New York residents may know the playwright and actor Sam Shepard for his performances in films including 'Steel Magnolias" and 'Black Hawk Down," and they may be surprised to learn that the 71-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner was taken into custody by police in New Mexico on May 25 under suspicion of driving while under the influence.
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.
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.
Police in New York City have reported that reality television star Buddy Valastro was taken into custody in the early morning hours of Nov. 13 on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Valastro did not enter a plea to drunk driving charges at an arraignment hearing later in the day, and he was subsequently released. The New Jersey resident shot to fame as the star of the reality television show 'Cake Boss," which follows events at his Hoboken bakery.
State authorities reported that a man tried to eat the results of his drunk-driving test after police detained him for allegedly speeding on Nov. 2. According to the New York State Police, troopers stopped the 40-year-old man at about 5:30 a.m. on Interstate 95 and took him into custody after determining that he was impaired.
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.
Police say that the representative for the 13th district on the Broome County Legislature was drunk when he hit a cyclist with his vehicle in Binghamton and left the scene. The incident allegedly happened after the 49-year-old legislator, who is the son of the DMV commissioner, had been drinking at a bar.
Football fans in New York will not be seeing defensive tackle Alan Branch suit up for the Buffalo Bills during the 2014-15 NFL season. A representative for the Bills organization announced on Aug. 24 that the veteran pass rusher has been released by the team following a drunk driving incident in Cheektowaga. This marks the latest episode in the changing fortunes of the eight-year pro who had been awarded a lucrative three-year contract extension by the Bills after the 2013 season.
Some people in Nassau County may not be aware of a state law called Leandra’s Law. That statute elevates the charges related to alleged drinking and driving if a child was inside the suspect’s car at the time of his or her arrest. Two men arrested on suspicion of DWI recently could face these elevated charges.