An out-of-state man has been detained by state police after an anti-drunk driving initiative over the weekend of Sept. 7. New York police say they arrested the 27-year-old on suspicion of drunk driving, but drug crime charges have since been added to the case. It is unclear whether the man remains in police custody at this time, or whether he has retained criminal defense counsel.
Details of the man's detainment were scarce in the report, which confirmed the Connecticut man was pulled over for a vehicle and traffic violation of unknown cause near Kent. Police investigating at the scene believed he was impaired both by alcohol and drugs at the time, though it was not made clear how they verified his condition. A further search of his vehicle revealed 3.2 grams of what police believe to be the illegal street drug Fentanyl.
The man was arrested and charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, as well as 7th degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both of which are misdemeanors. No court date has yet been announced in connection with this case. It is likely he will face trial in New York before being remanded to his home state.
Drug crime charges are taken very seriously in New York, and the man could face jail time if he is found guilty. However, prosecutors will have to prove that the substance in his car, and allegedly in his blood stream, was indeed an illegal drug. They will also have to provide proof that the investigation and subsequent search of his vehicle were conducted with respect given to his rights. If any part of police involvement in this case is questionable, it could have repercussions on the prosecution's case -- a fact his counsel will use as part of building his defense.