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Chicago traffic stops increased three-fold in two years

From the Chicago Tribune:

Pedestrian stops by Chicago police officers plummeted in number beginning in 2016 after a new state law and an agreement between the ACLU and the Police Department required officers to more thoroughly document and justify the encounters to ease concerns about racial profiling and constitutional violations…

But a new report from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says that at the same time pedestrian stops fell so sharply, Chicago police dramatically increased how often they pulled over motorists.

The number of traffic stops more than tripled, rising from 85,965 in 2015 to 187,133 in 2016, then jumping to 285,067 in 2017, the ACLU said.

The latest report also found that Chicago police stopped African-American motorists at a disproportionately higher rate than whites, Hispanics and Asians…

Multiple Chicago police officers who talked to the Tribune on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly said they believe many officers now prefer to pull drivers over rather than stop pedestrians. The documentation they must fill out for traffic stops is much simpler than the lengthy, detailed reports required for pedestrian stops as a result of the department’s agreement with the ACLU, they said.

Police have the authority to pull over drivers who commit traffic violations, but even if a ticket isn’t issued, officers are still required to document the motorist’s race and other identifiers. These so-called blue cards, though, take far less time to fill out than the reports for pedestrian stops, the officers said.

Read the entire article here:  https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-police-traffic-stops-20190111-story.html

Meghan Markle’s brother arrested for DUI

From Fox News:

Meghan Markle‘s estranged half-brother Thomas Markle Jr. was arrested for a DUI on Friday, Fox News can confirm.

According to Oregon State Police, the 52-year-old was “stopped for speeding and officers noticed that he was visibly intoxicated.”

Per authorities, Thomas had a blood alcohol content of .11%  and was issued a citation for a DUI. He was arrested and taken to the Grants Pass Sobering Center. Thomas’ green Chevy Silverado was also towed.

Read the entire story here:  https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/meghan-markles-half-brother-thomas-arrested-for-dui

 

NY Jets tight end Chris Herndon pleads guilty to DUI

From Bleacher Report:

New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon has had his driver’s license revoked for 90 days after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, according to TMZ Sports.

Per that report:

“The 22-year-old smashed into another car on the I-80 highway in New Jersey on June 2 after witnesses say he was speeding at more than 100 mph. The police footage, obtained by TMZ Sports, shows Herndon’s 2018 Nissan Armada flipped on its side and badly damaged. Miraculously, both Herndon and the other driver—a 76-year-old man—escaped without any major injuries.”

He reportedly failed both a field sobriety test and a breathalyzer test.

TMZ noted that Herndon’s sentence included completing 12 hours of an “intoxicated driver education program” and $639 in fees and fines. It was unclear if Herndon pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, however.

Former NBA Center Felton Spencer charged with DUI

From USA Today:

Former NBA and University of Louisville basketball player Felton Spencer was arrested early Sunday morning in Oldham County (Kentucky) and charged with driving under the influence.

Spencer, 51, was found asleep in the driver’s seat of his 2006 Ford Expedition around 2:28 a.m. at a gas station in Prospect, Kentucky, according to Oldham County Police’s arrest citation.

Police said Spencer had a plastic cup with ice in it in his hand. When police woke him, he told them he had come from his house and fallen asleep at the gas station and that the cup contained Crown Royal. Spencer also said he had consumed three glasses of Crown Royal, according to police.

Spencer “was unsteady on his feet and had glassy eyes” and “smelled strongly of alcoholic beverage,” the arrest citation said.  During a field sobriety test, Spencer tried to use the police cruiser for balance, police said, and the test was stopped for Spencer’s safety.

He refused a breath test, saying he would not take one without his attorney present.

The 7-foot-1 Spencer played for Louisville from 1986-90, going on to become the sixth pick in the 1990 NBA draft. He played for six different NBA teams in a career that lasted through 2002.

Two Chicago Branch Court locations have closed

As of yesterday, January 7, 2019, two Chicago Branch Courts have been officially closed.  The courthouses were located at Belmont and Western and at 51st Street and Wentworth.

Misdemeanor cases from Belmont and Western (Branch 29), will now be heard at Branch 23, located at Grand and Central.

Felony cases from Belmont and Western (Branch 45), will now be heard at the Second Municipal District Courthouse located at 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie.

Cases that were previously heard at 51st and Wentworth will be divided up between the Branch courthouses located at 3150 W. Flournoy (Flournoy and Kedzie) and at 727 E. 111th Street.  If you are not sure which courthouse to go to, call the criminal court clerk at (312) 603-4641.

One Cook County Corrections officer dead, another charged in fatal DUI crash

From the Patch:

WOODRIDGE, IL — A Cook County correctional officer is facing DUI charges after a Monday afternoon crash that killed 27-year-old fellow officer Zachary Perry. At around 4 p.m., Woodridge police, along with Romeoville and Bolingbrook police, responded to a crash involving a box truck and two passenger vehicles near Joliet and Davey roads.

Police said Perry, of Addison, was pronounced dead at the scene, Another driver, 30-year-old Pablo Perez of Berwyn, was taken to an area hospital and later charged with DUI.

Both Perry and Perez worked as corrections officers, according to WGN. Perez was de-deputized following the crash Monday pending an investigation, officials told the outlet.

Illinois State Police, Bolingbrook and Romeoville police, and the Felony Investigative Assistance Team (FIAT) are investigating the crash.

Perez is charged with one count of misdemeanor DUI and one count of felony aggravated DUI, according to Will County jail records.

 

Utah’s new 0.05 BAC DUI law to go into effect December 30

From Fox News:

Utah is set to implement the strictest DUI law in the nation – just in time for New Year’s.

The new law, which takes effect on Dec. 30, lowers the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) limit to .05 from .08 – the national limit imposed by former President Bill Clinton…

The state legislature approved the change in 2017 before it was signed into law by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert.

“That’s the mandate to law enforcement: You see someone driving impaired, you pull them over,” Herbert said earlier this year. “We’re not saying people can’t drink. You can certainly drink, and you can drink until your eyes bug out if you want. We’re just saying don’t’ drive and drink.”

A BAC of .05 percent typically results in about three alcoholic drinks for a 160-pound man, according to the CDC. Effects can include lowered alertness, exaggerated behavior and a “usually good feeling,” the CDC said. As for driving, people with a .05 percent BAC could have reduced coordination or difficulty steering…

Already, Utah has seen an uptick in people relying on ride-share programs, according to Highway Patrol Lt. Col. Mark Zesiger. He told The Salt Lake Tribune many people didn’t realize the law had a delayed implementation and assumed it went into effect immediately after the state legislature approved it.

“Our DUI squad definitely saw right after the law was passed an increase in the number of people who were using ride-share programs,” Zesiger said. “That’s a good thing; we’ll take that.”

Law enforcement officials are instructed to “make arrests based on observed impairment” rather than a “predetermined BAC level,” according to the Utah Department of Public Safety.

Zesiger said all officers have been retrained in field sobriety “to make sure … they do meets standards.”

Read the entire story here:  https://www.foxnews.com/us/utahs-new-dui-law-strictest-in-the-nation-set-to-be-implemented-ahead-of-new-years-eve