Eureka, MO: Trucker dead after attempting to avoid alleged drunk driver on I-44 |

A man has been arrested on suspicion of driving drunk after a wreck killed a truck driver and shut down Interstate 44 near Six Flags on Thursday.

Sgt. Al Nothum said the suspect was driving in the westbound lanes of I-44 when hit a guardrail, spun out and stopped about a mile west of Six Flags in Eureka.

Authorities said a box truck and semi-truck swerved to avoid the disabled vehicle.

When the semi truck swerved, it clipped the back end of the passenger car and overturned in the middle of the interstate.

The driver of the truck was killed.  His name has been released as Joshua W. Sanders, a resident of Rolla, MO. He was 34 years old. He drove for Conway Trucking.

Police arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and started diverting traffic off the interstate at the Six Flags exit. Emergency crews responded a short time later to attend to injured victims.

Authorities interviewed the driver of the car, St. Louis resident Matthew Snyders, 44, at the scene. He was later taken to an area hospital to be treated for moderate injuries. DWI charges against him were pending, according to authorities.

via Man arrested on drunk-driving suspicions in fatal I-44 crash | St. Louis.

Savannah, MO: Football coach suspended when 6-week old DUI surfaces |

According to Platte County records, Savannah Head Football coach Chad Smith was charged with Driving While Intoxicated on August 4th, 2012. The charge is a class B Misdemeanor. According to court records, Smith was arrested by the Platte County Sheriff’s Department and detained in the Platte County jail. Records indicate that a surety bond was posted for Smith’s release from jail by Perry Bonding on that same day. Smith was also charged with the misdemeanor of “failure to drive within a single lane on a roadway having 3 or more lanes.”

Smith appeared in court on September 19th, 2012. Smith was represented by attorney Steve Schanker of Kansas City. Through his attorney, Smith pled not guilty to the charges and requested a continuance. Judge Dennis Eckold granted the continuance until November 07, 2012.

The incident was kept quiet during the first few weeks of the season. Last week word began circulating through the community and by Thursday some students had made vague references about the incident on social media. On Friday a meeting of the football players was called by high school administrators and it is reported that Smith has been suspended from his duties as Head Coach and will not coach in the Benton game this evening.

read more here > The Savannah Reporter > News.

Poplar Bluff, MO: Suspected drunk driver arrested after bicyclist killed on highway |

A driver from Poplar Bluff was jailed on suspicion of manslaughter after he struck and killed a bicyclist Tuesday night, police say.

The bicyclist, Joseph W. Wright, 30, was hit while riding on Route M, a state highway south of Poplar Bluff, at about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Police say Wright was riding his bike in the roadway when he was hit from behind by a 2011 Dodge Ram pickup. The pickup was driven by Mitchell D. McDaniel, 28. Police say McDaniel appeared to be drunk.

Wright, of Poplar Bluff, was taken to Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:24 p.m.

The Missouri Highway Patrol says McDaniel was arrested for involuntary manslaughter, driving while intoxicated. Patrol records show he was held at the Butler County Jail.

via Missouri driver arrested after bicyclist killed on highway : Stltoday.

St. Charles, MO: 1 arrested on suspicion of DUI in wreck that kills St. Louis City alderman |

A St. Louis City alderman was killed in a wreck involving three tractor-trailers in St. Charles County on Wednesday.

Police said a pick-up truck hit the back of a tractor trailer truck near the Truman Boulevard exit on Highway 370 in St. Charles County around 12:45 a.m.

Both drivers stopped on the shoulder and two other tractor trailers pulled over to offer assistance.

Authorities said said 27th Ward Alderman Gregory Carter, 54, was driving a UPS truck and rear-ended the third tractor trailer. He was killed on impact.

Authorities arrested the pick-up driver, identified as 26-year-old Patrick Mullen, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. No further information on Mullen was released.

Carter comes from a very prominent family with three generations of St. Louis City political figures. He served four terms as an alderman in St. Louis and was running for his fifth term.  He also drove trucks for UPS for over 20 years.

The eastbound lanes of the highway were closed for about six hours while crews worked to clear the scene.

via 1 arrested in wreck that kills St. Louis City alderman | St. Louis.

Florissant, MO: Rams DE Robert Quinn arrested on DWI charges |

Robert Quinn

St. Louis Rams DE Robert Quinn has joined that list after it was reported that he was arrested on July 10 at 6:44 a.m., accused of driving while intoxicated in Florissant, Mo. He posted bond and was released later that night, according to

In addition to the drunken-driving charge, Quinn is charged with failure to exercise a high degree of care and with having no insurance.

via Rams DE Robert Quinn arrested on DWI charges.

Palmyra Twp., PA: Popular Paramus athlete, 20, killed by suspected drunk driver |


Gabrielle Reuveni

The horrific, heartbreaking news is spreading this afternoon: 20-year-old Gabrielle Reuveni, the valedictorian of Paramus High School’s Class of 2010, a member of a college national championship track and field team and a Miss New Jersey contestant died after being struck by a car Saturday morning.

The father of 20-year-old Gabrielle Reuveni said she was struck and killed Saturday morning by a drunk driver “who lost control of his car at high speed when she was out running.

“We all knew her as an extraordinarily talented, intelligent, caring, and selfless young woman,” Sean Adams, the Paramus district’s supervisor of secondary education, wrote in an email.

The Morris County motorist has a criminal history, including two arrests in one week earlier this month.  Philip Cise, 48, was driving south on Route 507 in Palmyra Township, Pa., about 12:30 Saturday afternoon when his Chevy pickup crossed the double-yellow line onto the shoulder several times before hitting Reuveni, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

read more here > Popular Paramus athlete, 20, killed by car.

Clinton Co., MO: Man gets 7 years in prison for fatal DWI accident |

A DWI accident that killed a passenger netted a Plattsburg, Mo., man seven years in prison.

Sentenced Thursday in Clinton County Circuit Court by Judge Thomas Chapman, Donald L. Mick Jr. was told he will spend the next seven years in prison for killing Jeremy Cheesman.

The 58-year-old man appeared in court almost two months after changing his plea to guilty to felony vehicular involuntary manslaughter that involved alcohol. Mr. Cheesman, 48, was killed in the accident, which occurred in October 2011.

read more here > Man gets 7 years in prison for fatal DWI accident – St. Joseph News-Press and FOX 26 KNPN: Local News.

Rancho Tehama, CA: One dead in apparent drunken driving wreck |

One person is dead after authorities say an intoxicated driver crashed his car in the Rancho Tehama area today.

Thomas Williams, 23, of Wentzville, Mo., was arrested on suspicion of committing vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence causing injury to another, said Pat Hurton, an officer with the Red Bluff California Highway Patrol station.

Williams and his passengers were headed south on Remunda Road in a 2007 Kia Spectra out of Missouri, Hurton said. Williams lost control and went off the left side of the road around 2:30 p.m. The car overturned and landed on its roof.

Will Duggan, 28, was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding with minor injuries and has been released, Hurton said. Another passenger, Lindsey Dennison, 29, of St. Charles, Mo., was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Red Bluff for treatment.

Hurton said a passenger in his early 20s died at the scene. He was not wearing a seat belt, but wasn’t thrown from the car.

via CHP: One dead in drunken driving wreck » Redding Record Searchlight.

Valley Park, MO: Mayor arrested for suspected DWI after getting pepper sprayed |

Nathan Grellner

The case of a local mayor in trouble with the law and with his city. Records show he’s been skipping out on city council meetings, and now we’ve learned he was arrested for suspected drunk driving.

The man in the hot seat is Valley Park Mayor Nathan Grellner.

It happened Tuesday night in Byrnes Mill, about 12 miles from St. Louis.

Byrnes Mill police say Grellner was arrested on suspicion of DWI, but they declined to provide much else.

The 27-year-old mayor also works at the family-owned Valley Park Elevator and Hardware Store.

Valley Park attorney Eric Martin would not confirm the arrest, but he did say, “I believe he’s been under a lot of pressure both with his family business and the city.”

Here’s what NewsChannel 5 found in a police report from Tuesday: Byrnes Mill officers spotted a late-model Ford Raptor speeding down Highway 30 near Gravois.

Police chased the driver and he finally stopped.

Officers say the suspect in the speeding car smelled of alcohol, resisted arrest, became combative, and was pepper-sprayed.

via Valley Park Mayor Nathan Grellner arrested for suspected DWI |

Forsyth, MO: Chronic DWI offender to be sentenced | Branson Tri-Lakes News News

Michael Hartl

Michael Hartl

A Hollister man who pleaded guilty earlier this year to a class B felony of driving while intoxicated will be sentenced June 7 in a Taney County courtroom, according to online documents.

Michael Lawrence Hartl, 52, is a chronic DWI offender and operated a motor vehicle with a revoked license, “has at least five prior convictions for DWI and is a danger to the community,” according to court

via DWI offender to be sentenced – Branson Tri-Lakes News News – DWI offender to be sentenced: News.

St. Louis, MO: Emily Hagan charged in fatal DWI accident involving bicyclist |

A 30-year-old Kirkwood woman was charged Friday in connection with a fatal accident involving a bicyclist that took place two months ago in University City.

University City police said the incident occurred February 3 just after 11:15 p.m. in the 7500 block of Delmar Boulevard.

Prosecutors allege Emily Hagan struck and killed Sam Scott while he was riding his bicycle.

full story here > Emily Hagan charged in fatal DWI accident involving bicyclist |

Springfield, MO: Man pleads guilty after DWI crash that killed nurse |

A Springfield man pleaded guilty today to charges stemming from a drunk driving crash that killed a 55-year-old woman — a hospice nurse once named “Nurse of the Year.”

Prosecutors say Matthew Charles Brannon, 32, entered a guilty plea to involuntary manslaughter in the first degree for causing the death of Kathryn Wells on Oct. 16, 2010.

via Springfield man pleads guilty after DWI crash that killed nurse | Springfield News-Leader |

UPDATE. Maryland Heights, MO: St. Charles man arrested for DWI in fatal crash –

A St. Charles man suspected of drunken driving has been arrested after a passenger in his minivan was killed Tuesday afternoon on Highway 364, the Missouri Highway Patrol says.

The driver — John P. Recklein, 22, of St. Charles — was arrested on suspicion of voluntary manslaughter, second-degree felony assault and misdemeanor driving while intoxicated in the death of one of his passengers, Jared T. Nevenner, 23, of Caseyville.

UPDATE: A second person has died as a result of this crash.  Natasha Galenski, 17, of St. Peters, Missouri was pronounced dead on Saturday morning, April 21, four days after the crash.

original news article here > St. Charles man arrested for DWI in fatal crash in Maryland Heights.

Cassville, MO: Teen pleads guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter. Faces up to seven years. –

CASSVILLE, Mo. — A teenager from Purdy pleaded guilty on Wednesday for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed her friend two years ago.  Sierra Wood, 19, was scheduled to go on trial on Wednesday morning for involuntary manslaughter but she entered the guilty plea before opening arguments began.

via Sierra Wood: guilty for drunken driving crash –

Branson, MO: Forsyth coach facing DWI charge | Springfield

The head boys’ basketball coach at Forsyth High School was accused of drunken driving after a crash, and the case continues to move through the courts.

Jeremy L. Peterson, 33, is also a physical education teacher. The charge, a class B misdemeanor, stems from a Jan. 29 incident, the News-Leader has learned.

read full article here > Forsyth coach facing DWI charge | Springfield News-Leader |