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Man facing drunk driving charges following car crash

On April 7, a New York man was taken into custody after he was accused of causing a car accident while under the influence of alcohol. Authorities claimed that the 30-year-old Bridgeport man also had cocaine and marijuana in his vehicle at the time of the crash.

Authorities responded to a call at about 5:30 a.m. The caller reportedly told police that a car accident had caused property damage near Interstate 684 in Harrison. When the police at the scene of the crash, they said it was determined that the accused man was under the influence of alcohol. As a result, he was taken into custody. Police then searched his vehicle and reportedly found 32 grams of cocaine, 2.3 grams of marijuana and several thousand dollars in cash.

MMA fighter McGregor faces assault charges

A judge set mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor free on $50,000 bail following a melee at the Barclay Center during a media event. The purpose of the event was to publicize a series of fights set to take place in Brooklyn. McGregor, the best-known fighter in MMA, is facing one count of criminal mischief and three counts of assault. The Ultimate Fighting Championship had announced its intention to strip him of his title, and the incident is believed to be related to that. McGregor turned himself in to police after video of the incident went viral.

In the video, McGregor and others appear to be using objects, including metal barricades, to shatter windows on a bus of fighters as it is leaving the event. According to the UFC president, two fighters on the bus were injured. One was cut by a dolly and another suffered cornea scratches from shattered glass.

Alleged drunk driver charged with multiple felonies

A New York man was charged with driving while intoxicated after his car rolled over in the town of LaGrange on March 25. The 52-year-old man, who is from Fishkill, was charged with felony DWI in addition to other felony and misdemeanor charges.

The Dutchess County Sheriff's Office says that the man was driving a 2003 Honda with an 8-year-old passenger in the car when he drove off the road near the intersection of New Hackensack Road and Walker Road. The car hit an embankment and then rolled over. Neither the driver nor the passenger was injured.

New York man convicted of slaying Imam and assistant

A 37-year-old New York man faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole for the slaying of a Muslim cleric and his assistant in August 2016. A state Supreme Court jury spent a day deliberating before returning guilty verdicts on two counts of murder in the second degree, one count of murder in the first degree and a weapons possession charge. Sentencing in the case is scheduled to take place on April 18.

Prosecutors told the jury that the man approached the two victims from behind as they walked home from a Queens County mosque following afternoon prayers. Muslim advocacy groups initially called for the homicides to be classified as hate crimes, but prosecutors chose not to seek this sentence enhancement because the man already faces life behind bars and the motives for the slayings remain unclear.

Driving during rush hour can be stressful, dangerous

Do you live in or around New York City? If so, you know that fighting rush hour traffic can be stressful and time-consuming.

Unfortunately, you may find yourself in gridlock during both the morning and evening hours. While you may feel safe when you're creeping along, don't lose sight of the fact that you could still be involved in an accident.

Public officials, witnesses and bribes

A New York resident who bribes a witness or a public official may face serious repercussions. The definition of a "public official" may include a variety of categories including a member of Congress, a juror or a person employed by a department of the government.

This action can include a direct or indirect offer or promise to give something of value to a public official or to someone who has been selected as a public official in exchange for committing an unlawful act. It is also illegal to do so with the intent to influence any sort of suit, proceeding, controversy or other official act. In turn, a public official is not permitted to accept or demand anything of value in exchange for this type of influence.

New York man faces drunk driving charges after dozing off

One New York man is facing drunk driving charges after he was allegedly found passed out in the driver's seat of the car on March 9, 2018. The 23-year-old man from Westmoreland was found after a call came into local police, reporting that a driver was laying over the steering wheel of a car while stopped at Lawrence Street and Dix Road. The man had been found by a driver for the Westmoreland Department of Public Works; after encountering the vehicle blocking the roadway, the driver attempted to wake the man but failed.

After the driver was unable to awaken the driver, he called 911 to report the presence of the vehicle. The man later woke up and reportedly began to drive away from the location. However, rather than moving forward, he crashed into a snowbank on Lower Lawrence Street, leaving his vehicle disabled.

Crackdown on DWI over St. Patrick's Day weekend

Throughout the state of New York, law enforcement at all levels will be out over the weekend of March 16 to March 18 as part of the state's STOP-DWI crackdown. The aim of the event is to have fewer injuries and deaths related to impaired driving.

The initiative is funded by the New York State STOP-DWI Association and the STOP-DWI Foundation. It targets specific holidays when there is a greater likelihood that people might be driving under the influence. In addition to St. Patrick's Day, other times of year include Super Bowl weekend, the December holiday season, Halloween, Labor Day Weekend, the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.

Jets rookie gets DUI in Lincoln Tunnel

A New York Jets linebacker was the driver of a vehicle that caused an accident in the Lincoln Tunnel on Feb. 26. An officer said that a Dodge Charger was weaving around traffic cones and going the wrong way when it swerved into a middle lane and collided with a bus. Of the 15 people on the bus at the time of the accident, four sustained injuries and were taken to Hoboken University Medical Center.

However, no one was seriously hurt in the accident. The linebacker was asked to perform field sobriety tests as well as take a Breathalyzer. He reportedly performed poorly on those tests and was taken into custody. A passenger in the vehicle was also taken into custody for disorderly conduct and for obstruction of justice. The Jets said that they were aware of the situation and had no further comment.

Man accused of terrorist attack facing 22 charges

On Nov. 21, a grand jury handed down an indictment featuring 22 charges against the 29-year-old man accused of killing eight people in a New York terror attack. It was believed that the New Jersey resident became inspired by an ISIS video.

The attack occurred in lower Manhattan on Oct. 31. Authorities said that the man rented a Home Depot truck and drove from New Jersey into the city. When he reached the West Side Highway, he reportedly turned onto a bicycle path, striking multiple people before driving the truck into a school bus. The man then allegedly left the truck with handguns. He was eventually shot by a police officer, ending the attack. In addition to the eight people who were killed, an additional 12 individuals suffered injuries.

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