Police throughout New York are always on the lookout for suspected drunk driving. That diligence is even higher during any given holiday of the year, and with Memorial Day being the kickoff to a summer long awaited after a hard cold winter, law enforcement may be particularly watchful this weekend.
A 38-year-old man from Augusta was taken into police custody and charged with driving while intoxicated after he ran his car into a tree. According to the report, the accident occurred on Dec. 2 in the southbound lanes of North Road.
A 37-year-old New York man is facing drunk driving charges after causing two accidents on Nov. 15. The man fled the scene of both accidents, but Suffolk County police tracked him down after receiving a call from two witnesses who had followed his SUV. The accidents took place in the town of Brentwood.
New York drivers may be interested in changes to Leandra's Law, a statute requiring in-car breath testing systems for those convicted of driving while intoxicated. The changes will increase penalties and give prosecutors new tools against those they claim are circumventing the law.
Authorities in upstate New York took a tractor-trailer driver into custody after they allegedly found that he had been driving with a blood-alcohol level that was almost five times higher than the legal limit. Police found him after they responded to reports of an intoxicated truck driver who was in a shopping plaza located in Saratoga County, which is about 20 miles north of Albany.
A 32-year-old man was charged with drunk driving after he reportedly drove the wrong way on the Saw Mill River Parkway and ran into another car. The accident occurred around 5 p.m. on Route 119 in Elmsford on the parkway. Police were reportedly alerted to the scene when they received a 911 call from a driver who stated that a black BMW was driving northbound in the southbound lanes of the parkway just north of Ashford Avenue in Dobbs Ferry.
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.
A Utica Housing Authority executive was recently ticketed by New Hartford authorities for allegedly performing an unsafe lane maneuver and driving while intoxicated following an altercation at a nearby bar. He was then reported to have failed a chemical test which registered his blood alcohol level at 0.09 percent, which is marginally above the legal limit of 0.08 percent. There were no additional charges filed in regards to the altercation preceding the incident.
A 53-year-old man in Bronxville, New York ran a red light at the White Plains Road and Pondfield Road intersection. Police took the man's blood alcohol content level and say that it was double the legal limit of 0.08.