Putnam DA Announces Conviction For Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated

CARMEL, NEW YORK – August 23, 2018: District Attorney Robert Tendy
announced today the conviction after a trial by jury of Clayton Edmonds for
Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an E Felony.
On 11/22/17 Edmonds was driving from the Saw Mill Parkway onto I-684.
Three 911 calls for erratic driving were made to Westchester 911. Edmonds
proceeded to hit the guardrail on I-684 multiple times and swerved across all
lanes of traffic.

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. Edmonds
had an 8 year old child in the car with him. Police officers observed that
Edmonds had an odor of alcohol, bloodshot 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.
Edmonds has seven prior convictions.