Take My Advice: Posting on Social Media May be Hazardous to your legal health

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.

From RawStory.com:

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.

Chicago Bar Assoc. releases its ratings of Judicial Candidates for the upcoming election

I am a member of the Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and we have just released our evaluations for the upcoming election.  These evaluations are based on lengthy investigations and hearings.  Please review our findings before voting.  And share these with your friends and family!

From their website:

The Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) invites you to view its evaluations of judicial candidates running for vacancies on the Illinois Appellate Court and the Circuit Court of Cook County and judges running for retention in the upcoming General Election to be held on November 8, 2016. Get the findings at www.chicagobar.org/votejudges or view it on your mobile phone at http://m.chicagobar.org. A quick, printable pocket guide is available.

Here are direct links if you are on your computer:

Cleveland Browns lineman arrested for drunk driving

From the Royalton Post:

A Cleveland Browns offensive lineman was arrested for OVI and other counts after being stopped by police while in a Cleveland Metroparks parking lot around 1 a.m. Sept. 26.

According to a North Royalton Police report, an officer saw Alvin Bailey Jr., 25, a city resident, speeding northbound on West 130th Street at 12:57 a.m. in his lifted pick-up truck. The vehicle then turned onto Valley Parkway and into the Paw Paw Picnic Area just off of West 130th.

An officer allegedly saw Bailey exiting the vehicle and reportedly ignored commands to go back inside, with Bailey instead bending down under the tailgate. Bailey then stood up, seeming surprised at the officer’s presence, according to the report. He stated he stopped due to a vehicle warning of high air pressure and was releasing air.

Bailey reportedly told officers he was driving home after spending several hours at a Pearl Road business in Strongsville. He said he went there after arriving back in Cleveland from Miami, where the 0-3 Browns had played the previous afternoon and lost to the Dolphins 30-24. Bailey was a new addition to the starting lineup in that game after center Cameron Erving was injured earlier this season.

Bailey – who the Browns list at 6-foot-3-inches and 320 pounds – reportedly admitted to drinking while at the business and consuming several whiskeys on the plane from Miami before that. He was arrested for OVI after performing poorly on sobriety tests and testing over the legal limit on a portable breath test.

During a search of the vehicle, officers allegedly saw green flakes believed to be marijuana inside the center console, including in an unlocked lock box. Bailey was cited for failure to comply, drug abuse, drug paraphernalia, speed and unsafe vehicle (cracked windshield). He had a Sept. 29 court date.

Update: Seferian-Jenkins DUI video released

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.”

Tampa Bay TE Seferian-Jenkins arrested for second DUI

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.

Rams Safety T.J. McDonald arrested for DUI after crash

From Patch.com:

Los Angeles Rams safety T.J. McDonald was charged today with a misdemeanor DUI charge stemming from his arrest in May following a collision with a parked car in Woodland Hills.

McDonald, 25, is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 7 in a Van Nuys courtroom on one count of driving under the influence of drugs, according to Frank Mateljan of the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

McDonald was arrested about 8:30 a.m. May 10 by Los Angeles police after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a parked car in the 22900 block of Gershwin Drive, Los Angeles police said.

Cleveland Cavalier Shumpert arrested for Marijuana DUI

From TMZ:

Cleveland Cavs star Iman Shumpert was arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana back in August … TMZ Sports has learned.

According to the police report, Shumpert was pulled over outside of Atlanta on August 10th around 11:37 PM for a lane change violation and because his taillights weren’t on in his rented Audi A3.

During the stop, the officer says Shumpert reeked of weed — and his eyes were bloodshot.

Shumpert told the cop he had just come from his “homegirl’s house” and was going to pick up his father from the airport.

The cop administered a field sobriety test and determined Shumpert was high. Shumpert also admitted he had smoked weed before leaving his friend’s house.

Cops searched the car and found a mason jar with marijuana.

Cops wanted to perform a blood test on Shumpert but he refused — claiming, “people would recognize him and it would cause a scene.”

Shumpert was handcuffed and arrested for DUI marijuana and possession of weed (less than an ounce). He was also cited for failure to maintain his lane.

The Cavs issued a statement saying they have discussed the situation with Iman and “will monitor the progression of the pending case.”