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[UPDATE] Pearl River Man Charged with DWI after Driving Through Police Roadblock

Volunteer Auxiliary Police officers credited for stopping car; street closed for Pearl River Share Christmas event.

A Pearl River man who drove through a police roadblock set up to protect Friday night's Share Christmas holiday event in downtown Pearl River is charged with drunk driving, according to Orangetown Police.

Police credited the fast-action of volunteer Orangetown Auxiliary Police officers who were assigned to the event for stopping the car as it went through the roadblock.

Kenneth Fairweather, 46, of 280 S. Middletown Road, is accused of driving a 1997 Toyota 4Runner through road closure barricades on South Main Street at about 8:11 p.m. and then driving between two marked police cars that were blocking access to the roadway, police said.

When Fairweather was stopped, police said he appeared intoxicated. Fairweather refused to perform field sobriety tests and later refused to submit to a chemical breath test for alcohol at Orangetown Police Headquarters in Orangeburg, police said.

Fairweather was charged with driving while intoxicated, a misdemeanor. No one was injured in the incident.

Orangetown Lt. Anthony Mercurio said that as Fairweather drove through the police roadblock two town Auxiliary Police officers ran over to the car and banged on the windows to get the driver's attention. He said one of the Auxiliary officers managed to open a door of the car and remove the keys - stopping the car.

The Pearl River Rotary's 28th annual Share Christmas & The Holidays event took place at Braunsdorf Park. While it rained most of Friday and well into the night, a crowd of more than 100 gathered at the event, where kids could greet Santa and Mrs. Claus, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Winnie The Pooh, Elmo, Captain America, The Hulk, Rudolph and many more. The rotary also collected new, unwrapped toys to donate to children. 

Cynthia cassidy December 10, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Abuse of power really. A tragedy was averted. There were family's with their children at this community event. The aux police acted fast and took care of the situation. The cause of the driver running through the barricades is something that would be found out after. They responded to a situation not knowing if was a drunk driver or someone that had a heart attack. They did there job and took care of the community, the people they serve. The courts and the judges we elect in our town will determine any consequences if there was crimes committed. In my opinion the aux cops are not looking for any awards. Guess you were born in the wrong time. You never got a participation trophy. Jealousy will get you nowhere. If I was the citizen that averted the tragedy I would just thank god no one was hurt. The last thing I would think of is having a pat on the back. Definition of "insanity" extreme foolishness.
Ziggy December 10, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I'm sure next year they will have that 1-block section of road barricaded with a few cars on each side vs. the easily moveable wooden barriers.
Mammy December 10, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Why can't this event be held in the town park with Santa and Mrs Claus sitting under the pavilion, we remarked that evening how pretty it looked on our way to this event. It would ensure younger children would not be on the street, and due to the events of that night would hopefully prevent such a potential tragedy to occur in the future. Also, a big thank you to all the characters who patiently waited in the rain for all the kids to meet them and really put a big effort into making memories for these children.
eight4five December 10, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Have you seen the gazebo? It's falling apart and its riddled with graffiti and empty weed bags. Our tax $$$ at work.
Think4urself December 11, 2012 at 02:55 AM
To Cynthia- You misunderstood my comments. I didn't say the auxiliary police abused their power trying to stop a drunk driver. They did an exemplary job avoiding a potential tragedy. My comments were directed at the Orangetown Police, who abuse their power when they follow innocent, law abiding citizens around without cause.

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