Archive for ◊ March, 2011 ◊

• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011|newswell|text|Local%20News|s

People who DUI and have a blood-alcohol level of 0.15 percent or above would have to receive alcohol or drug abuse treatment under a bill passed by the state Senate Transportation Committee on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 91, sponsored by state Sen. Mark Manendo, D-Las Vegas, lowers the threshold for the mandatory treatment from 0.18 percent to 0.15 percent. A person with a 0.15 percent blood-alcohol level would have to undergo an evaluation for alcohol abuse and attend a treatment program.

The bill now goes to the state Senate for a vote.

The measure is one of a half-dozen moving through the Legislature following a special DUI investigative series by the Reno Gazette-Journal.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Garden Grove police Sgt. Otto Escalante said officers were making a traffic stop for another suspected DUI at about 1:40 a.m. at the intersection of Haster Street and E. Orangewood Avenue, when they heard the sound of another vehicle hitting parked cars.

Escalante said a green 1994 Ford F150 was turning onto Orangewood without its headlights on missed one police car but ran into the back of another police car containing the driver from the traffic stop.

After the driver hit the police car, Escalante said, he attempted to get out of his pickup and run away but fell face-first on the asphalt.

“He was very much intoxicated with some kind of alcoholic beverage,” Escalante said.

The driver, identified as Bernardo Sanchez, was treated by the Anaheim Fire Department for a broken nose and cuts on his head and cheek from hitting the ground and taken to a local hospital

Escalante said Sanchez hit at least three cars on Haster before running into the police car.

No other injuries were reported. Sanchez was cited on suspicion of drunken driving.

The Anaheim police department is investigating the  DUI collision with the Garden Grove police car. The Garden Grove police department is officers investigating the collisions with the parked vehicles as a possible hit-and-run accident.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

TAMPA – DUI checkpoints are already announced ahead of time. That’s nothing new. What’s changed is the info is now accessible on the go from your smart phone.

You download an app that lets drivers share the locations of DUI checkpoints, traffic stops and even red light cameras.

Finding the closest checkpoint is as easy as tapping your smart phone.

“If someone puts a checkpoint location in to their application, then anyone else who has that will know where the checkpoint is,” said Attorney Daniel Haenel of Finebloom & Haenel.

‘Fuzz Alert’ sold 13,000 copies last week. There’s nothing illegal about revealing the checkpoints.

“We publicize to all the media that we are going to be operating a checkpoint at a certain day and time, and really in some regards it may help us out because we want driver awareness, we want people to understand it’s a serious issue in our community, said Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.

But in some states, law enforcement agents want to ban these apps.

“For public safety reasons, they’re saying we’d like for them to be removed and taken out of the directories,” said Haenel.

“I view the app as encouraging safety,” said Steve Croke, CEO of Fuzz Alert. “You hear an alert of some sort and you slow down. Who wants to get a traffic ticket? Who wants to break the law? No one. So that’s kind of the reason for the app, to make the roads safer.”

We showed Fuzz Alert to Tampa drivers.

“I don’t think it’s really a good thing. It seems to be a security risk,” observed Garrett Hetrich.

“I think it’s great for those of us who might have had one or two and gone out and just want to find a safe way home. Those of us who are too hammered to go home anyway aren’t going to be able to search our phones,” offered Chris Leissler.

“It’s going to be a problem because I’m going to be looking at it while I’m driving,” added Cassidy Lynch.

Blackberry pulled one DUI app. Will more phones follow?

“If Apple decides to take them down, that’s going to be the end of it. If they don’t, then the question is whether all the attorneys general are going to get together with the U.S. Attorney and say, ‘Hey, we want these removed,’” said Haenel.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

SANTA ROSA — A Santa Rosa DUI woman was sentenced to six years in prison in Sonoma County Superior Court Wednesday morning for the death of a man who was killed when he fell from the bed of the truck she was driving. Rubi Ann Martinez, 33, was sentenced for gross vehicular manslaughter while DUI . She pleaded no contest to the charge last month. Martinez was driving her 1996 GMC truck north on U.S. Highway 101 in Santa Rosa on Dec. 22 when Enrique Ramirez Alvarez, 21, of Windsor, fell out of the truck bed and onto the highway, California Highway Patrol officials said. A passing motorist found his body at about 1:40 a.m. near the Mendocino Avenue overpass, CHP Officer Jon Sloat said. Sloat said Martinez knew her friend Alvarez had fallen out the truck but did not stop to help him or call authorities. The death was initially thought to be a homicide, and the CHP notified Santa Rosa police. When an autopsy determined that a puncture wound in Alvarez’s right thigh was from a compound fracture and not a gunshot wound, the CHP took over the death investigation. After the sentencing, Martinez’s daughter, Maria Arriaga, 17, of Santa Rosa, said the other people riding in the truck’s cab also should have been prosecuted. “If my mom is the only one charged, it’s not justice. They should be in court, too,” she said. “The others could have helped. They had cell phones too,” Arriaga said. Alvarez and her mother were friends, and everyone in the truck, including Alvarez, was intoxicated, she said. “She never had any intention of that happening,” Arriaga said.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has arrested Jennifer Calvillo, 29, and charged her with one count of DUI , two counts of child neglect and one count of resisting arrest.

Just after midnight deputies stopped Calvillo for speeding and determined she was also driving under the influence with her 12-year old daughter in the carl, the Sheriff’s Office said.

During the DUI investigation deputies learned Calvillo had left her three-year-old and six-year old sons home alone. The Department of Children and Families was notified and a family member was called to take custody of all three children.

Category: Criminal
• Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

A 36-year-old woman was arrested in Colorado Springs on suspicion of DUI after her vehicle crashed into a building.

The incident happened at about 4:15 a.m. in the 550 block of North Union Boulevard, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department crime blotter.

The vehicle was northbound when it veered off of the road and crashed into an apartment building.

No one in the apartment was injured, but two people in the vehicle suffered “minor injuries,” police said.

The crash caused “substantial” damage to the apartment building.

Police identified the driver as Judy Harvey. She is being held on suspicion of DUI and other possible traffic related charges, police said.

Category: Criminal
• Sunday, March 27th, 2011|head

Oregon is currently considering allowing police to conduct DUI checkpoints, but there are many reasons roadblocks should be rejected.

Checkpoints are an inefficient way to catch dangerous, hardcore drinkers. They only discourage moderate and responsible social drinkers from having a glass of wine with dinner, or a beer with friends.

In theory, sobriety checkpoints make sense. They’re a highly visible way to show that the police department is serious about cracking down on drunk driving. If you cast your net wide enough, surely you’re going to catch some fish, right? Not necessarily.

Just because hardcore drunks are dangerous menaces, that doesn’t mean they’re stupid. The very visibility of checkpoints decreases their effectiveness; the barflies know where the police have set up and make sure that their buddies avoid the cops. And the ubiquity of texting and social media like Twitter allow people to easily share the locations of checkpoints with their friends.

There’s even a checkpoint iPhone app called “Trapster” to warn drivers about checkpoints. Yep, there’s an app for that. It’s these drivers who lead to alcohol-caused fatalities; the average BAC of a drunk driver in a fatality is .19. That’s an average-sized man consuming 10 beers over the course of two hours.

These people need to be pulled off of the streets, no doubt – but sobriety checkpoints aren’t necessarily the way to do this. The numbers bear that out.

The American Beverage Institute looked at the percentage of traffic deaths caused by drunk drivers and found that there is no meaningful correlation between a state allowing checkpoints and a decrease in drunk driving deaths.

Twelve states do not allow sobriety checkpoints. Of the seven states with the lowest percentage of traffic fatalities from alcohol, four have laws permitting checkpoints; of the seven states with the highest percentage of fatalities from alcohol, four have laws permitting checkpoints.

There’s no pattern. It’s not uncommon for checkpoints to operate an entire night and fail to make a single arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. Ironically, police operating sobriety checkpoints are more likely to write tickets for minor infractions like broken taillights than for drunk driving.

Instead of DUI checkpoints, police departments should focus on something we know works: roving saturation patrols.

Using the same amount of resources, police departments are up to ten times more effective when they hit the roads and keep an eye out for dangerous drivers swerving around the roads and running stop signs. In addition, police officers involved in saturation patrols can crack down on speeding, as well as a burgeoning new menace: distracted driving.

Distracted driving – driving while talking on cell phones, texting with friends, even surfing Facebook – now leads to more than 6,000 deaths on the highways every year. That number is only sure to grow as car companies add more and more distractions like televisions and in-dash social media connections.

But police aren’t going to catch any speeders or distracted drivers when they force every driver to come to a stop just so they can smell their breath. Oregon police departments should focus on what works and get hard core drunk drivers off the roads.

Sarah Longwell is the Managing Director of the American Beverage Institute, an association of restaurants committed to the responsible serving of adult beverages, which represents over 55 Oregon restaurants.

Category: Criminal
• Sunday, March 27th, 2011|head

The Nixa Police Department will conduct DUI checkpoints at various locations Friday night.

The  DUI checkpoints are aimed at reducing the number of alcohol-related traffic accidents.

Officers will briefly stop vehicles to check for alcohol or drug-impaired drivers. Impaired drivers will be arrested.

Category: Criminal
• Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Three motorists were arrested during a DUI checkpoint that Alameda police staged the night of St. Patrick’s Day.

Officers arrested one Oakland man, 30, on suspicion of drunken driving after he allegedly failed field sobriety tests after pulling into the checkpoint, which was at Park Street and Clement Avenue.

Another Oakland man, 22, was caught driving with a suspended license, while officers discovered the third man, 32, who also lives in Oakland, was wanted on an outstanding warrant, police said.

Other recent drunken driving arrests include a 32-year-old Alameda woman, who police arrested early the morning of March 18 on Pacific Avenue after she was involved in a traffic accident.


BURGLARY — A commercial burglary was reported shortly after 5 a.m. in the 2300 block of Santa Clara Avenue.

HIT-AND-RUN — A motorist who struck a vehicle fled the scene during a traffic accident that was reported at 3:30 p.m., police said.


INDECENT EXPOSURE — Police said an indecent exposure was reported about 7:20 a.m. at Kofman Parkway and Aughinbaugh Way.

UNDER THE INFLUENCE — Police arrested a 44-year-old man on suspicion of DUI of a controlled substance shortly after 9 p.m. in the 2300 block of Buena Vista Avenue.


VEHICLE THEFT — A vehicle theft was reported about 5:50 a.m. in the 800 block of Pacific Avenue, police said. A vehicle was also reported stolen shortly after 2 p.m. at Alameda Towne Centre, while a motorcycle was reported stolen about 8:40 p.m. in the 1400 block of Oak Street.

GRAND THEFT — Someone stole copper wire from Wood Middle School on Grand Street, police said. Investigators learned about the theft about 8:30 a.m.


VEHICLE THEFT — A vehicle theft was reported shortly after 6 a.m. in the 2000 block of Pacific Avenue, police said.

GRAND THEFT — Someone stole copper wire from an underground electrical box in the 200 block of Central Avenue. The theft was discovered about 10:30 a.m.

BURGLARY — A residential burglary was reported in the 1900 block of Central Avenue about 12:45 p.m., police said.

PETTY THEFT — Police said a thief stole extension cords from a boat dock in the 1000 block of Marina Village Parkway. The incident, which was reported about 3:15 p.m., follows another theft of extension cords from the same dock on March 17, police said.

DRUG POSSESSION — Police arrested an Alameda man, 26, on suspicion of possessing methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia about 10:45 p.m. in the 1300 block of Webster Street.

Category: Criminal
• Sunday, March 27th, 2011

TAMPA, FLORIDA– These days it seems like there’s an app for everything, including a controversial one that can help you avoid a speeding ticket or even a DUI.

But now several members of Congress want to crackdown on it, calling it a threat to public safety.

Companies selling the app for your smartphone advertise it as a way to warn of an upcoming DUI checkpoint, speed trap, or red light camera.

However, Farid Sarhaddi of Temple Terrace, who’s son was killed in a crash involving a DUI driver three years ago, says it sends the message that drunk driving is acceptable.

“Totally, totally wrong,” Sarhaddi said of the app. “It’s the same as if you were going to rob a bank and somebody comes up and shows you a video of exactly the best path to get out of the bank after the robbery.”

This week, four U.S. Senators wrote a letter to smartphone companies, urging them to stop offering it.

“These applications are nothing more than a how-to guide in avoiding law enforcement, putting innocent families and children at risk.  This is a major public safety concern,” part of the letter reads.

Others, though, question if the government should be regulating what apps can and can’t be bought.

Blackberry has agreed to pull the app.

“They’re finally taking some steps in the right direction,” Sarhaddi said.

There’s still no word from the makers of the iPhone or Droid.

One of the companies selling the app claims to have more than 11 million users.

Category: Criminal
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