2014 News Releases

Sheriff's Office
Adrian H. Anderson, Sheriff

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Lieutenant Frank LaMonica Jr.
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November 10, 2014        Print version

Stanford man arrested for Felony DWI

At approximately 8:05pm on Thursday November 6, 2014, members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office responded to a one car auto crash on Millis Lane in the Town of Stanford and subsequently arrested the vehicle operator George J. Clarke Jr (11/24/87) of Stanfordville, NY.

Investigation revealed Clarke had been operating a 2009 Chevrolet, 4dsd, northbound on Millis Lane in the Town of Stanford when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road and went off the right side of the roadway. After going off the road, the vehicle struck a guide wire for a utility pole, breaking the wire causing it to strike a power line and causing a power outage. The vehicle then continued northbound off the road and then struck a tree.

Clarke who sustained only minor injuries during the crash was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested and charged with DWI and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle 1st, both felonies, as well as Operating a Motor Vehicle without an Ignition Interlock Device, a misdemeanor, and Refusing a Pre-Screen and Moved From Lane Unsafely, both traffic infractions.

The DWI was a felony since Clarke had a prior DWI conviction within the preceding ten years, that being on April 25, 2013. The AUO charge was a felony due to the fact that Clarke’s license was revoked for the DWI conviction on April 25, 2013 and he was intoxicated while operating the vehicle. He also had six additional active suspensions from 2012 thru 2014 on his license.

George Clarke Jr was arraigned in the Town of Stanford Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail on bail and is scheduled to return in the Stanford Town Court on November 11, 2014 at 10:30am.

All subjects arrested and charged are alleged to have committed the crime and are presumed innocent until proven guilty and are to appear in a local court at a later date.