Monday, April 29, 2013
St. Louis County Police said Roy Anthony Garozzo was driving halfway on the road's shoulder, swerved over and nearly struck another car.
A Chesterfield man is accused of his seventh alcohol-impaired driving charge after being pulled over on Manchester Road in Wildwood. Roy Anthony Garozzo, 52, of the 1000 block of Westmeade Drive in Chesterfield, was charged April 19 with driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender. Garozzo has six previous alcohol-related driving convictions. St. Louis County Police said an officer saw Garozzo driving halfway on the shoulder of the road at 11:57 p.m. March 23 at Manchester Road near Ellisville Towne Centre Drive. He then swerved over, almost striking another car, the officer said. The officer pulled Garozzo’s car over and noticed a strong smell of alcohol. He said Garozzo had bloodshot and watery eyes. The officer said Garozzo did …
Friday, March 15, 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. (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) 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…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Chesterfield Police said she was driving 76 mph in a 60 mph zone when she was pulled over on Interstate 64.
A St. Charles woman faces a felony driving while intoxicated charge after being pulled over on Interstate 64 at Boone's Crossing in Chesterfield. Amanda N. Andrew, 31, of the 5400 block of Old Gutermuth Road in St. Charles County, was charged Tuesday with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender. Andrew has two previous DWI convictions. Chesterfield Police said Andrew was pulled over for driving 76 mph in a 60 mph zone at 3:56 a.m. Aug. 3 on I-64. When talking with Andrew, the officer reported he noticed a strong odor of alcohol and that she had watery and bloodshot eyes. Andrew did poorly on a sobriety test and began hyperventilating, according to a report. An ambulance took her to an area hospital where she was treated and …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It was the woman's fourth alcohol-related driving charge, Chesterfield Police said.
A woman faces her fourth alcohol-related driving charge since 2006 after being stopped by Chesterfield Police. 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 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 she had watery and bloodshot eyes. A Breathalyzer test indicated her blood-alcohol content …
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…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
The man was charged as a persistent offender, a felony, after being pulled over Jan. 2 in Town and Country.
A Chesterfield man faces his third alcohol-related driving charge after Town and Country Police pulled him over on Interstate 64 Jan. 2. Gregory M. Orrick, 49, of the 16300 block of Champion Drive in Chesterfield, was charged Jan. 2 with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender, a felony. Town and Country Police said officers found Orrick was driving while intoxicated after they pulled him over on westbound I-64 at I-270 at 6:59 p.m. Jan. 2 in Town and Country. Orrick also pleaded guilty to DWI on two occasions, in October 2007 and December 2003. Orrick posted 10 percent of a $20,000 bond and was released from jail Friday. For more crime information on Chesterfield 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, December 24, 2012
Law enforcers say people who get behind the wheel after drinking never think they will lose control of that vehicle, but statistics indicate otherwise. Here's a safer alternative.
December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Locally, to help celebrate the holiday period between Christmas and New Year's safely, there are a number of transportation companies through which rides can be set up ahead of time. Some suggest the following backup plan if you don't have a designated driver after drinking at parties: Write the name and phone number of a cab company, along with your address onto a paper or the back of a business card that you can stick in your wallet or shirt pocket. Hand this information to a bartender before you've had too many, so that he or she can call a cab for you when the party is ready to shut down for the night. Companies Available for Transportation Assistance: Scooter Guy: 314-…
Friday, August 17, 2012
A 55-year-old Chesterfield man who drove drunk into a teacher's car nearly a year ago, killing her, is due to be sentenced at 9 a.m. today in a St. Louis County court.
On August 26, 2011, Patrick McCormick, drove his car around a curve on Wildhorse Creek Road in Chesterfield and, according to officials, crossed over the center line and crashed into Janet Esrock's car head-on, critically injuring Esrock, and her teen son Jonathan. Esrock, 50, died two weeks later on September 11. Her son remained hospitalized for a few more weeks, sustaining injuries that left him several broken bones. Today, a little more than a year later, McComick is set to appear in court to receive his sentencing. McCormick plead guilty on June 22 to involuntary manslaughter and assault of second degree. He previously told the courts he was depressed, and no longer working at Saint Louis University Medical Center as director of …
Friday, June 22, 2012
August 17 sentencing. Also guilty to assault in connection with injuring passenger.
Prosecutors say a Chesterfield man could face seven years in prison for causing the death of Chesterfield teacher Janet Esrock, when he drove drunk into her car on Wildhorse Creek Road. Patrick J. McCormick, 53, pleaded guilty Friday morning to first-degree involuntary manslaughter involving a DWI and second-degree assault, in St. Louis County Circuit Court. McCormick told the court he was being treated for depression, and no longer worked. He was a facilities director at Saint Louis University Medical Center. McCormick was legally drunk when he drove his car head-on into another on Wildhorse Creek Road August 26, fatally injuring 50-year-old Janet Esrock, a Whitfield School teacher, and seriously injuring her teenage son, Jon Esrock. …