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New York Police Investigator Faces DWI Charges

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A New York State police investigator was charged last Friday, February 6, 2009, with driving while intoxicated, DWI.  He is known for his involvement with the Great American Irish Festival in the local community, which was confirmed by state police on Monday.

In New York, DWI is defined as having a blood-alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08 percent. The penalties for a DWI conviction in New York include the loss of driving privileges, fines, and a possible jail sentence.  A driver convicted of first time DWI offense in New York may have to pay a fine of up to $1,000 and may have to serve up to one year in jail.

Matthew Sullivan is facing DWI charges in New York.  He was suspended with pay pending an internal investigation, said state police Lt. Glenn Miner, a spokesman based out of Albany.

He was arrested for DWI by another member of the state police, said Miner.  According to police records from Friday night, Sullivan was arrested on Rt. 12 in the Town of Trenton, said an Oneida County Sheriff’s deputy.  The details behind Sullivan’s DWI arrest have not been released. 

Sullivan is a police investigator who works in the Troop D area based out of Oneida.  He is also the president of the annual Irish Festival and a 2007 recipient of the Accent on Excellence award for local community leaders.

Troop D Public Information Officer Trooper Jim Simpson was able to confirm that Sullivan is the Great American Irish Festival president, but directed any further questions regarding Sullivan’s arrest to the Albany office.

Sullivan declined to comment when he was contacted by a news reporter.

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