Former Congressman Charged with New York DWI

Former state Republican congressman John Sweeney was arrested early Sunday morning for suspicion of driving while intoxicated in New York. State Police stopped Sweeney for speeding and booked him on NY DWI charges around 3:30 am. He refused to submit to a breath or blood test. Sweeney posted bail and was released around 6:00 in the morning.

Sweeney was convicted of drunk driving in New York in late 2007. His license was suspended for six months and, as part of his plea deal, he was required to pay a fine, enroll in alcohol education classes and attend a DWI victim impact panel. As this is then his second drunk driving offense, under NY DWI law it will be filed as a felony. Because he refused to have his blood alcohol content tested, the DMV will move to suspend Sweeney

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