Alaska man Steals Forklift After Drunken Crash Into Construction Site

In a story that seems like a case of real-life-grand-theft-auto, reports out of Fairbanks, Alaska claim 21-year old say Aleksandr Glushko of Delta Junction drove a stolen forklift more than 3 miles while intoxicated to retrieve a truck he crashed.aaacrash

Police say Glushko drove off a road in a pickup and crashed into pipe stacked in a company yard.  The pickup was left straddling pipe.

Unphased, Glushko then meandered over to nearby George Horner Ice Park, stole a forklift and drove off with it.

Glushko then allegedly drove the forklift down Phillips Field Road past the crash scene, to Illinois Street, Soden said. An Alaska Railroad worker told police he saw a man drive the forklift to Illinois Street. The worker told police Glushko said he was taking the forklift to get his dad’s truck, which had a flat tire.

Glushko then apparently turned back to the west where police at the scene of the truck crash spotted him.

“Police were on scene talking to the railroad worker when Mr. Glushko came driving back up on the forklift,” Soden said.

Glushko was cooperative and agreed to take a breath-alcohol test, Soden said. It registered 0.230, almost three times the intoxication standard of 0.08.  Police were at the scene when Glushko looped back.

Glushko has been charged with felony driving under the influence of alcohol.  He remained jailed Tuesday.



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DWI Suspect Chows Down – Picks Up New Charges

Kenneth Desormes of New York  expressed his contempt, or perhaps dismay, at his Breathalyzer test results by attempting to scarf them down.  This creative plan cover-up plan didn’t pan out, however, and the police served him up a steaming hot dish of new charges.

Desormes would have been only charged with misdemeanor DWI, but his attempt to chew up the evidence from the breath test led to an additional charge of obstructing governmental administration, and criminal tampering.  The initial arrest for the DWI was prompted by officer eating paperobservations.  In Texas, the requisite probable cause determination by officers requires articulable evidence that someone has lost the normal use of his mental or physical faculties due to the introduction of alcohol.  The officers requested that Desmormes take a Breathalyzer test, which indicated he had a 0.13 percent blood alcohol content (BAC).

His motivations are unclear, but one can infer that Desormes was not happy with his test results, and Desormes allegedly tried to snatch the results from the printer and eat them. Impeding a police investigation can get you an obstruction of justice charge, and Desormes, although creative in his appetite to mitigating the incriminating test results, is no exception. The obstruction charge is a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in Jail.

In addition, Desormes was charged with criminal tampering.In New York, a conviction on this charge  may add another three months to his potential sentence.

An Appetite to Get Away with It!

Believe it or not, Desormes he’s not the only one to try to eat incriminating evidence.  As many poeople may be aware (and perhaps personally aquainted with), one way that those suspected of possessing drugs dispose of the contraband is to eat it.  The success rate may not seem too high, but then again, how would we know who were the ones that had got away with it?

A notable recent case that gained national attention was when Florida Crime Stoppers director Richard Masten was placed in contempt of court for refusing to reveal information related to a tipster … by eating a piece of paper in open court in front of the Judge.

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For Drunk Driving Firefighters in Austin The Party Is Over

firefighter dogApparently there is a bit of a drunk driving pattern emerging among Austin’s brave men that battle blazes. Since January, six firefighters have been suspended for being arrested for suspicion of DWI.  The latest suspect was one of the brass, on July 11, Madison, a 29-year AFD veteran who receives the highest salary of any AFD firefighter, was “suspended indefinitely” after crashing his car in North Austin the evening of May 10.

Police reported they smelled alcohol on Madison’s breath and that he’d stumbled, mumbled, and nearly fell down. He told authorities he’d consumed “a few” drinks that evening. In a May 30 interview with members of the Professional Standards Office, Madison admitted to actually having more than a few, more like between 10 and 12 drinks.

Austin Fire Department Chief Rhoda Kerr’s action against Madison marked a turning point, punishments finally have been getting more steep after being slaps on the wrists to date.

A pattern may be emerging, as Madison is the sixth firefighter suspended for a DWI since January of 2013.  He is, however, the first to incur a be punished with more than a 90 day suspension.  Even the 90 day suspension is rare as punishment, and only was doled out to firefighter James Doyle, who was facing his third DWI charge since 2006.  Doyle agreed to alcohol counseling, randomized testing, and a one-year probation period, as well as assuming the understanding that another violation would result in an indefinite suspension.

Otherwise, Kerr has mostly issued a series of suspensions stretching between 10 and 15 days.  This  despite firefighters reportedly admitting driving after consuming upwards of 10 alcoholic beverages in a sitting.

pols_feature32Madison’s suspension is the second DWI-related sanction handed down to members of the AFD since Kerr’s November 2013 memorandum informing her staff that “prior efforts, including temporary suspensions of 10 days, were not having their intended and desired effects, to wit, to curtail alcohol abuse by Department Personnel, particularly driving while intoxicated.” In the memo – apparently distributed by Kerr because 38% of the AFD suspensions mandated between Feb. 1, 2009, and Oct. 4, 2013, had been DWI-related – Kerr went on to explain that “future first-time ‘driving while intoxicated’ violations would result in a disciplinary action, up to and including indefinite suspension.” Madison reportedly acknowledged receipt of this memorandum – but still decided to drive drunk.

Kerr’s explanation does not mention of the 60-day suspension levied on firefighter Randlall Black.  Black was stopped for speeding on I-35 and subsequently arrested for DWI – though in her initial memorandum sent out to the department, Kerr wrote that “every alcohol related discipline case involving sworn and non-sworn will be judged on its own merits.

“I will decide the appropriate disciplinary action, which may include days off up to and including the indefinite suspension/termination of the employee.”

How Chief Kerr differentiates between what requires 60 day suspension and what an indefinite suspension is unclear, though a comparison of the two memos suggests that Madison – who could barely stand, and had crashed his car so hard into a guard rail that he broke his front right axle – was significantly more blitzed than Black, whose rap sheet in this instance entails little more than “a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage” on his breath.

Kerr’s appears to be addressing a pretty widespread problem, for AFD. It also may indicate a crackdown by Aus­tin Police Department Chief Acevedo. In early April, Acevedo distributed a dramatic video to departmental personnel (copying local media) announcing a new, zero-tolerance policy against drunk-driving police officers. First-time offenders won’t just receive temporary suspensions anymore, Acevedo asserted. Each suspected offender stands to be fired, whether or not they’re found guilty in a court of law.

With news stories of the police beating, choking and shooting people – maybe Austin FD poses a different hazard to the public, on our roads.  They are all of course innocent until proven guilty, but the pattern is real.  It seems like many firefighters in Austin are partying quite a bit.


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Friendswood Officer dodges DWI conviction after paperwork botched

Friendswood police officer Fred Cramer was arrested for DWI – but due to a mistake in the paperwork submitted by the Pearland Police officers that arrested Mr. Cramer, he dodged a DWI conviction and was convicted of Public Intoxication instead.

Pearland Police confronted Friendswood Officer Fred Cramer when they saw his motorcycle lying in the road, last October. Cramer admitted he had come from a nearby bar, but refused a field sobriety test. Officers then got a warrant to draw his blood.

After Mr. Cramer refused to perform field sobriety tests, a warrant was obtained to draw his blood.  The results: a BAC of .264, three times the legal limit.

The big mistake was in how the officers obtained the warant to take his blood: The search warrant never authorized the taking of Mr. Cramer’s blood, in fact it authorized the taking of someone else’s blood.  In fact, the arresting officer accidentally put down his own name instead of Cramer’s.

So was Cramer punished by his department?  Nope, he got a slap on the wrist; Cramer was given a letter of reprimand in January, referred through substance abused counseling and put back on the streets.

I have to hand it to Mr. Cramer, he used his knowledge oi DWI to his advantage.  First, he gave the arresting officers as little evidence to work with as possible.  He refused the sobriety tests.


Next, he refused a breath or blood test.  This forced the officers to obtain a warrant – and left open the possibility that something could get screwed up, and it did.


Good Show officer Cramer.  Some may say this is a miscarriage of justice.  But don’t blame Cramer, blame Officer dumbass of Pearland PD.  Warrants are highly scrutinized, for good reason.  Our 4th amendment rights must be protected.  If that means one has to slip by to protect the rights of the rest of us – so be it.

Public Intoxication is a Class C Misdemeanor, and if Mr. Cramer pleads guilty and goes on deferred disposition, he can later have the offense expunged from his criminal record. A DWI conviction is impossible to get off your criminal record.




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