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.
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.
Any New York resident who drives regularly may be curious about how police test drivers to determine whether they are driving under the influence. There are three tests recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which measure the driver's responses to stimulus and ability to follow instructions. Each test is intended to be something that a sober person could pass.
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.
Facing charges related to drunk or drugged driving can be devastating, especially for people who are considered to be public figures. Seemingly in the blink of an eye, the entire scenario in which someone was arrested can be reported, replayed and scrutinized by the media and the public. However, just as is the case for any person facing DWI charges in New York, he or she is innocent until proven guilty and has the right to defend themselves in court.
Drunk driving can be one of the most upsetting charges a person can face, and it is one that authorities are particularly aggressive in pursuing. They often look for any sign or hint that a person might be intoxicated so that they can pull a driver over and conduct breath tests and field sobriety tests to confirm their suspicions.