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President of New York Public Library facing DWI charges

Most problems concerning the New York Public Library likely have to do with funding, overdue fines, loud patrons or perhaps even stolen books. However, the revered institution is currently dealing with a bona fide scandal after its head official was arrested for DUI last weekend.

According to police reports, Anthony Marx - the highly regarded former president of Amherst College and recently appointed president of the New York Public Library - was arrested at around 3 p.m. on Sunday afternoon after crashing his library-owned 2009 Audi A4 into a parked sanitation truck in Upper Manhattan.

"He was going pretty fast. He just missed the truck in front of me and then, bam! He smashed into my truck," said the sanitation worker whose truck Marx backed into on 10 East 138th Street. "I jumped out, and he tried to put the car in drive - I just stood there in front of him, put my hand up and said, 'Do not move that car!'"

Interestingly, sources indicate that Marx, 52, was looking for a way to get around runners in the New York City Marathon, who were making their way off the Madison Avenue Bridge.

It appears that police stationed near the race route quickly responded to the crash, placing Marx under arrest after noticing that he had bloodshot eyes and an odor of alcohol on his breath.

His blood alcohol content was later measured at .19, well over the legal limit here in the state of New York.

On Monday, Marx pleaded not guilty to aggravated driving while intoxicated and other criminal charges during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court. He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled for another court hearing on December 9.

"I deeply regret embarrassment caused to my family and to the New York Public Library," read a released statement from Marx. "My focus now is on moving forward and assuring that this incident does not detract from the important work and goals shared by all my colleagues."

Stay tuned for more from our New York traffic law blog ...

A DWI/DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your life in a number of ways and result in various penalties. In fact, many of these penalties are much more serious than the mere license suspension or revocation.

When faced with this scenario, consider contacting an attorney who understands New York's confusing legal system, and who can help you evaluate your options and make the right decisions.

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The New York Post, "Read him his rights" Nov. 8, 2011

The New York Times, "Library president charged with DWI" Nov. 7, 2011

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