Two motorists who drove the wrong way on the Taconic Parkway have now been indicted on numerous charges on November 2nd. Gregorio Pena, a 44 year old resident of Manhattan and livery driver, was indicted on charges of first degree reckless endangerment, a felony, aggravated DWI, New York DWI, and reckless driving, all misdemeanors. Pena was charged with driving his taxi northbound in the southbound lanes of the Taconic in Yorktown on September 9, with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .20, more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 %.
On September 17th, police arrested Henry Garcia, a 19 year old Ossining resident, after he drove 7 miles south in the northbound lanes of the Taconic Parkway from the Underhill exit to Mount Pleasant. Garcia apparently had a BAC of 0.27, and is being held at the Westchester County jail. Garcia was also charged with first degree reckless endangerment, reckless endangerment and two New York driving while intoxicated offenses. The New York aggravated DWI charge is made when the BAC is .18 and above.
The substantial charges against Pena and Garcia come amid complaints by the victims’ families in the tragic Schuler accident this past July (In which eight people were killed and Schuler’s BAC was found to be .19) that the Westchester D.A., Janet DiFiore, failed to file criminal charges against the husband of Diane Schuler for knowingly allowing his wife to drive in an intoxicated condition.
Contact the Westchester DWI attorneys at the White Plains, New York Law Office Of Mark A. Siesel online or toll free at 914-224-3086 for a free consulation if you or a loved one is charged with a New York drunk driving offense or any other crime to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced, knowledgeable attorney.