When winter storms are forecast for the area, New York City residents and visitors count on sanitation workers and other public works employees to make sure the roadways are prepared. Spreading sand and salt on the roadways is one of the ways that the cities can prepare these roadways in an effort to help drivers remain safe as they travel from one destination to the next. For one New York City sanitation worker, trying to get that job done ended in drunk driving charges being filed against him.
The 33-year-old man was driving a salt spreader just after midnight on Wednesday, March 26, when he had an accident. The salt spreader he was driving struck a car that was parked. When law enforcement arrived, the officer smelled what he perceived to be alcohol on the sanitation worker's breath. The sanitation worker was arrested for drunk driving after two Breathalyzer tests showed that his blood-alcohol level was over the .08 legal limit in New York.
The driver of the car was in the vehicle, but wasn't hurt. The sanitation worker was going to be arraigned in Queens Criminal Court.
It is fortunate that this accident wasn't more serious than it was. For the sanitation worker, trying to prepare the public roadways for the winter storm despite his alleged impairment has ended with him in some trouble. It isn't known if he has attorney yet, but he should make sure that he understands his charges and the possible consequences before he answers to his charges. Those facing similar charges may benefit from the assistance of a New York criminal defense attorney.
Source: Wall Street Journal, "Sanitation Worker Charged With Drunk Driving Salt Spreader" Pervaiz Shallwani, Mar. 26, 2014