Lately I have seen several stories about people who brag about committing crimes or avoiding arrest on social media. Inevitably, the person is arrested, and their statements, photographs or videos become part of the prosecution’s case. Here is the latest story, about a Connecticut man who made it home before the police could arrest him for DUI. His “victory” didn’t last long.
Driving while under the influence is never smart, nor is running from police when they try to pull you over.
But then bragging about it on social media afterward? That’s a whole new level of ineptitude.
Local news station WFSB reports that a Connecticut man named Aaron Morrissette was arrested by state police after he boasted of outrunning five state police cruisers after they tried to pull him over on suspicion of driving while under the influence.
The police had originally been called to respond to a domestic disturbance in Killingly, Connecticut on Wednesday night. When officers arrived at the scene, Morrissette was seen “fighting with several people” and then “smashed the window of a vehicle and drove a pickup truck” toward the officers.
The police pursued him for several miles before they stopped due to public safety concerns. Among other things, Morrissette “ran several red lights and nearly caused a crash” in his attempts to flee.
But after his escape, he wrote about the incident on social media and declared that “I won” the chase against the police.
Police found him at a home in Killingly the next day and took him into custody without incident.
He has been charged with domestic violence, disorderly conduct, harassment, reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, engaging the police in a pursuit, operating under suspension as a result of a DWI, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.
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Since my previous post, NFL tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and picked up by the New York Jets.
Now an edited version of his DUI arrest video has hit the internet. He was about to get off with a warning, but he kept on talking and ultimately said enough to get the officer to ask him to do field sobriety tests.
The field tests are not part of the edited dash cam video. Whoever edited this made sure to keep in the part where Seferian-Jenkins tells the officer that he has to take a “huge shit.”
From the Tampa Bay-Times:
Two days before the Bucs’ home opener, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins was arrested early Friday morning and was charged with two misdemeanor counts, including driving under the influence.
Seferian-Jenkins, 23, was stopped by the Florida Highway Patrol at 3:42 a.m. Friday and was booked at the Orient Road Jail at 6:24 a.m., charged with misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence and violating a court-ordered Ignition Interlock Device restriction from a previous arrest for DUI in Washington in 2013.
He was released from jail at 12:13 p.m. on $750 bond…
According to the FHP, Seferian-Jenkins was driving at 75-80 mph in a 55 mph zone as he entered southbound I-275 near State Road 60. He made an improper lane change, cutting off an FHP trooper and “weaving back and forth.”
The arrest report states that Seferian-Jenkins was observed to have glassy eyes and the smell of alcohol and was “agitated,” with slurred speech and leaning on objects for balance. He “performed poorly” on field sobriety tests and declined to provide a breath sample to measure his blood-alcohol level.
Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty to a DUI charge in 2013 while he was in college at the University of Washington. He was arrested in March 2013 and was a second-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2014.
Former Space Shuttle Commander James Halsell, Jr. has been indicted on charges of reckless murder in the (allegedly) alcohol related fatal crash that caused the death of two children, Jayla Parler, age 12 and Niomi James, age 11.
The incident occurred on June 6, 2016 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
Here is a link to the police report. Halsell’s vehicle allegedly was traveling at a very high rate of speed and rear-ended and crushed the other vehicle. The investigating officer wrote that Halsell admitted drinking wine at a motel, but did not remember leaving the motel. He had slurred speech, dilated pupils, disheveled clothes, smelled of alcohol, appeared confused and had unstable balance. A search of his motel room found an empty wine bottle and an empty sleeping pill bottle. The reports do not indicate if a blood alcohol test was taken.
A civil lawsuit has been filed by the parents of the victims.