SLEEP DRIVING/DASHCAM
FAMILY’S CLOSE CALL WITH DRUNK DRIVER 2011
A Christmas shopping trip almost turned tragic for one Cambridge family. Lance Morrison and his fiancée Summer were coming home from Zanesville, December 17, on US 22 with their two month old daughter, Leighonna Nikol when they saw a car coming towards them straddling the yellow line followed by blue flashing lights. "It was a gold blur," explained motorist Lance Morrison. "I'm thinking oh my what's going to happen?" In dashcam video from Trooper Timothy Cunningham's cruiser you can see the car driven by 41-year-old Darryl Carpenter narrowly miss the family's car and continue down the road before pulling over. He was arrested with a blood alcohol limit of .268. "I see it pretty much every night. I see the headlights basically just coming at us," said Summer Stillon. "If the blue lights wouldn't have been behind him we wouldn't have known." "I haven't slept in the last three days," added Morrison. "It's just my two month old daughter was sleeping in the back right behind me and that's where he would have hit us." State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Born said that each motorist this weekend should be asking, what's at stake? "What's at stake is sitting right her," Colonel Born said pointing to 2-month old Leighonna. "Two months old, easily could have had her life and the life of the two people that care about her taken." It was thanks to a motorist that this driver was called in. Colonel Born said that motorists should call 911 or 1-877-7-Patrol when they see someone they feel could be impaired. It could mean the difference between life and death. "I'm extremely blessed. Somebody was looking out for me and my family. Extremely lucky," said Morrison. Mr. Carpenter has four previous convictions for OVI.
BUS STOP COP ABUSE 2006
A COP IS IN HOT WATER STEMMING FROM EXCESSIVE FORCE CHARGES. THE OFFICER IN QUESTION APPROACHED A MAN WHO WAS SLEEPING AT A BUS STOP. NO ONE KNEW IF HE WAS SLEEPING OR PASSED OUT DRUNK. TURNS OUT THE MAN IS CLASSIFIED AS "MENTALLY RETARDED". WHEN THE MAN WOULDN'T RESPOND TO THE OFFICER VERBALLY TRYING TO WAKE HIM, THE OFFICER SHOOK HIM AND THEN THE MAN STOOD UP. AT THIS POINT THE COP STARTS BEATING ON HIM WITH HIS BATON CLAIMING HE WAS RESISTING HIM. THE OFFICER HIT THE MAN IN THE FACE AND LEGS AND BROKE HIS NOSE. THE WHOLE THING WAS CAUGHT ON DASHCAM.
SLEEPING DRIVER, CRASHING TRUCK 2008
There were some scary moments Thursday for drivers on I-15 as the driver of a truck slammed into another truck that had been pulled over by a Utah Highway Patrol trooper. The trooper pulled over the truck in Davis County near Bountiful. The trooper's dashboard camera video shows the pickup truck slam right into into it. Troopers say the accident happened after the driver fell asleep. The good news is, nobody was seriously hurt.
LOVE TRIANGLE’S NAKED TRUTH 2012
Just before 11pm on Thursday, August 16th, Montgomery County Precinct 4 units responded to a call for the violation of a protective order. Looking for an ex-husband in a black car, they happened to spot a black car being driven not by the ex, but by an unrelated man, William David Moss III, age 40, of nearby Humble, TX. Moss ran a stop sign and police gave pursuit. He was fleeing not from police, but a husband who had just come home through the front door – while he was with the wife in a back bedroom. Moss’ exit from the house was so fast, he left behind his clothing. He took police on a chase, on roads and through fields, crashing through two fences before getting hung up on a third, and then fleeing on bare foot and bare everything else. Police chased him and tasered him into submission, and took him back to the police car where he was placed under arrest. Moss is being charged with felony evading with a motor vehicle and possession of a controlled substance, for what police say was a pipe and meth under his car seat.
DOOFUS SLAMS INTO HOUSE (2009)
What started out as a minor traffic violation for the driver of a pick up truck turned into a pulse-racing high speed chase for a New Philadelphia police officer. A pick up truck was spotted driving down the wrong way in an alley. After the officer got the registration off of the truck's license plate, he activated his lights. Instead of stopping, the driver took off, racing down Rt. 416 toward the Village of Tuscarawas. Police say the driver, 21-year-old Jeremy Murch, drove about 110 miles an hour down the two lane road, swerving to the left over double yellow lines to get around another car. At one point the officer told dispatchers he was slowing down to 90 miles an hour for safety reasons while letting the driver he was pursuing continue to outdistance him. The chase went on for about eight miles when Murch made a bad move. He tried to turn right at a traffic light, only to find out there wasn't a road there. He lost control, slamming his truck into a parked car and then a gas meter on the side of a house. Det. Capt. Michael Goodwin said, "(The) meter actually broke and was leaking natural gas. Fire Department and Dominion had to come shut the meter off. There was the potential of an explosion." A family inside the house had been asleep. The collision knocked the house an inch off its foundation. Clyde Milburn's head was right by the wall that was hit. "I was sleeping in my bedroom, I heard a big crash". Milburn says the collision knocked him out of his bed. His 14-year-old grandson, Foster, was sleeping on the living room floor. "I heard a big boom. It sounded like a shotgun going off," he said. After hitting the house on Main St. in Tuscarawas Murch was placed under arrest. Initially he didn't realize he'd hit a house. You can hear him talking to the officer on the cruiser's dash cam video asking, "I just hit his house?", and the officer responded by saying, "Yep". The officer then asked Murch why he didn't pull over, saying all he was going to do was cite him for a traffic violation. Murch responded by saying, "I've been drinking." To that the officer said, "So it's a heck of a lot better, wrecking somebody's truck and having a felony fleeing on your record isn't it?" Murch then asked, "It's a felony?". "Yea," said the officer. The driver has not only been charged with two misdemeanors, DUI and going the wrong way on a one way street, but he now faces a felony charge of fleeing and eluding the law. Murch underwent a breathalyzer test. His blood/alcohol content was .133, over the legal limit of .08. Police say Murch has a prior conviction for DUI back in Nov. of 2006.
ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL DUI 1999
A COP WALKS UP ON A GUY IN HIS CAR AND HE IS TOTALLY ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL. IT LOOKS LIKE HE IS DEAD. HE HAD A FEW TOO MANY DRINKS AND WAS TRYING TO SLEEP IT OFF. WHEN THEY FINALLY WAKE HIM UP HE IS DRUNK AND PISSED OFF. HE REFUSES TO GET OUT AND IT TAKES 3 GUYS TO GET HIM OUT.
GUARDIAN ANGELS RUSH IN AND VANISH! 2009
The Conroe Police Department wants to honor three men who, like guardian angels, helped an officer rescue a man from a burning car Saturday night – and then just disappeared. The man pulled from the car is in the intensive care unit at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston’s Texas Medical Center, a friend of his said Tuesday. Officer Allan Bell, 33, who joined the department 14 months ago, was on patrol in the 5200 block of West Davis Street around 11:45 p.m. Saturday and saw a red Pontiac four-door sedan driving ahead of him in the same direction. Bell watched as the vehicle drifted off the road, struck a concrete culvert, flipped in the air and burst into flames. Bell stopped his car and ran to the burning Pontiac to check on anyone in the car. “At first, I thought I had a drunk driver,” Bell said. “When I saw it flip, it just went to something completely different.” Trapped inside the Pontiac was Aaron Puffer, 38, of Katy, owner of Major League Beginnings, a company that introduces college baseball coaches to talented high school players. Puffer, according to a July 7 story in The Courier, played in the College World Series with Creighton University in 1991 and was a pitcher for the California Angels’ minor league team. Bell was joined by three men who stopped to help, and who can be seen on the dashboard camera video from Bell’s patrol car running toward the burning vehicle. Here is a link to that video. “He was a big boy,” Bell said about Puffer, who was listed at 6 feet 2 inches and 230 pounds when drafted in 1993. “I definitely appreciated their help. Without their assistance, I wouldn’t have been able to get him out of the car.” It took less than a minute for all four to get Puffer out of the car, Bell said. They stabilized Puffer as best they could before EMS and the Conroe Fire Department arrived. The next thing Bell knew, the three men had disappeared. “They sort of snuck out without saying anything,” Bell said. EMS transported Puffer to Conroe Regional Medical Center by EMS ambulance but was transferred Sunday to Memorial Hermann, said Cody Smith, a friend who worked with Puffer for the Katy Sting Sports Academy. Puffer, who’s gone through several surgeries since the wreck, Smith said, suffered fractures and burns. He will have to go through rehabilitation, Smith said. No citations were issued for the wreck, Conroe Police Sgt. Bob Berry said. “He (Puffer) did not appear to be speeding,” Berry said. “It appears he went to sleep.” Bell, who worked for the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office for six years before joining the CPD, is also with the Army Reserves and worked in Iraq for 19 months with a private contractor, he said. Every bit of that training played into his response Saturday night. “Everything you do prepares you for something like that,” he said. “In Iraq, you were trained and you just react.” Bell already has received a sergeant’s coin – minted to give to officers for good work – and will be honored in the future by the department, Berry said. The hope is that the three men who helped Bell save Puffer’s life also will step forward. “We would like to get a hold of them,” Berry said, “and honor them as well.” Anyone with information about the identity of the three men who helped Conroe Police Officer Allan Bell pull Aaron Puffer out of the burning car Saturday night can call the Conroe Police Criminal Investigations Division at (936) 522-3231.
POSSIBLE SUICIDE BY COPS 2006
Officer Gavin Guy is working K-9 and gets a call on his radio that there is a reported possible “Suicide by Cop”, which occasionally happens in law enforcement. Someone will call a Police dept. and report their desire to commit suicide by having the police officer shoot them. So they threaten to commit a crime with the hope of being killed. On this night one such call came in from a woman who claimed her truck driver husband was out on the road and had threatened “Suicide by Cop.” So when Officer Guy attempted to pull over this big-rig for speeding and the driver did not comply he was wondering if this was the truck from the call. The officer puts on his lights and the driver just keeps going. Finally the truck pulls over while offer. Guy calls for his back-up. The officer approaches the truck and decides to go up the hillside to the right of the truck to see if he can see in the cab from there. The driver does not get out and back-up arrives. The driver is pulled from the truck only wearing a pair of shorts and apparently in a daze. Once it is determined that this is not the “Suicide” suspect the officer asks the driver some general questions. When the man can’t answer what is in his truck officer Guy gets his K-9 to determine if the trucker is hauling drugs. The truck is finally opened up and no drugs are found. The man is cited for speeding and failure to yield to emergency lights. The officers later speculated that the man was possibly sleeping at the wheel.
CRAZY DUI BLACK GUY - 1984
Broward Co. Deputies made the arrest. He was pulled over in the car having romantic relations with a female in a car. He was very agitated after getting arrested because he steadfastly claimed that he wasn’t driving! Deputy Rick Swope (who is now retired) told me that this suspect contested the dui case in court and ultimately was found not guilty!
SUV SIDESWIPE 2008
A COUPLE DRIVING IN GEORGIA ARE SIDESWIPED BY AN SUV. THEY FOLLOW THE DRIVER TO GET HIS LICENSE PLATE. THE SUV DRIVES INTO A DITCH AND THE COUPLE RUNS TO A NEIGHBOR’S HOUSE TO GET HELP. BUT WHEN THEY COME BACK THE MAN ROBS ALL THREE PEOPLE AND STEALS A PICKUP TRUCK. THAT’S WHEN POLICE ARE CALLED AND A HIGH SPEED CHASE IS UNDERWAY. EFFINGHAM COUNTY, GA -- An Effingham County man is behind bars after a stand-off with authorities Saturday night. It started around 7:00 pm on Highway 21 outside of Springfield. A couple was driving when they say a man rammed into the back of their car and took off. The couple pursued, trying to get his license number, and the man crashed off Albert Arnsdorff Road. The couple went to get help from a neighbor nearby and when they went back to the scene to check on the man, he had a gun, robbed them and stole the neighbors truck. Authorities were called, and spotted the man driving by Old Dixie and Sister Ferry Roads, where they chased him and he crashed again at Morgan Circle and Clyo Shawnee Road. A stand-off with the man ended after a few hours. Police arrested Jack Thorne and took him into custody, charging him with armed robbery, aggravated assault and posession of a fire-arm, with more charges pending. WTOC spoke with the couple who were sideswiped and then robbed. "I thought I was gonna die," Mark Lavin told WTOC. Not exactly the words you would want to describe a Saturday night. "We were just coming home for a peaceful evening and everything went a little haywire," Mark said. Mark and Brenda Lavin say their drive home along Highway 21 took an unexpected turn. "A car sideswiped us on Highway 21. I was sleeping and it woke me up," Mark said. "I said to my wife who was driving, .what was that? We had just got hit." The Lavin's weren't sure how much damage was done to their car and decided to follow the vehicle to get a license plate number. However, the man sped away and when they found him, they say his truck was overturned in a ditch. They went to get help from a neighbor, and all three people went back to the scene. "We were trying to make sure no one was bleeding to death in the car, under the car or thrown," Brenda said. "We hollered is anyone around." "The man came out of the woods and had a gun in his hand," Mark said. "And then when he came out with a gun, it was like, uh, we were all terrified. We didn't know what to do." "You look down the barrel of a gun, if you never have been in that situation, it's something you don't wanna do," Mark said. "I thought I was gonna die." Police say it was Jack Thorne. He allegedly stole money from the Lavins and the neighbor, and then took the neighbors' truck. That's when the police chase and stand-off happened. "We didn't find out until this morning from your website he had been apprehended," Brenda said. Thorn was arrested after keeping police at bay for several hours and threatening suicide. "Thankfully, everything turned out ok," Brenda said. The Lavins are safe, their car is banged up with minor damage, but from now on they may approach similar situations a little differently. "I've been someone who will stop and help," Mark said. "I will probably think twice about stopping again." Thorne is in police custody. His aunt helped police talk him into turning himself over and avoiding a suicide attempt.
SIDEWALK DRUNK GUY
Again, this is one of our locals who constantly gets tanked up and wanders around the neighborhood. This time it was a warm night, so he laid down on the warm sidewalk and went to sleep. A neighbor called the following morning and reported a "body" in front of his house. When officer John Williams and I responded, we discovered our drunk sleeping. John woke him up and tried to determine what he was doing. He tells us he would rather go with us to jail than go back home to his wife . We discovered he was scheduled to be in our jail the following day to serve a sentence for DWI. John took him home anyway.
DRUNK GUY ADMITS IT (1994)
THIS FLORIDA DUI TAPE IS KNOWN AS "THE CATFISH" VIDEO. IT STARTED OUT WITH A GUY'S TRUCK STUCK IN THE MUD IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIELD. SOME LOCAL RESIDENTS CALLED IT IN. THIS GUY IS REALLY DRUNK AND WHEN THE COPS ASK HIM WHAT HE HAS BEEN DRINKING, HE SAYS "ANHEISER PRODUCTS." THE DEPUTY CAN BARELY KEEP A STRAIGHT FACE.
BREAKFAST TIME PRISON BEATING 2006
A DETENTION DEPUTY AT A COUNTY PRISON IS ACCUSED OF BEATING AN INMATE AND THEN LYING ABOUT IT.....EVEN THOUGH THE ENTIRE INCIDENT WAS CAUGHT ON CAMERA! AROUND 4AM, THE OFFICER WAS DELIVERING FOOD TO THREE INMATES IN A CELL. ONE INMATE DIDN'T WANT HIS FOOD AND GAVE IT TO ANOTHER. THE DEPUTY THOUGHT THAT THE INMATE WITH TWO MEALS HAD STOLEN MORE THAN HIS FAR SHARE AND IMMEDIATELY STORMED INTO THE CELL TO REMOVE THE EXCESS FOOD. THAT MADE THE INMATE UPSET AND HE YELLED AT THE OFFICER. THAT'S WHEN THE DEPUTY SNAPPED. THE TAPE THEN SPEAKS FOR ITSELF.