Democrat lawmaker facing criminal charges following car crash

A local Democrat lawmaker in New York is facing criminal charges following a car crash over the weekend that led to his arrest.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that Tony Arquiett, who serves on the St. Lawrence County Board of Legislators, was charged with cocaine possession and driving while intoxicated, as well as failure to keep right while driving, after a crash that reportedly involved one other vehicle.

“Deeply disappointed”

In a statement, the Democrat’s lawyer said he plans to stay on the board while the charges make their way through the courts.

Attorney Edward Narrow also said the 56-year-old is “disappointed” about what transpired.

“Tony is deeply disappointed in the decisions that he made on Dec. 4, 2021, prior to his arrest,” Narrow told NNY360. “He has expressed remorse for the accident and has made apologies to his wife, Wendy, of 37 years, and to his mother.”

Narrow added: “Tony would also like to continue to express his concern for the safety and welfare of the other parties involved in the motor vehicle accident, and to express his remorse and apologize to the members of the community for his conduct.”

According to the Free Beacon, the lawyer said Arquiett “fully intends to address any issues raised as a consequence of this arrest and plans to continue serving the members of his community while this case proceeds through the criminal justice system.”

Time to resign

His decision to stay on the board has prompted pushback from fellow New York lawmakers, including Republican U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.

“The silence of all North Country Democrats is deafening, and I urge Democrats to demand Arquiett’s resignation now and make clear that drugs have no place in our community, especially among our elected leaders,” she said in response to the charges, according to the Free Beacon.

The outlet also reports that two other New York legislators have been hit with charges related to cocaine possession just this year.

One was Simon Conroy, who served as a legislator in Clinton County before resigning in September over a slew of charges that also included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

The other was former Massena Mayor Tim Currier, who stepped down in January, according to reports.

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