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Plate Reader Leads to Vestal Man’s DWI Arrest

A Vestal man faces a felony driving while intoxicated charge after he was pulled over when a plate reader alerted a state trooper to a suspended vehicle registration.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

Authorities said 39-year-old Keith Short was stopped on Upper Front Street in the Town of Dickinson Tuesday afternoon.

Short drove past a New York State Police patrol vehicle equipped with plate readers. His car was flagged and the trooper stopped it.

Police said an investigation determined Short was intoxicated. He also had a suspended registration and a suspended driver’s license.

He was charged with felony DWI with a blood alcohol content measured at 0.11 percent. He also was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation. Police said the DWI count was a felony because Short had a prior DWI conviction with the past decade.

Smith was arraigned in Dickinson town court and released without bail being required.

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