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Motorist Who Hit I-684 Guardrail Multiple Times Convicted Of Aggravated DWI

Clayton Edmonds
Clayton Edmonds Photo Credit: Putnam County District Attorney

A motorist who hit a guardrail on I-684 multiple times with a child in the car was convicted in a jury trial of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a Class E felony, on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Clayton Edmonds, who seven prior convictions, was driving from the Saw Mill Parkway onto I-684 on Nov. 22, 2017, when three calls for erratic driving were made to Westchester 911, Putnam County District Attorney Robert Tendy said.

Edmonds proceeded to hit the guardrail on I-684 multiple times and swerved across all lanes of traffic, Tendy said.

Members of the Westchester County Police and New York State Police pursued Edmonds and he was pulled over after the driver’s side tire came off his vehicle past the Hardscrabble Road exit in Putnam County.

The child in Edmonds' car was 8 years old, Tendy said.

Police officers observed that Edmonds had an odor of alcohol, bloodshot and watery eyes, and impaired motor coordination.

He failed DWI field sobriety tests and then refused to take a chemical breath test to determine his blood-alcohol level.

The case was tried in Putnam County Court by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Lynch.

Sentencing by Judge James Rooney is scheduled for October 24.

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