It's one of the most common serious charges a person can face in New York: driving while intoxicated. The arrest can lead to jail time, fines and other punishments few people would dismiss lightly.
A 33-year-old man about 130 miles southeast of us here in Newburgh is now facing a DWI charge in Southampton after his recent arrest. He was charged with misdemeanor DWI.
Police said his car struck a mailbox at a person's residence. The homeowner then reportedly confronted the driver. Police were then called to the scene.
Law enforcement officers said that after they arrived, they noticed signs of intoxication in the driver's behavior.
He was arrested for driving while intoxicated and also cited for driving a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license.
In an unrelated incident, a man, 28, was arrested a couple of days later and also charged with misdemeanor DWI.
Police in this case said they were summoned by other drivers complaining that the man was driving his vehicle erratically.
Field sobriety tests were reportedly administered. Afterwards, he was taken into custody.
In addition to the DWI charge, he also has tickets for failing to keep right and for unsafely changing lanes.
A Sag Harbor man, 22, was charged with driving while intoxicated in North Haven. Law enforcement officials said they pulled the man's car over shortly after two in the morning. They then had him perform field sobriety tests.
He was subsequently charged with DWI, as well as three traffic violations.
Source: Southampton Patch: "Town Police Log: 3 DWI Arrests," April 17, 2012
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