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Man arrested for second DWI in pedestrian accident

In New York as in many other states, the laws concerning driving while intoxicated are severe and very clear. A DWI or related conviction can result in long-term consequences for drivers. This may involve fines, a revoked driver's license, the use of an ignition interlock device and more. With public concern about drunk driving extremely high, anyone arrested for this offense should exercise great caution.

One man in New York today understands this all too well. A New York City firefighter, he was recently arrested for a repeat DWI offense as well as for refusing a Breathalyzer test The incident involved a pedestrian accident as well where he hit two women. One of the women was pregnant and remains in the hospital according to news sources even after delivering her baby. News reports indicate that she was on life support and unable to speak. The second woman has since been released from the hospital after being treated for a broken pelvis.

The same article indicated that the firefighter had a prior DWI conviction in 2010. His bail is posted at $200,000 and the fire department has placed him on suspension for 30 days. He will receive no pay during his suspension period. Additionally, he has temporarily lost his legal ability to drive.

Drivers who have been arrested for DWI, DUI, DWAI or other crimes could be helped by hiring an attorney with specific experience in these areas. Doing so may be the wisest decision that one can make at such a point.

Source:, "New York firefighter hits pregnant woman while driving under the influence," Victoria Greene, March 7, 2014

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