NY Man Faces DWI Charge After Propane Truck Accident

Authorities in New York have arrested and charged a man for crashing his automobile into a truck on a state highway. The accused was reportedly drunk during the accident, leading to significant damage on the truck. He was also illegally in possession of a firearm at the time.

According to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, being caught Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or while impaired by a drug carries a compulsory fine between $500 and $1,000, along with revocation of the driver’s license for a minimum of six months.

The 49-year-old suspect collided with a propane truck on State Route 5 in the town of Seneca Falls, NY, according to SILive and the Seneca Falls Police. Although no injuries occurred, the propane truck suffered considerable damage.

The suspect has since been charged with DWI and illegal possession of a firearm, as a previous felony conviction prohibited him from legally owning a gun.

The scenario took a turn when it was reported that the accused allegedly stole the tanker truck and drove it to Sodus, where he was apprehended.

Cargo theft is a serious concern in the U.S., amounting to between $15 to $35 billion per year, as per data compiled by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. In 2017 alone, approximately 8,676 cargo vehicle thefts were reported, averaging 24 thefts daily. Notably, New York state was not in the top ten list of such thefts in 2017.

Excessive drinking is a common issue in some New York counties, according to County Health Rankings and Roadmaps, and is often linked to several drunk driving cases.

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