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Police: Man Who Drove Through Barricades at Holiday Event Again Charged with DWI

Second arrest in two weeks for Pearl River Man.

The Pearl River man who was arrested after he drove through the barricades set up to safeguard participants at a Pearl River holiday event two weeks ago was again arrested on a drunken driving charge Friday night in Pearl River, according to Orangetown Police.

Kenneth Fairweather, 46, of 280 S. Middletown Road, was arrested about 8:22 p.m. Friday after police received a complaint about a man passed out in a car at 56 N. Middletown Road. Police said town officers found Fairweather sitting in a running 1997 Toyota 4Runner, which was stopped in a traffic lane on Middletown Road.

Police said Fairweather appeared intoxicated and could not perform field sobriety tests. He was taken to Orangetown Police headquarters in Orangeburg, where police said he refused to take a chemical breath test for alcohol.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and faces a Jan. 9 hearing in Orangetown Town Court.

Fairweather was arrested by Orangetown police on Dec. 7 in an incident at the Share Christmas celebration in Pearl River. At that time, police said Fairweather was charged with drunken driving after he drove around police barricades on South Main Street that were set up to protect participants in the holiday event.

Orangetown Auxiliary Police officers were credited with stopping Fairweather in his 4Runner by banging on his car and opening a car door so one of them could remove the keys from the vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

Fairweather is also set to face the DWI charge from that incident in the Jan. 9 hearing.

The Pearl River Rotary's 28th annual Share Christmas & The Holidays event took place at Braunsdorf Park. While it rained most of that Friday and well into the night, a crowd of more than 100 gathered at the event, where kids could greet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie The Pooh, Elmo, Captain America, The Hulk, Rudolph and many more. The Rotary Club also collected new, unwrapped toys to donate to children. 

Andromachos December 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
When the conviction or guilty plea is reported (If it is ever reported. Accusations are reported far more often than convictions) then we should make our condemnations. I'll join in, I promise.
Darren Ratner December 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Well, the answer is simple, ban alcohol and cars.
tom kelty December 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM
oh, no we couldn't ban alcohol !!!! too much money made in that business.... GUNS are the evil do-er at the moment. unfortunately, I don't know what people are gonna do when the terrorists start blowing themselves up here on buses, trains, schools, in malls and the sort. Hopefully, it doesn't happen but I think it is coming.
Idratherbegolfing December 23, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The article also states he refused to take breath test at the police station. I don't need a judge to tell me that a person who failed field sobriety test and then refused to take a beath test at the station is guilty. If article is accurate he needs to be in jail before he kills somebody. Refusal to take breath test is admitting guilt. He's obviously been told by somebody to continue to refuse these text so a case can be made for his innocence. If true he is a discrace to the community.
Andromachos December 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Maybe he felt the breath tester was likely to be inaccurate. See http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/DrivingIssues/1055505643.html and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathalyzer I know that at this point I am just trolling but, many of the things that are likely (for example this guys drunkeness) are not guaranteed. To the extent we live in a country where people have to be proven guilty by the State, not where we have to prove our innocence, let us not jump to conclusions. BTW most likely he has lost his license to drive the moment he walked into court for the first offense and even more likely for the second.

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