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Man pleads guilty to enhanced DWI charges

He may have run, but he did not hide.

In fact, Dennis Brodeur could not hide anywhere from a new law that imposes harsher penalties for causing physical injury to another person while driving under the influence.

The law was enacted in November, and this gentleman was the first who met the criteria for it, said Heather Streeter Orth, director of communications for Albany County District Attorney David Soares.

Brodeur became the first person convicted of "aggravated vehicular assault" when he pleaded guilty on Tuesday, July 1.

Attempts to reach Brodeur at the Albany County Jail were unsuccessful.

According to the district attorney's office, Brodeur was driving on Feb. 2 at 6 p.m. on Route 9 in Albany in a reckless manner when his vehicle struck another in the opposite lane.

"He crossed over into the victim's oncoming lane of traffic and caused a number of serious injuries [to her]," said Mary Tanner-Richter, felony/DWI prosecutor for Albany County.

Tanner-Richter said that Brodeur was found to have a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.18 at the time.

According to a statement released by the district attorney's office, the victim had sustained multiple fractures along with other injuries, "causing substantial pain and requiring immediate medical treatment, surgery and on-going treatment, which continues even today."

Tanner-Richter said the charge Brodeur was convicted of is more serious than a simple DWI charge and is based on two fundamental principles: First, that the driver is operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, second that their being under the influence has caused them not only to drive recklessly, but to injure another person while doing so.

But Brodeur twice failed to appear in court to answer those charges.

"He failed to appear in court [on May 30]. The defense attorney asked for an adjournment to June 2," said Tanner-Richter. "He also failed to appear then."

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