A 32-year-old While Plains man was arrested last weekend after speeding into a tree with his Volkswagen Beetle. It happened a little after 9 p.m. Friday in the Town of Pawling. The force of his vehicle completely uprooted the tree causing his car to flip into a resident's driveway where it hit another tree. The man was trapped upside down in his car but held in place by his seatbelt. He was unconscious and his airway was damaged. He was extricated from the wreck by New York State police, Dutchess County Sheriff deputies and Pawling firefighters.
With each conviction of driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the penalties increase. You lose your license, you forfeit your car, you get probation and maybe even jail time if you don't learn your lesson after a few arrests. By that time, your choices boil down to trial or plea bargain, and mitigate the extent of your punishment as much as possible.
A former Staten Island police officer was released from Dutchess County jail Friday after serving 10 years at Green Haven Correctional Facility. He was convicted of driving drunk and hitting three family members as they crossed a street in August 2001. The three people were killed, including a baby who was delivered after the accident by emergency Cesarean section. He was charged with four counts of second degree manslaughter and sentenced to 15 years, the maximum.