Cops Find Cocaine During DWI Arrest

Carmel Police provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

A 43-year-old Colorado man is facing misdemeanors after he drove drunk—and carried drugs—through Putnam, police said.

Carmel Officer Neil Brown arrested George Betchley, of Aurora, at about 2:30 a.m. Saturday on East Lake Boulevard in Mahopac. Police say he was speeding. 

"Further observation indicated erratic operation in that the vehicle traveled over the double yellow line," Chief Mike Johnson said in a statement.

Brown initiated a traffic stop and arrested Betchley after administering field sobriety tests. 

During processing at the police station, officials found "a white, powdery substance believed to be cocaine" on Betchley. He's facing the following misdemeanor charges: driving while intoxicated and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. Police also charged him with two infractions: speeding and passing over a double yellow line. 

Following arraignment before Carmel Town Justice Joseph Spofford, Betchley was sent to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $1,000 bail. He's due back in court Oct. 15.


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