A New York state man was arrested after officials say he was driving way over the limit after crashing his vehicle. Police say the crash happened early in the afternoon on one of the state's main turnpikes.

According to Tilem & Associates, Aggravated DWI is committed when a person is caught operating a vehicle with a BAC of .18% or higher. However, Aggravated DWI, despite its enhanced penalties, is not a felony rather it is a misdemeanor, according to the firm's website. 

New York State Man Allegedly Crashes Into Pole 

The New York State Police said in a press release that they observed a vehicle having just struck a utility pole and then a vertical barrier in the area of Columbia Turnpike in Schodack, NY.

The vehicle's driver was identified as a 62-year-old man of East Greenbush, NY. The suspect was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and other violations.

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He was for processing, where he recorded a 0.29% BAC, which is over three and half times over the BAC limit.

The man was issued tickets returnable to town court and is due back on January 24, 2024.

New York State's 10 Drunkest Counties

According to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, these are the 10 New York counties with the highest rates of excessive alcohol consumption among adults. The CDC says exessive drinking includes binge drinking which is "...defined as consuming 4 or more drinks on an occasion for a woman or 5 or more drinks on an occasion for a man.." and heavy drinking which " ...for women...is 8 drinks or more per week/For men, heavy drinking is 15 drinks or more per week."

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Possible Penalties For DWI in New York 

The New York State DMV website says that that the penalties for an alcohol or drug-related violation include the loss of driving privileges, fines, and a possible jail term.

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A first time offense for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving While Impaired by a Drug (DWAI-Drug) carries a fine of $500 to $1,000 dollars, and revocation of your driver's license for six months.

A BAC of 0.18% BAC or higher can carry a charge of Aggravated DWI.

New York Towns That Share the Same Name

Is New York State so big that there is room for 2 towns with the same name? Yes! Did the settlers of the Empire State forget they already named one town Rochester before naming the second one...Rochester? Whatever the reasons are, here are a few New York towns that share the same name.

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