One New York woman is facing felony drunk driving charges after she was arrested in Potsdam on April 13. The 27-year-old woman was traveling in a westward direction on Elm Street at approximately 10:30 p.m. Police claim that her car had inadequate exhaust control and pulled her over, performing a traffic stop.
After serving a full four-year sentence for his fifth DWI conviction in 10 years, a New York man has managed to defy Cuyahoga County prosecutors thanks to a loophole in New York's DWI law. The frustration from this loophole has led the Cuyahoga County prosecutor to press for changes to the statute.
A New York man was taken into custody on felony drunk driving charges on April 9 after an automated license plate reader alerted police that he was driving a vehicle with a suspended registration. The subsequent records check revealed that he had faced DUI charges twice during the last 10 years and his driver's license has been suspended 26 times. During an April 10 arraignment hearing in Long Beach, the man was transferred to the custody of the Nassau County Sheriff's Department. He is scheduled to appear in court again on April 16.
A New York teacher faces DWI charges after she allegedly reported to work after drinking alcohol. The 47-year-old woman was charged with the crime by a school resource officer at the Granville elementary school where she works.
Dylan Donahue, who plays for the New York Jets, has had a difficult first year in the National Football League. The 25-year-old linebacker was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft due to his special teams and pass rushing prowess, but he suffered a season-ending elbow injury in just his fourth regular season game and he was taken into custody on drunk driving charges in February. Police say that Donahue was intoxicated when he allegedly drove into the Lincoln Tunnel against the flow of traffic and struck a bus.
New York motorists may have particular reason to be aware of their alcohol consumption before getting behind the wheel between March 16 and March 18, as the state is planning a crackdown on drunk driving that coincides with St. Patrick's Day weekend. Coordinated by the New York State Police together with municipal law enforcement agencies and county sheriffs throughout the state, the police agencies announced that the STOP-DWI Crackdown is an attempt to reduce the number of injuries and deaths related to impaired driving.
A 28-year-old woman is facing child endangerment and felony drunk driving charges after police allegedly discovered her passed out behind the wheel of her Nissan Altima sedan during the early morning hours of Feb. 25 with her two children in the back seat. Officers with the Oneida Police Department took the woman into custody at about 3:35 a.m. in the vicinity of Lyons Street and West Willet Street in Rome according to reports.
New York police say that a 34-year-old man was taken into custody on March 25 at about 3 a.m. He was originally stopped by police around that time because he was speeding. However, authorities realized that the man was intoxicated and that he did not have a valid license. The driver's license had been suspended seven times in the past because of not paying tickets and breaking various alcohol laws.
Wearing an alcohol monitoring bracelet for 90 days and attending alcohol-related counseling and victim impact panels could help motorists in one New York county to keep their criminal records clean after being arrested for drunk driving for the first time. Participation in the program, which was launched by the Broome County District Attorney's Office in January, will only be offered to first-time DWI offenders who were not involved in accidents, caused no injuries and were not cited for reckless driving.
A resident of Westchester was recently arrested in Croton-on-Hudson and charged with a felony due to his second DWI in the past decade. According to authorities with the New York State Police, the 42-year-old man was arrested at approximately 3:40 a.m. on Feb. 9.