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MISCONDUCT AT MASSACHUSETTS STATE POLICE LAB RESPONSIBLE FOR BREATH TEST MACHINES

Mounting problems at the Executive Office of Alcohol Testing (“OAT”), the Massachusetts State Police crime lab responsible for the use of the Dräger Alcotest 9510 breath test machines, have triggered the firing of Melissa O’Meara, head of the OAT. A report disclosed Monday found that “OAT leadership made serious errors of judgment in its responses to court-ordered discovery, errors which were enabled by a longstanding and insular institutional culture that was reflexively guarded . . . and which was inattentive ... Read More »

Man warns of ‘alien invasion’ during DUI arrest

CASPER, WYOMING (WPVI) — Police in Wyoming heard an “out of this world” excuse coming from a driver facing arrest. Bryant Johnson was pulled over for suspected DUI in Casper, Wyoming. He told officers he time-traveled from the 2048 to warn of an impending alien invasion. He even asked to speak to the town president. Johnson said in order to transport him through time, aliens had to fill his body with booze, explaining his slurred speech, blood shot eyes and ... Read More »

Driver held on $500K bail in DUI crash that killed 1, injured other

A West Side resident was ordered held on $500,000 bail Wednesday in an early Monday crash that killed a teenager and injured another. Prosecutors said at a bail hearing Wednesday, Jayalim Ford, 19, identified in jail records as a transgender woman and in court records as male, had been drinking wine with a friend Sunday at Ford’s house into Monday morning. The two also smoked cannabis, prosecutors said. Read More »

Man Charged With DUI After Hitting Stepson Who Was Walking the Family Dog: Cops

A New York man driving under the influence struck his 13-year-old stepson, who was out walking the family dog, police said. Scott Lipton, 42, was driving his 2017 Jaguar when he ran into the boy, breaking his leg, according to the Suffolk County Police Department. Read: Bus Driver Arrested for DUI With 31 Students Inside the Vehicle: Cops Another stepson, age 9, was in the car with Lipton and sustained non-life-threatening injuries, authorities said. He was treated and released from a nearby ... Read More »

Nurse Arrested for Protecting Unconscious Patient from Illegal Blood Draw

United States Supreme Court decisions sometimes have a greater impact on daily life than citizens may realize. On June 23, 2016, the decision Birchfield v. North Dakota[1] changed the procedure on how law enforcement is supposed to request a blood draw from those suspected of committing a crime such as driving under the influence. The key phrase here is that it changed how law enforcement is “supposed to” handle drawing blood. As a recent news story from the Washington Post ... Read More »

Georgia police officer at DUI stop: ‘We only kill black people’

A lieutenant from a police department in Georgia is under investigation after a dash-cam video obtained by Channel 2 Action News appears to show the officer telling a driver during a DUI stop, “Remember, we only kill black people.” Lt. Greg Abbott of the Cobb County Police Department reportedly asked the driver to grab her cell phone, but she replied she’s afraid to move her hands because she has “just seen way too many videos of cops … ” Abbott responds, “But, you’re not ... Read More »

Oregon woman charged with DUI after son reports drunk driving, police say

An Oregon woman was arrested Saturday after her 11-year-old son called 911 while sitting in a car and told police his mom was driving drunk, police said. Officers received a call about 9:30 p.m. from the boy, saying he was in the car with his mother who was driving drunk, FOX12 reported. Two other calls about the woman, identified as Nicole Norris, were also made. Deputies caught up with the vehicle a short time later and had Norris submit to a sobriety ... Read More »

Man accused of killing teen in DUI crash returns to court

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – A man accused of driving drunk and killing a teen one month shy of high school graduation could move forward to trial Monday. Or Michael Fay may enter a plea deal instead. Fay, 53, returns to court for an arraignment Monday, near four months after the April 14 crash that killed Michael Finley. Finley was on his way to meet friends on a Friday night when State Patrol says Fay made an abrupt left and collided with the ... Read More »

Drivers beware: New ‘E-DUI’ law takes effect

It can be so tempting. You’re behind the wheel, stopped at a red light; you’ve got about 30 seconds to kill. Next to you, often just inches away, your cellphone beckons. Your car isn’t moving, so what the harm in firing off a quick text or checking your email, right? In fact, it could cost you plenty. Starting today, drivers caught holding a cellphone or any other electronic device while stopped at a red light or intersection will be subject ... Read More »