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    Two drivers — one of them allegedly drunk — were seriously hurt Thursday morning in a major wrong-way crash on Route 24 that backed up traffic for hours and led to an arrest, state police said. The crash occurred just after 10:45 a.m. in the westbound lanes near milepost 4.4 in Madison Borough, Morris County, NJSP Sgt. Philip Curry told DailyVoice.com. A Ram driver was in the right lane with a Mercedes-Benz behind it when the Ram attempted to avoid a wrong-way Dodge driven by William F. Dempsey, 50, Curry said. The back left side of the Dodge then struck the front left of the Ram and the front of the Dodge before hitting the Mercedes-Benz head-on. Dempsey and the Mercedes driver suffered serious injuries during the crash, according to police. The Ram driver was not hurt. Dempsey, of Florham Park, was also arrested for DWI. Route 24 westbound was shut down for about three hours following the crash, causing major traffic delays, Curry said. The crash remains under investigation. No further details were released.
    An Easton man was intoxicated when he crashed into a tree in Warren County and fled into a nearby farm with two others, state police allege. Troopers responded to a Honda Accord crash into a tree at Routes 632 and 643 in Franklin Township just after 1:20 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, NJSP Tpr. II Charles Marchan told DailyVoice.com. On the way, responders were told that three men exited the Accord and ran into a nearby farm, Marchan said. The men were caught after a brief search, and Yeins Comacho, 38, of Easton, PA, was found to be the driver, authorities said. Comacho was charged with driving while intoxicated and obstruction. The crash remains under investigation, Marchan said. No further details were released.
    A 26-year-old former Massachusetts State Trooper will appear on the other side of the courtroom after a grand jury indicted him in a 2021 fatal car crash. Authorities said he faces a charge of motor vehicle homicide by operating under the influence of alcohol. Kristopher Carr was driving in the fast lane of I-93 in the wee hours of Oct. 29, when he leaned over to kiss a woman in the front seat of his 2020 Ford Explorer, the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office said. With Carr's eyes on the woman and not on the road, his SUV swerved, slammed into the median, and came to a stop in the middle of the fast lane, prosecutors said.  Christopher Pike, 51, didn't see the Explorer in the middle of the road until it was too late. His motorcycle crashed into it, and he flew off the bike and bounced off the pavement, authorities said. He died of his injuries at Boston Medical Center.  Responders rushed Carr and the woman to Mass General for treatment. Detectives who spoke with Carr said his...
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former Pennsylvania attorney general who served jail time for leaking grand jury material and lying about it was taken into custody Friday on an alleged probation violation, more than a month after she was charged with drunken driving, officials said. Kathleen Kane, 55, was behind bars at Montgomery County Correctional Facility outside Philadelphia to await a hearing. No hearing date had been set as of Friday afternoon. A message was left for her attorney in the drunken driving case. Once a rising star in Pennsylvania politics, Kane resigned as attorney general after being convicted in 2016 of perjury, obstruction and other counts for leaking secret investigative files to embarrass a rival prosecutor. Kane was sentenced to 10 to 23 months behind bars, serving her time at the Montgomery County jail outside Philadelphia. She was released in 2019. Her term of probation doesn’t end until October 2025. On March 12, police in Scranton were called to the scene of a two-car crash and said they found Kane behind the wheel of an Audi. Kane told...
    HOWELL, Mich (AP) — A state lawmaker from Michigan pleaded guilty Wednesday to drunken driving and other charges, including one brought after authorities say he was caught in jail with a handcuffs key taped to the bottom of his foot. State Rep. Jewell Jones, 26, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of resisting police and three other misdemeanors stemming from his drunken driving arrest last April in Livingston County. The Democrat from the Detroit suburb of Inkster also pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor escape charge over the alleged key incident. As part of his plea deal, prosecutors agreed to let Jones be sentenced under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, which would allow the felony charges and a misdemeanor charge related to his drunken driving arrest to be expunged from his record after a probation period. His sentencing is scheduled for March 17. According to prosecutors, Jones was so combative with paramedics and law enforcement after he drunkenly drove into a ditch that police used a Taser and pepper spray on him. On Tuesday, Jones posted apology letters on his Instagram...
    MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (CBS) — An impaired driver crashed through the main gate of the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City on Wednesday. At 6 p.m., Indiana State Police were called about a possible impaired driver on U.S. 421 in the Michigan City area. Troopers did not initially find the silver Chevrolet Silverado, but minutes later, the LaPorte County Dispatch Center got a call that a vehicle matching the description had plowed through the gate of the prison. State police said troopers performed field sobriety tests and found the driver was drunk. His blood alcohol content was .14 percent – well above the legal limit, state police said. The driver – Robert D. Merriman, 62, of Winamac, Indiana – was arrested and taken to the LaPorte County Jail. He is expected to be charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated and criminal trespass.
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Rep. Jewell Jones was taken into custody Tuesday, Sept. 14, after prosecutors accused him of violating bond conditions by tampering with an alcohol monitor on his ankle. Jones, 26, has been in and out of Livingston County court since April when he was charged with drunken driving, resisting police, and other offenses. READ MORE: FBI Got Towing Records, Other Docs In Detroit City Hall Raid State Rep. Jewell Jones | Credit: Michigan House Democrats The Inkster Democrat told Judge Michael Hatty that he takes responsibility for testing positive for alcohol on Sept. 3 and tampering with the monitor on Labor Day. The judge revoked his bond. “This defendant’s actions from his conduct during the charged crimes through each of the three violations show that he believes that as a person who makes our laws, that he is above our laws,” assistant prosecutor Christina Richards said. In June, Jones was excused from court-ordered drug and alcohol screenings while he was at Michigan National Guard training in Grayling. Jones, however, was seen in a Facebook photo at Planet Fitness...
    Michigan state Rep. Jewell Jones, D-Inkster, had his bond revoked by a judge and was taken into custody on Tuesday after he violated bond terms for a third time. Jones was previously out on bond after an alleged drunken driving crash occurred earlier this year in Livingston County. "I am one to believe in graduated sanctions and not jailing this man until sentencing, but I am going to revoke bond at this time," said Livingston County Circuit Judge Michael Hatty, according to the Detroit News. RETIRED LT. COL. ALEXANDER VINDMAN SAYS GEN. MILLEY 'MUST RESIGN' IF HIS SECRET CALLS WITH CHINA OCCURRED Jones, who is 26-years-old, has an alcohol tether, which detects the presence of alcohol in a person's sweat. According to court records, Jones' tether showed alcohol in his system at three different times on September 3. In addition, he also tampered with the tether on September 6. "This defendant’s actions — from his conduct during the charged crimes through each of the three bond violations — show that he believes that, as a person who writes our laws, that...
    COUNTRY CLUB HILLS, Ill. (CBS) — An Illinois State Police sergeant was injured early Saturday when a cruiser was hit by a suspected drunken driver on Interstate 57 in the south suburbs. At 12:05 a.m., the state police sergeant was sitting stationary in the squad car on northbound I-57 just north of I-80 with emergency lights activated. The trooper was assisting a motorist on the right shoulder. READ MORE: Brothers In Custody For Questioning After They Reveal Mother, Sister Are Buried In Lyons Backyard; 2 Bodies Recovered A blue Chevrolet headed north on the expressway failed to yield to the trooper and veered off the roadway onto the right shoulder, where the front end of the Chevy struck the driver’s side of the squad car. The sergeant suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated and released from an area hospital. READ MORE: At Least 1 Killed, 16 Wounded In Chicago Weekend Gun Violence The driver who hit the squad car – Moises Hernandez, 44, of Blue Island – was charged with a violation of Scott’s Law, which requires drivers slow down...
    New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu signed into law legislation stiffening penalties for repeat drunken drivers who kill or injure others. Under House Bill 179-FN, known as Tyler Shaw’s Law, drivers convicted of negligent homicide and who have a previous DWI conviction face 10 to 20 years in prison. Offenders with two or more previous convictions could face 15 to 30 years in prison. The law is named for a 20-year-old Concord resident killed in April 2018 by a drunken driver who ran a stop sign. According to reports, the driver was previously convicted twice and sentenced in 2019 to six to 12 years in prison. “Tyler was loved by so many. He had a great sense of humor. He was the heart of our family,” WMUR-TV quoted Beth Shaw, Tyler Shaw’s mother and an advocate for the legislation, as saying. “If we continue to do it and it’s not working, it’s not going to work,” she added. “So, you need to make change. So, I hope, with Tyler’s help, I can make that change.” According to the Concord Monitor, between...
    A July ruling by the New Mexico Supreme Court found gas stations can be held liable for selling fuel to intoxicated drivers. The state Supreme Court ruled 3-1 on July 19 that while no law prevents the sale of gas to a drunken driver, vendors have a legal responsibility not to sell to someone who is drunk. Tennessee is the only other state to place the liability on filling stations, the court noted. "Providing gasoline to an intoxicated driver is like providing car keys to an intoxicated driver. Accordingly, liability under negligent entrustment for the sale of gasoline to an intoxicated driver is consistent with New Mexico law," the judges wrote in their opinion. HIGHEST GAS PRICES SINCE 2014 THREATEN BIDEN The ruling was made after the state Supreme Court agreed to hear a request from a federal appeals court regarding the liability of a filling station retailer that sold fuel to an intoxicated driver in 2011, according to Access WDUN. After leaving a gas station and returning to a highway, the driver crossed the center line and crashed...
    MOLINE, Ill. (CBS) — Illinois State Police have released video of a trooper’s cruiser being hit last Monday in Moline, while the police sport-utility vehicle was on the side of the road. State police said at 8:07 p.m. Monday of last week, the ISP sergeant had just completed a traffic stop and was sitting in the SUV on the shoulder at John Deere Road near John Deere Place in Moline. The squad car was fully marked and its lights were activated, state police said. READ MORE: At Least 2 People Killed, 29 Injured So Far In Memorial Day Weekend Violence In Chicago A green Jeep crossed the white fog line and rear-ended the squad car on the driver’s side, state police said. The green Jeep then rolled several times. Incredibly, the trooper only suffered minor injuries. READ MORE: Two 14-Year-Old Boys Charged In Fire That Destroyed Vacant Roller Rink Building In McHenry The 55-year-old driver, Matthew Scherer of Moline, was charged with driving under the influence and violating Scott’s Law. Scott’s law requires drivers change lanes *away from emergency vehicles....
    Maryland Democrat Doug Gansler, then serving as state attorney general, attends a party with teenagers in 2013 The Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest is compiled by David Nir, Jeff Singer, Stephen Wolf, Carolyn Fiddler, and Matt Booker, with additional contributions from David Jarman, Steve Singiser, Daniel Donner, James Lambert, David Beard, and Arjun Jaikumar. Leading Off ● MD-Gov: Bust out the Jell-o shots and kegstands, 'cuz Doug Gansler is back, baby! The former Maryland attorney general—one of the most improbable law enforcement officials of our time—just kicked off a second bid for governor, seven years after his previous attempt to win the Democratic nomination ended in humiliating failure. But where to even start? Oh, right, the beach party! Yeah, so back in 2013, Gansler managed to get himself caught on camera at a jam-packed house party in Delaware, ogling sweaty drunken teens grinding on one another. In one photo, Gansler himself appeared to be snapping pics of the action with his own phone—see the angle he's holding it at—though at a trainwreck of a press conference, he later claimed, "My...
    LANSING, Mich (AP) — People with drunken driving convictions would be added to an expungement program under a bill that was approved Wednesday in the Michigan House. The legislation will go to the Senate. First-time drunken driving offenses weren’t part of an expungement law that was signed earlier this year by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Supporters say hundreds of thousands of people could benefit. In Michigan, an expungement clears the public record of a conviction so it does not appear in a background check. Police still keep a non-public record, but people would not have to disclose their criminal past on job applications or other forms. Sen. Ed McBroom said one dumb mistake such as drunken driving shouldn’t impact a person for their rest of the life. “Everyone knows someone who has struggled with alcohol dependency, and anyone who has supported a friend or family member who has step-by-step reclaimed their lives is keenly aware that they have done the hard work to earn a second chance,” Chief Justice Bridget McCormack said earlier this month. MORE FROM CBS DETROIT: Missed Gov....
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