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Rapper facing drunk driving charges in New York

Police in New York have reported that Willie Maxwell, who is better known by his stage name Fetty Wap, was taken into custody on a raft of charges including driving while intoxicated during the early morning hours of Nov. 3. The 26-year-old rapper was allegedly driving his girlfriend's Mercedes sedan and street racing in Kings County when he was pulled over. A Brooklyn arraignment judge released Wap on his own recognizance later in the day, but he warned the 'My Way" singer that his decision could be revisited if he got behind the wheel again.

According to reports, Wap was observed traveling at speeds in excess of 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic in the Manhattan-bound lanes of the Gowanus Expressway at approximately 1:20 a.m. Police believe that he was racing against a Chevrolet driven by a friend at the time. After pulling Wap's car over in the vicinity of Hamilton Avenue, officers say the rapper produced a suspended New Jersey driver's license and told them that he was on his way to a nightclub in Brooklyn. A subsequent breath test is said to have revealed Wap's blood alcohol level to be .09 percent.

Woman faces felony DWI charges

A 37-year-old New York woman is facing felony drunk driving and other charges following a traffic stop on Oct. 24. New York State Police reports indicate that the woman had a blood alcohol content over the legal limit at the time of the incident. State police also say that a 7-year-old child and a 3-year-old child were inside the woman's vehicle when it was pulled over on East Main Street in the town of Verona.

A state trooper made the traffic stop after observing the eastbound 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser swerve across the roadway's center line and enter the westbound lane. During the investigation, the trooper detected the odor of alcohol on the driver's breath and subsequently conducted sobriety tests before taking the woman into custody.

Man faces 15 years in connection with fatal DWI incident

On Oct. 23, a New York State Supreme Court judge convicted a Port Jefferson Station man of second-degree manslaughter in connection with a DWI crash that occurred in 2015. According to the Suffolk County District Attorney, the 56-year-old man was also convicted on charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, including driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and cocaine; driving while ability impaired by a drug, cocaine; driving while intoxicated and reckless driving. The conviction came following a two-week bench trial.

The sentencing hearing is scheduled to be held on Nov. 30. Although the impaired driver was acquitted of multiple reckless endangerment charges and one count of second-degree murder depraved indifference, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison. At the time of the accident, the convicted man had a blood-alcohol level of .17 percent, according to a Suffolk County crime lab test report. The legal threshold for DWI in the state of New York is .08 percent.

Driver of unregistered vehicle faces DWI and other charges

In New York, two Connecticut men face numerous criminal charges following a traffic stop in the town of Southeast. As reported, the charges ensued after New York State Police troopers pulled over a vehicle driven by a 22-year-old Danbury man on several unspecified traffic violations. Police later took both the driver and his 35-year-old passenger into custody in Putnam County. November court dates have been set for both men.

Reports indicate that the vehicle had a stolen license plate and was not registered as required by law. Cocaine and rolled-up dollar bills believed to contain drug residue were also found during the investigation. Police determined that the passenger had a bench warrant out for his arrest in New York City and that the driver had a blood alcohol content of more than three times the legal limit. The driver was issued an appearance ticket and released, and the passenger was taken to jail on a $2,000 bond or $1,000 cash bail option.

Man facing second drunk driving charge

A New York man was facing felony charges after he was accused of driving while intoxicated on Oct. 7. The accused man, age 30, reportedly had one previous conviction for drunk driving.

Troopers initiated a traffic stop at about 10:45 p.m. on Seymour Street after the man reportedly failed to use his turn signal. It also appeared that his vehicle was missing its front licence plate. Troopers determined that the man had a blood alcohol content of .11 percent. As such, he was taken into custody.

Drunk driver crashes into 3 homes in New York

In New York, a man is facing 19 charges following an alleged drunk driving incident that began in Buffalo and ended in Kenmore on Sept. 29. According to reports, the man crashed his pickup truck into three homes on Kenmore Avenue during a police chase that started on Niagara Falls Boulevard. He was tased by police while attempting to flee the scene on foot following the final collision.

In addition to numerous traffic violations, the 22-year-old man has been charged with fleeing an officer in a motor vehicle, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, assault, DWI and obstructing governmental administration. Following the incident, a 19-year-old female, who was a passenger in the truck, was transported to Erie County Medical Center where she received treatment for a leg injury. Prior to his arraignment, the man was also transported to the same facility for treatment. He was then held without bail at Erie County Holding Center pending a court date on Oct. 5.

Man facing drug and drunk driving charges after traffic stop

On Sept. 16, a man was charged with drug and drunk driving offenses following a New York traffic stop. The accused man was identified as a 27-year-old man from Connecticut.

Troopers said they saw a vehicle leaving its designated lane in an unsafe manner and crossing hazardous markings in Putnam Country. They executed a traffic stop on the vehicle. While they were talking to the driver, the troopers said they saw what looked like crack cocaine sitting in the vehicle. The man also appeared to be intoxicated. When the vehicle was searched, the troopers recovered 15 small bags of crack cocaine and another 17 small bags of cocaine.

NY traffic tickets for cellphone use up 35 percent

New York has seen a significant increase in recent years in the number of traffic tickets given out for violation of the state’s hand-held cellphone laws. There was less than 4 percent of the state’s ticketing connected to cellphone use and texting in 2011.

In 2015, that number jumped to 39 percent.

Man pleads guilty in New Year's Day drunk driving case

A 31-year-old New York man faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced for aggravated vehicular assault in November. The Utica resident pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated vehicular assault in an Erie County courtroom on Sept. 15 as part of a prearranged plea agreement. The man originally faced a raft of charges in connection with a New Year's Day drunk driving accident that left four people seriously injured. The accident took place on Richmond Avenue in Buffalo at approximately 1:00 a.m.

Police say that the man's blood alcohol level was more than twice the .08 percent New York legal limit when he lost control of his vehicle and struck another car and a group of pedestrians. Media reports indicate that the man was detained by bystanders after attempting to flee the scene on foot, and police officers say that he was taken into custody after failing three field sobriety tests.

Con Ed driver files lawsuit after license revocation ends

A Con Ed worker who was involved in a fatal accident that left an elderly New York man dead was found guilty in August of not exercising due care. As a result, the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles revoked his license for one month.

The accident occurred on Nov. 27, 2013, at the intersection of Avenue C and E. 16th Street. At about 5:15 p.m., the worker was making a left turn in a Con Ed truck when he collided with the 88-year-old woman. After three years of court hearings and an appeal, the man was finally found guilty and his license was revoked. After the month has ended, the worker filed a lawsuit against the DMV, claiming that the agency was taking to long to process his application for the reinstatement of his license.

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