On Dec. 29 in New York, Peter Martins, the 71-year-old former director of the New York City Ballet, was taken into custody after a three-car accident that occurred around 8:00 p.m. He was later released. In a court appearance on Jan. 8, through his attorney, he pleaded not guilty to charges of backing unsafely, refusal to take a breath test and driving while intoxicated. Not long before, Martins had retired from his position with the ballet after accusations of harassment that he denied.
A New York teenager was charged with DWI and endangering the welfare of a child after he crashed his car in Oceanside on December 25, 2017. The 17-year-old driver had a 15-year-old passenger with him at the time of the crash.
New York State troopers in cooperation with the Suffolk County police operated a Friday night sobriety checkpoint in Patchogue. They screened 499 vehicles at the intersection of the Sunrise Highway's North Service Road and Waverly Avenue. Law enforcement officers arrested 10 people that night for either driving while intoxicated or drug impairment.
A New York teenager was taken into custody on Dec. 10 after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his vehicle. Following the crash, the teen reportedly fled the scene, leaving behind an unconscious 14-year-old girl.
In New York State, a man is facing DWI and criminal mischief charges after crashing his pickup truck into a tree, two lawnmowers and a house in the town of Schoharie on Dec. 2. According to law enforcement officials, the 54-year-old man was allegedly intoxicated when the incident occurred. News reports indicate that police were called to the scene on Barton Hill Road shortly after 11:35 p.m.
Whenever the police decide to pull someone over or, they must have a reasonable, articulable suspicion that a traffic violation or other offense has been committed or that an emergency exists. This is true in every state because the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is required by the federal Constitution. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures. That includes unreasonable traffic stops -- and instances where an officer keeps a driver from leaving.
Two men are facing DWI and other charges following an accident in Bellmore on Nov. 18. According to reports, a 25-year-old woman was seriously injured in the crash, which happened on Bellmore Avenue at approximately 4:32 a.m. Preliminary reports indicate that one man was expected to be arraigned in the First District Court in Hempstead on Nov. 19. The other offender remained hospitalized with multiple facial lacerations.
On Nov. 4, police apprehended a New York man suspected of hitting two pedestrians with his car while intoxicated. The alleged incident took place at approximately 3:20 a.m.
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.
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.