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A DWAI Driver In New York Was In A Head-On Collision

In New York, a drug-related DUI is called DWAI drugs, short for “driving while ability impaired by drugs.” It has the same penalties as a DWI involving alcohol. Like in many states, the drug that impairs the driver does not need to be an illicit drug like cocaine, marijuana, or heroin. Prescription and over the counter medications can lead to a DWAI drug charge. A first time DWAI charge can lead to fines and other expenses totaling between $1,000-$2,000. The person’s driver’s license will also be revoked and the offense will remain on their record for ten years. A second offense can lead to felony charges. 

Syracuse.com reports that a man who was allegedly impaired by drugs was saved by firefighters and passers-by after a two-car accident in Central New York. 

The accident occurred just after 6:05 P.M. on Friday in Utica. 

35-year-old Kyle Hart was traveling on North Genesee Street near Wurz Avenue. His vehicle crossed over the double yellow line into oncoming traffic, where it struck a southbound car head-on. 

Passing witnesses stopped to help Hart. A passenger in the vehicle informed first responders that Hart was under the influence. They were able to revive Hart with Narcan. 

Police did not immediately confirm what substance Hart was on. There were no illegal drugs found in the vehicle. He was rushed to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, where he was said to be stable. 

The passenger and the driver of the other vehicle were also taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. 

Hart is facing charges of driving while under the influence of drugs and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle along with several traffic violations.

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