Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer involved in fatal DUI Crash

From CBS-Chicago:

CHICAGO (CBS) — An off-duty police officer has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol after his car crashed into a restaurant, killing one person in Gresham.

Marquita Reed, a nurse and mother of two, died after she was pinned underneath the car that crashed into Tony’s Philly Steak, in the 1700 block of west 87th Street…

Reed, 34, was sitting inside Tony’s Philly Steak restaurant when she was pinned underneath the car. She was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Hospital from her injuries.

Another woman inside the restaurant suffered a leg injury, and the driver suffered a neck injury.

Chicago police said the off-duty officer is 24 years old and had been on the force for three years. The off-duty officer told police he was driving east on 87th Street when another car heading west turned in front of him, and he swerved to avoid the vehicle. The off-duty officer made a sharp turn, jumped the curb, and hit the building.

“It happened so fast that I don’t even think he had time to hit the brakes,” said Jerrell Desmond, who witnessed the crash.

Police said the officer had a blood alcohol level of .083, just over the legal limit.

Read the entire story here:  https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/06/09/off-duty-officer-charged-with-dui/

How the new Illinois Marijuana Legalization laws will affect you

Beginning January 1, 2020, you will be able to possess of up to 30 grams of cannabis, 5 grams of cannabis concentrate or 500 milligrams of THC without violating Illinois state law.

Under the law you will have to purchase your cannabis from approved dispensaries.  You cannot grow it on your own unless you are a medical marijuana cardholder, and even then, you will be limited to 5 plants.  You will not be able to legally purchase marijuana from a street dealer.

You also cannot use marijuana in public places.  You will have to use it at home, and even then, discretely.  You can’t sit on your porch where neighbors can see you toking.

The change will not effect our current DUI law, which still makes it a crime to drive while either impaired due to cannabis or with 5 nanograms or more of THC in one’s blood or 10 nanograms in any other bodily substance (i.e., urine or saliva).   This means that I suggest that you do not drive for several hours after using marijuana, probably not until the next day after a full night’s sleep.

Also, the change in the law does not mean that employers cannot still fire you for failing a drug test showing that you were positive for cannabis.  Illinois is an “at will” state, meaning that an employer can fire you “at will” for just about any reason (except when in violation of civil rights or contract).

Finally, this change only affects Illinois law.  You could still be arrested and charged by Federal officers.  This is most likely to happen while on Federal property, whether a Federal building such as a courthouse, post office, or other governmental building,  on Federal land or on the lake by the Coast Guard.

Here are some articles with further information about the new law:

Chicago Sun-Timeshttps://chicago.suntimes.com/cannabis/2019/5/31/18647868/marijuana-illinois-legalization-where-to-buy-amount

Chicago Tribunehttps://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-met-cb-legal-marijuana-illinois-20190531-story.html

NBA ref Ronald Garretson arrested for DUI

From the Artesia Daily Press:

Police say an NBA referee has been arrested in Arizona on suspicion of driving while intoxicated after he crashed a vehicle into a tree.

The Arizona Republic reports Ronald Garretson was arrested following a collision Wednesday night in Lake Havasu City.

Police say the 60-year-old Garretson showed signs of impairment and was booked into jail on a count of extreme driving under the influence after a field sobriety test.

A judge set bond at $4,500.

The National Basketball Referees Association website says Garretson is an NBA referee who has officiated almost 2,000 games over the past 31 seasons.

NBA spokesman Mike Bass says the league is gathering information on the case.

It was not known if Garretson had an attorney.

Former Jet, Packer Mo Wilkerson arrested for DUI

From the NY Daily News:

Former New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad (Mo) Wilkerson was busted for drunk driving early Saturday after he was caught rolling through a stop sign in Washington Heights, officials said.

Wilkerson, 29, was driving a 2019 Rolls Royce Suburban when he was pulled over on Riverside Drive and W. 168th St. at about 3:40 a.m., cops said.

Police were about to give him a ticket, but realized he was drunk behind the wheel.

According to court documents, Wilkerson told the cops, “I had a shot and two beers.”

He was charged with drunk driving after failing a breathalyzer test, scoring .09, a hair over the legal limit.