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His second arrest for accidents due to alcohol, but will he be convicted of DWI? – The Times of Wayne County

Reginald C. Townsend has a penchant for accidents after consuming alcohol, but will he ever be convicted of drunk driving?

On Sunday (4/10) at 7 p.m., Townsend, 49, of 3445 Route 89 in the city of Savannah, hit a pole on Route 90 in the city of Montezuma. He attempted to flee the scene but was arrested by Auburn State Troopers.

The soldiers detected an odor of alcohol, but Townsend refused to submit to a breathalyzer test. He was charged with impaired driving and traffic violations. Due to his refusal to submit to a breathalyzer test, he was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail pending a centralized arraignment. He was later released on appearance tickets for Montezuma City Court on the charges.

Townsend’s last drinking/driving accident was back on May 27, 2020 at 3:14 a.m. in the city of Savannah by Wayne County Sheriff’s Deputies.

Townsend was driving his vehicle northbound on Route 89 in Savannah. He failed to make a turn on the carriageway and exited on the west side of the road, hitting a telephone pole. The vehicle overturned and then collided with a farm fence.

In May 2020, Townsend was charged with DWI, failing to obey the right, leaving a dangerous lane, and driving off the scene of an accident with property damage.

According to Wayne County Sheriff Rob Milby, who reviewed the 2020 arrest file, Townsend, following the crash, knocked on a nearby door asking for a ride, but was denied.

Townsend fled the scene on foot, but was located shortly after with the help of a K9 lead.

Deputies found him aggressive, with slurred speech, messy clothes and bare feet. He admitted to drinking “a few beers earlier and refused all roadside sobriety checks and a breathalyzer.

Sheriff Milby said, with the report filed by deputies, “I can tell you from past experience that this was a good case.”

When the case went to court, however, the case was argued for a misdemeanor impaired driving.

Wayne County District Attorney Mike Calarco offered several reasons why the case went to trial. He cited delays in court proceedings due to COVID restrictions. Due to the state’s 30/30 requirements for a speedy trial of defendants, courts and prosecutors were on schedule and often reached plea agreements in satisfaction for more serious crimes.

Calarco and Wayne County Sheriff Rob Milby both agreed that without pure scientific evidence (a blood or breath test), the public and the courts have become reluctant to accept a police officer’s sole testimony before the court. court due to “a few bad cops”.

Calarco said that, unfortunately, some city courts absolutely refuse to consider a drunk driving charge without a blood or breath test.

“Obviously a breath test is the gold standard for a CFA.” added Mike Calarco. “There was insufficient evidence to support a DWI conviction. There was no test, no sobriety test and the case was over a year old. It was a close call in court, so the decision was to get a conviction.

A person from the Cayuga County Attorney’s Office knew “Reggie” by reputation and said the county would pursue the case as a DWI.

the Time will keep readers informed about this and other DWI cases that are presented without a breath or blood test at the time of arrest.