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Alleged drunk driver hits 9 cars in upstate New York

A man from upstate New York has been accused of driving a vehicle that ran into several other vehicles over the course of a few minutes. Authorities believe that the man may also have been under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the accident.

The incident began in Canandaigua on Aug. 27 when a vehicle struck another car on Thompson Street. Instead of stopping to inspect the damage, the driver of the vehicle allegedly drove off and got into a series of other small collisions involving nine other automobiles and six different accident scenes. Witnesses claim to have flashed their car lights, and one put his vehicle in the path of the other man's travel to stop him. Two nearby individuals then smashed the driver's side window of the car, turned off the car and removed the keys.

The police arrived after the vehicle had already been brought to a halt. They charged the 58-year-old male driver with drunk driving, criminal mischief, multiple counts of leaving the scene of an accident and running a red light. The man was taken into police custody and held at the Ontario County Jail. Only minor injuries were reported from people who were involved in the accidents.

An individual who faces multiple criminal charges stemming from a single incident might wish to seek the guidance of an attorney at law who could give advice about reducing the charges before the trial and present extenuating evidence during any possible court appearances. A conviction for DUI may carry substantial penalties in New York state, including imprisonment, fines, the required installation of an ignition interlock device, and the loss of the driver's license for a limited period or possibly forever.

Source: rochesterhomepage.net, "Police Arrest Canandaigua Man for DWI After Striking Multiple Vehicles", Allison Norlian, August 27, 2014

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