Chief Keef arrested for DUI-Drugs in Miami

From the Miami Herald

Chicago rapper Chief Keef, who got his start by posting YouTube videos, was arrested Saturday in Miami Beach and charged with DUI, according to a police report.

Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, 21, had “bloodshot, watery, droopy eyes” and “had a cup filled with a syrupy liquid known as sizzurp, which is also known as ‘lean’ or ‘purple drank,’ ” an officer wrote in a report.

Sizzurp is a mixture of codeine-based prescription cough syrup and soda.

According to the report, officers saw Cortez McElrath jump out of the passenger side of a green two-door McLaren — driven by Cozart — while it was stopped at a red light.

McElrath then ran to an Altima behind them and handed the front passenger, Eddie Bryant, “a bag with a green leafy substance,” according to the report.

When McElrath saw police, he ran back to the McLaren, police said. An officer stopped him, held him at Taser-point and placed him in handcuffs, according to the report.

Meanwhile, another officer held Cozart at Taser-point because he “was moving his hands around in the vehicle,” the officer wrote.

More officers arrived, and the three people in the Altima were also detained. Marijuana was found in that car, police said.

McElrath and Bryant were both arrested and charged with possession of marijuana. Devante Reaves, who was a passenger in the Altima, was also charged with marijuana possession and had an outstanding warrant. Reaves also had nine fraudulent credit cards, police said. Jamil Perkins, the driver of the Altima, was arrested for having a suspended license. Perkins had four fraudulent credit cards, police said.

Cozart was charged with DUI after he “he did not perform to standard” on his sobriety test, an officer wrote. The officer said that Cozart then stated: “It’s OK, when you find weed in my urine, I’ll just get my attorney to get my marijuana card.”

The officer added that Cozart spontaneously stated, “You’ll find weed in me.”

Man wearing “Drunk Lives Matter” shirt arrested for DUI

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From the Daily Mail:

A 44-year-old man from Pennsylvania was arrested for DUI whilst wearing a ‘Drunk Lives Matter’ t-shirt.

Elwood R Gutshall III, 44, from Newville was pulled over for ‘committing multiple traffic violations’.

The alleged offences occurred while Gutshall was driving a Ford pickup truck near his home on March 19, two days after St. Patrick’s Day.

Gutshall was subsequently arrested after cops determined that he ‘was under the influence of alcohol beyond what he could safely operate a motor vehicle.’

A blood alcohol test revealed Gutshall’s BAC to be at .217, nearly three times the legal limit.

He was charged with DUI and a number of other traffic violations.

Court records show Gutshall has had a number of DUI convictions in the past along with a 2009 guilty plea for assault, according to The Smoking Gun.

Pistons’ Caldwell-Pope arrested for DUI

The Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested for DUI on Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The good news for him is that a his BAC was barely at the legal limit of 0.08.

From the Click on Detroit website:

Detroit Pistons’ star guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of drunken driving in Auburn Hills, officials confirmed.

Police said Caldwell-Pope was pulled over around 2:50 a.m. Wednesday on Auburn Road near Squirrel Road after being clocked driving 45 mph in a 25 mph zone.

The advanced roadside impairment officer said when he walked up to the car, he smelled alcohol. He put Caldwell-Pope through sobriety tests and placed him under arrest, police said.

Caldwell-Pope was “very cooperative” with the officer, authorities said. He was issued a ticket for DUI after a Breathalyzer test at the police station registered his blood-alcohol content at 0.08.

The incident came hours after the Pistons’ Tuesday night loss to the Miami Heat, which at the time dropped them 2 1/2 games behind the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Man who crashed car while driving drunk and having sex, killing wife, gets prison term

Alcohol loosens one’s inhibitions and judgment.  This is a case where one man’s poor decisions resulted in a fatal accident that took the life of his wife, got him sent to prison, and left two young children without their parents.

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution (story by Daphne Duret):

Calling it one of “the most senseless, tragic acts” she’s ever come across, a Palm Beach County judge sentenced a 33-year-old Loxahatchee husband and father to five years in prison Wednesday for a 2014 wreck that killed his wife as they had sex while he drove drunk.

The sentence for Matthew Notebaert came just over three years after the death of his wife, Amanda, in a crash that left their two children without a mother and caused a deep rift between the couple’s families that even on Wednesday had her closest friends and relatives split into two camps…

They’d begun drinking from a small flask of Crown Royal they’d sneaked into the concert in her purse, he said, and as they headed back to the area of their Loxahatchee home they called friends looking to hang out. Then at one point they pulled over and became intimate.

By the time he drove on Southern Boulevard, Notebaert said, his wife was sitting in his lap, and his next memory after a turn of the wheel was of waking up in a crashed car next to her body.

Investigators say Notebaert turned onto East Stallion Drive at about 12:30 a.m. and drove the couple’s Chevrolet Equinox at speeds of 55 miles per hour in a 30-mph zone, blowing past three red signs on the dirt road warning of a canal ahead.

The couple’s car hit the canal back so hard, according to arrest reports, that the SUV went airborne for 30 feet and came to rest on the opposite bank of the canal. Amanda Notebaert’s head hit the dashboard and windshield. She died at the scene.

A toxicology report from after the crash stated Matthew Notebaert’s blood alcohol content was nearly twice the level at which Florida drivers are presumed impaired, and investigators said he also had marijuana in his system.

“You had a responsibility to get your wife home safely,” Amanda’s father, Mike Stacey, told Notebaert before asking Johnson to give his son-in-law the “maximum allowable sentence.”

But even prosecutors said under the circumstances, the 10-year minimum recommended under sentencing guidelines was too harsh.

Notebaert’s attorney, Stehpen Bell, asked for no jail time at all, hoping Johnson would award Notebaert probation and keep him with the couple’s now 12-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter.

Assistant State Attorney Danielle Sherriff, on the other hand, echoed Stacey’s sentiments and said Notebaert bares the blame because he was driving. Sheriff said a prison sentence was necessary and asked for a seven-year term.

In the end, Johnson noted Notebaert’s criminal history, saying he has been accused in the past of reckless driving and leaving the scene of a crash. Notebaert’s list of prior cases includes five felonies, Johnson said, and a prosecutor at his May 2014 bail hearing listed previous charges that included cocaine possession, burglary and grand theft.

“This isn’t your first chance. You’ve been to jail before, you’ve been on probation,” Johnson said, adding: “You failed your wife, you failed your children and you failed all your family that is here today.”

Read the whole story here:  http://www.ajc.com/news/florida-husband-having-sex-with-wife-fatal-dui-crash-gets-years-prison/lv6e4ZKN51ixZXaxtncVGM/

Pirates’ Kang denied visa to enter US after DUI conviction

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From CBS Sports:

Friday afternoon Pirates president Frank Coonelly issued the following statement:

A Korean news outlet has reported on a purported development in Jung Ho Kang’s effort to secure permission to travel to the United States for purposes of continuing his career as a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and added speculation regarding a driving incident in a “third country.”

The facts, as we know them, are that Kang still has not been granted permission to travel to the United States under a work visa.  We continue to work with Kang and his representatives to present materials and information to the appropriate parties in the United States government that we believe establish that Kang should be permitted to travel to the United States under a work visa and we remain hopeful that such a resolution will be reached in the near future.

We have no indication that Jung Ho has had a driving incident in a country other than Korea.

Kang, who has been arrested three times for DUI in South Korea over the years, was sentenced to eight months in prison earlier this month , though the sentence was suspended two years. That means Kang could avoid prison time entirely if he stays out of trouble the next two years.

Another case of a police officer arrested for DUI who refuses all tests

As a DUI defense attorney, people always ask me, “should I perform the tests?”  And my answer is, do what police officers do.

From the Chicago Tribune:

A Woodstock police officer faces arraignment in March for driving under the influence after he crashed his pick-up truck in Round Lake Beach about two weeks ago.

The officer was identified as Michael E. Niedzwiecki, 29, of Lake Villa, who was charged with DUI and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, according to a Round Lake Beach Police Department report.

The accident occurred Feb. 11 at 1:49 a.m. on Hainesville Road when Niedzwiecki’s 2007 Ford F250 pick-up went out of control while traveling northbound on a curve close to Clarendon Drive and struck a telephone pole, according to the report, which added that power lines knocked down by the crash blocked northbound traffic on Hainesville between Rollins Road and Clarendon.

According to the report, Niedzwiecki told one of the officers at the scene that he forgot about the sharp curve to the left in the roadway, and that is why he lost control of his truck. The report added that both Niedzwiecki and a woman who identified herself as his wife went to a nearby McDonald’s after the accident and before police arrived to get help.

The officer wrote in the report that Niedzwiecki was slurring his words and had glassy bloodshot eyes and an unsteady gait. “I could smell a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage,” the officer wrote.

When an officer asked Niedzwiecki to do a field sobriety test, Niedzwiecki refused and when asked to submit to a breath test, which he also refused, according to the report, and he was placed under arrest for DUI and was also cited for failure to reduce speed. When asked to make a statement about the accident, Niedzwiecki refused again, the report states.

According to the report, at one point, Niedzwiecki showed an officer his Woodstock police officer badge and identification card.

Read the whole story here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/lake-county-news-sun/crime/ct-lns-woodstock-officer-charged-dui-st-0225-20170224-story.html

Michael Floyd, Austin Seferian-Jenkins plead to DUI charges

There were two NFL DUI stories in the news over the past couple of days:

From Pro Football Talk:

Wide receiver Michael Floyd has pleaded guilty to extreme DUI to settle the criminal case related to his December arrest in Arizona.

Floyd faced seven charges, but the other six were dropped when he entered a guilty plea in Scottsdale on Thursday. Jonathan Roy of FOX 10 in Phoenix reports that Floyd was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 24 of those days to be served at a Maricopa County facility. The other 96 days of the sentence will be served via home detention.

Floyd also needs to do 30 hours of community service and was fined $5115.99.

and from TMZ:

NY Jets player Austin Seferian-Jenkins has cut a plea deal in his DUI case from last year and won’t spend any time behind bars … TMZ Sports has learned.

The 24-year-old tight end was arrested on September 23 in Florida after a cop pulled him over for a traffic stop and thought he seemed wasted. Dashcam footage from the incident showed him slurring.

According to court docs, Seferian-Jenkins pled no contest to a reckless driving charge and in exchange, got 1 year probation and 50 hours of community service.

He also has to attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.