08/31/2014 — Police charged an Elizabethton man with his sixth drunken driving offense after officers said he fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident.
On Friday afternoon at around 1:30, Johnson City police arrested Robert E. Winters, 51, after his car was stopped less than a mile from the site of the accident, near the intersection of North State of Franklin Road and West Market Street.
Admitting responsibility for the death of a Clovis family man, 27-year-old Perla Ibeth Vazquez told a packed courtroom Tuesday that she wanted to be held accountable for her actions, but insisted: “I am not a murderer.”
Her plea didn’t sway Judge Hilary Chittick.
“This was a murder,” Chittick said bluntly in Fresno County Superior Court before sentencing Vazquez to 15 years to life in prison for getting drunk and causing a crash on Highway 168 in Fresno that killed 54-year-old Frank Winslow in October 2011.
Chittick said a jury was correct last month when it found Vazquez guilty of second-degree murder, felony hit and run, and driving on a suspended license when she caused the fatal crash.
FARMINGTON, Conn. (8/27/2014) — A school bus driver charged Wednesday morning with driving 20 students to Irving Robbins Middle School while intoxicated has a previous drunken-driving arrest, state officials said.
Tammy Costello was charged with driving under the influence in May 2004 in Bristol, said Department of Motor Vehicles spokesman William Seymour. She completed the state’s alcohol education program on July 20, 2005, records indicate. Completion of the program results in charges being dismissed.
BILLINGS, MONTANA — 08/25/2014 —An alleged drunken confrontation along the Bitterroot River led to felony DUI charges for a Victor man.
Thomas A. McClare, 54, appeared this week before Ravalli County Justice of the Peace Jim Bailey on the felony count and misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing a peace officer.
McClare was arrested at the Woodside Fishing Access site on Aug. 18 at about 7 p.m. after a sheriff’s corporal responded to a drunken-driver call.
As the driver headed east on Todd Road, he encountered more patrol cars. He spun his car around and crashed. He was stopped parallel to a patrol car with two more facing him. He revved the engine and plowed head-on into a stopped patrol car. He was then boxed-in on all side by patrol cars, thus ending the chase.
Trooper D.K. Ayers of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Jennifer Rae Ryals, 34, was killed in the Aug. 5 crash on Rankin Hill Road. Rose, he said, was operating a vehicle that ran off the road and struck a tree
•A 35-year-old motorist was arrested Thursday after she allegedly struck a pedestrian while driving under the influence of drugs with her four-year-old daughter in the car, police said.
Police responded to the area of Magnolia Boulevard and Avon Street just before 5 p.m. following reports of a woman – identified by police as Janny Dolson, of Sherman Oaks – driving erratically, said Burbank Police Officer Joshua Kendrick. Dolson was also reportedly observed sitting through a full green-light cycle.