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Man hits barrier at police station

Drivers can be stopped for many reasons by officers in New York. Once stopped, they may be subject to field sobriety tests or other methods that are used to determine their sobriety. If these tests are not passed, officers can arrest a driver for drunk driving. This charge can be in addition to any other traffic violation for which they may be cited. Common reasons for stops include speeding, failure to yield the right of way or the failure to obey a traffic control signal.

Accidents can also provide reasons for officers to stop drivers. These may be serious accident or they can be minor, as in the case of one New York man recently. At roughly 7:00 a.m. on a Friday morning, the man hit a car barrier at the New York Police Department headquarters building. The crash came after he went through a previous barrier just prior to that, when tailgating another vehicle. The barrier was hit at the intersections of Avenue of the Finest and Rose Street.

In the vehicle with the man was a female passenger. No details of any injuries were provided nor was the man’s blood alcohol content disclosed. The man was arrested for driving while intoxicated despite asserting that he was simply following his GPS at the time. It is not known if the driver is still in jail or if he has been released on bail.

DWI charges can lead to serious penalties that include steep fines, jail time and the suspension of a driver’s license. Anyone who faces these charges may want to contact an attorney to get help with a good DWI defense.

Source: New York Post, “Drunk driver crashes into NYPD headquarters, blames GPS,” Danika Fears and Natasha Velez, May 16, 2014

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