalm report.
After Abbott left the Marlins, he went to the Mets in 2000. He began his law enforcement career in Stuart in 2004.
The principal at Paul Revere Elementary School in Bernal Heights pleaded not guilty Tuesday to isdemeanor DUI and hit-and-run charges after allegedly sideswiping two vehicles just south of the Golden Gate Bridge on May 12.
Sheila Milosky, a Mill Valley resident, did not attend Tuesday’s court hearing. Her attorney, Sam Ware, appeared on her behalf.
“If Ms. Milosky made a mistake here, she’s going to own up to it,” Ware said after the hearing, adding that he had only just received the prosecution’s evidence against his client. “If she did not make a mistake and some of the facts were not reported correctly, then we’re going to dispute it.”
Meanwhile, Milosky still has a valid driver’s license, Ware said, pending an upcoming hearing with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.
The principal also is scheduled to appear June 26 for a pretrial conference on the DUI and hit-and-run charges.