New York has several DWI laws, covering everything from operating a snowmobile while impaired to a lesser charge of driving a vehicle while ability impaired. In New York, one of the more serious charges a driver can face is aggravated DWI. In New York, an aggravated DWI means that the driver had a blood-alcohol content of at least 0.18%. It is a misdemeanor charge that can have a penalty of three years on probation, a one-year revocation of the driver’s license, mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device, and jail time of up to one year. These penalties are on top of any other penalties the driver may face, such as if there are injuries or deaths in an accident.
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New York Upstate reports that a man from Western New York has been arrested for DWI in the McDonald’s drive-thru after a hit-and-run collision.
The incident occurred on March 20 in Niagara Falls, New York.
45-year-old Philip L. Reed was arrested by police in the drive-thru lane at a McDonald’s restaurant. The Town of Niagara police report indicated that another driver had followed Reed to the location after being hit by Reed.
Police say that Reed’s blood-alcohol content was 0.18%, which is more than twice the legal limit. They also allege that a half-empty bottle of liquor was found in the passenger seat of the vehicle.
Reed is facing charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident with personal injury, and driving with an open container of alcohol.
The other driver complained of head pain following the accident, but no other injuries were reported.