Friday, May 10, 2013
Paul Tripp, who is serving sentences for dealing drugs and dumping a woman's body after she overdosed on heroin, is accused of DWI after leading police on a high-speed chase.
A Florissant man, who is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase while driving drunk Jan. 10, not only was on parole at the time but was driving with a revoked license. Paul Allen Tripp, 28, of the 1300 block of Flicker Drive, pleaded guilty April 30 to driving while revoked. At the time, Tripp was on parole after being sentenced in February 2012 to two years in prison for abandoning a woman’s body after she died from a heroin overdose. Tripp dumped a woman, Valerie Butler, near Prouhet Farm Road in Bridgeton. Her body was found several weeks later. The medical examiner said Butler died of acute heroin intoxication. He also was sentenced in 2011 to five years in prison for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
A Missouri Highway Patrol trooper said Michael Montgomery refused to pull over, leading him on a chase from I-70 and I-270 into St. Charles and back.
A University City man faces criminal charges after Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper reported that he tried to stop the driver for weaving, and pursued his car from Interstate 70 at Interstate 270 into St. Charles County and back into St. Louis County. Michael Montgomery, 30, of the 800 block of Barkley Square in University City, was charged March 29 with second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, driving while intoxicated as a prior offender, driving without a license, failing to yield to an emergency vehicle and failure to drive in a single lane. Montgomery eventually crashed his car on eastbound Pershall Road near New Halls Ferry Road, according to a court document. The trooper said in a report that Montgomery showed signs …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
"You will have the opportunity to reclaim your life," Judge Michael Jamison told Walsh. "Mr. Brueggen and Mr. McLemore will not."
Patrick Walsh was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison for the DWI crash that killed two people and injured five in September 2011. Walsh pleaded guilty Nov. 15 to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and five counts of second-degree assault. “Unlike Mr. Brueggen and Mr. McLemore, you will have an opportunity to reclaim your life. They won’t have that opportunity,” St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Michael T. Jamison told Walsh before he handed down the sentence. Police estimated that Walsh was driving about 100 mph when his car rear-ended the Chevy Tahoe, which flipped several times. Steven Brueggen, 38, of Florissant, and Michael McLemore, 37, of O’Fallon, were killed. ‘Burned in my brain’ Before sentencing, Nicole Stanner, who…
Monday, March 25, 2013
Thomas Gasperoni, of Florissant, ran a red light at Lindbergh and Missouri Bottom Road, causing the collision, according to Bridgeton Police. He is being charged with assault.
A Florissant man faces assault charges after police said he ran a red light, crashing into another car and injuring the driver. Bridgeton Police said Thomas Gasperoni, 31, of the 600 block of Meadowgrass in Florissant was driving while intoxicated. Gasperoni was charged March 5 by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office with second-degree assault. Bridgeton Police said witnesses saw Gasperoni driving at a high rate of speed Nov. 27 when he ran a red light at Lindbergh Boulevard and Missouri Bottom Road, crashing into another car. The other driver sustained a concussion, a broken collarbone, three broken ribs and cuts and bruises. Gasperoni’s blood was drawn at the hospital following the crash. An analysis showed his blood-…
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The North County woman was charged with misdemeanor DWI, leaving an accident scene and third-degree assault.
A North County woman faces criminal charges after she hit three parked cars, left without stopping and slapped a victim who followed her, police said. Jeannine McFadden, 26, of the 2400 block of Rhapsody Lane in St. Louis County north of Florissant, was charged Feb. 28 with driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and third-degree assault. St. Louis County Police said McFadden was driving in the 1400 block of Urbandale Drive in North County and struck three parked cars while driving, causing at least $1,000 in damage. Police said McFadden did not stop, but one of the other car owners followed her to the 2400 block of Rhapsody near McFadden’s home. When the man confronted her about the accident, she slapped his face, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Christopher Zomphier was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, according to a blood analysis.
A man who fled from Frontenac officers during a traffic stop and crashed into a guardrail was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, police said. Christopher Zomphier, 34, of the 500 block of Pelican Lane in Florissant, was charged Jan. 29 with resisting arrest and driving while intoxicated, combined with alcohol and drug intoxication. Frontenac Police said officers saw Zomphier driving on Interstate 64 near Ballas Road at about 1:58 a.m. May 26, and he kept drifting and failed to maintain a single lane. An officer pulled him over, but as he was walking towards his car, Zomphier sped away, according to a report. The officer said Zomphier went onto I-270 north at a high rate of speed and turned onto Ladue Road. He ran off the …
Monday, February 4, 2013
The driver was charged as a persistent offender by St. Louis County prosecutors.
A Florissant man faces his third drunk driving charge in 16 years. Donald Watson, 45, of the first block of Edgestone Court in Florissant, was charged Jan. 25 with driving while intoxicated as a persistent offender. Florissant Police said officers pulled Watson over Edgestone Court at 12:52 a.m. Oct. 15, 2011 and arrested him for DWI. Watson previously was found guilty of DWI Nov. 9, 2005 in St. Louis County Circuit Court and Sept. 30, 1996 in Bel-Ridge. Bail was set at $7,500 for Watson. For more crime information on Florissant Patch, see the following articles:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Officers patrol more hours throughout the area for impaired drivers.
Throughout this week, residents might have noticed an uptick in the number of police patrolling the streets. That's because through Dec. 12, Florissant police officers will be patrolling as a part of the "Holiday DWI Enforcement" program. The department received an $11,500 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division to increase enforcement Dec. 6-12 of impaired, rather intoxicated, drivers. "It helps us to make the public safer by bringing these people off of the streets," said Lieutenant Tim Fodde of the Florissant Police Department traffic division. "It helps us with our enforcement efforts." The other purpose of the enforcement program is to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired …
Monday, December 6, 2010
At a Monday press conference police unveiled a new BAT van and victims showed what life is like after a alcohol related fatality.
North St. Louis County law enforcement joined forces Monday, for the official unveiling of the county's new Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) van. At a press conference held at the Hazelwood Police Department, more than 30 law enforcement officers from around the county stood united while Leanna Depue, Director of MoDOT's Highway Safety Division, announced the holiday DWI mobilization period, Dec. 6 – 12. Michael Campbell, Sr., was present at the conference and knows all too well the effects of drunk driving. He lost his son in a tragic drunk driving accident Oct. 14, 1994. "I know the joy of the season but I also know the pain," he said. "I also know the guilt and the shame because I'm the drunk driver that killed my son and injured two …