When a New York police officer makes a traffic stop, there's no telling what types of events may unfold. Sometimes, a Putnam County officer may merely issue a speed warning then free a motorist to leave the scene without any lasting repercussions. On the other hand, that's not always how it goes, as made evident by a recent occurrence that resulted in drunk driving charges against a 35-year-old man.
It was just about 6:30 p.m. on a Saturday when a patrol officer stopped the man as he was driving. The officer claimed to have witnessed the man violate a traffic regulation, although no information was provided as to what the alleged offense may have been. For whatever reason, the officer requested that the man take field sobriety tests, which he did.
The problem is that the driver did not fare well in the tests and subsequently was arrested on suspicion of intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle. Police say the man registered a .08 blood alcohol concentration. At some point, the arresting officer contacted the Department of Motor Vehicles and reportedly learned that the man's driver's license had been suspended.
This added to the man's problems as he now faces drunk driving charges as well as third degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. New York prosecutors usually come down hard on those accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, criminal charges never constitute guilt, and every person accused is guaranteed the opportunity to try to avoid conviction.