Thursday, March 23, 2017

Traffic Stop Ends in Struggle on Memorial Parkway

Newport and Fort Thomas Police swarmed the black Volkswagen yesterday on Memorial Parkway. FTM file. 
Yesterday on Memorial Parkway a traffic stop at 8:45 a.m. caused a backup as police attempted to stop a man accused of being under the influence of heroin just outside Stardust Lane in Fort Thomas.

Fort Thomas resident Thomas McGill was arrested and charges of DUI, Improperly being on the left side of the road, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of a Controlled Substance, 1st Degree (Heroin), and Failure To Produce Insurance Card.

A witnesses called in the possible intoxicated driver.

Campbell County Detention Center. 
Newport Police stopped McGill near Stardust Lane on Wednesday morning, after he was observed traveling around 5 miles per hour and crossing the center line. According to police records, once McGill got out of the car – which he stopped in the roadway – he could not maintain his balance and had extremely slow speech. Also according to the citation, McGill pulled away from the officer and reached for his jacket pocket, at which time he was subdued.

Other officers from Newport and Fort Thomas Police assisted in subduing McGill who continued to struggle. In his pocket, police found what they suspected to be heroin.


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One witness described McGill not just crossing the center line, but actually driving in the wrong lane a substantial distance. According to the witness, several oncoming cars had to either stop or drive in the shoulder to avoid him. The witness first saw McGill on Memorial by the daycare. According to the witness, McGill would occasionally just stop his car, sometimes in the wrong lane. At one point, McGill almost hit two cars as they attempted to pass him – on the right, and in their own lane of traffic.

McGill is being held in the Campbell County Detention Center as he awaits a courtroom this morning.

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for this story, I had been checking the news all day yesterday for a resolution. I pulled over and checked on him at one point when he stopped in a turn lane just a minute before the police showed up. He was definitely out of it. I hope he is able to get some help.

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    1. Thank you for your compassion.

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  2. Blue lives matter law. This man committed I hate crime by resisting arrest put him in prison for 30 years

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    1. Only reason you want him punished it to make yourself feel good, you know like when you beat up a kid on the playground. makes a bully feel good cause you 'fixed' him, 'got back' at him.

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    2. Your alittle over board with the 30 years

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    3. He SHOULD be punished because HE is the bully on the playground. How many lives did he endanger with his decision? Yes he should be punished. 30 years? Nah.

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  3. This is sad. More and more people I went to high school with are messed up with this stuff. I hate to see them arrested but I hope this helps him before I read yet another article that a classmate has died from heroin.

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  4. Another incident happened in the Midway this morning. Not sure if it was drug related but every cop in FT was there

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  5. Resisting arrest is not a hate crime.
    I am happy he was arrested. Hopefully a judge will force him into rehab. These people are in desperate need of help. If we do not figure out a way to help and stop this, it will never go away. I hate to see that happen. Heroin is an ugly enemy.

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  6. Not driving for life. Inpatient drug program in jail.

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    1. I agree 100%...he should never be able to drive again. I saw on another thread that this is his 4th run in for drugs. It's one thing to poison yourself with heroin, it's another thing completely to get behind the wheel and endanger the rest of the community. This happened at 8:30 AM when kids were driving to school. He could have run up onto a sidewalk and killed someone.

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  7. Haha that's crazy. I know Tommy.. it was just a matter of time before this happened...It all ends in jails, institutions and death.

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  8. OMG this is funny

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  9. Not driving for life? Lol! Everybody watch out! We got a real Johnny Cochran on our hands... DUI, first offense? He will be suspended for 18 months, Max. So, I'll help you out Mr. Out of touch with reality, know it all, attorney extraordinaire. Dude is like 30. Assuming he lives to be 75, you're only off by about 43 1/2 years in your expectations and reality. The holier than thou thing... It's a bad look.

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  10. Forced rehab dont work, jail dont work, as soon as they get out they get high, probation &parole dont do thier job once they are out due to they are over whelmed. I dont know a full solution but I do think force vitriol shot is a good start.

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  11. He was doing so good. Clean for months im sorry this happened to you Tommy. Ill keep you in my prayers. Im not in your boat but i might as well be. Why did you go off the vivitrol?

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  12. I know Tommy hes a good guy. Hes been trying so hard to get clean and i thought he had this licked. Im a Ft. Thomas resident clean off heroin 2 yrs. I maybe your next door neighbor or friendly server. This effects everyone.

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  13. We want to see people punished because we drive these streets with our children. And while they make poor choices to drive under the influence, innocent bystanders are the ones who end up paying for those choices. It isn't fair to the rest of us who don't use and nothing is going to change when drug users don't get punished for their actions but instead get endless revivals with narcan, which by the way, we are paying for.

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  14. I've known Tommy for 20 years, I graduated high school with him. Hope he gets the help he needs

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