Police said an intoxicated18-year-old girl drove her Mercedes Benz into a tree, shearing the car in half early Saturday morning.
Ashley Koehlinger, 18, of Markle, escaped from the car after it caught on fire. Authorities said the teen was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and then to the Adams County Jail. She is incarcerated on preliminary charges of operating while intoxicated and minor consuming under a $2,500 bond.
Police said Koehlinger was driving westbound on County Road 110 N when she over corrected and drove over the center line into a ditch. She then drove into a private yard and struck a car with her right, rear door.
“If she would have had any passengers in the back seat at the time of the crash, there would have been a high probability that they would not have survived,” Kris Coffey, a senior trooper with the Indiana State Police, said.
Police said Koehlinger’s blood alcohol level was between two and three times the legal limit of .08%.
Police said speed was also an contributing factor in the accident.
via Police: DUI teen crashes car into tree, car catches fire.
The zebra and parrot at home
A Cascade man was arrested outside of a Dubuque bar on Sunday night with a pet zebra and a macaw parrot in the front seat of his truck.
Officers charged Jerald Reiter, 55, with OWI. Police reports say officers stopped him in the parking lot of the Dog House Lounge as he drove away in his truck. According to police, field sobriety tests showed Reiter had a blood alcohol level of .14. The legal limit in Iowa is .08.
Reiter tells KCRG.com that he and his wife see the animals like their kids and often take them for rides. On Sunday night, they say they took the zebra and the macaw to the bar because it often lets people bring their animals inside.
full story here > Man Arrested for OWI with Zebra, Parrot in Front Seat of Truck | KCRG-TV9 | Cedar Rapids, Iowa News, Sports, and Weather | Local News.
A driver driving erratically on a busy Madison street was stopped and arrested for his alleged seventh drunken driving offense.
Linton Kidd, 53, was taken into custody by Madison police at 8:44 p.m. Tuesday in the 1300 block of East Washington Avenue.
Police said in a news release callers to 911 reported an erratic driver on the busy arterial.
read more here > Man arrested for alleged 7th drunken driving offense.
Milwaukee – Milwaukee county sheriff’s deputies have taken a 38 year old man into custody after witnesses say they saw his vehicle hit a concrete median wall and just keep going.
Deputies responded to southbound I-43 Friday after 9-1-1 calls were made shortly after 4:00pm.
Witnesses say it appeared the driver was falling asleep.
Police caught up with him at 13th Street and say 38 year old Keith Somerlot Junior admitted to drinking between five and seven beers since 9:00am.
He’s not charged with his fifth OWI since 2003.
Somerlot faces up to 17 years in prison if convicted on the charges.
A Pennsylvania man was arrested after allegedly driving a car onto the Ocean City boardwalk and damaging it while trying to find a lost cell phone, according to a report on PressofAC.com.
Christian Winzcuk, 21, damaged 25 feet of railing and decking when he maneuvered the car onto the boardwalk in an attempt to use its headlights to help him find the phone on the beach, the report said.
full story here > Cops say drunken driver crashed car on Ocean City boardwalk looking for lost cell phone | NJ.com.
Prayer apparently didn’t help one man accused of driving while intoxicated.
Michael Kennedy, 28, was stopped by Friendswood police in the 1500 block of Friendswood Drive after he allegedly ran a red light and just missed having an accident, according to KPRC-Houston.
When an officer ordered that he recite the alphabet as part of a field sobriety test, Kennedy instead recited the Lord’s Prayer, KPRC reported.
read more here > DUI suspect recites Lord’s Prayer during sobriety test | Newswatch | a Chron.com blog.
An East Providence woman who was driving drunk and struck a teenage girl who suffered serious injuries has been sentenced to a year in prison followed by four years of home confinement.
A Providence Superior Court judge sentenced 50-year-old Susan Benedetti on Tuesday. She pleaded guilty to DUI in February.
read more here > RI woman sent to prison for DUI, injuring teen – Boston.com.
Central Michigan senior guard Finis Craddock was arrested early Saturday morning for operating a vehicle while intoxicated, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.
Craddock, 21 from Garland, Texas, was arrested at 3:08 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Preston Street and E. Campus Drive, according to documents from the Mount Pleasant Police Department. He was lodged in jail and charged with operating while intoxicated-first offense.
Jason Kaufman, director of athletic communications, confirmed the arrest Tuesday and said Craddock has been “indefinitely suspended” by CMU head coach Keno Davis.
read more here > CMU basketball guard Finis Craddock ‘suspended indefinitely’ following Saturday arrest | Central Michigan Life.
An Ames man was charged with felony operating while intoxicated after allegedly striking another vehicle in broad daylight on Sunday and then driving away.
James Ryan, 33, Aplin Road, was charged with operating while intoxicated, third offense, a class D felony, simple assault, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, driving while barred, driving under suspension, and driving revoked. Ryan denied the fact that he was driving at all but a man called police Sunday evening saying that Ryan rear-ended his vehicle on Chamberlain Street and then got out and assaulted him and drove away.
read more here > Ames Police Blotter: Man Allegedly Rear-Ends Vehicle, Threatens Driver – Ames, IA Patch.
Police in an Atlanta suburb say they released a Mexican diplomat accused of drunken driving without holding him in jail after they learned of his government position.
Mariano Saynez Ruiz Duran had a blood-alcohol level of 0.126 and had been clocked at 91 mph on Georgia 400 early Friday morning, a Roswell police report states.
He was released after police learned that he’s a vice consular at the Mexican Consulate General’s Atlanta office, Roswell police Lt. James McGee said.
Officers confirmed he has partial immunity from law enforcement actions after calling the U.S. Department of State, according to the police report.
read more here > Ga. police release DUI diplomat | The Augusta Chronicle.
A state appellate judge nabbed in Knoxville on a drunken driving charge is stepping away from his duties pending resolution of his own criminal case.
Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jerry L. Smith will not be hearing or deciding appeals in the wake of his arrest Monday night on charges of drunken driving and violation of the implied consent law for allegedly refusing a blood alcohol test.
A state Court of Criminal Appeals judge can continue hearing cases, including those related to driving under the influence, despite his own arrest Monday night on a DUI charge, court officials said.
Although the Tennessee Supreme Court’s Code of Judicial Conduct states that judges “shall respect and comply with the law,” nothing in the rules precludes them from hearing cases when facing a misdemeanor charge.
Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Jerry L. Smith was arrested Monday night while in Knoxville and now faces two misdemeanor charges related to driving under the influence.
via TN Court of Criminal Appeals judge can work despite DUI arrest | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.
UNION CITY A city principal was charged Monday night with driving while intoxicated and having an open container of beer inside his car, police said.
But Oscar Cordero, 57, principal of the school district’s Adult Learning Center, at 400 38th St., yesterday denied he was even drinking.
“I did not consume a drop of alcohol Monday evening, and I plan on pursuing legal action in the matter,” said Cordero, a 37th Street resident. “I was coming out of my friend’s house and that beer belonged to a friend of mine.”
According to police reports, a police officer was flagged down around 8 p.m. by a passer-by who told him a man was drinking beer and driving near the intersection of 17th Street and Palisade Avenue.
via Union City school principal is facing DWI charges, but vows to fight them in court | NJ.com.
Mount Pleasant police arrested 44-year-old Mary Ellen Olson for her sixth OWI on Friday, April 20th.
The criminal complaint in the case says police observed Olson operating a gold minivan westbound in the left lane of State Highway 38 in the Village of Mount Pleasant Friday just before 7:00 p.m. Police say Olson was traveling at a very high rate of speed (75 – 80 miles-per-hour) in a 45 mile-per-hour zone.
full story here > 44-year-old Sturtevant woman arrested for sixth OWI | FOX6Now.com – Milwaukee News & weather from WITI Television FOX6.
Michael K. Nelson, 38, of Rock Island found out that having too many driving while intoxicated convictions could up the ante for a prison sentence. He was sentenced to the Illinois Department of Corrections for five years in Mercer County Court on Monday, April 23, 2012. The prison sentence was for a guilty plea to aggravated DUI (Class 1 felony). Nelson also pled guilty to obstruction of justice (Class 4 felony), for refusing to submit to a blood alcohol test after being served a warrant. He was sentenced to three years in the DOC to be served concurrently.
read more here > Sixth DUI lands Rock Island man in DOC – Aledo, IL – Aledo Times Record.
A man is facing DUI and homicide charges after a crash that resulted in the death of his front seat passenger on Sunday.
Marco Cuevas Mora is charged with Homicide By Vehicle While DUI and other related charges.
According to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office, the crash happened at approximately 12:20 a.m. Sunday along Route 422 in West Pottsgrove Township, Pennsylvania.
read more here > Man arrested after fatal DUI in Montco | 6abc.com.