A Bedford Hills man was only blocks from home, but drunk, police say, when his car and another collided Sunday night on North Bedford Road, injuring the other driver.
Gregory Jean Jacques, 28, then turned around, police said, scurried back to his nearby home and briefly locked himself in a bedroom before he was arrested on a string of charges, including felony complaints of driving both drunk and without a license.
The arrest was the second DWI beef in less than a week in Bedford Hills. On Thursday, a 24-year-old driver was stopped on Harris Road and later charged with misdemeanor DWI, among other things.
Police gave this account of the Sunday incident: A motorist, whose name was not released, was driving north on a residential stretch of North Bedford Road at about 10:45 p.m. when a red Camry, Jean Jacques at the wheel, pulled out of Woodland Road.
After the cars collided, police said, the Camry turned around and drove back down Woodland Road. The other driver noted the Camry’s plate number, then summoned the police, who scoured the neighborhood. They quickly turned up the damaged vehicle in the driveway of Jean Jacques’ nearby home, 58 South Beechwood Drive.
Inside, police said, they found Jean Jacques behind his locked bedroom door, which another resident, who was not identified, opened for them.
After refusing to undergo a breath-alcohol screening, police said, Jean Jacques flunked a field sobriety test and was arrested.
Jean Jacques faces a number of charges, including first-degree unlicensed operation and driving while intoxicated, complaints elevated to felony weight thanks to a 2003 DWI conviction. He was also charged with unlicensed motor vehicle operation and leaving the scene of an accident in which someone has been injured, both misdemeanors. The other driver, complaining of neck pain, was taken to Northern Westchester Hospital and treated there. Police said his car had sustained “substantial” damage but did not elaborate.
Jean Jacques, released in his own custody, is scheduled to appear in Bedford Town Court Aug. 30. The damaged Camry, identified as a Hertz rental car, was released to Reliable Towing.
DWI charged in Harris Road stop
A broken taillight led to a drunk-driving rap Thursday (Aug. 15) for a 24-year-old Bedford Hills man.
Jesse S. Goffeney, a Pine Road resident, was pulled over at 2:20 in the morning on Harris Road, near its intersection with Babbitt Road, police said, to investigate an inoperable driver’s side brake light. Instead, the police, smelling alcohol, ordered Goffeney out of his car for a field-sobriety test, which he failed, police said.
Arrested and taken to headquarters, Goffeney also rang up a blood-alcohol reading of .12, police said. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated and DWI with blood alcohol above .08 as well as the rear-light violation.
Goffeney was released in his own custody pending an Aug. 30 appearance in Bedford Town Court.