16 Arrests in First DWI Crackdown of 2017

New York State Police made 16 arrests in a DWI crackdown which spanned Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties.  The arrests took place over the first weekend of the New Year from Jan 6-8.

The arrests included a man sleeping in his vehicle in the middle lane of Taconic State Parkway after he was reported by a DOT plow operator on Jan. 6.  Another arrest included a man from Fishkill, NY who was later charged with Felony DWI after discovering he was previously convicted of a DWI related offense in 2009. 

28-year-old Oscar Duarte of Yorktown, New York, was charged with resisting arrest along with aggravated driving while intoxicated after he ran off into a wooded area during his Standardized Field Sobriety Test.  After a brief foot chase, the man was placed into custody and charged.

State Police from Troop K stated that intoxicated and impaired drivers put others on the road at risk.  It is their priority to keep impaired drivers off the roadways so law-abiding citizens can travel safely on highways and roadways throughout their patrol area.