Saturday, May 18, 2013
The National Transportation Safety Board wants another lowering of the blood-alcohol standard for drunk driving. It stands at .08; the NTSB wants it at .05.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants the blood-alcohol threshold for drunk driving to be lowered to .05 from .08. Wisconsin followed the rest of the country from a .10 to .08 standard in 2003, under the threat of losing federal highway funds. The state had almost 29,000 DUI arrests in 2011, almost 10,000 fewer than in 2000 but still the sixth-highest per-capita amount in the country. And police regularly arrest people for driving with concentrations two and three times the current legal limit, and/or for multiple convictions. Will a lower limit make Wisconsin citizens safer in any way? Or is it simply an unnecessary government intrusion? Vote in our poll and comment below. Related polls:
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Driving west into Brookfield from Tosa, resident says she was on her way to Milwaukee – and, by the way, was dropping off her car for some work, but then again... maybe not.
It may be human nature to concoct a little story in your defense when confronted with a little blame. But when you're over 2½ times the legal alcohol limit, it can be hard to make the threads of deception hang together. As in the case of this driver. At 1:50 a.m. Monday, a 47-year-old Brookfield woman was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after she reacted rather suspiciously to just the sight of a Brookfield patrol officer. She and the officer crossed paths at Capitol Drive and 124th Street, where she was going west on Capitol and he was going north on 124th but about to turn the same way onto Capitol. Both stopped at the light in sight of one another. The officer said the woman got the green light first and …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Pewaukee woman talks faster than she can think, and it's little wonder with the cocktail of illegal substances she admits she's been imbibing before driving.
A Pewaukee woman showed a little confusion about how much she'd had to drink after a traffic stop April 28, suggesting that however much it was, it was "not enough." Later, she admitted she had more than one reason for her difficulties. At 2:52 a.m., the woman, 55, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a traffic stop at West Capitol Drive and North Brookfield Road. A patrol officer going west on Capitol Drive at Calhoun Road saw her speeding toward him, turned around and paced her. He said she was going about 10 mph over the limit and was also changing lanes repeatedly, without signaling and for no apparent reason. When he pulled her over and walked up to her car, he first noted that she was speaking "extremely…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Luckily, a Brookfield Police officer is near at hand when a caller reports a driver who was a clear threat to himself and others.
A frightened caller alerted Brookfield Police to a dangerously reckless driver on a busy thoroughfare, and a nearby patrol officer was able to stop him before he could do any damage. He would prove to be a twice-convicted drunk driver, now on his third time through the system. According to Brookfield police: At 9:11 p.m. March 22, the 35-year-old Waukesha man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, third offense, after an anxious caller told police he was speeding, swerving wildly and repeatedly cutting off other drivers. She reported him southbound on North 124th Street at West Capitol Drive. Fortunately, a Brookfield patrol officer was not far away and spotted the suspect's car just as he passed Burleigh Street. The officer said …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Also, a Brookfield man is arrested for his first OWI in Wauwatosa with a whopping .28 blood alcohol level and a missing tire.
Full reports aren't in yet, but the Brookfield Police Department made three arrests for suspicion of drunken driving during a major deployment of force over St. Patrick's Day weekend, a department spokeman said. Among those from Brookfield was at one driver who tipped the Breathalyzer scale with a .28 blood alcohol concentration in Wauwatosa. Brookfield police, participating with many metro area municipal police departments plus the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department and the State Patrol in the regional OWI Task Force, made 52 stops, handing out 13 citations and 42 warnings Saturday and Sunday. Metro-wide, there were 49 OWI arrests among 574 stops, with 423 citations doled out and 205 warnings issued. Law enforcement officers …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
Sunday's St. Patrick's Day is among the biggest binge drinking events of the year in Wisconsin. Is it the biggest?
Almost any national ranking of alcohol consumption finds Wisconsin near the top. Forbes Magazine named Milwaukee “America’s Drunkest City” in 2006. A story from 24/7 Wall St. ranked the state No. 6 among beer-drinking states in 2011, citing statistics that say Wisconsin has more binge drinkers and heavy drinkers than any other. And at least one study suggests Wisconsin has the most drunk drivers in the nation. In a state that loves to find an excuse to lift a glass, which special event inspires the most drinking to excess? Vote in our poll and discuss the issue in our Comment stream.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Brookfield PD is pulling out the stops in its largest deployment yet to keep people from drinking and getting behind the wheel of a car.
The Brookfield Police Department is sparing no resources this weekend to see to it that as many people as possible get the message: Don't drink and drive. Besides the usual contingent of patrol officers, an additional force of officers will be on the road over all or parts of five consecutive shifts, from Saturday afternoon through most of Sunday, specifically on the lookout for drunken drivers. To start things off, Brookfield police will join six other departments covering the metro northwest quadrant in a high-visibility, streetside roll call Saturday. At 3 p.m., the curb at Mo's Irish Pub, 10842 Blue Mound Rd., in Wauwatosa will be crowded with squad cars – and they want to be seen. "The idea is, people will see us out there and know we…
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Stopped by Wauwatosa police, driver acknowledges he'd been drinking some beer, but at first fails to note that it was double-strength brew.
A Brookfield man made no bones about his ability to drive safely and legally after being stopped by Wauwatosa police Wednesday night. He said he'd had only four beers, but then admitted they were really strong beers. At 11:54 p.m., the 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, first offense, after a Tosa patrol officer saw him stop and then go through a solid red light on North 68th Street at Blue Mound Road. The officer followed him onto I-94 and saw him swerving out of his lane, and pulled him over on the 84th Street off-ramp. The driver admitted drinking four beers much earlier with some friends. But he performed poorly on sobriety tests, and then when asked again how much he’d been drinking, he again said he’d had four …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Abusive, threatening and profane behavior to strangers is part of an episode that lands a man his fourth OWI charge in five years, a felony.
A 50-year-old Brookfield man has been charged for his fourth time with drunken driving after reckless and dangerous incidents on a recent afternoon near a school bus stop. His abusive and threatening behavior toward several citizens led to additional charges. Kevin P. McMullen was charged Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court with his fourth OWI within five years, making it a felony count, and with disorderly conduct and driving under revocation. If convicted on the operating while intoxicated charge alone, he would face up to six years in prison. According to the criminal complaint: The incident began Friday afternoon when McMullen pounded on the door of a home in the 500 block of Green Meadow Drive. A 15-year-old girl answered the door…
Sunday, February 24, 2013
After nearly hitting oncoming squad car, driver flees and tries to escape into apartment garage. But pursuing officer slips in behind, and then finds his hands full.
A suspected drunken driver nearly collided head-on with a Brookfield patrol officer, fled at high speed, managed to shut himself and the lone officer up in an apartment parking garage, and continued to fight back after he was shot twice with a Taser – all to avoid a first-offense drunken driving ticket. According to the officer's report: At 1:46 a.m. Feb. 16, the 43-year-old man, who was identified as being from West Allis but had access to a Brookfield apartment, was arrested for first-offense operating while intoxicated, failure to stop for a stop sign and resisting arrest. The patrol officer was driving west on Blue Mound Road when an oncoming car swerved across the center line right in front of him. The officer had to hit his brakes …