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New York woman faces DWI charges after driving the wrong way

A woman from Clinton Corners was arrested after she allegedly drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway. State police suspected that she was driving while intoxicated. The woman was charged with driving the wrong way on a one-way road, drinking alcohol in a motor vehicle and misdemeanor drunk driving.

She was given several tickets and released. She will be scheduled to appear in court. According to police, 911 dispatchers sent them to check on a report of a pickup truck driving the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway. The pickup truck was allegedly traveling southbound in the northbound lanes. Police officers spotted a 1998 Ford F150 sitting still in traffic. Automobiles that were headed northbound were nearly striking the vehicle head-on. The incident took place within an active work zone. Blood-alcohol tests performed on the woman revealed a blood-alcohol content of 0.26 percent. That is more than triple the legal limit.

DUI charges in New York come with serious consequences for those who are convicted. In addition, people who have previous DUI or DWI convictions are likely to face even more severe consequences. There are other factors that can influence the penalties such as whether or not someone was injured or killed. The severity of injuries may have an impact, as well.

On the other hand, an experienced DWI attorney may be able to help get charges reduced or dropped. An attorney may be able to negotiate with the prosecution or the judge for a reduced sentence. Some prosecutors or judges may consider an exchange for an alternative such as an alcohol rehabilitation program or an extended community service program.

Source: Daily Freeman, "Clinton Corners woman, 47, arrested for DWI after allegedly driving wrong way on Taconic State Parkway", Freeman staff, June 04, 2013

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