Monday, May 13, 2013
Police said Zachary Cain's blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit.
A Ballwin man faces a third alcohol-related driving offense after Webster Groves Police pulled him over on Interstate 44. Zachary Eli Cain, 23, of the 700 block of Reinke Road in Ballwin, was charged April 25 with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender, a class D felony. Webster Groves Police said an officer pulled Cain over after seeing him speeding and passing each vehicle on I-44 at about 10:27 a.m. Sept. 16, eventually striking another vehicle. The officer said noticed a strong odor of alcohol on Cain, and saw he had bloodshot and watery eyes. He said Cain did poorly on a sobriety test and a Breathalyzer indicated he had a 0.162 blood-alcohol content. Join Ballwin-Ellisville Patch for more community news or join us on …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is kicking up enforcement this weekend searching for drunk drivers as St. Patrick's Day celebrations take place around the St. Louis area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is warning drivers to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Troopers and other police departments around the St. Louis area will be taking place in enforcing the campaign as St. Patrick's Day festivities take place throughout the area. The MSHP made the announcement in a recent news release. During the period of March 14-17, police are cracking down on drunk driving by conducting DWI saturations in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road. Impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes, the release stated. Approximately 205 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver in 2012, according the the MSHP. The MSHP reminds drivers that the …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It was the woman's fourth alcohol-related driving charge, Chesterfield Police said.
A Ballwin woman faces her fourth alcohol-related driving charge since 2006 after being stopped by Chesterfield Police. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Gretchen Grothaus, 39, of the first block of Sweet Meadows Lane in Ballwin, was charged Feb. 7 with driving while intoxicated as an aggravated offender, a class C felony. She has three previous convictions involving alcohol-impaired driving. Chesterfield Police said Grothaus was driving about 3:43 p.m. June 10 when her car struck a bumper of another car in Chesterfied, but Grothaus did not stop. The other driver reported seeing Grothaus’ car swerving within her lane. An officer pulled Grothaus over near her home and smelled a strong odor of alcohol and saw …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Here are the results from last weekend's Operation A.R.R.E.S.T. in St. Louis County. It was focused on cracking down on impaired driving.
Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) officers released the results in of the crackdown in a news release. As previously reported by Patch, “Operation A.R.R.E.S.T” (Alcohol Related Response Enforcement Strike Team) took place last weekend in St. Louis County Saturday. According to the recent news release, the eight-hour operation netted the following results.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Police will conduct operation A.R.R.E.S.T. this weekend in St. Louis County to crack down on impaired driving.
Missouri State Highway Patrol officers made the announcement of the crackdown in a news release. According to the release, “Operation A.R.R.E.S.T” (Alcohol Related Response Enforcement Strike Team) will take place in St. Louis County Saturday. The operation will begin at 7 p.m. and end at 3 a.m., Sunday. "The purpose of Operation A.R.R.E.S.T. is to increase the motoring public’s awareness of the potential hazards of operating a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition," the MSHP stated in the release. Six Missouri state troopers will be conducting the operation across the county this weekend. "Troopers continually work to maximize enforcement efforts in deterring impaired driving, to remove intoxicated drivers from Missouri roadways…
Friday, January 25, 2013
A West St. Louis County woman had her 6-year-old daughter in her car when she was arrested for drunk driving and assaulted a police officer, according to police.
Rachel Wilcox, 27, of unincorporated West. St. Louis County was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) According to Officer Melissa Doss with the St. Peters Police Department, the DWI charge and others stem from a Jan. 6 incident where Wilcox was arrested, suspected of DWI. Doss said the woman's 6-year-old daughter was in the car at the time. Doss also tells Patch, that during the arrest Wilcox attempted to spit on one police officer, then she allegedly slapped another officer in the face in the booking area. Authorities said Wilcox was initially pulled over after a bystander called police to report Wilcox’s vehicle swerving near the intersection of …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
St. Louis County Police pulled the man over on Big Bend Boulevard west of Kirkwood.
A Ballwin man now faces a third drunk driving charge after police pulled him over on Big Bend Boulevard in West County. Cory Peeler, 22, of the 100 block of Ivy Court in Ballwin, was charged Jan. 9 with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender, a class D felony. St. Louis County Police said an officer pulled Peeler over at 1:45 a.m. Sept. 8 on Big Bend Boulevard near Lodgehill Driver west of Kirkwood. Peeler also pleaded guilty to DWI in Ballwin Municipal Court in April 2011 and in Clarkson Valley Municipal Court in August 2008. Peeler posted 10 percent of a $5,000 bond, and was to be fitted with a Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor (SCRAM) by Friday. For more crime information on Ballwin Patch, see the following articles:
Friday, January 4, 2013
Another driver was injured after the woman drove her car into other vehicles stopped at at traffic light on Highway 141.
A West County driver faces a criminal charge after the woman struck two cars waiting at a stoplight on southbound Highway 141 in Ballwin, injuring another driver. St. Louis County Police said the woman who caused the accident was driving while intoxicated. Sarah C. Johnson, 42, of the 2400 block of Barrett Heights Drive in West County, was charged Saturday with second-degree assault. St. Louis County Police said Johnson was southbound on Highway 141 and hit cars stopped at a stoplight near Milldale Drive and Manoro Way at the Ballwin city limits. One of the other drivers fractured a vertebra, police said. An officer responding to the accident smelled alcohol on Johnson, who told the officer she had two glasses of wine before driving. …
Monday, October 29, 2012
The Ballwin Police Department was awarded three separate traffic enforcement grants by MoDOT.
The Ballwin Police Department received three traffic enforcement grants totaling$14,000, according to a news release from the department. The release stated that Ballwin police were awarded the grants by the Missouri Department of Transportation and the funding with be used for this fiscal year which runs Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30 2013. "The grant money will be used to pay for additional officers who will be assigned to Ballwin’s roadways for the specific purpose of furthering MoDOT and the City of Ballwin’s efforts to increase roadway safety," the release stated. It added that enforcement reduces "hazardous driving" which in turn reduces the number of car accidents and injuries. Police stated that the money will be used as follows.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
I say fire the coach and throw the book at all of this reprehensible behavior.
Update: I heartedly congratulate Mike Alden for taking a bold first step. Although Mizzou officials did not throw the kitchen sink at their coach, they handed him harsh penalties. He is suspended without pay for a week and will not be able to attend Senior Day at Faurot Field Saturday. He must donate to an alcohol awareness program; do 50 hours of community service and forfeit any bonus for taking his team to a bowl game. Further, his salary is frozen for a full year. Hats off to the university administration for not sweeping this under any black and gold rugs. Call me a moralist, a teetotaler. Call me what you want, but I've grown sick and tired of our so-called sports luminaries getting behind the wheel while drinking and driving. …