Sobriety Checkpoint Results In Mason Police District
Fairfax County police officers from around the county conducted a sobriety checkpoint to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers on Friday, November 12 (2010) from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. Saturday. All motorists were stopped and drivers were evaluated to assure that their abilities to drive had not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.
Approximately 720 motorists were stopped in the westbound lanes of Arlington Boulevard near the intersection of Annandale Road. Four arrests were made for DWI and three summonses were issued for traffic offenses.
FOUR PEOPLE!!!!!!! WHAT DID THAT COST?????
Sobriety checkpoints conducted in 2009: 34 (About one every two weeks)
Citizens "Screened" at checkpoints: 16,000
DWI arrests as a result of sobriety checkpoints: 45 (out of 16,000 citizens "screened")
WASHINGTON — Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar’s wife got a 30-day suspended sentence, was fined $250 and faces driving restrictions for a year after pleading guilty to a November drunken-driving incident. A charge of hitting a parked car and leaving the scene was dropped Friday, according to Fairfax County court records. Charlene Lugar, 77, was arrested Nov. 18 after hitting a parked car in the suburban Virginia neighborhood where the Lugars live. An officer stopped Lugar after noticing damage to the front of her 2003 Buick Rendezvous and smoke coming from the engine. No one was injured.
A breath test taken about three hours after she was stopped registered a score of 0.11 percent alcohol content. The legal limit is 0.08 percent.Fairfax County police spokesman Bud Walker said three hours is not an unusual amount of time between a stop and when a breath test is administered.
Walker said a person’s score could go up or down in three hours, depending on various factors including how recently alcohol had been ingested before the arrest.Lugar would have faced automatic jail time if her reading had been 0.15 percent or higher. Instead, she received a suspended sentence and a $250 fine. She can use her driver’s license for limited purposes for a year, including to attend a mandated alcohol education program and to go to Unity Club of Falls Church, a meeting place for members of Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery groups. A hearing had been scheduled for June 11, but Lugar entered a guilty plea last week to a charge of driving while intoxicated. At the time of Charlene Lugar’s arrest, Sen. Lugar issued a statement saying the family was “deeply sorry and embarrassed that this accident has occurred.”
Wednesday, May 19, 2010Last Update: 9:06 AM PT
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Man Says Sleepy Cop Got Him Shot
FAIRFAX, Va. (CN) - A man who tried to report an assault in the parking lot of a Fairfax County police station says he was shot five times after the front desk cop, who "appeared to be sleeping," told him to go back outside. As he lay bleeding in the cops' parking lot, he says, he had to use his own cell phone to call an ambulance.
Najib Gerdak accuses Fairfax County and the "indifferent" Jane Doe officer at the Franconia District Police Station of gross and wanton negligence, in Fairfax County Court.
Gerdak says the shooting occurred in the early morning of Feb. 2, 2008, when he noticed a car following him, prompting him to drive to the Franconia District Police Station. He says a taxicab pulled into the parking lot, followed by a speeding SUV that repeatedly rammed the cab.
Gerdak says he ran into the station, and as he approached the officer at the front desk, "he noticed that her eyes were closed, her feet were propped up on the desk, and she appeared to be sleeping."
Gerdak says he woke her up to alert her of the situation taking place just outside the station, but the officer appeared "indifferent" and "refused to render assistance."
He says the officer told him to tell the cab driver to call his dispatcher to report the incident.
Gerdak says that when he went outside to do that, the driver of the SUV shot him five times.
"While on the ground injured and bleeding, Gerdak called for his own ambulance using his personal cellular phone," he says in his complaint.
Then, Gerdak says, he waited for 20 minutes for an ambulance to reach him.
Gerdak claims he suffered permanent nerve damage from the shooting, and required emergency surgery to repair his "eviscerated colon."
He demands $10 million in compensatory damages, and punitive damages, for gross negligence, willful and wanton negligence, failure to protect, and other charges.
He is represented by Katherine Martell of Falls Church.
A Fairfax County man who was shot five times by an assailant in the parking lot of a Fairfax County police station is suing the county for $10 million, claiming he was told by a police officer -- whom he allegedly had woken up fro m a dead sleep -- to go back outside the station after going inside to report an assault on another man by the same assailant.
Najib Gerdak,28, of Springfield claims in the suit -- filed April 27 in Fairfax County Circuit Court -- that after being shot five times in the abdomen, groin, leg and shoulder outside the Franconia District police station, no police officers came outside to help him nor did anyone inside the police station call for an ambulance.
The suit further claims that while Gerdak lay on the ground bleeding from the gunshot wounds, he was forced to call for an ambulance on his own cell phone in an effort to save his life. The incident occurred on Feb. 2, 2008.
The assailant was later identified as Jeffrey Scott Koger, 40, who at the time lived in Herndon and was the former chief financial officer of the Koger Management Group in Fairfax.
Koger was convicted of attempted capital murder of a police officer stemming from the same event that day, and is serving a 66-year term in prison.
According to court records and testimony, the sequence of events on Feb. 2, 2008, began at 2:59 a.m., when a 35-year-old taxi driver was shot in the chest with a .38 caliber handgun by Koger, who was driving a dark-colored SUV.
Koger then followed another cab, which pulled into the Franconia police station.
According to the suit, Gerdak claims that the same morning around 3 a.m., he noticed that he was being followed by an unidentified vehicle. Instead of continuing home, he drove to the nearby Franconia police station, where he exited his car and began talking to the person in the unidentified vehicle.
It was then that the taxi cab being pursued by Koger pulled up at high speed .
Koger then rammed the taxi cab several times with his own vehicle. Gerdak claims in the suit that the taxi driver rolled down his window and called for help. Gerdak says in the suit that he then entered the police station where he found a woman who appeared to be a police officer asleep at the front desk, "her feet propped up on the desk."
After telling the alleged officer -- who the suit refers to as "Jane Doe" -- about the situation outside in the parking lot, he claims he was told to go back outside. When he did, he was shot repeatedly by Koger and called for medical help on his cell phone.
"Fairfax County police failed to protect this man, who was acting as a good Samaritan," said Gerdak's attorney, Katherine Martell. The suit charges the county with both gross negligence and willful and wanton negligence.
Martell said Gerdak still has a bullet lodged in his groin that causes him great pain. "This is a young man, 28 years old, that may not be able to have children and is in need of expensive corrective surgery," she said. Martell said the name of the sleeping woman has not been divulged by police, but said she thinks it can be obtained through the discovery portion of the trial.
Martell said Gerdak originally retained another attorney who agreed to a protective order disallowing surveillance video and police radio chatter to be used as evidence in his case.
"I am hopeful that I can have that order removed," she said Monday. "Currently, we are awaiting the county to file its paperwork in the case before proceeding to trial."
It is the policy of Fairfax County not to comment on pending litigation
State forced to drop charges
Most charges against three burglary suspects thrown out in Fairfax
By Tom Jackman
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, February 25, 2010
A Fairfax County woman said she heard a loud noise in her house one morning in June, stepped outside her bathroom and came face-to-face with an unknown man walking up her stairs. "Hello," she said to him. He turned and ran. Five months later, the man, his wife and another man, all from New York City, were arrested and charged with burglarizing Fairfax and Loudoun homes owned by South Asians, specifically snatching pure gold pieces and ignoring other valuables. But the cases against two of the three defendants have been dismissed in Fairfax, and only the attempted burglary charge heard in Fairfax County General District Court on Wednesday remained.
The case against Dagoberto Soto-Ramirez was sent to a Circuit Court grand jury by General District Court Judge Ian M. O'Flaherty. But all remaining charges in Fairfax against Soto-Ramirez's wife, Melinda Soto, and co-defendant Francisco Gray were dismissed after Fairfax Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Katherine E. Stott dropped the attempted burglary case against them Wednesday. Last month, O'Flaherty threw out 10 counts apiece that had been filed against the three, after finding that police had not conclusively linked them to incriminating evidence found in their rental car and hotel room. Earlier this month, a Loudoun judge threw out an additional six counts against Gray. He faces no criminal charges, but he is being held on an immigration detainer, Stott said. Soto-Ramirez and Soto have a preliminary hearing set in Loudoun for next week on the same counts.
"We're very frustrated," said Raman Kumar, one of about two dozen homeowners in Fairfax and Loudoun whose homes were robbed last summer and fall. The burglars apparently knew that Indian and South Asian families keep 22-karat gold items in their homes and pass them from generation to generation. No more, Kumar said. "Most South Asians are not keeping gold in their houses anymore," said Kumar, who has organized a group of South Asian families to communicate about crime and the pending cases. He said residents have begun joining neighborhood watch groups and are more willing to keep their valuables in banks. In a 4 1/2 -hour hearing last month, Fairfax police officers testified that they found a police scanner, a cellphone with a 718 area code, some large screwdrivers and binoculars -- but no stolen gold -- in a rented Ford Escape when the three New Yorkers were arrested driving around the Clifton area in November.
O'Flaherty did not find that any of that constituted evidence of a burglary. Fairfax Detective Tim Cook testified that in the defendants' Alexandria hotel room, there were lists of Fairfax County addresses with phone numbers and the word "Indio" written after some of them, Spanish for "Indian." Also found were lists of Fairfax police frequencies and Fairfax police districts. But police hadn't located the room for more than a week after the arrests, by which time maids had cleaned it out and placed the evidence in a lost-and-found room. The chain of custody was broken, O'Flaherty ruled, and he threw out all the evidence and all but one charge, which was heard Wednesday. On June 25, Diana Abbassi testified, she saw the unknown man in her house. He didn't take anything. After Soto-Ramirez was arrested in November, Abbassi said she picked him out of a photo lineup. Stott said she couldn't say whether prosecutors would seek to indict the three when the grand jury meets next month; an indictment is allowed under Virginia law even if the cases are dismissed at preliminary hearing. Four other New Yorkers face pending conspiracy charges in Fairfax for their alleged involvement in the ring, officials said.