A 39-year-old man from Hohokus, New Jersey, was arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated early Friday morning after a traffic stop on Albany Post Road in Cortlandt, NY. State Troopers charged the man and 11 other motorists with DWI during a string of traffic stops in Westchester and Putnam counties over the course of the long holiday weekend, mostly in the early hours of the day, according to authorities.
Though a number of the drivers were from out of state, most were from the local area. One local man in particular, a 32-year-old with a previous DWI conviction, who was stopped just before 5 a.m. on Sunday, was charged with multiple counts. The list included driving while intoxicated, first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, felonies, unlawful possession of marijuana and refusal to submit to a breath test, according to the police report. In this instance, the man’s drunk driving charge was bumped up to a felony due to his previous DWI conviction, which occurred less than 10 years ago.
Most, however, were charged with misdemeanor DWI. Another local man was charged with driving while intoxicated and aggravated DWI, both misdemeanors, following a 2:15 a.m. traffic stop Sunday morning. Police said that the aggravated DWI charge was due the man’s blood-alcohol level being in excess of 0.18 percent — fully 0.10 percent beyond the legal threshold for driving while intoxicated in New York State.
Of the 11 total drivers arrested for DWI, two were from Connecticut, as well as the one from New Jersey.
Police typically use field sobriety testing or a breathalyzer to detemine a driver’s blood alcohol content (BAC). If you or a family member receive a DWI summons as a result of a traffic stop, we encourage you to retain the services of a New Jersey DWI attorney. To this end, our lawyers are available 24/7 to provide assistance.
Troopers charge 11 with DWI in Westchester, Putnam counties, LoHud.com, April 13, 2009