For anyone who has never been faced with the prospect, drunk driving charges might not seem to be that big a deal. The truth of the matter is that New York law is pretty harsh and conviction on a driving while intoxicated charge can end up being life-altering -- and not in a good way.
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.
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.
Actress Lindsey Lohan's 50-year-old mother, Dina Lohan, has been arrested for DWI in New York after blood alcohol testing allegedly showed hers to be over twice the .08 percent legal limit. Media sources indicate that Lohan claimed to have been injured during the course of her arrest, but recanted this allegation after emergency personnel are said to have evaluated her and found no such injuries. She has been scheduled for a Sept. 24 appearance at the Nassau County 1st District Court.
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 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.