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Man faces DWI, fleeing and assault for hitting officer with car


Since law enforcement in New York State is actively trying to catch and arrest drivers who are operating their vehicles under the influence, it is important that people avoid drinking and driving. When there is a stop and an arrest on drunk driving charges, it can lead to substantial penalties should there be a conviction. There can be multiple offenses if the driver is alleged to have committed other illegal acts as the investigation is commencing. When there is an incident in which a driver is dealing with these problems, having legal assistance is one of the most important factors in the case.

A man who was being investigated for possible DWI fled and hit a law enforcement officer with his car in the process. The incident began in the middle of the night at around 3:30 a.m. when police were told that there was a possibly intoxicated driver. When the driver, 47, was stopped, he tried to get away. As he was pursued, he refused to pull over. Eventually, he was found and placed under arrest. He was charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment, fleeing law enforcement, driving a vehicle when it was supposed to have an ignition interlock device and other charges. The assault charge is a felony.

With drunk driving charges, there can be many penalties if there is a conviction. That can include a driver's license suspension, fines, jail time and the requirement that there be an ignition interlock device placed on the person's vehicle. If the alleged drunk driving incident that took place expanded to other acts such as fleeing and even running into an officer with the vehicle, it can result in extensive problems. Having legal assistance to combat these charges is imperative.

Since this driver is alleged to have been operating his vehicle under the influence, tried to escape and hit an officer with his car as part of the attempt to flee, he needs a law firm that is not just experienced with DWI, but with other criminal charges too. Given the circumstances in this incident, calling for legal assistance is vital and should be done immediately.

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