Prison Sentence Handed Down For Striking Officer Who Was Patrolling For Drunk Drivers
New York has several different charges that can apply to a person who is driving while intoxicated. The state even has a law for operating a snowmobile while impaired. One of the charges that can carry some severe penalties is a charge called aggravated DWI. Aggravated DWI comes into play when a person is driving with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.18%. The legal limit for alcohol in New York is .08%. The penalty for a conviction of aggravated DWI includes a misdemeanor criminal conviction, one-year driver’s license revocation, requirement to install an ignition interlock device, three years of probation, up to one year in jail, and a fine of at least $1,000.
ABC 7 New York reports that a man has been sentenced to 6 to 12 years in a DWI crash that seriously injured a police officer.
30-year-old Keith Dillon was sentenced on Friday, September 6th to a term of six to twelve years in state prison. Dillon pleaded guilty on May 13th to charges stemming from a January 1, 2018 crash.
The crash permanently injured officer Will Gomes. Gomes was patrolling for intoxicated drivers when Dillon slammed into Gomes’ vehicle head-on. Dillon was traveling at least 70 m.p.h. when he crossed into oncoming traffic and striking Gomes.
At the time of the crash, Dillion had a blood-alcohol level of .27% while also impaired by Xanax.
The force of the collision pushed Gomes’ police vehicle 50 feet backward and caused it to rotate 180 degrees. Dillon’s vehicle flipped over and came to a stop 30 to 40 feet away from the officer’s vehicle.
Gomes, 38, suffered a brain bleed, broken elbow, and leg fractures. He required several surgeries to repair the leg fractures.
Dillon pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated vehicular assault, second-degree assault, and aggravated DWI.