Mahopac, NY- Patch.com reports that a driver who left the scene of two crashes on August 28, 2018, was later arrested for “felony drunken driving.” The police were called intothe site of two collisions that took place around 2:40 p.m. One of the involved vehicles in each crash had fled. The police were able to determine that the same vehicle was involved in both collisions.
The driver, 29-year-old Franklin Culcay-Suconota of Mahopac was located on Bonnie Brae Drive. According to police, Culcay-Suconota was drunk when he was located. Because he had a previous DWI that was under 10 years old, Culcay-Suconota’s DWI became a felonyoffense.
Culcay-Suconota was driving on a revoked license because he had a previous conviction for “aggravated driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content of .18 percent or more.” The legal limit for alcohol in all 50 states is .08 percent. The suspect’s vehicle was equipped with a court-mandated interlock device, but he was able to bypass the system and fled the scene of crashes in which he caused property damage.
Culcay-Suconota was charged with “driving while intoxicated with one prior conviction in less than 10 years and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, felonies, circumvent interlock device, a misdemeanor, and move from lane unsafely and leaving the scene of a property damage accident.”
While drunk driving has decreased over the last few decades, alcohol still factors into a high number of fatal collisions. About one out of every three traffic fatalities involves alcohol. Between 2003 and 2012, 3,752 people in New York died in drunk driving accidents.
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