Police arrested a 21-year-old Staten Island man and a 24-year-old Verplanck woman on impaired and drunken driving charges after they stopped two vehicles traveling together on Route 9A.
State troopers from the Cortlandt barracks arrested the pair at about 3 a.m. Aug. 3, officials said in a statement released Friday.
"While traveling on State Route 9A in the Town of Cortlandt, troopers
were following a vehicle that was observed failing to maintain its lane
of travel and tailgating the preceding vehicle," authorities said. "State police initiated a
lawful traffic stop on said vehicle and the preceding vehicle after it
too was observed failing to maintain its lane of travel. While both
operators were interviewed, investigation revealed that both parties
were together and had been drinking."
Both drivers failed field sobriety tests and were taken into custody.
The Staten Island man is facing a misdemeanor charge of driving while intoxicated, as well as other traffic infractions. His blood-alcohol level was 0.13 percent, according to police. A DWI charge typically indicates a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.08 percent.
The Verplanck resident was charged with driving while ability impaired by alcohol, a violation, and other traffic infractions. Her blood-alcohol level was reportedly 0.07 percent.
Both defendants are due in Cortlandt Justice Court today (Aug. 19).