Police: Man Who Drove Through Barricades at Holiday Event Again Charged with DWI

Second arrest in two weeks for Pearl River Man.

The Pearl River man who was arrested after he drove through the barricades set up to safeguard participants at a Pearl River holiday event two weeks ago was again arrested on a drunken driving charge Friday night in Pearl River, according to Orangetown Police.

Kenneth Fairweather, 46, of 280 S. Middletown Road, was arrested about 8:22 p.m. Friday after police received a complaint about a man passed out in a car at 56 N. Middletown Road. Police said town officers found Fairweather sitting in a running 1997 Toyota 4Runner, which was stopped in a traffic lane on Middletown Road.

Police said Fairweather appeared intoxicated and could not perform field sobriety tests. He was taken to Orangetown Police headquarters in Orangeburg, where police said he refused to take a chemical breath test for alcohol.

He was charged with driving while intoxicated and faces a Jan. 9 hearing in Orangetown Town Court.

Fairweather was arrested by Orangetown police on Dec. 7 in an incident at the Share Christmas celebration in Pearl River. At that time, police said Fairweather was charged with drunken driving after he drove around police barricades on South Main Street that were set up to protect participants in the holiday event.

Orangetown Auxiliary Police officers were credited with stopping Fairweather in his 4Runner by banging on his car and opening a car door so one of them could remove the keys from the vehicle. No one was injured in the incident.

Fairweather is also set to face the DWI charge from that incident in the Jan. 9 hearing.

The Pearl River Rotary's 28th annual Share Christmas & The Holidays event took place at Braunsdorf Park. While it rained most of that Friday and well into the night, a crowd of more than 100 gathered at the event, where kids could greet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie The Pooh, Elmo, Captain America, The Hulk, Rudolph and many more. The Rotary Club also collected new, unwrapped toys to donate to children. 

S. J. Larson December 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM
Hope he gets help before he kills somebody.
Marty December 22, 2012 at 01:49 PM
How much more warning do we need? This man is a danger to the community. He needs to be mandated to an alcohol cessation program.
Michele December 22, 2012 at 02:34 PM
If he was arrested twice in 2 weeks gor DUI, how mnay other offenses have occurred in his past? If he does not need rehab then he needs jail.
Andromachos December 22, 2012 at 02:46 PM
This guy has not even been convicted once yet and we have decided to lock him up and throw away the key. On what basis do you believe he was unlawfully intoxicated either time? Because a police officer issued a press release? Interesting system of justice we have.
Clarkstown life December 22, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Get help
Andromachos December 22, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Life, I suppose the Town could save a lot if money by relying on police press releases. It could get rid of its court, assistant district attorneys, public defenders and juries. I am not predicting that the guy in the story is not guilty, just commenting on the rush to judgment.
Atom December 22, 2012 at 04:40 PM
"Rush to judgement????".......soo, according to your logic, how many times is the right number for you for a driver to be behind the wheel drunk ??.....what's your " system of justice" for determining the keys should be taken away from a frequent offender?? .....I'd like to hear what you would think if he killed your family in a head on collision and the town knew about it, and let him walk after each offense..
Clarkstown life December 22, 2012 at 04:43 PM
nobody is JUDGING...the press is REPORTING an incident.....it happened, they reported.
Marcos Mess December 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I guess it would be fair to say..... (in your opinion) that the police make it a S.O.P. to just take anyone passed out at a light and charge them with being intoxicated? AND they get away with this ! how do we stand by while the police continually arrest INNOCENT people (that other people witness ) and then they did this before to the same guy! while other people where there at the holiday (dare I say CHRISTMAS! gathering) they are picking on this guy ..he obviously has sleep apnea! Where is Al Sharpton? the Rev. Jesse? Some one help stop these atrocities!... ( can I get a "like" ) @anrdomuchacho
Marcos Mess December 22, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Now as far as the real problem... I would say, based on the info giving here, that this guy needs a lot of help. There obviously is something going on he can't control or doesn't wish to....that needs to be determined and if he doesn't want help then I guess jail time, though it will just add to his problems, is warranted. I hope he gets help before something happens that is irreversible and tragic to him and/or an innocent person. At the very least his car should be impounded while he awaits trial so no one gets hurt.
Andromachos December 22, 2012 at 05:49 PM
If you read the comments here it is assumed, not proven only assumed that this guy was driving while intoxicated He very well may have been and if he was then punished like anyone else. However, we have convicted this guy without any proof but a news article.
Scotty December 22, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Adjust the meds Andro...arrested does not mean guilty by any stretch of the imagination but being arrested is the first step in our system so the arrested gets a fair trial. If convicted...there are penalties to pay...incarceration is just one...programs are another. If found innocent..then the system works..either way it all starts with the arrest. You don't think people driving drunk and make it home are going to walk into a police station the next day and say he was driving drunk last night do you ? The consequences are far worse than you can imagine.
Andromachos December 22, 2012 at 05:53 PM
When the conviction or guilty plea is reported (If it is ever reported. Accusations are reported far more often than convictions) then we should make our condemnations. I'll join in, I promise.
Darren Ratner December 22, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Well, the answer is simple, ban alcohol and cars.
tom kelty December 22, 2012 at 11:33 PM
oh, no we couldn't ban alcohol !!!! too much money made in that business.... GUNS are the evil do-er at the moment. unfortunately, I don't know what people are gonna do when the terrorists start blowing themselves up here on buses, trains, schools, in malls and the sort. Hopefully, it doesn't happen but I think it is coming.
Idratherbegolfing December 23, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The article also states he refused to take breath test at the police station. I don't need a judge to tell me that a person who failed field sobriety test and then refused to take a beath test at the station is guilty. If article is accurate he needs to be in jail before he kills somebody. Refusal to take breath test is admitting guilt. He's obviously been told by somebody to continue to refuse these text so a case can be made for his innocence. If true he is a discrace to the community.
Andromachos December 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Maybe he felt the breath tester was likely to be inaccurate. See http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/DrivingIssues/1055505643.html and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breathalyzer I know that at this point I am just trolling but, many of the things that are likely (for example this guys drunkeness) are not guaranteed. To the extent we live in a country where people have to be proven guilty by the State, not where we have to prove our innocence, let us not jump to conclusions. BTW most likely he has lost his license to drive the moment he walked into court for the first offense and even more likely for the second.


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