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Drunk Driving Charges Archives

New York man accused of running red light while drunk

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.

Supreme Court rejects DUI blood tests without warrant

New York residents may be interested to hear that the Supreme Court ruled that DUI blood tests administered without a warrant may not be considered in court rulings. Furthermore, it decreed that police usually must attempt to obtain a search warrant from a judge before ordering blood tests for suspects of drunk driving. The verdict stemmed from the case of a Missouri man who was subjected to a blood test without a warrant. The man was arrested in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on a charge of drunk driving after a state trooper stopped his car for swerving and speeding. The man had two previous drunk driving convictions and refused to submit to a blood alcohol test. He failed numerous field sobriety tests, and the arresting officer said that his words were slurred and that he was very unsteady on his feet. 

New York drug trafficker charged with DWI

A New York man who was on parole for a felony drug trafficking conviction crashed his vehicle into a utility pole. Police say the man was intoxicated. He was taken to Saint Francis Hospital in Poughkeepsie where he consented to a blood test and was charged with driving while intoxicated. The man is a convicted felon who was sentenced to eight years to life in state prison after he was found guilty of possessing more than three ounces of cocaine in 2003. The man had also served prison sentences in the United States and Mexico for drug trafficking convictions. He is now facing DWI charges at the Town of Pleasant Valley Justice Court. 

New York anti-drunk driving advocate arrested for drunk driving

A New York resident who was formerly an anti-DWI advocate was arrested for drunk driving herself after her vehicle was found crashed into a tree outside her apartment in Colonie. Although the woman survived, she was arrested for driving while intoxicated after reportedly failing the sobriety tests officers on the scene administered to her. The woman had worked closely with the Albany County Stop DWI group to help raise awareness against drunk driving. Her brother was the passenger of a car driven by another individual when he died in a drunk driving crash. The driver served two and a third to seven years in prison. Ever since her brother's death, she has been an advocate against drunk driving, even working with the Choices 301 anti-drunk driving campaign.

New York man receives 7-year prison term after death of man

On March 12, a 26-year-old man received a prison sentence for seven years after he lost control of his vehicle while impaired in July 2012 and drove into and killed a 56-year-old construction worker in New York. The driver operated his Audi after he spent three hours drinking with friends. Law enforcement who responded to the scene could smell alcohol and noticed his bloodshot eyes. According to information released by officials, the driver was traveling eight miles over the posted speed limit. However, he did not plead guilty to felony drunk driving but to second degree vehicular manslaughter. The district attorney felt that the sentence, which was the longest prison term the accused man could legally receive, was warranted because of the circumstances surrounding the crime. The construction worker's daughter agreed although she realizes no sentence of any length will bring her father back. However, she added that the stiff penalty will send a stern warning that drunk driving will be punished and that other drivers might think twice before getting behind the wheel after they have partied. She hopes that someone else will not suffer the way her family has.

South Salem man charged with driving under the influence

A 58-year-old South Salem man was arrested on February 24 after being pulled over for suspected drunk driving. After being arrested on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, the man could face serious penalties if convicted. The man was traveling south down New Norwalk Road in the early evening hours, and he was pulled over by a police officer after turning onto Urban Street. The police officer, who was equipped with radar, alleges that the man was traveling faster than the posted speed limit. The officer stated that when he approached the man's car, there was a strong aroma of alcohol. The man complied with the officer's request to perform a field sobriety test. After performing the test, the police officer determined that the man failed the test and placed him under arrest. The man was taken to jail and later posted a $260 bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on March 8.

New York Giant's Diehl enters guilty plea in DWI case

A drunk driving conviction in the state of New York can have serious consequences for the driver involved. In the case of a conviction, the driver not only faces a driver's license suspension but may also face jail time, higher insurance premiums and possible vehicle surcharges. A strong DWI defense can help drivers avoid such penalties or lead to a resolution that doesn't involve a permanent criminal record, as is the case with the New York Giants' David Diehl.

New York woman arrested for DWI after police found her naked

In the state of New York, a DWI conviction can have wide-reaching consequences for the convicted. Not only will a conviction likely lead to the loss of driving privileges unless hardship can be proven, but it also can lead to possible jail time and fines. There are a variety of situations that may cause a driver to be arrested for driving while over the legal limit for blood-alcohol content, and a recent incident involving a nearly nude woman arrested for DWI demonstrates just how varied those arrested for DWI can be.

New York man charged with drunk driving in fatal crash

A drunk driving conviction can have serious consequences, including license suspension, hefty fines and possibly even a jail sentence. When drunk driving results in a car accident where others are injured or killed, the stakes become even higher. A New York man learned this the hard way when a crash killed a 21-year-old passenger in the car he was driving.

Man arrested with stun gun after DWI stop in New York

When someone is arrested for DWI charges, police may add other charges such as an illegal open container, resisting arrest or other traffic violations. In such cases, defendants can face more severe penalties than if they were only charged with DWI. A New York man is in just such a situation after an arrest for drunk driving.

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