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Criminal defense: Man charged with drunk driving in New York

A man accused of going the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway has been taken into custody, according to local police. New York authorities arrested the out-of-state man and charged him with DUI along with several other charges. It is unknown at this time whether he has retained criminal defense counsel. 

According to the police report, a 56-year-old man apparently entered the Long Island Expressway headed eastbound in the westbound lane near Exit 40. Apparently the driver realized his error and attempted a U-turn, which took him across several lanes of traffic. The man came to a stop near Exit 44 on the side of the road. 

Officers on the scene said they approached the vehicle and stopped the driver. They allege that he was displaying bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and other symptoms of potential intoxication. Police also allege the vehicle smelled of alcohol. It is unclear whether a blood test or Breathalyzer test were conducted at the time of the man's arrest. He now stands charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment and driving the wrong way, as well as several other charges. 

In order to prove guilt in a case such as this, it will be up to New York prosecutors to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the man was indeed intoxicated while driving his vehicle. The man's criminal defense attorney will review the evidence proffered by prosecutors. The attorney will also review the arrest record to assess whether police adhered to best practices in conducting the arrest, and determine if the defendant's rights were observed in accordance with the law. Any violations will be addressed in court with a view toward a reduction in or outright dismissal of the pending charges.

Source: NBC New York, "Drunk Driver Goes Wrong Way on LIE, Then Pulls U-Turn Across All Lanes: Police", Oct. 15, 2017

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