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Dutchess Man Stopped For Equipment Violation Charged With DWI, DWAI

Joseph M. Barry
Joseph M. Barry Photo Credit: New York State Police

PLEASANT VALLEY, N.Y. -- A 53-year-old Dutchess man is facing multiple charges, including driving while impaired and driving while intoxicated after a traffic stop on Sunday.

State Police from the Poughkeepsie barracks charged Joseph M. Barry of Pleasant Valley with driving while ability impaired by the combination of drugs and alcohol (a Class D felony, aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree (a Class E felony), and criminal possession of a controlled substance in the seventh degree (a Class A misdemeanor).

Troopers stopped Barry on North Avenue for an equipment violation. Following an investigation conducted by the arresting officer, Barry was found to be impaired by drugs and alcohol and in possession of cocaine, police said.

Barry was charged with felony DWI due to two prior DWI related convictions within the previous 10 years. He was also charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the first degree when Ttoopers discovered that his driving privileges were revoked.

Barry was arraigned in the Town of Pleasant Valley Court and remanded to the Dutchess County Jail in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. He is due to reappear in the Town of Pleasant Valley Court on June 7.

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