Driver Charged with DWI After Head-On Crash

Police: Tarrytown man drove into Bardonia man's car on Route 340 in Orangeburg.

A Tarrytown man who told police he had just attended a wedding was charged with drunken driving after he was involved in a head-on collision on Route 340 in Orangeburg, according to Orangetown police.

Stephen J. Marks, 59, of 169 Main St., Tarrytown, was arrested 6:20 p.m. on Sunday. In addition to being charged with driving while intoxicated, police said he was accused of aggravated DWI after a chemical breath test showed he was nearly three times the legal limit for alcohol in his system.

Although Marks was involved in a head-on crash with his 2007 Chevrolet truck and a 2009 Mitsubishi, police said neither he nor the driver of the other car were injured. However, both vehicles sustained significant damage.

The 22-year-old Bardonia man driving the Mitsubushi told town police that he was heading east on Route 340 when he saw the Chevy truck coming straight into his lane from the opposite direction of traffic. The Bardonia man said he came to a full stop on Route 340 and the Chevy crashed into his car. 

Police said town officers investigating the crash found Marks appeared to be intoxicated, and Marks then failed several field sobriety tests. Police said Marks told town officers he has just been at a wedding and that he did not know where he was.

Marks was taken to Orangetown Police Headquarters in Orangeburg, where police said he failed the chemical breath test for alcohol. Marks was later released to a family member pending a Nov. 7 hearing in Orangetown Town Court.



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