Police in upstate New York have reported that a 17-year-old boy was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving after a traffic stop in Niagara County on March 7. The Pendleton resident was charged with driving while intoxicated and cited for a number of traffic violations, including speeding and making unsafe lane changes.
The penalties for DWI can be severe in New York, and even motorists with no prior record of drunk driving may face jail time and a loss of their driving privileges. However, there are a number of ways that a criminal defense attorney can advocate on behalf of a client charged with driving under the influence. While attorneys will often challenge the evidence that prosecutors rely on to establish intoxication, such as the results of toxicology tests, there are situations where an affirmative defense will be mounted.
According to Macedon Police, a woman has been arrested and charged after they found her driving recklessly in a Wal-Mart parking lot. She appeared disoriented and informed police that she had gotten lost in the parking lot and was struggling to find her way out. The driver from Seneca Falls had a blood alcohol concentration of .26 percent. She was charged with felony DWI charge.
A New York man has been accused of DWI after a single-car accident that left his car partially submerged in the Niagara River, according to reports. The accident took place on Dec. 29 at about 5:30 p.m. Only one person was involved in the crash.
A 27-year-old New York man was detained on suspicion of drunk driving on Dec. 6 after allegedly speeding. Deputies pulled the man over after they say they found him traveling at 61 mph in a 40-mph zone. They followed him into a 30-mph zone where he allegedly drove 55 mph.
According to authorities, an alleged drunk driver fell asleep while driving in Staten Island on the West Shore Expressway around 2:10 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. The driver, a 39-year-old Allentown, Pennsylvania, man, was apparently in the New Jersey-bound lanes when he fell asleep while in backed-up traffic.
A man who had already been arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated reportedly was arrested on additional charges after he reportedly attempted to eat his Breathalyzer results. According to state troopers, the incident occurred at the state police barracks located in Tarrytown on Nov. 2.
Authorities in New York have reported that a 35-year-old woman accused of driving while intoxicated for the fourth time will face a felony charge. The Palisades resident was taken into custody during the early morning hours of Oct. 17 after being stopped for a traffic violation. A records check revealed that the woman had been convicted of drunk driving in 2004, 2008 and 2009. New York law allows prosecutors to file felony charges against motorists accused of drunk driving when they have had at least one DWI conviction during the past 10 years. After being taken into custody, the woman was transported to a detention facility in South Nyack.
A 25-year-old New York man was charged with DWI after police pulled him over early in the morning on Sept. 21. Officers said that the Long Island man failed to maintain his lane while driving on westbound Middle Country Road in Selden, prompting the traffic stop at about 3:30 a.m.
Police in New York say that a 23-year-old man was intoxicated when he struck and killed a female friend with his SUV in the early hours of July 26. The man's scheduled arraignment on drunk driving charges was postponed after he was admitted to the psychiatric ward of Stony Brook Hospital the following day. Authorities say that he could remain in the Long Island medical facility for at least 72 hours.