This Week’s Peculiar Drunk Driving News – 11/1/2006

Texarkana, Texas – Police Officer Matthew Smith found himself in handcuffs and charged with DWI after wrecking a city-owned vehicle. The early morning accident also left three local Justice Center dispatchers injured.

Bronx, New York – Jason Soto, who works in a Bronx precinct station, was arrested for DWI shortly after midnight after driving erratically on the Upper West Side.

Tifton, Georgia –Police Officer Chuck Synder has resigned after being arrested for DWI while driving his patrol car. He was on a traffic accident training trip when witnesses said he struck several signs on the side of the road and then kept driving.

Mountain Home, Arkansas – Sargent John William Vickers, a 24-year veteran with the Arkansas Highway Police, was charged with DWI after being stopped for speeding and swerving on a highway. Vickers, forgetting to set the brake, stepped out of his truck allowing it to roll backwards towards the patrol car before being stopped. A breath test administered several hours later, after he had posted bail, showed Vickers was still drunk.

Kanawha County, West Virginia – Chadwick Jones, 34, a Kanawha County deputy was arrested for drunk driving after crashing his car into a neighbor’s house. He is on paid administrative leave pending completion of an internal investigation.

Lorain, Ohio – Lt. Robert Stack III, 58, was pulled over by an Erie County Sheriff’s deputy after swerving directly into the path of the
oncoming sheriff’s cruiser. A municipal court will decide if Stack’s driving privileges will be reinstated following the DUI arrest.

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