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Troop K keeps residents safe by removing 17 impaired drivers from the roadways

In an effort to remove intoxicated and impaired drivers from the roadways throughout Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester Counties, the New York State Police from Troop K made the following DWI arrests between Friday, December 9, 2016 and Sunday, December 11, 2016:

On December 9, 2016, New York State Police from Wappinger arrested David F. Markert, 27 years old, of Poughkeepsie, New York, for Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor.  Markert was stopped by police on Main Street in Poughkeepsie and found to be intoxicated.  The defendant provided a positive breath sample that yielded a blood alcohol content of .11%.  He is scheduled to appear in the Town of Poughkeepsie Court on December 22, 2016.

On December 10, 2016, State Police from the East Fishkill barracks arrested 23-year-old Jose A. Hernandez III, of Brooklyn, New York, for Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of Marihuana 4th Degree, both Misdemeanors.  Hernandez was stopped by Police on Interstate 84 for speeding.  An investigation revealed that he was impaired by drugs and in possession of approximately 87 grams of marihuana at the time of the stop.  Hernandez was arraigned in the Town of Southeast Court and remanded to the Putnam County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail.  He is due to appear in Southeast Court on January 19, 2017.

On December 10, 2016, New York State Troopers from Stormville arrested 34-year-old Matthew Cann of Patterson, NY, for Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, a Felony.  Subsequent to a traffic stop conducted on Interstate 84 for speeding, Cann was found to be intoxicated. He was charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law as his 8-year-old daughter was in the vehicle at the time of the stop.  The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .12% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Kent Court on December 21, 2016. 

On December 10, 2016, State Police from Poughkeepsie charged Michael B. Walsh, 51 years old, of Dover Plains, NY, with Driving While Intoxicated and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation in the 1st Degree, both Felonies.  Troopers stopped the vehicle Walsh was operating on Route 44 for failing to maintain his lane of travel.  Walsh was found to be intoxicated at the time of the stop and operating with a revoked driver’s license due to a previous DWI related arrest. The Defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .12% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Washington Court on December 20, 2016.

On December 10, 2016, New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested 36-year-old Donald J. Pinder of Poughkeepsie, New York, for DWI, a Misdemeanor.  Pinder was arrested for DWI following a traffic stop conducted on Route 44 for driving over 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.  The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .17% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Pleasant Valley Court on December 20, 2016. 

On December 10, 2016, New York State Police from Poughkeepsie charged 25-year-old Michael E. Wright of Pleasant Valley, NY, with Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the 7th Degree, both Misdemeanors.  Subsequent to a traffic stop conducted on Degarmo Road for vehicle and traffic violations, Wright was found to be impaired by drugs.  He was also charged with possessing heroin.  Wright was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of LaGrange Court at a later date and time.  He was then transported to SP Newburgh to answer a warrant issued by the Town of Newburgh Court ordering his arrest.

On December 10, 2016, New York State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks arrested 27-year-old Caitlin L. Friel, of Wappinger, New York, for DWI, a Misdemeanor.  Friel was charged with DWI following a traffic stop for failing to dim her high beams to oncoming traffic. Friel provided a breath sample that yielded a Blood Alcohol Content of .10% and was issued traffic tickets directing her to appear in the Town of Pleasant Valley Court on December 15, 2016. 
 
On December 10, 2016, the New York State Police from Poughkeepsie arrested Raymond H. Chan, age 31, of Poughkeepsie, New York, for DWI, a Misdemeanor.  Trooper stopped Chan on Noxon Road for speeding and observed clues that indicated he was intoxicated at the time of the stop.  The defendant supplied a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .11% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of LaGrange Justice Court on December 20, 2016. 

On December 10, 2016, New York State Police from Brewster charged Stephen Hughes, 52 years old, of Danbury, CT, with Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor and Unlawful Possession of Marihuana, a Violation.  Troopers stopped Hughes on Interstate 84 for speeding. A subsequent investigation revealed that he was intoxicated at the time of the traffic stop.  Hughes provided a breath sample revealing a BAC of .10% and is due to appear in the Town of Southeast Court on January 5, 2017.
 

On December 10, 2016, New York State Police from Stormville arrested Marleik D. Patterson, age 27, of Albany, New York, for DWI, a Misdemeanor.  Patterson was stopped by police on the Taconic State Parkway for speeding.  A subsequent investigation revealed that he was intoxicated at the time of the stop. The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .11% and was directed to appear in the Town of Putnam Valley Court on December 22, 2016. 

On December 10, 2016, New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested 46-year-old William C. McGowan, of Putnam Valley, New York, for Driving While Intoxicated.  McGowan was arrested for DWI following a traffic stop conducted on Westbrook Drive. The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .12% and was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Cortlandt Court on December 19, 2016.
 
On December 11, 2016, 29-year-old Denise M. McLaughlin, of Mohegan Lake, NY, was arrested by State Police in Stormville for Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor.  Troopers stopped McLaughlin for speeding on the Taconic State Parkway and an investigation revealed that she was intoxicated. The defendant provided a breath sample that yielded a BAC of .10% and was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Yorktown Court on December 22, 2016.  

On December 11, 2016, State Police from the Brewster barracks arrested 25-year-old Samantha Gunn of Garrison, New York, for Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor.  Troopers arrested Gunn following a traffic stop conducted on Interstate 84 for speeding. The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a BAC of .11%.  She was issued traffic tickets returnable to the Town of Southeast Court on January 26, 2017. 
 
On December 11, 2016, State Police from Brewster charged Andrew M. Lopez, 31 years old, of Carmel, NY, with Driving While Intoxicated, a Felony.  Troopers stopped the vehicle Lopez was operating on Interstate 84 for speeding.  Lopez was found to be intoxicated at the time of the stop. He was charged with Felony DWI when a criminal history revealed a previous DWI related conviction from 2011.  The Defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .16% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Southeast Court on January 10, 2017. 

On December 11, 2016, New York State Police from the East Fishkill barracks arrested 32-year-old Quinton Gelderman of Brookfield, Connecticut, for Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor.  Gelderman was arrested for DWI following a welfare check conducted on Interstate 84.  The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .13% and was issued traffic tickets directing him to appear in the Town of Southeast Court on January 10, 2017. 

On December 11, 2016, New York State Police from Somers charged 24-year-old Catherine A. Orza of Briarcliff Manor, NY, with Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor.  Subsequent to a traffic stop conducted on Route 35, Orza was found to be intoxicated.  The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a BAC of .20%, more than two times the legal limit of intoxication.  She was issued appearance tickets returnable to the Town of Somers Court on December 19, 2016.  

On December 11, 2016, New York State Police from the Cortlandt barracks arrested 43-year-old Miguel A. Guaman, of Woodside, New York, for Driving While Intoxicated under Leandra’s Law, a Felony.  Troopers stopped Guaman on the Bear Mountain Parkway for failing to dim his high beams to oncoming traffic.  The defendant provided a breath sample that revealed a Blood Alcohol Content of .09% and was charged with DWI under Leandra’s Law for operating the vehicle with two passengers under the age of 16.  Guaman was arraigned in the Town of Cortlandt Court and remanded to the Westchester County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $5,000 bond. 

Intoxicated and impaired drivers put others at risk.  It is a priority of the State Police in Troop K to keep impaired or intoxicated drivers off of our roadways so law-abiding citizens can safely travel throughout our patrol area.
 

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