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Officials: Southeast Man Sent to Jail After Failing to Show for DWI Arraignment

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office provided the following information. It does not indicate a conviction.

Authorities recently remanded a 27-year-old Southeast man to the Putnam County Correctional Facility on $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond, after he allegedly skipped court.

Police arrested Matthew S. Purdy, a Fairview Road resident, at his home around 7:40 p.m. Monday, according to a press release from the . Investigators made the arrest on a Superior Court Bench Warrant, which Putnam County Judge James T. Rooney issued.

"According to court documents, earlier this month, Mr. Purdy was indicted by a Putnam County Grand Jury on the charge of aggravated driving while intoxicated, a class “E” felony," police said in the statement. "Mr. Purdy was to appear in court to be arraigned on the charge, however, failed to appear before Judge Rooney."

The indictment follows an initial arrest that took place this spring, according to officials. Deputy Matthew Tunney arrested Purdy around 2:30 a.m. March 10 on Route 6 in Mahopac.

Tunney originally charged the defendant with two felonies—driving while intoxicated and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the first degree—as well as driving while ability impaired by drugs, a misdemeanor.

Tommy Doyle September 03, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Smith should be "arraigned" for failing to be at the sheriff office and instead went to the RNC in florida

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