Get convicted of a crime in Orange County and you could be facing more than just time in jail. State law allows authorities to seize assets that they show have been used in the commission of crime, and the Orange County District Attorney declared this week that he intends to use forfeiture to the fullest extent he can to boost enforcement and prosecution efforts.
A 26-year-old Poughkeepsie man was in court on Dec. 16 to plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter charges stemming from a head-on collision with a motorcyclist in May, according to the Ulster County District Attorney's Office. A 41-year-old Newburgh man was killed in the crash. Sentencing will take place in February.
A 61-year-old man appeared in West Seneca Town Court on Dec. 17 and pleaded not guilty to two DWI charges stemming from a two-car crash in which the driver of the other vehicle was killed. An investigation into the incident was ongoing at the time of the report, and additional charges may be forthcoming.
New York basketball fans had to do without Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd for two games at the start of the season. He was suspended by the NBA after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while intoxicated. Kidd would miss the first two games opening basketball's regular season, against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland and against the Miami Heat at home. Analysts expected the suspension as well as its length because other players and coaches had been given the same penalty after convictions or pleas on drunk driving charges.
New York residents might be startled to hear about the case of a 34-year-old woman who was killed in a car accident by a driver accused of being over the limit. The woman was an activist who advocated legalizing marijuana in Colorado. She had spent years of her life claiming that alcohol was more dangerous than marijuana.
On television, police dramas never involve issues like jurisdictional limitations of one police department over another when pursuing a fleeing vehicle. Police in Amherst, New York, work in the real world of town and county lines at which their jurisdiction either ends or must give way to other police agencies. Such a situation occurred recently as police from Amherst realized that their pursuit of a woman suspected of driving while intoxicated was entering the jurisdiction of another police department.
A 42-year-old woman has been placed under arrest after police noticed her driving erratically along the Sunrise Highway. According to police, she was observed to be speeding and weaving randomly between lanes in the early morning hours of June 22. The woman was detained in nearby Patchogue and is said to have 28 prior driver's license suspensions.