The Hopkinsville Police Department delivered on its promise for extra enforcement this weekend and set up a DUI checkpoint on a busy street last night.
HPD Sgt. Michael Felts says officers set up road blocks on both sides of North Main Street across from the Public Works building last night and early this morning.
188 vehicles were checked, 14 drivers were cited for not having proof of insurance, six for failure to wear seat belts, two were arrested on outstanding warrants, two were arrested on DUI charges, two were cited for driving after midnight on an intermediate drivers license and six on criminal charges for a total of 25 citations and seven arrests.
Hopkinsville Police have been trying to not only punish bad driving habits, but to reward those practicing good habits, according to Sgt. Felts, who said five dollar Chamber of Commerce gift cards were given to drivers exhibiting especially good habits, such as driving home groups of people who had been drinking.
The extra officers were brought from other shifts to place an extra emphasis on taking impaired drivers off the streets.
A local candidate for political office was doing a “ride-along” with Hopkinsville Police last night and learned first hand the dangers an officer is in at all times.
Hopkinsville Police Officer Federico Rodriguez had stopped his cruiser on the side of Woodmill Road around 8pm to check the status of a pedestrian when a southbound vehicle side-swiped the police car.
In the passenger seat of the cruiser was 49-year old Max Sturdivant, Jr. of Hopkinsville—who is running for State Represenative in the general election. Sturdivant went uninjured, but the driver of the vehicle continued on without checking his status.
Officer Rodriguez and other units began to pursue the vehicle, which was eventually stopped at East 18th and Goodrich.
The driver, 58-year old Ronnie Smart of Hopkinsville, reportedly failed field sobriety tests and told police he had been drinking all day and was trying to drive home. Smart was arrested on DUI, fleeing from police and leaving the scene of an accident charges.
The arrest card says he blew a .169 on the breath test at the jail, over double the legal limit.
Clarksville Police are also doing extra DUI patrols this weekend and an officer there found one the hard way.
A news release says Officer Tom Johnson was working as part of the DUI saturation patrols around 3am this morning when his patrol car was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver.
Officer Johnson was stopped for a red light at Fort Campbell Boulevard and Ringold Road when an SUV driven by 47-year old Stanley Mickens of Clarksville attempted to make a left turn onto Ringold, but instead hit the cruiser in the rear.
The wreck sent Officer Johnson to Gateway Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries, while Mickens went uninjured. Mickens was taken to the hospital for medical clearance and then to the Montgomery Jail, with police saying he blew nearly three times the legal limit on the breath test.
Officer Johnson remains in the hospital, while Mickens is in jail on $500 bond.
A Hopkinsville man allegedly admitted to falsely reporting his vehicle stolen yesterday morning after wrecking it while driving drunk.
The arrest card for 20-year old Michael Todd Choate of Hopkinsville says Hopkinsville Police were called to Choate’s home for the report of a stolen 1997 Lincoln.
Officers later found the car wrecked on Sorth 19th St. at the Twyman St. intersection with moderate front end damage. Police say Choate admitted to drinking alcoholic beverages and having an accident Friday night.
He said he left the scene on foot and called a woman to come pick him up. He reported his car stolen yesterday morning, after being warned against false reporting laws. Choate was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and falsely reporting an incident.
A bill to pay for the $4.5 billion two-year state Road Plan—passed during the recently-concluded 2012 Regular Session—has cleared the Kentucky General Assembly to end the special session.
House Bill 2, which includes the state Transportation Cabinet’s operating budget for the next two fiscal years, was approved Friday—the final day of the special session.
The bill was given final passage in the Senate—which withdrew earlier changes to the bill—on a 37-1 vote. It had been approved by the House on Wednesday by a vote of 96-2.
Legislation addressing prescription-drug abuse in the state was sent to the governor’s desk today after gaining approval from the full General Assembly.
Meanwhile, the so-called Pilll Mill Bill, sponsored by State Representative John Tilley of Hopkinsville, also passed. The bill will make registration with and use of the online KASPER prescription tracking system mandatory by physicians and pharmacists prescribing or dispensing certain addictive drugs, such as oxycodone or morphine.
The bill requires pharmacists to submit data to KASPER within 24 hours of dispensing a narcotic and doctors to check the system prior to initially prescribing the monitored medications to a new patient. Doctors would then only be required to check a KASPER report every three months of a patient’s treatment.
The measure further requires that pain management clinics be owned by at least one licensed physician. Clinics already operating in the state but not owned by a physician would be allowed to remain open unless they violate a sanction regarding controlled substances.
Under the final version of the bill, the KASPER system will remain under the control of the Cabinet of Health and Family Services and not the Attorney General, but access will be limited to approved persons who are part of an established investigation of a specific individual. Interstate sharing of data will be allowed.