Westchester County DWI Charge Against Teacher With Children In Car

April 16, 2008 by Mark Siesel

In the latest installment of our series on mothers driving while intoxicated with their children in the car, in a Westchester County DWI this week, a 35 year old teacher named Karen Kayser was charged with aggravated DWI, and two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment for driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.35 percent with her two children, ages 1 and 2 in the car.

The alleged incident occurred on April 7, 2008 when the 48 year old Newburgh resident and special education teacher at the Felix Festa Middle School in Clarkstown, New York was pulled over for aggravated driving while intoxicated on the Sprain Brook Parkway in Greenburgh. Luckily, Ms. Kayser's two infant children were not injured. Mrs. Kayser has been banned from any contact with her children and is due back in Greenburgh Town Court before Justice Doris Friedman on April 25, 2008.

Westchester County Corrections Officer Victim Of Drunken Driver

April 11, 2008 by Mark Siesel

A Westchester County Corrections Officer was severely injured on April 6, 2008 when his car was rear ended by a drunk driver on the Sprain Brook Parkway, two miles north of the Jackson Avenue exit. Mr. White's Land Rover flipped over several times as a result of this Westchester County car accident. The officer, 42 year old Darren White of Poughkeepsie, was ejected from his vehicle in this New York DWI accident, and suffered severe head trauma. His wife, Tomasha Thomas-White, suffered back and neck injuries.

The driver of the other car, Paul DeBerry, was not injured. Mr. DeBerry was charged with second degree vehicular assault, a felony, and driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. DeBerry was also cited for the traffic violations of following too closely and speeding.

According to police, DeBerry's blood alcohol content (BAC) was 0.12 percent, over the legal limit of 0.08 percent. DeBerry was to be arraigned in Greenburgh Town Court on April 8, 2008.

Putnam County DWI--Bar Owner Sentenced To 9 Months

April 2, 2008 by Mark Siesel

Following up on our February 4, 2008 post "Fatal Putnam County DWI Crash Leads To Conviction Of Bar Owner", on February 24th, Paddock Tavern owner Ray Knox Jr. was sentenced to 9 months in the Putnam County jail for his conviction of allowing his off-duty bar manager Sandra Longchamps to be served alcohol while visibly intoxicated.

This fatal Putnam County DWI case arose from an accident on Super Bowl Sunday 2007 in which Longchamps drove her Ford Explorer (after being served 12-14 drinks at the Paddock) on Route 22 head-on into a minivan operated by 34 year old Kirsten Henry, who was driving with her three children and husband in the car. Both women were killed in the car accident, but Ms. Henry's three minor children ranging in age from 2 to 7 survived, as did her husband.

Knox' attorney requested that Town Justice John King not sentence Paddock to jail time, pointing out that it is unusual for a bar owner with no record to get jail time in a DWI misdemeanor case. However, the families of the late Ms. Henry and her surviving husband submitted victim impact statements to the Court, and the special prosecutor had urged the court to sentence Mr. Knox to the maximum one year sentence. Knox's attorney indicated that he would appeal the sentence, claiming that Knox did not serve Longchamps that evening or have direct interaction with her--essentially, a claim that Knox did not know Ms. Longchamps was intoxicated that fateful Sunday.