Guilty verdict for drunk, stoned driver who hit cop car

Prosecutors asserted that Allan Jones turned off his headlights to avoid detection. Blood tests showed both alcohol and cannabis in his system.

| 04 Feb 2022 | 06:59

    Allan Jones, 27, of Warwick, was convicted of driving while intoxicated and related traffic offenses by a jury in the Town of Warwick Court on Jan. 31, according to a press release from Orange County District Attorney David Hoovler. During the trial, prosecutors argued that on December 27, 2020, in the Town of Warwick, Jones operated a motor vehicle in a reckless fashion while turning off his headlights to avoid detection by police.

    Officers were eventually able to stop Jones’s car, which struck a police vehicle in the process. Jones failed a series of roadside field sobriety tests and then submitted to a blood draw which was analyzed and revealed the presence of both alcohol and marijuana. New York State Law prohibits driving under the influence of cannabis.

    After the jury returned the guilty verdict, the Court adjourned the case for sentencing to April 26, 2022. At sentence, Jones faces up to a year in the Orange County Jail, as well as mandated revocation of his driving privileges.

    District Attorney Hoovler acknowledged the New York State Police and Town of Warwick Police for their investigation and the arrest, and commended Assistant District Attorney Alycia DeMilio, who prosecuted the case.

    “My office will continue to seek to hold drunk drivers accountable for their actions and to ensure that their privilege to drive a motor vehicle is revoked,” said Hoovler. “Intoxicated motorists pose a risk and endanger officers who seek to keep our roads safe. We all deserve to drive on roads free from the danger of intoxicated drivers.”

    This criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.