Press Release (163)
The numbers are shocking: In 2017 (the most recent year data is available), one person died every 48 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States. These deaths account for approximately one-third of all traffic deaths each year, or, 10,874 in 2017. Despite laws in every state the numbers remain similar year after year. Ultimately, drinking and driving is a choice, and it is a choice that puts all road users at risk.
Memorial Day and the traditional beginning of summer are quickly approaching. Unfortunately, with the increase in summer traffic we will also see a rise in traffic crashes and fatalities. Last year there were four traffic fatalities on Iowa roadways over the Memorial Day weekend; four deaths that may have been prevented. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2017 there were 10,076 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants killed in crashes nationwide. A majority of those lives could have been saved if they had been wearing seat belts. The national Click It or Ticket campaign will take place May 20 – June 2, 2019. State and local law agencies across the state will be stepping up seat belt enforcement with the goal of protecting you and your family.
On March 4th, 2019, the DCSO executed a search warrant in the 2700 block of Center Lake Drive in Spirit Lake. The search warrant was in connection to the recent burglaries on Bayside Drive in February.
On February 28th, 2019, the DCSO took a report of a theft from a vehicle that was unoccupied and stuck in a ditch. The vehicle was stuck in the 2000 block of 140th Street. The owner noticed that their wallet and a spotting scope were missing.
Americans have celebrated their Irish heritage on St. Patrick’s Day for decades. Sadly, too much green beer can lead to dangerous driving after the celebrating. Over the last few years there has been a dramatic spike in alcohol and drug impaired driving. Over the 2017 (the last year in which statistics are available) St. Patrick’s Day holiday there were 59 fatalities nationwide with 37 percent involving drunk drivers. The most dangerous time to be on the road was the early hours of March 18, when 75% of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
On January 5, 2019 at around 7:06pm, a deputy noticed a vehicle traveling through Superior at high rate of speed. The deputy initiated a traffic stop just east of Superior on Highway 9. The driver was identified as Equan Ards (19) of Milwaukee, WI. When the deputy approached the vehicle, he could smell the odor of marijuana. The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office K9 unit was requested.
The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office K9 Sasha alerted on the vehicle. Upon further investigation, it was determined that there was marijuana located in the vehicle. Ards was placed under arrest and transported to the Dickinson County Jail.
Ards was charged with possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), excessive speed, and failure to have a valid license.
All persons are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.