Police: Man Arrested After Driving on Sidewalk

The information was provided by Bedford police and does not indicate a conviction.

A Mt. Kisco man faces DWI charges after he drove across hazard markings and up onto a sidewalk near the Hess Gas Station in Bedford Hills, Bedford police said.

Officers on patrol responded to a report of an erratic driver in a blue Tacoma pickup truck, headed south on Bedford Road. Police located the driver and tried to get him to pull over for a traffic stop. Police said the driver, José Melchor, 57, then drove up onto the sidewalk before stopping.

Police observed his glassy, bloodshot eyes and asked if he had been drinking. Melchor said he had two-to-three beers. he was brought back to headquarters for processing with the aid of a Spanish translator.

He refused to take a chemical test. He was charged with DWI, driving on a sidewalk and driving across hazard markings. He was released $250 bail pending a return to town court.

Danbury Man charged with DWI

Paul Svendsen, 30, of Danbury, CT was arrested on Dec. 8 in Bedford and charged with DWI, aggravated DWI and driving with defective stop lamps.

Police observed Svendsen headed north on Bedford Road at a speed of 18 miles per hour in a 30 mph. The speed limit then changed to 45 mph—Svendsen did not accelerate but instead pulled off to the side of the road.

Police officers saw that the brake lights were not working and approached the car. They noticed Svendsen had bloodshot eyes and detected an odor of alcohol coming from the car.

Svendsen admitted to having three beers in Mt. Kisco. He failed field sobriety tests and was brought to headquarters for processing, where he submitted to a breath test which revealed a 2.0 BAC, more than twice the legal limit.

He was charged and released on $200 bail pending a return to Bedford court.




karen December 14, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Thank God nobody was walking on the sidewalk. No one walks on a sidewalk thinking to watch for cars that might drive up on them. That's why they are sidewalks! What the heck is wrong with people.....


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