Friday, July 9, 2010
Sam Palmer saw it happen.
"It was jumped up over the curb. She had driven it up on the curb. In fact I went to see if she had hit the telephone pole. She hadn't hit that, but she had both wheels on the curb," says Palmer.
Police say Moss had a strong odor of vanilla on her breath and was unsteady on her feet.
They found a nearly empty bottle of vanilla extract and a partially empty bottle of diet coke in her car as well as a receipt for two 8oz. bottle of extract.
The vanilla extract is 35% alcohol.
Moss was arrested.
Sam Palmer doesn't know her, but as a recovering alcoholic, he knows abusers find ways to get their drug.
"Mouthwash, Geritol, Robitussin," says Palmer.
As a drug addiction counselor, Dr. Carolyn Bryant has seen it too.
"Instead of the drug that may be their drug of choice, that may be they have been arrested for or got in trouble about, they take something that will give them that same effect," says Bryant.
She counsels women to admit their problem and seek help.
"I hope she gets in a treatment program or a 12 step program," says Palmer. "She could have hit a telephone pole, could have wiped somebody else out."
This was Kelly Moss' third DUI arrest. No one answered the door at her Germantown home when we stopped by.
She will be back in court August 19th.
Friday, November 6, 2009
A captain of the Smith Island school boat was charged with operating his boat under the influence of alcohol while he was transporting schoolchildren.
Alan Wade Tyler, 49, was arrested Wednesday after the Coast Guard boarded and then detained his 60-foot boat, the Chelsea Lane Tyler, in Tylerton until Maryland Natural Resources Police arrived.
The five children on board were transported home to Ewell by NRP officers, said Sgt. Art Windemuth, an NRP spokesman.
Tyler was charged with operating a vessel under the influence of alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol, operating a vessel while impaired by any drug or combination of drugs and alcohol and negligent operation of a vessel.
The Coast Guard has temporarily suspended his license and will initiate administrative proceedings against him, according to a spokesman for the agency.
Tyler, along with his father, Alan Tyler Sr., share the responsibility of transporting island children to and from Crisfield High School each day.
Alan Tyler Sr. is the owner of the boat and has a contract with the Somerset County Board of Education, similar to contracts the school system has with bus drivers.
Superintendent Karen-Lee Brofee said she did not learn of the incident until about 24 hours later, and still did not know all the details except that the island children did not miss school Thursday.
"There was no break in service," she said. "The children will still get to school safely."
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Thursday, October 15, 2009
In Wisconsin, a woman decided to call 911 dispatch while driving home drunk from a local watering hole. The following is a transcript of the conversation.
Caller: I just want to know if somebody can follow me home because somebody seems to think I can’t drive home straight.
911 Operator: OK, why is that?
Caller: He seems to think I am too intoxicated to drive.
911 Operator: OK, and so you called 911, or he called 911?
Caller: Well, he wanted me to call 911 because he thinks I’m too drunk to drive.
The ‘he’ in this case was a boyfriend who’d consumed a 12-pack by himself, yet still had the wherewithal to point out the driver, who’d knocked back 6, should not be getting behind the wheel (and yet no foresight or judgment whatsoever to pass up a ride home).
The woman failed the Breathalyzer and was ticketed in her own garage, but not before earning the unlikely kudos from a county sheriff (possibly, a distant relation):
“I think a judge will look at her and say, ‘You know what? You stepped up to the plate. You did the right thing. I think it’s commendable.”