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Update: President of New York Public Library facing DWI charges

Last month, our blog reported on how the New York Public Library was officially doing damage control after Dr. Anthony Marx - the highly regarded former president of Amherst College and recently appointed library president - was charged with DUI.

Police reports indicated that Marx was arrested at around 3 p.m. on November 9 after crashing his library-owned 2009 Audi A4 into a parked sanitation truck in Upper Manhattan.

Sources close to the story reported that Marx, 52, was likely looking for a way to get around runners in the New York City Marathon, who were making their way off the Madison Avenue Bridge.

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.

In recent developments, Marx pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving while intoxicated in Manhattan Criminal Court earlier this month. He was released on the condition that he fulfills the following obligations: pay a $500 fine, participate in 16 sessions with a counselor approved by the State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, and register for a drunk driving program.

The presiding judge also revoked his driver's license for six months, and informed him that even though the charge was only a misdemeanor, he now had a criminal record.

Lastly, Marx was ordered by the judge to install an ignition interlock device on every vehicle he owns. However, his criminal defense attorney informed the judge that Marx did not own an automobile. (He was driving the library-owned Audi A4.)

The New York Public Library has expressed support for Marx and indicated in a written statement that it is "satisfied that the incident has been resolved and looks forward to the important work ahead for Dr. Marx and the library."

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 Times, "Library president loses license in DWI case" Dec. 9, 2011

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

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