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Minor arrested on multiple alcohol-related charges

New York drivers should be aware of the traffic laws not only in the state of New York but in neighboring states in which they may also drive. Some laws may be similar while others may not. Bordering states for New Yorkers include Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont. Whether pertaining to speeding, u-turns or drunk driving, drivers can help themselves by being educated about the topics.

One New York City man recently learned more about the laws in Connecticut regarding driving while intoxicated when he was arrested on multiple charges including operating a motor vehicle while drinking. While driving at approximately 2:00 on a Saturday morning, he brought his 2013 Chevy Cruze to a stop in the midst of an intersection in Fairfield. Traffic was blocked and eventually police approached the vehicle.

The 20-year old man was asked to comply with field sobriety tests which he failed, contributing to his arrest. An open beer container was also noted in the vehicle’s console. He was found to have been using a New York driver’s license with an incorrect birth date and reportedly told officers that he did not have a valid driver’s license. Other charges facing the man include operating a motor vehicle as a minor while driving under the influence, drinking while driving, forgery, minor in possession of alcohol and driving without a license.

The potential penalties for these charges can be severe. Any driver who has been arrested for these type of alleged crimes may wish to consult with an attorney to learn about his or her options for a defense.

Source: Fairfield Citizen, “Car blocking traffic in beach area prompts DUI arrest,” February 18, 2014

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