One Syracuse, New York, man is facing drunk driving charges after witnesses reported him for driving a car that only had two tires. After being reported by a witness for the car being off the road, the man was arrested and charged with a felony-level DWI due to two previous convictions within the last 10 years.
Reports have not indicated exactly why the man was driving on two rims, versus four tires. It is conceivable that he may have been dealing with a serious mechanical issue at the time witnesses say they saw him in the vehicle.
Most importantly, the details exact details behind the man's are not certain. Police have not indicated what, if anything may have given them probable cause to believe the man was intoxicated to warrant sobriety test, rather than just dealing with car problems. Police have not released whether a field sobriety test, including a Breathalyzer analysis, or a blood test conducted at the station were used to determine that his blood-alcohol content was over the legal limit.
With so many seemingly unknown conditions surrounding these DWI charges, it seems that more investigation may have to be done in order to determine the verifiable facts and circumstances. Additionally, if he was charged without a proper administered breath or blood alcohol test, there is a possibility that the DWI charges may be reduced or thrown out, eyewitness testimony alone would not likely meet the burden of proof necessary to prove, beyond a doubt, that the man was intoxicated while he was driving his car.
The Syracuse man is scheduled to appear in court later this month as this DWI case works its way through the New York criminal justice system. As the case plays out, carefully examining every detail of the police report, and any other evidence collected, will be important to defend against the felony charges. Any sort of DWI arrest or conviction may be damaging to a person's reputation, but a felony-level conviction may prevent the man from obtaining housing or steady employment.
Source: WSYR-TV News, "Syracuse man charged with felony DWI after reportedly driving without tires," May 25, 2012