Croton Man Faces DWI Charges After 9A Crash

He was trying to turn left from Stormytown Road onto 9A northbound.

James Keane, 38, of River Lane, Croton-on-Hudson, was charged by Westchester County Police with Driving While Intoxicated, a misdemeanor, following a three-car accident on Route 9A at Stormytown Road.

Westchester County police said an investigation determined that the crash occurred when Keane attempted to make an illegal left turn from Stormytown Road on to northbound Route 9A. In doing so, he cut off a vehicle traveling southbound on Route 9A, which struck Keane’s car and sent it spinning into another car in the northbound lanes.

The drivers of those vehicles, a 40-year-old Pleasantville woman and a 51-year-old Ossining woman, were not hurt. Four children between the ages of one and seven, who were passengers in the Pleasantville woman’s car, also were not injured, police said.

Keane was charged with DWI after Officer Nicholas Ramundo detected an odor of alcohol on his breath and conducted roadside field sobriety tests, which Keane failed, police said.

Keane was also issued summonses for failure to obey a traffic control device, failure to yield and failure to provide an insurance card. He was booked at county police headquarters in Hawthorne and released on $100 bail pending an appearance in Ossining Town Court on Jan. 8, 2013.

The Ossining Volunteer Fire Department and the Ossining Volunteer Ambulance Corps also responded to the scene.

Peter Capek December 21, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Does it strike other readers as strange that this driver who failed a sobriety test after causing a 3-car accident by turning into traffic was charged with the misdemeanor of DWI and $100 bail, while someone who stole a purse at a party and used credit cards is charged with a felony and $1500 bail. Fortunately, noone was injured by the driver, but the potential for injury and death is clearly much larger than the non-violent crime of the theft. I fail to understand how DWI could be a misdemeanor, even if it was, presumably, a first offense.
Nicola Kenny December 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Totally agree with you Peter!


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