Green Bay rookie RB Aaron Jones arrested for OWI-Drugs

From the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel:

Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones was arrested in early October and faces several charges after a traffic stop in which he admitted to smoking marijuana.

Jones, 22, has pleaded not guilty to counts of speeding, driving without a valid license and operating a vehicle with a controlled substance in his system, according to Wisconsin court records. The district attorney’s office for Brown County filed charges on Oct. 2, several days before Jones made his first start against the Dallas Cowboys.

The arrest and subsequent charges previously had been unreported.

…Jones was pulled over for speeding on Highway 172 in Ashwaubenon at 11:37 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, according to an incident report obtained by the Journal Sentinel. A state trooper clocked Jones’ vehicle traveling 79 miles per hour in a 55 mile-per-hour zone.

The report states the trooper smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle and observed Jones’ eyes to be red and bloodshot. Jones told the trooper he had woken up three hours earlier and smoked marijuana after eating breakfast. A search of the vehicle did not produce any narcotics or paraphernalia.

A second trooper arrived on the scene, and Jones was asked to participate in a standardized field sobriety test along the side of the highway. The report states Jones was assessed one “clue” for using his arms to balance during a walking test but had no issue standing on one leg or tracking an object with his eyes.

Jones was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay for a blood test. He was released from custody at 1:33 p.m. after Donatello Brown, a cornerback for the Packers, signed the responsibility agreement to care for an individual who has been operating a vehicle under the influence.

…This is not his first run-in with the law. Jones was arrested Feb. 10, 2016, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, according to a report in the El Paso Times. A deputy observed Jones’ car swerving out of its lane shortly after 1 a.m., and the Intoxilyzer test registered breath alcohol concentration levels of 0.15 and 0.139. The legal limit in Texas is 0.08.

Jones, who played college football at the University of Texas at El Paso, eventually entered a pretrial diversion program that functions like probation but ends with the charge being dropped.

“By entering the program,” the newspaper reported, “Jones agrees to follow several probation-like conditions that include reporting to a probation officer, taking alcohol and drug tests, and attending several DWI-related classes and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving victim impact panel.

“Unlike probation, if Jones successfully completes the program the driving while intoxicated charge will be dismissed.”

Wisconsin is a zero tolerance state, meaning that driving with any amount of marijuana in one’s blood system is an “operating while under the influence.”  Wisconsin Statute 346.63(1)(am)Illinois recently amended its DUI laws to set a legal limit of 5 ng of cannabis per ml of blood.

Read the entire story here:  http://www.packersnews.com/story/sports/nfl/packers/2017/11/20/packers-running-back-aaron-jones-faces-marijuana-related-charge/880409001/

More details about “Little Women” star charged in fatal DUI crash

According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the victim in the fatal crash was a 29 year old Coast Guardsman, Daniel Dill.

From the Journal-Constitution:

On his wife’s 27th birthday, Daniel Dill was acting as designated driver for her and her friends and was on his way to pick them up in Virginia Beach, Virginia, around 2 a.m. when Hancock, 25, allegedly hit his car head-on while driving on the wrong side of the interstate. He was rushed to the hospital, where doctors determined he had suffered a major spinal cord injury, brain swelling, internal injuries and broken bones.

After doctors revealed his prognosis, Dill’s family made the decision to withdraw care, and he passed away just after midnight on Sunday. Meanwhile, police arrested and charged Hancock with DUI maiming, but the charge may be upgraded to DUI manslaughter, according to a spokeswoman for the commonwealth’s attorney.

Hancock, who was featured on the reality TV series in Season 2, reportedly told a state trooper that she had consumed four mixed drinks at a club an hour before driving. Her blood alcohol content was 0.112 two hours later, and she stands at just 4 feet tall. She was granted a $15,000 bond at a court hearing and was ordered to wear a GPS device that also tracks alcohol intake.

“Little Women” Reality Star arrested for Fatal DUI crash

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From TMZ:

Melissa Hancock — who’s been featured on “Little Women: Atlanta” — was allegedly driving the car that killed a man in a head-on crash and she’s been arrested for DUI.

Virginia State Police say Hancock collided head-on with a 29-year-old male driver Saturday morning while going the wrong way on a one-way street. Cops were called to the scene after 2 AM and arrested Hancock. The man died later at the hospital.

Hancock’s been charged with DUI/maiming and driving the wrong way. She’s reportedly being held without bail in a Virginia Beach jail.

18 year old “Shameless” actor arrested for DUI

From Huffington Post:

Actor Ethan Cutkosky, who plays reformed troublemaker Carl Gallagher on “Shameless,” was arrested last week for suspicion of driving under the influence, TMZ and CBS Los Angeles have reported.

The incident came just days before the premiere of the Showtime series’ new season.

Cutkosky, 18, was pulled over on Thursday in Los Angeles after police noticed his orange BMW began straddling lanes and was arrested after failing to pass a roadside sobriety test. He was released from jail on $5,000 bail with a court appearance scheduled later in the month, per CBS.

…TMZ notes that Cutkosky apparently admitted to smoking marijuana earlier in the night after police noticed a smell coming from the vehicle.

Authorities are currently awaiting the results of a blood test to draw up charges.

Working as an actor since he was 7 years old, Cutkosky has starred on the critically acclaimed Showtime series over eight seasons, growing up on screen with the rest of the Gallagher kids. Most notably, the show stars William H. Macy as the family’s alcoholic father and Emmy Rossum as the eldest sister trying to keep the clan above water.

Cutkosky’s character enrolled in a military academy last season after leaving behind a life of crime.

Tiger Woods gets plea deal; pleads to reckless driving

From ABC news:

Tiger Woods appeared in court this afternoon [Friday, October 27, 2017] to plead guilty to reckless driving following his arrest in May on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police said the golfer was found asleep at the wheel in a running Mercedes in Jupiter, Florida. The car was stopped in the right lane and partially in the bike lane. Woods, who allegedly had extremely slow and slurred speech, “stated that he did not know where he was,” according to the police report. “Woods had changed his story of where he was going and where he was coming from. Woods asked how far from his house he was.”

Today in court Woods said little besides “yes” as he was asked a series of procedural questions from the judge, including if he was voluntarily choosing to take the plea agreement. Woods said “no” when asked if he was currently under any substances that would impair his judgment.

Woods had two sleep drugs, two painkillers and the active ingredient for marijuana in his system when he was arrested, The Associated Press said.

The golfer also agreed to undergo a 12-month probation diversionary program for first-time offenders and pay a $250 fine.

Woods must complete a DUI school and 50 hours of community service. He will also undergo random drug testing.

The judge warned Woods that if he violates his probation in the next 12 months, he could be sent to jail for up to 90 days.

Royals’ Pitcher Danny Duffy arrested for DUI

Kansas City Royals’ pitcher Danny Duffy was arrested for DUI after being found asleep at a Burger King restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas.

From the Kansas City Star:

Royals pitcher Danny Duffy was cited Sunday in Overland Park for driving under the influence, police said Tuesday.

Duffy was arrested about 8 p.m. in the parking lot of Burger King at 13640 Metcalf Ave.

Overland Park police officer and spokesman Brian Payne said he could not release further details. A police report provides no other information.

“I just wanted to say that, for this situation that’s been put at hand, I apologize for the distraction, especially with where the team is at right now,” Duffy said at a Tuesday afternoon news conference at Kauffman Stadium. “Regardless of whether we’d been on a run or not, this is never a good time for this situation to come about.

“To every kid out there that looks up to me, that has read a headline, seen something, looks up to me, I’ll just continue to do great for this city. I promise you that. I think, any of you all know me, this is something that’s very difficult to go through. When everything comes out and shakes out, I’m going to be better because of it. I’m standing on a lot of people’s shoulders right now. And a lot of people have done a lot of things to help me get where I’m at.

“To those people, too, let the facts shake out, and please continue to have faith in me, because I’m better than the distraction that is at hand. And I’m going to continue do great things for this city.”

Under Major League Baseball rules, players charged with DUI can be punished by the league or by a team, but not both, and can be recommended to receive voluntary treatment.

Tiger Woods reaches plea deal reducing DUI to reckless driving

From NPR:

Tiger Woods pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a DUI charge stemming from his arrest in May, when police found him asleep at the wheel of his car in Jupiter, Fla.

But Woods is expected to plead guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving in October, reports Reuters. He will then likely enter a year-long probation program for first-time offenders involving DUI classes, community service and possible treatment. Successful completion would allow him to avoid a DUI conviction, reports the wire service, citing the prosecutor’s office.

Dave Aronberg, state attorney for Palm Beach County, says defendants in the program “accept responsibility for their actions” and “have their underlying substance abuse issues addressed.”

On Wednesday Woods did not appear at the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. His lawyer Douglas Duncan entered the not-guilty plea and did not answer the questions of reporters gathered there, says Reuters.

Woods was arrested in the early morning hours of May 29, after police found him unconscious in his parked Mercedes about 15 miles from home, reports The Associated Press. The car was damaged on the driver’s side but the officers who checked the area were unsure how the damage was incurred.

Police released dashcam video showing Woods stumbling and slurring his way through a field sobriety test.

In a statement issued later that day, Woods said, “What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.”

According to the police report, the 41-year-old Woods said he had taken Xanax. He passed a breathalyzer test.