New York was one of the first states in the U.S. to enact drunk driving laws. While every state has differing penalties for driving while intoxicated, most have a strict blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%. However, some states have additional statutes that allow for enhanced or even additional charges when a driver’s blood-alcohol content is above a certain amount.
In New York, a driver may be charged with Aggravated DWI if their BAC is 0.18% or higher. If charged with this crime, the driver would face a fine of between $1,000-$2,500, a sentence of up to 1 year in jail, and their license revocated for up to one year. This is for a first-time A-DWI offense. If there are further offenses, the penalties can quickly escalate.
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The Daily Voice reports that a woman with a BAC three times the legal limit was arrested in Westchester.
The one-car crash that led to the arrest occurred at about 11:50 p.m. last Wednesday on Interstate 95 in New Rochelle.
Police were able to determine that 26-year-old Erika Lahaie was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash.
While troopers were attempting to place Lahaie in custody, her passenger, 27-year-old Nicole Hernandez Nunez attempted to interfere with the arrest. She was also taken into custody.
Lahaie’s BAC was determined to be 0.27%. She was charged with Aggravated DWI, which is a misdemeanor. Nunez was charged with misdemeanor second-degree obstructing governmental administration.
Both are due back in court on June 15th.