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Driver accused of DWI after crashing into park

A 35-year-old New York man was suspected of drunk driving after he caused an accident on Jan. 7. According to witnesses, the man and one of his passengers allegedly visited a nearby bar and ordered beer immediately following the accident.

Witnesses stated that the man was traveling down 218th Street in his black 2014 Ford Mustang at a high speed. He sped through a number of stop signs before slamming into a large boulder at approximately 10 p.m. The impact caused the vehicle to slide over the boulder and continue on into the park before it finally stopped.

The driver and two male passengers were able to exit the vehicle. Witnesses, who rushed over to see if they could help, stated that the men all began to laugh after seeing the wrecked vehicle. Immediately after the crash, the driver and a passenger went to a cafe and ordered a beer. The other passenger allegedly left for the subway before officers were able to arrive at the scene.

The bartenders at the cafe refused to give the two men beer and offered them water instead. Once the police arrived, the driver was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving. The passenger was taken to New York Presbyterian Allen Pavilion for treatment of minor injuries.

Those who are charged with drunk driving may face a number of consequences, including fines, a suspension of their driving privileges and even a potential jail sentence. However, an attorney may be able to help their client reduce any potential consequences by negotiating a plea bargain. A plea bargain could potentially allow for the client to go on probation and attend alcohol classes in lieu if a conviction on their record.

Source: DNA Info New York, "Suspected Drunken Driver Crashes Car Then Orders Beer, Witnesses Say", Nigel Chiwaya, January 09, 2014

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