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District Attorney Hoovler: Jury Trial Conviction in Driving While Intoxicated Case
Warwick Man Convicted of Driving While Intoxicated and Related Traffic Offenses
Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Thursday, October 12, 2023, Matthew Knight, age 31, of Warwick, was convicted following a two-day jury trial in the Warwick Village Court of Driving While Intoxicated and a Plate Lamp violation. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on a later date.
Knight was arrested in the early morning hours of June 18, 2022 after members of the New York State Police observed him drive over hazard markings and with his plate light out while driving on Clinton Avenue in the Village of Warwick. When the Troopers approached the vehicle, they noticed the tell-tale signs of intoxication. The defendant said that he was heading home from Bethel and had consumed alcohol. The defendant agreed to take and subsequently failed a series of roadside sobriety tests. When brought back to the New York State Police Barracks, the defendant submitted to a chemical test to determine his blood alcohol content which revealed it was 0.12%.
District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police for their investigation and the arrest of the defendant.
“We all expect and deserve that our roads are of intoxicated drivers,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “This defendant chose to place his interests before those of society and I am grateful that the jury in this case held him responsible for his actions. I commend the dedicated work of the New York State Police who patrol our streets to make sure that they are safe for us all. My Office will continue to prioritize intoxicated and impaired driving cases.”
District Attorney Hoovler highly commended Assistant District Attorneys Evan Brucia and Daniel Steyskal who prosecuted the case.
A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.