New York man gets bail lower than prosecutor requested for DWI

| Jun 6, 2014 | Felony DUI

A man who drove a vehicle onto a sidewalk in Mount Kisco is facing criminal charges stemming from the incident. He reportedly hit a curb and then drove onto the sidewalk when officers were conducting a traffic stop.

The man didn’t have a driver’s license at the time of the incident. In fact, the man hasn’t ever had a driver’s license. His privileges to drive were suspended because of a 2012 DWI conviction and because of failing to pay for a fine from that DWI conviction. Police say they are thankful that no one was hurt because of the man’s decision to drive while intoxicated.

At the time of the drunk driving incident, the man is said to have had a .29 percent blood-alcohol level. That is more than three times the legal limit in New York of .08 percent. He has been charged with felony driving while intoxicated. He also faces misdemeanor charges in relation to the incident for driving without a license and driving without an ignition interlock device.

The man was arraigned on the charges placed against him. While prosecutors took a hard stand against him and requested a $25,000 bail, the justice presiding over the arraignment didn’t agree with them. Instead of having that hefty bail, the man’s bail was set at $500.

The man now needs to focus on how he will answer to these charges. He has the right to present a defense. If he chooses that option, he should make sure that he understands the charges and potential consequences of a conviction.

Source: Lohud, “Mount Kisco man drove drunk at 3x legal limit, cops say” Terence Corcoran, Jun. 04, 2014